About The Didi Jewelry Project: “Our project is called The Didi Jewelry Project. I teach jewelry making to women afflicted by HIV/AIDS in India and then sell the jewelry to help them create better lives for themselves. I design the jewelry and teach them to make the pieces, and all the pieces are made by them. We use weaving, macrame, and wire wrapping techniques to create a variety of unique designs. I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life and have been running this project for 5 years. We use macrame, bead weaving, and wire wrapping techniques to create unique one of a kind designs. This exotic collection of handmade jewelry is what “Gypset Style” is all about: Effortless, inspired and bohemian. Didi Jewelry combines the ancient techniques of macrame and bead weaving with a contemporary design sense.”
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About Travis’ work: “I work with and sell simple plywood looms made using a laser cutter in Emeryville and fabrics made on my loom at home in Lagunitas.”
Travis learned to weave in 2000, and has been making weavings and simple looms ever since. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and an MFA in Textiles. Travis lives with his wife and their son in Lagunitas.
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About Jenice’s work: “I create handmade and naturally dyed jewelry in my Berkeley studio. I use recycled silver and source ethical stones as much as possible. I’ve recently added a small collection of home goods, handmade copper spoons and bowls.
Very little of my work is not handmade. While I use beads and a few clasps that are not made by me I do make my own settings, ear wires and posts. I naturally dye silk and local cotton thread to make ropes and tassels. I use California avocados and locally sourced rosemary, fennel, and eucalyptus for dyes.”
California Native is Jenice’s business name because she both grew up here and is an Indigenous business owner. Her culture is just as much an inspiration as is the beauty of her home state. She is proud to be part of a modern Native Made movement that celebrates our diverse and evolving art forms.
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About Divine Jelly: “I make hand screen printed flour sack towels (dish cloths). They are all 100% cotton and are printed using environmentally safe water-based inks. Everything is made by me in Berkeley. Divine Jelly is a Berkeley based business that specializes in hand screen printed flour sack towels. The designs are inspired by nature and whimsy, and printed with water based inks.”
Meredith is a printmaker and painter based in the East Bay. Her interests include metal-plate etching, screen printing, and all kinds of painting. In recent years she has enjoyed growing Divine Jelly, and is having fun combining artfulness with goods for the home.
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About The Xocolate Bar: “We use both traditional and nontraditional methods for making chocolates. All of our recipes are our own original creations. We use high quality ingredients, organic and local whenever possible. Some of our most popular items are: OMG Bar: honey roasted almonds and salted caramel dipped in organic dark chocolate; Tamarind Mango Buddha: a molded bonbon in the shape of a buddha with a fruity vegan filling; Cardamom Crunch Bar: caramelized cardamom seeds in organic dark chocolate. In addition to making our chocolates, we also make the wrappers, labels and some of the molds. Visual presentation is important to us.”
Malena Lopez-Maggi and Clive Brown are multidisciplinary artists. Malena received her MFA from Mills College in 2015 and currently has a studio at Headlands Center for the Arts. Clive makes intricately carved ceramics and colorful glass jewelry in addition to delicious chocolates. They use organic, fair trade chocolate to make bonbons, bars, bark, caramels, marshmallows, figurines and more. Our chocolates are mostly dark, with plenty of vegan options available. They strive to make them as beautiful as they are delicious.
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About Tess’ work: “My work is very modern, minimal and natural. I emphasize earthy stones like turquoise, moonstone, opal and quartz crystal with silver and gold detail that is unique enough to stand out and simple enough to be worn every day. I am an emerging jeweler in the Bay Area and my work stands out for its attention to detail, organic craftsmanship and a harmony with the stones used.”
Tess grew up in Cleveland, OH and studied illustration and metalsmithing in Chicago (at Columbia College Chicago) before moving to the Bay Area in 2013. Her aesthetic is a mixture of west-meets-midwest. She has studied under many jewelers, including Melissa Joy Manning of Berkeley and Sarah McGuire in Chicago, both of whose work appears in the Sundance Catalog—their techniques and tastes have influenced her work.
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About Mary’s work: “My current work is created with B-mix 5 clay or porcelain from Laguna Clay. I use non-toxic clear, black, and white glaze, black underglaze, and some gold luster for accent. I kiln fire the clay to cone 5 (2250 fahrenheit). If gold work is added, I apply gold and refire the objects to cone 18, to melt the gold onto the surface. I fire all of my work in an electric kiln or propane kiln. My focus work practice switched from the pottery wheel to handbuilding exclusively. Inspired by the English ceramist, Mary Rogers’ book On Pottery and Porcelain, a handbuilder’s approach. I enjoy the challenge of using minimal tools and my fingers to create shapes and forms. Once the forms harden from their greenware, soft state to a bone dry state I smooth and decorate my work with black underglaze. Once completed, all work then must be glazed and kiln fired. I make traditional functional vessels: cups, vases, planters, pipes and small functional sculptures; women, cats, and animals. I create small scaled objects for their intimacy, office cubicles, and small dwellings.”
Mary in the wilderness is a Queer femme maker of small sacred ceramic vessels, whimsical totems, and illustrations meant to lift the spirit and expand the imagination. Mary works predominantly in black and white to simultaneously simplify and magnify connectivity with my objects and drawings. Mary Tawfall (1975, Bangkok) is a self-taught illustrator and trained ceramicist. Exploring the images of women, men, animals, and geometric line work. Mary’s art is distinctive humorous, creative, whimsical, and her skills in portraying beauty in simple forms and imagery.
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About Raquel: “I paint with acrylics on canvas. I paint with watercolors on 140lb hot press watercolor paper. I have photography prints. I also create handmade silver earrings with Swarovski beads.”
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About Katie’s work: “I create small batch handcrafted, cruelty-free & sustainably sourced jewelry and sacred objects for your home: wall adornments, semi-precious gemstone altars, memorial jewelry, and more. I use lead-free stained glass (Tiffany Method / Copper Foil) tools and materials to encase ethically sourced, cruelty-free items from nature: butterfly and moth wings, snakeskin shed, feathers, and more.”
An artist and designer originally from Portland, Oregon, Katie J. Evans is inspired by the year-round color of the Bay Area environs and has enjoyed the process of allowing this muse to inform her distinct style of jewelry. Using glass and metal, she creates tangible representations of the beautiful and the visceral that are both regional and universal. Butterfly wings, feathers, bones, snakeskin, bees and other objects are chosen for their textures, shape, and colors as much as for the roles they play in the natural world.
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About Rajni’s work: “Adroit offers a small range of hand dyed and fiber products, with a focus on using natural materials to create ethical, sustainable and eco- friendly products handcrafted in small batches All materials are sourced from within the US and created in my home studio in Newark, each piece is dyed individually and then sewn into a beautiful wearable. I use natural fabrics and dyes, mostly indigo dye, I follow ancient Japanese Shibori dyeing methods, once the fabric is dyed, it is then sewn into wearables like box tops, kimonos etc, linen, khadi, bamboo cotton, raw silk are some of the fabrics that I use. I create women’s tops, ponchos, dresses and Shibori journals.”
Rajni incorporates basic geometric shapes and fluid abstract designs into her hand dyed and fiber products. She follows her intuition while creating and believes that each piece tells you a story When she is not creating, you will find Rajni teaching yoga, craft workshops or practicing healing.
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