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Yellow Owl Workshop + Lovemade DIY Gift Wrap Workshop at Rare Device


On Saturday, December 13 Rare Device is thrilled to host two fantastic local brands in collaboration for a DIY gift wrap workshop at Rare Device Noe Valley that's certain to appeal to the entire family. Yellow Owl Workshop and Lovemade will be helping participants create their own custom-stamped gift wrap (including Furoshiki-style cloth gift wrap) and gift tags. Christine Schmidt, the founder and creative force behind Yellow Owl, will be running the workshop, which is perfect for kids as well as design-minded parents. This year, give your gifts in the most unique and inspired wrapping possible--the kind you made yourself! For more details and to register in advance for the event, go here


Lovemade is an events series that celebrates the special intersection between what adults love and what kids love. Lovemade was created by Jeanne Chan and Janette Crawford, creative entrepreneurs and kindred spirits in San Francisco, California. The events the Lovemade creates are all about involving and benefitting children while also being of interest to parents. In Jeanne and Janette's words: "We love exposing our kids to all that we love, from good style to good food."

Yellow Owl Workshop is a longtime Rare Device staple and favorite. Founded in 2007 by Christine Schmidt, Yellow Owl focuses on bold colors, an original, handmade aesthetic, attention to detail, and ecologically responsible materials. The brand has grown and Schmidt and her team of hardworking ladies run a buzzing studio in the Mission. Check out Yellow Owl's Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Rare Device's Divisadero shop, up until January 5. 

For questions about this event, please call 415-374-7412 or email To register for this event, please visit this page. We look forward to seeing you!

Images Courtesy Yellow Owl Workshop

Mr. Dog's Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn Comes to Life at Rare Device


On December 6, join us at Rare Device Noe Valley at 11am for a special children's book reading and signing event with Betsy Cordes and Adam McCauley to celebrate their bookMr. Dog’s Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn. 


Betsy Cordes is bringing history back to life with Mr. Dog’s Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn, a story originally authored by Albert Bigelow Paine in 1898 and passed down through Cordes’ family over generations. Cordes and San Francisco illustrator Adam McCauley have recently republished this out-of-print story. The book tells the story of mischievous, kind-hearted Mr. Dog and his friends at the Hollow Tree Inn as they navigate Christmastime stories and traditions together. McCauley illustrated the book in crow quill pen and ink, a demanding technique that produces stunning, detailed pictures and allows the reader to fall into the world of Mr. Dog and his friends. This illustration style evokes the Victorian origins of the story yet feels modern and fresh. 



Top photos show the original Mr. Dog book with illustrations; bottom row shows Cordes' and McCauley's republished version.


At the reading, Betsy will discuss the history of Mr. Dog and her father will read the story that the family has loved for so long. Illustrator Adam McCauley will be signing books as well. Books are currently available for purchase at Rare Device Noe Valley and will be available at the event as well. Please contact with any questions regarding this event.

Image courtesy Betsy Cordes

Hello from Joan!


Hello! My name is spelled Joan, but you can call me Joann. I am the new Sales Associate at Rare Device. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2013 with a BA in Studio Art, with an emphasis in printmaking and textiles. I use my own photographs in a lot of my work. My artwork captures the fragility of places, memories, and personal moments. I am especially interested in finding and exploring beauty in the ordinary.

Lately, I’ve been really into urban sketching. I love taking my lunch break in Alamo Square Park to admire the view and sketch when I have time. 

I very much enjoy working here at Rare Device. I am surrounded by awesome people and in a short amount of time, I’ve learned so much about an independent business, local artists, and most of all, unique and beautiful products. Here are some of my favorites:

Meanwhile in San Francisco - The City in its Own Words by Wendy MacNaughton

Graphite Shell by AS Batle

Anything letterpress! Like this San Francisco Letterpress Print by Archie’s Press


Images courtesy of Joan Karissa Gallego

Derek Macario

Yellow Owl Workshop Pop-Up at Rare Device


For the second year in a row, Rare Device is happy to host local favorites Yellow Owl Workshop in our Divisadero gallery space for a two-month long pop-up shop. Founded by designer Christine Schmidt, Yellow Owl focuses on original design, bold colors, and ecologically sound materials. The entire diverse range of Yellow Owl products will be available at the pop-up, including letterpress cards, stamp kits, gift tags, notebooks, jewelry, stencils, and more. 

Yellow Owl will transform the gallery space with their signature bright colors and whimsical design. In addition to their usual products, they will have special holiday products, like holiday-themed Carve-a-Stamp kits which are certain to entertain even the antsiest of kids at your holiday party this year. Pick up a copy of Schmidt's books, Print Workshop and Little Prints, both full of inspired--and totally doable--DIY ideas to spruce up your holidays. 

The Yellow Owl Workshop pop-up will be in the Rare Device Divisadero gallery space from November 5, 2014 to January 5, 2015. 

Photos courtesy Christine Schmidt at Yellow Owl Workshop

Rare Device + LoveLocalSF


Rare Device is excited to participate in LoveLocalSF this year! Wondering what LoveLocalSF is? It's a city-wide celebration of all the things that make our city so unique. On November 5, businesses across the city will be showing their SF pride through art, music, events, promotions and by displaying SF's signature color, red! Check out a map of all events here

Come by Rare Device Divisadero on November 5 for a draw-a-thon to help us create a community art piece that we can display and keep for years to come. We'll set up a place for anyone to stop in and draw or write according to the theme, "What does San Francisco mean to you?" Come doodle, draw, design, write--anything! The finished product will hang in our store window and will be a part of Rare Device and San Francisco history for years to come.