If you've never seen My Little Ponies gone horribly right or technicolour print art, you should absolutely kick it down to Annie's Art & Frame shop on Market Street. Artist Corey Skillman is in attendance, and there's wine, chocolate, strawberries and fantastic conversation (mostly involving out-of-vogue art techniques, Doctor Who, and fabricating shoes). Corey calls her exhibit "Leftovers", a collection of works created from 'left over' bits of re-purposed materials and recycled rubbish. One of my favourite pieces, "Isabella," is a My Little Pony modified with her grandmother's old jewelry, expired magic sculpt, blood, sweat and tears (it says so on the label).
|Corey Skillman @ Annie's Art & Frame|
Corey's print art is intricate, delicate, and vibrant. Her self portrait is a mixture of intaglio and relief techniques, and is comprised of 5 different plates which were placed incredibly precisely and required over 4 hours to print.
|Corey Skillman, "(Weezel) Self Portrait"|
But our first stop after some necessary robot play time is Monster Art & Clothing, a wonderfully eclectic venue dedicated to supporting local artists and designers. This is the only shop in Seattle so far where I've found an entire wall of fantastic socks, a corner dedicated to giant fuzzy hats, and so much local art than I'm continually impressed that they manage to find space for it all. Monster regularly displays the work of Xavier Lopez Jr, Justin Hillgrove, Jesse Link, Antik Ink, Fable & Fury, Fairy Tale Fibers, Sock It To Me, Kombat Glamour, and many more! With live art outside and an aerial dancer inside, what's not to love?
|Live! Aerial dancing @ Monster|
|Live! Robot art @ Monster|
Some of my favourite art pieces at Monster this month are the pop culture stencil portraits on vinyl records by Mike Mullins. Mike has participated in live art events all over the Seattle area, and in addition to art on records, he also creates posters, patches, jewelry, buttons, and magnets - all available through his company Spooky Designs.
Our wanders following Monster take us into Curtis Steiner Studio, a beautiful little shop filled with jewelry, decorative antique-inspired art, hand-printed "Souvenir" cards, and all sorts of curios from near and far.
|Curtis Steiner Studio|
|Pendants @ Curtis Steiner Studio|
I can't walk away without buying a card for my collection, and I will absolutely be back for another unique piece next month.
On our way out the door, I spy across the street one of the most amazing sights of (almost) summer: an ice cream truck! This one is called Parfait, and not only does it sell organic and delicious ice cream, it's after 8 o'clock, and it's still open! Parfait is Seattle's original artisan ice cream truck, and all of their custard-based ice cream flavours are made from four simple and completely organic ingredients: milk, sugar, eggs, and and cream. Noah and I sample the Ballard Bee Honey and the Vanilla Bean, and I have to say that the taste is exquisite, easily unlike any ice cream I've ever had before. I hope they have their Earl Grey Tea, Pumpkin Spice, and Fleur de Caramel on the truck next month!
|Noah @ Parfait|
|Ladies & Gentlemen Studios, "Terrarium Globes" @ Velouria Gallery|
Support your local art scene! Cheers!