For those on your holiday list who desire something unique, consider a shopping trip to the fabulous museum store in the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design. Filled to the brim with hand crafted jewelry and accessories, the museum store has something to please everyone’s particular palate.
Manager Ray McKenzie hand selects each item in the store keeping his customers’ high standards in mind. He says he finds artisans from art shows, craft fairs, and word of mouth. I asked Mr. McKenzie to share some his top Hot and Hip accessory picks for this holiday season:
• Fat Cat Studio, Houston, TX. Kari Stringer uses vintage tins and containers to create charms and jewelry pieces.
• Mio Studio, Lancaster, PA. Mayra Orama Muniz combines remnant exotic woods with sterling silver and steel creating sophisticated jewelry.
• Sarah Loerstcher, Seattle, WA, creates delicate necklaces from silver wire and faceted gemstones.
• January Glass, Providence, RI. Caitlin Johnston makes her own glass to create sliver and glass jewelry (pictured below).
• emiko-o, San Francisco, CA, reworks LEGOS into playful jewelry.
• Harlequin Feltworks, San Francisco, CA. Jen Giles makes colorful, dramatic felted scarves (pictured on first page).
• JAK Designs, Warn, OH. Jennifer Armstrong knits practical scarves from wool, bamboo and organic certified cotton.
• John Jameson, New York, NY, weaves one-of-a-kind scarves from ribbon, yarn, and thread.
• Jay Bridgland, San Francisco, CA, creates modern and sleek pendants from glass dicks set in silver.
San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design opened its doors in 2005 as an unconventional start-up museum, with the intention of encouraging the understanding and appreciation of craft and design. Join the Museum Store this Saturday, December 5, 10am to 5pm, for a Trunk Show highlighting works by Sarah Loerstcher, John Jameson, and Jay Brideland. Members of the museum will receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases. Make a day of it and check out the museum’s current exhibit: Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution – wood sculptures.
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, 550 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason, San Francisco.