We're excited to be participating in this one day event held at CCA’s Nave featuring local products from a wide selection of makers from housewares to jewelry to edible treats. Come finish up your shopping to- do list while supporting San Francisco's artisans and makers!
Here's a few more out takes from our dying session with Sierra Reading, who by the way has a new website. Go check it out! What you're seeing here is a variety of wool/wool fiber dip dyed with indigo, oak gall , and sandalwood. These are the very start of what we hope will be luxurious, soft and sumptuous pillows and throws.
We are joining the #goodkarmasale movement this weekend!! This idea was started by Kim Krans at The Wild Unknown as a way to redefine the holiday shopping commencement (Black Friday) by giving a portion of proceeds to a charitable organization.
We’ve chosen Syria Relief as the organization that we’ll be donating to. The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest since WW2 and over half the refugees (5.6 million) are children! It is appalling.
For this upcoming weekend (Friday 27- Sunday29) we’ll be offering 10% off all items (this includes previously marked down styles) as well as free shipping. 10% of all our sales will go to Syria Relief. The Promo Code is "good karma".
Lastly there will be a few new styles up in the shop on Friday that we’re pretty excited about so have a look!
#goodkarmasale #goodkarmaisthenewblackfriday #syriarelief
A few captured moments from some sample dying with Sierra Reading. We worked with oak galls (a plant growth on Oak trees comprised of plant tissue) to create greys and blacks and experimented with some indigo dip dying tests as well. As it goes with family life and work schedules the two sometimes merge and fortunately for me Sierra was most accommodating. Stella pounded and pulverized oak galls, learned the basics of resist dying, and also did some "body-dying" with the indigo. We're so excited to be in the natural dying mix!
Stella Fluorescent will be at Industrious Life this Friday to chat, show new work, and have an all around good time. We will be in great company, so please come by and check it out!
The idea of this blog at it’s inception was to use it as a journal, for reflection and sharing. These intentions fell by the wayside in lieu of doing, making, creating. It happens, priorities slide around, transform and change places, all the time. But that was then, and in this NOW the journal is born again, and it’s as good a time as ever because there is sooo much to tell.
First what is new:
Our modular jewelry. The Vestige Collection is the first in what will be an ongoing offering of magnetic bracelets and necklaces. Each collection will feature new materials highlighting innovative textile techniques and exciting collaborations with local makers. This collection features a selection of our favorite vintage, and dead-stock textiles from past collections. It will be available in our online shop in the next 2 weeks and selected colors are currently available in all SF stockist's stores.
And then our upcoming collaborations:
We are working with dyer and textile artist Sierra Reading on a vegetable dyed modular jewelry collection. Think ombre with the grey of oak galls and blues of indigo.
We are collaborating with artist Alexis Arnold on work that explores the synthesis of concrete, porcelain, gold, and silk.
We are devising a small home collection with Jeanette Au that features knitted and vegetable dyed wool, shag and sparkles.
because our last collaboration and collection; Herringbone Nevelson was so enjoyable and rich with ideas, Yvonne Mouser and Stella Fluorescent are starting a new venture. The name is YMSF (our initials respectively). Our focus will be on exploring the realms of scale, sculpture and utility while continuing to marry and find relationships between disparate materials. Expect more wood, metal and textiles in all shapes and sizes.
Lastly, upcoming events:
We will be at Industrious Life in Dogpatch, October 23rd for a show featuring 4 designers/artists making work in SF. More information to come soon!
We will also be at the SF Made Holiday Fair at it’s new home at California College of the Arts December 12th.
AND THAT IS ALL! FOR NOW
Happy Mother's Day & Friends and Family Sale
Our shop is live and stocked with woven and braided silk bracelets and necklaces!
In the next few weeks we will be adding all of our wooden jewelry and hair accessories from our latest collection, Herringbone Nevelson S/S 2015.
From this Sunday until the next we're offering a 25% off discount for friends and family.
Enter the coupon code FRIEND&FAM at checkout and voila!
Stella Fluorescent will be in Dogpatch at Industrious Life tonight. It's a party! We'll be celebrating the the upcoming holiday with Recchiuti Confections, bubbles, jewelry, natural cosmetics and perfume.
Thursday evening February 5th
1095 Tennessee St. San Francisco, 94107
Front is a coffee bar, conceptual food project, design and artist haven, and so much more!!! Aside from that much of Front's space and innovative displays were designed and created by Yvonne Mouser, our collaborator for the current Stella Fluorescent collection!
On Tuesday December 16th from 4-7pm Thought For Food (a collaboration between Yvonne and Front's Co-Founders) will be featuring a "holiday-infused" edible installation, along with savory hors d'oeurves and coffee cocktails."
3 hairstick styles from the Herringbone Nevelson collection with Yvonne Mouser. These will add a little bling to any bun.
Our process started with thinking of each line within a herringbone pattern as a tiny plank that could be stacked, joined, and reconfigured. We experimenting with laser cutting and triangular shapes that referenced the zig and zag of herringbone. We added brass as an element and found that the end grain of white oak lent itself beautifully to creating a chevron when cut and laminated strategically. We combined the wooden pieces with brilliantly colored, vegetable dyed woven and circular braided silk. Our tiny wooden sculptures became earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and hairsticks.
To have a look at the original inspiration for this collection go here.
To learn about this collaboration with Yvonne Mouser go here.
Pretty little bundles of hues made from carrot top, sandalwood, black tea, and turmeric dye baths.
Artist Louise Nevelson and herringbone motifs.
Stella Fluorescent is working with Sierra Reading, a Bay Area artist, designer and, vegetable dying maven, to create the color story for our next collection. So far we've got avocado pits (surprisingly) for pink, indigo for a deep royal blue, onion skins, and turmeric for mustard yellows, and black tea for a bone ivory. Sooo, excited to see the results and sample material, as color truly brings the prototypes to life!
This is the our second foray into natural dyes, the first was with Julia Busenitz of Luca Jackson. We worked with cochineal a red, fuchsia, and pink dye to over dye printed silk scarves. Read more about that collaboration here.
We are excited to announce a collaboration with Yvonne Mouser for our next collection! Yvonne's primary medium is wood and she will be using this expertise to conceptualize, design and create accessories and jewelry with Stella Fluorescent. We couldn't be more excited to explore and merge the spheres of fashion, wooden sculpture and function via this collaboration.
Hairstyles I really wish I was seeing more often walking down the street. I particularly love the use of the three hair combs in the top image. These are from a book of photography by Nigerian photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere. He began documenting African women's hairstyles in 1968 and has since then compiled thousands of images like the ones above.
By Renee Silvestri
...and here are a few of our favorite things.