Jess Phoenix' delightful floral-laden illustrations give us all the garden-in-bloom vibes we've been craving--minus the rain. So you can imagine how ranunculously excited we are to have her paintings, prints, cards, and a window installation on display at Velouria this month. If you're freesia this Thursday, you'll want to forego your wallflower tendencies and spring by our opening from 6-9, for stemulating conversation, sips and snacks. Not to mention we'll be petaling wares made by R&L Goods with an exclusive Jess Phoenix print. Bouq-uet over here (that's pronounced book it, buttercups!)
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Seattle: Beginning Weaving Workshop! Thursday, April 27th
In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn the basics of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.
In class we'll create stripes, shapes, texture and fringe using colorful natural yarns. We'll also cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving and learn how to finish and hang your first woven piece. You'll go home with your own loom, enough yarn to complete your first weaving and an illustrated instruction booklet with everything we learned in class!
Space is limited to allow for individual instruction. Light refreshment provided.
6-9pm Thursday, April 27th
"There are so many vintage trucks in my neighborhood. At least one or two on each street. Some are campers. Some are peoples' homes. Some are work trucks. Some are primary use vehicles. But they all seem to have stories and that spikes the curiosity in me."
Stop on by Velouria for April's First Thursday to see the complete Truck Portrait Series. A portion of the proceeds will go to Facing Homelessnessto help out our local Homeless Communities.
Because we CAIR: Artwalk & Fundraiser
with Sarah Vilendrer, artist
Thursday, November 3rd 6-9 PM
At this month's Pioneer Square Art Walk, Velouria will be supporting local nonprofit The CAIR Project. The CAIR Project is the Northwest's abortion fund, helping people in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska choose their own futures. Learn more about CAIR on their website at cairproject.org. An installation by artist Sarah Vilendrer entitled ABORTION? ABORTION! ABORTION. will be up in our window and explores the varied abortion experiences of a wide array of women. Stop by this Thursday between 6 and 9 to visit with folks from CAIR as well as artist Sarah Vilendrer. We'll be offering folks three ways to donate to the CAIR project:
1. Velouria will be giving 10% of sales this evening to CAIR.
2. Everyone who donates directly to CAIR will get a 15% discount on their purchases on Thursday.
3. If you're far away, you can purchase online or donate to CAIR through their webshop and write "Velouria" in the note section during checkout. We'll give $10 to CAIR for every online donation they receive with "Velouria" written in the note section!
Please join us!
More about Vilendrer's installation: Curated for her museology master’s exhibition, ABORTION? ABORTION! ABORTION. contributes to the growing movement to alleviate abortion stigma through personal storytelling. The piece is comprised of 13 macramé panels of jute that is naturally dyed with logwood, a flowering tree native to the Yucatán Peninsula. The strands tie together 104 unique voices that represent the complex emotions and varied experiences of abortion. Stories were not edited or censured. They appear as they were shared with the 1 in 3 Campaign; 1 in 10 Blog; My Abortion, My Life; National Network of Abortion Funds; Our Bodies, Ourselves; and #ShoutYourAbortion. Special thanks to Jack Qu’emi Gutiérrez and the anonymous women who contributed stories directly.
As self-righteous politicians chip away at reproductive rights with legislation that disproportionally affects women of color and emboldens anti-abortion extremists to terrorize providers, it is imperative that we RAISE our voices, ERASE the stigma, and RECLAIM our right to abortion without restrictions.
For the month of October, Velouria is pleased to show work by Pacific Northwest-based artists: Hannah O’Gorman, Liz Toohey-Wiese, and Saltstone Ceramics. Each artist approaches their chosen medium with an obvious level of care, from O’Gorman’s skillful color selection, Saltstone’s graceful vessels and Toohey-Wiese's gentle watercolors.
Hannah O’Gorman lives and works in Seattle, where she received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in 2012. Her paintings are gestural and often suggestive, in these new works O’Gorman revisits the body using her own as a model.
Liz Toohey-Wiese is based out of Vancouver, BC where she works in a number of mediums from large scale acrylic paintings to small hand-woven tapestries. For October, Velouria will be showing a number of her prints based on water colors. These pieces capture small moments from the artists life, including gardens, landscapes and weavings and often act as inspiration for larger works.
