Our Full-Time Residents

We are in the first quarter of our residency program here at Makeshift. The residency was established to encourage makers to produce a new creative project. During their time at Makeshift, they document their progress through our Facebook, Pinterest, or blog. Upon the completion of their three month residency,  presentations on the projects will be given to the Makeshift members (they also get free access to our club house during this time!)

The applicants were all fabulous, and we had a hard time deciding on just one, so we selected four! They all brought different things to the table with their varying backgrounds and we wanted to give them an opportunity to develop a new creative project in their expertise. Here our our full-time residents:

Kelli Rubin

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Kelli Rubin is a retired marketing VP (strategist and copywriter) who can’t seem to stay out of the trenches. Though she hopes to never take on a large-scale corporate client ever, ever again, she wants to continue helping ambitious creatives get their projects up and running. Taking on only 4-5 clients at a time ensures highly personalized solutions and advice.

Kelli’s analyses and strategies are drawn from over a decade of marketing experience and 5 years of study in ancient philosophy and grounded theory. She now has an arsenal of tools at her service to apply to troubleshooting modern businesses and encouraging sustainable growth.

When it comes to managing our careers, it is Kelli’s firm belief that we could all stand to get out of our heads and into our feels. From time management to lifehacks, feng shui adjustments to urban hikes, Kelli can teach you how to gather resources from all types of available sources. One way or another, she can help your plans succeed.

 

Megan Whiteford

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Trained as a sculptor, Megan is interested in how materials can tell a story: through inherent visual seductiveness, along with the process of finding form through the act of creation. By emphasizing aesthetics, her work absorbs the tradition of remembrance and ritual into daily practice. Her personal archiving and revival of a past traditions is important as an act of meditation.

During her residency at Makeshift Society, she will address the relationship between these two worlds, evoking the schism between material and immaterial production, and transforming our desire for mythologies and traditions into creative manifestations. By questioning the division between memory and experience, she reflects on the closely related subjects of archive, memory, and rituals. She will select materials intuitively and explore how seemingly banal tools regulated to the craft world can create contemporary and relevant objects.

She has exhibited in New York, California, and Copenhagen. She is a Capricorn with a Gemini Rising + my Moon is in Cancer.

 

If you are interested in partaking in the next residency, we will be taking applicants for our second quarter beginning February 15, 2013. Check back on the blog around then or here for the application.
-Ashley

Weekly Class Wrap-Up January 21-25

iPhoneography 201

582287_296680987101543_678140272_nThis was the second installment of Sarah Deragon’s iPhonography series. People attending the class wanted to learn how to utilize iPhone photography for personal use and for their businesses. Even Howard Flax of Flax Art and Design, where many of us have spent our paychecks, came to learn some tips and tricks. Sarah informed students of different iPhone apps to help them improve the pictures taken with their phones. Do you know that you can cross process and double expose images with your phone?! Sarah offers iPhonography classes frequently at Makeshift so be on the look out for more if you want to learn how to improve your iPhonography.

Show and Tell: Branding and Marketing with Personality

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Genevieve Brazelton, a branding and social media strategist, taught the second class in her three part workshop . She offered the class to a small group of students in order to focus the content towards their individual business needs.  She helped them to figure out what they are doing differently than their competition. She also focused on identifying their ideal customer who needs and wants what they have to offer.

 

Artists from Abroad

Sharon Brenner is a local immigration attorney who is passionate about helping individuals from abroad. In this lecture/Q&A session, she gave an overview of the immigration process for foreign artists in various fields who seek to work in the U.S. It was a small audience, so she was able to address specific needs and concerns of the students.

Lydali Mixer

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From Ali Price, one half of Lydali,

“We hosted a cocktail party to show off our products that have been occupying the pop-up closet all month, and to bring in lots more that are only for sale online. We served champagne cocktails with St. Germain and berries, and small bites to eat. Makeshift Society was packed all night long, and it was a great time with lots of laughter, music, chatter, and Lydali purchases. We had a blast, and we hope to do it again soon!”

