The Macrame & Fiber Art of Chelsea Virginia

I frequent what I have decided is my very favorite local coffee shop in North Park, San Diego, “Coffee & Flowers”: an amalgamation of hip businesses that includes the Native Poppy flower shop, Communal Coffee, and North Park Nursery. The space itself is “design goals”, for lack of a better cliche, with faux tulip tables and Eames molded plywood and plastic chairs to sit, work, or simply enjoy a piece of avocado toast and a lavender latte, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the shop. I know, I know, the extra is strong in that statement, but I truly have … Continue reading The Macrame & Fiber Art of Chelsea Virginia

5 Cactus Prints I Love

I think I’ve mentioned that as a kid, desert trips were the norm. My dad grew up in a few American oil communities in Arabia and my mom had a phobia of flying, so visiting the desert just made sense. It was beautiful, like home, and close. We traveled to Anza Borrego within San Diego County, through New Mexico, to Death Valley, and anywhere in and around California. I laughed the other day at my dad’s romanticization of Fresno as a scorching (we love hot weather), desert-like oasis. We didn’t make it to the central valley much unless it was … Continue reading 5 Cactus Prints I Love

Mary Finlayson’s Painterly Still Life Artwork

This morning–a fortuitously sunny, 60-ish degree San Francisco-kind-of-warm morning–I made my way down to Fort Mason Center for one of my favorite events in the city: West Coast Craft! I’ve probably attended each event (there are a few every year here and in other cities) since I first caught a glimpse through the warehouse windows on a late night first date with my now boyfriend (hah!). As a forever crafter and lover of art, I’m always in awe of what people are creating, and today blew my mind! A handwoven rattan furniture company run out of a garage in Oakland/studio … Continue reading Mary Finlayson’s Painterly Still Life Artwork

The Embroidered Cacti of Sarah K. Benning

Cacti and succulents always stay chic. They come in endless textures and shades, are easy to care for, and instantly add life to a room. And seeing as they hail from the romanticized desert, these prickly plants have become a symbol of bohemian living and a free-spirited lifestyle. DIYs, crochet patterns, and gorgeous cacti folk art have adorned the pages of design blogs and Etsy shops for a while now, including the work of Sarah K. Benning, whose artwork I found while digging through textile artists on Instagram. I’m not sure about you all, but if you’ve ever taken up … Continue reading The Embroidered Cacti of Sarah K. Benning