ISSUE 41  |  California Creatives

From iTunes to Hand-Carved Spoons with Windy Chien

October 14, 2015 11:00 AM

BY Jessica Marshall

“I got to SF before the techies,” says rising crafts star Windy Chien. “It was freaks, bohemians, and artists; you could do anything and it was a valid life.” Windy is a case in point. Now a full-time master spoon carver living in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, she has been a punk rocker, a filmmaker, a record shop owner, and an Apple executive who helped create iTunes. “The whole time I was at Apple, I knew it was temporary,” she says. “I will always be a punk rocker at heart.” Her work combines the sensual with the pragmatic, updating classic genres: wooden spoons, but also macramé and jewelry. Each piece is slyly funny as well as beautiful, something both Steve Jobs and Jello Biafra would love. To see more, go to Windy Chien.

Above: Windy’s walnut Small Corner Everything Spoons are $92 each.

Above: Windy with a bouquet of her hand-carved spoons.

Above: The Modern Macramé Light, made from natural white cotton rope, is $180.

Above: A set of four Bad Ass Brass Knuckles, designed to be worn every day, everywhere, is $160.

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