Kari Merkl, interior design faculty, exhibits two pieces from her Merkled furniture collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 2015.
Excerpt from an article by Ellen Spitaleri in the Portland Tribune, November 28, 2012.
Ruth Beck, the owner of Owl and Acorn, makes soaps and balms, felted soaps, felted dryer balls and hand-spun yarn, all of which are available locally at Wynona Studios on Main Street in downtown Oregon City.
She had been making soaps and balms for years as gifts for friends and family, as a kind of counterpoint to her academic pursuits at Marylhurst University, where she did her undergraduate work in religion and philosophy.
But just recently she decided to follow her heart, and Owl & Acorn officially became a business in May 2011.
Beck describes soaps and balms as her passion, which she makes with the finest quality natural ingredients. She also makes felted items and hand-spun yarns, all crafted from the wool from her family's sheep farm in rural Oregon City.
"Being a maker of natural soaps and being a small business owner has been such a great way for me to stay true to the natural rhythms of life as they present themselves," Beck said, noting that she is the mother of a son under 3, and having her own business allows her to "slow my life down to his pace, remain flexible and make choices independent of the typical nine-to-five workday demand."