Born in a small country town in Florida and constantly on the search for new adventure, good music and amazing people, Matt has found his way into the sawdust-covered arms of ADX. He believes in a style of marketing and sales that focus on smiling, laughing and being honest. Work aside, he enjoys playing his guitar to the audience of walls in his room, telling stories to those who will listen, and learning to turn wood in the shop.
When Sarah first found out about ADX, she thought it sounded a lot like a children’s museums where she had once worked … but for grown-ups.
When she entered the shop, Sarah immediately felt at home. After a 7-year stint in social services at a Crisis Center in Seattle, WA, Sarah has relocated to Portland to once again advocate for creativity, innovation and life-long learning. Born in England, sometimes mistaken for Canadian, but 100% ‘Merican, Sarah loves calling the NW home.
Kat is a self-proclaimed cat lady from southern California who returned to Oregon after college to turn over a new Pacific Northwest leaf. With a lifetime of making and doodling guiding her, Kat found her home away from home at ADX in the winter of 2014 and has been here ever since. Kat has a fine arts background, specializing in print making, photography, and metalsmithing. She enjoys swings and tall grass, celebrates May the 4th every year, and her ideal superpower is the ability to breathe under water.
A firm believer that Form Follows Function, Thomas has spent much of his history in pursuit of activities involving the hand-craft and the human scale. After receiving his architecture undergrad from Syracuse University, Thomas traveled to the Pacific Northwest to escape the “live-to-work” mentality of the northeast in search of a new lifestyle, new friends and professional experiences. Almost immediately he wandered into ADX and found his niche within the community. Although a far commute from home, the mixed environment of makers, artists, designers and craftsman easily justified the countless hours spent working, making, and influencing others. Outside of professional pursuits he enjoys climbing at the local rock gyms, long distance running, board games, food cart lunches, brick and mortar happy hours and all of the craft beer that Portland can offer.
FABRICATION PROJECT MANAGER + DESIGNER
Before Henry became a Designer he spent his days toiling as a ranch hand. He found his way to ADX by mistake on his way to work on an oil rig.
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Jess relocated to Portland in the summer of 2012 after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i. Jess has dabbled in many mediums including but not limited to ceramics, oil painting, and glassblowing. When she isn’t working or making things at ADX, she can be found mercilessly eating her way through the city or somewhere upriver with a rod one hand and a cold one in the other.