The Art Walk this month will be on Thursday, January 12 from 5-8pm (check venues for specific times).
It’s still cold outside but we’ve passed the winter solstice so (ostensibly) the days are getting longer. Perfect time to bundle up and pop in to visit all the cozy venues showing art this month. Make sure to visit our wonderful sponsoring eateries for food and drink to warm you up for the winter walk in our neighborhood.
Art will be on display at 40 participating businesses and you can enjoy a wide variety of “Art Walk Specials” at 15 bars, restaurants and cafes (Check out our Facebook post for more info). So grab a Walking Map at any of the participating businesses below to plan your route!
This post’s hero artwork by Diane Culhane. She is showing this month at Compass Real Estate .
Please note: We will be updating the businesses and their artists as the week goes on. Please check back before Second Thursday evening!
Can’t Join on January 12? Our photography team will be covering some of the receptions and will post photos and a recap in a post on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Check out the social accounts of your favorite exhibiting business – they may post photos or video, too!
We also want to remind our Art Lovers that this event is powered by our participating artists, businesses, and restaurants. Thank you for all you do to celebrate our vibrant art scene in West Seattle!
Click here to view the Google map for businesses that are open and exhibiting.
Walking Map for January 12 Art Walk!
Featured Q1 Artist! Congratulations to our first quarter featured artist digi-prim. The West Seattle Arts Council loved the leaf image that was digitally transformed into this bright and vibrant graphic. Digital Primitivism (Digi-Prim) will be showing at Molly’s Bottle Shop throughout January and February.
ALKI POINT & LUNA PARK
Brought to you by the West Seattle Junction Association
LUNA PARK CAFE
2918 SW AVALON WAY
Food & Drink Special! $1 off our famous milkshakes on Art Walk night!
Lily’s Salvadoran Restaurant
2940 SW Avalon Way
Food & drink specials during the Art Walk include $2 off any liquor/beverage or a free empanada dessert with purchase and is available 5-8pm.
Izaya Colson INDOORS SHOW + RECEPTION 5pm – 8pm
Visit Lily’s not just for their wonderful cuisine but to see their large wall mural depicting the city of Guazapa where the owner, Lily, grew up. Below is the description of the art murals:
The inspiration for this painting was to replicate a peaceful, small city in El Salvador, called “GUAZAPA”. Lily, owner of “LILY’S SALVADOREAN RESTAURANT”, was raised in Guazapa before moving to USA in 2004 and then to Seattle in 2007. One of the first and most important things to notice is the woman in the lead. She is wearing a blue and white dress to represent the El Salvador flag. In the center of the painting is the lifeline river “RIO GUAZAPA”. A river like this is where Lily’s family would wash clothes and bathe. The yellow flowers in each corner of the painting are the national flower, called “FLOR DE IZOTE”. Unlike flowers which face up, these face down, almost as if they are relaxing. They vary in color from vibrant yellow to soft off white. One the far right, you will see the national bird El Salvador, called “TOROGOZ”. Lily recalls how the birds would sometimes peck at her window, which she found humorous. She felt a friendly connection the the birds, as if they were very aware of each other’s presence.
Look closely at the mountain in the background, you might see the “sleeping lady”. This mountain view is only visible from some angles. When the civil war started in 1979, the fighting was fierce in Suchitoto on the other side of the mountain. Many people fled Suchitoto for the safety of Guazapa.
The painting took ten full days of hard work to realize, from building the frames, painting and installation. Izaya’s intention is for the viewer to feel as if they are stepping into Lily’s world, to experience where she’s from and the things that made her happy. This captures the place where Lily learned about herself and shaped how she relates to the community, family, food, and her culture.
Learn more about Lily’s Salvadorean Restaurant at their Instagram and Facebook pages.
Brought to you by the Admiral Neighborhood Association
4213 SW College Street
Linda Kemp Scheiber INDOORS 4pm-9pm
Still Life with Meadow Lark Lemon
Linda Kemp Scheiber is a native NW artist that has been showing her pastel and oil paintings in the Puget Sound region since the 1990’s. A graduate of Seattle’s Burnley School of Art she worked professionally as a graphic designer. She studied with Ron Lukas and Henry Stinson. Her works have been shown in galleries and restaurants her in Seattle and The Gallery of Great Things and Up Country in Hawaii. She is also my mother which makes her the greatest artist in the history of Pizzeria 22 gallery.
