Category Archives: Culture

Kneeland Mercado Contest on Pinterest

Travel and discovery are the inspiration behind Kneeland Mercado, so we decided to incorporate them into our first-ever Pinterest contest.  We want to know where your dream destination is, whether it be chic Paris or colorful Morocco.  The prize is this colorful folk basket handmade in Mexico.  Excited to enter the contest?  Here’s how:

1. Follow KneelandCo. on Pinterest.

2. Create a board titled Kneeland Viaje.  (You can check out our Kneeland Viaje board for some ideas.)

3. Pin images of your dream travel destination for 2014, such as the places you want to visit or the food you want to eat.  Make sure to use the #kneelandmercado tag when you pin.

4. Leave a link to your board in the comments below!  The contest ends on Tuesday, February 11th at midnight PST.  The winner will be announced on February 12th.  Happy Pinning!

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Heath Ceramics Feature and Guest Pinner

I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here.  All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old.  You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.

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Kneeland Mercado Opening

A few months ago I moved my studio to a bright, light-filled space in Atwater Village.  I took the space next door as well when I saw the potential it had as a storefront for Kneeland Mercado.  That all happened in July and a couple of weeks ago I was finally ready to open the by-appointment shop right next door to my studio.  I had an opening party filled with friends, family, the most delicious chai martinis by my friend Satbhajan, Indian-inspired food by Take Flight and Feast and a world renowned sitar player and his student on the tablas.  It was incredibly magical and I was surrounded by so much love and inspiration.  Pics from the party below from my friends Jessica, Sara and Ava.


Pacific Wonderland Inc. chair exclusive for Kneeland Mercado in the most gorgeous color combination of rust, peach and bougainvillea.store1

Products from Mexico, Morocco, and horse ceramics by Bari Ziperstein exclusive for Kneeland Mercado.jewels

Synthetic clay jewelry from a Florida-based designerpainitings

Antique paintings from ParisbeaamandaBeautiful Amanda Chantal-Bacon and Beatrice Valenzuela

barijenJennifer Parry Dodge and Bari Ziperstein

chaitiniChai martinis by Satbhajan Khalsa


bruschettaRicotta and chutney bruschetta by Take Flight and Feast

dates2Dates stuffed with goat cheese and lavender


beetsBeet chips

booksBooks, Jewelry and Objects

janellejoWith my dear friend Janelle

lesgirlsWith Greta, Heather, Clare and Jeana

misicSitar and Tablas!

jessimoneMy girls Jessica and Simone

pieHeather trying on an epic necklace


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Always and Forever

One of my all time favorite songs.  It makes me feel good.  Alive and Kicking, Simple Minds.

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Keep Doing Your Work

This video of Patti Smith giving advice to young creative people at the Louisiana Literature Festival is everything.  I find myself watching it often and I’ve sent it to pretty much everyone I know.  Beyond inspiring.


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Faded Fragments

I just found these images stashed away on my computer and wanted to share them.  They’re antique carpet fragments that were mostly found along the Silk Road, some made as early as 200 BC.  A few of them look like what would be weavings today, but what I really love is their faded colors and disintegrating yarns.  I also like the weird shapes each have taken on with time – they remind me of puzzle pieces.  You can explore more on the V & A database.

carpet1Loulan, China

carpet2Loulan, China

carpet3The Limes Watchtowers, China

carpet4Niya, China

carpet5Miran Fort, China

carpet6Dunhuang, China


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