 

MMS Mixer Sponsored by The Findery

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For this months member mixer, we had our first sponsor, The Findery. There was a wonderful turn out, we were glad to see all of your smiling faces. Snacks, wine, beer and even a Gingersnap Arnold Palmer was served, yum. Oh, and also a cake, we can not forget the cake. We love you too, The Findery! Members that have not made it to one yet, be sure to stop by next months mixer. If your interested in sponsoring one of our fun mixers, let us know!

-Ashley & Christina

Introducing Our Part-Time Residents

We are in the first quarter of our residency program here at Makeshift. The residency was established to encourage makers to produce a new creative project. During their time at Makeshift, they document their progress through our Facebook, Pinterest, or blog. Upon the completion of their three month residency,  presentations on the projects will be given to the Makeshift members (they also get free access to our club house during this time!)

The applicants were all fabulous, and we had a hard time deciding on just one, so we selected four! They all brought different things to the table with their varying backgrounds and we wanted to give them an opportunity to develop a new creative project in their expertise. With out further ado, here our our two part-time residents.

 

Shana Astrachan

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Shana Astrachan is a San Francisco based designer, metalsmith and makeup artist with a love for all things handmade, particularly the vintage and crafty kind. Though classically trained in traditional metalworking, she loves the challenge of transforming unusual materials into unique wearable and functional objects. Her jewelry pieces have been exhibited across the United States, featured in numerous books and magazines and along with other handmade objects, sold in stores around the country.

Shana also has a strong background in product development and working with manufacturers, having run the Custom Department for a local manufacturer for many years. She is an active member in the local Bay Area art community and teach workshops in both jewelry and makeup. Through her creative alter ego, ‘Fox & Doll’ Vintage Inspired Hair & Makeup Artistry, she has recently launched a  line of boutique beauty products to complement her services.

With her residency at Makeshift Society she is focusing on multiple collaborations with other designers to produce items that highlight their cumulative talents. Being at Makeshift is providing the opportunity to network with like minded creatives, fostering new ideas and inspiring new ways of working together. Shana is also like to offering consultation time to others seeking resources of materials or manufacturers, both areas of which she has exceptional experience in.

 

Jordan Kushins

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Jordan is a freelance writer based in our fair city by the bay. She contributes daily at Co.Design and regularly at Surface,  a former editor at Dwell, and when when she is not typing she is most likely futzing around with a craft project (currently an embroidery inspired by one of her favorite books and a cowl/scarf that just won’t quit).

Her residency will explore the relationships we have with the objects we keep, and consider how to preserve the personal stories that make seemingly ordinary things truly significant; as part of the process, she’ll also be reinterpreting a small collection of her own items–for instance, a painting by her grandpa will provide inspiration for a new patchwork made by her. She is looking forward to getting a good discussion going amongst the Makeshifters (and beyond) about what makes certain possessions so genuinely special.

Be sure to say hello if you spot them around the clubhouse!

-Ashley

Back to the Future

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At long last, we’re blogging!

Let me back up a bit here. Makeshift Society was always intended to be an in-person, not virtual, experience. We’re a physical workspace and clubhouse, after all, and we like it live and loud over here. I often have to be coaxed into toeing the line regarding best marketing practices, and *not* having a blog seemed really radical and liberating. Could we convey the essence of what Makeshift is through the eyes of others alone?

What we’ve found over the last few months is that there are many more people interested in our goings-on than anticipated. We get email from all around the country about how Makeshift was formed and how it operates. We have visitors (both academic and corporate) drop in from time to time, curious about our practices. And then there are the amazing things our members are up to; we are proud of our people and want to promote their good work. We can do a lot of good storytelling visually, via our Instagram feed, for example, but some things need a little more explanation.

So here we* are, blogging – maybe not every day, but from time to time. We’ll update you on what happens within and without the clubhouse. Our Makers-in-Residence will fill you in about what they plan to achieve with our resources. We’ll spotlight members and class instructors. And, we will write summaries about the week that was and the weeks that will be. Deal? Deal.

– Rena

*We = me, Christina, Ashley, and assorted members. All contributions welcome.

Posted by on January 28, 2013 and tagged with: Musings