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Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant are the designers behind Yield, a brand of minimalist, high quality homewares and accessories. Both originally Southern natives, the two met at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. After gaining experience at various agencies in SF (Andrew at ID firm fuseproject, Rachel at architecture firm CCS) the two joined together and formed Yield.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Sienna DeGovia (Sculpture 1999) is a sculptor and food stylist based in Los Angeles, with 15 years of commercial experience styling food for film, TV, and print. 

Unlike many of her peers, she comes to the field from a three-dimensional art stance rather than a purely culinary one. 

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Her specialty is highly decorated baked goods and anything sweet, though she enjoys styling all of the food groups and beverages, too. 

Her list of clients includes Mad Men, The Muppets, Coca-Cola, Target, Disney, and Bon Appetit.

It was at CCA that DeGovia started creating artworks using food as a medium, specifically as a means to elicit emotional responses. She articulated for herself the connection between beauty and food that has characterized all of her work since.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Even without the prosthetic, Robinson does many of the things kids his age like to do—play on the computer, compete on the swim team, study karate (he’s a green belt), and even throw perfectly round bowls on the pottery wheel. But in the coming weeks, Robinson’s prosthetic-free streak may come to an end. Last July, Robinson attended Superhero Cyborg Camp, a one-week design education workshop for kids with varying degrees of upper-limb loss.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jules de Balincourt was born in 1972 in Paris and currently lives in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco in 1998 and his MFA from Hunter College in New York in 2005. De Balincourt has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, France; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

She earned a bachelor's degree in English and psychology and a master's in counseling from the University of Michigan and later moved to the Bay Area, where she studied textile design at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and worked as a therapist. At one point, she took a class in perfumery and was hooked; soon she was experimenting with essential oils, researching the origins of perfume in the ancient world and tracking down rare materials.

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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

While still in high school, Claudia Alvarez (MFA 2003) began a job at the UC Davis Medical Center that would shape the rest of her professional and artistic life in unexpected ways.

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As a patient escort, she encountered a diverse group of people, many of whom had very rare diseases and long-term illnesses. One of her first assignments, she recalls, was taking a body to the morgue.

But it was working with the living that caused Alvarez to look at life differently. “To make them laugh, for even five minutes, inspired me to think about life in different ways.”

The patients were sometimes children who seemed old as they grappled with extreme infirmity, and sometimes older people who became more like children as they aged. Alvarez’s conception of age expanded; she saw maturity in children and vulnerability in grown adults.

The first time she created a sculpture of a child with an old face, now a hallmark of her practice, “People freaked out. They asked where this eerie figure came from.”

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

However, it makes you wonder, what’s the point of all this? Why have these beautiful offices, meals for employees, open working environments, and the ability to come and go as you please? Why spend millions of dollars on such an extravagant office when these employees could just have easily worked out of some cheap warehouse instead? To help answer this question I spoke with Aaron Taylor Harvey who is the environments design lead at Airbnb, he and his fiancee are both architects and their job is to constantly think through and design spaces for the company.

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

I grew up with an appreciation for object making. I started sewing and making jewelry when I was a kid. I studied painting, sculpture, and installation art at California College of the Arts, but it wasn't until I was about to graduate I started getting interested in jewelry and started using my school's laser cutter to make necklaces.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

San Francisco native and recent California College of the Arts grad Zara Dramov has a new handbag line, The Common Knowledge, inspired by the way bone meets skin, the way paper folds, sci-fi movie costumes, and shiny copper bolts found in city street grates. Miraculously, each rigid, architectural design is made from one single sheet of leather. Once again, Lena Dunham would know best: the Girls star was recently spotted carrying the oxblood Mini Bone Bag. 

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oyster EB-12 was first installed at the California College of the Arts during their Craft Forward Symposium in 2011, and a second version of the installation, called Oyster EB-124, followed.

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