ALABAMA CHANIN: THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.27.2015 – 8.1.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.27.2015 – 8.1.2015

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1:

Join Natalie in California this Wednesday at A Verb for Keeping Warm for a celebration of The School of Making and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. The evening includes stitching, talking, and book signing. This is a free event with limited seating, first come first served.

Join Heath’s Creative Director, Cathy Bailey, and Natalie Chanin on Thursday, July 30 for a special conversation about design, making, craft, and fashion as they celebrate the launch of the new Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics Collaboration. The conversation is free and open to the public. There is currently a wait list for the conversation. Join here. There are still openings for the workshop, which follows the conversation. Register here

Don’t forget to check out our newest Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics Collaboration pieces, Indigo and Bird’s Nest, here.

And visit us at The Factory in Florence.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day, including our hugely popular Classic BLT—made with Fatback bacon, local heirloom tomato, seasoned greens, and a homemade basil aioli.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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POSTCARDS FROM HEATH (+ A CELEBRATION)

Join us tonight at the Boiler Room as we celebrate the opening of Alabama on Alabama with Heath Ceramics, showcasing the works of Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, John Henry Toney, and Rinne Allen. Come out for an exclusive first look at the Alabama Chanin Collection, hand-dyed Indigo garments, one-of-a-kind quilts, and special home pieces. We’ll round out the evening with music, refreshments, and libations. See you there.

Alabama on Alabama Opening Party
Friday, July 24, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $10/person
Purchase tickets in advance here.

Boiler Room @ Heath Ceramics
2900 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

For more information, contact sales (at) alabamachanin.com, or visit boilerroomsf.com

*Images from Heath Ceramics and spottedsf.com

ALABAMA CHANIN: ALABAMA ON ALABAMA

ALABAMA ON ALABAMA

The Alabama Chanin, Heath Ceramics, and Boiler Room teams have been working together over the past few months in preparation for our show in San Francisco, which opens tomorrow evening. Needless to say, we are very excited. The show, Alabama on Alabama, is the fourth ever exhibition in Heath Ceramics’ new event space, the Boiler Room. Heath Ceramics opened the Boiler Room last year as a place of discovery, inspiration, and exploration—bringing together the unexpected, hard-to-define worlds of art, design, and craft. Those realms are explored through collections, shows, events, and pop-ups. We have to admit that ours fits the bill perfectly and are honored to be included.

Alabama on Alabama is a month-long journey into the soul of the modern South. Natalie’s work spearheads the exhibit, which also includes works by Butch Anthony, known for his ‘intertwangled” paintings and creations using found objects, and materials and works on paper by artist (and longtime Butch Anthony collaborator) Mr. John Henry Toney. Alabama on Alabama also showcases the work of our dear friend and photographer, Rinne Allen.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – AMTRAK: ALABAMA TO SAN FRANCISCO

AMTRAK: ALABAMA TO SAN FRANCISCO

A few notes from the road:

We packed way too much. One suitcase and a favorite pillow would have done.

We haven’t taken nearly enough pictures to describe the magnificent journey this has been.

Snacks are good.

Rain from a train is very beautiful.

Tunnels can be a little dark and scary.

Origami makes people happy.

The absence of cell phone service and Wi-Fi can be a blessing.

There is a beautiful juxtaposition of rugged industrial and breathtaking scenery to be found along railroad tracks (and sometimes side-by-side).

Great satisfaction can be found in just sitting still.
xoNatalie and Maggie

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HEATH CERAMICS + ALABAMA CHANIN: INDIGO + BIRD'S NEST

HEATH + ALABAMA CHANIN: INDIGO + BIRD’S NEST

Our first collaboration with Heath Ceramics, launched in 2011, has built a lasting, creatively symbiotic relationship. That joint development was a beautifully intensive design process that blended our techniques with theirs. Our Heath + Alabama Chanin line of dinnerware is made by hand, just like our Alabama Chanin handmade Collection. The artisans at Heath etch the designs into clay in much the same way that we embroider our garments. And just as our stitchers initial the garments they create, the Heath artists leave their marks on each of the finished products.

Over the last year, as we began experimenting with our indigo dye house, we became excited about the possibilities of this natural color and the richness and variations it creates. This excitement carried over into our ongoing conversations with Heath about expanding our collaboration. The new pieces build upon our previous work together and today we launch two new themes in our Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics collaboration: Indigo and Bird’s Nest.

