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Below is Part 3 of the ARCADE winter 2015 feature "The Creative Space-Time Continuum: Histories and Futures Inside the Rainier Oven Building." We previously posted Erin Langner's essay on the studios and part 2 of the feature with Peter de Lory's photo-essay and words from the studio tenants. Today we share another portion of the photo-essay and quotes; more will release over the following weeks. Subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive notice of posts. —ARCADE

Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford Peter de Lory

Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford, a Rainier Oven tenant. Photo: Peter de Lory

From "The Creative Space-Time Continuum (Part 1)," by Erin Langner:

"During a time when creative communities are often in constant states of relocation, the existence of consistent, supportive places for such practices feels like a luxury. But the importance of these elements to the Rainier Oven Building’s success cannot be overstated. Twenty years of history and relationships have enabled the studios to expand around the people who work within them as the tenants’ own careers do the same. The Rainier Oven Building is a testament to the idea that time’s discrete but pivotal role in creative practices should be considered when we look for ways to build and maintain hubs of space, place and culture—that planning for and protecting the longevity of creative spaces is important.
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Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford, Artist

Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford Peter de Lory

Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford, Artist
The Rainier building is my second home. I have had a studio there for 16 years, and I find Carol’s care with developing studio space is good for the production of art, as well providing delight through her selection of art on the walls. I am always happy to go there.
—Elizabeth Sandvig-Spafford


LilyEmme Jewelry

LilyEmme Peter de Lory

LilyEmme Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

LilyEmme Jewelry
LilyEmme Jewelry has an elegant and minimalist aesthetic, and the Rainier Oven Building provides us with a space that matches. This beautiful old building; our bright, lofty and colorful space; and the friendly, small community of diverse tenants makes working here enjoyable, and coming to the jewelry studio is something we look forward to every day.
—Valerie Nethery


Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence

Coalition Peter de Lory

Coalition Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence
We are a small nonprofit working to end gender-based violence, so in many ways we seem like an anomaly in the mix of artsy Rainier Oven Building tenants. But we love working in this bright, attractive space and being a part of the warm, creative community that has grown organically in the building. Being able to see people create beautiful and/or functional art can be such a nice counterpoint to some of the difficult issues we work with. And folks have been very willing to help us out when we’ve needed a shelf built, advice with space planning, art to hang on our walls, a hem sewn or a musical trio to play at a fundraising event! We hope that our building-mates feel that we bring something to them as we all work towards a more just, safe, equitable and beautiful community!
—Merril Cousin


Upower

Upower Peter de Lory

Upower Peter de Lory

Upower Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Upower
Upower is a nonprofit bringing fitness to under-resourced teens in King County. We have been in the Rainier Oven Building since March 2015 and feel like we have found our home. Our space has been perfect for growth, and we are confident it will be great for us as we continue to expand. We are inspired and motivated by the local artists and successful small businesses that surround us at Rainier Oven.
—Clare Spano


Schedulista

Schedulista Peter de Lory

Schedulista Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Schedulista
The Oven Building is embedded in a community of artists, craftsmen and entrepreneurs. You can do so many creative things in this space. For us, it was building a tech startup that focuses on a healthy work environment and developing a beautiful and useful product for the small businesses we care about.
—Felix Livni


"The Creative Space-Time Continuum: Photo-Essay (Part 4)" will release on 29 March. Part 4 will include these Rainier Oven Building tenants: Troy Pillow Studios, SHED, Bremelo Press, Fixture, Nobel Neon, and Atelier Vert - Garden Artisans.