Steven Holt of the Port Shy Collective has made it to the top five in a Facebook promotion by Dockers called the “Wear the Pants Project” that could net them a $100,000 grant. Originally there were 4,000 entires, so that’s not too shabby.
Port Shy is already refurbishing furniture with reused materials, but they are looking to open up a workshop and gallery space in the CD. From Holt:
My name is Steven – I’m 29 years old and live in Seattle. My partner and I re-purpose old furniture, wares, and household objects with the intent of extending the life of manufactured items. We make old new again.
I’m one of 5 finalists in the Dockers Wear the Pants Project and to put it simply – I’m looking for votes. The contest winner will receive $100K to pursue their passion and essentially “wear the pants” in their life. My plan is to open a workshop and gallery space in the Central District called the Port Shy Collective. This will be a place where local like-minded artists and craftsmen can come together, display and sell their work, and make some more. I already have the space and this contest would provide me with the cash to build out the workshop and make it happen.
Please take a minute or two to check out my contest page. If you like what I’m up to and think its a good cause I’d greatly appreciate a vote. I’d be especially thankful if you passed this along to whoever else might appreciate my plan. If you want to post it to your facebook or website – gold star! Either way, your support means a lot to me.
Go here to vote. You have to install a Dockers Facebook application and “like” their Facebook page. However, you can always unlike them immediately after voting and delete the app. And if you really want to help Port Shy out, you can vote every day through May 1. As of April 28, Port Shy has quite a few votes to make up, so help out.
Here’s Holt’s application video for the contest: