Ankeny & Ash Wrap
This stole was part of a book of designs inspired by Oregon locations. My “assignment” was farmer’s markets.
Portland’s first farmer’s market opened in the late 1870s, at the corner of Ash and what is now called Ankeny Street.
From the moment it opened its doors, the massive new market building was praised as an architectural feat, reminiscent of a Renaissance palace. A high-ceilinged arcade housed 28 market stalls, lined with marbleized columns and arches. Each vendor sat between a set of columns, and each had a counter made of carved marble.
“The market floor was lit by five central bracketed gas-lit chandeliers,” says the online History of Public Markets in Portland. “Never were beans shucked nor chickens slaughtered in such opulence.”
Today’s farmers’ markets are far more casual affairs, held outdoors against the green of university grass or the bricks of a downtown market square. But this stole or scarf is designed with both today’s vibrance and yesterday’s elegance in mind. You can capture the charm of both kinds of markets in its lines. Wear it to buy heirloom tomatoes, and sit on the lawn to drink espresso from a bicycle cart.