Design and Craft News

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Image: Hunter BuckView slideshow 

The 16th Annual Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awards Exhibition is set for August 23–September 15, 2011, in the Isabelle Percy West Gallery on the Oakland campus, with a reception planned for Wednesday, September 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. (See the college's event calendar for complete exhibition details.)

2011 Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awardees

The 2011 Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship undergraduate winners listed below each received a $3,000 tuition scholarship.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by Sarah Owens

YBCA's grand lobby

California College of the Arts and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) paired up this spring when “Production Furniture 1” students, taught and developed by Furniture Program chair Russell Baldon, created new and original furniture designs for YBCA’s grand lobby. The course is a part of ENGAGE at CCA, an interdisciplinary project-based learning initiative at the college that encourages interaction and collaboration between CCA students and community partners.

Community Building

The idea for a project-based furniture course in collaboration with YBCA stemmed from a conversation between Baldon and YBCA graphic designer crystal am-nelson. They had started a conversation at a previous YBCA event about the lack of unique, dynamic furniture in the grand lobby space. The project was born soon thereafter.

“We started with a basic problem in that we needed new furniture for our lobby,” said nelson. “And I felt that whatever we chose had to be very representative of who we truly are, which is not easy to find at a furniture store. That’s when I thought about continuing to work with local design students by co-creating a process where their work could be transformed into a real-life situation while they were still in school.

“I also was interested in experimenting with the museum as a laboratory for emerging artists and educational institutions,” nelson revealed. “It was wonderful to witness their development and excitement for the project throughout the various stages.”

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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Kevin Clarke in Macarthur B Arthur (art by Ben Carder and Rachel Kaye)

"When I was at CCA," says Kevin Clarke (Painting/Drawing 2005), "I'd be walking past the woodshop and people would be standing around a table engaged in a very physical, material problem, trying to figure out how to put a piece together. But then there was always interesting conceptual stuff going on, too. The work coming out of the Furniture Program combined craft and narrative in a way I related to."

Today, Clarke has achieved a true melding of CCA's "theory and practice" mantra, maintaining a woodshop in Alameda where he makes custom furniture, painting in his studio, and running the Oakland gallery MacArthur B Arthur.

Clarke made his first foray into the Bay Area arts community in 2003, when he set up Million Fishes Arts Collective midway through his CCA years. This Mission District-based organization continues to provide creative space and other opportunities to local artists. His CCA experience was invaluable in giving him confidence and connections. "Donald Fortescue, then chair of Furniture, was a mentor throughout. I still see and talk to him. Dee Hibbert-Jones, one of my first professors, inspired me to work outside the canonical medium of painting and be more experimental. I wanted more of a community, a 'soup' environment that would allow me to draw on the expertise of others. Jordan Kantor was instrumental in making me think about making. He helped me read texts, and had great recommendations on what to read after CCA."

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Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Lia Tjandra signs books at the Infinite City release party, 2010View slideshow 

For Lia Tjandra (Graphic Design 1997), now art director at the University of California Press, professional success has been a group effort. While pursuing her CCA degree, she was inspired by professors such as Martin Venezky and Bob Aufuldish. "Bob's a great person to know. I'll be forever grateful to him." She is grateful as well to Jennifer Sonderby, her former boss at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, for lessons on strategic thinking and different ways to make a designer's voice heard. She credits Steve Renick, who was art director at UC Press for 20 years and taught a book design course at CCA, for sparking her interest in that field. In fact, as she looks back on her 15-year career, there's only one person Tjandra forgets to praise: herself.

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Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Samantha Braman

On August 6–7, Zach Gibson, a student in CCA's Graduate Program in Design, will host Strangers, a 48-hour bookmaking project at the Levi's Workshop at 580 Valencia in San Francisco. He and 10 other Bay Area artists will gather to produce content for a book about the work they do.

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