And Arlen Jewelry
We want to welcome And Arlen to the Art Walk community. The are located in the building that the West Seattle Fogue Gallery was in. Though they are not showing art this month or February, we look forward to them participating in the Thursday night Art Walk in March! Check back then to see their line up for that month.
2141 California Ave SW
Brittany Noelle PNW OPS Photography INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
SHE ANSWERED THE CALL OF THE WILD!
Brittany Noelle is the founding/principal artist of PNW Orca Pod Squad Photography. Raised in the green mountains of Vermont, her love of nature began as a child while exploring the wilds of Acadia National Park in Maine. After witnessing their breaching in the Salish Sea her love of whales was solidified. Now a whale enthusiast and conservation activist, when not focused on the challenges of Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department, she spends countless hours along the west coast documenting these majestic creatures. You can usually find her with her camera on land or a boat along the shores of the Pacific, venturing to the San Juan Islands or Vancouver Island. As a wildlife photographer, naturalist and conservation advocate she enjoys connecting people with her local ecosystem and the animals that call the Salish Sea and the Pacific Northwest home. In 2022, 5% of all sales will be donated to Killer Whale Tales, a local non-profit, environmental education program that uses storytelling and field based science to inspire students to take an active role in conservation of Southern Resident killer whales and their environment.
Learn more about Brittany’s work at her Instagram and Website.
2206 California Ave SW
Small craft cocktail bar specializing in house infusions and light snacks. Banana Bread Old Fashioned for $12!
2210 California Ave SW
Odessa Durante INDOOR SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm – 8pm Artist can not attend show.
After being diagnosed with several rare diseases and illnesses, Odessa strives to paint images that fill hearts with joy.
Learn more about Odessa’s work at her Instagram . Odessa does not have an official website at this time, but rather does sales through Instagram or in person shows. People are welcome to contact through email or Instagram for commissions as well.
Art Exhibit + Art Walk Special! Free Happy Hour size pizza with purchase of any appetizer or pizza.
SOPRANO’S ANTICO PIZZA & PASTA RESTAURANT
2348 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Food and Drink Specials!
Please mention “The Art Walk” and ask your server about the rotating Art Walk Specials!
Otter on the Rocks
4210 SW Admiral Way
Art Walk Special: $2 off specialty cocktails on Art Walk night
Seattle Dive Tours
4217 SW Admiral Way
Seattle Dive Tours will be showing later in the year, starting in July. Stay tuned for updates closer to that time!
West Seattle Realty (PARTNER)
2715 California Ave SW, Suite 105
Desmond Hansen INDOORS SHOW 5pm-10pm
West Seattle Realty is showcasing the amazing mural Desmond Hansen created inside their office!
Learn more about Desmond’s work on his Instagram and Website.
The Good Society Brewery and Public House
2701 California Ave SW, Unit A
GirlSpit INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
GirlSpit created her name by combining the identity of a fictitious NYC graffiti artist (Spit) and the sexism in the graffiti Culture – combating male dominance with the addition of the word Girl. She is a Seattle stencil artist who practices the delicate art of paper cutting. Her work can be seen at Gray Sky Gallery. She also spends her time teaching stencil classes to the art community.
Learn more about GirlSpits’s work on her Instagram and website.
Molly’s Bottle Shop
3278 California Ave SW Suite C
Digital Primitivism INDOORS + RECEPTION 5pm – 8pm
Congratulations to Digi-Prim! They were selected as our first artist of the quarter this year! Look for the West Seattle Art Walk’s poster showcasing their beautiful, multi-colored leaf which is displayed in participating businesses along the Ave.
She photographs a simple creative effort. He reimagines it as modern art. Being unrestrained feels good and being in the moment feels good; that’s why i love art. the colors, the transformation, the delight; that’s why i love digi-prim. david makes magic. – betsy
Art is a place of meditation, a flow state; i’m absorbed into the moment, with digi-prim, it’s fun to be surprised, to try and figure it out, and turn it into something new. Betsy has a great eye. – david
Collaboration. Discovery. Bold. Surprise. Fun. Creativity. Expression. Limitless.
