With Capitol Hill a nirvana of murals, here’s why Kurt Cobain got painted over for Pride on Nagle Place

Kurt Cobain could give a shit about Nagle Place. And walls? Walls change.

“Walls rotate. And if you’ve been in the game long enough, you’ve seen it happen to your own walls,” muralist and street artist Weirdo tells CHS.

You’ve seen his “hyper-real” Weirdocult works all over the Hill, most prominently on the side of Neumos where a regular rotation of new works hype the latest big music release or, recently, new kits for the Seattle Sounders.

The murals are his business and this kind of street work is a growing industry for influencers and marketing. They’re not strictly advertising. To stay clear of the city’s rules about off premise advertising — remember this legendary 12th and Pine ad space? — the depictions don’t include overt commercial messaging and involve imagery and subjects related to the building and the community. The paintings, in the end, become statements and part of the colorful background of Pike/Pine and Broadway.

Mostly, Weirdo’s murals are celebrated for their mix of intense, beyond real colors, and photorealistic depictions of his subjects. Weirdo’s latest work is being wrapped up on one of the newer canvases in the Capitol Hill wall space on the backside of the Hunters Capital-developed Broadway Building, along Nagle Place, facing the popular and usually bustling Cal Anderson skate and sport courts. Continue reading

Art Walk and Tarot Readings at Ritual

Illustration by Valerie Niemeyer

Ritual will be featuring tarot readings, a wine reception, astrology profiles, and featured art work from Valerie Niemeyer. Originally from southern Washington, Valerie is a Seattle-based artist and freelance illustrator. She earned a BA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington in 2016, taking some extra time to study animation and art history. Some of her favorite things include birdwatching, popcorn and pink stuff. When she’s not creating art, Valerie can be found peddling coffee to tired people and volunteering at the local comic shop/art gallery.

Metier-Homegrown combo brings new ‘FoodArt’ to E Union

Thanks to the FoodArt Collection, Capitol Hill can lay claim to a homegrown pop art movement. Now the work of artist Genevieve St. Charles has busted out onto the streets of Pike/Pine.

Earlier this year, CHS reported on the link up between E Union’s cycling culture-centered Metier and the food+drink folks at Homegrown. That tandem is now riding smoothly and the combination has added a new mural to the neighborhood’s collection of giant sized art. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Art Walk: Dede Falcone Vernissage, “Third Culture”

In April, we welcome Seattle-based visual artist Dede Falcone at the Goethe Pop Up and the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk will mark the opening of her exhibition”Third Culture,” consisting of mixed media collages and acrylic paintings. At 7 pm, Falcone stops by the Pop Up for an artist talk on her notion of identity and the concepts of placement and displacement, connection and fragmentation that shape her work.  ​

Falcone grew up with parents serving in the United States Armed Forces around the United States and Germany.  She studied Studio Art and Public Administration at Bluffton University and the University of Washington.

Natural Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate: Flower-Bundle Steaming

Bundle dyeing is a natural dye technique that involves laying out the dye material on the fiber and rolling it up for a steam bath. Students will create their own silk scarf using food waste items like blueberry extract, onion skins, and turmeric in an original pattern of their choosing.

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

This 2-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to capture color and create pattern through bundle dyeing.

  1. Intro to Bundle Dyeing
  2. Fiber treatment & preparation
  3. Pattern design and composition
  4. Steam bath technique

During this class, the following item will be provided to practice dyeing:

— Silk scarf

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

BYO Indigo Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate

Breathe new life into stained garments, repurpose old items, or add a beautiful inky-blue indigo color to a new piece. You bring your own natural fiber items, and we’ll provide the indigo and fun.

 

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

Bring up to 5 pre-laundered, manageably-sized fiber items, made of natural fibers (such as linen or cotton).

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

Natural Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate: Flower Pounding

Within each flower, there is an explosive power of color just waiting to be revealed. In this hands-on workshop, we will use a pounding technique and a variety of flowers to create atmospheric and colorful silk scarves. This form of eco-printing has a final result similar to the Japanese technique of shibori dyeing.

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

This 2-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to create color and pattern from

  1. Intro to Eco-Printing
  2. Fiber treatment & preparation
  3. Flower composition and design
  4. Pounding Techniques

During this class, the following items will be provided to practice dyeing:

— Silk Scarf
— Cotton Tote Bag

If you’re interested in bringing your own fibers to dye, please email us in advance. We’ll try to accommodate all requests. Yarn and protein fibers would work best for this workshop.

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

Natural Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate: Pigment From Petals

We will explore the process of capturing the beauty of a flower and repurpose it into hue. This workshop will open up with an overview lecture on the basics of natural dyeing and then will dive into the extraction process with a hands-on approach with a variety of in-season petals.

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

This 3.5-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to dye fibers naturally with color extracted from fresh flowers.

  1. Intro to fibers
  2. Scouring and mordant baths
  3. Creating a dye bath
  4. pH shifts

During this class, the following items will be provided to practice dyeing:

— Silk bandana
— Fishnet market tote bag
— Fiber swatches to create a personal dye book

If you’re interested in bringing your own fibers to dye, please email us in advance. We’ll try to accommodate all requests. Yarn and protein fibers would work best for this workshop.

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

BYO Indigo Dyeing Workshop w/ Maggie Pate

Breathe new life into stained garments, repurpose old items, or add a beautiful inky-blue indigo color to a new piece. You bring your own natural fiber items, and we’ll provide the indigo and fun.

 

Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.

Bring up to 5 pre-laundered, manageably-sized fiber items, made of natural fibers (such as linen or cotton).

Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.

Gift a workshop: Our classes make thoughtful, engaging presents. If you’d like to purchase a workshop for someone, please make a note during checkout.

A celebration of Tarot Art at Ritual

Come explore local tarot art with us for the March Capitol Hill Art Walk – featuring the deck and prints of local Seattle artist Jon Garaizer, decks from PDX based Pixel Occult, and Olympia, WA based Abacus Corvus, as well as readings and a wine reception.