Hiya sweethearts and sweet tarts!
Are y'all as ready for spring as we are?! We're SO READY and jonesin' to celebrate friend-love/self-love/YOU. Swing by on Tuesday night to check out our first SPRING ARRIVALS. We'll have sips and treats--srsly, our plans around cake are crystallizing and we're pretty darn excited. Enjoy one-night-only discounts on apothecary items--that's right: candles, soaps, bath salts, skincare, perfume--all the things that make you feel GOOD. Hope to see you soon.
your gal pals,
Cat & Chika
pssst! RSVP by emailing us here or hit "going" on fb and you'll get a gift with your Tuesday night purchase! Do it, y'all.
Hiya sweethearts and sweet tarts!
February 3rd & 4th 11am-6pm at CALLUS in Pioneer Square 323 1st Ave South (1st & Jackson).
Help us and your favorite Seattle shops make room for Spring arrivals and find amazing pieces on sale. Local shops include: Velouria, Hammer & Awl, Glasswing, Prism, Division Road, Baby & Co. Standard Goods, Salua Lingerie, Likelihood, Rizom, and MADA. Coffee by Shovel & Stone.
Shop the warehouse sale, then walk a block and shop our shop!
Angela Delarmente of Knuckle Kiss Jewelry and London Tierney of Such Sweet Tierney will be with us. Come check out their work (this necklace I want. this no holds-barred self-talk poster we all need?)--these two are a GOOD TIME and you definitely want to meet them. And guess what? Yes. We'll have treats.
Local designer Rebekah Jaramillo of Rebekah J Designs will be here with her selection of brass jewelry pieces, perfect for giving. I think we might all have someone on our list who wants one of these. Stop by and get yourself or someone you love a handmade necklace.
Deck yourself from head to fingertips!
Roxie Hunt of howtohairgirl.com, jewelry artist Nikki Jacoby, and nail artists from Juniper Nail Salon will be here to get you adorned for holiday parties. Roxie will be offering braids and touch up trims (services starting at $35) as well as a selection of her natural hair care products. Nikki will have her newest jewelry pieces and hair combs. You'll recognize her incredible statement earrings. Juniper will be doing quickie manis and will have a special holiday nail art menu to choose from. We'll of course have holiday treats for ya, too ;)
We'll have Portland jewelry designer Natalie Joy on hand with her handmade line. Natalie's work is bold and minimalist and we love it dressed up or dressed down. You'll definitely want to meet the maker behind your favorite pair of earrings and it'll make your gift-giving that much sweeter!
All day in Pioneer Square!
All day long, businesses in Pioneer Square will be offering treats, giveaways, and raffles! We’ll be offering a gift with purchase. Participating vendors will have passports to give you—if you visit 5 shops and get your passport stamped at each, you can be entered to win some great prizes! It’s a fun way to check people off your list all at once.
Christine Van Abdouke of Perilous Activity is the thoughtful and meticulous designer behind your favorite cape/hoodie mashup--find the scuba version here and the super-soft bamboo one here. This season she's started producing wool and waterproof versions as well. Stop by to meet Christine and upgrade your hoodie game--once you put one on, you won't want to take it off.
Tuesday December 12th, 5-8 PM
Get party-ready whether you're hosting or guesting (or just come enjoy good wine and good company!). We'll have Molly Dilmore from The Carrot Flower Company with garlands to adorn your home, Alexandra Greenwald of Alexandra's Macarons with the perfect hostess gifts (which are definitely macarons, please bring me macarons if you visit me.) And a wine tasting with selections by Elliott Bay Wines.
Hi all you kiln-dried cuties (yeah, we're not sure what that means either...)
Are you ready to get fired up for artwalk? Ceramic artists Devon Urquhart and Heather Cornelius, the duo behind H.D. Ceramics will be here this Thursday with the perfect, make-you-smile handmade pieces. Stop by to meet the artists behind your favorite mugs---you know, these and these--and get a few folks crossed off your gift list! Wheel have treats and sips as always ;)
get glazed--and amazed!--,
Cat & Chika
Small Business Saturday!
Saturday November 25th, 11-7 PM
Heya sweet potato casseroles!
OMG--that is, Oh My Gourd--it's one of our favorite days of the year because we get to celebrate YOU and how much we appreciate your support and love! We're looking forward to a day full of catching up with you and showering you with treats, giveaways, raffles, and a special clothing--some people call it dressing but what's up with that-- sale! All the deets you've been dying to know:
- 20% OFF all clothing (applies to items in our clothing section) Friday thru Monday evening both in-store and online. Use code TURKEYSANDWICH online or shop our sale on Garmentory.
- TREATS AND SIPS ALL DAY LONG.
- GIVEAWAYS for the first TEN in-store customers.
- GIFT CERTIFICATE DISCOUNT: $75 for $100 Certificates, to be used after December 1.
