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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 Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Lawrence Lander, 27, hails from Houston but is currently attending the California College Of The Arts in San Francisco working towards a master's degree in graphic design. His Houston sticker, which replaces the lone star in the Texas state flag with a simple "H" for Houston is his way of keeping close to the city he loves.

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Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

Meredith Brion is studying textiles at California College of the Arts, so it makes sense that when she describes her tank, she goes into colorful detail on its weight and the images it inspires (see below). The East Coast native considers her style low-key, and an extension of her mood and how it changes. “I was a tomboy growing up, so I think most of the time I’m channeling that essence or chance of me getting my hands dirty,” Brion says. ” I bike a lot, so that’s also a consideration.”

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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 Monday, August 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

Visionary arts patrons Gordon and Jane Herr bought the 160-acre Walker Ranch above Guerneville in 1939 with the idea of establishing a Bauhaus-inspired art colony that would, as they said, be a “sustainable sanctuary for artists away from a world gone amok.” Two years earlier they had met Wildenhain and her husband, Frans, on a recruiting trip. As things heated up in 1940, Wildenhain immigrated, leaving behind Frans, who was forced into the German Army. She taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then made her way to what would be called Pond Farm.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Polyester, a synthetic and non-biodegradable fiber, makes up more than half of the world's fiber market. Polyester from plastic bottles is the most recycled fiber for new clothing products-it constitutes 10 percent of global polyester production-and has been around for about 25 years, says Lynda Grose, associate professor of fashion design at California College of the Arts.

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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 Monday, July 28, 2014 by Laura Braun

Over the last several months, some people here have spotted an R.V. rolling down their streets with a man squatting on top, holding a camera he trains down on them as if trying to compile his own version of Google Street View. A few have accused him of being a cop. Others have struck up conversations, and he has climbed down to spend the afternoon taking their pictures.

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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 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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