Conversations with an Artist: Obi Kaufmann

Conversations with an Artist: Obi Kaufmann

A birthday gift to Jeffrey of The California Field Atlas introduced us to the world of naturalist Obi Kaufmann. Obi pairs data with art in his stunning and compelling way; each page, each experience with his books invites us to discover aspects of our beautiful and complicated state and inspires us to joyfully adventure, dig deeper and help protect its natural environment.
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Conversations with an Artist: Terasu

Conversations with an Artist: Terasu

Mountain, ocean and food culture are at the root of Terasu's endeavors–as a way to experience the world and build community. With HQ in both Sausalito and Tokyo, you can't help but find seduction in the authentic, nuanced, deeply textured productions this collaborative of multifaceted artists and artisans, led by Max Houtzager, manufacture, print and share experientially. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Pure Mana Hawaii

Conversations with an Artist: Pure Mana Hawaii

It was a fortuitous meeting when Hawaiian farmers and creators Sue Mandini and Kollette Stith introduced themselves and their beautiful Pure Mana Hawaii skincare. My next step was to try their vegan and organically farmed macadamia nut oil-based line, free of all the things I regularly avoid. After weeks of research, Pure Mana's clean face, eye and body serums are now available in the shop. So excited to share this with you! ~ Bonnie
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Conversations with an Artist: Mason Bowen Bondi

Conversations with an Artist: Mason Bowen Bondi

We found ourselves compelled by Mason's paintings–drawn to this collection that was from his red period. These very powerful, evocative and yet sensitive portraits make a lasting imprint. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Jeffrey Palladini

Conversations with an Artist: Jeffrey Palladini

You can't help but become absorbed in the vibrant, saturated colors and purposeful brush strokes, feel the emotion captured in the frame, and want to unravel the mystery of the subjects painted. Jeffrey Palladini's work is a study in moments where the details–life's stimuli, memories, experiences–are simplified, leaving only an intense suggestion. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Laura Roebuck

Conversations with an Artist: Laura Roebuck

The paintings of Laura Roebuck highlight the interplay of color, shape, and texture with intuition and movement. She both brings her background in psychology into the abstract concepts of her work and reimagines everyday worn-in objects into mixed media art. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Jean Jack

Conversations with an Artist: Jean Jack

Jean Jack's artwork conveys the quiet dignity of architectural shapes as she rearranges them, tries them out from different perspectives, composes them in varying color relationships, and emphasizes the specific beauty of different forms.
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Conversations with an Artist: Betsy & Iya

Conversations with an Artist: Betsy & Iya

Betsy & Iya is the jewelry line designed by Betsy Cross and run with her husband Will Cervarich, out of Portland, Oregon. We love their varied influences, approachable and fun culture, and their celebration of beauty in details big and small. Betsy's response to our interview really gives you great insight into what moves her.
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Conversations with an Artist: Mariella Pilato

Conversations with an Artist: Mariella Pilato

Mariella designs bold, sexy statement pieces that will add texture and depth to your wardrobe in a way we really haven't come across before. Her architectural references  and use of organic materials in unusual ways reflect sophisticated taste and innovation. These are strong, fierce pieces that link her Italian heritage of heroic legends, myths and mermaids with the magical history and ancient arts of the Indonesian archipelago. In her collection, Mariella pushes both her imagination and creativity to new artistic levels. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Kelly Shimoda of Shimoda Ceramics

Conversations with an Artist: Kelly Shimoda of Shimoda Ceramics

Kelly Shimoda of Shimoda Ceramics makes hand built ceramics, including jewelry, tableware, and sculptural pieces. Her work has a visceral quality, inspired by observations of landscape, the natural world, textiles, and metallic elements. Her blocks and figures capture a strong element of play. Her wallhangings beg to be transformed regularly. Her jewelry is a study in texture, both tactile and visual.
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Conversations with an Artist: Olivia Shih

Conversations with an Artist: Olivia Shih

We were struck by the geometric and architectural shapes featured in Olivia Shih's jewelry collection. They have bold strength and at the same time an elegant grace. She hand sculpts each piece transforming the acrylic into textural jewelry. Olivia's collection just landed across the Bay from her Oakland studio. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Elizabeth Strathern of Franny E Fine

Conversations with an Artist: Elizabeth Strathern of Franny E Fine

We have been coveting the work of Elizabeth Strathern for a few years. Her hand-formed jewelry speaks to craft in the most brilliant of raw meets delicate meets fierce heroine. Her Franny E Fine collection masterfully melds together ancient themes with contemporary design and subjects. We're thrilled to feature this jewelry in the shop and take you behind the scenes of a modern mind with our interview.
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