All posts and stories tagged with 'Oakland'

07 Apr

Texas-bred designer, Melanie Abrantes, found her way to Los Angeles for school and relocated her studio to Oakland, a city that allows her to flourish and thrive in a community of new and emerging artists. From her charming studio between the port and warehouses, Melanie also finds herself completely surrounded by unexpected sceneries of nature wherever she goes. “Being as visual as I am, I enjoy being able to take in all the colors of the flowers and trees.”

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25 Feb

Ama Wertz
weaver

Ama Wertz is a talented weaver who shares her creative passion for the craft with strangers and friends in city of Oakland.  Moving from her home away from home in Germany, Wertz has found a new community here that is bonded by the “generosity of spirit [that] is quintessential Oakland.”

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09 Feb

When spice shop owners John Beaver and Erica Perez opened doors to their shop, Oakland’s diverse customers inspired and influenced their growth, leading them to source even more varieties of culinary spices, high-quality herbs, salts, and blends. Given the access to so much delicious ethnic food, Erica adds, “The city has seen more and more specialty shops open up and flourish. That makes Oakland truly special.” Read the story…

19 Aug

Raised by earth-loving parents, Crystal Morey moved to Oakland from the Sierra Foothills and found a “strong emerging art scene” that has inspired and nurtured her life as an artist in an urban landscape. “I like to explore ideas of human interaction with the natural environment,” she says, “and Oakland is a wonderful example of human adaptation and ingenuity over time.”
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18 Jun

After more than two decades living in San Francisco, artist + illustrator Lisa Congdon found a new home in Oakland. It was quite a change, but on her first morning waking up in the little bungalow she shares with her wife, she says, “All I could hear were birds chirping, and the sunshine was streaming in through the blinds on what was a gorgeous February day. I decided right then to treat my Oakland move like an adventure.”  Read the story…

27 May

Exploring the streets of Oakland, Christina Song has found rhythm, inspiration, and even a surprise furry friend. A paper-cut illustrator by trade, she says low-key Oakland gives her the space to focus on her own projects and she loves living in “one of the most up-and-coming creative cities in the country.”  Read the story…