Any special plans for the weekend of February 10th? Maybe getting ready for a special day that’s coming up? We’re excited about half-price chocolate, too. But we’re even more excited for our special pre-Valentine’s Salon of SEAF: Naughty Book Upcycling & Art Making.
Come join Molly Maloney – the delightfully creative wit behind Glitter & Snark – for an afternoon of crafting and making art with words and books. We will be diving deep (so deep) into our retired library collection, full of out of date text books, comics, pulp novels, and repeat titles. Be warned! This will involve cutting and disassembling books. This activity is not recommend for traditional book fetishists. Molly says the first time one rips the page out of a book can be heart-rending, but as long as your intentions are pure and art focused, you will be ok.
So what kind of art can you make with old books and periodicals? Well, let us walk you through some possibilities from collages to blackout poetry to simply drawing or stamping on a unique background. Molly will have some sample ideas to get you started, which can be made as simple or elaborate as you like. This is a fantastic opportunity to create some unique Valentines, or some lovely and personal gifts for whatever occasion sends your heart aflutter or your loins aflame. And if that person is you, and you just want something fun to put on your own wall or fridge, then we support that, too.
Your studio fee gives you access to hundreds of books that can be used in any creative way you think of, as well as basic supplies such as scissors, glue, paper, and ink, and few extra fancy items like NSFW stamps and a die cutter and dies. You are also welcome to bring your own supplies – like those glitter gel pens that have been languishing in your desk drawer – although we do ask that you keep an eye on your gear so that it doesn’t get mixed in with the communal supplies.
Though speaking of glitter – this is a no-loose-glitter art making event! Self contained craft supplies like glitter glue are allowed, but nothing that will leave glitter behind. The sparkles have to stay either in your eyes or on the paper (that’s a metaphor, don’t put glitter in your eyes).
Advanced tickets can be purchased here.
This event is open to all, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. As always, Gallery Erato is a space that welcomes and celebrates all sexes, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, relationship orientations, and creeds. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Gallery Erato is located at 309 1st Ave South Seattle, WA 98104. You can read about the venue and find parking info here.