Alumni News

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

7x7 had the privilege of naming CCA's Class of 2015 Emerging Designer of the Year award last week, and picking just one recipient out of so many potential design stars was more difficult than we have ever encountered before. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

As a graduate from the California College of Arts and Crafts she has written many books reflecting her studies in the craft world. Her work showcases a passion for using natural materials such as leaves, shells, grass and other organic elements. Almost all of her artwork is inspired by nature. 

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

It’s a warm, sultry night in San Francisco. Bibhu Mohapatra (who made my wedding dress while he was design director at J. Mendel) and I have just reunited over dinner at California College of the Art’s Black Is the New Black benefit. We are seated at a long table flanking a 500-foot runway. Bibhu is filling venture capitalist Kirsten Green and me in on Michelle Obama wearing his clothes (“She is an amazing ambassador”) and his love of working with students as well as artisans in his native India “who are keeping alive thousand-year-old traditions.”

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

For the last two months, Bernal Heights-based artist and California College of the Arts graduate Leah Rosenberg has been painting a small storefront—three walls, a floor, a desk, a chair, and a vase—a different color every day. The whole thing, covered in a single solid hue. It’s out on Irving Street, a block from Outerlands and Trouble Coffee in the Outer Sunset, and Rosenberg decides which colors to use based on what she finds in the neighborhood: an acid yellow fence, the pistachio exterior of the Francis Scott Key Elementary School Auditorium, a light purple crab on Ocean Beach.

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Rachel Walther

Amanda Cachia

Amanda Cachia (Visual and Critical Studies 2012) is an independent curator originally from Sydney who is currently working on her PhD at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation is on the intersections between contemporary art, phenomenology, and disability.

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

Shalom and Colby, who met while working on their master’s degrees in fine arts at California College of the Arts, planned “Duly Noted” meticulously over the course of a year, visiting the deCordova several times to perfect the route, pacing, and segues. But a degree of uncertainty and room for spontaneity remained.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

San Francisco-born Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi has created a beautiful set of leaf bowl sculptures using skeletons of actual maple leaves. The artist added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves to create these ethereal works of art. Sekimachi studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1946 to 1949. She's best known for her labor intensive loom works.

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Kara Joslyn (b. San Diego, CA) is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at UCSD. In 2008 she received her BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and lived in Oakland, CA, where she collaborated to begin an artist-run space in Oakland called As Is Ex. from 2010-12. In 2011 she completed a Post-baccalaureate in Painting at Columbia University School of the Arts in NYC.

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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

He boldly began his full-time art career in middle age after taking a circuitous route to his calling. In the two decades between his completion of a Bachelor of Applied Art degree from California College of the Arts (now California College of the Arts) in 1953 and finishing his graduate work at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, he followed a winding path through military service, marriage, fatherhood, insurance sales, carpentry, and extensive world travel in Asia and East Africa as a safari guide and importer of artifacts. 

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

The son of an architect and grandson of a woodworker, Marschak says he fell into woodworking because it's a combination of architecture and product design. He received his degree from formerly California College of Arts and Crafts (now called California College of the Arts) in 2009. He's particularly interested in fabricating well-built items because of their ability to last for generations. "It's sustainable in the fact that a quality piece of furniture is passed down to your kids. It's never going to end up in a landfill. It always has a second life," he told us.