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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. 

 

photos by: Chantal Pasag

 

 

 

Beer + Cheese

Last Thursday we held our very first book signing event at our new space! Janet Fletcher, author of the (ever-so-awesome!) book Cheese & Beer, came to hang out and educate us on pairing craft beer (thanks Bottlecraft!)  and fine cheeses (thanks Venissimo cheese!)

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Cheese & Beer by Janet Fletcher Cheese & Beer by Janet FletcherPigment’s neighbor and friends, Billy (middle) and Mike (right), from Aloha Sunday popped over to check out our new space, and have a bit of cheese & beer.

Cheese & Beer by Janet FletcherBottlecraft owner Brian (rocking the black Bottlecraft Tee at the tasting) said:
“Beer is just a natural pairing with cheese. And actually a lot of brewers make cheese as well. Like Chimay makes cheese, and they make great beer, too. I think it’s a natural fit. Some beers go better with cheese than wines would. But that’s an argument that will go on forever.”

Cheese & Beer by Janet Fletcher Cheese & Beer by Janet FletcherThe Barely Buzzed cheese paired with the Bear Republic Big Bear Stout. So tasty!

Cheese & Beer by Janet Fletcher Cheese & Beer by Janet FletcherA Huge “thanks!” (again) to Bottlecraft, Venissimo cheese, and Janet Fletcher for being a part of such a fun and tasty event! If you’re a fan of Cheese and Beer, we highly suggest you check out her book, here!

We Are… Bottlecraft

BottlecraftWe are excited to feature Bottlecraft in our latest “We Are” series. Not only for our love of craft beer, BUT because it’s the second location owner Brian Jensen has opened up, and we couldn’t feel more proud that they are in our ‘hood!

BottlecraftHow/why was Bottlecraft born?
“I have always wanted to do something in the food/beverage industry, so after college I moved from San Diego to New York to go to culinary school. Over the span of about five years I immersed myself in every corner of that world; I didn’t know what I wanted to do but gave myself the space and time to chase down anything I was interested in to see if I could make a career out of it. During that time, one of the jobs I had was working at a neighborhood wine shop in Brooklyn. It was a cool, casual little shop run by a knowledgeable and passionate team. As a beer drinker, I was always at shops, looking for beer but I never really had the nice shopping experience I saw at wine shops. When I decided to do something on my own, that was on the top of my list to try to figure out.”

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“There are so many great craft beer bars and beer lovers here in North Park, it was just a natural fit for Bottlecraft.”

What do you like about North Park?
“I personally love North Park because there’s a great mix of fun bars and great shops (like Pigment) with lots of good, creative energy.”

Bottlecraft Owner Brian Jensen“My goal is to create a place where anyone from the Bud drinker to a master brewer can come, try something new and learn something. It’s definitely a two way street, I learn so much from my customers. That’s the fun of it all in my opinion.

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We will be partnering up with Bottlecraft for this Thursday’s craft beer and fine cheese pairings. A book signing will be held with Janet Fletcher, author of the book Cheese & Beer, one of the first guides ever to be written about pairing the two delicious items together! Come join us at our new location (the corner of 30th and North Park Way) and meet Janet, along with Bottlecraft owner Brian Jensen!
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BottlecraftNot only is Brian such an inspiring entrepreneur, he’s also a cool dude. If you live in the ‘hood, or are ever visiting San Diego, stop by either one of his locations and check out his labor of love:

Little Italy –  2161 India St
(between Hawthorn St & Ivy St)
San Diego, CA 92101

North Park – 3007 University Ave
(between 30th St & Ray St)
San Diego, CA 92104

Thank you Bottlecraft (and Brian!) for being such an awesome addition to the neighborhood!

A Show by Shelby Collins

One of Pigment’s newer additions to the team, Miss Shelby Collins, had her opening reception for her Senior Exhibition Monday night at Point Loma Nazarene University. She’s been working really hard on this all year, so we were sure to be there and show our love and support.

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Shelby Collins Shelby Collins-2   Shelby Collins-5“The whole is comprised of two parts: the interior and the exterior, the center and the circumference. They are distinct and separate, yet their condition of being depends on the radius between them.”

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Pigment Family Love.

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Framed pieces that express shadows, lines, shapes and figures – stunning!!

Shelby Collins-12Shelby CollinsShelby joined the Pigment family last summer after meeting Pigment owner, Amy Paul, in a  color theory class at Point Loma Nazarene taught by Amy. Inspired by Amy and Pigment’s carefully curated concepts, Shelby jumped at the opportunity to work with us and we’re so happy to have her.

We couldn’t be more proud of her on this day. Congratulations Shelby! If you get a chance, swing by the store and say HI! — She’s really, super nice.