About Xan’s work: “I believe art is essential for life. It has the power to drive our spirit, enlighten us, deepen us, make us consider thins that were before hidden to us, and expose us to things we didn’t know existed. I love art that beautifies as well as art that is practical, so that it an become an integral part of every aspect of our lives.
I start be creating photographs of primarily urban decay settings, sometimes enhanced by nature, to draw out what i was sensing and feeling while . I took the piece. I sometimes use photocollage for the same reason; to not only get sat what I was seeing, but what I was feeling as well. From there I make smaller versions in the form of art cards. I send my designs off to a company to produce high quality reproductions. Then I use my designs to create jewelry, clothing, leather goods, and textiles. I use a company called VIDA that uses high quality materials and only individual artists, as a way to support our vision.”
Xan was very creative from a young age. She was a shy introverted child and would amuse herself by creating fantasy worlds in her head. In high school, depressed and using drugs regularly, she found additional refuge with kindred spirits in art classes, and later, after going on her own extended vision quest through the streets and drugs of Seattle, SF, and L.A., she finally made it to the other side and obtained a BFA in painting and another on printmaking at the University of Washington. She moved to SF for grad school, but quickly became disheartened by the atmosphere she found herself in and dropped out, she learned how to play again and enjoy the process, always living with a studio in her apartment, following her muse, which she still does to this day. Xan is still exploring, still wondering, still curious about what direction she’ll be shown to next, on this beautiful journey.
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About May’s work: “I’m drawn to many mediums, but lately I’ve focused on leather and finding ways to build functional, wearable pieces. I have a background in traditional illustration and have been working with leather for almost 10 years. I take inspiration from my ancestry, human anatomy, patterns and shapes, reptiles and the surreal.
All of my pieces use leather as a medium, including jewelry, small goods, accessories and bags. I incorporate original, hand painted artwork into most of my wearable pieces and some small leather goods. I use a combination of hand techniques (hand cutting, hand stitching, hand painting and so on), plus manually operated tools and machinery. Every piece begins and ends with me, from initial design to final packaging – I’m a solo maker.”
May discovered her interest in art when she was in grade school. She received her BFA in Illustration and Animation from San Jose State University, but did not pursue a career in art. Instead, she found herself working in the mass manufacturing of various products, mostly in the fashion industry.
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About Kristen’s work: “My jewelry is crafted by hand with love and an eye for beauty. Bronze, silver, gemstones and vintage findings are combined to create pieces that link elements of nature and spirit to the power of personal expression and self adornment. I believe that everything is connected from the tiniest leaf to the moon in the sky and my pieces are meant to remind the wearer of their connection with this great mystery, of the beauty that resides in them and in all that surrounds them.
I make earrings, rings, and necklaces using a combination of metals, vintage findings, semi precious stones, and precious metal clay. I use home made stamps, molds, plant material and etchings of my own photographs to create many of my pieces. I love stones and vintage items which I take apart and re-purpose in my jewelry designs. I also like to mix bronze and silver metal clay pieces with traditional metal work.”
Kristin studied art history and photography at UC Santa Cruz and spent many years as a fine art photographer exhibiting and selling her work around the country. She transitioned into jewelry design 6 years ago, starting her own business and selling her designs in local stores, art festivals, as well as online. She has been teaching precious metal clay workshops for 3 years and just taught one for the first time at the Richmond Art Center.
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About Andrea’s work: “My ceramic pieces are wheel-thrown, burnished, and then naked raku, saggar, or horsehair fired. My pate de verre (literally “paste of glass”) pieces are made with crushed color glass the consistency of sand and fired to the point where it just fuses, but retains its sandy texture. Color, pattern, texture, visual depth, tactile as well as visual experience are important facets of my work.”
Andrea is a ceramic, glass, encaustic, & fiber artist living & working in Oakland. Although primarily self-taught, she has taken numerous classes and workshops, and has tremendous gratitude for the generosity and support of her instructors (including many at Richmond Art Center). She is inspired by the colors, patterns, textures whether man-made or natural that she sees around her every day while walking, hiking, or biking.
About An Li’s work: “I design and hand-print nature-inspired, graphical apparel for women, men, kids and babies. I use high quality, water-based, toxic-free inks and premium sweatshop-free garments. My work is minimal, whimsical, light-hearted and easy to wear!”
An Li is an artist, designer, maker and adventurer originally from Toronto, Canada, now living in the Bay Area. She is also a painter and ardent yoga practitioner having been a teacher in the past. She runs her screen-printing business, Slow Moon Rise, from her studio in West Berkeley.
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About Danielle’s work: “Inspired by folklore, 90’s cartoons, decay, travel, femininity and the occult, my work weaves sugar, spice and everything nice, with trash, filth and decay, to create a world that is equally inviting and perturbed. In doing so, these two concepts mirror each other, feed into one another, and finally become one another. A place where the macabre shines through sugarcoated illusions, and what was once discarded is rebirthed into nuanced beauty.”
Danielle is a printmaker, muralist, and illustrator based out of Oakland, CA, who also likes to build pop up books, playhouses and installations. She has exhibited internationally from the Long Island Children’s Museum to Islington Mill, in Manchester England. She has painted murals internationally from Mexico City to Berlin. Danielle has been running a small online business, where she sells her own artworks, out of her home since 2010.
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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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