Swankety Swank Showcase: Black Jellyfish Table

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The Black Jellyfish Table

Swankety Swank Showcase proudly presents the Black Jellyfish Table!  This enchanting piece of all wood art furniture measures 26″ H x 28″ W x 28″ D and was cleaned, sanded, refinished, hand painted and clear coated with earth friendly, low VOC paints by Yabette!  The overall square shape of this table is indented with graceful curves, framing the hand-painted jellyfish beautifully!  The sea creature is positively bursting with a near luminescent light and the mass of tendrils invite the eye to examine the design again and again.   Continue reading

Furniture by Yabette: Steampunk Style

Greetings, home decor aficionado! It is time again for a mini-retrospective of the amazing art furniture by Yabette!  Swankety Swank was founded upon “Honoring Beauty, Earth and Age” and today we showcase three amazing Steampunk inspired pieces that do just that!

Steampunk “is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.  The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used, usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain. It has prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy; and it often features anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them.”

Dragon Cabinet

This Dragon Cabinet commission is one of Yabette’s more recent pieces.  The client wanted a clockwork dragon and boy, did Yabette deliver!  Composed of gears and covered in rivets, this draconic guardian is sure to keep unwanted folks away from the liquor inside! Continue reading

Indie Artist Sidewalk Sale This Saturday!

sidewalk sale August promoThis Saturday, come visit the Swankety Swank Sidewalk Sale to see work by amazing local independent artists!  Be at 289 Divisadero at 11 o’clock am until 4 pm to immerse yourself in handcrafted art, fashion and more!

What kind of goodies can you expect?  Allow me to introduce you to three of the best designers in San Francisco:

Artwork by Maria ZhalninaMaria Zhalnina has worked as an art director, designer and illustrator.  She has art directed six magazines and created designs for other publications.  Her illustrations have been used in books, magazines, and calendars, and she also works in fine arts in painting, graphics and installations.

Chechnja by Maria ZhalninaThe above sculpture is titled “Chechnya” and is from Zhalnina’s “Maps of the World” series.Tif of Wayward Shifties Tiff Rojas of Wayward Shiftys makes magical clothes and accessories for everyday wear!  Known for her quirky sense of style and a penchant for fun that rivals the faeries, Tiff’s designs are sure to enchant you!  Try on one of her pointed hats or a frilly skirt!
Wayward ShiftiesTiff models the coat she made for her Wayward Shifties clothing label.  Tiff’s clothes are all one of a kind (and I mean that in the most literal and figurative senses), just the way we like it at Swankety Swank!
Artwork by Cara TuckfeltArtist Cara Tuckfelt works in printmaking, bookbinding, sculpture, and painting!  She says “Printmaking helps me find my voice as an artist through mixing varied techniques and experimentation often to the point of aesthetic destruction…Aesthetically, my work is earthy, dark, and visually complicated, owing to the many trials, errors and countless hours spent on each piece.”
Cara Tuckfelt bookAlso a bookbinder, Cara reveals, “Each book that I complete is an exploration and manifestation of my own technical abilities. The books that I choose to bind reflect their respective cultures and trace the evolution of bookbinding.”

After you meet these artists (and others!) whose goods will be along the sidewalk, be sure to come indoors to check out the new 2 women show, Perth: Something Hidden, showcasing the hauntingly beautiful paintings by Emily Lounsbury and the evocative pictorial compositions of Eartha L. Goodwin! We also have new clothing by DAS, gibbous and Zunique!

Indie Artist Trunk Sale This Saturday!

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At Swankety Swank, we are bustlin’ with excitement about the vendors we have participating in this Saturday’s Indie Artist Trunk Sale!  Here are a few items by their respective creators so you can get a sampling of some of the amazing one of a kind handcrafted work that will be available to you!

Kim of Krafty Kitten has been sewing since she was 8 years old and is inspired by rockabilly, cholabilly, psychobilly, pin up, punk and mexican culture.  Above, Krafty Kitten showcases a blue and white polka dot halter dress.

Sayuri Designs creates handcrafted feather accessories for hat and hair!

Salvaged and Stitched produces unique hand made home decor!

Ryan Humphries creates etchings, woodcuts, screenprints, monoprints, drawings, ceramic sculpture and oil paintings. His work combines disciplined, delicate draughtsmanship with unihibited imagination.

