Cute Coffee Direct Trade, Delicious Single Origin Coffees Roasted To Order

Conversations with an Artist: Cute Coffee

Cute Coffee, now at Poet and/the Bench. "We ask how can we get more money to the farms, the farm manager, the mill manager, the pickers, and the families involved. It’s about cutting out the middlemen who do not believe in the humanity of the exchange." With an ethos we can get behind, thus a new relationship began...
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Conversations with an Artist: Variance Objects

Conversations with an Artist: Variance Objects

Sublime jewelry line Variance Objects brings a dose of magical beauty to our shop. A trained architect, Nicole’s collection is edgy and elegant, inspired by rediscovery of ancient and antique jewelry. ⁠And a celebration of the finest rough gems and natural forms.
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Loren Lewis Cole Regal Arcus Dangling Hoops. Loren Lewis Cole jewelry at Poet and the Bench.

Conversations with an Artist: Loren Lewis Cole

Loren communicates though her jewelry something about where she’s from–not just culturally, but in a bigger sense of how she sees the world. She considers jewelry to contain many layers and levels; it’s an artifact of unparalleled complexity and mystery. 
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Tina Frey serving ware, tableware, objects and decorative accessories. At Poet and the Bench. Read our interview to learn more about Tina Frey.

Conversations with an Artist: Tina Frey

We spoke with Tina about her engineering background and how that informed her art: the porcelain-like resin, fresh, modern and organic vessels and forms. So excited to bring more of her delightful and elegant collection to Marin.

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Truth to Paper poetry, visual art and experiences by Rachel Hebert and Kate Nicholson.

Conversations with an Artist: Truth to Paper

We love our encounters with artist duo Rachel Hebert and Kate Nicholson. They create depth and connection through the written word, bringing their poetry out in the world, into our shop and into your homes.
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Karen McAlister Shimoda glacial paintings are part of her painted series addressing climate change.

Conversations with an Artist: Karen McAlister Shimoda

Karen's After Life and Glacial paintings at 4x4" square create an intrigue with their multidimensionality that asks you to look beneath the surface. Her 6x6" cubes are observations of the natural world in patterns, textures, surfaces, layers, folds, and recesses.
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Monotype artist Louesa Roebuck and subject and collaborator of the book Foraged Flora. Fine Art Monoprints available at Poet and the Bench.

Conversations with an Artist: Louesa Roebuck

Louesa Roebuck is co-creator and subject of the gorgeous book, Foraged Flora. She is a multi-faceted artist across foraged flower arranging, foraged candle adornment, monotype art and more. While she employs different media, all of her work has the same ethos, harmoniously hangs together and the emotion that springs from them comes from a place of free-spirited animation. 
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Conversations with an Artist: Linda Benenati

Conversations with an Artist: Linda Benenati

We met Linda and were charmed by her amusing encaustic paintings with their complex themes that often begin with a simple lyric, a favorite phrase or vivid memory. Colorful, humorous and provocative, she is also inspired by the art masters, theater, 1920’s and 30’s collectibles, bees, dogs, cats and anything French. 
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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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