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Joy Castiglione, Pearl District Newbie

Posted By Kate Washington on April 2, 2013

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Joy Castiglione, 21, is a student at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is a Design Communication major, set to graduate in May 2013, and she is responsible for the new PDNA logo which was just launched in March. She interned at Tin House, has done Image Research, Mood Boards and Vibe Analysis for companies such as JDK Design, and hopes to work at Wieden + Kennedy.



“I’m from Las Vegas and I knew I wanted to go to art school on the west coast, so in 2007 my family and I took a road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles.  We stayed in a hotel in Lake Oswego and went out to dinner with some family friends at Papa Hayden’s on NW23rd. We drove around the Pearl but I didn’t really get a good look at the area until I moved here.



My mom is a real estate agent in Las Vegas and she hired a realtor to find a condo studio on NW 18th and Lovejoy for me to live in. They like Portland and intend to retire here some day. So my area extends everywhere the Streetcar goes. I like to explore by riding around on it, on the east side too.



Utrecht used to be our art supply store, but then Blick moved in. We were a bit wary of the big outsider at first, but they give us a discount and stock our sweatshirts, so loyalty has shifted.



Typically my student friends and I hang out in the Center 4 Design. I take my laptop in there, or in the PNCA library, which has great librarians. We often go to Safeway for lunch, because it’s cheap and there’s loads of choice. For comfort food it’s Mio Sushi  or Sushiland. There are a lot of smokers so you’ll usually see art students in the smoking areas around the college, or perched on the loading docks, or in Jamison Square.



Tea Zone on Glisan is a favorite of mine – I’m not into coffee, or bars really, although we did celebrate our thesis proposals at the Bridgeport. To me the Pearl is the place where I go to school, and where the specialty stores are.



I really love the mixture of architecture here, the old and the new, the rich history. Just to think that Lewis and Clark came through Oregon, and you can still see traces of their fort in Vancouver…Coming from Las Vegas where nothing is old, everything gets torn own, that’s awesome.”


by Joseph Gallivan

Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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