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Fortune Favors the Brave Launch Party and Book Signing


We are extremely proud to host the San Francisco launch party of Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations by artist, illustrator, author, and Rare Device co-founder, Lisa Congdon! Lisa will be signing books from 6-9pm at our Divisadero shop (600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco) on Friday, September 18th, so please swing by, say hello, and celebrate with us! Food and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

About the book:
A treasure trove of inspiring quotations in the tradition of the bestselling Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this new volume from beloved author and artist Lisa Congdon gathers rousing wisdom from history's great minds on how to be bold, stay strong, and take courage. Congdon lends her signature style of brilliant hand lettering to sage advice on such subjects as perseverance ("If you fell down yesterday, stand up today"--H.G. Wells), authenticity ("What should I be but just what I am?"--Edna St. Vincent Millay), and confronting fear ("Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"--James Baldwin). Filled with uplifting reminders to seize the day, Fortune Favors the Brave demonstrates that when embarking on a new adventure, the right words of encouragement can be a priceless gift.

About the artist:
Portland, Oregon-based fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world, exhibits her work in galleries around the country, and is the author of several books, including Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. She keeps a daily blog about her life, work, and inspirations called Today is Going to be Awesome. You can see more of her work at

Mis-Armed and Ready Opening Reception


Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the opening of Mis-Armed and Ready last Friday! We had a fun time at the shop as friends and visitors supported the work of young artist and SF native, Noa Batle.

Noa’s collection of manipulated toy soldiers recognizes a humanness that is often overlooked, and acknowledges “the battle that soldiers fight off the battlefield”. If you missed the reception, don’t fret - Mis-Armed and Ready will be up at our Divisadero shop until September 1. You can also view all pieces here.

All photos taken by Derek Macario.

Field Studies Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception


We are excited to announce that September's gallery exhibition will be a collaboration by SF-based artists Brandon and Kat De Jong. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 4th from 6pm-9pm at Rare Device Divisadero, 600 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94117.

We'd love to see you! Complimentary refreshments will be served. Show will be up from September 4 - 30, 2015.


About Field Studies:
Field Studies is a collaboration between Brandon and Kat De Jong. Though they work in two different mediums, photography and watercolor, both are inspired by the California coast. The two can be found traveling up and down Highway 1 with Brandon’s Hasselblad camera and Kat’s travel paint set.

About the Artists:
Brandon has had an interest in photography since childhood. As a graphic designer, he finds photography to be an outlet for his creative impulses. He strives to find beauty and drama in even the ordinary aspects of the world around, and enjoys the slow, deliberate process -- and the technical challenge -- of film and darkroom-based photography. 

 is a pediatrician by day and painter by night. She has always loved art, but only discovered painting recently, finding it to be both meditative and exciting. She paints with watercolor and loves the challenge in its unpredictability, as well as its translucency and the vibrance it can convey. Having spent most of her life in California, she is influenced by the ocean and stunning landscapes around her.

Currently, Brandon and Kat live in San Francisco, California with their two boys. They have a pup named Olive.

All photos provided by the artists.

Nepal Fundraiser Project featuring 3 Fish Studios, Courtney Cerruti, and Yellow Owl Workshop


In light of the disastrous earthquake in Nepal this past April, three San Francisco-based artists/studios--Yellow Owl Workshop, Courtney Cerruti and 3 Fish Studios, in association with Rare Device, have come together to host and conduct a series of workshops to help contribute funds to the people of Nepal. Eric Rewitzer of 3 Fish Studios, will also be selling a linocut print that he made specifically for the occasion. All of this will be taking place at 3 Fish Studio’s fantastic space in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, throughout the day on Sunday, August 30th.

More info on each workshop and links to purchase tickets to participate are below. All materials are included in the ticket prices for each workshop, and all the proceeds from the day will be going to Shikshya Foundation Nepal, whose mission, along with contributing toward immediate disaster relief, is to provide the best possible education to Nepal’s underprivileged youth. More information on the SFN and their work in Nepal here.

This event also has particular meaning to us at Rare Device - our very own, Phurba Gyalzen, was born and raised in the Himalayas. When we heard news of the earthquake in April, we were very concerned for the well-being of our loved ones and of the people of Nepal. We learned that Phurba's grandmother who lives in a remote village lost her home to the earthquake. Countless other Nepali lost their homes and loved ones, while aftershocks continued to rattle this small, poor nation for days. Nepal is no longer in the news on a daily basis, but the road to recovery is long. 

