Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Featured Artist: Lisa Congdon

We are happy to announce Lisa Congdon will be our featured artist for
June's Ballard Artwalk at Velouria!
Lisa is a self taught artist from San Francisco who creates mixed media designs that are simply stunning. She uses her lack of training as an advantage in her work, following her own logic in color composition and design.

We asked Lisa a few questions about her new series, Wondermountain, and here's what she had to say:

Where did your concept and ideas for Wondermountain Spry from?

I had begun recently to invent an imaginary place in my mind and so
I began to translate it into my artwork. This body of work will continue into a very large solo show I am having in Milwaukee in December. I will be making my first large, three dimensional installation and it will be called "Life in Wondermountain."

(Wondermountain Birch Grove)

How did you settle on your choice of colors for this series?

I usually settle on a color palette for any of my bodies of work by laying our paper of various colors and then selecting about 5-8 major colors. I usually limit myself to these colors and variation of them for the duration of the time I work on a specific project, like Wondermountain. My use of color is very important in my work.

How do you stay motivated to produce so much great work?

I get plenty of rest, swim everyday, spend lots of time with other creative people, eat good food and drink good wine, don't work a boring job that zaps my energy, allow my imagination to take over, and believe rules can be broken.

(Wondermountain Sisters)

Currently, what are some of your favorite mediums?

I have always considered myself a mixed media artist, and truly that's what I am. But lately I am really into straight-up gouache painting on really flat panels.

What are some of your favorite sources for inspiration?

Old, old photographs, vintage objects, the natural world (both microscopic to enormous stuff in it), old bones and antlers and fossils, making up stories, and working with defined palettes of color.

For more information on Lisa and her artwork, please visit

Join us for Ballard Art Walk on
Saturday June 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
for the
opening reception to Wondermountain
By Lisa Congdon.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Birds of a feather...

New handmade feather headbands from Pluma are in. These beauties come in many colors to choose from, you'll have a hard time picking which one to take home!

Kate at Velouria claims, "These headbands are a staple in my summer wardrobe." She's currently contemplating the idea of owning one in each color. Wouldn't you?

Hurry in and check them out, they find homes fast!


(photos courtesy of Pluma)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Andie!

Today is our little Andie-Pie's birthday!
Please help us to wish her the best on this beautiful day.
We love you Andie!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New from Kelly Lane!

New Spring styles from Kelly Lane have just arrived!
Each dress is made with organic cotton, hemp and soy offering
sustainability and softness.

Horizon Dress
with canopy sleeves that turn into a v-neck

Also in:


Aren't they quite lovely? We think so.


(photos courtesy of Kelly Lane)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Stitch and Swash Clutches

New clutches in from local designer Stitch and Swash!

(photo courtesy of stitch and swash)

Each clutch is adorned with just the right amount of screen printing and attached to 2 gold sturdy bangles that can be worn around the wrist. The inside is lined with wool felt and closes with a smaller set of gold hoops and trusty leather strap.

Choose from their traditional colors of brown and olive, or new for spring a beautiful robin's egg blue and rustic orange. $59


Monday, May 5, 2008

Artwalk! May 10th 6pm - 9pm

Spring is here! Please join us on May 10th from 6pm to 9pm as we feature local jewelry designer, Amy Bengtson. Amy will be on hand to showcase her new wood, acrylic, silver & gold necklaces and earrings, new intricate designs and jewels.

See for more information.

Also featured this month is local artist, Joey Bates. We will be showing recent works by the Seattle native including portraits and other pieces.

See for more information. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 2, 2008

New from Una!

Pheobe Tunic
Organic Cotton
Dove Gray and Black

Sabina Tee
Organic Cotton

Tomato Red and Black

(photos courtesy of Una)

April Showers, Bring May Flowers...

New from Pare Umbrellas!


Lucky Clover


Stay dry, and look adorable doing it with these new umbrellas from pare umbrellas.

(photos courtesy of pare umbrella)