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


Troy Litten Puzzle Signing at Rare Device


On September 13 from 3-6pm Rare Device is hosting an exciting puzzle signing event with local artist Troy Litten, who just released his Transit Graphics Puzzle.

Image courtesy Troy Litten

Troy Litten is a designer and photographer fueled by an appreciation for and fascination with all forms of visual culture, communication, and expression. Troy collects, curates, and comments on the world he observes and experiences – from strolls down the block to adventures around the globe. Troy is the creator of the award-winning Wanderlust series of books, journals, postcards, and notecards published by Chronicle Books since 2002 and is presently at work on more travel-inspired publications, products, and exhibitions. His first puzzle, “Transit Graphics 1000 Piece Puzzle” was recently published by Galison. Although he’s most at home on the road, Troy lives in San Francisco and has just returned from a trip to Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, and Estonia. 

At the puzzle signing, you will have the opportunity to purchase the Transit Graphics puzzle, as well as many products from Litten's well-known Wanderlust series, including some titles that are currently out of print. Litten will also have high-quality transit prints for sale, and guests will have the chance to collaborate on the 1000 piece puzzle at the event. 

For more information about the event, please visit us on Facebook or email us at at info@raredevice.net.

An Afternoon With Courtney Cerruti


Courtney Cerruti stopped by Rare Device last month to talk about her newest book, Washi Tape: 101 + Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! She signed books and did some crafting with the happy guests of all ages. Pick up her book and stretch your imagination about what's possible with tape and paper!

Photos by Derek Macario

For the Cat Lover


I've recently adopted two cats, Darcy and Fanny Mae. They've brought so much happiness to my life (and a few scratches, too!). I'm proud to call myself a cat lady. Here are some fun picks for the cat lovers in your life!

1. Cat Love Pendant by Yellow Owl Workshop ($44), 2. Little Otsu Cards by Gemma Correll and Jo Dery ($3 each), 3. You're Purrfect Like A Cat Birthday Card by The Great Lakes Goods ($4.50), 4. Cat Mugtail by Kinto ($17), 5. Cat Patterned Reusable Bag by Baggu ($9), 6. Kittens & Yarn Romper by Winter Water Factory ($38).
All picks available in-store at 600 Divisadero Street!

Valentine's Trunk Show with Existential Crisis Club + Tarot Card Reading with Madame Rhea


We are so excited to host two very charming and talented ladies, Lisa of Zelma Rose and Molly of Rabbit Foot Fern! They will be presenting their gorgeous goods at Rare Device on February 8th & 9th from 12-5pm. Please join us all for cross-stitch, stationery and good times.

 We will also have Madame Rhea on both days to do love and life tarot card readings! She'll be here both Saturday and Sunday from 12-3pm. Make sure to stop by!

Existential Crisis Club, the new collaboration between Zelma Rose and Rabbit Foot Fern.


All of Zelma Rose goods are handcrafted in their Northern California studio in limited editions using the highest quality new and vintage materials. Zelma Rose was established in 2010 by designer Lisa Anderson Shaffer and inspired by the age old Anderson Family tradition of skilled American hand craftsmanship.


Lisa's adorable heart cross stitched necklace is available in many lovely colors.

Rabbit Foot Fern's Molly has a true passion for fashion, design, paper, and anything within the umbrella of cute.



Joining forces last winter for Renegade Craft in SF, Lisa and Molly are again bringing out their best for us at Rare Device. Don't forget to stop by and check out their lovely selection of handmade goods! 


- Kehau


Photographs courtesy of Lisa Anderson Shaffer and Molly Covert-Rutledge. Thanks gals!