Dec 9, 2011

SHOW: Holiday Indie Mart at the Bold Italic

12/16/11 - Friday night
the Bold Italic
34 Page Street, SF
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Hosted By

The Bold Italic

The Bold Italic is proud to present the first event inside our brand spankin' new office space. For Holiday Indie Mart, we'll be joining forces with Kelly Malone and co. to bring you a holiday-themed party & shopping extravaganza that should make you very merry.
We'll be featuring 
- A curated batch of local vendors. We're talking the 25 best of the best!
- Food carts, including Angry Man Eats  and Rice Paper Scissors, selling their tasty treats.
- A recycled cardboard X-mas tree lot from The Arbory .
- Workshop DIY ornaments that don't suck (terrarium ornaments, peeps!). 
- A photo opp with Dirty Santa. Sit on his lap and tell him if you've been bad or good.
- ROOT , SNAP, and Reyka Vodka cocktails mixed expertly by Secret Hooch Society.
- Beer from Speakeasy Ales and Lagers .
- DJs spinning holiday tunes.
- The launch of the new Bold Italic space, expertly designed by Kelly Malone herself. 

I hope you can come by!
All Maral Rapp | Modern Vintage Works will be 20% off

Dec 8, 2011

SHOW: Renegade SF Holiday Weekend !!

December 17 + 18 --- Sat/Sun
11am – 6pm
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th Street, San Francisco
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from the Renegade web site:
Handmade Holiday Mania Invades the Bay!
On December 17 + 18, 2011, from 11am – 6pm, the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in San Francisco will return to the Concourse Exhibition Center!

Always free-to-attend, holiday shopping has never been more fun than with the work of over 250 of today’s finest makers of handmade goods to peruse and several hands-on crafting activities to get involved with! Food, beverages and libations will also be available!

At the Renegade Craft Fair you can expect to find only the best indie-craft and DIY artisans! Featuring both local and national talent, shoppers can anticipate a vast array of independently designed jewelry, clothing, paper goods, home + garden goods, posters, artwork, plush objects, bath + body products, and so much more!!

Sponsored by:

Nov 21, 2011

SHOW: This Saturday - Firehouse 8 Fundraiser

This Saturday is "Shop Small Business Saturday" - and there's no better way to celebrate than by helping this retail/art/design/community hub get off the ground. We'll be joining other local SF artists, designers, and more at a fundraiser for Firehouse 8, the impressive community vision of Teresa Nittolo, owner of Molte Cose and Belle Cose shops.

It takes quite a bit of energy, time, and money to remodel a historic landmark firehouse, transforming it into a go-to gathering spot - but that is exactly what Teresa and her partner Gavin are doing. If you're in San Francisco for the holiday, I hope you can join me and other local SF creatives at Saturday's fundraiser, and let your holiday shopping dollars help bring this much-anticipated hub for artists, community-building, and small business to life!

About Firehouse 8, from the venue's web site:

Creating A Collaborative Space & Creative Environment

  • Our goal is to meet, socialize, educate and flourish together.
  • The first floor will be mixed retail and coffee supporting local artisans, suppliers & vendors.
  • The second floor will be a community assembly space available for rental: seminars, meetings, gallery openings, weddings & special occasions. We will host events with local talents, artists, chefs, musicians, photographers, speakers & writers. This space will be a philanthropic hub geared towards programs for children and our local fire department.
  • Firehouse 8 is a creative environment where art and commerce merge to form a unique space. Together we hope to inspire preservation and growth in our community.

 More info about Saturday's event on their Facebook page:

Holiday Bazaar Fundraiser for Historic Firehouse Landmark #188

Nov 16, 2011

CHILLIN' in San Francisco - December 3rd!

If you're in the San Francisco area, I hope you can come party and shop at CHILLIN' - an amazing shopping/club/art/fashion event series put on by artist promoter Irene Hernandez-Feiks. 200 artists, 80 fashion designers, 6 DJs, with live painting and video installation at the event.

It promises to be epic. This event has a ten-year history of promoting artists and designers, giving them a wild, fun venue. Come play and do your holiday shopping at the same time!

All 'MARAL RAPP | Modern Vintage Works' will be 20% off at the show.

Chillin' Productions presents:
Saturday December 3, 2011
200 Artists
80 Fashion Designers 
Video Installation by:
Kent Bates
Music by:
DJ Big Happy
DJ Dirtyhertz
DJ Felina
DJ Irene Hernandez-Feiks
Rondo Brothers
DJ Russell Vargas
Live Painting by:
Daniel J Valdez
Jasper Thomas
Sean Sczepanik
Steve Javiel
When: December 3, 2011
Where: Mezzanine
444 Jessie Street, SF CA 94103
Cost: $10 at the door
Must be 21+ID
For more information go to:

Oct 25, 2011


Today was an extremely busy day preparing for Friday's show, but please take a look at the very best part—the perfect vintage mesh score:

front                                                                                                            back

It's exactly what I look for in one of these bags. Aside from general damage to the frame and mesh, this bag was so well-loved, used so frequently, that the back side's enamel color is almost entirely worn away. This happens as the bag rubs up against the body of the wearer over and over again. Even the front of this one is well-worn...

front                                                                                                            back
Some imperfect bags are considered damaged because they have manufacturing flaws—bubbled or crazed enamel, for example—but were never used very much. This bag's unique finish has been created over many, many years—and many, many years ago... not by some trendy, newly-applied, "distressed-style" finish, but by genuine love and enjoyment.  By being in the world!

What's left, especially when viewed up close, in small sections (as would be seen in an earring, for example...), is a field of glittering gold speckled with an abstract smattering of thrashed color.  A miniature modern masterpiece.

