I’m excited to debut three new cuffs for fall at BRIKA this week! I’ve been a big fan of BRIKA since they launched a couple years back, not long after I launched Percolating Design.
Being new to the handcrafted design scene back then, I was discovering beautiful new blogs and curated webshops every day. I was immediately drawn to the clean, colorful look and feel of BRIKA. But what kept me coming back were the inspiring personal stories they told of talented and creative Makers.
On top of that, their selection of products was among the best that I had come across online. Their current #saveelephants campaign has been one of my favorite collections of theirs, and for a wonderful cause.
So, I reached out to them to become a BRIKA Maker. The timing worked out well because when they emailed back to feature me I was finalizing some new cuff designs. I had been experimenting with some intricate lace patterns using ultra fine silk stainless steel fibers in brilliant colors that I thought would fit well with BRIKA’s style. It was this teal color that I fell in love with first, quickly followed by the fuchsia and charcoal.
They carry a larger selection of Percolating Design jewelry as well, which you can see here.
I can’t tell you how excited I am that Percolating Design is in its very first museum store! The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design opened its doors in May 2013 in the up and coming Dogpatch neighborhood after being in a temporary location in Hayes Valley. It’s one of the few museums in North America dedicated to contemporary craft and design, a perfect match with Percolating Design’s aesthetic and demographic.
It also filled the void left behind when the Museum of Craft and Folk Art sadly closed its doors in December 2012. It was a small museum similar in size to this new one and hosted fun monthly Etsy Craft nights that I often attended, which have now moved over to MCD.
I went to MCD when it first opened and was excited to find Arline Fisch’s Creatures from the Deep exhibit, featuring underwater sea creatures knit and crocheted out of colorful copper wire. It was an inspiring scene and reminded me a bit of Bay Area wire artist Ruth Asawa’s sculptures, which I’ve always admired.
If you haven’t been to the museum yet, I would definitely recommend a visit to check out their current and upcoming exhibitions. I also recommend going to Etsy Craft night or one of the other cool programs they regularly host. Plus, the Dogpatch is just a fun neighborhood to spend an afternoon with lots of fabulous restaurants and stores popping up all the time. And, of course, don’t forget to check out their selection of Percolating Design jewelry while you’re there!
All photos (except the last one) were taken by my good friend, photographer Aynur Girgin Westen. You can check out her work at www.aynurgirginwesten.com.
Over the holidays one of my clients asked if I could make a cuff in a pale blue color. I had already been thinking about adding lighter colors for spring, so I was happy to have an excuse to test out some new yarn.
She had requested the wave pattern, and as soon as I saw the cool blue lace over the warm brass, I was completely enamoured. I love the contrast between the two tones and immediately knit up samples of the other two patterns. This is my new favorite color for the fishnet cuff, but I think it looks pretty awesome in all three!
These beauties have just been added to the website, so it seemed like a good time to have a sale – 20% off all orders now through February 20th. Enter code “FEB20” at checkout.