Learn more about their work at their Instagram.
3237B California Ave SW
Julius Bush INDOORS + RECEPTION 5:30pm-8pm
Julius is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Seattle, WA. He started to explore his passion for drawing in 2017. Using abstract forms, he created works with graphite to build technical skills which steadily progressed towards representational subjects, while digital paintings enabled an environment that enhanced his understanding of color. He now works with acrylic paints on canvas. His practice explores a personal sense of culture and identity created from an accumulation of experiences and stories, in a style embedded with essence of cartoons, surrealism, and storytelling.
Learn more about Julius’s work at his Instagram and Website.
Shael Anderson INDOORS+RECEPTION, 12pm-8pm
Shael’s images are triggered by seeing a material or object in place. Capturing how it has aged, weathered, and worn. How it was manipulated, either intentionally or unintentionally by its use or function. And how it has been polished or finished to gain its patina and beauty. Shael believes ‘seeing it in place allows my eye to capture it as a thought, and then let my mind work on where I want to take it as an ongoing experience for myself and others.” Born and raised in Seattle, the majority of the work in this show was discovered and captured locally.
Learn more about Shael’s work at his Instagram and Facebook and WEND Website.
Follow WEND space’s art conversation at their Instagram page.
Learn more about WEND Jewelry at their jewelry-specific Instagram and website.
Welcome Road Winery
5910 California Ave SW Ste B
$1 off of glass pours
Deb McCarroll BUSINESS HOURS ONLY (Permanent collection)
Deb McCarroll’s bold work embodies the Northwest’s regional culture. Patterns are created with Seattle’s ubiquitous falling rain. Paper is integrated into wet paint and then set on fire. Metal leaf is frequently woven into scenes and selectively oxidized with acid to add patinas in glittering greens and browns. Local flora and fauna are painted in startling realism and then pared with raw abstract practices.
Learn more about Deb’s work at her Instagram, Facebook and website.
Brought to you by the West Seattle Junction Association
LARS GESING FINE ART NATURE IMAGES
4413 42ND AVE S
INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 3pm – 8pm
Experience Lars Gesing’s award-winning fine art nature photography and bring a piece of the PNW’s beauty into your home or workspace! Come by Lars’s gallery — just a block off of California Ave, on the intersection of 42nd Ave SW and SW Genesee St.
Learn more about Lars’s work at his Instagram, Facebook and website.
John L. Scott
4445 California Ave SW
Sandy Nelson and Elsie Nelson Brown BUSINESS HOUR DISPLAY ONLY
Sandy Nelson is a painter and screen printer, depicting abstract landscapes and retro-modern screen printed designs. Her 14-year-old daughter, Elsie Nelson Brown, carves linoleum blocks to print fresh images of everyday objects. For this show, they collaborated on a print, each doing one color, creating a compelling image called, “Always, Joy.”
“Celebrating the season! Elsie and I created a special collaborative piece for this month’s art walk: I screen printed a green layer and on top of that layer, Elsie printed a linoleum block tree that she has carved — for a two-artist, one-piece print called “Always Joy.” We’re bringing our art supplies and will be demonstrating our art processes. Come and see and join the fun!” Sandy Nelson
Learn about Sandy’s work at her Instagram and Webpage.
SEATTLE FISH COMPANY
4435 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Food and Drink Special! $5.00 House red & white, $1 off on-tap beers, 5pm to close.
4458 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Food and Drink Special! $1 off glass of wine on Art Walk night!
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
4505 California Ave SW
Domenica Parisi INDOORS SHOW + RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
You are a gift to the world
4511 California Ave SW
Scott Chreist INDOORS + RECEPTION 5pm-til late
Scott Chreist hails from just left of the center of New Mexico. In his early years it was quite obvious that he was highly creative long before it was noted in any police blotter. He emerged unscathed from primary schooling only to find that he had somehow ended up in New England while his parents remained in the Southwest. So like any other normal young man, he launched himself into college for the third time. His GPA soared though he continued his valiant, if slightly misunderstood, efforts to understand the world around himself. If not for the heroic friendships he formed and the weathered guidance of his professors, surely Scott would have ended up working as a bartender for the remainder of his life. His art is influenced by people he’s known and places he’s been, by artists like Luigi Profeta, Matisse, Richter, Mark Price, and by the scenery life presents.
