About Us

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!

 

So, what is a woodworker and photographer doing making masks??

Actually, Cuppa Fog was originally created because I was sewing cell phone and tablet cases and purses! I’ve been sewing since I was 8 years old, and always loved it. So when the world turned topsy-turvy and they started recommending people wear cloth masks, I realized I could actually make a difference by digging into my fabric stash and making masks. Every mask someone buys allows me to donate one, and it’s been a huge task to try to keep up with demand – but one that I am happy to take on, as I really love feeling like I’m helping those who aren’t able to help themselves. And I really love showing my 5yo son how helping others can be rewarding for us as well.

 

Are you still selling wood art?

Yes! But turnaround time may be a bit longer, as my priority is getting masks in the hands of those who need them. But I also have many items currently in stock - if you're on a timeline, send me an email!

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