In February, we hosted an art installation by our friend Ben Masters. It was a beautiful combination of fans, box kites, and diagrams that flowed throughout the store. Big thanks to Our/Seattle Vodka and Malus Ginger Beer for the great refreshments during the art walk event!
I was watching videos on dance and art on Nowness last night and came across one for Sleep Sound by Jamie xx. It's one of my favorite tracks from last year and I still play it in the store all the time. The idea for the video and the lovely self assured way everyone dances has been on my mind ever since. Here's a brief description of how the video came about from director and artist Sofia Mattioli ...
“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for Jamie xx. During the course of one day, she danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” says Mattioli. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”
Seattle-based furniture designer Andy Whitcomb is a master of repurposing materials, breathing life into discarded industrial elements and transforming them into timeless pieces of furniture made for everyday use. Andy says he often draws inspiration from the aging qualities of each found object and material. His lasted series of artwork emerges through observing, imagining, and placing the materials from his studio in different combinations and orientations. Playing with contrasting shapes, materials, textures, and colors to bring forth a dynamic visual experience. There is no agenda, no deeper meaning. His artwork is about the experience of creating something beautiful, by elevating under-appreicated materials and objects to a place where they will be valued.