The Distinct Handwoven Textiles of Jed & Marne

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Mayan style patterning has been everywhere in the past year, but it’s especially prominent in fashion. That’s all well and good, but there is a difference between a trendy screen printed T-shirt and the real deal. If you’re interested in the latter, it would definitely be worth checking out Jed & Marne. This small label handcrafts a beautiful collection of shorts and dresses using custom woven textiles straight from the master weavers in the Guatemalan highlands.

Canary Boy Shorts

Canary Boy Shorts

Parasol Dress

Parasol Dress

In reaction to the omnipresence of machine-made goods, Jed & Marne prides itself on employing and supporting artisans who work by hand. In addition to offering livable wages and humane working conditions, the label actively supports a fading tradition that has been threatened by automated manufacturing.

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Hunter + Gatherer: Copper

At least in the states, a penny is worth less than the copper used to make it. But the true value of copper lies in its warmth and character. I also like that you can keep it fresh with proper maintenance or enjoy the rich turquoise patina that develops over time. The following are some of my favorite copper pieces – the majority of which are handcrafted. Enjoy!

HG-Copper

Clockwise from top left: Garden tools by PKS Bronze; Wall light by Bodie & Fou; Beating bowl by Mauviel; Cufflinks by Alice Made This; Terrarium via William Sonoma; London scented Candle by Tom Dixon; Bicycle by Van Heesch Design; Tie bar by Joinery; Handwoven Necklace by Maripossa

Help Doug Johnston Fight Target

I don’t normally post things of this sort, but I thought it was important to help spread the word. I’m sure many of you will remember a write-up on Doug Johnston and his handmade, coiled-cotton vessels from several months ago. It has recently surfaced that Target has released a collection of machine woven, aesthetically similar bowls that are to be sold for $6.99. Aside from quality and materials, the resemblance is uncanny – even down to the stitching details:

DJ-target-compare

Not to turn this into a craft vs. corporation affair, but this blatant disregard for the values and work of American artisans is nothing more than deplorable. Furthermore, it stands in stark contrast to everything Doug Johnston stands for. Personally, I find that the process of procuring the right materials and handcrafting an object from scratch is something inherently sacred. Thus I feel it should be protected not only by the makers, but by those who appreciate the spirit of human creativity.

So with that in mind, I wanted to share a couple ways that you can help dissuade Target from indulging in plagiarism. (It’s worth mentioning this is not the first case in which Target has come under fire for violations of intellectual property laws). First and foremost, don’t buy their cheap knockoffs. Even though it’s unreasonable to think that someone who covets an original would settle for a $6.99 P.O.S., spending any money on said merchandise would only support Target’s underhandedness. Secondly, I would consider getting in touch with Kathryn A. Tesija (Target’s Executive Vice President of Merchandising & Supply Chain) with any questions you may have concerning how the company goes about developing their products. It took some digging, but here’s her email. Finally, be sure to spread the image above which shows the dubious similarities between the original and it’s mass-produced reproduction. In fact, that might be a nice image to share on Target’s Facebook Page.

If you have any other ideas about how to help, please get in touch or leave them in the comments below. Thanks in advance for your support and awareness!

A Selective Inventory of San Francisco’s “General Store”

When thinking about the sourdough bread, the SFMOMA, and Beach Blanket Babylon, it’s hard to figure out a way to make San Francisco any better. At least that was up until I stumbled on a well-known local treasure.

General Store - Assortment of Goods & Wares

General Store – Assortment of Goods & Wares

General Store, run by Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter, is a small shop that houses pretty much anything one could want, need, or justify for daily life. Given the store’s interest in supporting artisans, I was thrilled to find a large number of handmade items throughout their inventory – many of which come straight out of the studios of craftspeople who reside locally in the Bay Area.

Though it’s worth taking a moment to check out the store on your own, I decided to curate a small list of my six favorite handmade goods from General Store. While scrolling through, be sure to visit the artists’ own websites when available!

Hand Carved Wooden Spoons – Jon Shade

Hand Carved Wooden Spoons by Jon Shade

Handwoven Textural Scarves – Lookout Wonderland

Handwoven Indigo Scarves (Java) dyed by Lookout Wonderland

Hanging Ceramic Planter – Collaboration between Kat Hutter & Roger Lee

Hanging Ceramic Planter by Kat Hutter & Roger Lee

Wooden Cutting Boards - Luke Bartels

Custom Wooden Cutting Boards by Luke Bartel

Sixteen Barrettes – Sioux Tribe Members 

Sixteen Barettes Made By Members of the Sioux

Tooled Leather Coasters – Commune Design 

Tooled Leather Coasters by Commune Design)

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco or Venice area, be sure to drop in for a visit. Because their goods are procured from vintage sources and contemporary studios, there is always something new to discover!

Hunter + Gatherer: Unique 2013 Calendars

With the New Year fast approaching, it’s that time to update your calendars for 2013. In the spirit of keeping things interesting, I curated a small selection of unique calendars that hopefully appeal to a wide variety of tastes and considerations. Hope you enjoy what you see!

Hammerpress “Lunar” Calendar

Hammerpress "Lunar" calendar

A familiar favorite from an earlier post on letterpress cards, Hammerpress released a wonderful rustic, yet refined calendar that follows the phases of the moon. This one is the most conventional (and thus may be the most user friendly) of the group in terms of it’s 11” x 17” size and tear-off pages. There isn’t much room for marking daily appointments, but there is a handy section for notes and reminders.

