Good morning, glitter babies! And happy Wednesday! How is everyone’s week? I’m in Brooklyn as I write this, so suffice to say my week is off to a phenomenal start, though I did take a redeye here and promptly threw up upon arrival due to an inimitably disgusting airport sandwich. But never fear, I’m now gracefully sipping an oat latte and all is well.
This week’s Look is very exciting—drumroll please—welcome to WERKSTATT!
Was ist das? one might be asking. Well, allow me to illuminate; WERKSTATT is a pop-up shop curated by artist and goldsmith Lilia Chandran, currently being hosted at The Shop at Marin Art and Garden Center. Yes please and thank you.
From now until April 9, Thursdays + Fridays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-5, explore an exceptional curation of art, locally-produced handcrafts, jewelry and décor, all to the accompaniment of Lilia’s own curated soundtrack. Bands like Starchild, Wyld Iris—a dreamy trio of female vocals with a banjo to boot—disco folk singer/songwriter Caitlin Gemma, and artists Andrew Byars, who, according to his Instagram bio, is “just a guy.” With major finger-picking chops and a beautiful voice.
This is the kind of event I live for—an amalgam of great music, beautiful art—like the featured photo, an intriguing piece by one of the featured artists, Jack Ketcham—and of course wearables, to enhance the Look!
Who is Lilia Chandran?
I had the same question, after learning about WERKSTATT. Lilia Ramachandran was born and raised in Germany, where she studied goldsmithing and received accreditation from the Handwerkskammer Karlsruhe in 2019 after attending the Goldschmiedeschule Pforzheim and completing an apprenticeship at Bagger & Gehring in Hamburg, Germany.
Chandran now lives in Northern California and works with 18 karat gold, drawing inspiration from her German and Indian heritage and the ancient practices of metal work she learned in Germany. Her work is graceful and minimal, and as well as gold, she also creates in pencil and ink, sketching and drawing intriguing and playful linework.
WERKSTATT is so worth it. Take the trip to the Marin Art and Garden Center this Saturday, enjoy some sweet music, meet Lilia and revel in all the content northern California has to offer.
Looking phenomenal, everyone.