Go See: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend at the de Young

The de Young Museum’s current exhibition, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, is an important look into the work of four generations of African-American women residing in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Gee’s Bend is a small hamlet on the banks of the Alabama River with a population of about 700 descendants of former slaves. Long isolated by geography and…

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West Coast Craft + west elm

Earlier this year, we teamed up with west elm for a much needed make over our 900ft² studio in the Mission District. Head on over to their blog to get the full scoop, plus plenty more photos of our sunny California work space.

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Bookshelf: Afghan Trucks, by Jean-Charles Blanc (1976)

Historically, Afghan caravan drivers would ornament their camels using flowers, ribbons, tassels, and ropes. They did this as a way to both advertise their business and gain protection from God in an extremely dangerous line of work. The caravan drivers have since traded in the camel for the truck, but the custom remains alive and…

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Studio Visit: artist Sarah Biscarra-Dilley

Sarah Biscarra-Dilley has spent the last few years living and working in Oakland, or what she calls the unceded land of the Ohlone people. This is an important distinction for Sarah, who is currently studying for her PHD in Native American studies from UC Davis. Sarah’s work is anchored in not only her own lived…

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Studio Visit: artist Grace Rosario Perkins

We visited Grace Rosario Perkins, founder and one fourth of California-based Black Salt Collective, in her sunny backyard garage studio in Oakland. Grace’s work focuses on disassembling her personal narrative and reassembling it into a new lexicon. She layers words, objects, faces, and sounds built from cultural dissonance, language, and history into a dizzying array…

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Studio Visit: musician and artist, Chaz B.

A few weeks before our Summer ’17 show, we headed over to Oakland for a round of studio visits with our featured artists. Our first stop was with Chaz B., of Company Studio and Toro y Moi, in his spacious art and music workspace. Chaz uses vibrant colors and a free-flowing hand to create his…

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