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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Topic: Georgetown

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May 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

A master of making art from old vacuums

Will Flannery can transform your grandmother’s old Hoover into a piece of art.

Sketched May 20, 2014

Hoarders like me always have an excuse to avoid spring cleaning. Why not make something out of all that junk in the garage instead of throwing it away?

Vacuum repairman Will Flannery proves my point. He recycles old parts from machines he can’t fix and turns them into art. While he worked at the Vac Shop in Georgetown years ago, he created eye-catching works still on display outside the shop. You can’t drive along 4th Avenue South without noticing the uncanny Groucho Marx or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer — all made out of unusable vacuums people dropped off or traded in.


Comments | More in Portraits | Topics: Bothell, Georgetown

May 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

A whiz at building bike gizmos


Sketched April 23, 2013

Gabi_0510_Bike06Where was Colin Stevens when I first moved to the U.S. and couldn’t afford to buy a car?

I could have used one of his “cycletrucks” to carry my groceries and one of his heavy-duty bike trailers to haul the little furniture that fit in my apartment.

“Haulin’ Colin,” as he is known in the local bike community, is making a name for himself in Seattle building such clever bike accessories and any kind of bike customization.


Comments | More in Aviation, Bicycles, Businesses | Topics: Georgetown