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Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Laura Braun

Born in 1986, the artist trained at Parsons in New York City and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Cortright works across painting and new media, but it's her video work that has attracted the attention of the internet, and now Stella McCartney herself. Her work has featured in exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Biennale de Lyon and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Through a series of conceptual videos, Petra Cortright toys with her famed optical effects to explore the creative aesthetic of Stella McCartney's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection. In Dot Warp with door, she conveys the collection's signature dot motif while offering a playful nod to Star Trek through referencing the warp, the unit used to measure space velocity in the famous sci-fi saga. 

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Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Stella McCartney has an eclectic group of friends, many of them outside fashion circles — you can tell just by the guest list at her annual resort presentation-cum-party. (Lorne Michaels, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, and Jenny Lewis attended the last one.) Now McCartney has recruited a new pal, artist Petra Cortright — a Venice Biennale alum known for her subversive takes on internet art — for a series of video projects, the first of which is out today. McCartney told the Cut, "I was instantly struck by Petra’s work, her effortless cool-girl approach.

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Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

I have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from California College of Arts and Crafts. I went to an art magnet high school where I had to fight to get in. I got accepted into an art college my freshman year of high school. It was funny—I thought I could skip high school. They offered me a scholarship, then they realized I was just a freshman.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

I built this Eames-like chair without touching a single traditional woodworking tool. No, it's not because I'm some kind of Luddite. I just love the immediacy of rendering a chair with 3D modeling software and then cutting out the parts with a CNC machine. Everything snaps together like flat-pack furniture, but without the cheesy fasteners—just mechanically sound through tenons and lap joints. The manufacturing process takes 2 hours.

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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

The first book on the Sluts' bibliography is the Pulitzer-winning "Carry Me Home," about the civil rights movement in Alabama. The club members read biographies, memoirs, Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon and Steinbeck ... and even that book told from a dog's point of view that got the Sluts' unanimous thumbs-down, "The Art of Racing in the Rain." Armistead Maupin once visited to read to the group, and another time each person read a poem that was meaningful, surprising one another with new personal stories.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Volatile Mutation earns honorable mention at TEX-FABView slideshow 

Congratulations to third-year MArch students Alan Cation and Dustin Tisdale and alum Tim Henshaw-Plath (MArch 2014) for earning honorable mention for their Volatile Mutation project at this year's TEX-FAB Plasticity competition.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

No, I was not familiar with the first book at all. I had just wrapped up my MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts, and was working as an industrial designer at frog when my colleague Catherine Sun sent me an e-mail, saying, "You'd be perfect for this." Essentially, she forwarded me the publisher's e-mail asking if anyone knew of any industrial designers interested in writing a similar book about how to break into the field.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

And I'm still very close to the people that worked there and to the owner of the restaurant. The restaurant is still there, and in fact my son wound up going to California College of the Arts -- which used to be the California College of Arts & Crafts which was my school. He just graduated, and even when he was small I made many trips up there for research. I took a lot of pictures and a lot of notes. We had a scrapbook that was kept by one of the people who worked there.

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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Ghetto Goldilocks is part of the 25th Street Collective in downtown Oakland

It used to be when an article of clothing became outworn you either gave it away or you threw it away. Those were the options.

Yet today's artists are using their arts education to revisit, rethink, and ultimately repurpose how to use discarded materials in ways that are socially rewarding, environmentally sustainable, and downright eye-catching!

Ghetto Goldilocks

Briget Campbell (BFA Ceramics 2005) is the proprietor of Ghetto Goldilocks, which is part of the 25th Street Collective located at 477 25th Street in downtown Oakland. Artist-merchants within the collective are producing works that not only attract art consumers but also those consumers who are looking for sustainable products.

In Campbell's case, she has ingeniously repurposed recycled and discarded clothing pieces to re-create new fashion pieces that are unique, stylish, comfortable . . . and literally built to last. She takes yesterday's forgotten mediocrity and makes today's stunningly memorable fashion statements.

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