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Forage Modern Workshop at the MN State Fair

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Forage Modern Workshop presents: The Midwest Vernacular in Modern Design. 

Join us at this year's Minnesota State Fair as we honor 4 works of architecture in Minnesota by Ralph RapsonRehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.Salmela Architect, and Carl Graffunder.

We asked 4 designers to create new pieces of work inspired by the above works of architecture.

It's going to be a blast! Add us to your State Fair planning map. We will be the main exhibit in the Creative Arts Building. More information on tickets on the MN State Fair's Website.

Follow along as more details unfold as we get closer to the first day of the fair!

Lily Stan Pop Up

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We're stoked to be hosting a Lily Stan Sample Sale.

November 22 from 10a-5p.

She will be offering samples ($50 & under) of one-off's from my studio, as well as 15% off of regularly priced items. Don't miss it!

A little about Lily:

"I am a 24 year old designer who graduated from RISD & worked at Kate Spade before moving to Minnesota to design childrenswear for Target. I started Lily Stan Studio because I missed the daily creative process in college of pattern drafting & sewing. Also, I wanted to change my habit of purchasing disposable fashion, so I decided to make myself a sort of uniform. Lily Stan Studio is that uniform. It is an ongoing collection of pieces that are meant to be layered together to make a concise closet to last beyond one season."

Forage Turns Two - September 6

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We're celebrating our 2nd birthday on September 6th!

We're celebrating our 2nd birthday on September 6th!

1. Party! Join us Saturday, September 6 for some in store music by Beatrix Jar! They will be creating a sound collage from 1pm - 5pm. 

2. We will also be having a in-store drawing. Visit us Saturday, September 6th and enter your name into a drawing to win a $200 Forage Gift Card! Woop.

3. Lastly, we will be having a photo contest. All this week, take a picture of your favorite forage item/place in the store with the hashtag #forageturnstwo . Our favorite pic will also win a $200 Forage Gift Card.

Wooo Hoooo! It's been a fun two years.

New Hopewell Workshop exclusively for Forage Modern Workshop

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In a recent Dwell interview, I was quoted saying "Quilts have such a grandma connotation, so it’s great they took this old thing and made it so modern" in regards to this release with Hopewell Workshop. Though I wish they wouldn't have chosen these "eloquent words," I guess it really is what I love so much about Hopewell's work.

When I think of quilts, I think of slumber parties at my late grandmother's house. After a night of ice cream, "Sweating to the Oldies," listening to Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, and playing cards, we'd snuggle under one of Grandma Barb's quilts. It was one of the most amazing feelings, because she'd had them for years - my mom had probably slept under the same quilt at one time. And they always had the most perfect "safe at Grandma's" smell.

So, yes - quilts do have a grandma connotation. In the best way possible.

And now Hopewell takes this rich history - co founder, Eliza proudly continues a family tradition of quilting that dates back to her 18th century Indiana Quaker roots - and makes it absolutely chic. The color combos, the design, the quality of work, the fabric and material choices: they are absolutely stunning.

They came up with the following two ideas:

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Ok - don't you think they totally captured Forage right away? But I had to go with the 1st one because they picked our unofficial color of the year: PORANGE! Pink and Orange. After a quick chat, a second round followed

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And with their final touches, signature linen backing and serious quality craftsmanship, we get this gorgeous quilt, the New Courthouse Catbird exclusively for Forage:

Combining the inspiration of Bauhaus artist, Josef Albers, with a traditional courthouse quilt pattern, Hopewell came up with this handsome quilt which is both striking in its design and soothing in its palette. Such an amazing experience.

Further, nothing makes me more happy than to be introduced to companies that embody Forage's values: ethically made quality design that will last forever and has been made by people who love life and don't take themselves too seriously. A huge thanks to Rita from The American Edit for introducing us to Hopewell Workshop. Eliza and Claire have taken their experience in woodworking, ceramics, sculpting, knitting, quilting, and painting and created stunning quilts and pillows that will leave you feeling safe, warm, and perhaps a little nostalgic—just like at Grandma's house.

You can purchase the New Courthouse Catbird exclusively for Forage in store or online. We also brought in some sweet and HUGE pillows by Hopewell as well.

Interview With Benjamin Rogers

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We are so lucky to have two of Benjamin Rogers choice paintings hanging amongst our collection of curated goods. Both striking pieces carry strong punches of color and layers of depth. That once fixed to any wall, move you to stop and really examine the texture, the mood, and just how stunning they really are. Benjamin, having sought out years of education and then teaching for sometime himself, really knows how to be very thorough and explain his vision directly on the canvas. Makes sense as to why his work has been featured on the covers of 'New American Paintings' and 'Fresh Paint Magazine', hey?

You're not from Minneapolis originally - tell us about your journey here.

I was born in Cincinnati OH and grew up in nearby Kentucky. Studied Painting there and developed a SLIGHT southern drawl. I then went to graduate school studying painting at Louisiana State University and Arizona State University where I received my MFA. I moved back to Cincinnati and taught college kids how to draw during the day and worked for the post office at night. I did that for two years and then I was offered a full time teaching position at Normandale Community College so my wife and I moved to Minneapolis.

