Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is stoked for tonight's presentation from Ginger McCabe of New Church Moto.
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, October 15th, 6pm PST
Ginger McCabe makes custom motorcycle seats out of her manufacturing/retail shop in SE Portland. Her process starts with a base—a stock motorcycle seat, an aftermarket one or sometimes nothing but a piece of metal the builder chose to use as the base. She builds up the foam to the customer's specs, patterns and fabricates a cover out of leather or vinyl, and attaches it to the pan. Ginger gathers ideas from vintage designs, from jackets to furniture and (obviously) motorcycles. She draws inspiration from the motorcycle builders she works with, relishing ideas that they come up with that trust her skills and aesthetic.
"To start with a flat piece of metal and create a luxurious three dimensional piece of work is rewarding. It's usually the last piece someone puts on their bike, and where they sit to ride! After three years, I still enjoy it—which is more than I can say for any job I've ever had." Her dream tool would be another set of hands as good as hers.