The Ruins

Creative Convergence At The Curiosity Cabinet Evening, The RUINS, Seattle

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Esther Maria Swaty (Uncommon Cartography) and Virginia Wyman (owner of The RUINS)
Esther Maria Swaty (Uncommon Cartography) and Virginia Wyman (owner of The RUINS)

This past weekend Uncommon Cartography produced the Curiosity Cabinet Evening on behalf of The RUINS. The RUINS is a private dining club, as well as an event space with catering facilities (both are available to the public). The Curiosity Cabinet Evening saw a creative convergence which highlighted the synthesis which is happening between the art and tech communities in Seattle. Guests included everyone from engineers to boutique owners to film producers and makeup artists. Everyone arrived in spectacular fashion which ranged from Steampunk costumes to masks, to dashing suits and feathered headpieces.

Guests Looking Fabulous!
Guests Looking Fabulous!
Steampunk Fashion
Steampunk Fashion
Producers at Attackships On Fire
Producers at Attackships On Fire

Tasty bites including a house-made quince jam, charcuterie, petit fours and more were created by The RUINS in-house catering team. Delicious cocktails were crafted by Jesse Cutler, The RUINS wine steward, with vodka was from Glass Distillery and we served a red and white wine from Robert Ramsay Cellars.

Wine by Robert Ramsay Cellars
Wine by Robert Ramsay Cellars
Delicious snacks created by The RUINS in house catering team.
Delicious snacks created by The RUINS in house catering team.

The Curiosity Cabinet Evening was not your average networking event, rather it was developed in partnership with The RUINS to showcase an all too hidden and mostly unknown magical venue, as well as connect individuals who might not have normally had the chance to meet each other. The RUINS is entering a new chapter and this event was a preview of how a new generation, bridging with a legacy membership can infuse fresh energy into the storied venue.

Highlights of the evening included a surprise performance by Phi VoBa and his group of dancers, live painting by Jake Grahn, jewelry by Silver & Salt Co. and perfumery by Incensory. Here is a little information about each of our event partners:

Choreographer/Dancer Phi VoBa and dance crew
Choreographer/Dancer Phi VoBa and dance crew
DJ in action :)
DJ in action :)

EVENT DJ

Connie Hu aka DJ U.NO.HU (you know Hu) lives and works in Seattle. You can find her providing the tunes at boutique stores such as Zebra Club and Likelihood, as well as local bars. When she is not DJing, she works for a marketing and event production company in Queen Anne and writes for LA based blog, Modern Vintage Life.

Live painting by Jake Grahn
Live painting by Jake Grahn

LIVE PAINTER

Jacob Grahn was born and raised in the pacific northwest and has spent his time focusing on busy hands and helping hands. As a community taught artist from painting, wood-working, and music, he has gathered and paired educations based on personal time learning from local artists as well as teaching anyone who asks. Never afraid of a challenge, he chose to start a career with large scale projects to tell bigger than life stories.

Incensory Demonstration
Incensory Demonstration

PERFUMERY BY INCENSORY 

Incensory is a new venture that deepens your connection with one of our most primordial senses; the sense of smell. A purist at heart, self-taught scent specialist and owner of Incensory, Eliam Puente, will introduce you to two of the most ancient and revered historical scents in their purest, natural form; frankincense and agarwood. Get a chance to see these natural gems in person, have a sniff, and learn a little about their history, how they are produced, and how they are used.

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Jewelry by Silver & Salt, Photo By: Bobby Arispe Photography

METAL ARTISTRY BY SILVER + SALT

At Silver + Salt, we draw inspiration from nature. Our creative ethos is based on the idea that there is exceptional beauty in things that are unique and even imperfect. Our minimalist designs are handcrafted and feature recycled metals and raw gemstones.

Blogger Conversations, Photo By: Bobby Arispe Photography
Blogger Conversations, Photo By: Bobby Arispe Photography

If you are interested in learning more about the Curiosity Cabinet Evening, how to participate in future events at The RUINS or opportunities to partner with Uncommon Cartography, please email info@uncommoncartography.com

Art + Technology Synthesis: Feature Friday, Artist In Residence Program, and More!

