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Yellow Owl Workshop Holiday Pop-Up and Reception


Rare Device is very excited to host Yellow Owl Workshop for a two-month pop-up during the holiday season at our Divisadero location for the third year in a row! Yellow Owl Workshop founder, Christine Schmidt, and her team are going to transform our gallery space to carry their extensive collection of playful art kits, stamps, jewelry, stationery and prints along with all-new holiday products. If you’ve ever caught them at the shop the past two years, you know their pop-up is a great source of creative and colorful gifts for your loved ones!

The opening reception will also coincide with the upcoming Divisadero Art Walk on Thursday, November 12th from 6-9pm. Christine will be conducting free stamping activities, spotlighting Yellow Owl’s new series of stamps and neon chroma ink pads to get you ready for the holiday season. It will be an all-around exciting night on Divisadero Street with the rest of our neighbors, so be sure to stop by!

The Yellow Owl Workshop Pop-Up will be in the Rare Device gallery space at 600 Divisadero Street from November 9, 2015 through Jan 5, 2016.

Belle Calligraphy Kit Launch Party with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls


Please join us for an artist reception celebrating the release of the Belle Calligraphy Kit by artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls and Chronicle Books. Maybelle will be at our Divisadero store at 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco on Saturday, October 17th, from 2-4pm. She will be doing in-store demonstrations and will be creating personalized tags to tie on to your kit, have one written for yourself or one for each of your friends. A personalized tag will surely delight the recipient of a Belle Calligraphy Kit. Come hang out, witness some elegant hand-lettering in action, and celebrate with us! Refreshments will be provided.

About the Kit:
The covetable look of calligraphy is now well within reach for even the most novice practitioner. This ready-to-go-gift box tied up with string— includes all the materials and technical guidance needed to learn calligraphy in a modern style which embraces the beauty of each person’’s unique penmanship. Illustrated project ideas show that script, easy as it is, makes everything irresistible.

About the Artist:
Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls is an artist, calligrapher, and designer from Hawaii, who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and works worldwide. She finds beauty in imperfection and draws her inspiration from 19th century Botanical engravings, alphabet specimens and hand painted signs.

She is best known for her distinct calligraphy style that can be found in numerous magazines including Sunset, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Brides, and on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings. 
Blogs that have featured her work include Besotted, Brooklyn Bride, Design Sponge, Oh Happy Day, Snippet & Ink, Sunday Suppers and Style Me Pretty. She has created work for many festive occasions including celebrity weddings. Belle Calligraphy is the first book that she has written and illustrated.

Maybelle teaches workshops in the following cities: Boston, Honolulu, Los Angeles Melbourne, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

All images provided by the artist.

Hwy 5 Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception


We are pleased to announce that our October gallery exhibition will be showcasing the recent work of long-time Rare Device artist, Jen Hewett. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 2, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero Store at 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Refreshments will be served. The show will be up from October 2 - 31, 2015.

Artist Statement:
Since moving to San Francisco from Los Angeles 20+ years ago, I’ve driven the stretch of Hwy 5 between LA and the Bay Area dozens of times. While others may find this trip, mostly on flat land through the industrial farmland of the Central Valley, boring, I find it a respite from my everyday life of phone calls and emails and social media. This body of work, textile collages made with my hand-printed fabric, is not meant to be a literal representation of any one place on Hwy 5, but a figurative depiction of a journey, and of the meditative quality of a well-loved (and oft-repeated) road trip.

About the Artist:
Jen Hewett is a self-taught printmaker and surface designer. Working out of her tiny (54 sq. ft.) studio in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood, she creates work that combines the flatness of printmaking and the texture of textiles, and which is inspired by the diversity of California’s landscapes. 

When she’s not in her studio, she can be found riding San Francisco’s less-hilly streets on her bright pink bike, walking her energetic little dog Gus, teaching block printing classes to adults, or drinking a glass of sauvignon blanc at her local wine bar.

All photos provided by the artist.

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 on Friday, September 18 from 6-9pm at our Divisadero shop (600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco). Swing by, say hello, and celebrate with us! Food and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there! RSVP here

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 www.lisacongdon.com.

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.