Meet the Producer Video: Charles Saul, Master of Mobiles (and More!)

Meet Charles Saul, Pike Place artist, who works with wood, metal, beach glass and photography to create a range of whimsical, colorful art with a real Northwestern feel.  Charlie and his artwork can be found online at www.charlessaul.com or on his Google + page or his YouTube page.

Video by Scott Alberts

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A Journey Down Under

Welcome to a land Down Under!
Welcome to a land Down Under!

Pike Place Market is a community with vibrant and unique sub-communities. My business and sub-community as a Daystaller/Artist keeps me on the street level and North Arcade for most of my market day. I often walk from my table, south down Pike Place, to grab lunch or my produce for dinner. My walks also take me “Down Under” where I discover a treasured tumble of shops and personalities. Oh yes, and heat. It is warm there. And on a brusque northwest day a lovely way to relax your muscles and see all manner of opportunities to find a special something from around the world, around the block or from back in time. Darryl Beckmann from the Market Magic and Novelty Shop introduces us to the “Down Under” of Pike Place Market.

The Magic Shop
The Magic Shop

“The Down Under has been an important part of the Pike Place Market since it first opened in 1907. Originally farmers brought their produce by horse drawn cart which they stabled in an area directly beneath the market, hence “down under”. After a series of renovations over the market’s 100+ year history, the Down Under is accessible by a veritable labyrinth of ramps and stairs, all of them highways and byways leading to unique and interesting shops, among them, “The Giant Shoe Museum” attached to Old Seattle Paperworks, world famous comic book store Golden Age Collectables, and handcrafted artworks from all over the globe at Hands Of The World. There are shops for collectors of coins, gems, books, records, beads, clothes, and knick-knacks of all sorts, not to mention Chinese food. In the middle of it all is Market Magic & Novelty, one of the longest running magic shops in the U.S. For almost forty years it has attracted four generations of pranksters, amateur and professional magicians, and visitors from every discipline of the performing arts, including singer Kurt Elling, magician David Blaine, Princess Bubble Gum (a costumed visitor to Seattle’s annual anime convention SakuraCon) and, most recently, Oscar-winning high-wire artist Philippe Petit, the man who walked a wire stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. These and many others make the Down Under one the most lively parts of the Pike Place Market.”

To view Magic Shop comings and goings-on, check out their blog at marketmagicshop.com/blog/ and to learn more about the Magic Shop, contact:

Sheila Lyon and Darryl Beckmann
206 713-8506/206-842-7248
www.marketmagicshop.com
See the shop in action at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J3q9zFdZVw

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Introductory Text by Kat Allen www.sumon.com
Photography by Kristeena Sabando www.sabando.com

Change Is the Only Constant …

I’ve heard the phrase “evolve or stagnate and perish” over the years.  As I mature, both mentally and physically, I have to agree. Change really is the only constant in our lives.

Thirty-five years ago I began my career at the Pike Place Market. That was 1978.  I joined the market community as a photographer.  Over those many years I made and sold photographs of flying fish, Seattle skylines, mountains, rainbows, sunsets, fishing and ferryboats, and all manner of other images.

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Light and shadow, form, color, texture, and gesture were all translated from the three-dimensional world into my two-dimensional art prints.

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Deception Pass

One of the things I loved in my early days making my living at the market was working with my hands making wooden frames for my photos. Oak was my wood of choice, but over the years my customers began to prefer the more austere look of metal frames.  So, my product evolved. Change. Adaptation.

Clean laundry hangs out to dry on clothesline above doorway and shuttered windows of bright yellow painted house in Burano, Italy

My growth, change, adaptation and personal interests have also morphed over the last 35 years. The colorful laundry photo above is a good example of these changes, combining all those elements of light, shadow, form, color, texture and gesture.  Geographical change was also part of my personal experience, as the photo above was made on the island of Burano near Venice, Italy, and lead indirectly to a major change for me.

A little over two years ago I decided to explore my long-time interest in glass and enrolled in a lamp work bead-making class at Pratt Art Center here in Seattle. I honestly didn’t know if I had the physical dexterity to work with molten glass. However, I soon discovered that, like learning to play a musical instrument with lots of practice, I could make respectably roundish glass beads.

2nd anniversary bead making.

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Today, because I was willing to welcome change and learn new skills, I’ve re-invented and re-invigorated myself.  Glass is an amazing medium!

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Embracing change has allowed me to once again work with my hands creating one-of-a-kind original art.  I’m still working with light, shadow, form, color, texture, symmetry, and gesture in my art.  And I’m still at the Pike Place Market!

You can find me in the North Arcade of the Pike Place Market a few days each week.

If you can’t get to the market, you can also find my glass art online at www.etsy.com/shop/CPArtistic .

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Fashion at the market

As a new writer for this blog I will introduce myself to you.  I am Kim and I sell my fashion line, Im Strang, on the craftline at Pike Place market.  I am a knitter, using manual vintage knitting machines mostly, and sell a mixture of socks and accessories to a full line of sweaters, tops and dresses.

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You may have seen my seamed back socks waving in the air on my quite obvious, many questions asked about, sock mannaquin legs.  That’s how people remember my booth.  Upside down legs.  They prompt more bad jokes and Christmas story references than I ever thought possible but hey, they are eye catching and draw attention to my table!

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There are a good few of us selling accessories and garments at the market.  The eco friendly, upcycling designers reconstruct old cashmere sweaters and t-shirts into totally new garments.  The fiber minded of us weaving, spinning, knitting and crocheting.  Each of our four feet booths offer handmade, high end fashion for many different tastes and styles.  It’s boutique shopping straight from the artist.  Just look for the legs and come say hi.

– Kim Strang

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