Interview with Elora Milan
"Hannah Louise and I talk Japan, her love for stories and how anything can be sentient (even something like a used coffee cup)."
"Did you make it to West Coast Craft‘s bi-annual event extraordinaire this weekend? If not, that means you might have missed out on some adorable Instagram ops and a chance to meet your new favorite contemporary crafters and designers. In any case, fear not! We’ve found the coolest, freshest brands from this year’s festivities and are sharing them here.
Frida Kahlo meets Japanese ‘kawaii’ aesthetics in ceramicist Hannah Louise’s mini creations. Munbeibi‘s booth stood out at the fair thanks to its plush pink and white carpeting, and as you came closer, major cuteness took over. Hannah, who splits her time between San Francisco and Sapporo, Japan, specializes in tiny, humorous sculptures. Some designs are hollow, ready to be decorated with fresh flowers. Perfect for a #shelfie, a windowsill or a small nook full of knick-knacks."
Oh My Drifter
"One of my favorite things about owning a small business is participating in craft fairs like West Coast Craft. You get to meet a lot of the other vendors and form a camaraderie — everyone is really supportive. I met Jenny from Jenny Lemons, Jenny Strange at West Coast Craft (who I’ve featured on the blog here, here, and here) and most recently, Hannah of Munbeibi, a ceramic studio and whose cute pin I’m wearing with this dress! Hannah really is the sweetest. She divides her time between Sapporo, Japan (where she is right now) and San Francisco. Hannah has roots in graphic design and photography, so we have similar backgrounds. I’m absolutely obsessed with her ceramic dolls (called “Moon Babes”) and the personalities she gives them. (I highly recommend watching her Instagram Stories if you want to be immediately put in a good mood and entertained.) My current favorite is the Moon Shepherdess. The Moon Babe backstory she wrote on her website is just 100%."
"We’re so excited to be sharing with you that one of our Branding 101 students, Hana, has actually now joined the team of teachers (Katrina, Matt, and Ariana of Flight Design Co.) who teach the Branding 101 class! Here’s what they had to say about a new ceramics brand Hana created:
'We’ve been teaching our online brand design class through Nicole’s Classes for two years now, and have seen so many fun new visual identities created by our students. But we have to be honest, biases aside, our own Hana’s new ceramics brand for Munbeibi is our new favorite!'
Checkout Hana’s new brand below and be sure to catch her comments at the bottom of the post!"
"Gift-giving season is here. And, one of our favorite events to score unique, hand-crafted goodies is West Coast Craft. The bi-annual, San Francisco-based event brings in throngs of stylish shoppers and must-know makers all under one roof.
We anxiously await it every year. And since this year is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, we rounded up a few of our favorite vendors we’re crushing hard for.
How cheeky are these little decorative ornaments by Mūnbeibī Design Studio? Your next #shelfie needs one."
"... We love Hannah's work because it's simple, cute and seems to be an authentic reflection of who Hannah is as an individual. "I am a fairly shy person, so I try to be more open when it comes to ceramics. The little faces I paint on everything I make are a big part of my inner world (a very shiny, feminine world!) and I have loved sharing them. It's also easy to strive for perfection in ceramics, and I can be pretty hard on myself when I "fail". A big thing I try to remember is that this is a lifelong craft, I'll always be learning.” We are very excited to be sharing a selection of Hannah’s beautiful pieces ..."
"A Designer & Musician Share a California Home with Creative Energy and Tree House Charm
Name: Alex Steele and Peter Wallner
We love supporting artists and decorating our home with unique pieces. Much of the art is made by local artists, friends, and myself. We are very passionate about the arts, and love that our home reflects that.
Textile print — Paul Wackers
Art print — Egle Zvirblyte
Porcelain woman sculpture — Julia Ballenger
"Moon Babe" ceramic figures — Munbeibi
Cat figures — Japantown
Table & stools — Yard sale
Wedgewood-Holly aqua stove — Vintage"
For my first collaborative photography project I wanted to do a styled shoot featuring the amazing artists, designers, and makers participating in West Coast Craft. Every single item in these photos are from a vendor in the summer show! Check out all of the designers below:
WKNDLA - wall hanging, Siamese Social Club - cat bed, The Small + Savage Wild - furniture, Lucy Michel - arch vase and squiggle, Laura the Maker - tray and candle holders, Debbie Bean - stained glass hanging, Concrete Geometric - peach planter, Gopi Shah - hanging planter, Pigeon Toe - tri-pot bowl, Munbeibi - ceramic girl.