(In collaboration with SF Etsy)
In a city of endless inspiration, art is everywhere. It’s engrained in who we are and how we see the world. We gaze at the beauty around us, from the hills to the seas, and know there is something special here—something that can only be communicated through art. With its creative and artsy vibe, Bayview is a hub of this cultural movement. Public art is vibrant; the SF Shipyard Artist Community is thriving. The Bayview is full of makers who, from their homes to their studios, are creating original pieces. Through the help of SF Etsy, we have curated a list of the top makers located in Bayview. Some of them have Etsy shops. Others have become so prominent they are now partnering with retailers such as Madewell. From skincare to ceramics, clothing, jewelry and home décor, these artists are giving us even more reason to #shoplocal. We are proud of our Bayview makers and the creative energy they bring to the community.
Painter, illustrator and ceramic maker Holly Coley credits Japanese folklore and naturalism for inspiration for her unique “magical realism ceramics.” She comes from a family of artists and studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and her work includes everything from handmade pots with sloth faces to “spirit pots” that reflect Coley’s interest in the surreal. Her products, such as small batch pottery items, including a lemon plate and a blue ceramic narwhal, are sold at Madewell, an incredibly well-known and respected retailer. They tout Holly as, “a San Francisco–based artist and Hometown Hero.”
Founder Alana Rivera, a native of Bayview resident, used her background as an herbalist to create Etta + Billie, her sustainable food-centric skincare company. She started by brewing apothecary products in her kitchen, and now her products are sold in boutiques in San Francisco and nationwide. Online you can buy her facial oils, body scrubs, soaps, and lip balms, all with natural ingredients such as cardamom, ginger and peppermint.
Artist Amy Auerbach has long been interested in how our lives are shaped by memories and our surroundings, and her work focuses on weaving the past into the present with unique items. Asterisk and None is her new line of home décor products that intertwine the past and present. Her first project—recipe towels with images of recipes from an old family cookbook– are featured in her Etsy store. The towels are a link to the past, and they may inspire you to make the recipes that have been enjoyed for generations.
Sugarcane Apparel, which is “rooted and inspired by San Francisco”, is a collection of designer Stacey West’s clothing for busy women who dress for self-expression. Her fabrics tend to be ultra-soft, stretchy and eye-catching, and West’s versatile designs include a kimono jacket and a black-and-white print poncho. Also look for turban headbands and reversible cowl-neck hoodies in a variety of prints in West’s Etsy shop.
S for Sparkle designer Katie Cheng specializes in dainty jewelry that celebrates color and shape. Many of her designs include colorful beads and gemstones, including a series of birth stone necklaces. Her online store includes silver stud earrings in a variety of shapes and hombre necklaces and bracelets that feature a dark-to-light palette of tiny beads.