Swans Island

by Joanna on August 21, 2014


Good textiles are such a luxury and often well worth a higher price, especially when handmade. It’s such a wonderful feeling to curl up with a favorite throw or blanket—and right now, I’m smitten with Swans Island. These textiles are handwoven in Maine using yarns such as organic merino, silk, alpaca, and domestic Corriedale wool, dyed with all-natural dyes. The result? Throws that are incredibly soft, exquisitely made, and reminiscent of a family heirloom.

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{ Images via Swans Island }


Moving Mountains

by Joanna on August 20, 2014


Talk about furniture eye candy! Moving Mountains is a Brooklyn-based design studio started by Syrette Lew. Hailing from Hawaii, the name of Lew’s practice is a “tribute to the Hawaiian archipelago and its imperceptible movement northwestward.” While the studio produce bags and jewelry along with a furniture line, it’s the larger scale pieces that have captured my attention. Each piece is hand-crafted and made of materials such as fractured marble, veneered maple, and ash. The aesthetic is actually reminiscent of mountains themselves, in the pure angular geometry you’d expect of a range.

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{ Images via Moving Mountains }

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Katakana NY Ceramics

by Joanna on August 19, 2014


Katakana NY derives inspiration from a range of concepts. First and foremost, “kata kana” means “shape,” and it is also the Japanese character set for transcribing Western and foreign language. This New York-based design and lifestyle collaboration project was formed in 2012 when Japanese ceramicists Shino Takeda and Romy Northover combined forces. The result are the restrained, yet emotive pieces you see here. The shapes are simple and clean, while the glazes are what make these pieces truly sing.

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Tom Killion Woodcut Prints

by Anh-Minh on August 18, 2014

killion1I was recently looking at the list of exhibitors for this weekend’s Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and was excited to see Tom Killion‘s name. Killion is a local printmaker who specializes in woodcut works. His subjects include some of my favorite places in the Bay Area—like Big Sur, the Marin Headlands, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Influenced in part by the Japanese art of ukiyo-ëKillion carves his landscapes out of linoleum and wood. He then prints them on to handmade kozo paper, employing oil-based inks and a hand-cranked proofing press. Over at Wanderfoot, they’ve got a great profile on Killion with photos taken in his Pt. Reyes studio. I love seeing a glimpse of his process, and am looking forward to checking out his work in person at the festival. (Good news for those who are unable to go to the event: Killion sells his prints through his website.)

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{ Print photo via Tom Killion. Studio photos by Klea McKenna via Wanderfoot. }


Workaday Handmade

by Anh-Minh on August 15, 2014

workadayForrest Lewinger is the Brooklyn ceramicist behind Workaday Handmade, a collection of one-of-a-kind vessels. I was immediately drawn to the carefree nature of his patterns. And I became even more enamored with his work when I read the story of how he launched his business, as shared by Of A Kind (which is one of my favorite shops ever):

“A Georgia guy who moved to NYC in 2011, Forrest, who spends his days as a potter and production assistant for a high-end ceramicist, decided to commit his midday meal time to creating one original piece of artwork per day—clay creations, glazed blue, that he called lunch pots. After a few months at it in 2012, these projects began to take over his apartment—and friends asked to take them off his hands. … In fact, they were the start of his own company. Since those early days, he has expanded his scope to hand-thrown and -painted cups, bowls, and vases, has mixed up his color palette, has gotten a studio space, and has added some after-hours time to the schedule.”

Quite a few of his pieces are sold out on his site, but luckily, there’s a handy list of stockists so you can track down more of his work.

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{ Images via Workaday Handmade }