The aesthetic and craft values that underlie the work of beloved San Francisco ceramicist Len Carella—richness of materiality, enduring quality, elegant simplicity—echo my own. We spoke with Len about small production, conscious consumerism, and the joy of letting the process lead the way.
Falling on the second new moon after winter solstice, this year we celebrate Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, on February 1st. A moment to honor earthly and celestial new beginnings, in 2022 this lunar holiday also marks the Year of the Tiger, in Chinese culture an astrological symbol of bravery and ambition.
When I begin designing, it is the tactile sense - the texture of a material, how it drapes - that demands my full attention. Achieving the right fit, the right cut, is paramount. In a sense, I’m working in black and white, in the sculptural world, the world of form and proportion.
Floral sorceress Katie Chirgotis of Eothen transforms every space she touches, whether she is weaving artful garlands of pale botanicals along mantles or suspending poetic nests of florals and feathers from the rafters.
The world's oldest pharmacy, Santa Maria Novella, in Florence, is not only a cultural treasure, celebrating its 800th anniversary three days ago, but an innovative creator of natural, handmade products that become essential luxuries.