Nov 23 2018
CAPERS is excited to celebrate and host ‘Small Business Saturday’ on Saturday, November 26th from 10 to 6 PM.
Every year, the West Seattle Junction hosts Small Business Saturday to celebrate shopping local and shopping small. Small businesses keep the community going and bring visitors from all walks of life. CAPERS carries many local goods from small business owners. The store will showcase many items from local vendors that are perfect for holiday guests and seasonal home decor to impress company! Some featured items include ceramics, art, throws, books, jewelry, ornaments and many more.
With over 50 cookbooks in-store, CAPERS has many choices for your next set of recipes. The cookbook section stays relevant by carrying many local authors to fit the community. A few of the local authors include Yotam Ottolenghi, PCC Community Markets, Becky Selengut, John Gorham & Liz Crain and Michelle Babb.
Another small business, The Bowl Maker, makes tiny cups called “Lucky Cups”. The creator’s parents were a scientist and pianist and gave her plenty of room for creativity and wonder. Throughout her time at University, she built upon her ceramics skills and now a mother of two, continues to pursue her dream of creating art to share.
Until the end of November, CAPERS will carry ceramics from many local artists including ModHome Ceramics, Beachwood Pottery Studio, Madisonware and Beth Farrow Pottery.
Lastly, all of our showcased jewelry is from PNW locals! To name a few, Alizah Olivas, Shelli Markee and Susan Goodwin are among the jewelers that have items in-store.
Thank you for your support and shopping local!
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Nov 7 2018
CAPERS is hosting the 2nd Annual Abstract and Ceramics Invitational on November 8th from 5-8pm. This invitational will feature 8 artists and 8 potters and their work will be available for purchase in-store.
One potter, Marie Turnow, is a nature lover and uses elements and designs from everyday life. “Amid the craziness of our big city culture, nature nurtures and continues to delight the senses. My work reflects the seasons, textures and Northwest beauty that I view right here in West Seattle. Her ceramics are food and dishwasher safe.
Similarly, Nicole Pepper of ModHome Ceramics is also inspired by her surroundings. “I love clay and all the functional and sculptural ways it holds. Clay can bring a connection to the Earth and warmth.” With her BFA from West Washington University, Nicole has been experimenting and finding her way ever since. “Each piece here has been uniquely hand-crafted, inspired by nature and daily life. My hope is to bring joy into this modern world one piece at a time.”
Tracy Madison took her first ceramics class in January of 2016, and she never looked back. Working as an art director and stylist in the photo world, she has been surrounded by inspiration her whole career. Only when she hand-formed her first platter did she realize it was her calling. She created her brand and company, Madisonware in 2016.
Along with ceramicists, the Invitational will feature local artists with abstract paintings and photographs. One of the 8 artists, includes photographer, Todd Kowalski. Todd began photography when he was in high school in the early 70’s. By commuting on bicycle, Todd is able to capture the ever fleeting moments that he comes across; this opens the spectrum to what he is able to photograph.
Another artist that will have their art available is Mary Parkes. Mary is a contemporary realism painter that captures joy in her paintings. Her work is done on clear glazed linen, canvas and regular linen. In her abstract paintings, she uses hints of color to brighten up the natural hues, like this painting titles ‘Swoosh’.
Last but not least, Diana Grant paints everything from still life to landscape to abstract. Diana is local, from Kirkland, WA and is most know for her achievements in landscape paintings. Her work is acrylic on canvas and ranges from bright colors to pastels.
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Oct 24 2018
October is Fair Trade month! We wanted to share some of our items that are fair trade, in appreciation for everything that these workers do.
You’ve probably heard of fair trade in regards to chocolate and other foods, but any product can be fair trade! This simply means that social and environmental standards are improved to create better trading conditions that are ethical and is generally in regards to developing countries. This also means that producers are paid fairly. To confirm that a product is fair trade, you can check the label! The Fair Trade Foundation was created in 1992 and is still carried out today. Fair Trade products went from 0 to thousands within 25 years.
One success story of the Fair Trade Act is the company Shupaca. After an adventure through Ecuador, the founders of Shupaca decided to use their new-found fabric of Ecuadorian Alpaca to create their business centralized around the soft aterial.
An example of their lovely Alpaca products is the Apricot throw. This throw is 80% Alpaca and 20% Acrylic and is natural and hypoallergenic! The packaging is also recycled or biodegradable.
Another Fair Trade triumph is the Spencer Devine collections of travel bags. A part of the profit from their Assam collection goes directly to funding support programs and getting sewing machines for the artisan women below the poverty-line in India.
The materials are made of recycled plastic and leather and all products made by hand. This Assam Totepack can be worn as a backpack or a tote!
Starting from a small room in Bangladesh, founder of Pebble Child invited 5 local women to her home to teach them how to knit. After 3 weeks of practice, they began working on their first order of handmade children’s toys and stuffed animals.
Expanding on her business, Samantha Morshed began mass producing her products with the help of local women and launched her brand in Australia and the UK in 2010. This 100% cotton and 100% polyester-filled Giraffe is one of her many popular products.
Lastly, the Dharma Door is an organization created by a couple who traveled through Southeast Asia to pursue their dream of bringing needed resources to remote villages to mix traditional skills with modern design and ensure ethical production. The company provides the workers with education, healthcare and fair wages. This Jute Bowl is an example of the extraordinary handmade baskets that the women make.
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