Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.
It’s a quieter week than most in San Francisco style land, what with Burning Man drawing droves to the desert and the long weekend ahead beckoning others on late summer jaunts. If you’re City-bound, take heart. You can learn how to manufacture locally with SFMade on Tuesday, mingle with other Bay Area fashion industry folks during Thursday’s Fashion Social at The Factory or party amid art, fashion and music at the latest installment of RAW SF. Friday wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Snakeskin Kaleidoscope at Fiat Lux, where Oakland jewelry designer Katie of Hart Variations will be unveiling all-new and one-of-a-kind wearable art made using a found snakeskin with rare rainbow hues.
The plot: a queer-identified transgender man from Oakland wants to spread awareness, write a novel and pay for surgery, roughly in that order. To advance this page-turner of a tale, he launches a jewelry company named after a key character in the novel. It may sound like fiction, but that’s essentially the story behind just-launched jewelry line Braeden Glass by designer Ayden Oliver Alberry.
If you think earthy can’t be edgy, then you clearly haven’t met Sarah Swell. For fall, Oakland jewelry designer Sarah Greenberg has launched a collection where fossils, one-of-a-kind crystals and conflict-free diamonds mingle with chunky brass, bullet forms and mixed metals. The result: a striking balance of tough girl charm and sweet, starry-eyed appeal.
Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the wink of elegant danger from the hand-fabricated Sagitta ring in polished brass, $85, by Oakland’s Bright Light Designs, the limited production jewelry house of artist Meagan Esther Reelitz.