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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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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

After she graduated, she headed to the California College of the Arts to study illustration and ceramics. In 1990, she returned to Hong Kong to teach at the Museum of Art and the Art School. "I was one of the few people bringing back the American perspective to Hong Kong, [things such as] ceramics with a sculptural edge," she reminisces. "I was trained in the West Coast Bay, where everything was possible."

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Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The CCA Digital Craft Lab is pleased to announce FORMATIONS 2014, an annual workshop series at CCA of software-based workshops for students and professionals, which will take place place on November 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hooper Graduate Center (184 Hooper Street) on the San Francisco campus.

FORMATIONS provides a platform for students and professionals in the design disciplines to explore new technologies in a hands-on workshop setting. Each year the focus of the event evolves to reflect emerging architectural research topics in relationship to new media.

Event Details

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 1 to 2 p.m.
Eligibility:  The workshops are open to all students, faculty, and professionals in the design fields.
Cost: Each workshop costs $175 for professionals; $100 for non-CCA students and recent graduates (who graduated within the last 12 months and have a valid ID); $75 for CCA students, faculty, and alumni.
Hardware & Software: Attendees must bring their own laptop to the workshop. See software requirements below.
Questions: Review the FAQ, below.

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Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Previously a student at Oakland’s California College of the Arts (see her whimsical sculptures at the tasting bar), Shauna believes “wine is ephemeral art,” so the transition from art to winemaking was easy for her. For Rock Wall’s 2008 vintage, she and her dad created wines with 60 tons of grapes. This year, they’ll do close to 400. But Shauna doesn’t always follow precisely in her dad’s footsteps.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ruijun Shen of GuangDong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, and Xiaoyu Weng of Kadist Art Foundation, which has offices in Paris and San Francisco, the group exhibition is also a site to bring together three public art spaces and curators around a shared interest — though not in the forms one might first associate with the concept: traditional Chinese landscape and Bay Area figurative painting.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Chris Fitzpatrick (born 1978 in New York) has been the director of the not-for-profit contemporary art centre Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, since 2012. After receiving an MA from California College of the Arts in 2009, he gained recognition for developing unconventional exhibition formats, often experimenting with the temporality of exhibitions.

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Kari Marboe

True collaborations come easily, especially when they combine history and clay.

Ceramics faculty member Kari Marboe, Director of Alumni Relations Jessica Russell, Director of Libraries Annemarie Haar, and CCA alumnae Eve Steccati-Tanovitz (Graphic Design 1969) and Arlene Streich (Arts Education 1961; Painting 1966) worked together to reveal the history of the college’s archived woodblocks and incorporate these historical tools at the Ceramic Program’s Open House, which took place as part of CCA’s Alumni Weekend earlier this month.

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Story of the Woodblocks

In the late 1960s, Professor Emeritus Vincent Perez was teaching woodblock printing and drawing at what was then CCAC. An Alumni Office staff member in Treadwell Hall (now Macky Hall) asked Perez if he would like to take possession of the woodblocks.

The woodblocks had been previously used to print the college’s publications (course catalogs, newsletters, and diplomas) going back to its founding in 1907 and decades thereafter.

If Perez hadn’t wanted them, they would have been thrown away.

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