Tag Archives: craft

vendor profile: Tiny Sparks Design

Tiny Sparks Design is a small woodworking studio in San Francisco, California where Brad Boggie designs and creates original screen printed artwork on wood.

Each piece is crafted individually; from milling the wood to hand-applying the finish, he hand makes both decorative and functional items. Brad creates his original designs to be simple and whimsical, cute in design and refined in execution.

 

 

 


vendor profile: The Postage Service

The Postage Service is the passionate pursuit of Christine Schaefer. An active world traveller with a strong background in art history, architecture and interior design, it was postage stamps that finally encapsulated all my interests within their diminutive dimensions.

 

 

 


vendor profile: note•ify

I like animals, all kinds.  I like farms too.  I am a photographer, so it’s no surprise that I have a lot of photos of animals and farms.  I started making my photos into graphics and turning them into cards as gifts for the people in my life who also like animals and farms.  One day I decided to try and sell them.  Now here I am – selling note cards, gift tags and other paper products out of the photographs I take of animals, farms, nature, and all that’s around me.  I call it farm chic and eco-friendly, you can call it, note•ify.

And really, who knew so many people loved pigs?

 

 

 


vendor profile: lemonade handmade

I’ve been making jewelry since I was a kid- I was always googly-eyed walking into a bead store and collected beads like other kids would collect stickers or matchbox cars.

As an adult, I returned to making jewelry when I was working on my Ph.D.- I needed to do SOMETHING that was creative and that was ANYTHING BUT running statistical analyses! Little did I know that creative escape would land me here (so happy to be here, by the way).

I love, love, love creating. I will go on benders when I am filling notepads with designs and can’t wait until I have that precious time when one of my kiddos is napping so that I can try and realize my visions. It’s thrilling to me to take a sketch and make it real, and even more rewarding when my work makes someone else feel just a bit more glamorous.

I’m really happy to say that the silver and 14K gold that I use in my designs come from reclaimed metal. I also use eco-friendly metalsmithing practices in my studio.

I love to design pieces with clean lines and a modern feel, and then to create interest by mixing metals and textures. I’m constantly working on new designs, so be sure to come back often!

 

 

 


vendor profile: kelly malone

From the 7×7 article,

In 2007 Kelly Malone had an enviable job as a stylist for Victoria’s Secret and was in New York City when she received a fateful phone call from her San Francisco doctor. “He told me I had ovarian cancer,” says the Philly native, who moved to SF in 2005 to work as a visual merchandiser for Gap, Inc. The then-33-year-old promptly quit VS and underwent chemotherapy. “I didn’t want to sit at home and feel sorry for myself, so I threw a party in my backyard for all my friends to sell their handmade crafts.”

Now known as Indie Mart, the cult festival, which occurs six times a year, has outgrown the backyard and moved into rock-music venues all over the city (110 local craft vendors and more than 2,000 visitors attended the most recent event at Thee Parkside). Its wild-fire momentum propelled Malone, now 35, to open Workshop, a DIY studio in NoPa, last September. “Indie Mart is where you go to buy and sell handmade; Workshop is where you come to make it,” says Malone.

Workshop’s industrial space features a slew of sewing machines, an arsenal of gleaming saw blades, light bulbs galore, DJ turntables, a PBR-stocked fridge and a healthy supply of miscellaneous cast-offs from Malone’s frequent trips to Urban Ore in Berkeley. Patrons pay a nominal fee for DIY classes on, among dozens of other topics, how to sew secret condom pockets into pillowcases, build succulent gardens from old shoes and engineer chandeliers from—what else?—zip ties. Expert instruction is imparted by neighborhood artists and Malone herself. Mood music is courtesy of power tools and Black Sabbath on vinyl. “It’s rock ’n’ roll. It’s grassroots. It’s about stepping away from the computer and doing something creative with your hands,” says Malone, who credits her current remission to all the fun she’s having. “If the cancer didn’t happen, I’d probably still be in New York, doing some exhausting corporate job. Instead, I’m in San Francisco having the time of my life.”


vendor profile: inklore

Inklore is Ink with a Story

Hi there, my name is Sam.  I am a block print artist living with my wonderful husband and adorable children in San Jose, California.  When I’m not blogging, designing, or printing I enjoy all of the small pleasures of life: warm bread, fresh basil from the garden, a finished project, something pretty for my home, clean sheets, a good hearty laugh, or a cup of tea and good book.

When I started Inklore in 2008 it was with the intention of hand crafting items that add pleasure to everyday living. Whether it is a new cushion for your sofa, a hand printed card for your friend’s birthday, or a modern growth chart to keep track of how fast your children are growing, everything I make at Inklore is meant to help you and those you love savor each and every day.

Inspired by nature and the everyday items we all use, I print my designs on high quality linen and cotton using environmentally sensitive, water-based inks.  Everything is washable and color-fast, perfect for simple living.

In 2010, I expanded on my initial ideas with Good Measure, a life-style blog which updates daily with ideas for adding little extras to your everyday life. Good Measure offers ideas for you and your kitchen, garden, home and studio and is meant to inspire you to go beyond the things you have to do, and to really savor each day.

 

 

 


vendor profile: found made new

patricia hom
finder | designer
the constant collector.
down the street or thousands of miles away,
neat things have a way at jumping out at her.

items of fine craftsmanship, thoughtful
color palettes, and small details,
grab her attention.

found, made or new – she is all about sharing these special objects with you.

found
objects with stories from the past.found along travels and adventures.marvelous,as is.

made
creating something new and special from things found, recycled, and repurposed.

new
not to ignore the fabulousness of present day design, these are everyday, fantastic finds.

 

 


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