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Cotton Mill Studios

Pole dancing teachers, surrealist collages, hearts of metal, and more.

Sienna Freeman makes these surreal photo-realistic collages. She moved here from Philly to do a master's program at the California Collage of the Arts.

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Matt R. Phillips shares a studio with Sienna. He works with wood veneer, cutting out the pieces on a foot-powered jigsaw.

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Bob Dow is an LED artist and a typical Burner—he's got a lot of eclectic art and faux fur decor. He found the pink throne for sale on and couldn't pass it up.

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Wendy McDermott makes copper hearts with a hydraulic press, then kiln-fires them with enamel.

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The studios have 13-foot ceilings, so Jennifer Bruce installed a swing in her living room. She has a meditation practice.

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I'm not sure whether it's more of a fitness thing or an erotic thing, but Catherine Rose teaches pole dancing. She has a pretty serious shoe rack.

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Nicole Lanzotti is a graphic designer, but she also makes elaborate woven body jewelry.

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Nicole Lanzotti's design space.

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I just worked out a trade with Luke Stevens: I'll take photos for him; he'll make me a coat rack. He usually makes lamps using found antiques, but here he's welding a tiny barbecue smoker.

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Mike Cheung is a woodworker from Georgia—thus the collection of air rifles.

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Cheung runs a woodworking studio, Tinkering Monkey, and he delivers orders to FedEx on his custom cargo bike.

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Check out the slideshow above for a tour of Oakland's Cotton Mill Studios.

Tour 1: Cotton Mill Studios
Pole dancing teachers, surrealist collages, hearts of metal, and more. Text and images by Joshua LaCunha  

Tour 2: Vulcan Studios
Contortionists, musicians, and fire spinners commingle. Text and images by Helena and Laurent Martin 

Tour 3: Dutch Boy Studios
A former paint factory turns its quirky nooks to good use. Text and images by Michelle Bassler

Tour 4: Oakland Cannery
Where woodworking, screen-printing, and plywood painting align. Text and images by Eddie Colla



Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco.

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