July is killing it at Virago Gallery! Summerfest, Portland Pop-up and more!

Summerfest Kick off with WILDCAT ROSE and Summerfest Pop-up with Elysium Jewelry and Rogue:Minx!

Wildcat Rose is a 4 piece country band from Seattle, WA. Their sound blends together dark western with a punch of rock n roll grit. Join us at the gallery this Thursday 6 to 9pm for the kickoff of West Seattle's SUMMERFEST and get your honkey tonk on!
 



Portland in the HOUSE!!! 

Jody Howard of Elysium Jewelry has been a staple of Virago Gallery for the last 4 years. An originator of the Boho-chic revival, her pieces are timeless and on trend. All handmade in Portland - no two pieces are alike. High quality jewels, hard workin' woman!

ROGUE:MINX is a one woman show run by Anna Marie Cooper, a self taught designer, advocate for women's empowerment and ethical manufacturing. She came to Virago last year and we plan on expanding her collections here in Seattle. She keeps her brand sweatshop FREE and always from Portland.

Sassafras Pop-Up Closing ParTAYYYY w/Local Badassed Designers

June 17th 5 to 9pm

Shop local designers wtih Sassafras Pop-up at Virago Gallery! 

Join us for our closing PARTAYYYYY for Belltown's favorite handmade dress shop SASSAFRAS. featuring Pacific Northwest desginers Boho Republic, Stone Crow Designs, Katy Flynn and Maison La Maćon. 

virago-sassafras

About Amy Tipton's Sassafras: 
Our retail shop houses the fashion design studios of familiar local Seattle lines, and we want to bring these great designs to you. Shop for great garments made by great people in the Pacific Northwest now at our pop-up in West Seattle! 

About the featured designers:
Boho Republic
"Boho Republic was born in 2013, but I've been styling all my life."

Maybe it started when I got my hands on a pair of scissors as a child, or perhaps it was my first trip to a thrift store. In high school I wore men's jackets with skirts and Timberland boots, during college there an infusion of costume influence, and by my 30's I had amassed a couple dozen pairs of Mary Janes and more than a closet full of vintage clothing and accessories. When I started designing it was a natural next step. Deconstruction of existing items was the gateway, and I still incorporate recycled textiles whenever possible - I enjoy the challenge it presents. Two seasons per year, fresh prints and textiles. While the silhouettes don't change a great deal from season to season (that's why they're considered classic) the vibe is always fresh.

Katy Flynn
Designing and constructing for over 17 years, I live in Seattle and am fully dedicated to indulging in peoples individual style needs.

I am currently a jewelry buyer for Sassafras, a boutique in Belltown that only sells garments and accessories made in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I teach sewing and patterning at a local fashion school and I also represent talented designers from this area. 

I believe our community is strengthened by artistic expression and local commerce, and that is my ultimate goal. Small batch designs made in the Northwest.

Stone Crow Design
The Capsule Collection
The inspiration for this Capsule Collection came from the Japanese dye technique called Shibori. I fell in love with the technique and wanted to use it to add more luxury to this already luxurious collection. So I chose to add it to the Goth Dye Legging, the Cocoon Jacket and to some surprise places just for the wearer. 

Also with this collection I was also able to find some of the most wonderful eco-friendly fabrics. From the very luxurious feel of the all bamboo Distressed Armor Sweater to the cozy bamboo, organic cotton blend of the Unisex Tee and Tank. I can not forget the bamboo, organic cotton, spandex blend Ponte fabric of The Amy Legging. This collection just begs to be lived in.

Maison La Macon
La Macón has been an independent power house of handmade leather garments and handbags for discerning Pacific Northwest style seekers since 2000. La Macón’s creative roots take inspiration from the classic silhouettes of the 60s mod scene and are infused with the new wave years that followed. Think retro silhouettes with a dash of rocker style sprinkled in for good measure. 

K-Fly Design

K-Fly Design

Boho Design  

Boho Design

 

La Maćon

La Maćon

Petrichor Goods Pop Up with Wine Tasting by Sound & Fog.

It's a Pop-up shop kinda summer here at Virago! 
Join us May 27th 6-9 and see the earthy wares of Petrichor Goods paired with a Rosé wine tasting by West Seattle's Sound & Fog. RSVP here..

About Jeri Warlick of Petrichor Goods:
This Texas native grew up making mud pies and climbing trees far away from the design world. Yet, helping her grandmother sew and her father build their home, a love of design and architecture would inevitably develop. Warlick has a background in interior architecture, and, as with her architectural work, her love of simplicity and handcrafted elements infuses her jewelry and home designs. Petrichor is a collaboration with @smalbatchpottery of fine earth-crafted-goods and jewelry. 