- RAFFLE of a $200 VELOURIA GIFT CERTIFICATE. To enter, make a purchase on Saturday in-store or online. Customers must enter our customer database to be eligible, winner will be notified by Monday November 27th.
Cat & Chika
did you know?
We like plans minus the planning part.
SAVE THE EVER-LOVIN' DATE, my friends.
We've got so much goodness planned for you this Holiday season and we don't want you to miss out! Even though we don't have ALLLL the details ironed out, we want you to be the first ones to know! So, here goes.
- DECEMBER 12th, 5-8 PM, Get party-ready whether you're hosting or guesting (or just come enjoy good wine and good company!). We'll have Molly Dilmore from The Carrot Flower Company with garlands to adorn your home, Alexandra Greenwald of Alexandra's Macarons with the perfect hostess gifts (which are definitely macarons, please bring me macarons if you visit me.) And a wine tasting with selections by Elliott Bay Wines.
- December 16th, 2-4 PM, We'll have Portland jewelry designer Natalie Joy on hand with her handmade line. Natalie's work is bold and minimalist and we love it dressed up or dressed down. You'll definitely want to meet the maker behind your favorite pair of earrings and it'll make your gift-giving that much sweeter!
- Stay Tuned, y'all. We've got maker pop-up events planned for the last few weeks of December--we want you to have the pleasure of meeting your favorite local designers as you choose their work to gift to loved ones. And our designers are the best. We're also planning a DO YOURSELF UP night with hair trims, braids, and other get-party-ready activities. YES, PLEASE!
Personal Styling Sessions
Thursday November 2nd, 5-9 PM
Hey sweet style mavens,
Are you ready for a night of personal styling sessions geared just to you? We'll be ready with treats, sips, and some personal suggestions, whether you need advice on how to style certain pieces in your wardrobe, are updating your closet for a new job, or your body has recently gone through some ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Sign up here for your timeslot! As an additional treat, you'll have your choice of one of our new favorite apothecary items if you spend $150 or more before tax.
Even if you aren't in need of a little style help, this is the last month to catch Anna Redmond's show and we also have Heidi Dyer's one-of-a-kind ceramics in the shop for a limited time. Stop by, whydontcha?
Cat & Chika
We're welcoming back Anna Redmond to our walls this Fall! View her paintings and meet Anna this Thursday from 6-9pm.
From the artist:
Connectivity/Connection is continuous and repetitive. It’s infinite and constant. Always producing and manifesting. Piling and collecting. A push. A pull. A fragmentation and a whole. And underneath lives a tension between the broken and the beauty. These works on paper attempt to speak to these notions and these truths. There is a search for the light and the hope and a seeking for the better in the together.
Raised in a vibrant domestic environment layered with decoration, artist Anna Redmond’s obsession with pattern began. After receiving a BFA in painting and printmaking from Kansas State University, Redmond moved to Seattle to earn her MFA in Fibers at the University of Washington. It was there that she explored pattern as a conceptual landscape and decorative tool. Working in large-scale installation work and diving deeper into a fascination with surface design. For the last 10 years Redmond has worked as a designer and artist with in the interior design world. Producing an array of products such as rugs, bedding, and wallpaper. Redmond’s devotion to surface transformation and painterly details drives her desire to design and create.
View more of Anna Redmond's work at:
Hiya double dips,
Affogato tell you to cone down to Pioneer Square and chill with us! E. Smith Mercantile is kindly hosting an end of season sale featuring goods from Swan Dive, E. Smith, Ebbets Field, Clementines, and Velouria! Molly Moon's will be scooping ice cream (and all proceeds from ice cream sales will be going to the Anna Banana Milk Fund), so swing by for a treat and a waffly good time, browsing deals from your favorite Pioneer Square shops!
with sugar on top,
Cat & Chika
Hey sweet bargain store dollies,
We are cleaning house and taking names! Join us along with Glasswing, Standard Goods, RIZOM, Likelihood, Freeman, Jack Straw, Silvae, Lu., Zed, and Hammer + Awl for an end of season sale at Callus in Pioneer Square (323 1st Ave S). We'll have Spring and Summer clothing on sale at their deepest discounts of the season yet! Stop by and say hi to Cat and then drop by the shop to check out our newest Fall arrivals.
You're worth it,
Cat & Chika
Artwalk Curated by Now Here This:
even a small love
Opening Reception, August 3rd, 6-9 PM
Hiya forlorn lovers!
We're so excited to be hosting the first show of Now Here This, a curatorial project by Gwen McKenzie and Ella Ordona. even a small love, examines the effects of previous, intimate relationships, featuring the work of Aya Sato, Meg Callahan, Adda Lee, Ella Ordona and Gwen McKenzie. The opening party will be the same night as the opening of Art Fair, Out of Sauce, and Out of Sight, so you'll want to make a date of it OR skip the big shows and eat your feelings with us--we'll have snacks/drinks etc because: PARTY.
love you forever we promise until we don't,
Cat & Chika
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!)
Sign up HERE for our next workshop!
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
Sign up here.
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.