Amelia Bonow is a connector. She helps up-and-comers in the Seattle arts scene carry out their visions and realize their dreams and creative projects. “Seeing people actualize things that have been inside them for so long—that is vicariously satisfying for me,” Bonow says. “You do your art, I’ll do all the other bullshit for you.”

It’s not just helping people plan and promote events and linking one local creative to another. One gets the sense that Bonow has a deep commitment to the power of creative expression as a whole. “Creative people are the backbone of the kind of world I want to inhabit. This is such a complicated time to be alive, and I feel like art can express things that nothing else can. It’s integral to making us feel alive in a world that doesn’t always feel like it has soul.”

Tagged by: Tara Thomas 

Wearing: The white necklace I thrifted in Palm Springs. The bangles...I think they were thrifted, too, or maybe given to me? I lost all my possessions in a house fire a few years ago, so there was a period where I was wearing only things that my friends gave me. It was a crazy experience, but it taught me how to feel like myself without all that other shit, without all the props. The gold cardigan and sunglasses pin were gifts from Shannon E. Perry. The dress is from Indian Summer, and the shoes are Swedish Hasbeens.

Style in three words: She looks fun!

Closet you’d most like to raid: Adria Garcia proprietor of Indian Summer Vintage; Saralee Coleman, mother of local designer Rachel Ravitch, who has amassed an incredible collection of vintage couture; Anna Karina in Made in U.S.A.; any young person born into nobility who hates their parents. 

Digital inspiration: I honestly don’t use the computer for that sort of thing; I'm mostly inspired by the people around me. Above all, I’m inspired by people who are fearless enough to express themselves stylistically even though the fashion industry is designed to exclude them. Poor folks, older folks, and for God’s sake, people who are not thin. It takes so much more creativity and heart to cobble together a look without much money, if nothing comes in your size, or if society has conditioned you to feel unattractive. I was in LA a couple weeks ago for a rock and roll festival, and seeing teenagers of all sizes flounce around in very bossy outfits made my heart explode. 

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