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2019 Holiday Gift Ideas

Here are some of our favorites this season for gifts and stocking stuffers! These are all available in our Oakland brick and mortar shop. (See something you like, but it's not listed online? Just send us an email and we'll send a link for you to purchase.)

2019 holiday gift ideas

Layla bralette, Palo Santo Sticks, Brass Medallion Necklace, Marbled Ceramic Earrings, Lion Roll-on Perfume Oil, Tan Leather Belt Bag, Driftwood Quote. 

2019 gift ideas

O Horizon Scarf Bandana, Polymer Clay Earrings, Ceramic Pendant Necklace, Pink Bath Salts, Rose Geranium Soap, Brass Hair Pin, Clay Sweatshirt.

 2019 gift ideas

Oakmoss & Amber Diffuser, Moisture Riser Cream, Silver Leather Bi-fold Wallet, Cali Pin, Black Cropped Thermal, Tho Buffalo Horn Earrings, Clear Frame Sunglasses. 

2019 gift ideas

Tiz Olive Scarf, Bar Perfect Necklace, Peppermint Eucalyptus Lip Balm, Avocado Toast Earrings, Striped Slouch Socks, Coffee Crunch Chocolate Bar. 

 

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The Shop Sale

The Shops Sale poster

It's time for the bi-annual Shops Sale! This season we have teamed up with Head West Marketplace for a fun event that will take place at the Hangar 1 Distillery in Alameda. Look forward to discounted merchandise from local shops, local makers and artists booths, and food trucks in a cool setting with skyline views!

Saturday, October 19

11am-5pm

Hangar 1 Distillery 

2505 Monarch Street, Alameda

free admission 

rsvp here

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Pop-up with 3rd Season Designs

Pop-up with 3rd Season Designs

3rd Season Pop-up

 

We are excited to have 3rd Season Designs at the shop again! This Los Angeles brand is focused on sustainable fabrics and textile designs that always amaze. They will be at the shop with their latest collection on July 20th during the 40th Street Block Party, so it's going to be a fun time!

 3rd Season Designs

3rd Season Designs

3rd Season Designs

3rd Season Designs

 

Q&A with Mabel Martinez & Alycia Anthony of 3rd Season

How did you two meet and why did you decide to work together?

Alycia and I first met in college. We were both studying Fine Art and became best friends. We both share an obsession with textiles and all things fabric. We wanted to explore various traditional techniques while remaining influenced by our artistic foundation.

Can you describe the process for creating your textiles and collections?

When starting a new collection, we set aside special days that we call “Playtime”. We choose a couple of mediums or techniques to explore ideas that we have been gathering on our phones and notebooks. This part of the process is more exploration than anything else. From there, we focus on few to pursue further.

Tell us about your brand name.

Our name symbolizes both of us being born in the 3rd season of the year and, starting our business during the 3rd decade of our lives – our 30’s.

How do you spend your free time?

Alycia plays the ukulele and is pretty good! I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. Together, we enjoy going to local gigs and art shows as well as traveling.

 

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Gather Workshop

Gather Workshop

Hosting a wide variety of classes such as modern calligraphy, natural perfume making, knitting, tarot, and candle making gather strives to foster an engaging experience that provides a meaningful connection to their amazing community of craftsmen and women.

Try your hand at something new!

Sign up for Public Classes 

Book a Private Event

~Recent press from Hoodline. 

 

Gather Workshop in Temescal Oakland

gather workshop 

Welcome gather to their new space located inside our shop! Founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Christian and Daisy McClellan, gather hosts various art and craft workshops with local artists.

 

image transfer workshop 

gather image transfer workshop

For the first five years of business they also ran a shop filled with handcrafted goods located in San Francisco. As of May 2019 they moved to Oakland to focus exclusively on unique artist-led workshops.

 

gather outdoor patio 

Follow @gather.workshop for more information.

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Jewelry Pop-up With Denise Heffernan

Jewelry Pop-up With Denise Heffernan

For the months of June and July we will be showcasing the lovely handcrafted silver jewelry by Denise Heffernan.

denise heffernan

San Francisco Jeweler Denise Heffernan’s inspiration is as much informed by the material and process of making as by the patterns and symbols she explores. Fascinated by archetypal designs found from ancient art, to the innate natural patterns of earth science, such as wave and sound forms, textures and natural phenomena, geometric and abstract forms. Creating an interconnection, an interpretation of these patterns in metal. 

