This past Sunday the Chimera Art and Culture Magazine team paid a visit to Houston’s Scope Fashion and Arts Festival, which featured some of the most creative and well established vendors from all over the city. From fashion designers, graphic artists, and visual artists, to graffiti artists and recording artists, there were so many creative displays of art all around. I must say I was proud of how these newer generations can still become inspired by the culture of art and how creative they can be with their visions.
There were a lot of innovative vendors, a few of them personally drew my attention. First one is when first stepping inside Stereo Live, where the event was being held, I see a booth with this funky looking Monkey skull and crossbones with a monkey tail hanging below. As I approached the booth I was handed a brown shopping bag with the Monkey Logo of what seems to appear to be spray painted on, which I thought was very clever. They’re a t-shirt line which sold many different varieties of colors and designs of what they call a “Wickedly Funny” Monkey skull and crossbones printed on the apparel. Another booth I paid a visit to was of this young lady with a lot of talent by the name of Abiola Wabara, artist of contemporary black art. Wabara had many displays of her creative black art, not only on canvases but shirts as well. What I loved about this woman is that she decided to take her art of expression to another level by taking her contemporary black art out of the galleries and to the streets by printing her art on apparel. She had a line of art wear that showed the black culture in a eccentric state of mind with a twist of the lifestyles of the black community in story form. What excited me the most about Ms Wabara’s art was that it was original, nothing like I’ve ever seen, so you know her vision of art has got to be expressed in the manor of individuality.
Lastly, one of the other artists I spoke with was Mark Williamson, an artist with the eye for drawing, his work puts me in the mind of what we all used to do when we start out sketching on the corners of a piece of notebook paper in class, that ends up being a collage of shapes, designs and faces all over the notebook, but a more elevated sophisticated version of that experience. Williamson also featured a lot of his work on T-shirts, posters and flyers for events all over Houston. A lot of his pieces, if not all told a story, and if you didn’t view it thoroughly, you’d miss out on a good storyline! My experience at Scopes November Fashion and Arts festival was mind boggling, inspirational and down right artistically well thought out. Though this was just my first time attending, from what all I’ve experienced and gathered being surrounded by so many different artistic views of self expression, this won’t be my last!