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We Are… FMITK

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This is Holly Haines. She cooks out of her “Impossibly Tiny Kitchen” – hence the name of her inspiring blog “From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen” or FMITK, where she creates delectable recipes that she loves sharing with the her friends and followers. She’s a super talented baker and cook with a fun sense of humor.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the time for sweet treats, so we caught up with Holly in her kitchen whipping up a tasty batch of her Dark Chocolate Chip Heart Brownies. Yum! Here’s the recipe and step by step guide so you can make something sweet for your someone special this Valentine’s Day.

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What you’ll need: vanilla extract, sugar, flour, brandy, sea salt, butter, dark chocolate, eggs, dried tart cherries, and heart cookie-cutters, should you decide to get all cutesie with it.

Ingredients

for the cherries
3/4 cup tart dried cherries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (use 1/8 tsp if spicy isn’t your thing. these have a kick!)
2 tbsp brandy (or your favorite boozy selection)

Start by placing cherries, water, sugar and cayenne pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add brandy. Let steep until cherries cool down a bit (about 20 minutes). Drain the liquid and set cherries aside.

for the brownies
3oz dark chocolate (60%+), chopped (we love Mast Brother’s Dark Chocolate Chef’s Tablet)
1 stick of butter
1 (scant) cup of sugar (“scant” just means a little bit less than)
2 eggs
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour

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In a heatproof, microwave safe bowl, combine chopped chocolate and butter. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each, until butter and chocolate are mostly melted about a minute. 

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Whisk in sugar. We love using Falcon’s Prep Set for mixing bowls!

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 Pour brownie batter into prepared pan (lined with parchment paper), spreading until mostly even.

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 Top with remaining drunk cherries.

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Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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 While waiting for those delicious brownies to properly cool, we got to sit down and get to know Miss Holly Haines a bit more. She’s made treats for Pigment events in the past, but we were excited to have some one-on-one time to see what she’s all about.

How did FMITK get started?

“FMITK started as a superfluous hashtag (#frommyimpossiblytinykitchen) I used to tag my recipe posts on Instagram. Eventually, enough of my friends badgered me into creating a blog with all my recipes, and voila, fmitk.com was born.”

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What inspires you to cook?

“I get my inspiration from everywhere and everyone! A television commercial, a gift from a co-worker’s vegetable garden, a whiff of my neighbor’s cooking, trying to duplicate delicious things from my favorite restaurants. Finding new and delicious recipes to share with the people I love is always the purpose. Also, boredom. Boredom usually gets me in the kitchen trying to make something out of whatever I have on hand.”

What is your favorite recipe?

“My favorite FMITK recipe is my Chinese Five Spice and Cocoa Braised Short Ribs (coming soon!), but my most requested recipe is far and beyond the Roasted Strawberry and Salted Caramel Brownies (http://www.fmitk.com/2013/10/roasted-strawberry-and-salted-caramel-brownies/). I’ve made it so many times, I know that recipe like the back of my hand.”

Do you have a favorite product from our Market section?

“I love all of the Lemon Bird products – specifically the Tomato and Vanilla Bean Jam and their Preserved Lemons. I’ve made a couple recipes with them which you can find here and here.”

What do you imagine your dream kitchen to look like?

“There would definitely be a Le Cornue stove involved, and it would definitely be a large, open space, since everyone always likes to congregate in the kitchen anyway (even in my impossibly tiny one). Really, my ideal home would just be a large open kitchen. A bathroom… a twin bed is fine. But mostly all kitchen everything.”

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 You can follow Holly on instagram @frommyimpossiblytinykitchen, and visit her blog for more inspiration and fun recipes!

 

Thank you Holly! You are pretty epic! xo – Pigment

photos by Chantal Pasag

 

 

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

 

 

 

We Are…. Odd Daughter Paper Co.

Hi friends! So happy to be back at it with this series. Miss Katie Hart with Odd Daughter Paper Co. is as much of a delight as her paper press designs are. A Southern California native, Katie followed her sister down to San Diego and continues to be inspired by surrounding native plants and landscaping. We popped over to her charming little house where she creates and designs all her paper goods.

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Where did the name “Odd Daughter” come from? 

