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Artist Lauren DiCioccio joined Workshop to create a sturdy and functional tote bag based on her hand embroidered trompe-l'œil sculpture. After hosting a successful "embroider a Letter workshop, we followed up by creating a DIY kit. Lauren's totes and Correspondence Kits have been widely celebrated and we have made and sold over 10,000 pieces to date.
In 2011, I met Braden on the last day of my exhibition as an artist-in-residence at Recology SF (otherwise known as "Art at the Dump"). He invited me to join Workshop Residence to develop a series of sculptures I had been making in honor of San Francisco's ban on the plastic shopping bag into a product-- many people had suggested this to me before, but only as a result of Braden's positivity, perseverance and clear vision did the idea become a reality. As an artist focused in the solitary practice of creating labor-intensive unique objects available only at high prices, it was a true pleasure to work collaboratively with Braden and the manufacturers he hunted down for us, and to come out of my residency at Workshop with a beautiful, affordable and joyful product- I'm so proud these objects and never could have made them happen on my own. Braden is a confident leader, an eternal optimist and a person who brings utter determination to every task he takes on, whether menial or impactful- I learned so much from working with him at the Workshop Residence. Since my residency in 2011, I have watched the shop grow from an empty warehouse with Dirk van Saene mugs on a shelf to a bountiful and bustling hub in the Dogpatch community- the hard work Braden and Ann have done to bring so many artists' visions to life and connect with their growing neighborhood is truly amazing."
--Artist Lauren DiCioccio