Featured Winter Artist: Zeina Barakeh

In our continued efforts to feature the most talented artists of the West Coast and beyond, we’re thrilled to announce Zeina Barakeh as our WCC Winter ’17 featured artist. Born and raised in Beirut, Barakeh’s Palestinian-Lebanese identity informs much of her work. In an attempt to make sense of the perpetual conflict and shifting political…

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Studio Visit: Mud Witch

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to catch Viviana of Mud Witch (and her two furry assistants) on her potter’s wheel in her sunny mission neighborhood studio, throwing one of her delightfully chunky pieces. Viviana is a Winter ’17 West Coast Craft scholarship winner, and we’re excited for everyone to catch her work…

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Street Style WCC Summer ’17

As we near our Winter ’17 show, we’re reminded again of the reasons we love putting these on: the sense of community, our amazing artists and designers, the music, the food, the wonderful work – and the fashion. Each show we find ourselves more impressed than the last as attendees go all out sartorially. Here…

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Bookshelf: Going Into Darkness, by Thierry Secretan (1994)

Throughout the 1980’s and early 90’s, photographer and reporter Thierry Secretan captured the eye-catchingly gorgeous and idiosyncratic funerary art of the Ga people of Accra, Ghana. These master craftsmen, many of whom had been making coffins since they were young children, had perfected their art over decades by providing fanciful creations for the recently deceased….

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Soft Century + Architectural Digest

One of our Summer ’17 scholarship winners, Katherine Entis, recently took the leap and left a position at Nike to pursue her textile dreams full-time. Thus, Soft Century was born. Katherine recently sat down with Architectural Digest to talk inspiration, WCC, and pushing the boundaries in textile design. Head on over to their blog to read more. …

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Spotlight: Gentle Thrills

If you’ve been to any of our last few shows, you may have noticed a particularly colorful corner, a sort of day-glo signal-fire among the long rows of vendors. That neon explosion is courtesy of Gentle Thrills, the LA-based clothing brand with a fondness for bold colors and perfectly weird designs. Gentle Thrills is a one-woman…

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Bookshelf: One Room Living, by Sue Rowlands (1977)

In San Francisco, or really any population-dense area, we’re constantly confronted with the problem of space – specifically, the lack of it. Sue Rowland’s 1977 book One Room Living looked to tackle the problem of small space living with a decidedly positive and deliberate approach. The ’70’s rejection of the more-is-more consumer culture of previous generations…

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People: Sam Barsky & His Sweaters

Sam Barsky is an American artist out of Baltimore who recently became internet famous for his hand-made sweaters. The free-knit creations are amazing on their own but it’s Barsky’s whole process, especially the “selfie” aspect, that endeared the self-taught knitter to the world at large. Barsky will book a trip to an iconic (or not-so-iconic)…

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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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