How long have you been painting? What it always something you thought you'd do?

I've been painting for 14 years, but I've only taken it seriously for the last 11 or so. I was interested in art as a young lad, but I thought I'd be a writer or a musician early on. At a certain point I had to make a decision and I was most passionate about making art so I decided to pursue that wholeheartedly. The sometimes frustrating thing about making art is how long it takes to make something truly original. I was painting for about eight years before I started making paintings that felt like they were really mine, but I feel like my work is much stronger because I had to endure that process of searching for my voice.

Whats your favorite rainy day song? 

I don't have a favorite rainy day song, a rainy day is just another day to me. Because I lived in Arizona for three years I didn't get to experience rainy or even overcast days very often, so I usually like rainy days. I suppose if I had to choose one it would be Elliott Smith's "Twilight" or J. Tillman's "I will return" just because I love sad music and sad music seems to pair perfectly with a rainy day.

What's the best meal you've had in the last year? 

The best meal I've had in the last year was probably the meal at my wedding last June. We had a small ceremony, about 40 people, and we all had a picnic together before we walked into the woods to get hitched. My brother-in-law made the star attraction of the picnic, the nashville hot chicken. If you haven't had nashville hot chicken, I'm not going to explain it, i'll just say that if you ever go to nashville find Prince's Chicken Shack and eat you some. Anyway it was the juiciest, crispiest fried, most flavorful fried chicken I have ever had and I was surrounded by people I love about to marry my favorite person. So it's kind of hard to beat that.

Any plans for the upcoming year for your work?

I have a Solo Exhibition at the Soo Visual Arts Center in August and this summer I'm going to be making a lot of work. We have a 2 month old son now, so we'll also be taking care of him a little bit. But other than that I have no idea what is next. My contract with Normandale is complete, it was only for one year, so I may try to live off of selling art for as long as I can.

FORAGE + CIRCA

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We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis' North Loop to put together the Forage + Circa Exhibit.

What we love about this concept is that it is, in a sense, the opposite of what we do in our store - in the store we try to take modern design pieces and place them in vignettes to show their functionality and accessibility. This exhibit will take modern design and show it as art. It's been great partnering with Teresa and the Circa Gallery to put this together. Check it out! The exhibit runs through May 24th.

Forage Designers/Makers shown in the exhibit are:

Loll Designs

Tandem Made

Solid Manufacturing Co.

Roguebuilt

Flensted Mobiles

Spring Favorites: No One Appreciates Spring More Than a Minnesotan

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Seriously. This is the second year in a row that winters have spanned into almost 8 months. And while there are plenty of things we love about winter (staying inside, snow fights, warm drinks, cozy blankets, etc) when spring arrives, we prance around with perma-grins.

The fun part about the arrival of spring is the welcoming of fresh products that scream 'airy breeze' and 'sunshine' and 'dinners on the patio'. Check out our favorite spring products.

1. Hombre Pendants by DAMM Design - these cuties brighten up any space. Perfect by itself or as a cluster. 

2. Large Standing Bowl by Fort Standard - spring time tastes like chips and guac. And this can help you serve it up right.

3. SUP Door Mat by Reed Wilson Design - HILARIOUS. And perfect for keeping your floors clean on the rainy spring days.

4. Mini Planters by Wind and Willow Home - these can LITERALLY go anywhere. Add an air plant or small succulent and WHAM! You've got spring all up in your space.

5. Pliny the Lounger by Loll - we love Loll. This just might be our favorite of their designs. These would be perfect around your fire pit.

6. New Mexico Pillow by Little Korboose - these are so luxe. And a clean and fresh designed accent, even if it's a white and black one, adds a bright airy feel.

7. Linen Napkins by Caroline Z Hurley - make a Facebook event and host a spring brunch. These lovelies will help make it Kinfolky. 

8. Backpack by Stephen Kenn - BIKE RIDES. The perfect companion for wheeling around town.

Color Space Editions + Forage Modern Workshop

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We are very excited about our new collaboration with Color Space out of NE Minneapolis.

Color Space Editions is a project launched in early 2014 by Color Space Art and Imaging LLP. After years in the print and art services industry, Color Space Editions now allows owners to not only serve the artists they have come to know, but also take an active roll in promoting their work. As the production resource for countless artists and art professionals, its a natural evolution to move into a more active roll in the local and natural art community.

Chris approached us about selling some of their editions at Forage Modern Workshop. After seeing the prints, we FELL IN LOVE. And as a curated store, we really appreciate the fact that the prints are limited to 20. Once sold out, no prints may ever be added to the edition.  

We're starting with two prints by each the following artists: Caylon Hackwith and by Aaron Norberg.

Ben Fiess + Forage Modern Workshop

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Ben Fiess is amazing. And you're starting to see his utilitarian jars everywhere. We were happy to work with him to create a small collection of jars in a Forage-exclusive color combo. They are stunning. We have a small exclusive collection of jars available - each one is a little different. 

