Common thread

By Anh-Minh LeJanuary 10, 2015

Along with myriad booths, FOG will once again offer panel discussions, presentations and installations over the course of its four days. Michael and Lindsay Tusk of Cotogna and Quince will operate a sit-down restaurant, while the Jane Coffee Lounge will provide a more casual food and beverage option.

And if last year’s inaugural affair is any indication, one of the highlights of FOG will be 21POP, a themed pop-up shop curated by Stanlee Gatti. This year, the renowned event designer is focusing on cotton, including how the crop is transformed into a range of products through various methods.

Determining a theme is “a long drawn-out thinking process, but when it clicks, it does,” says Gatti. “It clicked when I thought of the thread that binds us all together — and it is cotton.”


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Gatti recently made the trip 90 miles northeast of San Francisco to Sally Fox’s Viriditas Farm in the Capay Valley in Yolo County. Fox has been breeding and farming naturally colored, organic cotton since 1982 — “when organic cotton wasn’t really a thing yet,” she says. She has occupied her current 130-acre location since 1998.

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