Category: Artisans

Soft Steps & Solid Heart at Rhoby’s Ranch

Written by Marie Hoff & Photographed by Paige Green “I keep getting interested. There keeps being more to learn, so I get more interested, and learn more, and the more I learn, the more I keep getting interested,” muses Rhoby Cook of Rhoby’s Ranch. Surrounded by oak and conifer trees, tucked in a valley of […]

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Weaving as a Way of Life at Oakland Fiber

Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss By the time Sheng Lor was old enough to go to school, she already knew how to embroider. Born into the Hmong culture of Laos, the Oakland Fiber founder grew up within a culture that sees sewing, indigo batik and dying, and the intricacy of embroidery as highly […]

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A Family History in Hats

Carol Frechette

Written by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss and Carol Frechette; Photography by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss, Lowell Downey and Paige Green Photo by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss In the early 1980s, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the small water-flanked town of Sausalito, lived Carol Frechette. There she lived and worked on boats, working with a sailmaker. Eventually […]

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Tallow: Summer Solace’s Food for the Skin

Summer Solace Tallow products

Written by Sasha Wirth & Photographed by Paige Green On a busy street in North Oakland, nestled beside an old-school barbershop and a deli selling everything from donuts to Chinese food, stands a green converted storefront. At first glance, it appears to be just another commercial space, perhaps even a warehouse. But past the metal […]

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