Juniper Ridge's Mobile Field Lab Comes to Noe Valley


It might not feel like it here in San Francisco, but autumn has arrived! Noe Valley is celebrating with its annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 18 from 10am-5pm. Rare Device is in the spirit too, and we're hosting longtime local favorites Juniper Ridge and their Field Lab right outside the shop during the Harvest Festival. 

Juniper Ridge is the world’s only wild fragrance company. Based in Oakland, California, the company travels to mountains and deserts throughout the West, making perfumes and colognes from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found hiking the backcountry.

Field Lab Events are events Juniper Ridge hosts or attends to distill essential oils roadside with a mobile still. They park the company's Field Lab Van and fire up a converted whiskey still to demonstrate the lost art of fragrance distillation. If you've never seen it, it's truly amazing and all of Noe Valley is going to feel just like Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, the Cascade Mountains, and other magical wild places. 

The Field Lab will be set up for the day just outside Rare Device Noe Valley on Saturday, October 18 beginning at 10am. Stop by and learn about Juniper Ridge, a local company with a great story, and see their unique process for yourself. Wander a little further down 24th Street for great food and music at the Harvest Festival as well! What better way to welcome fall? 

For more information call 415-374-7412 or email See you Saturday!


Images courtesy Juniper Ridge


Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes at Rare Device


For our October gallery show we are thrilled to present Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes photo series. Fried, a New York, NY-based designer, was interested in looking at how we relate to literature through food and undertook to recreate some of literature's most iconic meals. Her meticulously crafted photos range in their representations of literary meals, from the classic gruel scene in Oliver Twist to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Kafka's The Metamorphis. Fried has said that she spent hours hunting down the perfect fork or tablecloth in order that a scene would come together as clearly as possible.

As for her inspiration for the series, Fried says, "Reading and eating are natural companions, and they’ve got a lot in common. Reading is consumption. Eating is consumption. Both are comforting, nourishing, restorative, relaxing, and mostly enjoyable...Just as reading great novels can transport you to another time and place, meals — good and bad ones alike — can conjure scenes very far away from your kitchen table. Some of my favorite meals convey stories of origin and tradition; as a voracious reader, I devour my favorite books."

The photos are crisp, colorful, and taken from above, allowing the viewer to be transported into the experience of the meal. Many of the meals are immediately recognizable, such as Oliver Twist's watery gruel, Ishmael's candlelit chowder, and Gatsby's sumptuous Art-Deco spread, while others, like Holden Caulfield's cheese sandwich and malted from Catcher in the Rye, might require closer study, but when recognition hits it's extremely satisfying. 


From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


From The Catcher in the Rye


From The Great Gatsby

Fictitious Dishes will be up at Rare Device Divisadero from October 1 to November 2. Framed and unframed prints will be available for purchase in-store and online, along with copies of Fried's book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

#Summer Exhibition Reception


This September our gallery exhibition #Summer was inspired by one of our favorite seasons, filled with travel, sun, and stunning views. #Summer showcased the photography of local artists via their Instagram photos, each chosen to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of summer. Local designer and Rare Device's own Kehau Lyons curated the show, comprising of Bay Area artists and photographers Chelsea Dyer, Ike Edeani, Ana Kamin, Chelsea R Wong, Isla Bell, Irene Kim, and Kehau Lyons herself. The photos spawned diverse landscapes, from Kenya to Hong Kong to Hawaii to Trouble Coffee in the Bayview. We held our reception for the show on September 6; below are a few photos from the super-fun night! 

From left: Ana Kamin, Kehau Lyons, Isla Bell and Chelsey Dyer

Photos by Derek Macario.



A Look Back at Sea Salt by Aleksandra Zee


We just celebrated the opening of our Instagram photo show #Summer (up through the end of September) but we wanted to take a look back at our August artist Aleksandra Zee and her incredible wood works in her show Sea Salt. We enjoyed having having her work in our gallery for the past month. Below, check out a mix of photos from the opening reception as well as the installation of Aleksandra's show. 


Giselle + Bodhi, Rachel Robertson, Aleksandra, and Antrom during reception night.




Aleksandra with her work after installing.


Photos by Derek Macario.

Rare Device Annual Staff Retreat with 3 Fish Studios


Earlier last month the Rare Device team closed our shops for the day for our Annual Staff Retreat. We had the pleasure of spending the day with Annie and Eric, the painter and printmaker wife and husband team of 3 Fish Studios, at their Outer Sunset studio and retail space. Rare Device has been carrying their work for years; 3 Fish is now a staple at both Rare Device locations. 3 Fish Studios also participated in our California Printed group show back in January of this year.

It was the first time for many of us at 3 Fish Studios' storefront. We fell in love with their work all over again. Everywhere we looked there was something special: art on almost every inch of the walls, prints of all sizes displayed, print drying racks, and a gigantic printing press in the center of the front room. 

 The backyard is a gem with a large reclaimed wooden table and strung lights overhead, it is a great place to lounge.

 Rooney even found himself quite comfortable.

We were in for a treat as Eric led us in a linocut workshop. We gathered over coffee and pastries from Devil's Teeth Baking Company and Eric told us about the history of their studio and how they decided to quit their day jobs and work full time on their art practice. For many of us with art school backgrounds, they are living the dream.

Eric showed us one of his massive Godzilla linocuts. 

Eric walked us through the linocut process and explained the basics of this printing method that he's made his bread and butter. We all brought images to work on, illustrations and photos that Eric scanned up to workable size. Then we had to trace our images and transfer the outlines to the surface of the plate.

Kehau's cats in progress.

Then the real labor kicked in as we began to carve out the image shapes. Some of us worked with minimal detailing but ambitious nonetheless with how we wanted our images to turn out.

My summer inspired illustrations in progress.

After a few hours of carving, we all came together for a lunch break. We walked a block over to Outerlands, which was also a first for some us. Their newly expanded and renovated space was something we've been looking forward to this year.

Crew ready to dig in.

We had our eyes on their grilled cheese, cubano, and egg and bacon sandwiches and tried the ginger brew and bitter lemon sodas.

Back in the studio I got to see some of Annie's work in progress. She is working on a full series of US states with her beloved bear motif and the respective states' flowers. The second floor serves as Annie's painting studio and storage for their extra canvases and materials.

A few of us finished carving, then the magic started happening when we rolled ink over our plates and put them through the presses. We were excited to see our art come to life as we selected some color paper to give our images some pop and began to pump out prints.

Logan's print of sea urchin flowers.

Eric going over using the large press.

The 3 Fish press is nearly as tall as Steph.

And what's a studio without a keg with a custom tap?

 The printing vibes were flowing as we all got our plates carved and got to see each others prints come out. We all had a blast printing together. We got the printing bug that day and got to take our prints home.

Lexi's fresh lady print.

One of Kehau's final prints.

We would like to thank Annie, Eric and Orly of 3 Fish Studios for having us for the day.

It was also the last day with our summer intern Logan. From all of us at Rare Device, thank you, Logan for all your work the past few months and we wish you the best on the upcoming school year.


- Derek Macario