"In Practice, design should always be a reflection of our community"
--Milton Glaser

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Meet Cristal


I’m Cristal Cabanillas-Chen, Founder of SweetBoomsCo. I’m a passionate artist who followed an instinct to keep creating. No matter what. Since I was a little girl, I was surrounded by people who are passionate about making things with their hands. My dad is a talented furniture maker. My mom is a gifted seamstress. Perhaps they were why I was destined to follow my passion for design. I’ve never believed in making art just for the sake of art..

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& Demos

Every workshop is carefully curated with you in mind. My goal is not to sell a product. I seek to curate priceless experiences, interactions, and dialogue that organically/naturally happens in the workshops. During these workshops, students can expect side-effects renewed gratitude, fresh perspectives, and the joy that comes from making something with your hands.


Succulent watercolor-gouache WORKSHOP: Masking fluid+India ink TECHNIQUES


Cactus Print+India Ink outlining, BY Cristal Chen

MAKE YOUR OWN set of stationary


Original Illustrations+prints, BY Cristal Chen 


curated box of materials For each participant 



& Vendors

I couldn’t be more honored to collaborate with some of the most cutting-edge companies and artisans in Northern California. Below are just a few of the organizatons (of all sizes) who I collaborate with and ensure that each and every workshop has the highest quality materials available:


Box Inc

Box is an enterprise content management platform that solves simple and complex challenges, from sharing and accessing files on mobile devices to sophisticated business processes like data governance and retention.



A charming urban village located at the Hillsdale Station in historic San Mateo, Bay Meadows combines the communal feeling of the suburbs with cultural aspects of the city. Diverse architecture, high-tech office space, innovative eateries and boutique retail seamlessly coexist with miles of biking trails, networks of parks, community gardens, and wide-open spaces.



...Consists of women’s apparel and accessories, intimates, home furniture and décor, beauty and gifts. Each caters to the lifestyle of our five muses: soft & delicate; boho chic; easy cool; elegant classic; and modern sporty.


Paper Source

Paper Source is a premier paperie and gift retailer offering each customer an intimate, boutique-feel when they enter our stores.More than half of our products feature original Paper Source designs from our Chicago-based team — offering a unique aesthetic and exclusive color palette

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San Mateo


SweetBloomsCo studio is located in San Mateo California. 

The thrill of purchasing things fades quickly but the joy and memories of experiences, from epic adventures to minute encounters, can last a lifetime. Fill your life with experiences not things...
— Rohan Khedkar
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