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Calligraphy Workshop with Monvoir

We had so much fun hosting a Calligraphy Workshop a few weeks ago with the lovely and talented Jenna Rainey of Monvoir. {Follow up post on Jenna - coming soon!}

The class included refreshments and a starter kit with:

  • Pen Holder
  • Beginner Nib
  • Practice Sheets
  • Black Ink
  • Alphabet Guide 
  • Examplar Sheet
  • Plus a bonus succulent

It was a morning filled with good company, homemade snacks, and refreshing cold brew coffee, thanks to the guys at Coffee & Tea Collective!

Thanks to Jenna's creative guidance, we all left the workshop feeling like we were hand lettering naturals.

A follow up class is in the works, or if you missed this one, stay tuned for upcoming workshops.

Thanks again for a great morning ladies!   xo- Pigment

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Coffee with Tatum

We caught up with Tatum Lenahan, of LoveTatum, over coffee. Besides being a successful jewelry designer, she's a stylish and fun lady who's paving the way for other female entrepreneurs. We asked her a few questions about her line and what it's like creating and designing natural works of art that people love to wear.

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 What's been going on with LoveTatum jewelry since we last met up?

"I’ve been involved with many new exciting collaborations with celebrity stylists, Beijos Events- an event planning company based in San Francisco, FINE Magazine, Locale Magazine, San Diego Magazine and now gearing up to go gemstone collecting for Summer!"

Do you have a favorite place to travel for work? or to get inspired?

"My international travels have always inspired my designs, especially Ireland and Barbados but there’s nothing like living in San Diego. I have the best beach and plant-life at my fingertips to draw inspiration from year round."

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Which celebrity would you love to see wearing LoveTatum?

Jessica Alba & Nicole Warne

With all that's going on with your line, how do you stay focused and centered during the craziness?

"It’s important to have balance in your life, even during the craziness. My release is photography, cooking, gardening and spending time with my little Frenchie, Dumpling. What keeps me centered and focused is surrounding myself with very supportive friends and family."

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What do you think people love about your jewelry in particular?

"I’m pretty obsessed with unique gemstones, and I think people love the same things I love about my jewelry… the beauty of natural gemstones that have meaning."

The stones you use in your designs are so stunning and unique! How do you go about choosing just the right ones for your designs?

"I started as a rock collector when I was very young, so I'm automatically drawn to the rarity of each stone and look for unique shape, dimension, quality, clarity and origin."

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Everyone is finding out about LoveTatum! How do you feel about making your mark in jewelry design?

"I feel truly blessed. If I ever took this for granted, I feel like this would all disappear, so I reflect constantly and I'm grateful for all of my new & loyal supporters. Thank you!"

Where do you see things going for LoveTatum in the not too distant future?

"LoveTatum continues to grow locally and expand into a home accessorizing brand."

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Love Tatum Jewelry

If you love what you see, swing past our shop this Saturday for the LoveTatum Trunk Show. We'll be around 10-7, see you there!  

Thank you for chatting with us Tatum!

Photos by Chantal Pasag

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Tillandsia Trunk Show

Just about a month ago, we held a our very first  Tillandsia Trunk Show, and in case you missed it here is a recap of what we hope to have more of in the year to come!

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Sharing the amazing beauty of these curious plants was just part of the inspiration for the exhibit, it was also an opportunity to learn more about them.

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Here are just a few fun facts about Tillandsia care and keeping one in your home:

  • Tillandsias have the unique ability of absorbing water through their leaves, allowing them to sit free-standing of soil or planters!  Be it nested book-side on a shelf, or clinging to a piece of weathered driftwood; displaying air plants is fun and super easy. When watering your Tillandsias, mist the leaves and center of the plant (not the base) with a spray bottle.  The amount of water will vary depending on humidity.  In drier climates, like our own here in San Diego, we recommend 3-4 times a week.
  • You can tell if your Tillandsia is happy and healthy when it's leaves are growing up and out.  Brown at the edges and curling, the plant isn’t getting enough water (careful, too much water can cause them to rot).
  • In nature, Tillandsias grow under the shade of trees.  They prefer dappled light as opposed to direct sunlight.  A covered porch, patio, or a shelf near a window are ideal locations for your air plant.
  • If your Tillandsia has a mini version of itself growing from it's base, that is a baby air plant! After a few months, you can either leave it attached to start a Tillandsia "clump," or carefully separate them to start growing another specimen.

