Islanders urged to go over the top at Vashon’s Wearable Art Party

Attendees are encouraged to come costumed as art and “anything goes.”

Islanders can indulge in their love of cosplay and beat back the winter blues at “Over the Edge: Vashon’s Wearable Art Party” — a night of revelry to take place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Open Space for the Arts & Community.

For the event, attendees are encouraged to come costumed as art, with an “anything goes” approach to dressing up, in attire that might include sculptural elements, textile arts, multi-media, found objects, inflatables, or body paint.

“We’re inviting everyone to be their boldest selves — bending boundaries, raising eyebrows and boldly going over the edge,” said Open Space founder and current board member David Godsey. “It will be a night of seeing and being seen.”

Godsey, in a phone interview, said he hopes the party will become an annual midwinter event at Open Space — brightening a dark and dreary time of year that calls for bold creativity and gathering with others in the community.

“It gets to be midwinter here, and that thing happens — you get that ‘I don’t want to come out of my cave’ thing,” Godsey said. “I call it ‘the greyness.’ We need to dance, and punch the blues in the face.”

Noting that many cultures have traditions of colorful midwinter celebrations, including Mardi Gras, Godsey said he aims to make “Over the Edge” Vashon’s own tradition — a night filled with over-the-top original costumes, dancing, libations and more.

A runway — opened up at odd times throughout the party — will allow everyone to strut their stuff, he said.

Open Space has also invited several islanders known for their high style, theatrical flair and artistry — Patricia Toovey, a costume designer UMO Ensemble, Burlesco Notturno and other arts enterprises, puppeteer Adam Ende, Tracy Barrett, and Emily Burns — to create special attire for the event.

A guest DJ will mix the music for a night of dancing, revelry and taking in the pageantry.

Godsey cautioned that some costumes may be revealing and include elements of burlesque, so the event is intended for mature audiences.

To get tickets to the event, and find inspiration for cool ideas for possible attire, visit

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the event was for all ages. Rather, mature audiences are advised, as some costumes may be revealing and include elements of burlesque. We regret the error.