We are sending our heartfelt thanks to Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop, Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin of 3 Fish Studios and Courtney Cerruti for donating their time and talent to this cause.

So please join us, get creative, and give to a great cause! Very limited space, so sign up quick and tell your friends!



Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: $75, including materials.
Maximum: 10 people
Purchase tickets here.

Learn image transfer techniques for paper arts, collage, fiber arts, and more. Students will receive instruction in the best methods for combining, transferring, and layering found and created imagery and text in their work. Cerruti will demonstrate solvent and acrylic transferring methods, as well as techniques for creating transparent layers. Gain experience in different approaches that use inexpensive materials and go home with a wealth of knowledge and a pack of samples made in class! The Image Transfers course is great for beginners and seasoned artists who would like to add more dimension and depth to their work.

About Courtney:
Maker extraordinaire, Courtney, is the author of Playing with Image Transfers, Washi Tape 101, and Playing With Surface Design published by Quarry Books. Courtney teaches workshops all over the country and online at Her work has been featured on Oh Happy Day, Design Sponge, the SF Chronicle, Instagram and BuzzFeed. She makes something everyday and can be found on instagram as @ccerruti.


Time: 2-5pm
Cost: $95, including materials
Maximum: 12 max
Purchase tickets here.

In this workshop you will learn how to design, carve and print custom stamps on paper and fabric. We will get down with compositions, pattern repeats and other printing possibilities. Open to all skill levels, everyone will leave with fresh printed goods, solid knowledge about turning ideas into stamps and a compulsion to print every names surface! All necessary materials will be donated by Yellow Owl Workshop so 100% of the profits go to this very worthy cause. Feel free to bring any extra blank natural fabric (such as rayon, cotton or linen) or paper items for printing!

About Christine:
Christine Schmidt's art career began in primary school when she won a bike at the local grocer's coloring contest. This bike was red and had ten whole speeds! After a youth spent on the plains of Kansas City and art school in Washington D.C., she and her loverboy, Evan, moved west to a little place perched atop windy Bernal Hill in San Francisco. Fueled by too much black tea and public radio shows, she spent nights creating hand-printed cards and gifts. Seeking out local suppliers and working with fine, momma-earth loving materials, she began honing her line of wares. In 2007, after steeling her nerves, Christine took a box of her goods to some local stores, they placed orders and Yellow Owl Workshop was born.


It's going to be a full day, so please join us! Can't participate but still want to give? You can donate directly to the Shikshya Foundation Nepal here.

Flamingo Summer Window at our Divisadero Store


Hello, hello! This is Lexi (aka the lady always in the widow if you walk by the store often!) Technically we're in the final stretch of summer but it's San Francisco which means our sunshine time is just getting started! This past week has been especially hot in SF so I think it's perfect timing for this summer window post.

Last year was the first time I made a summer window for Rare Device. I made an assortment of Cactus Pinatas for the Noe Valley store (most of which now have forever-homes with a few very sweet customers!) This summer, I made two 5 ft tall flamingos as well as a few palm leaves for accents for our Divisadero store. I can't remember exactly what inspired the Flamingo theme, it's definitely an image that's seen fairly often, but I had a great time interpreting these birds in my own style. 


I started prepping for the window by making several flamingo drawings- some that ended up being fully rendered illustrations (I totally have a flamingo print at Rare Device now!)  This makes the process so much easier for me. Translating my illustrations into 3-Dimensional installation pieces is my go-to for window prep now. I've made at least 10 window installations for Rare Device, and the ones that came from my illustrations seem to be the most successful. 

I cut out the bodies of the flamingos from foam board and mod-podged watercolor paper on top so I had a really great toothy texture to paint on. The palms were essentially made the same way. I've developed a style that heavily focuses on color gradients, white line work, and pattern detail. Painting the details is my favorite!  


I really love how this window turned out and how supportive the whole Rare Device team is with my ideas! Also, I just launched my online shop (!!!) and if you're into my window work, you should check out some of my prints. 

Happy Summer, San Francisco!


Photos by Derek Macario and Lexi Martinez