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Brouwerij West opens on February 27

Posted February 7th, 2016

Crafts and beer and CRAFT BEER!  It’s finally come together, after two long years of fundraising and construction…BROUWERIJ WEST is set to open in newly restored Warehouse 9, right next door to the marketplace and events space!

We are thrilled to finally announce the long-time-coming Grand Opening of Brouwerij West’s production brewery and tap room on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  They’re putting the final touches on things here and getting everything ready.  At the Grand Opening, we’ll have food trucks, perhaps some live music, and of course, plenty of their new beer! In addition to new versions of their classic beers like Saison, Tripel, Mør Mør (quad), My First Rodeo (100% Brettanomyces saison) and Dog Ate My Homework (blackberry saison), they’ll be introducing a handful of new beers, like a hoppy bitter blond; a traditional Wit with sour oranges; and more.

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“The Log Cabins of Donald Judd” – 50 new works by LUKE Haynes

Posted February 7th, 2016


We invite you to come see an ambitious display of new work by one of the stars in the modern quilt world, LUKE Haynes. Inspired by the iterative material forms of the late sculptor for which the series is named, LUKE has interpreted the traditional log cabin quilting method over a series of 50 quilts, all made of used textiles and using a range of red, white and black to articulate pattern and language.

The quilts will be hung from the ceiling in our massive “log cabin” warehouse like a forest to explore, creating an immersive, experiential show.


“In learning my trade and the vernacular of quilting I have been practicing block types and learning history of piecing. There are a vast amount of overlaps in quilting blocks, that lead me to take the designers method and try and learn the basic language before venturing forth. The log cabin is arguably the first repeatable quilting block and therefore that is where I started.

The reason it’s alluding to Judd is the material and iteration and to suggest that the show is objects in space and sculpture and remove the “Quilt” pre-conception of bed and private and valueless.”

VIP opening February 18, 4 – 6 p.m.
$130 a ticket for the VIP includes yummies, drinks and a swag bag that makes the price well worth it – just ask LUKE.  Proceeds support the show/artist.

Open to the public after 6 p.m.

Join this event on Facebook.

Show continues through February 28:
February 19-21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 26-28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More info on LUKE and the show in this awesome Los Retratos article!

Valentine’s Gifts to Capture Her Heart

Posted February 4th, 2016

It’s no wonder that jewelry is the most traditional of Valentine’s Day gifts, right up there with chocolate and flowers.  The perfect piece tells the recipient just how you feel – whether you’d like to take your relationship to the next level, celebrate a lasting romance – even right the wrongs of a wayward Christmas gift!  Whatever it is you’d like to say to your Mom, friend or partner, CRAFTED has just the right piece of jewelry to express what’s in your heart and capture hers.  Here’s a few of our favorites – and visit our market for so many more…

More gifts for Valentine’s Day>>>

New Craft Classes for February

Posted February 4th, 2016

The best part about having a whole warehouse full of talented artists and crafters is the access to years of trade knowledge. Lucky for us, these people are very generous and open to passing on their expertise in the form of classes. Here are a few of this month’s DIY opportunities, come on out and make something!!

Altered Metal for Jewelry Making – Feb. 6th & 11:30am
Skill Level: All, ages 15 and up.

Cost: $30. All supplies included to emboss and patina two sets of metal blanks plus beads and findings.

Instructor Peggy Forrester, owner of Nagare in stall 124 at CRAFTED, will assist students in making earrings. Additional metal blanks will be available for purchase to emboss and patina as class time permits. Peggy is a Vintaj distributor and students may order Vintaj supplies at the Nagare Boutique shop in CRAFTED.


ECF Printmaking Workshop – Feb. 6th @1pm and Feb. 7th @5pm
This is an open (all ages & skill levels) relief printmaking workshop. Visitors can join at any time. We provide all materials (paper, ink, plate and tools) along with light instruction/demonstration For $10 visitors can make 3 original prints.


Beaded Heart Pendant – Feb. 7th @1pm

Learn the quick & easy way to make this adorable heart pendant using Superduo beads, Swarovski crystals & Japanese seed beads. Class materials include all the beads and chain you need to make a sweet necklace for you or someone you love to wear on Valentine’s Day…or all year long! This class is a wonderful introduction to bead weaving and a fun project for the experienced beader as well. Skill level: All.


Make & Take Quilt Project – Feb. 13th @1pm

Join us in the Quilters Studio for February’s Make and Take Quilt Project.  Participants will sew on appliqués, quilt and sew a binding on their mini quilt! Participants will leave with either a mug rug or quilted potholder. Beginners welcome!


