Meet the Makers 02: The Aesthetic Union

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Introducing the next set of makers in the series: James Tucker and Risa Culbertson of The Aesthetic Union. You’ll find this fun duo and their studio just along Alabama Street tucked inside the Heath Ceramics building in the Mission. The front of the space serves as a shop (for stationery and vintage office supplies), as well as a gallery featuring their work and those of other printmakers. And towards the back is the production area where you’re invited to observe how everything is made. While James specializes in letterpress printing, especially on original Heidelberg presses, Risa hand carves unique designs onto linoleum blocks to create a colorful and whimsy collection of stationery and gift items. Her personal line, called PapaLlama, is also headquartered here.

Since I was shopping for new business cards, I decided to pay these two a visit and was pleasantly surprised to see they had done some printed work for some of my favorite SF spots, like The Perish Trust and the General Store. Now I need to come up with a new design for Spotted SF to get the printing underway!

The Aesthetic Union
555 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
www.theaestheticunion.com

* All images by me, Leslie.