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This Weekend: West Coast Craft

Hello friends, please come visit me this weekend at the best craft fair in SF. Link.

Now Available: Dune Creature

Of all the knot sculptures I've made this year, here is my favorite in its most beautiful incarnation. Thick white cotton rope and genuine 24k gold vintage Japanese thread. Shop now.

Next Week: Layers Conference Talk

Layers is a design gathering for the Mac and iOS community running alongside Apple's WWDC conference. On June 14, I'll be talking about my creative path, giving tips on quitting your job, and teaching two snack-y knots for this snack-obsessed conference. There's still time to sign up (and if you are part of an underrepresented group in technology, please use the code DIVERSITY for a discount.) Details here.

Next Spoon Carving Workshop

July 31 at the Handcraft Studio School. This super fun class always sells out so don't delay! Come ready to get dusty and work hard. Link.

Knot Tying Class

I'll be leading a knot tying workshop at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum for the Lunar Society's Craft Night on July 28. More info.

The Year of Knots, Continued...

159 knots made, more than 200 to go in 2016. I'm so in love with this work. Link.

New Art Gallery: Satellite of Love

A cool Valencia Street space founded by two longtime San Francisco gallerists, Satellite of Love's mission is to support the mid-career artists they love (erm, I am only a beginning artist, but I'm certainly middle-aged, so maybe that's why I get to be included.) A beautiful track-light version of the Helix Light is on display, as well as my hand-carved spoons, alongside artists like Andy Vogt and Leigh Wells. Gallery info.

New Stockist: Kindred

Kindred is a sweet homewares shop on Valencia sharing space with the amazing perfume store Tigerlily. Both are well worth a visit. The Helix Lights available there come with the new oversized bulbs, always free with purchase.

"[T]he calling of the artist, in any medium, is to make it new. I do not mean that in new work the past is repudiated; quite the opposite, the past is reclaimed... It is re-stated and re-instated in its original vigour. Leonardo is present in Cezanne, Michelangelo flows through Picasso and on into Hockney. This is not ancestor worship, it is the lineage of art. It is not so much influence as it is connection. 

"The true artist is connected. The true artist studies the past [and] is interested in the art object as an art process, the thing in being, the being of the thing, the struggle, the excitement, the energy, that have found expression in a particular way. The true artist is after the problem."

- Jeanette Winterson

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