Now hiring: Shop Manager

Julia Kostreva

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Hi everyone! Great news today. The little studio is expanding! I currently work with a small team of designers on both studio & shop projects, and I’m delighted to say, the time has come for a Shop Manager to join the team! And, interns are welcome to check in as well – let’s see what we can do folks! Both positions are part-time and based in San Francisco.

The Shop Manager position is entirely shop focused and will not involve any design tasks. If you have experience in running an online shop, retail or shipping- and you love art, design, the handmade and the designed, and of course shopping at little boutiques- this job is definitely for you.

The Shop Intern position is also entirely shop focused, but, since we are a multi-discipline studio, you’ll be exposed to all projects that we work on. You’ll get to see what all happens behind the scenes and help out!

If you’re into it, please check out the links above for complete job listing descriptions. See the How to apply section at the bottom. I’d be excited to hear from you! Let’s chat!

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Laura Daza

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Laura is a passionate designer and, believe it or not, a color maker. She investigates pigments and the provenance of colors: where they began, what natural (and strange!) places that pigments have come. Colors tend to evoke moods and emotions, but it’s easy to remove ourselves and forget to ask where different shades come from on this earth. There was a time when the story of where the color came from was integral to the use of it. Laura is a bit of a color hunter looking to find colors lost in history and bring them back, using ancient alchemist techniques and creating a little magic along the way. In her current work, Laura looks into the story of 8 colors: Whiteshell, Saffron, Ochre, Verdigris, Malachite, Azurite, Mummy Brown, and Lamp Black. She’s worked with bones, eggs, minerals, shells, and even…. mummies.

I had the pleasure of a short interview with Laura, where she tells me a little more about how she got started and how she works with the origins of colors.

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What first sparked your interest in colors and pigments?

This project started with the curiosity of understanding how colour works and its provenance. I’ve always worked around colour: natural dyes and synthetic ones. I believe people take colours from granted without knowing the science behind it, the story and origin. While researching, I just fell in love with the Egyptian colour palette, which are considered to be masters in alchemy and colour making. Many of the colours we use today were first invented by them; they introduced green and blues to the colour palette.

I love that you are bringing back what could be lost in time. From the history you’ve researched, what has spoken to you the most?

 While studying Egyptian history and historical pigments I found an incredible and scary story behind one of these pigments.  Mummy brown, Egyptian mummy or caput mortuum, which means dead head in latin, was a pigment favoured by Pre-Raphaelite painters. Literally it derives from its source; Egyptian mummies, both human and animal, which were ground up and mixed with myrrh and pitch.

 Your travel a lot as part of your work. How does it benefit your process?

For me, traveling and sourcing materials is fascinating as been part of my design process and research, this helps built the narrative and story of my projects.Getting to a new and unknown place is a great way to get new inspiration and connecting with the environment physically and mentally.

 

Laura will be publishing a book soon on DIY Color Recipes, follow along to see when it’s released!

+  Laura Daza

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Semi Kim

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Semi Kim’s cool blues have got me thinking about the coast, the cliffs, and the sky. I’m taking a big trip this weekend, and it feels like time to escape into the wild!

+ Semi Kim
+ read a little interview at Citizens of Humanity

Monday, August 25 2014

Individual Medley

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Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

My friend Emma Roberson introduced me to Individual Medley boutique in Los Angeles a few months ago, and now they’ve just opened up an online shop! Their instagram is one of my favorites too- the style is down to earth and the adventures and hikes they get up to give me serious wanderlust.

+ shop Individual Medley
+ see Individual Medley’s instagram here
+ lookbook photos Chantal Anderson

Sunday, August 24 2014

The Creative Class : Sagmeister

WATCH: the Creative Class Sagmeister interview, via Julia Kostreva Blog

There’s a wonderful interview series over on The Creative Class.tv. Check out the interview with Sagmeister on handmade vs technology. I think we are always looking to create without losing soul or a sense of human hand. I love the bit about screenprinting, lithography… and how technology can bring incredible boredom now with all tools available to you in one place – whereas years ago we would have to change rooms or even buildings to complete a graphic project. But still, in a more positive light, things like animation, interaction, video, all this technology that is totally new make you think in a different way and drive your ideas –  ideas that wouldn’t be possible to think up years ago. Click to play the interview on their site, which is incredibly designed as well.

