Ghost Riding an Econoline: Spell Talk Cruises Into Craft Lake City

Ghost Riding an Econoline: Spell Talk Cruises Into Craft Lake...
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Walking into the home of Spell Talk is like walking onto the set of an independent film about hometown rock heroes on the verge of making it. It’s a Monday night and they all seem to be in a state of semi-recovery from the weekend before. Despite their various states of weekend disrepair, they manage to pull their shit together long enough to make spaghetti dinner with homemade pasta sauce, set the table and pair each meal with a cold can of Olympia beer. … read more

Localized – Fictionist, Bramble and Boots To The Moon

Localized – Fictionist, Bramble and Boots To The Moon
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From professional charm to boyish adventures, this month’s Localized features the smooth sounds of Fictionist and the adventurous souls of Bramble on August 20 at the Urban Lounge with opener Boots to the Moon. Only $5. … read more

Pivot-butter & Skate-jam Slamwich: S.O.D. Busk Till Dusk

Pivot-butter & Skate-jam Slamwich: S.O.D. Busk Till Dusk
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The first event in SLUG’s annual Summer of Death skate competitions, Busk Till Dusk, was hosted on a hot-as-fuck July evening.  Skaters from all around Utah gathered in the parking lot behind Burt’s Tiki Lounge to skate on ramps, quarterpipes, boxes and rails, some hand built by the Summer of Death crew and others donated by Ezra Moss of Annex Skate. … read more

CLC Artist: Tommy Dolph

CLC Artist: Tommy Dolph
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On August 14, you can find Tommy Dolph sitting in a haunted lemonade stand made from the doors of an abandoned house. “I don’t think I’ll have any lemonade for sale … which confuses people,” Dolph says. Although he won’t be selling any delicious lemonade, Dolph will be selling  an army of cardboard wizards, creepy monster hands attached to coffin-shaped boards and a collection of hubcap portraits of classic Americana artists like Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings and Elvis Presley. … read more

 
 
CLC Artist: Illuminati

CLC Artist: Illuminati
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ILLUMINATI, a chandelier refurbishing and redecorating collaboration between Natasha Sebring and Callie Capps, has only been functioning since February, 2010, but the work these two ladies are spinning out is nothing short of, well, awesome. Thus far, none of their handiwork has been publicly displayed or sold, but all of that will change at this year’s Craft Lake City. … read more

CLC Artist: Whitney Shaw

CLC Artist: Whitney Shaw
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It’s difficult to imagine the petite Whitney Shaw working over her 900 lb. 1901 Golding Pearl press, but the unique artwork produced under her brand name Easy Keeper with that iron workhorse is quite tangible. From coasters and cards to notebooks and decorative pillows, this new Craft Lake City artist gives your everyday accessories classy details with a subtle sense of humor. … read more

CLC Artist: Nic Annette Miller

CLC Artist: Nic Annette Miller
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Ogden-born Nic Annette Miller has been practicing her humane alternative to taxidermy for just two years now. After adopting her collie companion Sheila during her senior year of school at Utah State University (where she double majored in Design and Printmaking), Miller felt compelled to go vegetarian and inspired to take her jigsaw to some birch. “‘Save a Deer, Buy a Print,’ is kind of the concept.” Miller says.  … read more

CLC Artist: Kat Martin

CLC Artist: Kat Martin
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What do Bob Ross-esque landscapes, abominable snowmen, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and zombies have in common?  They are all combined in the art that Kat Martin will be slingin’ at this year’s Craft Lake City. “I had never planned on doing stuff like this—I wanted to paint babies,” says Martin. “But I do what my public wants.” Martin doesn’t see her craft as destroying someone else’s art, but as actually making it better. … read more

CLC Artist: Arash Mafi

CLC Artist: Arash Mafi
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“When you see a stone that calls your name, you just want a piece made out of it,” Arash Mafi tells me. Mafi has transformed the Holladay garage into the workshop where he crafts handmade jewelry for his company, Paisley Dreams. Approximately 20 minutes later, I was watching Mafi create a custom bracelet for yours truly from copper wire and a massive piece of turquoise sea sediment jasper. … read more

CLC Artist: Mia Hanson

CLC Artist: Mia Hanson
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Sometimes artists are unaware of the impact they have on the viewer(s) and the work comes out naturally and timely, rather than focused and forced. This is the case for local Salt Lake City artist Mia Hanson, whose handkerchiefs, earrings, koozies, wallets and dresses can be seen all over the city. “I started sewing in high school because I wanted to be a costume designer.” Hanson says, “Ever since my mother taught me the ins-and-outs, I have always had a love for embroidery work.” … read more