Siblings Aaron and Sarah Shay slide into the booth with Annie Hughes, prompting a swift shuffle of hats, coats, and instruments. The Mongrel Jews play a total of six instruments, sing, and keep the band going across state lines with fierce devotion, and the support of their fellow musicians.

From street corners, living rooms and stages, The Mongrel Jews started without a name, acquiring one as well as a devoted fan base along the way. Fresh from a successful Kickstarter (watch for the album: The Mongrel Jews Inherit the Earth!) and talking a mile a minute over coffee, Aaron, Sarah and Annie shook off the Seattle cold to talk about the brass tacks of making music sing. Continue reading…

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Illustrator and Fan Artist Jade Gordon

Jade Gordon

Jade Gordon greeted me with a warm and honest smile on the floor of the Emerald City Comic Con. I first met Jade at a concert where I caught a glimpse of her awesome fan art. It made me curious about her work, so I looked it up, liked it even more, and finally reached [...]

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Lee LeFever the Explanation Artist

Lee LeFever

Lee LeFever is one half of Common Craft, the other half being his wife Sachi. Their business is to explain things in a simple way using artwork cutouts and video. A couple’s labor of love has turned into the family business, and now LeFever has a book on the way too – The Art of [...]

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Following Up on 3 Interview Alumni

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Over the last couple of years many different artists have been featured on Another Passion. I recently reached out to some of them, asking how things had been since their feature, and what they were up to now. In the following, you can read what some of them had to share. Don’t forget to check [...]

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Anita Arora Makes Morbid Art

Anita Arora aka Morbid Anatomy

Anita Arora began her pursuit of the arts while crossing continents and oceans, exploring classical dance and music from London and America. Returning stateside from her native London, she set down roots as she continued experimenting with artistic forms. Anita’s appreciation of art that walked a fine line of social distance led her to begin [...]

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Lyndsay’s Hands are Never Idle

Lyndsay Brown

Lyndsay Brown is a one-woman show behind Idle Hands Designs. The local Seattle jewelry designer grew her business from a sideline hobby to a full-time workshop, studying silver smithing, resin work and sculpture as she built both her knowledge and her business. Sporting her client-favored sutured heart necklace and a collection of rings and pendants, [...]

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Liz Smith Makes the Show Go

Liz Smith aka Dammit Liz

Liz Smith – or Dammit Liz, as she is lovingly called by fans and clients alike – is an organizer and wrangler of events. Specifically events for the nerd segment, such as the now legendary w00tstock shows and most recently JoCo Cruise Crazy 2. I met Liz in between meetings, while she was busy organizing [...]

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