Learn more about Scott’s work at his Instagram, Facebook and Website.
See more details about Capers at their website.
Wild Roses New & Vintage for Your Home
4529 California Av SW
LORRIE BROGAN INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm-8:00pm Artist will not be in attendance
We will also be showing work by Linda McClamrock and Reeve Washburn
Lorrie Brogan: Acrylic and mixed media show
Learn more about Lorrie’s work on her Website.
COMPASS REAL ESTATE
4531 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Diane Culhane INDOORS SHOW+RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
Snacks & Beverages Provided
Diane Culhane is a professional artist, writer, and art educator who lives West Seattle in her 1910 home. She works out of her studio in Ballard, Building C. She received her BFA from the University of Utah and Master’s Degree In Teaching from Seattle University. Diane has taught at Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Kirkland Arts Center and currently directs and owns Kelsey Creek Fine Art School ‘Go Go with Van Gogh’ for children in the summers.
Artist Statement: I am a seer. I am a visual story-teller. On the canvas, color and form begin as visual dialogue… a conversation. Images develop from layers of acrylic glaze that build from bottom to top as I intertwine drawing and painting in the composition which creates story making and short vignettes from a world I know and experience. A world I know well where the secret places reveal themselves to me as a whisper, a knowing, a longing, or a prayer.
Learn more about Diane’s work on her Instagram, Facebook and Website.
4535 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Chas Redmond INDOORS+RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
Chas Redmond is a retired NASA Public Affairs Officer and has been a visual artists since grade school. The current work of the artist features colorful and abstract works using molten crayons on canvas, wood and copper plate. These works are similar to encaustic art and use wax crayons in a new method.
Learn more about Chas’s work on his Facebook.
Easy Street Records & Cafe (PARTNER)
4559 California Ave SW
Artist to be announced
Food and Drink Art Walk Special: Happy Hour from 5pm-9pm on Art Walk night! $5.00 Draft & Wells, $7.00 Wine Pours.
DARBY WINERY TASTING ROOM
4306 SW ALASKA STREET
Food and Drink Art Walk Special: $6 glass pours 5-8pm, 15% off bottles.
4709 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Kevin Ducoing INDOOR DISPLAY 5pm-7pm
4701 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
4711 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
4556 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Food & Drink Special!
10% off during Art Walk until closing.
Windermere West Metro Real Estate, brought to you by brokers Shari Kruse and Sally Hardwick
4526 California Ave SW
C.A. Pierce, Leon Lowman and Cheryl Zahniser INDOOR SHOW+RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
Check out this video of Cheryl’s backstory and process!
4547 California Avenue
Artist Pop Up Event! INDOOR SHOW and RECEPTION 5pm-9pm.
Join us for the monthly edition of the collaboration between Clay Cauldron & Jet City Labs. A pop-up shop featuring creations from multiple artists in our new creative & event space at 4547 California Ave SW. Wine and snacks are provided by Jet City Laboratory. This event happens during the monthly West Seattle Art Walk (2nd Thursdays of each month). Aileron (by Jet City Labs) is West Seattle’s newest gallery & event space. Located in the former Lika Love space. This event replaces the event typically held at Jet City Labs.
The Clay Cauldron is a small, private pottery studio that will be offering classes for up to 4 students at a time. Open studio time, kiln firings, studio use and private instruction options available. Learn more about the Clay Cauldron at their website.
Learn more about Jet City Labs at their Facebook, Instagram, and website .
4545 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Food and Drink Special! $7.00 Art Walk Margarita – Just be sure to mention “The Art Walk Special!”
4718 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Cooper Bargfrede BUSINESS HOUR DISPLAY ONLY 3pm-11pm.
From that simple enjoyment of visual things, I wanted to create my own which has slowly led me to where I am now. It started off by liking vintage clothing and liking the graphics the shirts had and trying to make a print that would have everything I wanted in a vintage shirt myself and slowly turned into me making paintings and things of that nature.
