PamelaWeir-Quiton is an influential Los Angeles based woodworker who has been making finely crafted sculptural works since 1965.
Her work has appeared in multiple publications over the years, including the cover of LA Home Magazine, and has been exhibited and collected nationally since the 1960s. She is considered an important part of the West Coast studio movement, and she is one of only a few veteran female artists working with wood. A lover of fashion,she originally planned to be a fashion designer. She has become a ‘
Known for her stylized functional doll forms and life-sized ‘rocking animals,’ Weir-Quiton is currently celebrating her 50th studio year. Championed by
Weir-Quiton’s work is a part of the fabric and history of the LA Design scene. Earlier this fall, a retrospective of her work was held to much acclaim at the Craft in America Center in Hollywood. A recent visit to her West Adams studio revealed how the artist is currently thinking about her work and her legacy.
KN: Your work has largely focused on animal and human figures made of wood. How
PWQ: You know being in a military family, I would talk to my cats. And later, to my dogs. Being here, working alone in the studio and basically being an outsider, my dogs are more than muses. They are almost human to me.
When I was very young, my father was in the Air Force. My mother and I moved to Indiana to be closer to
I have always believed in fairy tales. So my fairy tale is like a kind of Hansel and Gretel, only with a good witch. So in my version of the story, we would gather nuts and things and we would go back to the good witch’s cottage where she just happens to have a wood shop, and a drill press. And you drill holes in everything you have found and you string it together!
KN: Is that a view of the creative process as a kind of magic, as alchemy?
PWQ: It is that, I’m not doing it. And, that anyone can tap into this channel!
All that I can say, is that it is intuitive. And now, more so than ever for me. It’s really has become crystal clear by thinking about the law of attraction. By asking, how does this make me feel? I’ve always been able to capture the frame, and hold it, and sketch it. In the new studio (West Adams), I feel even more connections. I’m seeing piles of sacred scrap from older projects, and I’masking “what can I do with this?”
The materials and the tools, nothing else matters. That’s who I am. We don’t travel. There is nothing else that I want to do. Once I discovered woodworking at the wood shop at Cal State Northridge, there was no turning back, it was100% commitment. It’s like an obsession that grabs you by the throat. It’s like Colin Kaepernick, the “take a knee guy” – find something you love and if you have to – risk everything. That’show that am.
KN: If you were to go back and tell your 23-year old self something, what would it be?
PWQ: (Laughs) I guess I would tell myself that it always worked out!
You can only have one thought at a time, and the trick is to be able to shift it and focus. That’s what coming in, and turning on the lights in the woodshop, does for me.
I know who I am. It’s not an ego thing. I’m not afraid to put myself out there, because I don’t feel like I’m pushing myself. It’s “come and play with me
Katie Nartonis is an Art + Design writer, curator and auction specialist based out of Los Angeles, California and sometimes Taos, New Mexico. Earlier this year she curated “Nature: Human Nature” an art +design show at Loft at Liz’s gallery in Los Angeles. She is currently finishing co-writing and publishing a book on the late San Diego designer/maker, “JackRogers Hopkins: California Maverick”(with Co -Writer/Editor Jeffrey Head). Sheis the founder of The Nartonis Project and is Art + Design Editor of SoCalMagazine. www.thenartonisproject.com
Contributing Editor: Anthony Stafford
Umami Burger never lets us down, and once again sets the bar even higher for what we can expect from them. The world-renowned premium burger chain just introduced some exciting holiday promos to satisfy all of our cravings this season, and they go beyond sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, in their typical fashion. A word coined by the Japanese, Umami is a powerful force behind many food cravings and Umami Burger is serving up some of the most crave-able creations in the industry. For a limited time, Umami Burger is launching “Industry Nights,” gift card promotions, and more at their DTLA location. Read below for details on each special occasion, and how you can take part.
Industry Nights: An Insider Party
Beginning Friday, December 7, 2018, through Saturday, February 2, 2019, Umami Burger DTLA will offer a 1/2 off menu on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to close (times may change). The Industry Night is solely for other local businesses in the food/beverage arena, and all you have to do is show a pay stub during the 1/2 off times. This special get together for industry insiders is not only a great way to bring the community together, but the industry itself.
Give and Receive, All at Once
For the rest of us who may not be industry insiders, Umami Burger still finds a way to make us feel special — but for a far more limited time! From now to December 31, 2018, Umami Burger will practice its “give and receive” gift card promotion. At participating Umami Burger locations, when you purchase $100 worth of gift cards, you’ll receive a free $25 gift card! Now that’s gifting, AMPLIFIED! This gift card promotion runs from November 23 (Black Friday) through December 31, 2018, so you’ve still got a bit more time!
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Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has partnered with Assouline, the luxury collectible book publisher, for an exclusive pop-up boutique ideal for all your last minute gift shopping needs. Located in the hotel’s lobby, the limited-time retail shop will offer Assouline’s newest and most in-demand titles — from now until the end of the year! Each thoughtfully handcrafted book is piece of art in itself, and perfect for everyone on your gift list.
Wine Me Up!
In addition to offering of lovely gifts, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills also hosts a complimentary weekly ‘wine hour’ from 5:30-6:30 pm on Wednesdays for guests of the Assouline boutique. The wine hour is welcome to all hotel guests, visitors, and Beverly Hills locals interested in shopping the Assouline space. What better way to knock out some holiday shopping than while sipping wine?
A Christmas Meal To Remember
Finally, both Viceroy Santa Monica’s Cast Restaurant, and Viceroy L’Ermitage’s Avec Nous will be open on Christmas Day for a delicious meal that should not be missed. The Christmas menu for Avec Nous will feature the following 5 courses:
Amuse – Eggnog Tart with Vanilla Bourbon caviar
Soup – Roasted Chestnut, pomegranate, chestnut profiterole with chestnut cream, wild rocket espuma
App – Sous Vide Lobster medallions, Thermador cream, petite sea grass, Black garlic tuile
Intermezzo – Persimmon sorbet
Entrée (of choice):
1 . Lamb Stew, Saffron Fingerling potatoes, baby carrots, kohlrabi,
2 . Black Cod, Roasted Delicata squash, poached baby fennel, Purple potato puree, fennel frons sauce,
Dessert – White Chocolate panna cotta with dark chocolate financier, strawberry fluid gel, blood orange cremeux, pistachio dust, candied blood orange, strawberry powder.
Who could pass up on an extravagant 5-course meal like this on Christmas?! More details for these special opportunities, like pricing, hours, and location, can be found below:
Restaurant Name: Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills – Avec Nous
Offerings / Pricing: 5 course tasting menu, $85 adults, $65 child
Dinner Hours: 5 – 11 p.m.
Restaurant Name: Viceroy Santa Monica – Cast Restaurant
Offerings / Pricing: Regular service
Dinner Hours: 5 – 9 p.m.