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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.
 
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imageAmidst all the holiday and year-end madness came one of the biggest highlights of the whole year. Daily Candy San Francisco named Percolating Design one of the Best Accessories Lines of 2013!

It was a complete surprise. In fact, I had missed the email in my inbox and only found out about it when another designer on the list, Christine of Abacus Row, congratulated me. What a wonderful way to round out an already awesome year!

Cheers to 2013 and Welcome 2014!

Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are colder, the holidays will be here in no time. It seems that the holiday shopping season is starting earlier this year. Maybe it’s because the first day of Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving Day and we have fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Good thing the holiday shows are taking place earlier as well. Our first one for the season is next weekend at Fort Mason and promises to be a fun event. All shows are free and open to the public!

West Coast Craft is a brand new craft and design show that will feature designers, artists, and craftspeople living and working on the West Coast. They’ll have a DJ and you can shop while sipping adult beverages (my favorite way to shop!). You can even test drive a Smart Car outside the pavillion and receive an $8 voucher to spend inside the show.

This is San Francisco’s biggest local holiday fair featuring more than 100 favorite SF brands, and was my personal favorite last year. This year they have made it a two-day event and will have 50 completely different vendors each day. I will have a booth on Sunday, but will be there on Saturday to shop!

Renegade Craft Fair is the biggest curated indie-craft marketplace out there. It showcases the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design, and the San Francisco show will feature over 150 designers. It will be a festive weekend celebrating all things handmade and a great place to wrap up your holiday shopping!

There may be more shows added, so check our events page for the latest updates.

Urban Air Market 2.1 600pxIt’s hard to believe we’re halfway through June and summer is upon us already! I’m looking forward to taking a couple of roadtrips and escaping our harsh San Francisco summer for some warmer destinations in the upcoming months.

Here’s where you’ll find percolating design this summer…

This Thursday, we’ll be one of a dozen up and coming designers featured at the second annual SF Local Design Market, an exhibition/pop-up shop at Zinc Details. Zinc is one of my favorite stores in the city for home furnishings and I’m looking forward to meeting some very talented local designers at the event.

After that, we have a little vacation planned in the Northwest at the end of the month with stops in Portland, Seattle and the San Juan Islands. If anyone has recommendations for restaurants, shopping and must-see/dos, I’m all ears!

In July, we’ll be hitting the road again and heading down to sunny Southern California for a fun weekend at Renegade LA. I’m looking forward to introducing percolating design to a whole new market and getting to know some of their local talent.

Then it’s back to Urban Air Market – San Francisco’s most popular outdoor market – in beautiful Hayes Valley to wrap up in September.

Hope to see you this summer!

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