Out & About

ReCheng Tsang

by Anh-Minh on September 17, 2015

rechengtsang_topOne of my favorite weekend destinations is Healdsburg, and whenever I’m there, I make it a point to stop by Gallery Lulo. I wish I had a trip up north planned soon, so I could see ReCheng Tsang‘s stunning art in person. The Berkeley-based artist has some new painted porcelain works on display at Gallery Lulo.

Tsang makes site-specific installations as well as smaller sculptures that consist of hundreds—sometimes thousands!—of thin porcelain pieces. According to her website: “Each piece is rolled, pinched, pulled, torn, or otherwise manipulated by hand, then composed within a pre-defined grid. … She works monochromatically, often leaving the porcelain unglazed, to allow the attention to focus on the subtle shifts in form, color, and texture.” Until I can make it to Gallery Lulo, I’m happy looking at (and being in awe of) Tsang’s creations on her website.

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{ Images via ReCheng Tsang }


Ilano at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on July 8, 2015

anthologymag-blog-ilano-1I was so happy to see Ilano‘s booth at the West Coast Craft show last month. Roselio Ilano was featured in Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 and I loved reading her story. It was fascinating to learn that Ilano started off studying cartography at UC Berkeley and how she evolved to designing textiles. I wasn’t able to attend the photo shoot, but was excited to see her goods in person at WCC.

Ilano partnered up with women artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico, and designed a line of personal and home accessories. The result? Beautiful handmade goods with an updated and modern edge. The techniques used by the skilled craftswomen were passed down from generation to generation. It amazes me that the vibrant colors in the yarn are all achieved by plants.

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soane1During my trip to London last fall, one of the highlights was visiting Sir John Soane’s Museum. The former residence of the distinguished architect has been turned into a museum, filled with art and antiquities. The interiors appear essentially as they did when he passed away in 1837.

Since museum-goers aren’t allowed to take pictures—and I’m not sure when I’ll be in London again—I was thrilled to receive an email with these images: They depict the Soane’s private apartments and model room, both of which open tomorrow. The public now has access to the newly renovated spaces for the first time in over 160 years. If you’re around London or planning a trip there, I highly recommend adding the museum to your itinerary. (And I’ll be so jealous!)

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{ All images ©Gareth Gardner }


castro-theater-caam The Castro Theater is by far one of my favorite places to watch a movie—especially when their organ player pumps out lively show tunes before the curtains open, as he did last night for CAAMFest’s opening night. The festival, focusing on Asian American storytelling, opened with Seoul Searching by director Benson Lee. The film, which recently premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, is based on Benson’s “best summer of his life” in 1986. A teen at the time, his parents sent him to a South Korea-sponsored summer camp that pulled high-schoolers of Korean descent from around the world for a crash course in their Korean heritage. CAAM-Seoul-Searching-Poster Initially, Nancy and I were skeptical about a film packaged as “the Asian Breakfast Club.” But the movie had so much heart, motivated by the director’s intention to share his experience and explore the complications that comes with forming identity, that we were instantly won over. We were doubled over in laughter (largely because of Esteban Ahn’s comic performance) and in tears at melodramatic moments. CAAM-seoul-searching And definitely a hit throughout: the 1980s costumes and music. As a kid that grew up in that decade, the entire film was laced in nostalgia. Even better, when the credits rolled, we were pleased to discover that Shirley Kurata was the film’s costume designer. (If you recall, she was the focus of our “Conversation” feature in Issue No. 13, “The Sartorial Issue”—you can see a snippet of the spread below).


CAAMFest in San Francisco continues through March 22. These are some of the films/events we’ve got on our list:

Margarita, With A Straw Laila is an aspiring writer and NYU transplant, via Delhi University, whose cerebral palsy is a footnote to her other achievements. When she falls for a fiery female activist, her creative and personal boundaries are tested. Shonali Bose’s (AMU) deeply personal film dazzles with moments of quiet self-discovery and first love, unbound by ability and difference.

Flipside (Shorts) Bold and eye-opening, this mosaic of films takes you to the “Flipside.” These films powerfully illustrate unconventional perspectives, illuminating life’s complexities for all its joy and grief. Created with surprising empathy, these directors assure you that many things, and people, are more than what they seem.

Lucky Chow CAAM co-produced PBS series Lucky Chow follows Luckyrice culinary festival founder Danielle Chang as she travels across America, exploring the Asian food landscape. Featuring many of the country’s most renowned chefs and culinary stars such as Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, YouTube sensation Maangchi, and Bay Area favorite Ramen Shop.

Supper Club Get ready to eat, drink, and be inspired by all things gourmet and culinary! Follow “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung as he visits the Bay Area’s most exciting restaurants and speaks to renowned chefs, including Michael Mina and Corey Lee, about ingredients, craft, and personal vision in the restaurant industry. {Castro Theater and CAAM poster photographs by Nancy Cho; Shirley Kurata photographs by Juco}


Joie du Jour Stationery & Events

by meg on January 26, 2015

Joie du Jour Journals by Ferme a Papier

A couple years ago, Cat Seto invited me to breakfast after she had returned from Paris. In her email she had told me about how energized and inspired she was by the trip—and how it resulted in a flurry of new illustrations and most notably, a new illustration style. As I scarfed down a plate of blueberry pancakes, she personally demonstrated her new painterly-illustration style in what would later become the Ferme à Papier line, which she launched in 2013. Watching her hand at work, drawing carefree strokes that manifested into a set of mismatched chairs or a single leaf tethered to peach—they all seemed to hold an effortless magical quality and definitely a Parisian flair.

So it’s not surprising that Chronicle Books took notice and collaborated with Cat to produce a line of stationery called Joie du Jour, a collection including a journal, notecards, and labels.

Even better, if you want to meet this local Bay Area artist, you’re in luck. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (I know, January is almost over!), Cat has two upcoming events: a pop-up shop at the W Hotel on February 5th and, for those with more DIY inclinations, a night of paper-making and beginner embossing at Chronicle Books’ Union Street shop on February 9th. There, Cat will provide hands-on tutorials for three different crafts—for you to share with the special Valentines in your life!

Thursday, February 5th, 6-10:00PM
Pop-up shop at Retail Therapy XOXO Edition
W Hotel
181 Third St
San Francisco

Monday, February 9th, 7-8:30 PM
Embossed Valentines with Cat Seto of Ferme à Papier
Chronicle Books
1846 Union Street
San Francisco
Light refreshments included plus 25% off the entire store
Purchase tickets

Joie du Jour stationery by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Journal by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Stationery by Ferme a Papier

{Photographs by Jing Jin}