+ Sagmeister on thecreativeclass.tv

Saturday, August 23 2014

LA Weekend

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I surprised Willem with a trip to Los Angeles for his birthday. He didn’t know a thing about it until we got in the car with a couple of bags early in the morning. The surprise was so excellent. We drove through the dusty sun rising in the desert, spent the rest of the weekend at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. It was such a nice getaway!

+ See more on instagram

Thursday, August 21 2014

Rennes

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Rennes has such a wonderful sense of materials and an alluring taste for chunky soft leathers, speckled ceramics, and woven linen dresses and kitchen textiles… With textures and materials like this, everything feels great to the touch. My favorites are her basics – they are simple, understated and beautiful. These leather tote bags are perfect for a laptop or even the beach – I’m always looking for versatility when I’m scouting for my perfect bag. And how gorgeous are these colors?!

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Tank
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Black Mini Chateau
Duffle Bag
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Cream Leather
Pouch
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Natural Leather
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A little more about the designer…

Julia Okun, the owner and designer behind Rennes, works out of her studio in Boston, Massachusetts. When she first began during her college years, she realized she loved sewing while on a trip to the other side of the world:

“In 2006 I went on a textiles tour of Japan with my aunt, and I think that really sealed the deal for me. We went to different indigo dyeing workshops, textile markets, and museums. There was one town outside of Kyoto we visited called Ohara – it was so beautiful and surrounded by rice paddies and lodged between mountains. We did a natural dyeing workshop there – we were shown how different plants gave you different colors and how to prepare the dyes. I knew right then and there that I would pack up my bags and move there to join them, or rather that’s what I continued to say when I got home and wouldn’t shut up about how wonderful my trip to Japan was.”

The collection at Rennes ranges from her leather bags, to clothing, to homewares and ceramics. It was a natural flow, “I started throwing on the wheel about six months ago because I needed something to do that was a break from sewing.  That’s what it was at first, but people kept asking me if I was going to sell them and so eventually I caved in and thought, well why not?” — I love that! When we find new things we love and enjoy, and slowly we can build them into a bigger routine. Now she’s teaming up with some amazing talents – she’s also got some gorgeous pieces in her shop from Base Range (who made the sweatshirt that could easily become my fall staple top), Laren Manoogian, and Sylvain Le Hen. Take a look!

+ shop Rennes
+ interview at les anti modernes

Thursday, August 21 2014

AYR

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AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog
AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog

AYR sums up my style and they do it so well. Minimal, gorgeous wear-anywhere pieces that will quickly become the go-to items in my closet. Jeans, silk crepe blouses, tees, sweaters. Sometimes it is so difficult to find easy pieces, but these are simple and right on. All Year Round – I can get on with that!

+ AYR

Thursday, August 21 2014

Studio Days

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I’ve been spending some time this past year figuring out what is possible to do with my studio. I’ve had so many ideas in the back of my mind that I’ve wanted to do since college. Slowly, year by year, employment changes, work adjusts, and new projects unfold. When you work on so many projects throughout a year, you start to see what works well, what you enjoy the most, and what is feasible whether it’s scale, budget, or complexity. I love finding projects that I enjoy, and work with people who are excited and passionate as well. It’s been a blessing to meet the clients, work friends and collaborators I have shared time with since starting freelancing last year. Work has become something that I really get jazzed about! But, yes, freelancing really is a mix of ups and downs – Some projects have worked well without a bump in the road, others we’ve figured out creative solutions – yet, nothing is perfect. Sadly one of my bigger projects has been cancelled because of funding and feasibility. Freelance life has no security, and sometimes you’re juggling 10-20 projects at once. I find that scale and size of a project can be a big obstacle, so I’m adjusting to smaller stages, which has been working well! There will always be different challenges along the way, and hopefully we can always find ways to continue working on the things we love somehow. Lately I’ve been finding ways to collaborate with people I admire too.