Denise Heffernan Ring

In love with the process of making objects from these ideas she weaves the patterns together. Growing up in a creative family, and with an affinity for making, Denise was encouraged from an early age to participate in art and craft. After training in Fine Art in Dublin Ireland, her hometown, she moved to California and attended school to become a pattern maker in San Francisco while working for local independent fashion designers. All the while she maintained her own art practice and continued studies and classes in sculpture, metal arts, ceramics, drawing, Philosophy, sociology and art history. While making found object sculpture she began producing jewelry after a friend commissioned a wearable piece. Denise apprenticed at the studio of David Navarro, a San Francisco sculptor and jeweler until he retired, designing and fabricating part of his collection. Since then she has been the sole independent artist designer and maker of her own studio collection. Each piece is hand fabricated one at a time using recycled silver, each design is original. Her work is available through stores and galleries.

Denise Heffernan Necklaces

 

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Patio Party

Patio Party
Join us and Gather for a fun afternoon on our patio Saturday, June 15 at 1p! We are celebrating our 4th year in business, our new 40th Street space, and welcoming Gather to their permanent workshop home (inside our shop!). 

Patio Party
Saturday, June 15
1p-5p
(enter through our main entrance)

There will be drinks, food, a complimentary bath salt soak workshop, and 20% off storewide during the event. 
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Mural - In Full Bloom

Mural - In Full Bloom

At our Telegraph location we had an amazing mural by Lena Gustafson that we commissioned for an exterior wall. Our new location is sandwiched between Subrosa Coffee and Broken Guitars. Since we didn't have room for art on the outside, we brought the art inside. Local artist, Alex Steele, created a brightly hued abstract floral design that extends into one of our shop windows. The name of the mural is "In Full Bloom". We asked Alex about her process and inspiration for the mural.

 Mural by Alex Steele

How did you come up with the design of the mural?

I tend to primarily use organic shapes and vibrant colors in my work (I think growing up in Miami kind of did that to me). Pairing my artistic style with the name of the shop (Dandelion Post), I wanted to create a design that was an abstract floral composition that would also compliment some of the fun patterned brands of clothing you carry. I aimed for a loose interpretation of "floral", and created something I felt would be striking without being too literal (of flowers). I feel like BLOOM came out to be recognizable as my artistic style, yet also a new version of it and a direction I want to continue to explore.

 

You paint on different surfaces from paper, to clothing, and walls. Do you have a different process for each type of surface?

I feel like my creative process is similar no matter what the design ultimately ends up on, whether it's paper, clothing or walls. I am a very hands on artist, and I usually begin by sketching out ideas and cutting paper into a collage form. I often use a scanner to upload collage sketches to photoshop, and use a combination of painting and arranging layers within the program to continue the design.

(Check out Alex's clothing brand, photography, and other work at www.alexsteele.studio.)

 

I've notice you use a lot of bold colors or a black and white contrast. What makes you gravitate to these combinations?

Funny, I do either go for a bold color palette, or a polar opposite, super minimal black & white route. I'm not sure I could tell you why, it just feels natural and intuitive depending on the project or idea. Maybe it's subconsciously a form of doing a positive or negative, as in photography... Either way, I love utilizing the negative space in a composition as well as contrast.

 

As an Oakland resident, do you have any favorite spots in the city?

Yes! To name just a few... I love the Morcom Rose Garden, Grand Lake Theater, Indian Rock, the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, and Mountain View Cemetery.

 

Do you want to highlight any other artists, designers, or makers you really like right now?

Maker & Mineral, Lise Silva, Tania Skevos, WKNDLA, Julia Ballenger

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Pop-up with Taylor Jay

Pop-up with Taylor Jay
Taylor Jay is an Oakland, California clothing brand making elevated fashion basics using locally-sourced sustainable fabrics. 
 

THEIR STORY

Founder and CEO, Taylor Jay, began designing fashion for herself during a transitional period of her womanhood when her body was changing significantly in size and shape, and the fashion industry didn’t cater to her journey. She soon discovered that many other women shared the same experience, and what began as a journey of self-discovery has become a promise to all women to empower them with clothing that will adapt to their evolution.


Designer Pop-up with Taylor Jay
Saturday, May 11
12p-3p

Champagne and treats while you shop!

taylor jay local designer pop-up

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