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Oh, hello Spring! You crept upon us fast. With this new season comes many new projects, conferences, and all around busyness. Our members have been tinkering, making, and doing so we wanted to drop in and see just what they are up to for our Member Mentions.

Illustrator, artist, and member Arin Fishkin has made a series of fun, cheerful, and beautiful illustrations of San Francisco. The illustrations are of  favorite famous and some not so famous city icons that Arin pays tribute to. They are graphic and bold with a vintage feel. She uses custom patterns for accents for the landmarks like the big fog in her Sutro Tower illustration or the floral pattern on the 49 mile Scenic Drive sign. Her vibrant prints caught the eye of  Taxi and they did a nice write up featuring some of her SF icon prints.


Karrie Myers Taylor was interviewed recently on Regain Focus. Karrie owns of Videokard, a video production and marketing crew,  who essential creat “movie trailers” for business (what a neat concept!) She spoke with Regain Focus on her business, clients, and being a small business owners. She also provided insightful advice for small business owners just starting out. Head on over to Regain Focus for her full interview!


Heidi design studio GOLD has had some recent exciting mentions and award-winnings. GOLD is a two women design studio inspired by systems in nature, narrative of places and people, history and its ephemera, and the sciences and humanities. GOLDToday is the blog show casing the design duos bi-costal creativity. Their previous work was hands on, is now done via corresponding over the internet. Each day they are given a prompted to create some work. “It has something to do with that day and sharing something with each other beyond our digital back and forth and to flex their making methods and process.”

Their poster for the CCA 2013 MFA show won a typography award from Communication Arts. You can see the full poster here on Heidi’s site link to the poster/exhibition hereThey are also are currently the featured studio on HOW Design’s Designer’s Spotlight.


Member Peggie Lee is a jewelry designer. Her pieces are described as simple, but sophisticated, “deceptively simple, featuring artisan craftsmanship mixed with contemporary approaches to contrast, color, texture and composition,” and have been garnering attention in television and in movies! Peggies jewelry has been spotted recently on shows like as The Vampire Diaries & Scandal. Her pieces were also spied in the most recent issues of Sports Illustrated. We will be looking for more appearances of your jewelry on the small screen, big screen, and beyond, Peggie!

We are excited for all of the Makeshifter’s and what they have been up to! Remember, if you are a member, please share with us all the fun and noteworthy ventures.



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It’s a new year (almost March!) so that means everyone is back to work and hitting the ground running. Makeshift members have been busy bees lately and are up to new, fun, and exciting endeavors!

Kelli Ronci just launched an online shop for CORDA, a new line of textile jewelry and home decor. She also does wholesale and currently has her products available at Summer House in Mill Valley, Ellington and French in Berkeley and Maude in Petaluma. She is also looking to sell in other spots in the Bay Area and is open to any recommendations of places that are a good fit for her items!

Our member Christopher of T-we Tea is having a Grand Opening Party for their new store. They have grown by leaps and bounds! They needed room to expand so they have moved into a larger space in the Crocker Galleria and will now be able to sell tea by the cup at the new location. This Thursday evening they are hosting a Tea Kiki. There will be tea cocktails with their tea’s and they encourage dressing up as one of their tea flavor persona’s (Cuddle Bug, Grumpy Dinosaur, Scandalous ManFriend to name a few!)

Our previous resident, Stephen Kennedy, recently did a TEDx talk in Bangladesh. He spoke on creating the first bus map of Dhaka, Bangladesh, a city with millions of bus riders each day. They had had no previous maps to help them in figuring out the buses routes. He spoke along side Albert King who was a former researcher in sustainable transport at MIT and worked on Google Maps. Stephen is currently working on a clothing company called New Market Goods which he started in his residency. NMG focuses on men’s wear that is ethically sourced from worker’s in Bangladesh.

Member Shannon Kay is collaborating with Makeshift Member Kira Mead of 49 Doors and also with Laurie Furber to present HUE: an interactive color theory workshop that helps homeowners and design enthusiasts choose unique and personal color palettes for their homes. The first workshop is offered on March 1st at Climb Real Estate with Kira. On March 7th & 8th, Shannon will be at the new ElsieGreen’s location sharing tips and guidance with Laurie.



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Kate Koeppel of Skill Exchange fame just launched an online shop. Her first product is a collection of laser cut wood record dividers. Everything from the letterpress packaging, screen printed boxes, and product is designed and produced in SF. If you find yourself scouring record stores in your spare time and your collection is growing out of control, these alphabetical dividers will be able to help you find your Joy Division or Roxy Music albums in a jiffy. This would also make a great gift for the holidays for the vinyl hoarder in your life! Kate was recently interviewed by Design Feast where discussed further details on Skill Exchange and her new wood record dividers.