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“Finding and keeping talent is a hot topic across the Puget Sound region. More than 25,000 technology jobs in the state have remained open for at least six months.” - Puget Sound Business Journal, Feb 4, 2016

There is something unique bubbling up in Seattle at the intersection of art and technology. Employers have realized that they need to do more to attract and retain talent, as well as sustain a culture of experimentation in their companies. Innovation does not happen in a silo, the more an individual is exposed to new ideas and industries the greater the opportunity for adaptation. Artists have a unique skill set and are seeking new ways to engage in a city which has undergone a massive transformation in the last 5-10 years.

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As part of efforts to connect the local art and technology communities, I have been working on a series of events and projects. This past Friday, I collaborated with Nick Hughes of FoundersLIVE to host Feature Friday at The RUINS. The startup community converged, and it was exciting to see a new energy fill the magical venue.

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In addition to this event, I have applied for a 4Culture grant for the development of an Art & Technology Innovation Program which would equip artists with the marketing and innovation tools needed to work with tech organizations. In recent years, we have seen National Parks to Facebook, to Autodesk, and Amtrak successfully launch artist in residence programs.

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The Art & Tech Innovation Program would have a twofold purpose. First, the grant would create an Artist Innovation Marketing Tool Kit to empower artists to monetize their work and engage in today’s technology driven world. Second, this grant would fund the development of an Artist In Residence program geared towards bridging the relationship between artist and local technology companies. Who knows what synthesis could happen as these communities connect in a deeper way!

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If you are interested in participating in the Artist In Residence program or would like to learn more, please email me at esther@uncommoncartography.com

Let's do this!

Esther

The Artist Uprising Putting Seattle On The Map

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“There’s no protectiveness or competitiveness. We’re all really open with our resources, vendors, press contacts. There’s real camaraderie. The attitude is, ‘let’s get us all on the map.’ We’re all in this together.” - Devin Montgomery 

So much has happened in the last month, that I almost don’t know where to begin! I had the privilege of meeting with Eric Anderson, Chef at Brunswick and Hunt, which was the first of many times that it came to my attention that some Seattle publications are really not giving the type of love they should be to the talented creatives in our region. If you know me, then you know this just won’t do. I am determined to contribute to what I believe is a new artist uprising that is putting Seattle on the map. Just as I believe every industry is open for disruption, I also believe the narrow idea that Seattle is rain, coffee, grunge and technology, is no longer enough to characterize this region. It’s time for businesses to pay attention to what is brewing in their own backyard, and to stop outsourcing what creatives and entrepreneurs in Seattle can do brilliantly.

“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers - creative and holistic right brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” - Daniel Pink

When I first met Aaron Hicks, clothing designer for YaJoe, he gave me the greatest compliment ever “If I ever design a womenswear line you would me my muse”, little did he know that a couple months later I would ask him to collaborate with me to create my dream of a modern artist smock. I love fashion but for quite some time I have contemplated Gertrude Stein’s quote “You can either buy clothes or pictures”. Your clothing and jewelry are a part of your armor for stepping into the world feeling empowered, as though you could seriously kick ass! I mean have you seen Shannon Koszyk's Audaces Fortuna Invat (Fortune Favors The Bold) ring?! Every day I want to be able to costume myself in a way that feels like I am imbued with a magical superpower. This past week I had the privilege of collaborating with Aaron to develop the first uncommon artist smock. I am BUBBLING OVER WITH EXCITEMENT to be wearing the uncommon artist smock in today’s photo shoot which I have produced in collaboration with some brilliant local creatives for The Ruins. Please follow @uncommoncartography and @the_ruins for a sneak peek.

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline and effort and being able to truly care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in a myriad of petty little unsexy ways every day.”  - David Foster Wallace

A final note, many of you may have noticed the series of uncommon collaborations I have been producing. The collaborations are an outflow of my desire to take artists and industries to the next level. These artists have been sharing their talents to help each other fill in their gaps and reach the brands they most desire to work with (because none of us can do it all). The collaborators have been developing some serious social capital and momentum. It has taken a couple of months, but we have begun to see new doors opening and paid projects being locked in as a result of our collaborations. If you would be interested in being featured in a future collaboration, please email me at esther@uncommoncartography.com.  

Let's Do This!

Esther

Ps: As part of our brand refresh for The Ruins in Seattle, I am coordinating a series of events (popups, artist showcases, industry events). If you are interested in participating in a pop-up, showcase, etc. or you know an entrepreneur or creative trying to get to the next level in their career, please email me at esther@theruins.net.