Alumni News

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

After he was diagnosed with cancer at age 14, he was homeschooled by his mother and spent hours drawing, painting and doing ceramics. After completing a bachelor's in fine arts at California College of the Arts he left for Hawaii to build his first tree house, using hand tools and material found on the beaches and forests. When he came back to San Francisco to do a show of his paintings at Needles & Pens store, he made another tree house using recycled urban stuff and lived there for a month.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review 2.1 and 2.2
CreateSpace, 2014
Paperback and online, $11.95
Issue 2.1 print / online
Issue 2.2 print
/ online

Star 82 Review is an art and literature magazine founded and edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden. Out now: issues 2.1 and 2.2!

“We’ve got color in the spring for issue 2.1, featuring a new poem by the wonderful Joanne Kyger,  photos by Mary Daniel Hobson that look like tattoos, but aren’t, and graffiti photos and stories and poems that revolve around individuality. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with contradictions and alternate identities.”

Issue 2.1 features CCA alumnus Jønathan Lyons (MFA Writing 2005), who has created an erasure text from two pages of Frankenstein. 

Of issue 2.2, Golden says: “Like rivers, rocks, and beaches, the pieces in the summer issue 2.2 are about surviving, but also show how we take care of one another, how we often judge too quickly, how we discover compassion and hope: this is an eclectic, colorful mix of writing and art, from poems assembled from gravestones to portraits on toast.”

Issue 2.2 features CCA alumna Bonnie S. Kaplan (MFA 1991).

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

500 Figures in Clay
Lark Crafts, 2014
Paperback, 420 pages, $27.95

The second volume of 500 Figures in Clay features seven CCA alumni. Congratulations to Shalene Valenzuela (MFA 1997), Nuala Creed (Ceramics 1999), Derek Weisberg (Ceramics 2005), Crystal Morey (Ceramics 2006), Joe Kowalczyk (Individualized Major 2006), Yeon Joo Lee (Ceramics 2012), and Victoria Jang (MFA 2014). The book features works by new and emerging ceramicists who chronicle the ongoing exploration of the human form. Amazon says: “From rustic creations to postmodern designs, from realistic to abstract, these pieces embody the diversity, imagination, and excellence of today's finest ceramic art.”

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Lost Children of the Far Islands
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2014
Hardcover, 288 pages, $16.99

This book by alumna Emily Raabe (MFA Writing 2003) tells the story of twins Gustavia and Leomaris, who are utterly surprised one day when their mother becomes mysteriously ill . . . because she's not really human. She's a Folk, one of a group of people who can turn into animals. Gus and Leo are about to turn 11, the age at which the Folk begin to Turn, and they start to notice peculiar things happening to them, like being able to hold their breath under water for long periods of time. Soon they learn they are the last of the Folk, and the only ones who can stop the Dobhar-Chu, the villainous King of the Black Lakes, from escaping his cave prison.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

If You Knew What I Know It Would Be Strange
Arkitip, 2013
Paperback, 50 pages, $10

This book was published on the occasion of Jason Jagel’s (Painting 1995) exhibition The Bitter End in Paris. The exhibition continues Jägel’s life-long relationship to making art as a part of the daily function of living. His work is a theatrical enactment of an ongoing, never-ending conversation with himself, regarding the nature of reality and his place within it. Jägel takes inspiration from artists traveling deep down their own wormhole: Kurt Schwitters, Bruce Connor, Chris Ware, Otis Jackson Jr., and Philip Guston. This was his first exhibition in Paris.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Take Me With You
The Thing Quarterly, 2014
Book/Bag, 72 pages, $65

Take Me With You, published by The Thing Quarterly, is a limited edition book/bag consisting of two complementary parts:

Part #1 is a sturdy 10 oz. cotton canvas tote silkscreened with the start of the graphic short story “Take Me With You” by CCA alumnus Jason Jagël (Painting 1995). The story begins on the front and back of the bag and continues within, where . . .

Part #2 continues the story within a 72-page, perfect-bound, full-color book that is contained within a special interior pocket sewn into the tote.

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

San Francisco native Zara Dramov majored in industrial design, so it's natural that her inaugural designs for her bag line, the Common Knowledge, have a structured, architectural silhouette. But the California College of the Arts graduate's inspirations for her Bone Bag also include both origami and the way bone interacts with skin (think elbows and cheekbones). She also had practicality in mind; the Italian leather bags - of which there are two sizes and four colors (plum, oxblood, olive bronze and black) - include a removable snap-in pouch.

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Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Allison Byers

Inspiration comes in many forms for designers. But for Matt Dick (Individualized Major 1997) inspiration comes from a simple act that takes place all over the world, every day. “People getting dressed. Everywhere. Then and now. That is what inspires my work.”

Dick is the founder of Small Trade Company, a San Francisco–based workshop and studio, begun in 2010. “We develop products of our own, and we develop projects with other people,” Dick told Station to Station.

“I try to keep this space really without parameters. The team works on everything.” His designs are in stores and boutiques all over the world: Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Dallas, and all around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recently, Dick has collaborated with Levi's XX, the brand’s premium division, and on restaurant uniforms for Blue Bottle Coffee, State Bird Provisions, and Bar Agricole.

The famed event designer Stanlee Gatti has gone on record with the San Francisco Chronicle that he calls on Dick “for everything wearable. I just love the ease with which he greets people and situations.”

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Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

I went to school at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. I got my Bachelor’s in fine arts and majored in Fashion Design. My senior project was a fashion show, and I had an entire collection that actually is SCF’s first collection, Foreign Cinema. So, I took my senior collection after we both graduated, we made a blog, worked in my parents’ extra room downstairs, and tried to sell it by word of mouth. From then on it grew into our careers.

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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

Lis Kula aka Alek Morawski is a Bay Area native creating fantastically whimsical illustrations. SInce graduating California College of the Arts he now lives in Poland, focusing mostly on illustration and mural paintings he is inspired by Eastern European cartoons he used to watch as a kid. Painting imaginary worlds and translating dreams to painted pictures he entertains with eccentrically quirky figures throughout his portfolio.

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