Sunday, June 23, 2019

MISTAKES HAPPEN! So, let's have fun fixing them!

People have been making mistakes long before the eraser was invented! To erase inks from papyrus Egyptians used bits of rough stone like sandstone or pumice. In Japan during the Meiji Era, they even used soft bread! 

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It wasn't until 1770, that an industrious fellow by the name of Edward Nairne stumbled upon the material known as "Gum Elastic" by mistakenly picking the rubbery substance up instead of a handful of breadcrumbs

Edward had a big problem though. Since his rubber was natural it would rot and then smell BAD! 

 It wouldn't be until almost 50 years later that Charles Goodyear, (yes that Goodyear!) figured out a way to cure the erasers called "vulcanization", which made the erasers more durable (and less stinky). This process catapulted  this rubbery substance into a staple in all homes.

These days, erasers are not just used to help us out and rub away our mistakes. They are highly sought after collectables that come in all shapes and sizes.

Click here for the world's largest eraser collection!

Every artist & crafter should know the different types of erasers and what they are best used for. made a fun little infographic about what the different types of erasers are best used for:

Now, let us move on to something that is near and dear to our hearts over here at collage..
Japan is already known for making things EXTRA cute and they sure aren't shy when is comes to their erasers! These little guys would make anyone smile, mistake after mistake! 

If you can think of something, 
then they probably made it into an eraser. 

There is even an Japanese eraser

collage is ALL in for the cuteness! 
So much so that RIGHT NOW in all three of our supply stores we have huge towers full of these little Japanese darlings just waiting for you to dig through! 

Here are some (certainly not all) of the other fun erasers 
we have waiting for you in our shops!  

Even as I write this blog post, I have one of my favorite erasers handy from collage. 
(You know, for those really BIG mistakes)

you find yourself near our NE Alberta location stop in and snap a pic with 
collage's very own..
Largest Pencil Eraser in The West!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

To Be Or Knot To Be!

While collage has a plethora of fantastic fibers & ideas to keep those fingers busy, there is one process in particular that has come back from the dead like a Zombie Plant in a knotted hanger!


Who would have thought that Macramé, once thought to have gone the way of shag carpeting and avocado green electric can openers, would be lovingly brought back by a slew of our wonderful Instagram posting creative millennials?! And can we say, we are SO glad they did! Because no matter what you think about Macramé as home décor or a fashion statement, it’s FUN! 

There is some debate about the true origins of Macramé. Some say it originated in Arabia and then adopted by sailors who liked to pass the time during those long days at sea twisting fibers into things such as hammocks, nets and just for decoration. 

As they traveled, they also sold their knotted wares in ports from sea to sea. So, the art of Macramé weaved its way into people's hearts and fingers across the globe. 

So,what is Macramé anyway?  Macramé is a textile, produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques. Materials used in macramé include cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn

The primary knots of macramé are the square or reef knot) and forms of "hitching": various combinations of half hitches

Macrame Jewelry is often made with a combination of knots and using various beads (glass, stone or wood), pendants or shells. 

We here at collage have BIG love in our hearts for this twisted little hobby! 

We recently hosted a FREE Macrame Demo right outside of our Sellwood/Moreland location. 
It was a huge hit

Our talented staff LOVE sharing all the ways to create! 

You can find all the supplies necessary to make these CUTE earrings 
in all 3 of our art + craft  supply stores!
Our Sellwood Macrame Demo was so much fun we would like to keep the creativity going and are excited to announce...

That's right folks! Our collage rock stars at our Sellwood location will be hosting FREE crafts & demos, on Wednesday afternoons, all summer long!

1634 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97202
(weather permitting)