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An Homage To Mom

Go make yourself a cup of tea and settle in. I've spent the past months working on this entry about Mom. Originally slated as a Mother's Day blog when we are now facing down Labor Day, I've decided that now's as good a time as any. So here we go! Every couple of years I pack up my guy and head down to Argentina, where my family is from and where everyone (except me and my two siblings and a few cousins) still live. Argentina is a complicated place. Back in the 1920's the French coined the term "riche comme un argentin". And it was a wealthy place up until the 1950's. Without getting too bogged down in the politics of the country,...

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The Art of Craft

I'll start with a negative: I don't like craft. Let me explain. The word "craft" shrinks the process for me. It feels more like a hobby, or art therapy. What I'm trying to do when I make is get to the essence of the design. Reduce things to the essential. Of course the act of crafting the piece is as important as developing the design. Of course the construction is important. Of course the piece must be thoughtfully built. The 80's punk kid in me feels like a navel-gazing dilettante as I write this. I'm thinking too much. But truthfully, good design is around forever. The finish is just as important as the design. Balance. That's what it's all about,...

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In Practice: Miles Eastman

Miles Eastman has been creating art for many years. This California native son has dug into his life experiences to create beautiful work by finding the balance between a freeform, loose technique and the rigor developed from many years of practice.  Miles Eastman will be showing his new work at Basil Racuk shop on December 13th from 6-9. We are located at 3458a 18th Street in San Francisco. For more information, send me an email or call the shop  (415) 255-7457. We hope to see you there! So let's dig in as Miles talks about his work, inspiration and the alchemy of his materials.   Start with one of your main influences, the Italian artist Marco Zeno. You've shown me his work that you've...

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What I Did This Summer

I went camping! Well, I went to Burning Man. And I slept in a tent. And I had the time of my life. I've been going to this event since 2001, when I moved to California. My point of view at the time was that I hadn't done it before, I'd heard of it, and I wanted to check it out. I did. And I found it transformative. All these years later, it is still an exciting week for me. Over the years I've mellowed, so the way that I experience the event has changed. Staying up til way past dawn isn't something that I can do anymore. But I do pedal around in the desert well past midnight, marveling...

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