“Odd Daughter was actually my mom’s nickname in middle school. Her maiden name was Evenson, and one of her teachers cleverly started calling her Odd Daughter… and the name stuck!  I always thought it was kind of fun + quirky. When I think about when my mom was growing up, correspondence was so much more personal. When she went away to camp, she wrote her parents a letter, rather than simply sending a text or email. As much as I love today’s conveniences, I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of handwritten communication– which, of course, deepens my love for paper + stationery! ”

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What would you say inspires you and your designs? 

“I am incredibly inspired by color and pattern. I absolutely love the landscaping and native plants of San Diego + Los Angeles. Succulents, cactus, & bougainvillea are inspiring to no end! I’m also inspired by different forms of hand lettering, and love hand painted signage.”

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How did you find/come to know about Pigment? 

“When I was first thinking about moving to San Diego, the lovely Jamie Street of Rad + In Love sent me a list of her favorite spots. Pigment was on the list, and once I stepped inside, I knew I’d be happy in San Diego. Seriously.”

 

In which direction do you see Odd Daughter branching out? 

“I have lots of hopes for Odd Daughter! I just designed my first custom wedding invitations, and am interested in branding projects as well. Mostly, though, I’m just eager to continue growing my stationery line! I’m planning to have new cards + prints available soon.”

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What do you think about when you hear the word “community”?

“When I think about community, I picture completely different people coming together and supporting one another. I’ve had great experiences with the design community — with creative people giving advice and helping me out! I appreciate that San Diego is small enough that there really is a community feel and that people are eager to support one another.”

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Look for Odd Daughter Paper Co. products and Pigment online, and in store. And you can check out her latest projects and what she’s up to here.

 

photos by Chantal Pasag

We Are……Town and Fields

Boy has it been awhile since we’ve revisited our “We Are” series. Well, we’re excited to kick it back off with the ever-so-talented artist collective and local San Diegans, Town and Fields. The creative group is comprised of Phillip, Chelsea and Steve. Together, they form a team that is eager to bring good design and community together – so of course, we loved them!

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Where did the name Town and Fields come from?

Steve: “The name Town & Fields was derived from the idea of supporting our creative community. That community is in a sense is made up of individuals or groups of ppl that believe and share similar passions.  I get stoked when I meet other creatives and to hear how they’ve developed and continue to grow in what their passionate about. Town & Fields supports those who explore their passions in the “fields” to develop their skill/craft and in turn come back to pour into a community, a “town”. On a grand scheme of things, San Diego is our “town”, we love the approach of creating an environment that is all about bringing our community together. We hope to be an extended arm to help others network and build the creative culture in San Diego.”

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Precious Patrick – the Town and Fields side-kick

What inspired you to start creating a light fixture line?

Chelsea: “Going back to when we were first married, Philip and I both had this desire to create. I started playing around with any sort of craft I could come up with and he  started making steampunk lamps out of wooden boxes and trinkets. (Growing up, he learned the in’s and out’s of electrical work as his dad was an electrician.) One day he came up with the hardback book lamp, decided to list it in the shop, and that was that. We kept getting requests for more, so we kept the shop stocked with them.  During this journey, we both were refining our skills, discovering our sense of style, figuring out how to pay attention to trends, and getting involved in the community around us. Eventually, we decided to run the shop together. We wanted to not only carry more of a selection of light fixtures, but fixtures that we would want in our home. So really, it was a slow and natural thing that just happened. I always tell people that we started our business on accident. Neither one of us woke up one morning with the brilliant idea of starting a lighting shop, but we went with it and it’s been great. Add Steve into the mix a few years later and we’re seeing a similar pattern. We never had the idea of running a brand with someone else, but it came up one day and it just made sense, so we decided to go with it full force.”

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 What draws you to San Diego’s North Park?

Philip: “I really like the creative and entrepreneurial energy that is apparent on the streets. It’s just as lively as the Gaslamp District, but in a more authentic and communal sort of way.”

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 When you hear the word “community” what comes to mind?

Chelsea: “When I hear the word community, I picture people coming together. But not just for the sake of being in the same place, but to have meaning and purpose. I think that concept is intentional, yet still general so that it doesn’t put anything or anyone in a box, nor does it leave anyone out. We really want to that to be a big part of Town & Fields as we move forward. Because we know that without community, there wouldn’t be any point to what we are doing.”

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Steve: “I try not to get too ahead of myself when dreaming over Town & Fields, but honestly I see the same vision we’ve created here in San Diego getting to other cities and having multiple locations.”

Look for Town & Fields products at Pigment online and instore very soon! In the meantime, check them out here and support your local designers!

 

photos by Chantal Pasag