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BRIKA_logoBRIKA cuffs croppedI’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.

imageSo, 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.

teal fan cuff modeledThey carry a larger selection of Percolating Design jewelry as well, which you can see here.

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imageI 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.

imageIt 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.

imageI 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.

imageIf 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.
 

imageI’m thrilled to announce that Percolating Design has joined the We’ve community of artisans, whose mission is to bring social change through shopping. Eve Blossom launched We’ve in Fall 2013 to connect artisans and designers in collaborative ways that incorporate sustainability, technology, storytelling and design.

The way We’ve works for consumers is by curating a marketplace of handcrafted items that are produced in limited editions. Each item is available for a limited time, and once 20 pieces are sold, they go into production. The really cool part for the consumers is that they will receive videos of their product being made to share the creator’s story and handmade process.

I was pretty excited to see Eve wearing one of the three limited edition cuffs that I designed exclusively for We’ve in her recent interview on Bloomberg TV. They are on sale now at www.wevebuilt.com.

Bright Side headerPercolating Design was interviewed by The Bright Side Project last week! I had fun answering their thought-provoking questions, my favorites being these two:

We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

This is a philosophy that I have carried throughout my life. I feel fortunate to have always had jobs and worked for causes that I am passionate about. Becoming a creative entrepreneur, however, has raised this to a whole new level. I took my passion (some may say obsession) for knitting and turned it into a business. Now I don’t have to feel guilty if I spend an entire day knitting away!

Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I’m a lover of handmade objects and am continually awed and inspired by the creativity of others. Even though I grew up in Silicon Valley surrounded by cutting-edge technology, I have always held a deep appreciation for slow crafts. I find beauty in that certain touch of the hand that is found in fine craftsmanship.

You can read the entire interview here, and enter to win a $40 gift certificate to spend on our website!

Just answer this question: What is your passion? How does it relate to what you do for a living? Deadline is this Thursday, October 3rd!

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