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Anthony Holdsworth Interview

Anthony Holdsworth Interview

How did you get here? How did you start painting, and why were you drawn to Oakland? I started painting seriously in Florence, Italy while helping clean up after the disastrous flood of ’66. When my job ended in 1968, I studied painting for two years in England. In 1970 I returned to the Bay […]

"You too are an unsung hero": An interview with Brett Cook

"You too are an unsung hero": An interview with Brett Cook

Brett Cook has some advice for the people of Oakland: “You too are an unsung hero. Just keep doing good work and Oakland will be better for everyone.” Brett’s paintings and installations have been displayed in museums all over the world, but he believes that art should also have a place in everyday life — […]

What’s going on, Oakland?

What’s going on, Oakland?

What’s going on in Oakland? This First Friday, Youth Radio has the answer. Earlier this year, the Kennedy Center asked them to remix Marvin Gaye’s landmark album for a modern audience. On November 2nd, you can hear it for yourself — along with a special set by 1-O.A.K. What’s Going On is credited as on […]

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing

Maybe you’ve seen them in storefronts around town: enormous, colorful portraits of Oakland’s unsung local heroes. The paintings are part of artist Brett Cook‘s Reflections of Healing project. The installations celebrate people who created legacies of healing in Oakland. Some made their mark with words, others with music, movement and food. By putting the works […]

California Honeydrops at First Friday!

California Honeydrops at First Friday!

It’s a good week to be an Oaklander. Summer weather is finally here, and the A’s just beat the odds to make it into the playoffs. This First Friday (October 5th), the beloved California Honeydrops are playing for free at the Oaklandish store, so we can all celebrate like champions. The California Honeydrops got their […]

The not-so-lazy lotus

The not-so-lazy lotus

The crafty mind behind Lazy Lotus sees scarves as the perfect addition to every outfit. So she took to cutting and sewing bright and colorful fabrics as a creative escape from the spreadsheets of her day job. Her affordable adornments have been a runaway hit in the Oaklandish store. She schooled us in multitasking, the […]

Metaphor’s manly botanicals

Metaphor’s manly botanicals

The guys behind Metaphor Organics started out making natural deodorant — but branched into soap so they wouldn’t be known as body odor experts. Their manly-scented “Full Monty” soap promises to leave you smelling “like you were just chopping down trees, saving damsels in distress and other manly things.” We talked to them about bike […]

Zion I at Oaklandish this Friday!

Zion I at Oaklandish this Friday!

Oakland, listen up. This First Friday, August 3rd, Oaklandish will be joined by the unparalleled hip-hop duo Zion I. You won’t want to miss this one. The Oakland-grown Zion I don’t need much of an introduction. Since they emerged on the Oakland hip-hop scene in the ’90s, these native sons have consistently produced versatile and […]

Loaded like a freight bag

Loaded like a freight bag

For a pedestrian, a broken bag strap or split seam is an inconvenience. But if you’re speeding downhill on a bike, a piece of busted gear can be a serious hazard. That’s where Freight bags come in handy — their custom packs have a classic look, but they’re sewn with top-notch materials to make sure […]

Blue Chair Fruit has the Oakland jam (and marmalade, and preserves…)

Blue Chair Fruit has the Oakland jam (and marmalade, and preserves…)

The ladies at Blue Chair Fruit Company are experts when it comes to berries, stone fruits and sugar (think tomato and white nectarine jam, or orange-kumquat marmalade with saffron and cardamom). Long before canning caught on with the farmer’s market crowd, Rachel Saunders was busy trying out every jam-making technique she could find. Ten years […]

Kindah Khalidy’s curious textiles

Kindah Khalidy’s curious textiles

People in the fashion world are always throwing around the term “wearable art.” But Kindah Khalidy‘s accessories are the real thing — the patterns on her clutches and scarves are based on her own abstract canvases. If that’s not arty enough for you, she also sews her own “wearable paintings” — perfect for one-upping the […]

Line by line with George Hopkins

Line by line with George Hopkins

George Hopkins is a smart guy. After all, he chose to move to Oakland twenty-three years ago. Hopkins’ detailed pen and ink drawings explore the city’s unexplored and underappreciated architecture and history. We sat down to talk with the artist about the greatness of cities, the Oakland art scene, and received a pretty damned-good Oakland […]

Support your local swarm with Bubble Farm soaps!

Support your local swarm with Bubble Farm soaps!

Would I want to rub this on my face? That’s the question that Jean and her husband Chris ask when they’re coming up with new product recipes for the Bubble Farm Soap Co. Their beeswax comes straight from their backyard hives in Alameda. We talked to Jean about what it’s like to stand in the […]

.retool.’s industrial-strength accessories

.retool.’s industrial-strength accessories

A few years ago, the guys at .retool. came up with the genius idea of sewing vegan wallets with an industrial twist. They’re best known for their handmade seatbelt wallets: a sturdy, sustainable way to keep your cash strapped in tight. When they’re not sewing, they also scour the country for industrial-strength scrap materials, like […]

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Madison Hardy sees glamor in the strangest places: toilet chains, Barbie shoes, even snipped-off locks of hair. Ever since childhood, she’s been collecting tiny treasures, and giving them new life. Imagine tiny glass bottles with plastic food suspended inside, or statement rings made from dollhouse lamps. We talked to her about her family’s boat travels […]

Junk rescue with The Whiteout

Junk rescue with The Whiteout

Vincente and Vinit spend their days liberating Oakland’s junk, and turning it into a blank slate for their pen ink illustrations. Every piece by The Whiteout is an original, and comes with some hints about its former life. The pair get their inspirtation in the discount piles at Goodwill and Urban Ore, then repair, re-paint, […]

First Friday, April 6th!

First Friday, April 6th!

Come out on Friday April 6th, and watch downtown Oakland come alive. From 7 – 11, Oaklandish will be bumping with free drinks, music, and art. 1444 Broadway, in the heart of downtown Oakland. As always, this party is open to everyone with local love in their hearts. The night’s festivities will feature: Music from […]

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

Nieves Rathbun mixes up small batches of serums and sprays, made from gentle natural ingredients — but without the new age mumbo-jumbo and strange herbal smells. Her skincare line, By Nieves, includes balms, serums and scrubs are multipurpose natural wonders, safe to smooth on skin, hair and lips. In fact, the ingredients are so wholesome, […]

The Sounds of the Town

The Sounds of the Town

We have Oakland pride every day, but from 7 – 11 this Friday, our praises will be louder than ever. Music has always been one of Oakland’s most celebrated exports, and on March 2nd the incomparable DJ Dion Decibels will release a mix of the greatest sounds to ring out from our fair city. The […]

A bright future in plastics

Even if you’re technically a grownup, Legos never stop being fun. But great design does more than make you look good — it starts conversations, and snaps people out of their dreary daily grind. Seeplus‘s Chris Mueller just wanted to make some cool jewelry out of primary-colored plastic. Then more and more people were asking […]

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