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Seattle deviantMEET Wrap-Up!

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 2:51 PM

The Emerald City gave a warm welcome to its deviantART green brethren on Saturday, March 23, with one of the most successful deviantMEETs in history! With over 400 attendees, this event was the second largest deviantMEET ever, and the day couldn't have been more perfect. The Pratt Fine Arts Center had the honor of not only hosting the event but instructing the group on some awesome artistic techniques. More on that later.

Heidi, danlev, ewm and I arrived a bit early to witness the magic of this room...

...turning into a full house!

Photo credit: ewm

The gathering kicked off with deviants mixing and mingling with one another, meeting artists with similar interests. At 1 PM, the screenprinting tutorials began, led by instructors from Pratt. We were surprised to see that our friends at Pratt even created a special screen containing a deviantART logo for attendees to use in their design!

Photo credit: ewm

While we were nervous about the weather, given that there was a snowstorm the day before, we were extremely pleased to see that it was actually a beautiful day! As such, we opened the garage, and the festivities migrated outdoors. Sidewalk chalk was distributed, and an amazing collaboration was made.

Pratt-1 by Ayame-Kenoshi
deviantART Meet I by PoultryChamp

Photo credit: Ayame-Kenoshi, PoultryChamp, and ewm

A few deviants set up in the drawing room, where sketchbooks were exchanged and new masterpieces were made. Those who brought laptops or tablets were able to use Pratt's Wi-Fi to showcase their deviantART profiles, +Watch new friends, and work on digital pieces. We even had a few deviants creating unique forms of artwork -- including knitters, crafters, and even AutumnDogForge creating chain mail!

DA meet Seattle by llesliedesign
Photo credit: ewm and llesliedesign

This deviantMEET was held in honor of the Merrell Diorama Contest winners, who sent us their creations to display at the meet. All three winners were beautifully constructed and looked even more impressive in person. In fact, the first place winner, trinafool, drove all the way from Portland, OR, to share her diorama. It was a truly international deviantMEET, as we had attendees from all over -- even as far away as Vancouver, Canada!

Photo credit: ewm

After the festivities ended, a group of deviants headed to the nearby Moonlight Cafe to grab a bite to eat. It was unfortunately time to say goodbye to Seattle, but we knew we had created connections that will last a lifetime.

Special thanks goes to the Pratt Fine Arts Center for being accommodating hosts and giving us the tools to express our creativity! And, of course, thank you to all who attended, near and far. It wouldn't have been a success without you!

Check out what others had to say about the deviantMEET!

The Emerald City gave a warm welcome to its deviantART green brethren on Saturday, March 23, with one of the most successful deviantMEETs in history! With over 400 attendees, this event was the second largest deviantMEET ever. Relive the memories and read all about the devious shenanigans.
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CheshireSmile Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
@ anyone who attended last year, we are trying to sprout interest in peoples journals, and otherwise for there to be another seattle devmeet this year! ;D
Vasa2012 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hmm.... I couldn't be there because I live on another continent ....
Kenneth-D Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Regret that I didn't know anything about this.
RosaryOfSighsx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Wish there was one this big in Australia sometime soon!
Looks like a hell of a turnout! :la:
DesignsByFro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I was paying attention and went to this event. Grrr to me.
canofoilstuff Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I wanted to go but I just had a baby a few weeks ago and I am still recovering
xEarthbendingGirlx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looking at these made me sad...because my mom didn't let me go...:(
SofiaERamirez Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Damnit, I wish I hadn't fallen off of the DeviantART radar :( It would have been nice to meet with some of my fellow Deviants from the Pacific NorthWest... Seattle is only 2 hours from Olympia D:
eViLe-eAgLe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
D: When was this? I could of gone D:
TamazakiMichiko Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
DM was awesome this year! Even though I'm pretty shy and kinda introverted (this stressed me out so much) I'm so glad I went! I met so many epic people, and I feel great to have been a part of the--holy guacamole--400 attendees!!!
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