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Beauty Report: Quiet

Beauty Report: Quiet

Most of the time I work alone in studio, though rarely am I alone in the space. Today I am here by myself. Jon and Joe of Anzfer Farms, whom I share space with, are installing a huge project at the Berkeley Art Museum–one that has been in the planning for over a year and includes many people (check out The Possible ).

Hours have passed today and I realize that I have kept the music off. I find myself doing this when I know there is no one else here making shop noise and chatter. Just like when the sun comes out after a grey spell and I want to soak it up and bask in its warmth, today I am basking in the quiet. It is by no means silent. It is quite alive. I listen to my own breath, the sound of my saw cutting through metal, or a file smoothing and edge, a car driving by…but my mind and body vibrations slow and calm down. I have clarity and lots of fun making my work. Time passes fast. It is one of the best kinds of days there are. I feel like I am doing exactly what I should be doing. There is no struggle.

 

In Beauty…

Beauty Report: Pop-UP Shop!

Beauty Report: Pop-UP Shop!

raissa bump anzfer farms sandwhich board

raissa bump anzfer farms pop-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anzfer Farms (Jonathan Anzalone & Joseph Ferriso) and I have had the opportunity to set up shop. We have occupied a storefront on busy Clement Street in San Francisco for the past month or so. The block that we are on is home to Park Life and SeedStore, great Inner Richmond establishments owned by incredible people.

We did nothing to change the space, but brought over our work and created a cozy environment. The fragment lights really helped! I have spent many afternoons there with the door open, welcoming in friends, meeting new people, talking about our work and selling it too.

The experience has reminded me of the good old days working at Sienna Gallery. It is the first time in years that I have kept ‘open hours.’ My brain clicked on in a different way and I became ‘shop girl’, taking this commitment (with myself) rather seriously.

The opportunity to create a retail space has brought up the question: is this the next step for our businesses? Is this where we would like to use our resources and grow? Each of us has decided that it is not. Overall for me it has been enjoyable, but I knew the entire time that it was a fixed gig, not ongoing. I realize how incredible and fortunate it is that I can structure my days how I see fit, and often can do what suits my mood best, without the necessity of showing up to a retail location. My burning passion is in the making, as well as in figuring out how I can make this passion thrive today and in the future.

The Beauty in this story is many things. Here are a few:
*being given the gift of an empty storefront to occupy through the year
*interacting with my neighborhood in a new way
*coming to clarity about what are the next steps in my business (stay tuned!)
*re-sparking the intensity of my gratitude for all of the galleries that I work with (they all make it possible for me to stay in my studio an make!)

whitney at pop-up

This is our last week(end) at the Pop-UP; come visit!

In Beauty,
Raïssa

The Studio

The Studio

Studios…where so much of the creation happens. I have had some great studios over the last 10 years since I graduated from RISD. Right at this very moment I am celebrating four years in my San Francisco studio. It is a wonderful place to spend so much time. High ceilings, diffused light, space to spread out (and less than a mile to various beaches!) I tend to take over every counter/bench top possible. Every once and a while I clean things up and the surfaces look like this: balboa st studio This particular studio has had various configurations. The image above is a shot from a couple of years ago. Below is a picture of it in early September before the day before I set up my two person exhibition Parallel Constellations with Amy Tavern (She is here in this picture. We were both finishing up the last little details before the show.) raissa bump amy tavern in balboa st studio But to give you a bit of perspective on it all, here are two pictures of my portion of the space: one before any of my stuff was moved in and one just weeks after arriving.

balboa st studio 2

empty balboa st studio

And a special thanks to my main companions in this adventure: Whitney dog (pictured below) and Jonathan Anzalone. And also Joseph Ferriso. Together these two guys make up Anzfer Farms with who the Balboa Street studio is shared.

raissa & whitney at bench

Enjoy & Thanks!