“One’s real duty to the future is to do as you should do now. Make the best choices, do the best work, fulfill your obligations in the best way you can, and work on a scale that’s appropriately small. Make plans that are appropriately small. If you do those things, then the future will take care of itself.”  - Wendell Berry

The above photograph was taken by Alejandrina. It is so, so inspiring and amazing to see how others display their artwork at home!

+ Photo by Alejandrina Bessoberto
+ Vessel pictured is by Cathérine Lovatt

Friday, August 15 2014

Tomoko Kawao

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I’m completely enamored with these photographs of Tomoko Kawao. She paints shodo, which she performs beautifully. The recipe is simple: paper, brush, ink. She says it’s not to be taken so seriously as calligraphy or some sort of discipline of writing words on scrolls – but instead to enjoy life to it’s fullest. Her bravery and her elegance – and her commitment… it is so admirable. Once the brush is to the paper, there is no going back, and every drop, every wavy stroke is perfection.

+ See her TED performance; Photos by ANA

Friday, August 15 2014

Playlist : Poolside

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1. Harvest Moon – Poolside
2. Open – Rhye
3. Myth – Beach House
4. Toes – Glass Animals
5. Time – Jungle
6. Rich Girls – The Virgins
7. Silver Screen – Beat Connection
8. The Wire – Haim
9. Summer in the City – Summer Frye

♫ Listen:  Spotify

Took a surprise trip to Los Angeles with my guy for his birthday! Driving down from San Francisco to LA in rocky, sandy, dreamy-eyed landscapes…  I’m seeing California, and it is a dusty gold. Here’s a playlist for you guys to celebrate the heat of summer, laying by the pool, the ocean, or where ever you are!

+ photos by Jordan Sullivan

Tuesday, August 12 2014

Foraged: Brianna & Loren

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This week I’ve invited Brianna Lee Cortez and Loren Crosier to share some fresh blooms with us. On my walks lately I’ve noticed a whole new season of flowers spring up! Next time you’re out for a hike, you may take a look and be surprised with what new colors and florals you find this month. Foraging for wildflowers can be tricky: be careful of what belongs to your neighbors, and try to avoid picking anything that is endangered or guarded by the state. I’ve asked Brianna and Loren to share their picks, tips and tricks.

When ‘flower picking’ a good approach can be quite simple: consider shape, color, and texture. And always look up! In California, many trees in bloom have gorgeous shape to their branches. I’m often drawn to muted colors and especially anything blue-green. True blue is rarely seen in plant life, so that may be why it’s so attractive!

As far as vases go, it can be fun to use whatever is available and just play with various foliage until you find the vessel that suits. Even the simplest sprigs can add life and beauty to a space.

+ Photos and words by Brianna Lee Cortez and Loren Crosier

Wednesday, August 6 2014

Zack Seckler : Botswana

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These photographs of Botswana by Zack Seckler are just amazing. I’m hypnotized by his aerial photographs from above. It gives a new perspective that makes everything feel so surreal and alive and just…. magical -  from the pollen dust to the little ripples in the water to the powerful running legs of the cattle and zebras. The colors he has been able to capture, I mean, it’s just phenomenal. – - – On another, similarly wonderful, other-worldly-in-our-own-world note. I saw two really wonderful movies this week. Lucy – which spanned universes unto itself from how small we are to how amazing and full of life the world is… and Begin Again, and, as Seth Rogan said on twitter, you’re for sure going to love it “…if you like joy and laughter” – it’s probably my favorite movie of 2014 yet.  …Life. We’re always moving in chapters. One thing turns out differently than you thought it would, and yet, the winds roll through, we begin again, and open up again, and grow again. Really wonderful.

+ Photos by Zack Seckler

Friday, August 1 2014

Wit & Delight

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Last week I was invited to share a little bit over on the lovely Wit & Delight blog. Kate’s been a huge inspiration for me to grow my freelance career- I’ve been watching her evolve ever since I first saw her wedding invitation designs years ago through a favorite letterpress studio. There is a new series of posts over at Wit&Delight  featuring makers and creatives, and I am so excited she asked me to be part of it. Read a little about how I got started, some challenges as a designer, some new products in the shop, and what I’m reading right now, through clicking the link below. Also, a big thank you to everyone who submitted to our extra large art print poster giveaway, I am so excited for the positive response!

