Hot kilns, dripping glaze, and molded ceramics – these are just some of the things you’ll find in the Sausalito, California-based factory housing Heath Ceramics.
Still using the original facility and even some of the hand-built kilns from its beginnings in the 1950s, Heath Ceramics prides themselves in making beautiful, thoughtful, and local products. Catherine Bailey, co-owner and creative director at Heath Ceramics, shared her thoughts with us about creative vision and the craft of pottery as one of the featured Makers in the second Mohawk Makery Quarterly.
Today, we’re kicking off the next series of interviews with a selection of talented makers featured in the second edition of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly. Brewing your own beer and illustrating beer labels sounds like a fun pastime – but for Damian Fagan and Jesse Friedman, this hobby is actually work. As co-founders of the Almanac Beer Company in San Francisco, Damian and Jesse manage, test, brew, and design their beers from the ground up.
Damian, the visual designer and company artist, spoke with us about his creative process and how it applies to brewing beer that is farm-to-barrel.
Monotype recently announced the newest member of its Typeface family: Metro Nova, the modern rebirth of a once popular typeface that fell out of use in the 20th century. Type designer Toshi Omagari updated the design to expand its usefulness to meet a wide range of digital requirements. Metro Nova appeals to today’s design sensibilities without sacrificing the essence of the original.
Hybrid Design, the San Francisco agency behind Mohawk’s Maker Campaign, is responsible for the creation of Mohawk’s ad in the current issue (November 2013) of Martha Stewart Living.
The print ad complements Mohawk’s Maker Campaign, and is aligned with the brand’s recent support of Martha Stewart American Made, and Mohawk’s ongoing support of the larger maker community.
We chatted with Hybrid to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the ad concept was developed and the emotions they were hoping it would stir.
For the next series of interviews with talented makers featured in the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we sat down to talk with one of the founders of Taylor Stitch, Michael Maher.
Taylor Stitch dates back to 2008, when three best friends from college decided to make the best custom shirt possible after noticing the craftsmanship and quality of custom-tailored shirts only available abroad. They opened up shop in their San Francisco apartment, working with hundreds of measurements to create the perfect fit shirt.
Working with a family business that already manufactured custom shirts for over 85 years, Taylor Stitch opened a number of pop-up shops in San Francisco two years after they first came together. The shops sold the first collection of button up shirts and people loved them. Settling into a permanent space in the Mission District, Taylor Stitch continues to focus relentlessly on fit, construction, and new offerings.
Dora Drimalas and Brian Flynn, principals of Hybrid Design are designers as you might have guessed, but their love of creating goes deeper. These two are makers — who just happen to have designed the new ‘Mohawk Maker’ Campaign.
We sat down with Dora to talk about the new Mohawk campaign, and what this ‘maker movement’ is all about.