The 2015 Craft Lake City DIY Festival was held at the Gallivan Center on Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 8th. Several VAD Alumni participated:
Obake Style / Magen Mitchell & Nick Burke
Katrina (Flores) Parkinson
Derek Ballard & Brighton Metz
From Craft Lake City:
“The Craft Lake City DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival was formed in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake UnderGround), as a way to showcase local DIY (do it yourself) culture.
Since then, Craft Lake City has expanded the DIY Festival to become the state’s largest, local-centric, two-day arts festival, with over 200 local artisans, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Building, two stages for musical and dance performances, local food vendors, food trucks and hosting over 40,000 festival attendees.
Furthermore, the organization seeks to enhance Utah’s DIY arts culture by broadening the definition of “craft” to encompass all things handmade – including craft food, STEM and DIY engineers (electronic makers).”
“Magen Mitchell is joining us from Obake Style! You’re definitely going to enjoy her creepy cute work! Get a sneak peek of her piece right here!
Magen Mitchell is a multi-media artist from Salt Lake City, Utah. She started life as an illustrator and graphic designer, took up painting, learned to screen print, and now plays with laser-cut wood. She likes to shake things up and try new mediums. Her brand, Obake Style, comes from the Japanese word for shape-shifting goblins. There’s playfulness in the way she blends the unexpected.
As a child of the 80s, Magen was really influenced by the wave of anime, manga, and video games that were adapted for American children around that time and it shows in her work. But she’s also heavily influenced by the graphic, often symmetrical nature of traditional folk art. Her favorite subjects to depict in her work are cute and/or creepy. She likes to combine related or even diametrically opposed ideas into surprising results.”
Get more Obake Style here: http://www.obakestyle.com
“Three Chicks who love pop culture, Jane Estantino, Stephanie Han, and Katie McAtee, came together with the re-release of the 20th anniversary of the Sailor Moon anime. With a shared love of Sailor Moon, this art show represents their desire to share that love and some fantastic inspired works with other fans.
3tArts opened their first gallery at rothick art haus in Anaheim, CA on July 5th, with the opening of Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Art Show.”
Get more 3tArts here: http://3tarts.us/
For more of Magen’s favorite cosplay photos please visit – www.flickr.com/photos/obakestyle
Many VAD alumni – Magen Mitchell, Matt Page, Heather Ackley, Lucas Ackley, Tyson Huber, Andrew Malin and more – are involved in Comic Con and Fantasy Con here in Salt Lake City, Boise and Las Vegas. Magen Mitchell sends this:
“We had a great time Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! We met some cool people, acquired new toys and comics, ate good food, and generally had a great adventure.”