May 2006 Beautiful Booth of the Month Award:
|Northwest Coast Native art is the artistic style practiced by the original inhabitants of a thin strip of coastal land from southern Alaska to the mouth of the Columbia River. Will Gibboney is intrigued by the abstract quality and complexity of this art form. He loves the challenge of stretching and compressing imagery to fit a given space, while maintaining the integrity of the image. Within the confined spaces, there is freedom to exercise visual puns, literally turning one creature into another, splitting their images, or rearranging basic elements; all within a visually balanced design.
Along with being emblazoned on T-shirts, the designs wonderfully enhance his rawhide drums. He processes the rawhide covering from fresh deer or elk hides, and stretches the hide over a cedar frame.He then draws directly onto the rawhide with a waterproof ink. Will also designs tattoos, a gentleman with one happened to stop by just as we were taking these photos, as you can see below. Will also contributes a weekly "cowtoon" to the Market newsletter, always a humorous take on the life of the Marketeer, but with a distincly bovine spin.
It's a challenge to display clothing in a small space. Some use racks of hangers, some use tables or racks of folded piles. Will Gibboney's method works particularly well for his unique art shirts. His corner space allows for a diagonal display wall that shows an example of each shirt, while hiding all of the back stock in the back half of the booth. Each t-shirt design has a fascinating story about the imagery that goes with it, and the wall display allows each shirt to be displayed with the story. This arrangement allows customers to see all the designs, and keeps them from having to sort through piles of t-shirts to find the right size and color. The small table in the center gives space to display his other main product, the cedar-framed rawhide drums.
You can find Willy and his booth in space 15, near the north west corner of the fountain on the West Park Block. Stop by and go native...
Visit other Beautiful Booths: Shane Schaeffer, Ayala Talpai, Colleen Fancher, Melanie Vanderlip, Jenni Calef,
Thurman Scheumack, Cliff Martin, Kristine Nelson and Kelly Beal, Norm & Patricia Donohue, Gila & Tim Fox,
Janna Kneale, Christene George, Jennifer Fogerty-Gibson, Ritta's Burritos, Neil Friedman, Cindia Carrere,
Barb Irvine, Eleanor Myers, Terry & David Church, Glenn Kreiss, Julie O'Briant, Elizabeth Eisenman, Nancy Bright
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