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From Georgetown to Kirkland, three opportunities to meet gifted local artists

December 11, 2009

Two great and totally different opportunities to meet local artists, understand what they create, and decide if their goods are right for your friends and family.

First, let’s go to Kirkland. Tomorrow. Saturday Dec 12 from noon to 2. Simplicity Decor welcomes, among others, Matt Ellison, otherwise known as the guy who makes those fish-shaped gurgling water pitchers.

Don’t we all have a mom, neighbor, or salmon-barbecuing brother who needs one of these GurglePot stoneware pitchers? Check them out tomorrow on Park Lane.

(Be sure to stop in at Liberty 123, Ragamoffyn’s, Promesse, and Koap Home while you’re in the neighborhood. And you might also venture over to 108 Central Way where, you guessed it, Eastside artisans have put together a pop-up shop in an otherwise vacant space.)

Then, from 6-9p down in Georgetown, drop into Equinox Studios and check out July Style Counselor Jonas de Varona’s newest pieces.

You’ll recall I was pretty fond of his white tee-shirts; well, his new stock of leggings complete the look.

Jonas de Varona’s new-take-on-an-old-lot leggings.

De Varona tells me he purchased a large lot of material from a longtime Seattle sewing contractor that went out of business earlier this year. He cut about 25 pair of relatively simple leggings, and then – as is his way – totally messed with them by dying, painting, and un-dying the material. He then sewed them – using one of the machines from the gone warehouse as well – and a bit of Seattle apparel history lives on -- maybe in your winter-to-spring wardrobe.

Of course, other Georgetown artisans will be showing their wares, and their studios, at Equinox on Saturday night as well.

Blacksmiths, metalworkers, screen printers, potters, wood workers and more fill the more than 45 spaces in the open, airy, 1941 super-cool, super-Georgetown-y workspace.

Live music and free food and beverages make it an extra welcoming open house.

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