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Recycled metal bottle opener in the shape of California

Posted on April 20, 2017 by kerri johnson | 0 comments

 Fun and functional, these recycled metal bottle openers made in the shape the state of California.  These metal bottle openers make a great housewarming gift, birthday gift Father'd Day gift.  Add it to your man cave or give it away to someone dreaming of California.  

The bottle openers are made from recycled metal made in the U.S.A. by a company in Minnesota. buy now.

Artist Spotlight: Q & A with Michael McConnell

Posted on May 10, 2016 by kerri johnson | 2 comments

Michael McConnell is one of my favorite people, so I am always super excited to have his work in the shop. His latest exhibit You Are Here, opens Thursday, May 12th and runs through June 12th. The reception May 12th is from 5:30-8:30pm, featuring treats from Natty Cakes.  Check out the Q & A 

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I tend to be a very active person, always on the go. I own a small coffee shop/ retail space in the Mission District (Faye’s Coffee & Video) and help raise an 11 year old with my complicated Bay Area "family”. As if those things don't take up enough of my time, I try to have a steady studio practice where I've been exploring the ideas of domesticity.  

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the complexity and simplicity of relationships, whether it is examining my own personal human relationships of the past and present, or the way that if you put an orange next to an apple the reflective color effects both of their coloring. I see myself as very observant and I am constantly taking in things around me and being effected by them.  Often this overwhelms me a bit and so you'll find me zoning out or scrolling madly through my instagram feed that is also another source of inspiration. I love being able to see what my artist friends are up to on the east coast or building relationships through imagery with people I've never met.

Do you have any rituals when you are in the studio?
When I am in my studio I am often listening to music and drinking coffee. I frequently have more then one project going at a time and I bounce around between them.  I have 3 other studio mates and we often have lunch together and check in with each other on the progress of our work. I also am very messy, but I know exactly where everything is in my mess.

      

Do you listen to podcasts or music when working? What are your fav songs/playlists or podcasts right now?
I do not listen to podcasts or books on tapes in my studio, or ever really. I honestly have a hard time comprehending when someone reads aloud to me.  But I do listen to a lot of music, even though I consider myself musically challenged. What I mean by that is that I never know really what I am listening too. I'll let Pandora or Spotify randomly choose things or I'll listen to mixes that my brother has made me.  I am drawn to music that have good lyrics… i like the words. A few of my favorites that I'll use as a jumping off point are Monsters of Men, Frightened Rabbit, Mates of State and The Avett Brothers.

    

Do you have any advice for other artists?
My advice to other artists is just keep making work in your own voice. The art world is so crazy and I don't think there are any rules so don't try to make sense of it. Things happen when they happen. I was with a pretty substantial Bay Area Gallery for years, and after they closed I've joust been sort of drifting around. It would be great to at some point have the stability of a gallery (in LA hopefully) but until then I'll just keep making work.

 

What are your 3 favorite instagram accounts right now? 
Three instagram accounts that I love… that's hard because there are so many… but I really love Dailydoodlegram, knitboy1, and lindsayvictorialee.  I also follow some crazy taxidermists that I love seeing as well. 

Michael McConnell can be found on Instagram @poopingrabbit

and online at poopingrabbit.com

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Posted on May 04, 2016 by kerri johnson | 0 comments


gift ideas that we think will help you go straight to the top of the list as the "favorite" child (or score major brownie points as a kick ass Husband or Partner)

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Maker Spotlight: Standard Wax

Posted on March 04, 2016 by kerri johnson | 0 comments


Maker Spotlight: Standard Wax

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PLAID FRIDAY 2015

Posted on November 26, 2015 by kerri johnson | 0 comments

Plaid Friday Nov. 27th

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Artist Spotlight: Q & A with Linda Fahey

Posted on October 01, 2015 by kerri johnson | 0 comments

Linda Fahey q & a
Artist Spotlight: Q & A with Linda Fahey

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Monthly Maker Spotlight: Candy Relics

Posted on September 02, 2015 by kerri johnson | 0 comments

 
Monthly Maker Spotlight: September 2015, Candy Relics

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