Thankful For

For the month of November, CAPERS has sent out a post a day to show what we are ‘Thankful For’. More than anything, we are ‘Thankful For’ our customers and our West Seattle Junction community! It is so important that we appreciate and support one another in our neighborhood.

We want to highlight a few of the things that we have been ‘Thankful For’ so far this month, as today is all about being appreciative!

As stated previously, we are so ‘Thankful For’ local businesses that encourage shopping small and keep our community thriving! Thank you to all of our neighbors on California Ave.

Small Business Saturday is coming up this Saturday so head to the Junction and get some Christmas Shopping Done! CAPERS also carries many local goods from local artists, jewelers, ceramicists, authors, etc. We are so ‘Thankful For’ all of our artists!

We also want to express how ‘Thankful’ we are for fair trade organizations and products. Fair trade means that workers are treated fairly with their time, duties and pay. We are huge supporters of fair trade products and have many in-store.

Last but not least, we are very ‘Thankful For’ Le’Jacquard for enabling us to carry their beautiful linens for many years. We love the bright colors and intricate designs.

Thank you to all of the manufacturers that help us to make our store beautiful! We are so appreciative of the creating process, workers, delivery drivers, customers, employees and everyone who makes this possible. Thank you!

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Artist Invitational

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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Celebrate Fair Trade Month with CAPERS Home!

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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This Month’s ArtWalk features artist: Cheryl Zahniser

Every 2nd Thursday of each month, West Seattle hosts an Art Walk where local businesses showcase artists from all walks of life. This month’s featured artist brings a twist of multi-media, using everything from oils to acrylic.

What does art mean to you? To West Seattle local, Cheryl Zahniser, the process of ‘creating’ has been one of her greatest sources of joy and pleasure. Her focus on portraiture and figurative work has enabled her to explore the fascinating personalities of individuals, and to express the vibrant colors and textures of nature in her work.

For the month of October, Cheryl’s paintings (including over a dozen brand new pieces) will be on display and available for purchase in store! The collection ranges from abstract to landscapes to portraits and presents storytelling using lively colors and consistencies.

To the left are two of Cheryl’s eye-catching works of art that are currently on display, called The Power of Orange x2. These two paintings can rest side-by-side or as individuals and make for a great dining room focal point.

 

Another piece, titled “Hello Seattle”, is a large painting, depicting the view of Seattle from West Seattle’s Alki Beach. The breathtaking skyline from the corner-view has been captured beautifully in this painting. Seattlites can show support for their home town, while newcomers and visitors can respect the reflective beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

“The Blues” is an abstract painting using acrylics on canvas. This art work is wild and fun, yet up for interpretations. Cheryl states that she loves the sheer physical involvement it takes to move paint on a large canvas. Because of her enjoyment in the activity, many of her paintings are on very large canvas. Her wide array of talents are best seen in person, where the texture pops out and is defined.

 

Cheryl’s self portrait, featured on the right, depicts how she Cheryl sees herself. She has studied with many well-known artists and continues to pursue her love for art while exploring different mediums. With many of Cheryl’s incredible works of art in store, CAPERS is excited to invite all art lovers, furniture enthusiasts and gift seekers alike to come and enjoy the sights and scents.

To view more paintings, visit https://cherylzahniser.com/.

 

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