artful objects for inside and out

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Thanks for the photos!

These are some recently received client photos of custom and show pieces I’ve built.

I love to see how they look after I let them go out into the world. Thanks to all that sent them in!


Rose trellis

Golden Mean Rose trellis, 10′ H x 6.5′ W x 3′ D



planetary, 4′ H x 24″ W


lantern and stand

mesh panel lantern and stand, 


lantern and stand

mesh panel lantern and stand


lantern and stand

lantern and stand


red monolith

red monolith, 4′ H



custom holiday stocking tree



6’H sunflower



red monolith, 4’H


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a natural spiral captured in a web inside the spiral of this mist trellis



display stand for fabric artist

display stand for fabric artist, 20″ H x 15″ W



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remaining shows of 2016

These are my remaining shows for the rest of the year. Starting with this weekend!


AOMP Spring 16 showcard


ART OVER MACLEAY PARK held in a NW Victorian cottage along Forest Park in Portland, May 21st & 22nd.

CAMP CATUS held in an artist’s studio in the Hollywood district, June 3rd – 4th.

ANLD GARDEN TOUR My work will be on display in the Ohlson garden in Ladd’s Addition. Her book The Soil Will Save Us was the 2015 finalist for Oregon Book Awards and winner of the 2015 Books for a Better Life (Green category). Amy Whitworth of Plan-It-Earth Design is the garden designer. Saturday June 18th.

RECYCLED ARTS FESTIVAL in Vancouver at Esther Short Park, June 25th & 26th.

CRACKEDPOTS at McMenimin’s Edgefield in Troutdale, July 19th & 20th.
ARTISTS OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD in Damascus with a view of Mt. Hood, August 20th & 21st.
LOCAL 14 at the Left Bank Annex, September 29th – 30th.


Work also available at ARTISTIC PORTLAND on SW 3rd and Taylor and OXALIS on NW Thurman and 24th.

now found downtown

Please check out my work at a new location in Portland. I am happy to be a new member of  Artistic Portland. This is an artist run co-operative downtown on 3rd and Taylor. This 2700 square foot retail store sells all handmade local goods. It’s run 100% by its dedicated artist members. Stop by and you may even see me behind the counter.

Monday – Saturday 10 AM-6 PM

Sunday 12 – 5PM

First Thursday Bowl Painting 2-6PM, paint a bowl for charity, all welcome… then Art After Dark 7-9PM: Mingle with artists, enjoy drinks and snacks, adults only.

318 SW Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97204

Custom Parisian Inspired Raspberry Trellis


I was approached to build a wrought iron trellis that was inspired by a trip to Paris. Keith had a productive yet gangly raspberry patch along the driveway that’s visible from the kitchen window. The goal was to build something functional as well as creating an attractive focal point in the art nouveau style.

Using his sketch of Parisian metalwork I built this custom trellis. Each wave section was forced through a jig, hand shaped in a vice, then a forged cuff was wrapped around each connection point. There are two 20″ L brackets that secure it to the fence posts with stainless steel hardware. The trellis sits upon two vertical rebar stakes.

6′ H x 9′ W x 20″ D

Customer Review: “I met Shelly at a garden event in spring 2015. She was interested in my project idea, a trellis to support my raspberry plants. My wife and I wanted something practical and aesthetic that would be interesting to view from the windows during the winter months. Working together, we came up with a beautiful solution to several challenges that arose as we discussed design and material options. Her artistic and practical knowledge combined to fulfill the dream of a useful and aesthetic result. Also, I liked the added touches that, though subtle, really finished the project.”

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Golden Ratio Trellis for climbing roses

Golden Mean Trellis back

Golden Mean Trellis front

Golden Mean Trellis inside

I worked with Leigh and Dan to build this trellis for their climbing roses. The landscape was just completed by Rachel’s Landscape Design. In it was a semi-circular bench which needed just the right trellis to create a cozy private space to partially block a view from the street. They requested a modern look with a golden ratio theme. This was accomplished by making the numerical pattern horizontal, in alternating sections. It’s Fibonacci’s sequence (1,1, 2, 3, 5, 8,13 and 21) on a half inch scale.The trellis sits 10′ W x 6.5′ H x 32″ D

Here’s a link to Rachel’s Houzz page. This is called project ‘Caldew Street’ on her page.

Client Review: “Shelly created a beautiful trellis for our front yard that acts as a screen but is really an all season focal point. The trellis provides privacy from the street and support for my favorite climbing rose. Shelly spent time with us in the yard to really understand the site and our needs, and she collaborated with us through sketches and photos to come up with this fabulous modern work of art. She also helped us install the finished product. People walking on our street stop and comment frequently! Thank you, Shelly,  for this wonderful addition to our landscape.

Leigh Otting and Dan Sloop”