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What are those things that look like roots?

Those little tendrils allow Tillandsias to anchor themselves to trees or rocks. Unlike most roots, they don't take up nutrients and the plant is not harmed by having them cut off.

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Large Xerographica

One of our favorites here at the shop.  At 18" wide, one specimen in the trunk show was the largest the store has ever seen.  We were blown away! They were absolutely stunning.  That said,  Xerographica can actually grow up to three feet in diameter and three feet tall when blooming (can you imagine)!  They're slow growers and their health hinges on good air circulation and proper watering.

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Look for more events to come in Spring! Happy planting!

photos by Pigment owner Amy Paul

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A Pigment Gift Guide | For Her

Still trying to figure out what to give her this holiday? We have a few pretty lil' suggestions:

 

1. We love this stunning book of floral arrangements - The Flower Recipe Book.

2. Wild Flower and Fern Gel has the prettiest packaging, you don't even have to wrap it!

3. For the lady with the cooking magic  - Rifle Paper Co. Citrus Floral Tin Recipe Box.

4. Dress it up, or dress it down with this fun little Hobo Honey Ombre Wallet.

5. In love with Lush's Love Script Ring.

6. There's nothing basic about this beauty, Baggu Leather Basic Tote in fancy-fun gold!

7. Botanical Rose iPhone Case is not only super pretty, but really durable too, for those oh so many "whoops...eek!"

8. Sass it up with the Large Baggu Leather Pouch in Persimmon! Perfect as a clutch or makeup carryall.

9. A special piece of jewelry for a special lady, handmade by Bearhead Factory - the beautiful Feather Cuff.

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A Pigment Gift Guide | For Him

Tis' the season for gift giving! So here we present to you a few ideas for HIM, whoever HE may be.

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1. We are in love with the Griffin Assembly Messenger bag. It is incredibly well made, super classy and pretty practical too.

2. Dress up that iPhone with Native Union's CLC Walnut & Brass iphone case.

3. Get HIM fresh with Cedar Wood Soap. Need we say more?

4. A San Diego made and hand-crafted Leather Blanket Keep by Edison Manufacturing Co. for the outdoorsy and on-the-go guy.

5. Keep it dapper with Izola's Dapper Dopp Kit the perfect canvas toiletry bag, gift it with No. 3 Cedar Soap.

6. For the guy that's always in the kitchen (we know you're out there!) a cookbook for some good ol' southern cookin' -  Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey.

7. Music all day and everyday?  Native Union's Portable Speakers are not only awesome (charges your phone, takes conference calls...) but look really cool!

8. Keep that mop dressed up with with Izola's Fine and Dandy brass comb. Now who's got style?

9. Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like an Izola pocket flask! Cheers to the Season - clink, clink.

Happy Gift Giving!

Warmly, Pigment

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Getting Crafty for the Holidays | Airplant Wreath

The holidays are in full swing, and we are getting crafty with ways to decorate your home for the holidays. As some of you may know, our shop is well known for the varieties of succulents and airplants we carry. This year we decided to take a bit of an unconventional approach to dressing a your holiday wreath.....with airplants!

Here's what you'll need:

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1. A basic wreath purchased at your local craft store or nursery - we used a grapevine wreath.

2. A selection of airplants, you can find at a selection of airplants at Pigment year round.

3. Any accent items - in this case we chose a stag horn and a pretty lil' twig we found during a morning walk.

4. Reindeer moss - for a pop of color and texture, also available at Pigment.

The best part about this craft project is that it requires little-to-no tools, making it is pretty mess-free. We just tucked the butts of the airplants into the wreath and using twine tied the accents to the body of the wreath.

Our in-house planter wizard, Shelby, started out by placing her accent piece.

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Then she worked around that to and put the airplants in place.

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Since we didn't need to use glue to keep anything in place, there was a lot flexibility in arranging the airplants, a super PLUS when doing this for your first time.  So you can create any kind of look you like; very ornate or keep things nice and light.

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.....a bit of moss for a pop of color and texture.

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And voila! You have an a holiday wreath that is unique, easy to care for and can last beyond the Holiday Season. Airplants and reindeer moss can be watered directly while attached to the wreath; just run the airplants under the water facet to moisten once a week. The reindeer moss needs even less water to keep its texture soft and fluffy; you can water the moss while watering the airplants every other week or so. Let dry before replacing on the wall or door.