How did you get started working with ceramics? 

I first worked with ceramics my third year of college at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. I thought I was going to major in graphic design but learned that ceramics was much more interesting to me. It involves 2D and 3D design as well as material exploration. All of the materials are mined from the earth and there are limitless ways to combine them. I became really interested in testing glaze recipes and clay bodies and trying to develop new surfaces as an undergraduate. After college, I attended graduate school at Indiana University to focus in ceramic studio art. I never really explored domestic pottery while in school, save for the annual pottery sales that raised money so we could bring in visiting artists and go on ceramic-related trips. The majority of my studio practice arrives at small-scale compositions, usually involving ceramic materials and whatever else I find complements it. I'm only recently investigating more utilitarian forms and objects.

Tell us a little bit about how you see your Utilitarian Ceramic pot working in today's modern home?

The utilitarian ceramics series of jars started as an investigation of color on form. As such, I never designed them to hold a function other than visual objects. However, they can function well as storage vessels or as flower vases. They are made of vitreous porcelain and glazed on the interior with an easy to clean glossy white glaze.

You're currently living and working on a farm, correct? Tell us one of your favorite farming chores and why?

Currently my ceramic studio is located on my friends' farm just outside the Twin Cities. It is a small farm and the chores are anything but routine. Right now is planting season and that begins with a lot of soil preparation. The biggest task in the past three months was the birth of eight goat kids. The weather was about -10°F and it was a challenge to keep the kids warm and fed. There are also cows and chickens, and turkey poults will arrive this summer too. Aside from that, there is the continual maintenance and repair of farm equipment, engines, buildings, and anything else ends up needing attention. I enjoy fixing things. Two years ago I planted 1000 asparagus crowns and they have been coming up the past two weeks–right now my favorite chore is harvesting the asparagus because it means eating a lot of asparagus.

What is your favorite go-to rainy-day song?

I don't have a rainy-day song but I do find myself listening to albums more depending on the season. My summertime favorites are 'Summerteeth' by Wilco and 'All Your Summer Songs' by Saturday Looks Good to Me. 

What is the best meal you've had in the last year?

That's difficult. Last night I had a dish with morels and asparagus that was really good. 

Do Good. Relax. Support the Yellow Leaf Hammock mission!

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Man, are we pumped about these sweet new hammocks by Yellow Leaf Hammocks. They literally feel like silk, or that good feeling of 'like butter' on your fingertips. They not only swing with a 'damn, that's fine', but sway with a 'hell yeah', all the while serving a purpose and a mission. Here's the gist on how Joe Demin, Founder and 'Chief Relaxation Officer', took a leap and landed on the opportunity to create something special while impacting lives.

1. Yellowleaf was founded by Rachel Connors and yourself (Joe Demin). How did this idea get started?

Yellow Leaf Hammocks was born from a "vacation inspiration." A few years back I was traveling through Thailand and I discovered the most amazing hammock on a remote island. I've always been a huge hammock fan, but I'd never seen such a soft, vibrant, comfortable hammock!
When I started investigating where my hammock came from, I learned that it wasn't made in a factory but handwoven in a village. I was so obsessed with my hammock at this point that I convinced a cabbie to drive me 600 miles to the mountain village so I could meet the artisans behind the hammocks. 

I learned about the extreme poverty that hill tribes faced and heard from families who were desperate to get out of slash and burn farming. We all realized that these hammocks were incredibly special and could transform the community if they could reach the global market. So I struck a handshake deal and headed back to the US with a backpack full of hammocks! I convinced my girlfriend Rachel to start selling them at pop-up shops that first summer and it's all grown from there!

2. Tell us about your process.

Each hammock is completely handwoven! It's truly a labor of love and takes 6-7 days to weave our most popular hammock, the "Classic Double." Each hammock is created using 3 1/2 miles of yarn and 150,000 interwoven loops! Our specially sourced microyarn is some of the softest, coziest material ever used in hammock production (it's exclusive to our brand). They're also very durable-- weathersafe and UV resistant. Our bright colors never fade and the hammocks hold up well outdoors in the elements. Check out this video for more info.

4. When it's raining, what is your go to rainy-day song?

I love rainy days actually. We don't get a lot of them here in Cali but when they come, it's awesome to put on my headphones and crank through work on my laptop while listening to Ray Lamontagne or the Felice Brothers!



5. What's the best meal you've had in the last year?

Luckily my girlfriend Rachel (who is also my co-founder) is an AMAZING cook (head chef at Hammock HQ) so there are lots of "best meals" to be had here! Most recently, she made a delicious home-made meatloaf that is still making my mouth water. But now that I think about it, that steak we grilled last week was pretty scrumptious too...

  
6. Any upcoming plans for your brand in the next year?

We're launching a new rope hammock line later this summer and are really excited to expand our line! We'll also be rotating in plenty of new designs and limited edition, seasonal collections! Stay tuned...