Sound & Fog
Sound & Fog is a specialty coffee bar in West Seattle that features great coffees and several beers on tap as well as extensive wine offerings. They are a neighborhood destination that provides amazing coffee and an approachable evening menu of beer and wine. They feature Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, a rotating local roaster, and a monthly “while supplies last” Nordic coffee pour-over option provided by Kaffe Box. Beer and wine selections rotate seasonally.

Jeri Warlick Petrichor Goods Pop up
Sound & Fog will be presenting a lovely Rosé at $5 per tasting with bottles to take home! 

Sound & Fog will be presenting a lovely Rosé at $5 per tasting with bottles to take home! 

Feminist Fiber Art Show - A Traveling Exhibit

We are pleased to present Feminist Fiber Art, a traveling exhibit,  curated by Iris Nector, Tracy Cilona and Erika Paget. 

Featuring: Julia Fioravanti (Seattle), Zoe Brookes (Seattle), Lada Neoberdina (France), Laura Castellanos (Seattle), Kook Teflon (Seattle), Christaleni Alifieraki (Greece), Aslı Alkan (Turkey), Hannah Claire Somerville (Oakland), Tal Fitzpatrick (Australia), Nicole Monjeau (London), Michelle Gauthier (Toronto),  Miss Yvonne (L.A.),  Kjersti Faret (Brooklyn), Jasmine Colahan (Brooklyn), Bren Ahearn (San Francisco), Katrina Majkut (Brooklyn), Lauren Leone (Boston), Camela Guevarra (Charleston), Angela McQuillan (Philadelphia), Tatiana Castillo (Colombia), Mareva Nardelli (Iceland), Justyna Wolodkiewicz (Poland) and more TBA!!!!

Flyer by @aburrideitor

Flyer by @aburrideitor

Feminist Fiber Art is a traveling art exhibit conceived by Iris Nectar in the summer of 2015 to "illustrate how feminists have been using the medium to subvert its history as "women's work" in colorful, fun, and sexually liberated ways." Nectar, an independent artist and curator was frustrated with the eternity of underrepresented women artists and activated by the rallying cry of Guerrilla Girls who underscore the meager representation of women artist's work featured in museums (3%) vs. how many women nudes are featured (83%). Equally important was the focus of Fiber Art. "We want to prove that fiber art, and all crafts are no lesser than “fine art” and that everything handmade has meaning. We want to encourage fine craftsmanship. "

"In response to this misogyny, we want to share our ideals of equality and inclusivity through the arts. We want our exhibit to be fun, to be sexy, to be inspiring. We want our exhibit to be accessible to the general public, which we hope to accomplish through a sense of humor and compassion, in order to encourage feminism for all. " Iris Nectar

Virago Gallery is thrilled to partner with Feminist Fiber Art and LA based artists and curator Erika Paget. We'll be posting participating artists as we get confirmations and look for some of the work to be featured in our on line shop!

We hope to see more collaborations in our future. Traveling exhibits, sister galleries, guest curators in the future! 

 

 

 

Rock and Roll Women by Mariel Andrade

Mariel Andrade was born in Seattle to Brazilian & Chilean parents. 
Having spent much of her childhood in Brazil, she was enchanted by the lush & colorfully palettes of Brazils culture & land. She then began drawing & later taught herself to paint. 

Grace Jones

She is passionate about music and is inspired by romanticism, humor, people she admires and strangers in old photographs.
Fascinated by capturing the emotion and personality of each individual while imagining what their story could have been; are the key components to her work. 

Mariel is our featured boutique artist this month, showcasing her hand painted vintage jackets of iconic women in rock. A West Seattle artist, Mariel's portraits pay homage to some of music's most important Viragos and Innovators.  


 

Stevie Nicks

Virago On-Line Shop is LIVE!

Slow and steady. Is there any other way? Not for me apparently. Every small business owner will tell you that every idea, every inspiration, every execution takes time. A long time. If you don't have unlimited resources, most of the time you learn to do things yourself. You teach yourself how to make everything on your own, brick by brick. A website, an online shop is made of many bricks.

OY. Web developer/designers, you deserve every penny!

Thank the goddess for Squarespace. It took me 2 months, but we are here. I think it turned out ok and as some of you know, in a another life I was a photographer, so it's nice to be back behind the camera, it's nice to have focus and to control the outcome. It turns out I LIKE dick-ing around on the back end, writing descriptions, SEO, editing, all of it. Maybe there is a chip in my brain after all.....so here we are, my work in progress, slow and steady, a little bit more everyday kinda web store. As on line sales continue to grow, we hope this functions as well as our brick and mortar. There is no substitute for hanging out with us LIVE, believe me, but here is a little visual of our stunning selection of work, mostly by women, always handmade and a unique destination in Seattle. Look for our current exhibits, new arrivals, Virago staples and coming in the Fall of 2017, a Virago Signature Collection. I know right???!!!!!