I just took my second spin around Ouch My Eye's excellent Ctrl Alt Design show, curated by JOIN: Design Seattle, and found myself still covetous of all the clever and lovely (and useful!) items exhibited. Observe:
Doorknobs made out of hockey pucks (they feel so great in your hand!).
Sometimes traveling feels more like work than relaxation. Going to an exotic locale halfway around the world looks like fun when I'm at home watching the Travel Channel. In reality, when I journey thousand of miles from home (and have to pack for strange weather, schlep around my baggage, navigate the airport, switch time zones and pay huge amounts of money for the pleasure) I feel more like I'm a contestant on the Survivor T.V. show. It's so stressful that I want to be voted off my own vacation!
I thoroughly enjoyed Thursday’s opening night performance of Bottega ZinZanni, the creative collaboration of two of Seattle’s biggest dreamers; local fashion designer Luly Yang and purveyors of one-of-a-kind dinner theater, Teatro Zinzanni. Encouraging our imaginations to soar, the two joined hands to create the cabaret-style show which tells a beautiful story about the transformative nature of fashion.
The supply of P-Patches is low, so why not start your own?
Last Saturday I attended a celebration of a brand new P-Patch in West Seattle. Over 40 people attended to mark the event–I was amazed that this many people would show up at 9:00a.m. on a chilly June Saturday that was threatening rain. I knew myself to be a nerdy gardening type, preoccupied with powdery mildew and the pH balance of my soil, but I had no idea the density of nerdy gardeners in my neighborhood was so high!
This just in: Chinatown and the International District will soon be home to the city's newest art walk. Participants will include Kobo Gallery, Higo Variety Store, a travelling collection from ArtXchange, highlights from the largest collection of Bruce Lee memorabilia, alleyway art, Kau Kau’s famous BBQ pork and outdoors street performers.
Two months after being introduced, Woodland Park Zoo’s Humboldt penguins are already being upstaged. With big eyes and tiny roars, a pair of four week old Snow Leopard cubs are pushing the Humboldt out of the top spot for cutest zoo animal (an unofficial poll of course). The 4 lb male and 3.6 lb female cub were born on May 25th to a set of first time parents who were brought to the Zoo a year ago as part of a Species Survival Plan.
Now that summer is officially upon us (the first day was June 21st) and the sun is making an extended stay, we can finally pull out the bright colors, happy sundresses, flip flops and tanks. Julep Nail Parlor (multiple locations, including 1427 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle and a new locale in Bellevue) must be a similarly happy mood, debuting a fun, colorful line of polish colors to go along with your summer wardrobe.
I first met Seattle artist Debra Baxter four or five years ago at one of the most excellent dance parties I've ever attended in the city. It was held in a warehouse/office/showroom/artist space in SoDo, and was thrown by genius local lighting designer (and incredibly nice guy) Bradley Sweek of Flux. It was one of those parties where you drive somewhere kind of odd and park somewhere kind of odder, and as you're stepping over broken bottles and squinting at address numbers on buildings you think, this is SO not going to be worth it...
How you gonna pay last year’s rent? This year’s rent? Next year’s rent?
Broadway’s Tony award-winning musical, Rent, is now playing at the Paramount Theatre through June 21. You want to see it (you need to see it!), but how you can afford a ticket and still pay your rent?!? You aren’t as broke as the characters in the musical, but you also don't want to eat Ramen noodles for a month in order to buy tickets!
Knute Berger's "Six Things You Can't Say in Seattle" has garnered plenty of kudos from locals tired of explaining to out of towners exactly what Seattle is all about.
In case you missed his column in our May issue, here's a recap of Knute's six commandments:1. “Recycling is a hassle.”2. “Bellevue’s pretty cool.”
Local and national politicos are having a laugh at the expense of a secretary on Rep. Jim McDermott’s staff. The hilarious discourse started when an aide at a D.C. lobbying firm accidentally referred to McDermott’s scheduling aide, Elizabeth Becton, as a “Liz.”
Here’s a sample of the converation from Politico.com:
With the popularity of Project Runway, a lot more people are dreaming of careers as the next top clothing designer. After all, they have fabulous imaginations, can whip up a sketch and are always the ones friends consult with when it comes to fashion conundrums.
But is that enough to actually get a foot in the business?
Yesterday morning at Seattle Central Community College's Apparel Design Final Line & Portfolio Show, I got a glimpse of what it really takes to even consider putting a toe in the competitive world of clothing design.