Hiya RooTs Fans! Here is just a smidgen of what RooTs has in “store” for the holiday season. With over 70 local artists and thousands of items to Ohh and Ahh over, we’re sure there is something for everyone on your holiday gift giving list at RooTs. Swing on it to see what’s new and remember to support your local artist community this holiday season.(click on any image for slideshow view)
Owners of RooTs, John & Cat, love the hunt of cool things. Whether it is reclaimed, recycled … or simply old old old… we love to remake it into something that can be reloved for a looong time. We have a booth at the Petaluma Antique Faire this weekend (sunday) selling found objects from around the world (well marin & sonoma) and old store fixtures once loved and now ready to find a new home. Come down and enjoy the show… we promise, you will not be disappointed. Hundreds of vendors, great weather and super great deals will be found. Here is a peek of our goods… come see us in the parking lot, far west aisle this Sunday – 8 – 4pm.
Like many of the artists here at RooTs, you may have a special love of the coastal landscape and all its wonders – after all, we are on the astonishingly beautiful west coast – and we have many works of art that have been inspired by the locale.
Art Seeds/Kary Stickney > Susan Lustenberger’s Seashell Frame > Donna D’Acuti
Come in between Thursday August 18th and Wednesday August 21st and receive 20% selected items.
Look for *SALE* signs around the shop and all items on the center table will be offered on sale as well!
Sale items will be offered from the following artists:
Heather Graef of G Studio
Ceramics by Mary Barone
Jewelery by Ann Marie Hodrick
Glasswork by Alanna Brady
Silver Jewelery by Tisha Thompson
Art from Donna D’Acuti
Pendants by Virginia Simpson-Magruder
Art Pendants by Liz Kalloch
Another in our series of artists profiles! This week, Kendra Lawrence…
Please tell us the name of your business and what you create.
The name of my business is Kendra Renee Jewelry Design.
I make sculptural, exciting jewelry using traditional metalsmithing and hand fabrication techniques. This basically means that I start out with flat sheets of metal and wire, and form each shape using saws, hammers, pliers, and countless other tools. I join piece together by soldering with a torch, and I finish them by hand. My goal as a jewelry artist is to make pieces that inspire confidence and happiness in the wearer.
Where do you live?
I am originally from Vermont, but I recently moved to San Francisco and I love, love, LOVE it here!
Give us a little history of how you got into the business. What inspires you? Do you have a day job?
I have always loved jewelry. I’ve made my own jewelry since I was six years old! In college, I learned how to work with metal from an artist in Boston, and I was hooked. I knew then that I wanted to make jewelry for the rest of my life. When I graduated, I moved to San Francisco to launch my business, and have been loving every second of it ever since.
I am inspired by the metal and the tools that I work with. I am constantly dreaming up new shapes that I can create from the tools that I have. I also find inspiration from the body- I create each piece to be a beautiful accent to the way we move in the world.
What do you enjoy most about your work? The least?
I really do love everything about my job. From dreaming up new designs, to hand-making each piece, to being my own bookkeeper and product photographer, to working on my website- I do it all myself and I love each of the hats that I wear as a business owner. My favorite part though, is when I create a new design in metal from an idea in my head. It’s so much fun to take an idea, problem solve the kinks out, and end up with something beautiful and fun to wear.
What have you learned along the way?
I am constantly learning. In fact, that’s one of the best parts about being an artist! I love learning new techniques that allow me to work metal in new ways. I’ve also learned a lot about business along the way- too many things to list!
Don’t miss the greatness of beautiful handmade crafts at this years show at the Fort Mason Center August 12-14. And if you don’t already subscribe to Craft Magazine, you should. Every month you’ll get a great periodical full of beautiful artwork by master craftsmen and women, informative articles, and access to everything that good regarding American crafts.
Hope to see you at the show this weekend!
RooTs carries a variety of home spa products guaranteed to have you feeling relaxed, pampered, and smelling sweet! Products range from lotions and body butters to aromatherapy candles and spritzers. And the best part of these products? You know they were made with wholesome, natural ingredients with attention paid to your overall well being.
Etta + Billie > Rubber Duck Soap Co. > Good Life > Peacock Brand Candle