12 Musketeers Collaborative Calendar

12 Musketeers collaborative calendar spread

This calendar is interesting in that it is the singular product by a collaboration of designers known as 12 Musketeers. The cooperative aligned underneath a collective interest in preserving hand-printing techniques. For the calendar, each designer illustrated his or her own personal take on each month.

12 Musketeers calendar - possible desktop display

Some pages are fun, others are personal, and a few are delightfully irreverent. It’s interesting to see the breadth of styles and interpretations of the designers – especially within a given format and two-toned palette. All in all, it’s a great hand-made day ticker for your desk, wall, or fridge. 

Patrick Frey Woven Unraveling Calendar

Patrick Frey (un)weaving calendar (image via lastejeymaneje.blogspot.com)

(image via lastejeymaneje.blogspot.com)

At the more conceptual end of the spectrum, this calendar by Patrick Frey functions by unweaving it from bottom up. When the day is over, you pull the dangling string to unravel it upward – in essence erasing the day and depositing it in a nice pile of string below. Obviously it’s not a day-planner, but it makes for a satisfying evening ritual.

Patrick Frey - unweaving detail

(On a nerdy hermeneutic note, ancient Greek society viewed both string and weaving as metonyms for the passage of time. The interactive element of this calendar is reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, wherein Penelope weaves her shroud by day but unravels it by night to delay her impending betrothal to an unwanted suitor. Just a little something for you…)

Stitch Design Co. & Sideshow Press “Southern” Calendar 

Stitch Design Co. & Sideshow Press "southern" calendar display and spread

Stitch Design Co. & Sideshow Press "southern" calendar detail

Designed exclusively for Garden & Gun, this letterpress calendar was produced through the combined efforts of Stitch Design Co. & Sideshow Press – both of which hail from Charleston, SC. Each month features a unique illustration of southern motif, whether it is an epicurean diagram or a montage of hunting rifles. Additionally, each design is complemented by a quote from one of twelve choice southern authors. Complete with an optional wooden mounting plaque and leather hanging strap, it is about as charming as it gets.

Campbell Raw Press Limited Edition Cyanotype Calendars

Campbell Raw Press - cyanotype calendar 10/60

Last but not least, this series of one-of-a-kind calendars from Campbell Raw Press is my absolute favorite for 2013. Each of the 60 unique prints is crafted completely by hand using a winsome combination of processes.

Making of Campbell Raw Press cyanotype calendar

First, Maggie of Campbell Raw gathered Queen Anne’s Lace while visiting family in Iowa. She then prepared her paper and printed the cyanotypes by hand before returning to her letterpress studio in Brooklyn. The pages were then pressed using hand-written lettering for the days and months – all of which are displayed on a single scroll-like page. As a final touch, each print has hand torn edges to create a uniform deckle around the single calendar page. How’s that for handmade?

Campbell Raw Press cyanotype calendar detail

Yet all craft aside, the other beautiful aspect of this calendar is the charitable nature behind the entire series. For each calendar sold, the press will donate $15 to the Cure Alzheimers Fund. As if beautiful craftsmanship isn’t enough to keep you happy and humble all year, knowing that your money supported a good cause should do the trick. If you are interested in learning more about the production and/or availability of these calendars, be sure to check the blog at Campbell Raw Press.

Hunter + Gatherer: Her Winter Essentials

I’m still not quite sure when winter starts here in Texas, but it might as well be now seeing as we just dug out our down comforter. For everyone else who is gearing up for the cold, here is the second installment of (girlfriend-approved) winter essentials. Hope you all discover something useful!

As pictured, clockwise from top left: Hat by Eugenia Kim; Handmade Shoes by Repetto; Polder Knit Scarf; Hand-Poured Natural Soy Candle; Pendleton Tote; Ruth Cross Hand-knit Socks; Source Vital Facial Toner; Hand-forged Snow Shovel; Pure Organic Maple Syrup; Alima Organic Tinted Lip Balm  

Beautiful Irregularity – Doug Johnston’s Woven Cotton Vessels

Cap’n Basket

In an effort to better understand the relationship between line and three-dimensional objects, Doug Johnston began investigating the ancient process behind coiled basketry. Several years later, this investigation culminated in an extensive and growing collection of beautiful hand-formed rope vessels.

Cap’n Basket Handle

In order to keep things fresh, Johnston crafts each piece one at a time. He uses polyester thread, 100% raw cotton cords, and a vintage industrial sewing machine to create each piece – all without forms or molds to determine the shapes. Rather, he relies on minor imperfections and impulses to decide the shape of his pieces as he sews.

Simple Basket

Pencil Bucket Loop Detail

 You can see some high-resolution images of his work courtesy of Indigo & Cotton in the gallery below, but if you’d like to see more, there are many more vessels pictured on his website – as well as other projects to peruse through.

The Hill-Side woven accessories

Ocean Print

The Hill-Side has long since established an impressive reputation for their woven accessories. Reminiscent Japanese tenugui (手拭い), their textiles come in an array of colors & patterns which are either dyed, woven, or printed. Personally, the strongest pieces from the Hill-Side collection are their blue & white pocket squares. Rather than subscribing to the growing cult of unabridged coloration, they chose two beautiful hues and let the patterning speak for itself.

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