San Franciscans in their Element: Peddling Flowers and Spotting Designs

While most San Franciscans recognize the vintage van, design hunter Leslie Santarina was one of the first to spot The Petaler’s brick and mortar space. Now Rebekah Northway’s private studio opens its doors once a week for the “Friday Flowers” shop! 

There’s a new gem to visit nestled between San Francisco’s Castro and Duboce Triangle districts: a little lux floral design shop called The Petaler.

The Color Shaman: Chor Boogie’s Vibrant Mark on The Map

When the Color Shaman works, bright tones and mystic symbols leap from his can of spray paint. Characters like Intergalactic Cats and Corporate Zombies climb 20ft tall walls, leave trails of color, and gaze from their perches with huge soul-searching eyes. While you can refer to the artist in many ways—a Starchaeologist, Mr. Boogie, The Color Shaman, simply Joaquin—don’t just call his works “murals.” Visit one of these trippy, towering paintings and you’ll agree it’s a dose of visual medicine.

Finding a Full-Time Creative Niche: Lesley’s Lettering Arts

In less than a year, Lesley Johnson built a full-time career as a lettering artist in NYC. Lesley shows a niche passion can become your day-job but, to distinguish yourself as a lettering artist you need to do more than dot your “i’s,” you need a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

Interiors firms and independent businesses are looking for originality when it comes to their signage—and for good reason.

The Power of Perspective: Erik Otto Branches Out Beyond the Bay

Erik Otto is a known name on the West Coast. His versatility as a visual artist has earned him a reputation and waiting list for commissions around San Francisco. However, Otto isn’t one to rest on his laurels. He’s off to conquer New York and grow his collective: VESL.  Wescover is excited to share his insights on starting over, shifting perspective, and building a collaborative bi-coastal brand.

Architect Zombies, Urban Acupuncturists, and Green Scars

Meet Artist Alexis Laurent in The Pearl

Alexis Laurent is an artist, designer, sculptor, native Frenchman and transplant San Franciscan. We love his perspective on each piece—and how he shares it with an assertive eloquence that’s very French. We met up with him at a space in SF full of his creations: The Pearl.

 

The word “Pearl” conjures pure, opalescent textures in our minds, however, when I arrive at The Pearl in San Francisco I realize this isn’t why it was given the illustrious name.…

Aleksandra Zee: Woodwork, the Hustle, and Joshua Trees

On a hot Friday afternoon, we ventured out of foggy San Francisco and into the heart of Oakland to visit the ethereal artist Aleksandra Zee. Al is a classic beauty with big bouncy hair and a shining smile that welcomes everyone into her studio. Her dog Jack, as true a desert dweller as his mom, came to say hello and give us a tour of the place together.

Of Art and Other Stories: Finding Your Medium with Afton Love

It’s an undeniable fact that things of this world can seem otherworldly in art, but Afton Love has managed to find places and ways to capture extraterrestrial landscapes here on Earth. No distortion, just nature. Her piece La Plaza Blanca at Mr. Jiu’s is pure evidence of that. With graphite, paper and wax she creates photo-realistic paintings of surreal places we can only wish to stumble upon.

Sign Language– An interview with Gentleman Scholar

The Best stories come from the source itself. They tell the secrets of a place, the details behind a name and a few mishaps that make it intriguing. This week we spoke to Andrew Lawrence from Gentleman Scholar Signs and he pointed the way on a few more things than we bargained for. When I asked him why he does what he does he responded: “A lot of people don’t care what you’re doing but kids do.” While he paints, hundreds of people pass by him and only a handful of people interact with him.

Of Identity, Motherhood, and Ceramics: A Story About Akiko’s Pottery

 

Visit Akiko on Wescover

The art of Akiko Graham is somewhat of a staple at Michelin-star rated restaurants among the likes of Lark Seattle, Willows Inn, Coi SF, Frances SF and of course many others. With a clientele so highly regarded and an enviable repertoire, it’s safe to assume Akiko Graham is a coveted  artist in the restaurant world. But as the story goes, it wasn’t without hard work, sweat and wheels (ceramic wheels that is) that her status as an established artist emerged.