When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Rebecca Rau’s grandmother salvaged all of the belongings that she could from her flooded
New Orleans home. Almost 10 years later, after recreating a life for herself,
her grandmother parted with these salvaged scarves and passed them
along to her granddaughter. Rebecca’s series, Submerged, revisits the scars left by Hurricane Katrina a decade earlier, while creating a larger conversation about the
significance of material possessions.
Rebecca is an Oakland-based artist who grew up in New Orleans and
caught the very last flight out of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina.
Returning a couple of months later and distraught to see her city in ruins,
she vowed to never leave again. While that didn’t exactly pan out, the city’s
culture continues to form her identity, even while working elsewhere.
Rebecca studied Art History and Sculpture at NYU and SFAI and recently
completed a residency at Muong Studio in Hòa Bình Province, Vietnam. To
see more of Rebecca’s work, visit www.rebeccaraustudio.com.
Lily Jewel Toney, a native of Oakland, has been designing jewelry since the late 1990’s. She is a graduate of the former Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, specializing in color and design. Additionally, she has degrees from St. Mary’s College and the University of San Francisco. After retirement as a Public Information Officer, she turned to her passion of jewelry design.
Her bold and exquisite jewelry collection uses an amazing palate of vibrant gemstones with sophisticated coloration. Toney’s designs are inventive, sometimes flirtatious, and are one-of-a-kind wearable art creations. Her signature works feature an eclectic mix of materials, including modern and antique findings. She creates unique pieces, which are whimsically named.