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Happy National Craft Month!

Posted February 26th, 2015

Since March is National Craft Month, it’s our favorite time of the year here at CRAFTED, L.A.’s home of handmade. Created in 1994, National Craft Month has grown into the Cre8time Movement, a.k.a. reclaim free time to rediscover your creative passions. While CRAFTED will have special crafting projects, activities, classes and giveaways every weekend, we’re planning a special celebration on 3/22.

So mark your calendar now and join us for a day of creative fun at CRAFTED!

National Craft Month

Craft Classes in March

Posted February 26th, 2015

One of CRAFTED artisans’ favorite things to do is spread their love of creating by teaching others the techniques they’ve mastered in their craft. Different classes are offered each month, so sign up for the newsletter or make sure to check the calendar often.

Here are our class offering for the month of March:

March 1 – Painting Butterflies with Shari Tipich (All Levels)

March 7-8, 14-15, & 21-22 – Quilting Basics with Linda Curry

March 21 – Edible Garden Workshop with Green Girl Farms

March 29 – Intro to Metal Clay with Phoenix Magyk

Take Five with Lindsay Sochar

Posted February 26th, 2015
CRAFTED is always buzzing with activity so “TAKE FIVE” gives us a chance to take a break and learn a little bit about the people who make the market great!

 

Lindsay Sochar is a true CRAFTED Original – she’s been with us since day one and eventually joined the staff as our Craft Program Manager. Every team has that one special person who inspires the rest, and Lindsay keeps us all on our creative toes. She manages the Creation Station, where she can leads visitors through a different DIY project each weekend that they can take home as a memento from CRAFTED. That’s why she’s our first Take Five subject.

1. What is your earliest crafting memory?
Hot gluing in my mom’s garage.

2. What do you do when you’re not at CRAFTED?
When I’m not creating in the market, I’m either at home working on my own artwork or I am at school. I’m learning the ancient art of hand painted signs. So I spend a lot of my time practicing, painting and working on commissions. I also create cardboard playhouses for my cats.

3. What is your favorite medium to work in?
I do most of my work painting in acrylic; it’s vibrant and dries quickly. I have learned how to get acrylic paint to do exactly what I’m looking for. But my favorite medium is clay. My love for clay comes from my father who is a sculptor and great teacher. Working with clay is very forgiving and extremely tactile. I like how interactive and physical using clay can be. It’s such a beautiful material and scientific process. Clay is an organic material and glazes are natural chemicals that react to heat to produce different color reactions.

4. Where do you get your ideas for the Creation Station craft projects?
A lot of the projects I do in the Creation Station are things I would be at home making. I do find a lot of ideas online, on Pinterest and on craft-related blogs. But most of my craft inspiration comes from seeing something I like and wanting to make my own version.

5. What’s your favorite Creation Station moment?
Some of my favorite moments at the Creation Station are when people see a few kids happily making crafts and say, “OH! look how happy they are – I wish we could do that.” When I tell them there’s no age limit to creating and having fun and they join in, it makes my day.

Some of the kids who are most excited by the crafts are the ones whose schools no longer offer arts in the classroom. Being creative is an essential part of growing and learning. It’s amazing what kids can think of and create when given a place to do so.

 

Come Craft with Lindsay!

Lindsay has some fun craft projects planned for the Creation Station in the coming weekends. And remember, the Creation Station is a place for creatives of ALL ages to get crafty!!

February 27 – March 1: Mosaic Flower Pots & Trivets

March 6 – 8: Rope Wrapped Crafts

March 13 – 15: Up-cycled Braided Bracelets

March 20 – 22: Spring Felt Flower Headband

New in the Market

Posted February 16th, 2015

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New handmade items from local artisans are available now at CRAFTED. Inspired by the new year and the L.A. Waterfront, CRAFTED makers have outdone themselves this month with new designs and lots of eco-friendly materials. Here is a closer look at some new creations available for purchase in your favorite CRAFTED shops.

LIVE Art in the Market this weekend

Posted February 9th, 2015

We’ve got some great live art happening in the marketplace this weekend.

 

Live Music

The Harbor Jazz Ensemble Trio will be filling the market with their swinging tunes on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 2-5:30pm. Bring your Valentine down and cut a rug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

G. Murray Thomas and Graham Smith will be the featured poets at Read on till Morning’s poetry reading and open mic Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 4-6pm. Light refreshments will be available. Poets of all levels are welcome to read both original and favorite poems during the open mic.

To learn more about what’s going on at the Creation Station and what great new classes are being offered, check out our events calendar.

 

 

Meet the Chori-Man

Posted February 9th, 2015

We’d like to welcome indie food rock star Humberto Raygoza, a.k.a. The Chori-Man, to his new stage at CRAFTED. He’ll be performing with his grill every weekend, creating new fans of artisanal chorizo and sausage recipes with his original and healthy twists (including soyrizo for meatless fans!). Humberto takes requests, so you can call out for red or green chorizo added to burritos with seasoned potatoes (“papas”), sandwiches with sautéed peppers (“chori pan”) or a quesadilla topped with a crunchy fresh salad. Get a sneak peek of his infectious smile in this commercial featuring him working his former grill at the Del Rey Deli: http:/youtu.be/Wts7H7P4HVs. Support him now that he’s gone solo at CRAFTED every Friday-Sunday from 11a.m.-6p.m. Come for his food, stay for his “Guac-N-Roll” t-shirt collection. Cheers to the Chori-Man!

Set the Mood for Valentine’s Day

Posted February 9th, 2015

These fragrances, tastes and textures from the marketplace will help you set the mood for a perfectly CRAFTED Valentine’s Day for your sweetheart.

L.A. Quilt Show UPDATE

Posted February 5th, 2015

We’ve updated the dates for the 2nd Annual L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Fest. We had so much fun last year that we’re ready to get planning!

 

Join Us!

Last year some of the quilt show participants had such a great time that they decided to join the CRAFTED family and are now a big part of the planning committee for this year’s show. Our quilters are extremely community oriented and would LOVE to have you join them on the planning committee. Here are a couple of the projects they are doing out in the community.

 

 

 

Linda Curry of One of a Kind Quilts has created a red dress themed quilt to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign dedicated to fighting heart disease in women. She’s also been collecting donations and selling pins.

 

Gay Kersey Morris of Kersey Girl Creations – AccuQuilt, Aprons & More is involved with The Blue Butterfly Village Project. Sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of Volunteers of America, the Blue Butterfly Village is a community of 73 town homes that will house formerly homeless female veterans and their families. Gay, her daughter Melanie Kersey and her sister Carol Kersey Walker are one of the design teams chosen to furnish a number of the units.

CRAFTED is so proud to be the home of such civic minded quilters. If you’d like to join these fabulous women on the quilt show planning committee, give us a call at (310) 732-1270 or email us at info@craftedportla.com.

Great Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Posted February 4th, 2015


CRAFTED is the home of unique gifts for one-of-a-kind people and we’ve got all your special guys covered this Valentine’s Day!

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