Last Friday, I had the pleasure of accompanying Yabette and her Swankettes (aka: models) Katherine, Eartha, Dex, and Andrew to the Lyres and Lace: Music and Fashion Show at the Swedish American Hall. For this show, Yabette combined her sustainable and up-cycled fashion pieces with hand-painted canvas corsets and patches, creating wearable art. When the crew arrived, we were immediately sent to a photo session set-up by the organizers. It was a bit chaotic, as all the participating designers’ models came in and out to have their photos taken before going on the catwalk. It was here that I got a really good look at Yabette’s work. Her goals for “Honoring Beauty, Earth, and Age” were well represented. Yabette’s artwork translates well to fashion because the expression of movement only enhances the beauty of her designs. She was unique in having the only male model and the only plus-sized model in the show. The setting of the Swedish American Hall was the perfect backdrop for this music and fashion show and we were really inspired by the environment, the musicians, and the other designers. Overall, the night was a smashing success.
See something you love? Can’t live without? All pieces are available for purchase at Swankety Swank.
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!
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!
Beltaine: When sky and earth collide, the fires of creativity are ignited…
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!
Many loving and talented hands are involved in the day to day existence of Swankety Swank and some of them work behind the scenes to make this haven for artists possible. One of those amazing folks is co-proprietor Alex Alfaro!
Alex has been a supporting force for Swankety Swank since Yabette began making her art furniture in 2003. He hauled dressers, tables, desks and more to their third floor apartment so Yabette could paint them with her unique visions.
Alex is still the primary muscle for Swankety Swank today. Alex and Yabette are always on the hunt for furniture to upcycle and when it is time to pick up or deliver a new piece, Alex gets the job done. Being hard of hearing, Alex employs the help of his deaf friends Gonzalo and Odilan. Alex works full time at Toolworks, an agency dedicated to “providing services that increase economic and social opportunities for people with disabilities.” He’s a regular renaissance man, managing to find time for Toolworks, Swankety Swank and his wife Yabette and their six year old son Ian. In the image above, Alex applies new coats of paint to a vanity. While Yabette plans the overall design for the art furniture, Alex is in charge of preparing each piece for its makeover. He sands, primes, paints and replaces drawer handles and knobs. Their teamwork has produced over 300 pieces since 2005.
Gifted with a unique sense of humor, Alex brightens up Swankety Swank with his laugh and a penchant for practical jokes (which mostly involves surprising people out of their wits). In the above photo, Alex and Ian impersonate their favorite piece of art (Desiree by T.W. Chui).
Alex models a shirt from the Medium Reality men’s clothing line, available at Swankety Swank.
The House of Swankety Swank proudly presents SwankSpeak! a bi-monthly ‘zine from the boutique gallery Swankety Swank!
Located in San Francisco, California, Swankety Swank offers Conscious Consumer Commodities for Mind, Body, Spirit and Home!
Swankety Swank represents handcrafted items from over 20 local artists including furniture, accessories, and clothing from babies to Papas and Women sizes 2-24. We take our commitment to honor Earth, Age, and Beauty seriously and we celebrate our artists and community with Art Walks, Trunk Sales and Gallery Openings.
The 24 page second issue of SwankSpeak! is a meaty ‘zine created with sincerity, intelligence and love. This delicious issue #2 (limited print run) features:
Interview with DAS-OWL fashion house designers Deborah Sciales and Oliver Lowe!
Current Natural Magick Art Show Featuring the following (unless otherwise mentioned):
Radio Free Clear Light
Complete 2010 Spring/Summer Sidewalk Trunk Sale Schedule:
Sat. April 17th: Launch Date
Sun. May 16th
Sat. June 5th
Sun. July 11th
Sun. Aug 15th
Sun Sept 19th
Notice our new fantastic banner? John, who lives on our block, said he was inspired by my artwork and created a new banner for us! Check out his impressive creative company, Amazing Media.
Speaking of neighbors, there’s a new shop across the street called Prairie Collective. They are artists of Magpie and Rye, Studio Choo, and The Cloak and Dagger Society. Go see their super cute space and adorable things for your home and body.
Support your neighborhood at the artwalk this Thursday. We’ll have new art on display, as well as Phoenix‘s art shown above (follow her link and vote for her fluevog design) and refreshments as we celebrate our 3rd year anniversary and march into our 4th year of business!