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Below is Part 4 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 studiospart 2 of the feature and part 3 of the feature with Peter de Lory's photo-essay and words from the studio tenants. Today we share the final portion of the photo-essay. —ARCADE

Troy Pillow Peter de Lory

Troy Pillow of Troy Pillow Studios, 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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Troy Pillow Studios

Troy Pillow Peter de Lory

Troy Pillow Peter de Lory

Troy Pillow Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Troy Pillow Studios
Being part of the Rainier Oven community allows me to be surrounded by creative people and provides me with the unique opportunity to have an urban sculpture garden/studio to showcase my work. Not enough thanks can be given to Carol for her commitment to the arts in our community. She has not only developed a haven for artists to work but has combined architecture, landscaping, gardening and art into the overall design, parlaying into a rare use of urban space. I feel very lucky to have had my studio here for the last 12 years.
—Troy Pillow


SHED

SHED Peter de Lory

SHED Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

SHED
SHED was one of ROB’s tenants when the building renovation was completed in 1998. Not only have we had our offices and workshops here, but we have also designed many things for the building—interiors, lifts, awnings, etc. Now we proudly occupy the former Surefit building on the corner of Jackson and Rainier. We think that we have added a lot of character to the ROB design community, but it is also true that the ROB has shaped the character of our company as well—SHED would not be SHED if we had started somewhere else!
—Prentis Hale


Bremelo Press

Bremelo Press Peter de Lory

Bremelo Press Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Bremelo Press
I always look forward to coming to work. I am inspired by my neighbors. This is an impressive bunch, and I am challenged to be the best at what I do because they are. Working within this community feels like a celebration of things that matter—creating and making with integrity and skill. They are a part of why I love doing what I do.
—Lynda Sherman


Fixture

Fixture Design Peter de Lory

Fixture Design Peter de Lory

Fixture Design Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Fixture
I’m fairly new to the building and am still getting to know my neighbors. I really enjoy the energy of the space and our corner in the neighborhood. It’s a great place for me, and I really love being here and being a part this great community.
—Josh Leggett


Noble Neon

Noble Neon Peter de Lory

Noble Neon Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Noble Neon
Noble Neon creates handmade neon light fixtures, signage and displays. We aspire to design new ways to feature the luminous neon tube. We are privileged to be a part of a creative and industrious community here at the Rainier Oven Complex. We’ve been operating at the Rainier Oven for a year and have already collaborated on projects with other makers and designers here. Carol has truly set the conditions for these kinds of synergies to happen—attracting folks who are dedicated to their craft in an impeccable way.
—Lia Hall & Cedar Mannan


Atelier Vert - Garden Artisans

Atelier Vert Peter de Lory

Atelier Vert Peter de Lory

Atelier Vert Peter de Lory

Photos: Peter de Lory

Atelier Vert - Garden Artisans
Space at the Rainier Annex offers a quiet respite to create beauty and build a business. The collective creative energy and experience is an unexpected bonus.
—Heather Lakhal