A Gathering of Craftsmanship Enthusiasts: A Recap of our Fall Launch Party

By Todd Oppenheimer
By Todd Oppenheimer

Though our readers and supporters live around the globe, it’s our dream to meet all of you in person — to chat about why craftsmanship matters over a craft beer or a glass of wine. A few weeks ago, we got a chance to do just that with our San Francisco community and share a behind-the-scenes look at Craftsmanship Quarterly’s fall issue.

As our fall stories celebrate and investigate the world of fashion, we partnered with Workshop Residence in the up-and-coming Dogpatch neighborhood. Part shop, part artisan-incubator, this vibrant space combines the worlds of craft, art, and design to create fascinating, yet functional objects for everyday living. It’s a real treat to visit.

While our guests savored craft beer donated by Magnolia Brewing Company (just a block and a half away from Workshop Residence) and hors d’oeuvres beautifully prepared by Eva Vazquez Ocker, they were able to check out textiles, tabletop items, and apparel crafted by the Residence artisans, as well as works by craftsmen and craftswomen who have been featured in our online magazine.

After our Managing Director, Gaynor Strachan Chun and our Founder & Executive Director, Todd Oppenheimer got a chance to meet each of our supporters, they shared what new Craftsmanship Quarterly topics we’re currently cooking up and explored the complex issues of craftsmanship and sustainability within the fashion industry and how these stories came together.

Lisa Ellsworth, Creative Manager of Workshop Residence, also gave us a proper tour, pointing out everything from a barn coat created from raw selvedge edge denim to bags made from decades-old fire hoses.

One of our lucky guests even got to take home a vase crafted from a shirt sleeve – it’ll be quite the conversation-starter in her home.

Thank you to all of our guests who braved the rain and the Salesforce Dreamforce traffic for this wonderful evening. We can’t wait for our next event, where we hope to meet more of you – from near and far!

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