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.