Far more than an emporium of colorful textile patterns, Urban Burp holds over 5 tons of vintage fabric dating back to the early 20th century, collecting original vintage threads that weave memory and nostalgia into their very fabric. The studio takes its unusual name from the intense experience of recognition that seeing and touching a piece of familiar pattern can bring. "All that emotion has been shoved down into the lower chakras and all of a sudden it takes one piece of fabric to bring you back to that place," owner Electra Skilandat told The San Francisco Chronicle. She continues to elicit that response with bolts of cloth decorated with the floral designs and abstract art of the 1920s, or the bold color mixtures and fractal patterns that were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Skilandat traces her love affair with textile design back to her childhood in Boston, where her mother lovingly hand-crafted all of her clothes for school and play. Over the years, Electra amassed a collection of over 1,000 bolts of fabric and experience in interior decor. After the death of her only son, she rediscovered her creative instincts, opening the fabric shop with upholstery and drapery services that would precede Urban Burp's stunning display of warp and weft. As guests peruse the studio's ample supply of original vintage pictorial and patterned designs, sewing patterns, and notions, Skilandat unfurls her decades of wisdom during interior decor consultations.
While other graduate students buried their noses in musty library books, Laura Hanson and Diana Benner muddied their knees in the wetlands and eelgrass habitats around San Francisco. Their research led to their respective degrees—MS in ecology and systematics, MS in environmental science—as well as a deep understanding of the inner workings of California’s ecological systems. The pair opened The Watershed Nursery with the aim of helping those ecosystems flourish.
Together with a team of botanical specialists, Laura and Diana oversee habitat restoration and enhancement projects. They specialize in growing native and site-specific California plants, as well as drought-tolerant species that thrive on the sustenance found in sunlight and loving glances. In addition to ready-to-plant items, the nursery can grow site-specific plants for a difficult area or create custom seed selections, among other services.
To further The Watershed Nursery’s mission of “habitat enhancement,” team members participate in environmentally responsible projects within the community, such as the restoration of Breuner Marsh and mitigation projects in Sycamore Grove and Portola Park. Staff members also aid the Earth in everyday practices, as they collect used plant containers from customers for additional uses and second careers as eco-friendly badminton birdies.
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Since 2003, our specialty has been teaching people how to make artisan soap & high-quality natural face, bath & body products (perfumes, mineral makeup, lotions, creams, facial serums & more). We offer 3-hour, half & full-day sessions & multi-day boot camps. Some of our students even end up starting their own businesses!
Peruse and sample the flavors of five chocolatiers, five breweries, and two bands. Chocolatiers include Bittersweet: the Chocolate Café, Galaxy Desserts, , TCHO, Vice Chocolates, and Teeny Cake. Brewers include Trumer Pils, Drake's Brewing, Triple Rock Brewery, Napa Smith, and Linden Street. Bands such as The Beehive Spirit and Tornado Rider will entertain during the festivities. Also featured at the event will be a booth accepting charitable donations for Saffron Strand Inc., a non-profit dedicated to finding employment solutions for the local homeless.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Paint-your-own pottery
Pro Tip: The price you see is the price you pay. There is no studio fee, no up-charge for special paints.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We have over 160 options of pottery, almost 90 paints to chose from and hundreds of stamps and stencils. We also have glass and clay options.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We are a family run business. You will see myself and my children in the studio almost every day. This is a joy for us not a job.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
It's a new experience every day. Some days, we're getting seasonal items together. Other days, we're helping parents preserve baby memories or creating a special gift for a parent or a grandparent. This job allows us to share in people creating memories and enjoying each other's company.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We want every experience to be enjoyable. We welcome both compliment and criticism. With that we will learn and grow.