electric blanket.

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Electric Blanket is a brand new shop in san francisco’s mission district run by artist jillian west, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 2009. i’m going to just go ahead and apologize right here for my lack of editing abilities, but the photos cindy loughridge took of the space were just too good to narrow down — hopefully you won’t mind a bit! Electric Blanket is an art gallery that doesn’t believe in pretentious name dropping or unnecessary fanciness, just beautiful work that you might want to see every day, or see once and absorb and move on from. Electric Blanket is also a vintage clothing shop. jillian says “Sometimes a piece of clothing speaks as art, as a rare beauty that shouts ‘admire my fine threads, woven together once upon a time with love and design before mass production’. Focusing on the essentials: dresses, men’s shirts, and unisex sweaters, you just might find some art to envelope yourself in”.

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Jillian’s had office jobs for her entire career before opening Electric Blanket, but she’s always been an artist (her artwork is currently on show in the gallery) and has spent the last seven years moonlighting as a wedding photographer — Little Bat Photography. and so after a lifetime of working several jobs to support her art life, she “felt like it was time to simplify, marry the risk associated with following creative dreams, and articulate the visions that have been growing in my imagination: the exact place I’d want to be, the clothes I’d want to buy, the books I’d want to read, the art I’d want on my walls, the table I’d want to gather around with friends to share and learn, the coffee I’d want to drink while thinking and making. It’s everything I could ever want.”

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I asked jillian how the name ‘Electric Blanket’ came about for the shop, and the story is a lovely one: “In May last year I went to visit my little brother (he’s 20) in Portland and he read me a beautiful poem he had written called Will You Be My Electric Blanket. I thought it was so special for so many reasons and couldn’t get it out of my head. After he read a few other poems we decided to put a zine together with his poems and my art and photography and called it Will You Be My Electric Blanket. Within a few days of putting it together, I decided it was time for me to open the gallery and shop I had been dreaming about for years, to fill it with my art and my love for vintage, with coffee and a table. I felt like it had to be the place that was the answer to the poem, to the question: It would be the Electric Blanket, a sort of sanctuary that would be both warm and electric, colorful and inviting. I wanted to keep a literary component to the shop to get people thinking and writing and making, so story is encouraged in several places (the chalk board, the exchange of a story for coffee, notecards to leave your Electric Blanket stories for the installation) — and I intend to hold creative events and workshops to bring people together to keep the creative element flowing.” lovely, right?

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Electric Blanket is also a creative space. you can check out their calendar for upcoming events which mainly include nights of readings (poetry, essays, journals, stories etc), live music, films, theater, and creative workshops, and If you’d like to participate, please write to them. oh, and did i mention there’s coffee too? the first and only place to find Handsome Coffee in San Francisco. Yes, that Handsome Coffee and they serve it up for free — well, in exchange for a story. There’s also a beautiful table and a bar for you to sit and drink while reading an old book from our colorful shelves. so next time you’re in the neighborhood, pop in to ‘Electric Blanket’, tell jillian a story and linger with a cup of coffee. it will be well worth your while.

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• all photos by cindy loughridge.

Comments
18 Responses to “electric blanket.”
  1. maggie says:

    I love the photo with all of the stool – what a lovely space Electric Blanket has! I may need to make a trip up North sooner rather than later.

  2. Keely says:

    I’m glad you didn’t edit, the space is beautiful! I will have to get myself over there to see it myself.

  3. Danielle says:

    So charming and whimsical! And gosh, I just love the story of how it came to be. Would love to browse and have a coffee chat with Jillian. If only I were in San Fran :)

  4. Raya says:

    Loved this! Gorgeous photographs, what a gorgeous place that is. :D xoxo

  5. Vicky says:

    the place is amazing! the photography too! beautiful colours, style like NO style, all cute! thanks for share it!

  6. Debbie says:

    This place looks great! I can’t wait to check it out! I love welcoming art spaces! Thanks for posting about it Victoria!

  7. Art and Chic says:

    lovely story and lovely place! Good luck to Jillian!

  8. Erin says:

    What a cool space. I miss SF and my Portland. EU is great but you can’t compare it in some ways. BTW I voted for your blog on AT!

  9. Roz says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and so am delighted to see my dear friend featured. Jillian is a star! We miss her here in Perth, Australia.

  10. gray says:

    the actual address should be in both the opening and closing paragraph. I can’t seem to find it anywhere

  11. Karen says:

    What a curious, intriguing place. I must visit. Thanks for always sharing the interesting.

  12. Oh gosh! This is more than amazing and I can spot so much inspiration in there. The colors, accents, rustic feel; it’s just a superb place to be in. I like to pick up little bits of Asian-like inspirations in all places, so this really comes as a treat to me. :)

  13. Cate says:

    What a beautiful shop. There’s a similar shop in Milan called Wait and See where the clothes are colour ordered and the shop features found objects from vintage markets and a little area to have a coffee while you are shopping http://catesthill.com/2014/01/27/wait-and-see-a-colourful-and-eclectic-boutique-in-milan/

  14. Libbynan says:

    I hope, for your sake, that this place stays open forever! It is gorgeous, inspiring, intriguing….. all the good stuff. Wish I could visit daily – you’ll have to do it for me. I texted my daughter to check it out on your site and it became the hit of the teacher’s break room. I think some talk of a road trip for Spring Break has been going around.

  15. Monica says:

    If I’m ever in SF I’ll be sure to visit. It looks like a fun place but I could do without the dead heads on the walls. :(

  16. lina says:

    definitely making a trip into the city for this shop! thanks for letting me know about it!

  17. P&F says:

    Loved this article! And this closet can we stop to admire this? Such cute pieces inisde of it!
    All the best – cheers to you!
    P&F
    preppyandfunny.wordpress.com

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