Since I’ve been anchored in Seattle, I’ve seen some inspiring art projects going on around here. The Cactus Cooler Project is another cool local art-focused initiative, and this behind the scenes video gives you a peek at the talent and effort behind the project. The video is by Jack Leonard, a film-maker I met a few months ago. The kid’s got talent.
Do folk artists usually call themselves folk artists? Seattle-based Stacey Rozich does, but there’s not a hint of irony in her work. Her images look like illustrations from a forgotten Eastern European tribe that intermarried with the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
I love how Seattle-based artist Gala Bent gets some well-rendered texture and depth in her almost abstract drawings. She references recognizable forms (animals, body parts, hair) sometimes more than others, but all her pieces give a sense of space and dimension.
Attention all hipsters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters are setting up shop in the land where cafes rein king: Amsterdam. Adding to its Portland, Seattle, and New York locations, this all-too-trendy coffee boutique is due to open its European doors on 1 May.
Seattle’s Pill Wonder seem like the second coming of Elfpower to me. They’ve got the same fuzzed-out, ecstatic vibe, complete with jingle jangly sparkle and too-high-on-vibes-to-see-straight giddiness. Their orchestration and production is decidedly more lo-fi, but the overall anti-depressant effect is similar. Not sure how I’ll feel about these guys when the summer rays have […]
I hadn’t heard of Skelator until the name was excitedly murmured amongst metal-heads in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. I’m new in town, so was dutifully checking out the local metal scene, and the Galway Arms was rammed with leather and spikes. There was a decidedly medieval theme, and I spotted at least one real sword.
Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan’s new work features astounding images of the carcasses and stomach contents of albatross chicks from a remote strip of land in the Northern Pacific ocean, 2000 miles from the nearest continent. The chicks are fed human waste by their parents, who mistake the garbage for food. Jordan notes his subject matter is reproduced as discovered, in the interest of accurate representation.
As autumn creeps in, the temperatures drop, and the days get shorter, I’m finding myself listening to more morose and introspective music. Tiny Vipers, a one-woman band from Seattle, has been doing it for me lately with her luminous, bittersweet folk.
I still remember when I was introduced to Conceptart as a student and started devoting countless hours to the sketchbook threads, desperately trying to measure up to the most prestigious drawers around the world. I felt like I was part of an isolated underground club in which battles were fought on paper, using your drawing skills and creativity as a weapon. As the popularity of the site grew, so did my love and dedication to sketchbooks. [illustration above by Guy Parkhomenko]
I Want You is a cool limited print edition, quarterly art magazine published and designed by the Dumb Eyes design studio in Seattle, Washington, Published in a beautiful, full-color, large format and expanded online, each page of the print edition consists of an image from a series of the featured artist’s work and a url that leads you to their profile on the I Want You website. [Illustration by Izzie Klingels]
Seattle-based design studio, Dumb Eyes, have some awesome t-shirt designs, logos and typography up on their website, all of which showcases their minimalist, brightly colored, and tightly patterned aesthetic.
I recenly came across the illustration work of Seattle student, Tyson Roberts. It’s very cool line drawings with a distinct sense of expression and an inherent sense of vulnerability. I asked him a few questions about his inspirations: ‘The places I draw are locations around me. Sometimes I draw outdoors looking at the subject and other times I will draw from a photo or memory. I enjoy the raw results of ink on paper. Drawing in black and white is quite honest and exposes ones abilities and creativity completely. I usually work to silence and the sounds living around me. Other times, I throw on some headphones and listen to music. At the moment, I’m really digging stuff by architects and architectual drawings and, more specifically, the work of Frank Loyd Wright and Frank Gehry. I also love the creative of Gregory Euclide and Armsrock. As far as bands go, right now I am into Yeasayer, The Dodo’s, El-P, and Damian Marley’.
These very sweet folks from Seattle supported Broken Social Scene on our last American dates of the Spirit IF tour. Although they haven’t quite hit their stride as a live outfit, the tunes from songwriter Grant Olsen have some very lovely moments that fall somewhere between Velvet Underground and The Everly Brothers. I think Arthur […]