Sarah Steininger is the woman behind Saltstone Ceramics, a line of beautifully crafted functional vessels. Each piece is made by hand at the artists studio in Seattle, because of this every piece is slightly different, each with its own personality.
We hope you’ll join us for the opening reception, Thursday, October 6th from 6 - 9pm. There will be light refreshments and lots of lovely artwork.
Velouria is pleased to present the work of textile-artist Colleen RJC Bratton. Having recently completed a month long artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, we're excited to showcase Bratton's newest body of work.
Re-purposing textiles, Bratton creates fabric sculptures that investigate the intersection of space and self. Working with a palette of warm earth tones: umber, rich browns and variations of rust, her work is immediately familiar and inviting. Various homes, subway street cars, and white museum walls all creep into her soft sculptures which are based on the spaces Bratton herself inhabits. By skewing the perspective or approaching interiors from an unusual direction, Bratton's 2-dimensional sculptures take on their own energy, as transformative pieces of art.
Join us Thursday, September 1st for the opening reception from 6 - 9pm. There will be light refreshments and wonderful company.
For the month of August, we are lending our walls to the curatorial eyes of Katy Lester and Taylor Nelson - the creative forces behind The Blush Room, an online gallery. Home to exclusive and ephemeral exhibitions, the online space is created by and for womxn/womyn, female & femme-identified artists. During August, we will be showing original works by Blush Room artists, including: Shaana Hatamian, Neon Saltwater, Ella Ordona and Lenaig Delisle.
Bonus! The artwork featured will also be included in a zine produced by The Blush Room, which will be available all month long at the shop.
Help us celebrate artwalk with The Blush Room, Thursday, August 4th from 6 - 9pm.
Bring your friends, your girlfriends, your family! It's the opening night of Seattle Art Fair, so add us to your can't-miss list before heading to Out of Sight.
Velouria is pleased to present the work of Hannah Ruth Levi.
Hannah works on a 4-harness floor loom, focusing on meticulous color studies. These pieces are built from delicate threads, with only the dyed warp visible as a way to emphasize the unpredictable quality of the dye. By removing representational imagery from the work Hannah is able to concentrate on the tactile and atmospheric quality of the materials: the sheen, gauge, dye, texture of the fiber. Each piece is built thread by thread, the final outcome hidden until the last pick of the weft has been laid.
Please join us and Hannah for Pioneer Square's July Artwalk from 6 - 9pm. There will be light refreshments and the chance to chat with the artist.
We are so excited to feature the photography of Seattle-based artist, Lauren Stelling. From June 2nd through the 5th we will also be featuring some pieces from Archetype, a collection of vintage clothing and home-goods sourced and selected by Lauren herself.
Please join us for visual treats and light refreshments Thursday, June 2nd during Pioneer Square Artwalk.
Learn more about Lauren on our blog:
Jessalin Beutler graduated from Whitman College in 2004 with the decision that pursuing art and making would become her lifelong focus. Since then Jessalin's work has taken many forms: drawing, photography, printmaking, graphic design, illustration, paper making, painting and textile design. She started selling her work online in 2006 with experimental paintings, prints and hand made cards.
In 2008, she started painting and printing on clothing and textiles creating a collection of t-shirts for men and women featuring hand painted bold geometric designs. In 2014 in collaboration with her partner Jonas, the JESSALIN BEUTLER line began with the first silhouette, the "Blank Canvas Tunic." Using organic and sustainable textiles the line emphasizes comfort, construction and the simplicity of natural beauty.
On May 5th from 6-9 PM, we'll have Jessalin in the shop with an expanded offering of her Spring '16 collection and her artwork will be on our walls all month. Stop by to meet the artist and look at her collection!
Kokedama is a form of bonsai, which translated means "moss ball". Learn how to make these living sculptures in a hands-on class. Betina Simmons Blaine, of Marzipan Seattle will demonstrate how to make kokedama and participants will create and take home two of their very own succulent kokebabies. All supplies provided plus light snacks. Dress for mess!
$48 Material Fee per person
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Betina Simmons Blaine is the plant-loving creative force behind Marzipan Seattle. She has worked in landscaping, taught gardening and creates installations and plant arrangements all over the Pacific Northwest. We carry her line of kokedama in the shop as well as her thoughtful ceramics.
Part 1: Cut it Out
Join us at Velouria for a tactile experience with Celeste Cooning. Come prepared to make things with paper goods and other varied fibers. We will cut out shapes, create patterns, and explore the sensation of touch.
