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Mandy Aftel: A world master of artisan perfume

Mandy Aftel’s love of perfume is all-encompassing. This verve is apparent in her immaculate collection of 19th-century books on perfumery that fill the nooks of her workspace in North Berkeley. Or, in the way she tends to her rose garden — plants carefully chosen and imported from Turkey — the petals smelling of winter tangerines, or the most delicate […]

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A visit with East Bay textile whisperer Amy Keefer

This is the fifth article in our series on expert craftspeople in Berkeley, written and photographed by Melati Citrawireja, a summer 2015 photography intern for Berkeleyside. Don’t miss her stories on St. Hieronymus Press, the workspace of David Lance Goines; Klaus-Ullrich Rötzscher and the Pettingell Book Bindery; coppersmith Audel Davis; and ethnobotanist and natural fabric dyer Deepa Natarajan. Amy Keefer […]

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Deepa Natarajan: Ethnobotanist and natural fabric dyer

In the fourth part of a series on expert craftspeople in Berkeley, Melati Citrawireja, who was a photography intern with Berkeleyside in summer 2015, visits Deepa Natarajan, a natural fabric dyer and ethnobotanist. (Read Citrawireja’s stories on Klaus-Ullrich Rötzscher and the Pettingell Book Bindery, David Lance Goines at the St. Hieronymus Press, and coppersmith Audel Davis.) “I call myself a plants person,” says Deepa Natarajan, […]

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Audel Davis continues the Arts and Crafts tradition through his coppersmithing art

In the third part of a series on expert craftspeople in Berkeley, Melati Citrawireja, who was a photography intern with Berkeleyside this summer, visits coppersmith Audel Davis. (Read Citrawireja’s first story on Klaus-Ullrich Rötzscher and the Pettingell Book Bindery, and her second on  St. Hieronymus Press, the workspace of David Lance Goines.) Audel Davis and his wife, Lynne, live in a […]

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A visit with David Goines: Berkeley’s legendary letterpress printer and lithographer

In the second of a three-part series on expert craftspeople in Berkeley, Melati Citrawireja, a summer 2015 photography intern for Berkeleyside, visits St. Hieronymus Press, the workspace of David Lance Goines. (Read Citrawireja’s first story on Klaus-Ullrich Rötzscher and the Pettingell Book Bindery.) You may recognize David Goines by his distinctive handlebar mustache and deep, chocolatey voice, or you may […]