Stitch and Burn: Bag Workshop

Guiding a 9 year old to sew is completely soul satisfying for me.7 sew smile

The happy accomplishment, with a practical product at the end is enchanting. This was a 4 hour workshop. The idea was to keep him engaged (fun), have a finished workable product, use our heads to engineer the idea, and never spend a second fussing about perfection. Continue reading

A Swankety Swank Faerie Tale

Ladies and gentlemen, creatures of all shapes and sizes, persuasions and intentions, allow me to introduce to you A Swankety Swank Fairy Tale!

Narrator STORM tells the tale

Once upon a time in a deep dark forest, there lived a princess who created original handmade faerie fashions. She and her friends loved to dress up in the clothes they made, dancing and storytelling until the early morning. Continue reading

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.”

SwankSpeak #3 Available Now!

SwankSpeak! #3
The 28 page second issue of SwankSpeak! is a meaty magazine created with sincerity, intelligence and love. This delicious issue #3 (limited print run) features:

Interview with artist, designer & Fleuvog Award Winner Phoenix Zoellick!

Photographic fashion story “Serendipitous Society” by Eartha L. Goodwin featuring a dozen Swankety Swank artists/designers and Jim Siegel. master of the Westerfield Mansion!

Creative Genius, a column about inspiration & art with essays by Tom Napack (Dangerous Muse), Konstantin Pogorelov (Couscous Collective) & Zan Christensen (The Mark of Aeacus)!

Muse of the Month Miranda Caroligne of the Haight St. boutique Trunk!

Galaxy Runway, a two page comic strip by STORM, creator of Princess Witch Boy!

If you love this issue of SwankSpeak! (And we think you will!) consider purchasing a year’s subscription!

Start Your Art Walk With Swank Style!

Divisadero Art Walk
Hey fabulous folks!  Do you enjoy art, good food and shopping?  Would you like to be a part of the exciting evolving renaissance of Divisadero Corridor?  Make sure you mark Thursday, June 3rd on your calendar because it’s time once again for the Divisadero Corridor Artwalk and Swankety Swank is the first stop!

Yabette & STORM

DJ Rio will be spinning funkadelic tunes all evening and STORM (SF Weekly’s Best X-Men Tarot Reader) will be reading 3 card spreads for ten dollars from 7pm to 10pm.  This a good opportunity to get a taste of the X-Men Tarot X-perience which is an hour long reading for only forty dollars!
Kurtis Rykovich's "Nesting Among Lemons"

Come check out the amazing artwork we have on display! The painting above is titled “Nesting Among Lemons” and was created by the fantastic Kurtis Rykovich!  We have two more pieces by Kurtis and you simply have to see them in person to experience their exquisite sweetness!  We also have gorgeous oil paintings by Simone Coulars, men and women’s clothing by amazing designers like DAS, gibbous, Wayward Shifties, Zunique, Wysterium, and many more, feather hairpieces by Eileen, leather cuffs and belts by Project TransAction, and SF Weekly’s Best Local Skincare Line By Nieves!  There’s much more to see and experience at Swankety Swank, so come on down to the Divisadero Artwalk and see for yourself!  Thank you for supporting local handmade goods!

Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution!

The San Francisco Examiner’s Samuel Fleming Lewis writes about Swankety Swank in his column this week!  Check out the following paragraph and then go read the whole article!

“Yabette is a leader of a mini revolution. Everything in her store is handmade and produced by local artists and designers of every kind. Fashion, writing, illustration, craft, photography, furniture, jewelry, fine art and accessories are all part of the creative mix represented at Swankety Swank.”

The House of Swankety Swank Presents: The Emerald Moon Affair

Beltaine:  When sky and earth collide, the fires of creativity are ignited…
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Lords and Ladies, don your finery and join us on May 1st from 7pm until 11pm as we celebrate the Beltaine Spirit of Spring’s Awakening with Art, Fashion, Music and Revelry!

Artwork by:
T. W. Chui
Laura Parsons
Kathryn Bernard
Sarah Woodward

Fashions by:

DAS + OWL
Aranonymous
Colin
Eileen

Music by Foxtails Brigade

Also featuring Heroic Tarot by STORM!  Receive a 3-card reading and discover reflection through STORM’s signature divination skills!

Join us as we reflect on the growth we have achieved this year and tie on a ribbon of intention on our Maypole!

$10 Sliding Scale Admission.

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