Thursday, August 2, 2007

Retail Therapy: Industrielle

Sandwiched between two upstart art galleries in Oakland’s on-the-rise Uptown arts district sits Industrielle.

Part exhibition space and part boutique, Industrielle is the brainchild of local artist Dana Taylor, who calls it an “urban style gallery.” Taylor uses the high-ceilinged room to display her own collages (right) as well as the work of other local artists, including Sita Rupe, Jessica Serran, and Mary Younkin (below).

In addition, tables and shelves throughout the shop are filled with pottery, textiles, housewares, and other odds and ends -- much of it crafted by local artisans. “I wanted a space to show my own art, and I knew so many other people who were creating things that it just came together,” Taylor says.

There are pretty pillows from Joom (above); screenprinted tea towels, pillowcases, and clothing from Evo Noche; ceramics from Anna Vaughan and Lynn Ganser; and rock-chic wear from Billie Joe and Adrienne Armstrong's Adeline Street.

Mixed in with the locally produced goods are delicate Japanese paper boxes and trays, cloth-covered notebooks from Lotta Jansdotter, funky metallic pendant lights from DCI, A Concept plates and vases, and the occasional piece of vintage furniture. Prices are reasonable: Almost all of the housewares cost less than $50, and original art starts at about $75.

Industrielle is located at 33 Grand Ave., near the corner of Broadway. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and until 10 p.m. during the Oakland Art Murmur’s First Fridays events.

This Friday, August 3, Industrielle celebrates its first anniversary with champagne and hors d’ouvres, live ambient music, and new artwork from David Seiler (below left), Taylor, Rupe, Serran (below middle), Julia Storrs, and Elisa Carozza-Kuhl (below right).

Update: I'm sad to report that Industrielle has closed. Owner Dana Taylor will be focusing on her own art and eventually reopening the shop and gallery in Los Angeles. Dana, Oakland will miss you!


Anonymous said...

what an awesome store! i'd never heard of it before, but will have to check it out the next time i'm in the east bay. thanks for the tip!

katiedid said...

Hi Leah! You always find the best shops! I wish I had more time to be out and about. I guess being busy at work is not a bad thing though!


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