Chelsea Hiatt Farley started Cuppa Fog in 2009 in Pacifica, California. She started out sewing handmade cellphone and tablet cases, as well as metal frame clutch purses, with a focus on using locally-sourced and upcycled fabrics. She loved making custom pieces for customers as well.
In 2012, Chelsea finally found a product that made use of one of her other loves - photography. She discovered that transferring photos onto wood transformed the photos that she already loved into something more complex and textured. The pieces now had the added elements of wood grain, natural variations in color, and even sometimes knots and holes. Not only does the photo have a story, but so does the wood.
Chelsea makes all the transfers by hand, sometimes employing an assistant, but more often than not working until her fingers are tingling and the fingerprints close to rubbed off. All for the joy of the art! The process involves transferring the ink directly onto the wood. The paper is rubbed off by hand, and therefore each piece has its own unique distressed areas. Each piece is one of a kind. The pieces are sealed to prevent any further and unintentional distressing.
Chelsea takes all the photos herself, focusing on California nature scenes and San Francisco landmarks. There are a couple of instances where a close friend or relative has taken a picture and given Cuppa Fog permission to use it in our pieces. We make note of these when applicable.
We are also happy to make custom pieces. There is a small fee for photo processing, and we will work with you to make sure the photo we use is going to transfer well. There are some photos that just will not work well. Please email us to see what we can create for you!