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Feeling inspired?  Join us at our Tillandsia Trunk Show on Saturday, December 14th and or hop onto our mailing list to get all the details and to keep up with future events. Happy Holidays - Pigment

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Getting Crafty for the Holidays

We were so excited to host a book-binding workshop put on by local creatives Urban Craft Camp, which is headed by some pretty talented ladies: Ana of We Love Citrus and Jenn of My Three Sons. They've joined forces to put together creative workshops  and events to inspire the maker in all of us.  And with the Holidays in the air, it is the perfect time to get crafty for holiday-gift-giving. Here is a list of basic materials you'll need to get started on book binding:

  • healing mat
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • a straight-edge or ruler
  • bone folder
  • book binding needle and thread
  • paper

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 There are a number of ways to get crafty with book binding. Pinterest has some pretty helpful tutorials to get you started.

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If you're looking for some pretty paper to use as a cover, we love the colors and prints of Rifle Paper's wrapping & decorative paper.

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 Go get your craft on and start creating for the holidays and the new year! And if you're ever in San Diego, keep an eye out for more upcoming crafty workshops with Urban Craft Camp.

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We Are...Bearhead Factory

Erin Merriman is truly an artisan in her craft. She is the creator behind Bearhead Factory - an experimental line of handmade jewelry that transforms symbols from their collective mythology into wearable art objects. Her vivid imagination and organic way of looking at life translates into her jewelry. Her pieces are the epitome of beautiful statement pieces.

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Where does the name "Bearhead Factory" come from?

"The name is actually now almost 10 years old! I had graduated from school, and was living in an old factory in Brooklyn, and just making tons of different kinds of art. I wanted a name that could be an umbrella or container for whatever I was working on. Around this time, I had a dream about a warrior woman wearing the most beautiful, intricate helmet made from the head of a grizzly bear. This dream woman at the time represented a fierceness of spirit that I was eager to harness/ channel into my business and life."

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What inspired you to start making  jewelry? 

"I grew up in a very small town with not much to do, so I spent most of high school fantasizing about moving to New York City. When I finally got to art school in Brooklyn, I was surprised to find I missed the solitude of my family’s 100 acre tree farm. I chose jewelry as my major because there where only 3 people in that department, and the idea of being left alone to explore a completely new craft excited me. Also, whenever I would see a painting or sculpture I liked growing up, my first thought was always “ How can I wear that?” I am always inspired by the way jewelry allows us to explore ideas we are interested in by wearing them on our bodies."

What inspires you, in general?

"Carl Jung, Star Trek The Next generation, Dreams, New Aged self help books, good conversation, vintage textiles, textures in general."

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Where do you make your work?

"A chance encounter with a local Armenian goldsmith lead to an unlikely friendship and an invite to share his studio in Downtown San Diego. This has given me access to so many tools I had only dreamed of owning, and also immersed me in a completely surreal work environment! Many a late night we have spent there together, me grinding metal, him chain smoking and watching Russian Christmas pageants on the big screen TV. He’s always trying to get me to stop working and have a shot of cognac with him."

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How did you end up in San Diego?

"My husband and I left Brooklyn for an  earthship in New Mexico, where I briefly considered becoming a homebirth midwife. Instead, we ended up having a homebirth! As soon as our son arrived, we realized how important it was to us both that he had an extended family. My husband is from San Diego, so we just packed up everything and moved here when our son was 8 weeks old. I thought we would just make it work for a couple of years and then choose our next adventure, but San Diego has shown up for us in really incredible ways, and I couldn’t be happier living here." What do you like about San Diego? What do you like about North Park? "It feels like an unbelievable blessing to get to live walking distance from the ocean. The weather is mild all year, and the creative community in San Diego is very collaborative and welcoming. Most of our friends live in North Park, so that is my very favorite thing about the neighborhood, but there is also good yoga and vintage/ resale spots too."

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Where do you see your artistic endeavors taking you?

"I am getting ready to launch a new project. We will of course still make jewelry collections, but within a more conceptual context, including  lots of  exciting collaborations. There are so many stories about how to be an artist or run a business out there, but most of them feel isolating, limiting and outdated to me.  I am meeting a lot of amazing artists who are feeling the same way, and together we are writing a new story of how to engage creatively in life in an authentic way that leaves room for experimentation, mistakes, individuality and imperfection. Perfection is numbing- Messy is more fun!"

Bearhead Factory jewelry pieces are originally designed and hand made. You can shop some of her specialty pieces in store,and online.

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