Design and Craft News

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

At Stanford University you can learn how to design calm. The course is one of several dozen offered by what Stanford calls its d.school, an eight-year-old program in design thinking. The hybrid discipline—dubbed “the hottest trend in business culture” by Businessweek—is now taught at schools ranging from Parsons to Yale. At California College of the Arts you can get an MBA in Design Strategy, learning how to apply design principles to such seemingly un-designy pursuits as human resources and accounting.

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Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

The store carries the works of Jonathan Plotzker (who created custom organic scents for the museum), Qiana Ellis (whose jewelry is inspired by architectural details) and Meghan Urback (a California College of the Arts graduate who makes felt baskets), to name just a few Bay Area artists and artisans.

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Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

California College of the Arts is hosting a Dutch design speaker series titled Seeing Orange (top image). The series will feature lectures, workshops, and discussions based on the Dutch approach to industrial design, graphic design, and architecture. Speakers include Kas Oosterhuis, Cobbenhagen Hendriksen, and Maarten Baptist. Most all of these talks are free and open to the public.

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Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

Having trouble finding consistent work despite having a degree, Hutton enrolled in the California College of the Arts and focused on design. His first project after graduating was a restaurant called Today's on Union Square. Although it's no longer in business, Interior Design Magazine profiled the establishment in 1979.

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Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Erik Adigard is a trailblazing digital-media designer who first made a splash back in the early 1990s with a series of visual essays for Wired. In more recent years, his work has taken a turn away from the web to focus on installations on the border of art and design.

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Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 by Elin Christopherson

Studio Glass – 50 years in California – a symposium

 
Sunday, February 24, 2013
1:00 – 4:00 pm at the James Moore Theater, Oakland Museum of California
 
Introduction by Julie Muniz
Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts at OMCA
 

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Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Elin Christopherson

Craft Department Students and Faculty (Yuki Uchimura and Takashi Ito) from Osaka University of the Arts in Japan will visit CCA Glass Department on February 26, 27, and 28.

CCA Glass Interim Chair Pamina Traylor was a visiting faculty at Osaka University of the Arts in Fall 2007. While there, Pamina forged bonds with the Glass Community at Osaka. This year, they will visit CCA while on a Craft tour of the United States West Coast.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Peter St. Lawrence is a codirector of Oakland's FM gallery

CCA alumnus Peter St. Lawrence (BFA Ceramics 2001) is an East Bay-based artist, designer, and entrepreneur who has been an active member of Oakland’s lively arts community for more than a decade.

The 35-year-old artist is adept at experimenting with new concepts, collaborating with artists, transitioning his career path, and reinventing himself as needed. In short, he's an entrepreneur who is making his career happen, rather than waiting for it to happen.

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Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

In summer 2012, the artwork of alumna Mia Christopher (Painting/Drawing 2012) was exhibited in a high-profile shop window on Market Street . . . but not in its original form. As part of a collaboration with the major clothing brand Anthropologie, Christopher’s two-dimensional paintings had been transformed into prints on dresses, blouses, and jumpers.

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Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

When blacksmithing is depicted in popular culture, the image tends to be one of brute strength rather than finesse: A male of Wagnerian proportions wields a hammer overhead as veins bulge and sweat drops from his protuberant brow.

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