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It’s Raining Classes at CRAFTED

Posted March 30th, 2015

April is here and we’ve been showered with great crafting opportunities by our in-house artisans. Every weekend offers a chance for your creativity to bloom, so make sure you sign up for one or ALL of these fabulous classes!

Printmaking Every Friday
Printmaking Class

ECF offers printmaking classes every Friday from 5-6pm.

 

Quilting Basics Every Saturday & Sunday
Linda Curry of One of a Kind Quilts imparts her knowledge on budding quilting bees every Saturday and Sunday.

 

April 19 – Intro to Metal Clay with Phoenix Magyk
Learn the basic techniques for working with precious metal clay. Even if you have never created jewelry before, you will be inspired by how easy it is to make striking pieces with metal clay.

 

April 19 – Create Your Own Vanilla Extract with Chef Tamiza
Tamiza makes yummy things and she will teach you how to create your own delicious blend of vanilla extract for all your baking needs.

Classes at 11am and 3pm

 

Learn to Crochet with Paula of Paula Crochet Fashion

Pop Down to the Port is coming April 18th

Posted March 30th, 2015

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is proud to host Pop Down to the Port, a very special pop-up gallery exhibition featuring the art of six talented L.A. based artists, including our very own Kelly Reid!

Kelly will be showcasing her retro and contemporary furnishings and textiles. Also featured in the show: art from Graham Moore, photography by George Porcari, fine art by Dawn Marie Forsyth, collages from Jennifer Day and the quilted stylings of Patsy Johnson.

There will be an opening reception Saturday, April 18 from 4-7pm with food trucks, sounds and refreshments.

Make Some Bunny Hoppy this Easter!

Posted March 25th, 2015

These bunnies from London House of Dolls are just the cutest things in the market! Each one with a personality as bright as their fabric.
You don’t have to be the Easter Bunny to know that these handmade gifts will make kids hop with joy. CRAFTED is the place for one-of-a-kind basket stuffers and adorable outfits for the Easter Parade. Our artisans and crafters find inspiration in every holiday, especially when they can brighten a young person’s day. Here are just some examples of the cute and colorful toys, clothes and accessories to make your celebration a “hoppy” one.

Creative Crosses

Posted March 24th, 2015

Easter is here and it’s always nice to reflect on the beauty of the holiday and family traditions passed down from generation to generation. CRAFTED is home to many artisans who celebrate their faith by including it in their handmade works. Stop by this weekend and get inspired by all the creative crosses in the marketplace.

 

Global Gifts

On March 20th, Global Gifts debuted their 25th Annual Crosses Show in their shop at CRAFTED. These crosses are from artisans all over the world and are made using various materials and styles.

 

Bede

Every rosary at Bede is handcrafted and one of a kind. Cheryl loves combining the crosses and beads to create pieces that have their own personality and feel. The crosses and beads each convey special properties and come from all over the world.

From small strands to giant beads, each is perfect and beautiful.

What’s New in the Market – March 2015

Posted March 18th, 2015

Spring is here and new shops are popping up all over CRAFTED. Come meet the new additions to the market and their fabulous bounty of wonderful handmade products!

 

“Lil” Annie’s Soap Shop

When Pam of “Lil” Annie’s Soap Shop isn’t at CRAFTED, she works as a Dean at a local school. As a full time educator, Pam would spend her summers off learning new hobbies. One summer, seven years ago, she took up soap making and fell in love.

 

All of the soaps in “Lil” Annie’s Soap Shop are handmade. Mixing the colors and scents allows Pam to express herself creatively. Molded soaps for party favors are her specialty.

 

PremierAmour

Daniela of PremierAmour joins her friend and fellow fashion design graduate, Julissa of Zanahoria, to bring even more handmade fashion to CRAFTED.

 


Daniela describes her clothing as ‘modern with a vintage edge’, drawing her inspiration from a life-long love of the television show I Love Lucy.