$20 Materials fee per person
*Bring your favorite cutting tools and extra textile bits of your choosing!
Celeste Cooning is a visual artist in Seattle who's work largely focuses on intricate cut paper and tyvek, creating patterns and images through negative space and the texture that cutting creates. The effect of which can obscure the image while simultaneously illuminating it. She was our artist of the month in December, and more notably she has done a number of large-scale public art installations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Check out her work here and here.
Over the River Series
This is Part One in a series of three workshops with Seattle artist, Celeste Cooning. There will also be an artist talk at Toshiro Kaplan Artist lofts on March 29th and a different workshop at E. Smith Mercantile on April 5th. We encourage you to attend the whole series:
Hop around Pioneer Square with visual artist Celeste Cooning, as she investigates what it means to be a maker in the 21st century. Explore shape, pattern, and texture through two interactive workshops at Velouria and E. Smith Mercantile bookending an artist talk at Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts.
This workshop series strives to nurture the creative spirit through cut paper, as well as, provide a window into the artist’s process and inspiration. Celeste shares her findings from a recent trip to Paris, France and the resulting body of work, Over the River, currently in progress.
This program is possible with support from Celeste Cooning Studios and 4Culture Art Projects Grant.
For Artwalk this April we are delighted to have new paintings and prints by Kirsten Pisto on display and to host a Lu. Clothing Spring Trunk Show. We hope you'll join us at the shop April 7th, from 6 - 9pm for an evening filled with surreal art, daring clothing and the chance to chat with both of these talented women.
Join us for a fun evening of macrame! You will learn a few basic knots and make your very own macrame plant hanger from start to finish!
All the supplies you need are included. We provide rope, a brass ring, and some small surprises. Please bring your own ceramic pot or bowl to set into your plant hanger.
Whether you are making the piece for yourself or a special someone, these 2.5 hours will be packed with learning something new, making something beautiful, and having fun.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Sign up is HERE.
Join us for a fun evening of macrame! You will learn a few basic knots and make your very own macrame wall hanging from start to finish.
All the supplies you need are included. We provide rope, driftwood or modern wooden dowel, and some small surprises.
Whether you are making the piece for yourself or a special someone, these three hours will be packed with learning something new, making something beautiful, and having fun.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Sign up HERE.
Talia Silveri Wright will be showing pieces from her "Minis in Situ" series that combine street art, miniatures, and photography. Join us on March 3rd from 6-9pm to meet the Talia in person.
TOPCOAT, the pop-up nail art party is coming to Velouria Boutique & Gallery! Come kick it with your ladies, sip some Six Strawberries Ice-Pop Mimosas and celebrate Galentine's Day with us.
We'll have a rad girl DJ setting the vibe, three talented ladies ready to bedeck your nails and a nail art photobooth with Third Eye Assembly's Lattice Series for the perfect pic!
nails // Mary Jane Cha, The Nail Mystic & Impekable Nails
music // DJ.U.NO.HU (the fab Connie Hu!)
nail art: $15-25
♥ #TopcoatMJ ♥ #TopcoatVelouria
see ya then!
If you missed our January sale, we're giving you one last chance. Stop by on Saturday for 20% off everything, including new spring arrivals and already-marked down goods, for savings up to 75% OFF. So get Julia STYLED and discover 10 things you love about slow fashion.
We'll have snacks and sips and GIVEAWAYS!
We are delighted to have the work of Amy Huber and Angela Delarmente in the shop this February. Both of these talented artists have created a daily or weekly artistic practice of creative exploration and will be showing their resulting work. The opening is just in time for Lunar New Year's resolutions, so stop by to chat with the artists and get inspired!
We are excited to have Babeland joining us this Sunday for a mini workshop and whiskey cocktail hour! Enjoy complimentary craft cocktails while you learn tips and tricks for spicing it up in the boudoir with Babeland’s best sex tips for 2016, plus everyone gets a Babeland gift bag and a chance to win a luxury vibe to take home. Please RSVP for the event here.
Babeland is the women owned and operated, famously fun sex boutique located on Capitol Hill for over 20 years. Babeland offers luxury, body safe, designer products with engaging and honest education, including workshops, classes and private parties to people of all genders and sexualities, individually, in couples, or in groups.
Visit http://www.babeland.com for more info.