Learn more about Cooper’s work on his Website.
ELLIOTT BAY BREWING CO.
4720 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Food and Drink Special! $1 off of a beer on Art Walk night.
GREAT AMERICAN DINER & BAR
4752 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Laura Hoynes ARTIST OPEN STUDIO 5pm-8pm
A Navy veteran, and painting since she was a girl, Spilling Colors artist Laura Hoynes is showcasing all of her bold, vibrant, unique, (mainly acrylic) art styles with tons of colors! With a love of all things galaxy, Laura has a knack for fun, and random art. Inspiration from her surroundings and then meshing ideas together, she is always on the lookout for her next creation!
Spilling Colors Art
Learn more about Laura’s work at her Instagram.
Food & Drink Special! $6 AW cocktails, $ 5.50/2 beers (Stella, IPA bottle), $3.50 assorted hard seltzers, $9.95 classic burger ‘n brew, $19.95 large Mimosa pitcher.
Doll Parts Collective
WE’VE MOVED! 4832 California Ave SW
Shirene Soleiman INDOORS SHOW + RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
Shirene is an Iranian-American artist and curator born and raised in the Seattle area. After fully realizing she had been living according to limitations set by society and family dynamics, things that told her what a woman “should” be, it became her mission to break out of these limitations at every turn and to rediscover her own voice. This experience has been liberating and at times overwhelming, and she explores these feelings in her portraits. Whether Shirene is celebrating female empowerment and sexuality or navigating the shaky territory that comes with challenging the widely accepted definition of “woman,” she makes each portrait starting with a digital version on Procreate and then translates it onto the canvas with charcoal and acrylic paints. Whether I’m celebrating female empowerment and sexuality or navigating the shaky territory that sometimes comes with challenging the widely accepted definition of “woman,” I make each portrait starting with a digital version on Procreate and then translate it onto the canvas with charcoal and acrylic paints.
Learn more about Shirene’s work on her Instagram, Facebook and Website.
Follow @dollparts on their Instagram.
Brought to you by the Morgan Community Association
Inner Space Designs
Sandi Vetter INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm – 8pm
SaulesSister is a play on Soul Sister. Saule (sow-leh) is the Latvian word for Sun & is a hint of her Latvian heritage. Sandi use found & foraged botanical bits (leaves, twigs, flowers, seeds) as a medium to create artful Mandalas, Foliage Faces, Animal Spirits & scenes from her imagination. Her art is ephemeral, preserved only by a photograph, as once it is complete, a photo is taken & the original art is swept away into the garden compost.
Learn more about Sandi at her Instagram and Facebook.
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
5435 California Ave SW
Join us for the West Seattle Art Walk, Thursday, January 12 from 5-8pm at the Canna West Culture Shop. Desmond Hansen continues as our featured artist for January. He is well known for his amazing murals and portraits throughout Seattle, including the Culture Shop’s outdoor murals.
Desmond Hansen INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
Desmond will be revealing new art work during the show so please come meet him and be there for the great reveal!
Desmond Hansen, an artist on a mission to paint amazing murals everywhere of all sizes. The artist behind over 60 portraits throughout Seattle individually painted on traffic signal boxes. Digital art graphics + brand marketing + canvas art in many mediums. Desmond can be commissioned for murals, paintings and custom design graphics.
Learn more about Desmond’s work at his Instagram, Facebook and Website .
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West Seattle Cellars
6026 California Ave SW
West Seattle Cellars is closed for the first two weeks of January as they take their annual post-holidays break. They will be participating in the Art Walk in February so check back then!
5910 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Doug Early INDOORS + RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
I hope that my photography can take a person on a journey either by showcasing a foreign city’s highlights that peaks the individual’s curiosity, an unusual landscape that begs the observer to want to know more or through capturing a flower in bloom that brings a wonderful calmness and serenity for the viewer.
I will have both pictures and greeting cards to sell at the Art Walk.
Learn more about Doug’s work at his Instagram and Website.
Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave SW
Food and Drink Special! West Seattle’s favorite pub! 37 taps of craft beer & cider, 100+ bottles, great wine & cider!
