Carol Farrow

September 23, 2011

We have had the work of paperclay artist Carol Farrow up this month. Her work is beautiful, full of warmth and incredible textural character. Carol, a London based artist, has been working with paperclay for more than 30 years. She has won many awards and received much recognition for both her sculptural and wall hanging paperworks. You can find more information about Carol and her work on her website. We will continue to have her pieces in the store even as we focus on a new artist for October, so come in and see these sculptural forms in person.

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Saturday in the Skagit Valley

September 19, 2011

We spent the day touring our own back yard, a vast backyard full of exciting entrepreneurs, growers, artists…

First we came upon the new location for Gail Harker’s Creative Studies Center – located on Chilberg Road on the way into La Conner. Gail specializes in the art of stitchery. GAILCREATIVESTUDIES.COM

From there we drove to the corner of Route 20 and Higgin’s Airport Rd.. to visit the produce stand of Viva Farm. VIVAFARM.ORG. Viva Farms is a joint venture of WSU Extension & GrowFood.org, an international non-profit dedicated to recruiting, training and capitalizing the next generation of sustainable farmers. This is a magnificent program helping to maintain farming as a way of life  as well as the preservation of farmland.

Viva Farm's produce stand

From this corner we ventured to the new brewery in the area, North Sound Brewing Co. Delicious IPA, Red Ale as well as many others. Located on the angle road that heads northwest out of Mt. Vernon to Rte. 20 en route to Anacortes and the ferries. Pick up a growler to enjoy at home. NORTHSOUNDBREWING.COM

Next we visited Dunbar Gardens – the elegant and plentiful bounty of Steve Lospalluto’s efforts, exquisitely presented in the willow baskets created by his wife Katheirne Lewis. DUNBARGARDENS.COM. Their farm stand located outside Mt. Vernon is open 9-6, Fri. – Sun. The baskets can be ordered on line.

Dunbar Garden farm stand

Amy, Steve and the Bitters Co. bus.

Bitters Co. east coast Aug.

September 19, 2011

August  13 – 18,  found us showing are wholesale line at the New York International Gift Show. Afterward we took our respite at our parent’s Inn in Vermont, The Whitford House.

Bitters Co. NYIGF Booth, Global Design

The Whitford House Inn, Addison Vermont

PARK(ing) Day in Fremont

September 10, 2011

Two riders who visited each of the 16 parks.

Aldan of Hub and Bespoke enjoyin the Park.

On Friday, September 16th, Bitters Co. and Hub and Bespoke hosted PARK(ing) Dayin Fremont. People in cities all around the globe participated in this event that started in 2005 in an effort to transform urban space into public parks (for the day at least). Bitters Co. created the setting while Hub and Bespoke made delicious melon slushies using pedal power.