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June Gallery exhibition: Food Faces by Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall, Howard Cao, Day Dreamers Limited


Sean Chickenbrow by Day Dreamers Limited

Rare Device is pleased to announce our June 2016 gallery exhibition Food Faces. Food Faces is the debut of Day Dreamers Limited, the combined forces of Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock of KeFe Inc. and Howard Cao of Form & Fiction. Food Faces is an art cookbook. With every lip-smacking turn of the page, meals and snacks become a blast for any kid age 0 to 100. Food Faces launches at Rare Device, accompanied by food-filled art and photography.

Born of a father’s necessity, loved on Instagram, and now published as equal parts art and cookbook, Food Faces is a colorful collection of “how-to” food art meant to inspire parents, grandparents, guardians, babysitters, uncles and aunts who want to make mealtime a fun and entertaining experience. Through artist Ferris Plock’s process, the simple act of making and eating a meal becomes a uniquely different ritual.

About the Author: Ferris Plock is an artist from San Francisco. He works primarily with his wife, Kelly Tunstall (Plock’s partner in the artistic duo KeFe, Inc). He is the proud Poppa of two outstanding, redheaded monsters. Plock brings a dedicated focus to his work paired with a wild sense of originality and playful narrative. Inanimate objects come alive through acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, India ink, gold and silver leaf, collage, and now, food. Plock has thoroughly explored the foodscape in previous exhibitions: Edible Complex with San Francisco’s FFDG (2013), Personal Pizza Party at One Grand Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2015), and You Are What You Eat, in Tokyo, Japan hosted by See You Soon (2016). Drawing from this global enthusiasm, Plock brings his love for food and character-based artwork to an edible conclusion with this first book, Food Faces.

About Day Dreamers Limited: Day Dreamers Limited is a partnership committed to the belief that our dreams don’t need to be separated from our day job. Founded by Kelly Tunstall, Ferris Plock and Howard Cao, and powered by sister company, Form & Fiction, Day Dreamers Limited creates products inspired by artistic curiosity. Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock have been creating exhibitions and projects for nine years through their wife and husband collaboration, KeFe Inc. Their work together has included national and international art exhibitions, animations, installations, 3D design, and curation. Howard Cao is the founder of Form & Fiction, a creative venture that applies its heritage of diverse capabilities to create & capture & model & test & plan & produce better ideas. Being longtime friends and collaborators, Day Dreamers Limited came about naturally, as an official outlet to explore art and commerce beyond the confines of traditional galleries. Within this newly formed collective, Kelly, Ferris, and Howard continue to develop an array of interactive and conceptual projects.

Food Faces is on view at Rare Device from Friday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Rare Device invites all to join in a celebration of Food Faces and Day Dreamers Limited on Friday, June 3, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). Food and drinks will be provided by Bar Crudo and Rye on the Road. This reception is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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Hi friends! We are looking for a resourceful, enthusiastic, warm and organized individual to join our amazing floor team.

This person will be the face of Rare Device and will be representing our brand -- they will ensure that our customers feel cared for and they will find answers to questions about the products that we sell and the people who make them. They will also ensure that the stores are clean, well organized and well stocked. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we can't wait to hear from you! The job description and application instruction can be found in our jobs page. Talk soon!

- Giselle and the Rare Device team


Tiffanie Turner at the de Young Museum


This past weekend, I had the pleasure of once again seeing Tiffanie Turner's beautiful giant flowers in person. She is the current Artist-In-Residence at the de Young's Kimball Gallery, she'll be there through May 30.

Strawflower I


Tiffanie's flowers are meticulously made works of art and if you have a chance to see it in person, please do as photos don't do them any justice. If you ever want to see the left brain and right brain work together and produce stunning work, this is it. 

Tiffanie showed her flowers for the first time ever, at our gallery in May of 2014 and it is one of our most photographed shows ever. It was great to see how her work has evolved in the last 2 years. I'm so proud of you, Tiffanie! 

AERIAL and Zelma Rose Launch


Rare Device is delighted to present artist Lisa Anderson Shaffer's first solo exhibition of artwork in fifteen years. The West Marin-based artist received a degree in fine art from SFAI, focused mainly on her fiber art jewelry line Zelma Rose in past years, and just recently rediscovered her interest in sculpture and installation work. AERIAL is on view at Rare Device (600 Divisadero Street) through through May 31.

Come check out the installation, featured alongside the newest Zelma Rose collection, "Coast," in which new styles are named after various Bay Area beaches such as Stinson, Bolinas, and Rodeo. You can shop the necklaces online here

All photos by Dave Medal 

May Gallery Exhibition: Lisa Anderson Shaffer "AERIAL"


Rare Device is pleased to announce our May 2016 gallery exhibition AERIAL, featuring new work by artist and jewelry designer Lisa Anderson Shaffer.

AERIAL explores the ever-changing and temporary truth of nature. Each piece in the series begins with actual aerial photographs of the West Marin County coastline the artist calls home. Anderson abstracts and renders each location as a three-dimensional fiber artwork formed by crochet, nautical knots, and embroidery. Each intricate piece incorporates delicate details, but color and recognizable shapes have been removed. Anderson’s sculptures depict small areas of ocean depth, erosion, and shoreline that take on their own beauty, isolated and abstracted from their original context. AERIAL captures a coastline frozen in time, even as the original location may have changed or even forever disappeared before the artist has even completed each fiber piece.

Anderson’s fascination with the ever-changing flux of nature began when she moved to West Marin nearly 3 years ago. Surrounded by sweeping views of the nearby mountains while confronted with intimate details of a single leaf raised Anderson’s curiosity and heightened her sensitivity to viewing both perspectives simultaneously. AERIAL is an invitation to experience both the faraway and intimate details of nature all at once: “To not only see the coastline, but also each grain of sand, all at the same time,” says Anderson. “The same location at the same time on the next day will be completely different. Forever temporary.”

Lisa Anderson Shaffer is best known for fine art fiber installations and her collection of modern fiber jewelry designs, Zelma Rose, named for Anderson’s grandmother Zelma, who first taught a 9-year-old Lisa to cross-stitch. With an intergenerational collection of Anderson family needlework as inspiration, Lisa has been creating her own modern needlework for the past 15 years. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MS from San Francisco State University. She is a 3-time California Arts Council Artist in Residence Recipient, along with an Academy of Handmade Awardee for Best Artist in Needlework. Lisa Anderson Shaffer currently resides and works in the mountains of West Marin County, California.

Lisa Anderson Shaffer's AERIAL is on view at Rare Device from Friday, May 6 to Tuesday, May 31. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, May 6, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Detail of Lisa Anderson Shaffer's AERIAL

Lisa Anderson Shaffer in her studio, photographed by Tory Putnam

Lisa Anderson Shaffer in her studio, photographed by Tory Putnam