Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mini Pin Clips From Japan!

Looking to hang a mini gallery show? A neat way to display photos? The perfect detail for your next design presentation? ARCH carries these extraordinary mini pin clips from Japan! They are a tiny "bulldog clip" attached to a 1.5" pin that can be easily stuck into a bulletin board, foamcore or other display board. They come in a pack of 50 and are approximately 1/4" wide and 1/2" tall! They make a unique display option for home, office, or presentation! Come on in and ask for them at the front counter.

Friday, January 18, 2013

February 8th and 9th - {Bird Of Virtue} Pop-Up Shop!

ARCH is proud to present the first designer in our Pop-Up Shop Series, Linnea Oliver of Bird of Virtue. Linnea has been a valued customer at ARCH and a member of TechShop. We are pleased to be presenting her work with an in-store opening reception February 8th from 5-7pm and a pop-up shop Saturday, February 9th from 12-5pm.

 {B i r d  o f  V i r t u e}

Hi there, and welcome to Bird of Virtue, a small design studio in San Francisco. My name is Linnea, and I create thought-provoking, intricately detailed, handcrafted accessories for men and women. 

I believe that jewelry shouldn’t overpower a person, but rather, should complement your natural confidence and style. My designs are modern yet delicate, elegant with an edge and a point of view, and timely without being trendy. I make things that I would want to wear out and about to an urban picnic on a gorgeous day, to a fabulous party, or to an important work meeting where I want to make an impression. 

You can see different aspects of my personality in my work—fresh, funky, chic, quiet. Lately, I’ve been drawn to the variations and warmth of high-quality hardwoods. In addition to using natural woods, my designs feature playful, hand-painted splashes of color—my nod to pop culture and the fun, lighthearted fashion moment we’re living in.

Conceptually, I also draw inspiration from the architecture of geometry and music. Being a musician, I’m fascinated with the mathematical components of music and the patterns that make us feel something when we hear a melody. This fascination with the mathematical, the patterned, and the organic is evident in many of my creations.

{C o l l e c t i o n s}

Braille: I’m intrigued by the patterns of dots that make up this visual language. It first struck me as a beautiful way to express all kinds of different “virtues”—to communicate in a private language that reflects the things you hold dear. You can choose to wear the Braille or standard English words facing out, depending on your mood.

Modern Geometrics: This original series features earrings, necklaces, men’s cufflinks and tie bars handcrafted out of intricately designed and layered laser-cut hardwood, accented with pops of bright colors and metallic paints. I love experimenting with the interplay between form and pattern, and you can see that in this series.

String Theory: I don’t know much about physics, but I know that this series lets me go bigger and bolder. These long, chunky, freeform necklaces are playful and fun, with asymmetrical wood and colorful crocheted beads sliding freely on long chains. They’re meant to move with you and make a statement on those days when you want your jewelry to speak at a slightly higher volume.

Initial Caps: These are an offbeat, urban take on the monogrammed cufflink and rings, using a modern font and laser-cut hardwood for a personalized touch.


{B i r d  o f  V i r t u e}

February 2nd - Valentine's Snail Mail Social!

Saturday, February 2nd from 1-4pm we are hosting a Valentine's Snail Mail Social with our friend Annie Yu. Make and send a valentine to your sweetie! We'll have vintage typewriters, custom stationery and all sorts of embellishments to encourage you to get out from behind the computer screen and send a love letter!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All GOLDEN Paints 35% OFF List Through February 14th!

All GOLDEN Brand paints are on sale at 35% off the list price through February 14th! Students and faculty will receive an additional 10% off! We just brought in two new racks in the GOLDEN line; 4oz Fluid Acrylics in 36 colors and 5oz Heavy Body tubes in 30 colors!

GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics are a versatile paint, allowing for rich stains of color that can mimic watercolor or can be used as a thinner version of your typical acrylic colors. Artist Michelle Hagewood used Golden Fluid Acrylics on Duralar (a polyester paper) to achieve spectacular watercolor-like effects with intense vibrancy! We also carry a large selection of Golden Mediums and Varnishes for all of your acrylic painting and digital printing needs!

Stock up for back-to-school and grab all your other supplies at great prices here at ARCH. Welcome Back Students! We've missed you!

Friday, January 4, 2013

All 2013 Calendars and Planners are Now On Sale!

Are you ready for 2013?

Now 40% OFF all 2013 Calendars and Planners. We still have great brands to choose from like Moleskine, Studio Hinrichs and even a few Stendig remain.

Quantities are extremely limited, so call us to make sure we have the one you are looking for.

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks and Watercolor Ground!

Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks are here at ARCH! These watercolor sticks can be dipped in water and drawn with, or watered down like a pan watercolor and painted on with a brush. This convenient new product allows you to take watercolors with you easily and relatively mess-free. The color strength and clarity from Daniel Smith Watercolors is terrific and allows you to create a beautiful palette! ARCH carries Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks in 20 colors and they sell for $10.15 each!

Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground can be applied to both porous and non-porous surfaces to create a "watercolor paper" surface to produce beautiful paintings. The uses and possibilities are endless! Try applying it to wine bottles to create your own custom labels, apply to traditionally gessoed canvas to make a watercolor canvas, or apply to interior walls to create watercolor murals! ARCH carries the Watercolor Ground in white, but it is also available in Black and Buff Titanium. A pint jar sells for $19.17. Look below for some great projects made by using the Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground and Daniel Smith Watercolors!