Risa Culbertson, of the two year old stationary line Papa Llama, recently moved her letterpress machines into a new space at the Heath Ceramics building on 18th and Alabama. She will be having a launch party in the new studio to celebrate this Thursday December 5th from 6pm-9pm. I recently visited her in her new space with her studio mate The Aesthetic Union, who also did the packaging for Kate Koeppel’s record divider packaging and boxes. It is a lovely space and I was able to see all of their machines up close and personal, even a big ol’ letterpress machine from the 1800’s!

Member Ali Price of Lydali was named a finalist in the Ethical Fashions Source Awards. The Source awards put the spotlight on best practices in the fashion industry, from field to final product. Lydali were selected for the Retail Award for Independent Boutique/Sustainable Brand Platform category. The winners will be chosen at the reception at the House of Lords in London, UK this month. We are rooting for you, Lydali!



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For this week’s Member Mention, we are featuring a photographer, quarterly magazine, and online courses for crafting this holiday season!

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Janette Crawford, Genevieve Brazelton, Tiffanie Turner and Lisa Solomon were featured in studio for creativeLIVE for courses on Holiday Crafts and Cocktails. Oh, and let’s not forget, Rena made an appearance on set, too! The classes featured were High-Fashion HeaddressesHomemade Liquor Infusions and Cocktail BittersWoodland Egg Holiday Ornaments, and Crocheted & Embroidered Snowflakes. Although they have already taught their classes, creativeLIVE offers the courses digitally to be viewed on your own time and the ability to rewind to see just how much vodka you were SUPPOSED to use for the limoncello!  All four classes are perfectly packaged together for ease of not having to choose just one!

Emily Nathan of  Tiny Atlas has a Kickstarter to fund the next edition (both online and digitally.) Tiny Atlas Quarterly, a magazine that “features travel in a fresh, immersive and personal way,” There are just 5 days left to help TAQ to reach their goal (we know just how exciting and nerve racking these last few days can be!) Emily was selected as a contestant for Resource Magazine’s photographer of the week last week and won! Congratulations Emily and Tiny Atalas.

Robert Birnbach has been a photographer for over 20 years. He has passed on some of his insider knowledge with photography classes at the clubhouse. Most recently, he was able to capture a very special once-in-a-life-time night at Foreign Cinema. Rather than serving their normal fantastic fare, Foreign Cinema turned over the cooking reins for the evening to the chefs of Stars for a tribute diner to honor chef Jeremiah Tower. For one night, the whole restaurant turned into the long time favorite Stars that has been closed for over a decade. Robert was lucky enough to be one of the few photographers to capture this special evening (and to sample the dishes!)

We love to see all of our Makeshifter’s accomplishments as they make with their heads and think with their hands. If you are a member, be sure to let us know of your note-worthy news, new products, and exciting adventures and you maybe mentioned in the next Member Mentions!
Images by creativeLIVE/Fiona Conrad for Tiny Atlas Quarterly/Robert Birnbach

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Our members are always up to the most fantastic and creative endeavors, it’s so hard to keep track sometimes! We have decided to catalog their accomplishments here with Member Mentions. Here are some current and noteworthy things we spied:
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Member George Zisiadis is an interactive artist that some say may just be the happiest guy in San Francisco. He has been creating art pieces all over the country like and The Pulse of the City in Boston or The Bubbleverse here in San Francisco. The self proclaimed Chief Happiness Scientist, George is constantly thinking up knew ways to bring joy to others. If you have a fun-tabulous idea that you’d like to execute, send your thoughts his way. They may just be funded via his side project The Awesome Foundation!

Christy Natsumi released a new jewelry collection Matters Of The Heart. Christy crafts all of her jewelry locally here in San Francisco and produced with eco-practices in mind. The collection is  meant to chronicle the journey of a our hearts traveling through this world — hence cue hearts with spikes, hearts tangled, magic wands, and more.

Whisk, member Maggie Spicer’s company, celebrated its first birthday on September 6th, 2013. With a year behind them, here are some of their favorite memories from this first year as a company!

“We’ve gotten engineers to leave their screens and get down Gangnam style…taken a globally-core-valued company on a 5-week culinary adventure around the world, experiencing a different country each day through their palate…brought city-slickers out to the country on retreats showcasing an exciting new generation of farmers in the Bay Area…gotten teams off their asanas and on to the yoga mat…. produced panels on building culture from the ground up and analyzed the effects of beverages as stimulants on the brain and mood….and finally, ensured the most important meal of the day (breakfast!) was a great one, partnering up with some of the cityʼs best and brightest food producers and crafters! Cheers – to many more deeply engaged people, communities, and years ahead!”

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