Knitted Scarf Class – Feb. 14th at 11:30am

Skill Level: All welcome with basic knitting skills to advanced knitter, ages 15 and up.

Cost: $30 plus one skein, your choice, Nagare Boutique’s Hand-tied yarn, (135yds of assorted boutique yarns including cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, viscose, and more at $45-$55 a skein). Registering students will receive a supply list of items to bring to first session.

Even more classes and activities on our calendar>>>

Makers: There’s never been a better time to try out CRAFTED!

Posted January 29th, 2016

Are you ready to take your handmade business to the next level?

Would you like to test market your product or try out a retail setting?

Or, maybe you’re getting tired of lugging your stuff from fair to festival to farmer’s market?

If so there’s never been a better time to try out CRAFTED!  We are a vibrant marketplace housed in a classically restored vintage warehouse that buzzes each weekend with the hum of makers making.  This coming month, our complex is growing with the addition of our new craft beer tenant, Brouwerij West!  Located just 100 feet from the arts and crafts marketplace, we’re expecting lots of foot traffic and new customers who have never seen CRAFTED before when it opens this month!

If you have a great handmade product, come move in for a month and set up your own retail store.  Just $300 includes a 10 x 10 space for four selling weekends (Friday through Sunday), tax and utilities.  And if you love it and sign a six-month lease, we’ll give you your sixth month for FREE.

What’s so great about CRAFTED?  We make it easy for your handmade business to have a permanent retail location.  Our facility is well-maintained and secure, so you can leave your stock all week.  We offer marketing and promotion that features our makers in weekly emails, social media and traditional media.  But the best part about your space at CRAFTED is that it’s YOURS.  Paint, put up shelving, bring in furniture, add your own lighting – express your vision and brand to create a shop as unique as your craft.

What we offer in a nutshell:

  • Community of friendly, collaborative makers
  • Beautiful location along the new LA Waterfront, less than 30 minutes from DTLA, Venice and Long Beach
  • Free parking
  • Dedicated, secure and customizable selling space
  • Marketing and business coaching

How to apply:

For immediate consideration by our leasing specialists and craft jury extraordinaire, please fill out our application here.

Please note: we are seeking artists with high quality, predominantly handmade products and original designs.  Please don’t apply with manufactured or mass-produced products, that’s not what we’re for.  However, if you have a product or service that’s a little different and think it might be a market fit, go ahead and fill out the application and we’ll let you know what we think!

Handmade & Heartfelt Gifts for your Valentine

Posted January 28th, 2016

Show your LOVE for LOCAL this Valentine’s Day by giving your love something handmade and heartfelt!  This year the lovey-dovey holiday falls on a Sunday, so you have three whole weekends to shop for your Valentine at the CRAFTED arts marketplace.  If you start early enough, you might be able to work with and artisan to personalize your present. Here’s just a few things from the market to get you thinking – and remember, time is the most precious thing you can spend on a person, so you can always bring your special someone to CRAFTED and spend the day crafting to your hearts content!  See our events calendar for a line-up of Valentine-themed classes and drop-in activities this month.

Join CRAFTED at the Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 6th

Posted January 28th, 2016

CRAFTED will be leading a Chinese Lantern craft at the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival at the LA Waterfront, an award-winning event sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles.  The Lunar New Year Festival will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 2-7 p.m. at the Downtown Harbor.

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with cultural entertainment, lion dancers, crafts, food and a fireworks finale!

And in case of severe rain (you can never be too careful with El Niño on the hunt…) this event will be held here at CRAFTED.  Check the event Facebook page for updates, activities and to RSVP, or visit

Live BOLD!

Posted January 21st, 2016


2016 is the year to throw caution to the wind and live boldly! Nothing is more bold and daring in the fashion world than patterns and prints, especially when you pair the two together. We’ve found you some colorful options of both around the CRAFTED marketplace. Take your pick and start the year off with a POP!

New in the Market: Cloth and Colors

Posted January 21st, 2016

We’re so pleased to welcome Cloth and Colors to the market!  Never has such a simple name captured the perfect essence of a budding new business.  Shop owner Azita Aslani and her brother Massoud blend their art and with textiles in a way that makes you feel happy!  From the whimsical figures embroidered on bags, to the feel of the organic cotton yoga mats, to the bright colors in her paintings, Cloth and Colors is a definite must-see next time you’re at CRAFTED.

Stormy Market Finds

Posted January 13th, 2016

After all the talk – El Niño is finally here! We’ve embraced our stormy side and searched the market for some items inspired by the intense ocean storms.  You’ll be flooding in here to snatch them up!

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