Get $1 off draught pints and wine glass pours during Art Walks!
6451 California Ave SW
Food and Drink Special! We are a whisky bar with a full bar including beer and wine with a very extensive food menu.
$2.00 off wine pours and $1.00 off draft during Art Walk.
6459 California Ave SW
Food and Drink Special! $3 off any Large pizza, and $1 off beer pints and wine pours during Art Walk night.
Kyle Abernathy INDOORS SHOW & RECEPTION 5pm-8pm
Kyle will be doing a live, in-store painting demonstration. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown Atelier of Gage Academy of Art. He is also co-owner of Seattle Mainframe.
Learn more about Kyle’s work on his Facebook and Instagram.
Peel & Press
6503 California Ave SW, #1899
Food and Drink Special! Half-price Appetizers on Art Walk Night!
6523 California Ave SW
Jenna Brechbiel BUSINESS HOURS ONLY 5pm-6pm
Jenna Brechbiel Artist Bio:
As a creative watercolor artist, Jenna strives to create beauty out of the chaos. Jenna’s paintings are created by vibrant washes of watercolor mixing together to create unique and unpredictable combinations. Then she molds and shapes the image and slowly builds while still highlighting the chaotic first layers. Life is unpredictable, live free.. paint free.
Learn more about Jenna’s work at her Instagram, Facebook and Website.
4316 SW Othello St
Tami Bensen of Crystal Clairvoyant, Rebecca Woodhouse of Woodhouse Art , Jim Gerlitz of Gerlitz Art and Nichole DeMent and Flora Carlile- Kovacs ARTIST OPEN STUDIO 5pm-9pm
Tami is an Intuitive Medium, Energy Healer and Crystal Vendor. She is a heart-centered, kind and accurate Healing Medium. It is her complete passion to play and work with Crystals. If you would like to know more about rocks, or are just starting out, Tami is the perfect person to connect with. You will walk away feeling inspired & joyful. Come meet this west Seattle Gem, you will not regret it! She will be co hosting with Artist Nicole Dement in her beautiful west facing art studio. There will be Crystals for sale & Raffle entries with purchase. Cash or card will be accepted with optional discounts available.
Learn more about Tami’s work at her Instagram, Facebook and Website.
Rebecca Woodhouse of Woodhouse Art
Woodhouse was in the September issue of the NW Art Alliance newsletter, can be found in PMA magazine, issue 7, and is opening her West Seattle studio door to the public for the first time since moving from Equinox Studios last November. She is represented by WaterWorks Gallery and just closed shows in Bellevue and Vancouver, BC! If you like abstract art, color, and texture, definitely check out her interdisciplinary paintings and collages!
Learn more about Rebecca’s work at her Instagram, Facebook and Website.
Jim Gerlitz of Gerlitz Art
Oil paintings and drawings of life, things….
Learn more about Jim’s work on his Instagram and Website.
Nichole will be in the studio sharing art and ideas for new expanding series.
Learn more about Nichole’s work at her Instagram, Facebook and Website.
Flora Carlile-Kovacs: Flora Felts Handmade Textiles
My interest in textiles drew me to graduate studies in ethnography, but I felt a deeper passion for creating with fiber than analyzing it. I have learned several traditional fiber arts from the greatest masters in Hungary. When I’ve learned the basics of the felting technique, I realized this is a limitless medium with amazing possibilities. In my work I use the most ancient textile technique, combining carded, unspun wool and silk fibers with water, soap and vigorous kneading to create a durable, unwoven material: felt. I have improved the traditional techniques and invented new ones of my own. Breaking away from making useful objects I am now exploring how handmade felt can become applied art for public spaces. I use several layers of hand-dyed merino wool and silk fibers and fabrics to create optical color blending. I incorporate various materials in the felt to achieve captivating textures and surfaces. I often create raised surfaces so the light refracts on the ruffles of silk and synthetic fabrics. Handmade felt is underestimated and underrepresented in the art world. My mission is to find its audience and to break the boundary between craft and fine art.
Learn more about Flora’s work at her Instagram, Facebook, and Website.
Learn more about host PRDG Architecture + Design at their Instagram and Facebook pages, and website.