 

Pretty and Perky

Jenny and Jon are Pretty and Perky. That also happens to be the name of their soap and skincare company. For a product line that’s so bubbly, it may come as a surprise that the inspiration came from the movie Fight Club.

 

Jenny loves making soaps that look and smell like yummy desserts. She’s also expanded the line to creams, scrubs and soaps made with beer and real pieces of loofah inside.

 

Lanovia

Lanovia specializes in colorful wreaths and pillows made from bright patterned fabric. Leslie, the shopowner, also makes dog leashes and collars.

Craft Celebration 3/22!

Posted March 15th, 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.

11-noon: Toast for new artisans

12 noon: Grow Terrific Tomatoes Garden Workshop

12-4p: Quilting Basics Class with One-of-A-Kind Machine Quilting (RSVP 1ofakindquilting@gmail.com)

1p, 2p & 3p: Craft in America screenings with creator & producer,  Carol Sauvion

2p, 3p & 4p:  Demos of Accuquilt GO Baby  Cutter Starter Kit with Kersey Girl Creations

2-5p: Wine, Dine & Fine Art with Shari Tipich (RSVP sharitipichart@gmail.com)

All Day: free crochet lessons for kids with Paula Crochet Fashion,

enter raffle for Accuquilt GO Baby  Cutter Starter Kit from Kersey Girl Creations,

visit the 25th Annual Crosses Show at Global Gifts &/or

make a floral headband in the Creation Station,

and more fun for the whole family!

National Craft Month

“Green” creations by local Artists

Posted March 9th, 2015

Here at CRAFTED, our favorite shade of green is “up-cycled.” We love it when artists breathe new life into something with crafty ingenuity – after all, we did restore an old warehouse into an arts marketplace! So to put a little CRAFTED spin on St. Patrick’s Day, here are some “green” crafts from the market.

Lucky You! Green finds for St. Patty’s & beyond!

Posted March 9th, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and if you’re searching for something festively emerald, you’re in luck! We’ve searched the market for all things green and brought them together in one place.

ECF Brings Art & Printmaking Classes to CRAFTED

Posted March 4th, 2015


ECF Art Centers has joined CRAFTED, offering a great mix of functional and fine art created by student artists from their four centers across L.A. (including the San Pedro location).

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1946 to help children, students and adults with special needs reach their greatest potential. ECF’s art centers foster art making opportunities for their adult students by providing studio space, art supplies and guidance from a staff that specializes in fine arts.

Students work independently on a project by project basis across several different mediums. The ECF Center in San Pedro includes a wet room and kiln for ceramics and a printmaking press.

The skill level varies between students. The artist above has been with ECF for over 20 years and is very skilled at water colors. The artwork sold at CRAFTED comes directly from the students at these art centers. Half the proceeds from the sales go directly to the artist, and the other half goes back into the program to pay for materials.

Printmaking Classes

ECF is now offering printmaking classes every Friday at CRAFTED!

Relief Printmaking Class
Fridays 5-6pm at CRAFTED
$10 for 3 original prints
Open to all ages and skill levels, all materials and instruction provided.

Craft for Community Tile Mural To Leave Lasting Impression on San Pedro

Posted March 4th, 2015

In June 2013, CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles initiated this CRAFT FOR COMMUNITY project. At our market and at events around town throughout the second half of 2013 and 2014, community members were invited to paint a tile to be assembled into a mural and installed somewhere in San Pedro.

Since then, nearly 300 tiles have been painted, glazed and fired. There’s lots of dolphins and bridges, and San Pedro’s “three-eyed fish” has a fair bit of play – as well as familiar family names, favorite waterfront sites and abstract art. Each tile is handmade, unique and wonderful.

And now with the gracious support of Jerico Development, the tiles will be installed in the breezeway of the Brown Brothers Building where locals and visitors can enjoy them year-round.

Please join us for an opening reception on FIRST THURSDAY, March 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

in the breezeway of the Brown Brothers Building, between 6th and 7th Street, 461 W 6th Street.

Pictures, light refreshments and a free craft to get the fun started this First Thursday!

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