Satin Corset creates jewelry that evokes vintage, antique and Victorian nostalgia.  They describe their work as “Sweet, vintage chic. Victorian opulence. Charmingly antique, rustic redux. Flowers, pearls, glass, antique brass, little details, sparks of color & whimsy.”

Voting for Visionaries!

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Swankety Swank was created out of a desire to see hardworking visionaries thrive in supportive community.  We believe in our artists, our neighborhoods and our city.  We believe that in San Francisco you can make your dreams come true and we are not alone.

Below we have listed some of our favorite places and individuals who are making their dreams a reality.  Please consider supporting them by voting for them in the Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay poll.
We’d love for you to consider Swankety Swank for Best Quirky Specialty Shop and SwankSpeak! for Best Zine.  Voting ends on June 23 at 5 pm.

Food & Drink
Best Overall Restaurant: Green Chile Kitchen
Best Romantic Restaurant: Zare at Fly Trap
Best Splurge Restaurant: Nopa
Best Cheap Restaurant: KK Cafe
Best Late-Night Restaurant: Sauce
Best Café: Mojo
Best Cup of Coffee: Oasis
Best Farmers Market: Divisadero
Best Slice of Pizza: Little Star
Best Sandwiches: Jay’s Cheesesteak
Best Burrito: Little Chihuahua
Best Burger and Fries: KK Cafe
Best Sushi: Warakubune Sushi Restaurant
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Ziryab Mediterranean Grill
Best Mexican Restaurant: Mariachi’s Taqueria
Best Dessert: Chile Pies & Ice Cream
Best Barbecue: Da’ Pitt BBQ
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Ananda-Fuara Vegetarian
Best Vegan Restaurant: The Herbivore on Divisadero
Best Overall Bar: Minibar
Best Dive Bar: El Rio
Best Swanky Bar: Madrone

Arts & Nightlife
Best Movie Theater: Castro Theatre
Best Performance Space: The Swedish-American Hall
Best Museum: Cartoon Art Museum
Best Art Gallery: Artist’s X-change
Best Emerging Artist: Phoenix Zoellick
Best Art Collective: Writers Old Fashioned
Best Local Author: Amelia Beamer
Best Local Zine: SwankSpeak!
Best Local Publishing House: Nightshade Books
Best Local Record Label: Prank Records or Pirate’s Press
Best Local Band: Foxtails Brigade
Best DJ: DJ Bearzbub
Best Dance Club: Shine
Best Rock Club: Bottom of the Hill
Best Punk Club: Thee Parkside
Best Happy Hour: Smuggler’s Cove
Best Jukebox: Lucky 13
Best Drag Show: Anna Conda’s Charlie Horse
Best Singer-Songwriter: Laura Weinbach
Best Burlesque Act: The Devil-ettes
Best Comedian: Mary Van Note
Best Magician: Keith Boudreau

Best Independent Bookstore: Borderlands
Best Used Bookstore: Green Apple Books
Best Specialty Bookstore: The Anarchist’s Bookstore
Best Comic Book Store: Isotope Comic Book Lounge
Best Place to Buy Vinyl: Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
Best Place to Buy CDs: Ameoba
Best Clothing Store (Women): Ambiance
Best Clothing Store (Men): Harry O. Menswear
Best Local Designer: Miranda Caroligne
Best Vintage Clothing Store: BoneFlowers
Best Thrift Store: Community Thrift
Best Furniture Store: Inside Modern
Best Independent Toy Store: Super 7
Best Pet Shop: Black Nose Trading Co.
Best Quirky Specialty Store: Swankety Swank
Best Flower Shop: Prairie Collective
Best Lingerie Shop: Dollhouse Bettie

City Living
Best Local Blog: SFist.com
Best Street Fair: How Weird
Best Hotel: Metro
Best Tourist Attraction: Tonga Room
Best Place to Get a Tattoo: Body Manipulations
Best Tattoo Artist: Tex
Best Local Animal Rescue: All Creatures Healing Network
Best Dog-Walking Service: Dynamutts
Best Pet Groomer: All Creatures Healing Network
Best Dentist: Haight Street Dental
Best Massage TherapistJustin Hall
Best Alternative Healing: Gayatri Institute
Best Salon: Madusalon
Best Day Spa: Imperial
Best Non-Professional Sports Team: Bay Area Derby Girls: Oakland Outlaws
Best Beach: Ocean Beach
Best Park: Yerba Buena
Best Skate Spot: Embarcadero

Voting ends at 5 p.m. on June 23

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