Headed off to clean and prepare this beauty before giving it a new look, new life, and hopefully many, many more years of love and enjoyment to come. Look for new jewelry soon!


Oct 20, 2011

Costuming: Drag Queen Bee

As I'm too busy with jewelry work to even think about costuming this year, I thought I'd share some pics from Halloween past...

TRUNK SHOW: candlelight, cocktails, costumes, and creations - in Hayes Valley

Come see the jewelry at this Hayes Valley - evening - trunk show! One week from Friday, The Blue Muse restaurant/bar in SF will have candlelight, cocktails, costumes(!), and local designers' beautiful creations.
All 'Maral Rapp | Modern Vintage Works' will be 20% off.   I hope you can come!
Halloween Trunk Show
Friday, October 28
8:30p - 11:30p
(costume contest, with prizes, at 10:00)
The Blue Muse
370 Grove St (@ Gough) Hayes Valley
San Francisco
(415) 701-9888
Illustration via  event's Facebook page

Oct 18, 2011

Treasure Island Music Festival

Along with the ferris wheel rides, games, food, creative vendors and happenings, and of course--the music, Kelly Malone of Workshop SF created a huge, interactive, DIY/game/campsite area. People were having a great time building terrariums, sewing, chilling in the outdoor lounge - complete with comfy sofa and coffee table - or lounging in one of several pillow-strewn teepees... She makes a thoroughly welcoming environment, and people really enjoyed it.

But let's talk about the lovely festival-goers who came to my booth! I have such fun meeting people who love this mesh, and it's a special joy when they forgo the box and insist on wearing the jewelry right away. Here are three of several stylish gals who walked away wearing their recent purchases!

two-tier triangle station necklace   -   black and white fringed earrings   -   diamond inset banner earrings

This time the booth was simply a six foot table, so one small display had to rise to the occasion. Note to self: if you triple the display height it will be very difficult to see around it to greet people! Fortunately my neighboring designers were very friendly and let me shift around a bit...

By the end of the weekend quite a few of these pieces had found new homes. Sometimes it can be a little hard to say goodbye, and with several one-(or two)-of-a-kind pieces gone, I look forward to the next vintage bag find, and all the new jewelry it will inspire!

And finally, in case you didn't catch that poster on the far left side of the table... please see the latest jewelry model - so ably demonstrating that the mesh looks great on guys, too!

Next event will be an evening trunk show at the Blue Muse in SF. Come have a cocktail and shop the local SF wares! It's Halloween-themed, so we may opt for a costume... more details soon.

Oct 10, 2011

Indie Mart was so much fun!!

Kelly Malone has made a real scene with San Francisco's Indie Mart, drawing talented makers and musicians - it's a really good time. The weather was perfect, the music was great, and meeting so many people who love this jewelry as much as I do - well, it's the very best way to spend a day!

The beaming faces of happy customers is my new adrenaline -- makes the late nights and long days worth every one.

The wood displays are definitely an undertaking to transport - but once they're up it's such a nice space...
... and really makes it easy to see and shop all the jewelry.

Huge thanks to everyone who came by the booth - you made my day.  Now off to prepare for the next showing - Treasure Island Music Festival is this weekend!

Oct 7, 2011


Come out in the sun and see the latest Maral Rapp | Modern Vintage Works jewelry at two San Francisco fairs -- this weekend and next.

THIS SUNDAY, October 9, 2011 - Indie Mart Street Fair
We'll be at the Indian Summer Indie Mart Street Fair - Art/Design, Music, Food, Drink - THIS SUNDAY, at Thee Parkside in San Francisco.  All Maral Rapp | Modern Vintage Works will be 30% off at this show. I hope to see you there!

artwork from
Indie-Mart Street Fair
Sunday October 9th, 12-7pm
Thee Parkside- 17th St & all down Wisconsin
ALL AGES  (21 to booze it up)
$3 donation gets you: shopping the wares, free photobooth, drink specials, all the music & metal you can handle.

Next weekend, October 15-16 - Treasure Island Music Festival
Find us at the Treasure Island Music Festival, both Saturday and Sunday.

artwork via treasure island music festival, on Facebook

Just look for the WORKSHOP booth, which is the biggest booth at the festival
with seating, a camp area, free things to make all day, bands doing sing-a-longs...

Should be a great time!

Sep 24, 2011

first public market - first Press!

I'm so honored and excited to be named one of's "favorite newbies" at the recent Urban Air Market. My first public venue, and my first Press! It's a real thrill to be mentioned, and in such good company...

booth at CAPSULE / Urban Air Design Market

I had such a great time at our first public show! Urban Air Market (formerly CAPSULE Design Festival) flourished in the sun, in beautiful Hayes Valley. I wish I could say I saw the entire show, but I was too busy in my own booth to check it all out... What I did see looked amazing.

Great day, great people, great contacts. Success.

Aug 23, 2011

new (old) studio chairs!

I'm so in love. Studio chairs. They seem homemade - a little funky - utterly charming. Larger-scale seat, super-swivel action - so comfortable! Hoping to add chunky, black casters... and refinish the wood at a later date. These days - I'm too busy working on the jewelry (from these chairs...) to even think about it!

Jun 30, 2011

PRO ARTS East Bay Open Studios weekend

Artist promoter Akiko Sharp generously offered her studio space for the weekend. Here she is (L) with friends and customers.
This lovely lady is the happy winner of Sunday's raffle - wearing her prize!

I couldn't have pulled the weekend off without the heroic efforts of Jill Standlee!
Thanks to Akiko, there was a lively crowd...

Spilling out into the hallway...

Long shadows at the end of the day... What a good weekend it was!