The Making of a Hat

March 18, 2013

This story was produced by Lauren Benichou for The Making Of… “Paul’s Hat Works is a 100-year-old hat shop in San Francisco’s Richmond District. Four ladies run the shop and fabricate custom-made men’s hats. One of the owners, Olivia Griffin, took me on a tour and shared the secrets of her craft. I spent two … more…


Trauma Strap Bags

February 12, 2013

Tad Hurst, an ER physician, called The Making Of… Storyline to tell us about the line of bags he makes from the straps used by paramedics. Listen: See some of Tad’s bags here. more…


The Making of a Comedian

January 24, 2013

Anyone who has been involved in the Bay Area indie rock scene over the past decade probably knows George Chen. He’s booked countless shows, played in tons of bands, and released dozens of records on his Zum imprint. Last year, Chen turned his gaze to comedy. He began performing standup, started a multimedia comedy show … more…

Mission Dolores, San Francisco, established 1776 on El Camino Real.

The Making Of… The Digital El Camino Real

January 22, 2013

Traverse the 600-mile trail that connects California’s 21 missions. Peer behind an ornate mission altarpiece that, for more than two centuries, has hidden murals painted by the Ohlone Indians. Uncover the mysteries of Mission Dolores’ ancient cemetery. CyArk, a non-profit digital scanning company based in Oakland, is creating the digital El Camino Real, documenting some of … more…

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Les Blank Day

Tonight, the City of Berkeley will designate January 22, 2013 as “Les Blank Day.” The proclamation they wrote in his honor is beautiful and we asked permission to print it on The Making Of… blog: IN HONOR OF LES BLANK WHEREAS, Les Blank was born in Tampa, Florida and attended Tulane University where he played … more…


Make Your Own Zeega

January 18, 2013

As part of The Making Of project we’ve partnered with Zeega, a group of folks who are creating a new online storytelling platform. This brand new tool makes it easy create digital stories combining your own content with media curated from across the web. Video, photographs,words, music can all be easily combined to make a … more…


The Making Of… the Fairing

January 14, 2013

South of Market in San Francisco, industrial designer Scott Summitt, is blurring the line between medical devices and sculpture. He calls what he’s making the Fairing. Listen: The word fairing typically describes the covering on a motorcycle – the curved shiny part that makes it a sleek, aerodynamic machine. Scott Summit, Director of technology at … more…


Zeega Launch Party & Workshop

The Kitchen Sisters invite you to The Making Of… Zeega – A Night of Stories, Invention & Surprise. Thursday January 17, 7-8:30 pm at SoundCloud, 500 Treat Ave., San Francisco. We’re launching Zeega’s new storytelling platform on our Making Of site and hope you’ll come celebrate, find out more about the project and make a Zeega. … more…


The Making Of…a Jar of Jam

January 10, 2013

Persis Karim from Berkeley called The Making Of storyline and told us about how her mother inspired her to make jam. We loved her story so much we visited her home and recorded her story underneath her plum tree. more…


The Making of…Recycled Instruments

“Cardboard boxes, coffee cans, cookie tins, plastic water bottles…anything I find on the street, I turn into an instrument.” –Marilyn McNeal, musician, educator, and instrument maker more…