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


"A" is for Art Show Opening Reception and Launch Party


We had such a great time at our opening reception for "A" is for Art Show last Friday at Rare Device Divisadero. Thank you all for coming out to support this month's talented artist, Nigel Sussman! His work will be up in our gallery until August 5, 2015. View all pieces here.

Nigel's Kickstarter campaign is also currently underway with the goal of self-publishing a complete art book full of his complex seek-and-find illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, in a hand-drawn isometric style. Please support him here as he strives for his goal of $8,000 by Sunday, August 9 -- he's got a ton of awesome prizes!

All photos by Derek Macario.

"A" is for Art Show by Nigel Sussman


We are so excited to announce July's gallery exhibition at Rare Device by artist Nigel Sussman. Running from July 8 to August 5, 2015  this special show of isometric line drawings will feature a sneak-peek of brand new art from Nigel's upcoming illustrated alphabet book: Alphabet Compendium, an Illustrated A-Z of Objects. The book will officially launch its Kickstarter campaign for self-publishing on the day of the opening. Visit to learn more about the book and please join us for the show's opening on Friday, July 10 from 6-9pm at Rare Device Divisadero (600 Divisadero Street).

RSVP to the opening here.

About Nigel:
Nigel draws a lot. When he is not drawing complex isometric creations, Nigel enjoys eating good food, cooking, playing and listening to music, building things, exploring, and urban hiking. He grew up in Maryland, but drove to California to pursue an illustration BA from California College of the Arts and never looked back. His current work is intricate and whimsical and reflects his passion for food, animals, and the complexity of elaborate machines and urban environments. Typical mediums are micron pens on paper, acrylic paints on canvas, house paint on walls, or digitally with a tablet. Nigel has done illustrations for magazines and editorial, posters, t-shirts, and other commissions for clients all over the world. One of his favorite types of projects is to make a custom illustration big, and paint it as a mural, which he has done for many corporate clients, startups, restaurants, or just for fun. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California with his wife, Yasemin, and cat, Fidel.

All images provided by Nigel Sussman.

Yellow Owl Workshop + Lovemade DIY Gift Wrap Workshop


On Saturday, December 13 from 10:30am to noon, 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

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