By Karen Wells | CNA Media Team
A mural inspired by signature fashions of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s momentarily transports the viewer back in time. It’s no coincidence that it adorns a wall of Silhouette Design, Tailoring and Dressmaking.
Julia GaRey, women’s tailor and dressmaker, had been wanting a mural painted on the side of the building for years. She wanted a mural that captured the art of vintage sewing patterns, despite the limited space of the 12-foot eastside wall. Hers is the smallest shop on the block.
Building owner and 30-year Beaumont-Wilshire resident Georjean Melonas was very supportive of the project. She was instrumental in guiding Julia through the permit process with the city and with the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association.
Location: Silhouette, 4225 N.E. Fremont St., at the opening to parking behind the building.
Artist: Raziah Roushan has lived in Portland for about seven years. San Diego is her hometown and where she got her start as a muralist. She received her bachelor’s degree in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and has more than 20 large-scale murals in her portfolio.
She recently finished three murals for the Cedar Hills Crossing Mall renovation. To see more of her murals visit: RaziahRoushan.com/galleries/murals.
Raziah loves working with clients during the creative process and receiving positive responses from the community. While working on this mural, a 90-yearold resident stopped to watch her work and commented, “I’ve never seen a muralist in action. Fascinating.”
What the mural represents: The art of sewing and signature vintage fashion styles using the mannequin form
Installation: 2016 If you have an off-the-rack garment in need of special attention to make it fabulous, Julia may be able to help. See her work at SilhouetteTailoringStudio.com.
Karen is a retired early childhood community educator, health and safety trainer. Reach her at 619.244.7892.