When it comes to handmade craftmanship, the San Francisco bay area has always been a pioneer and home to some of the best. The past couple of years, West Coast Craft, "a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftsmen and women inspired by the mood an aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle," has kicked off the Summer season at Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's waterfront. This year the fair will not only feature over 250 artists and designers exhibiting their hadmade products, but will aslo host a seclection of site-specific works by Ben Venom, Ellen Van Dusen, J.S. Nero, CCA, Meghan Shimek, and Guerroro Gallery!
Ben Venom's (featured in our July, 2015 issue) quilts juxtapose traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society, e.g. vintage tattoos, the occult, and motorcycle gangs.
Ellen van Dusen
Ellen Van Dusen is an artist and designer working from Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by fine art, commercial and naive design, and the brain's reaction to movement, color and contrast, she launched Dusen Dusen, a womenswear line known for its original bold prints on versatile, wearable silhouettes in 2010. The In brand expanded in 2015 with the launch of Dusen Dusen Home, a home goods line that includes bedding, towels, pillows, and blankets.
J.S. Nero is a furniture maker, sculptor, lighting and decorative object designer from New York City. She began stone sculpting at 16 and continued to sculpt in various mediums into adulthood. Nero apprenticed under a second generation Ed Barnsley furniture maker and focused on traditional veneer work and fine woodworking. In 2012, she began designing her own pieces, diverging from her training completely and returning to a more sculptural based ethos when approaching design. She is interested in the intersection between form and function, never over designing a piece, playing with structural support and spatial dynamics, and joining disparate shapes and materials with fluidity.
California College of the Arts
A slection of CCA student work will be exhibited at West Coast Craft including large-scale textiles collages, works on paper and more by Elizabeth Russell, Hadley Radt, Mary Mocas and Paulina Berczynsk.
Meghan Shimek is a weaver, fiber artist, and tarot reader living and working in Oakland, California. Inspired by loss, movement, healing and the acknowledgment of uncomfortable feelings, Meghan integrates the natural beauty of her surroundings, the memory of quiet snowy nights, and the sound of the stream running under her home into every weaving. She uses traditional tapestry and Navajo weaving techniques along with organic movements to intertwine raw fibers and objects to create abstract and textural wall hangings.
With a decade’s worth of experience and involvement in the contemporary art world, Guerrero Gallery specializes in facilitating visual aesthetics consultations for personal art collections, company/facility collections, interior/exterior murals, and environmental installations. We guide our clients in the selection of artwork that is dynamic, inspiring, honest, and progressive.