+ See the full feature and interview here on Wit&Delight.
+ Photos Jennifer Chong, Loren Crosier, Julia Kostreva.

Friday, August 1 2014

peach cobbler

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Sometimes I miss the heat of the summer in the south. So yesterday I brought a little bit of home to San Francisco and made a peach cobbler from summers growing up in South Carolina. This is an easy recipe that you can use for any fruit – blueberries, blackberries, rhubarb, apple, plums, apricots, or a mix. And it is seriously to-die-for delicious.

I don’t usually bother measuring the fruit – when I’m at the market I imagine my baking dish and then grab as much fruit as I think I’ll need to fill the bottom. When I’m home, I slice the fruit and slide it directly unto the pan and keep going until it is full. I chop the fruit in varied thicknesses – thicker for chunks you can bite into, and thinner for something that will melt in your mouth. If I don’t have enough fruit, it just ends up a slightly thinner cobbler and I use a little less crumble topping. Easy. Click through for the full recipe…

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Filling:

Your Pan: 8×8″ baking dish, or a 9″x9″ baking dish, or a 9″ pie dish. They all work great.
5-7 cups fruit, enough to fill the bottom of the pan or almost fill the pan. 5-9 peaches for example.
1/4 – to 1/2 – to 1 cup sugar, to taste. I like to use less than 1/2.
1-3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
1-3 Tablespoons cornstarch, depending on how juicy the fruit is
spices to taste (optional), like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, chopped or ground whole cloves, or a little bit from an opened chai tea or black tea bag, vanilla.

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Saturday, July 26 2014

Light & Shadow

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The light in summer is so alluring. Long, long days, and the sun invites you to play, and the afternoon shadows tempt you to siesta. In my San Francisco neighborhood, though, it’s all cold, clouds, and fog. The winds blowing in from the Bay brings in air so chilly and wet. Now I know why they call it the foggy city. Recently I took a ride with Willem across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods to visit with friends, and ah, not but a few miles away there is sun, there is light, there is warmth, there is shadow. Here’s some light and shadow from some of my favorite artists and photographers right now like Uta Barth, Nicole Franzen, Jessica Comingore, Marco Guerra.

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Saturday, July 26 2014

SS2014 Lookbook : Keep Going

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This spring-summer I’m having fun experimenting and playing with a few new products.

There are oversize black & white art poster prints now up in the shop. Perfect for your living room, bedroom, or work space. And a couple new iPhone covers to brighten things up! Both of the two paint stroke iPhone designs are created from the same original artwork – the “Garden” print (see more about how I create my designs in behind the scenes at the bottom of this post).

Photography: Julia Kostreva, Jennifer Chong  - Styling: Loren Crosier

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JULIA KOSTREVA x NEED SUPPLY

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I had the great pleasure this spring collaborating with Need Supply on some exclusive products. Inspired by sea, wind, water, pools, summer travels, and for me, definitely inspired by California. This collection was made specially for the Need Supply shop based on their seasonal direction. I’ve collaborated with them in the past, but this time was truly special and a very inspiring design process!

Product art direction: Krystle Kemp, Need Supply –   Design: Julia Kostreva

Photography art direction, photography: Julia Kostreva  - Styling: Loren Crosier

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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From paint – to artwork – to design

Here are some photos around my workspace and showing a little of my process. A lot of my pattern designs are created by hand through painting with sumi ink. Then I scan the artwork into the computer and go through a design phase where I construct the artwork into a pattern, bring in colors, make repeats. Everything starts black and white, and eventually turns into something colorful.

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Monday, July 21 2014

Sophie Tajan

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Curious and feminine elegance coming from Sophie Tajan. She’s using grays in a way that are anything but faded, I love the things she contrasts. It’s like a matte silver. Subtle, beautiful.

+ Sophie Tajan

Sunday, July 20 2014