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{Off Shoots} Juniper Ridge

by Alexis on February 21, 2014

If you haven’t heard of—or smelled—Juniper Ridge, a company based on wildcrafted fragrances, you’re missing out. There are some scents—the earth after a rain, a misty redwood forest, the grass in spring—that are universally loved. And Juniper Ridge has set out to capture and bottle them. Their products, like Backpacker’s Cologne and Trail Crew Soap, are formulated with entirely naturally derived fragrances. For our latest issue (No. 14), we went along with the Juniper Ridge team on a foraging trip to see just how the process works, and experience the magic of taking tree trimmings and flowers and turning them into finished products. Pick up Issue No. 14 and flip to “Call of the Wild” to see more behind the scenes, including the mobile Juniper Ridge Field Lab and a peek into their Oakland distillery.

{ Images by Jen Siska for Anthology Magazine }

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Laure Joliet Print Shop

by Anh-Minh on October 10, 2013

Laure Joliet and I go way back—to the days when we were both contributing to Apartment Therapy. In the six year since, I’ve really enjoyed watching her photography career take off. (It’s always great to see people who are talented and super nice succeed at something they’re passionate about.)

When Meg and I launched Anthology three years ago, Laure was one of the first photographers we called on; she shot a home in Venice, California, for our inaugural issue. This year, we’ve been fortunate enough to have her shoot a couple more stories for the magazine. She’s one busy lady these days—with her images often appearing in publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. And she recently launched a print shop, which is fantastic news because now we can all appreciate Laure’s work on our walls. I especially love that the prints are pretty affordable ($45 each) for such large pieces (32″x48″). Now I just need to decide which one to buy!

{ Images via Laure Joliet }

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Bryant Terry

by Alexis on May 28, 2013

In Issue No. 11, chef, writer, and activist Bryant Terry was among the contributors to the “Screen Play” column, sharing one of his favorite food-related flicks. One of Bryant’s missions has been to redefine soul food. Modern comfort foods associated with the soul food—like fried chicken, and biscuits and gravy—aren’t on anyone’s health food lists. But Bryant points out that the traditional daily diets of African-Americans of past generations were full of healthy foods like leafy greens and legumes. In his cookbook Vegan Soul Kitchen, Bryant’s delicious recipes focus on this side of southern cooking. And with a nod to jazz jam sessions, Bryant’s latest cookbook, The Inspired Vegan, is focused on his favorite preparation and cooking techniques, as well as basic recipes with room to improvise and make them your own.

I often find myself searching for inspiration for a particularly delicious meal when I have vegan or vegetarian friends coming to dinner. Next time I’m planning a meal to share, I’m sure I’ll be looking to Bryant’s delicious recipes!

{Images from Bryant Terry}

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Jenny Pennywood

by Anh-Minh on December 26, 2012

Waaay back in Issue No. 5/Fall 2011, in our “Conversation” feature, we visited with Keith Johnson—an art and antiques buyer for Anthropologie. When we asked him for his motto, he told us: “You only regret the things you leave behind. So many people tell me stories of things they wish they had bought.” My story of regret dates back a number of years and involves a painting by San Francisco artist Jen Garrido. I came across it at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery; I believe it was during one of their big warehouse sales. After much deliberation, I decided not to buy it—and I still regret that decision.

Since then, in addition to her fine art, Jen has started a line called Jenny Pennywood. It includes custom work (such as patterns devised for special events), as well as a products with motifs of her own design. The latter are a great, affordable way to own one of Jen’s creations. And these will tide me over until I’m able to acquire one of her original art pieces!

Zippered pouches available in the Jenny Pennywood shopJenny Pennywood pillows available at The Curiosity Shoppe

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{Films} Kate Roebuck

by Anh-Minh on October 12, 2012

Years ago, an artist friend introduced me to a small screenprinting device called Gocco. I liken it to the Easy Bake Oven of printing because it relies on flash bulbs to operate. In 2008, Gocco’s manufacturer, Riso, closed its doors. Thus, my foray into printing pretty much ended, too.

Which is why I was both thrilled and envious when I met Kate Roebuck—who works for Hable Construction and also runs her own fantastic site, Bowerbird (she and her sister-in-law make and sell limited-edition art and accessories). Kate’s Oxford, Mississippi, home was featured in Issue No. 8/Summer 2012 of Anthology. And while I love her decor—everything seems to have some personal significance to Kate and her husband—it’s the outdoor space and how she uses it that I can’t get over.

“My neighbors think I’m cuckoo because I am almost always doing a project of some sort outside,” she told us. Screenprinting is just one of those projects. And, when photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy shot her house earlier this year for our print pages, she was also able to capture Kate at work. I hope you enjoy this peek at her process as much as I did. (Now I’m inspired to hunt down some Gocco supplies on eBay!)

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