Category Archives: Visual Art
We recently had the pleasure of participating in an extra-ordinary event here in Seattle in which the music and art communities came together to give thanks to the elements.
Hosted by Seattle bass music collective Bassdrop Music as their four year anniversary party, the event featured music from some of the hottest West Coast producers, plus some of the city’s freshest local acts. To top things off, world famous visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey participated by doing live painting during the event. Naturally this enlivening event was entitled Elements of Bass.
Many find that the four common elements Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are the basic elements of the universe. We are here to contend that in this time we are moving beyond this knowledge of the elementals in this basic sense. We are living in a time of expansion, connectivity and collaboration. For this reason we redefine the elements of creation as music, art, dance and healing. The folks over at Bassdrop did a great job of bringing these aspects together into an inspiring event with EOB.
For those that don’t know, Alex Grey has become famous for his ability to diagram energy flows in the human body. His attention to detail is unrivaled by any living artist of his ilk. To spice up the evening, our good friends at Bassdrop Music coordinated a discussion with the Greys, so that we young creators could get a glimpse into the minds of these visionaries.
During the discussion, Alex and Allyson shared their views on contemporary art, music, and culture and how it relates to the historical perspective. The theme of the presentation was centered on consciousness and how music, art and other forms of creative expression can color the human experience.
A strong through line which permeated the talk, was the idea of sacrament and how certain substances can bring us into a more clear space of awareness, both individually and as a collective.
From the ancient art of consuming Soma, psychedelic mushrooms or even that famed flora known to grow on grave of King Solomon – we humans have been creating, cultivating, and consuming sacraments of various form and texture throughout time. Like the infamous talks given by the late great Terrence McKenna, the Greys stressed the importance of knowing and using these plants and other substances to the benefit of consciousness, while warning of the dangers of misuse. Many of the slides displayed shared imagery of art old and new which had quite obviously been influenced by the use of psychedelics. A personal favorite is the image of the little mushroom men carrying smaller mushrooms and feeding them to one another. Alex states, “Ok, this one is quite clear… Someone was high!”
The Greys shared their view on the legalization of cannabis in the NW calling what’s happening in Washington and Colorado a benchmark. It is quite clear that like the team here at Ganjaology, Alex and Allyson value cannabis for its many beneficial properties beyond the commonly recognized lofty high that comes with smoking it. Whether it’s used to reduce pain, stop nausea, settle the mind or expand conscious awareness, one thing is clear…
The use of cannabis in appropriate dosage promotes CREATIVITY, POSITIVITY and the creation and enjoyment of BASS MUSIC!
We want to extend a big thanks to Alex and Allyson for sharing their knowledge and participating in the event both as speakers and live painters. Further we want to give thanks to Bassdrop Music for organizing the event along with all of the others that had a hand in bringing us together. Big up all the musicians that performed including Mat The Alien, Christian Martin, Bluetech, David Starfire, BizZara, Selecta Element and Triple Crown, Sean Majors, Kozmo, and all the others. Lastly we can’t leave out the local artists that participated including Burgandy Viscosi, Damon Conklin, Sarah Jorgenson, The Graffiti Defense Coalition and more!
Like Allyson’s secret script, no amount of language could begin to decipher the excitement we all shared in this phenomenal event. Again, thanks to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without you!
All photos featured here are the work of Kari Champoux. Thanks KC!
Attention fashionistas ::: This one is for you!
Back in July, I had the opportunity to join the Ganjaology team up north to attend the highly praised Canadian festival, Bass Coast. Here, a vast array of artisans presented their unique goods and I was gifted the chance to sit down with a few vendors in the marketplace, including the lovely Jeni Mack who was joined by her supportive partner, Jonathan. The two generously shared their time, smiles, and wisdom. Jeni Mack represents Piña Styles, JeniMack for Piña, and JeniMack EcoFashion.
Piña Styles is the manifestation of Angie Roussin, who first opened her humble print shop in Ucluelet, B.C. seven years ago. This small coastal town known as Ukee, is where it all began. Piña produces stunning and unique prints of animals from the land and sea, pirate ships, and a vast array of other eye-catching images. Inspired by her younger years raised on sailboats in Vancouver, Piña spent plenty of time with her fisherman father and sea venturing mother. These open ocean vibrations present themselves full force in the most raw, but tender of ways. Printed on environmentally friendly gear, the bold prints contrast oh so perfectly upon cozy hoodies and the softest tees.
Six years ago, Jeni Mack first produced her now infamous cowl neck sweatshirt. With no formal training, Jeni put in the effort and time to create what is now her most successful article offered. Jeni chuckles as she envisions her cowl neck taking over the world – watch out folks, these clothes are off the chain. Adorned with various designs from Piña herself, JeniMack uses eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, hemp and marino wool. Her knowledge and close relationship to the fabrics shines through as she navigates practicality, comfort, and the technical abilities of natural fabrics. To all you men…don’t be fooled by Mack’s feminine touch, she has a way with the male form and I highly recommend you slip into one of her hoodies.
It is important to know that the two ladies are not one entity, but rather two separate, magical beings who work closely together and fuel and support the other. Each woman owns her individual business, but they have created a healthy, flourishing symbiotic relationship of talent and integrity. Both ladies work exclusively with companies who are sweatshop free and sustainable. Designed in Ucluelet and manufactured in Vancouver, B.C., both Pina Styles and Jeni Mack work to stay as local as possible.
I asked Jeni Mack for any wisdom to those of us looking to start our own niche endeavors. She repeated something that had been woven throughout our conversation.
Let this remind us to conciously connect, feed, and nurture all relationships in our lives. Supporting and working with others who share similar truths and integrity will allow our own projects to blossom in honest ways.
As transformational festivals continue to bring us together, we can all find our niche within. Whether we choose the path of performer, musician, artist, healer, merchant, or participant, we are reinforcing a more positive way to conduct ourselves in the world. If at your core foundation, you believe in the integrity of small operations creating consistent, quality products for the community at large, then please support those people who genuinely work this way.
Piña Styles and Jeni Mack are a prime example of how our world is continuing to grow and return to homeostasis. Their small business reaches out, lacing the whimsy of illuminated women, quietly, humbly, and confidently throughout conversations and communities. The eight women involved in running the operation lend their eloquence and love into the clothing, sending their vibration of connection and nurturing ways rippling out through their pieces; our own souls receiving this love as we are enveloped in intentional, gorgeous wearable art.
I full heartedly support these ladies, and express my gratitude to them, and others who are making a difference in their own, unique and beautiful way. Let this inspire us all to take action and reflect the way we really want our world to flow. We are all energetically intertwined and connected. The action of one, affects that of the masses.
Check out the Piña stores in Ucluelet and Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, and keep your eyes and ears open for more to come. Also watch out for this fabulous booth at more festivals next season. Both ladies accept pre-orders, so contact them with any questions or inquiries. You can also find Jeni Mack’s clothing in a select few retail stores throughout British Columbia. Here’s just a few :::
Hemp & Company : Vancouver, BC
Shades of Green : Parksville, BC
Seed Sustainable Style : Regina, Saskatchewan
Be sure to check out more from these ladies at their individual web spaces:
Be free to express yourself!