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The Factory This Week

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.20.2015 – 7.25.2015

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 20 – Saturday, July 25:

Join A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA for a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show during the month of July. A Verb for Keeping Warm will be offering 15% off of any DIY kits purchased during the trunk show, and 10% off of fabric. The trunk show will run through August 2. Learn more here.

This Friday, July 24 kicks off Alabama on Alabama at Heath Ceramics where you can view and shop the works of Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, Rinne Allen, and other southern artists. Visit the Boiler Room @ Heath Ceramics for more information.

And visit us at The Factory in Florence.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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TRAINS: ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA

TRAINS: ALABAMA TO SAN FRANCISCO

Two years ago, Cathy Bailey and her son Jasper came to visit Maggie and me in The Shoals via train. It was Jasper’s spring break and they boarded the California Zephyr to Birmingham by way of Washington D.C., and traversed the entire country to spend time in North Alabama. Needless to say, Jasper and Maggie became fast friends, our collaboration with Heath Ceramics continued to grow, Cathy and I became even better friends, and the next year, they came again. In a few short days, Maggie and I will be taking the California Zephyr to San Francisco. We’ve come to call it “Jasper’s Trip,” since Jasper has given me (and Maggie) a renewed love for trains.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – Q&A: CATHY BAILEY | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Q&A: CATHY BAILEY | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Over the last five years, our work with Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic has been some of the most productive, exciting, and meaningful work that we’ve had the opportunity to do. Robin and Cathy are husband and wife, parents to Jasper, writers of the new book, Tile Makes the Room, and the owners and operators of Heath Ceramics. Cathy was an early member of our Makeshift initiative and has participated in almost every major Makeshift event since its inception. Our ongoing collaboration with Heath is one of our proudest (and longest lasting) joint design ventures. And throughout the process, Cathy has become a trusted friend.

Prior to her work at Heath, Cathy founded One & Co., a design consultancy with clients like Microsoft, Palm, and Apple. (Prior to THAT, she worked as a footwear designer at Nike in Portland.) In 2004, she and Robin purchased and rehabilitated Heath Ceramics, founded by Edith Heath in 1948 and run by Edith and her family until Edith was in her 80s. When they made the purchase, both were searching for more satisfying outlets for designing and making—and found that at Heath, which required hands-on work to revive and preserve, while keeping the original design aesthetic intact.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – HEATH CERAMICS: THE COMPLEXITY OF SIMPLICITY

HEATH CERAMICS: THE COMPLEXITY OF SIMPLICITY

It’s no secret that we at Alabama Chanin have long been admirers of Heath Ceramics—their work, their approach to responsible manufacturing, and their embrace of beautiful, sustainable design sets them apart from so many companies today. We have also been honored (and excited) to collaborate with them on several projects, including a line of dinnerware, the MAKESHIFT conversations, and most recently, two clocks designed to celebrate the 10 year ownership of the company by friends Cathy Bailey and Robin Petrovic.

Edith Heath originally founded Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California, in 1948. She was an accomplished ceramist who cared deeply for the craft and believed in the importance of using quality materials. She grew up in rural Iowa during the Great Depression, which made her a natural conservator. In the late 1930s she worked with Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, which influenced her design aesthetic. Heath searched constantly to source the right materials and experimented for years to find the best techniques and glazes; she was once quoted as saying that she wanted to use clay that had “character” and “guts”.

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ALABAMA ON ALABAMA

ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA

THE STORY
Alabama on Alabama is a month-long journey to the soul of the Modern South, held in the Boiler Room and showroom at Heath in San Francisco. Refined, raw and radical, the Modern South connects place, people, process, and tradition in a way that cuts across geography and time. From July 24, 2015, the Boiler Room will exhibit the work of the widely acclaimed and celebrated textile artist, designer, and slow design pioneer Natalie Chanin. It will also include work by Butch Anthony, best known for his “intertwangled” paintings and creations using found objects and materials, and works on paper by outsider artist Mr. John Henry Toney. Alabama on Alabama will also feature the work of frequent Natalie Chanin collaborator and photographer Rinne Allen. Visit boilerroomsf.com to learn more.

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