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Take Five with Kathy Fordiani from A Little Shabby…A Little Chic

Posted November 25th, 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 artists who make the market great!

1. How did you get into refurbishing furniture?
I initially learned to refurbish my own furniture when moving into a new house. My husband’s job requires us to move frequently. I quickly learned that I could paint my existing furniture to go in the new home for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

2. What is one of your favorite projects?
I painted a little girl’s headboard and dresser that was a hand-me-down set from her older brother. She picked the colors and also asked me to paint some flowers and butterflies on the bed, too.

3. Do you also do special order projects?
Yes! I make “house calls.” I can pick up the furniture and work on it in my studio. I can also work in a client’s home if a piece is large, like an armoire.

4. What’s your favorite part about what you create?
I love the dramatic ‘before and after’ that I get to see in my work. It’s also “anything goes,” so I can paint anything any color. It’s fun to see how some things turn out completely different than I envision before I start.

5. You also make custom pillows and signs with fun and meaningful sayings on them. What is the most interesting message you’ve been asked to use?

I’ve had two interesting requests: one for a custom pillow and another for a wooden sign. Both clients gave me photos of the sayings from a tattoo! Using the photos I was able to recreate the saying on a pillow. These were special projects, one commemorating a father who’d passed away and another to celebrate a mom who’s a cancer survivor. I never thought pillows or signs would be so significant! Working on those two projects made me feel lucky to be able to do what I do.

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    Make it Personal this Holiday

    Posted November 20th, 2015

    The holidays are a time to show loved ones how much they mean. You just can’t do that with cookie-cutter, mass produced items. Instead, come to CRAFTED, where you’ll find gifts as unique as all of the people on your list.

    Our talented artisans specialize in customization. They go the extra mile to make gifts tailored for your friends. family, clients and colleagues.

    These are just some of the perfectly personal gifts you can give this year. If you see something you like, click here to find the contact information for the maker ,or come down to CRAFTED and get inspired in person!

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      HB Artisan Pop-Up: Own a piece of the Hollywood Bowl!

      Posted November 12th, 2015

      Clear November 20th and 21st on your calendar because you’re not going to want to miss the awesome pop-up shop coming to CRAFTED: HB Artisan, the furniture and home accessories maker who’s pieces are made from wood reclaimed from the Hollywood Bowl!

      Owner, Julie Hirtzel, explains the story behind her unique business:

      “Sometimes funny things happen in life… In 2014 my brother’s business replaced all of the bench seats at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and he was able to purchase the old wood from the county. HB Artisan Furniture Company is making unique home furnishings crafted from the reclaimed Hollywood Bowl bench seats. This old-growth Alaskan yellow cedar exudes beauty and is a joy to work with. Having baked in the Southern California sunshine for more than forty years, the patina on this wood is a warm grey with hints of brown. We love that this lumber originated in Alaska, was crafted into seating at one of LA’s favorite venues and is now beginning a new life as furniture and home decor in the homes of Angelenos. HB Artisan is a sustainable, responsible, female-owned company exclusively working out of Los Angeles with minimal impact on the environment. A Certificate of Authenticity comes with each piece.”

      HB Artisan will only be at CRAFTED for two days, so make sure to stop by next Friday or Saturday to pick out the perfect holiday present or statement piece for your own home.

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        Take Five with Alexandra Fowler of Indust-Realized

        Posted November 12th, 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 artists who make the market great!

        Indust-Realized is a shop curated by Alexandra Fowler. Currently she features her jewelry line “Of Wings & Ore”, the “Fowler’s Stark” collection of lighting, smart phone docking stations and functional metal display pieces, custom metal fabrication orders by John Baker, and puppets, functional artwork and sculptures by artist Brandy Wisenant, as well as her children’s educational and practical purpose line “Coco’s Kids.”

         

         

        1. Hi Alex! Do you remember your earliest creative memory?
        I’ve always been creative…painting, drawing, sculpting, etc. I also grew up watching Jacques Cousteau and always wanted to learn about the water.

        2. How did you come up with the name “Indust-Realized”?
        I live in a loft in Downtown Los Angeles. Living in a vintage building circa 1904 has forced me to seek industrial styled decor. I’ve helped John (my fabricator) with his metal fabrication business for a few years now. As projects for John and his kids to work on together, I came up with lamps made from hubcaps, license plates, and drive shafts, and also docking stations made from vintage aerospace pieces. Indust-Realized was the term for my industrial designs coming to life, or being realized. The store is that on a larger scale: it’s my designs realized.

        3. Where do you find the products for your shop?
        I have very artistic friends and acquaintances. Most the items I’ve designed, but I’m currently recruiting more artists. Growing up my mother would bring us to our favorite store in San Pedro, “The Sea.” I was heavily influenced by their one-of-a-kind items. Everything was sea-themed, with shells, museum pieces, antiques, and specimens. I wanted my store to emulate that.

        4. Some of your products are vintage with modern uses. What draws you to a vintage piece?
        Its engineering. I can see where it came from, who made it. That ads history and character. What metal is it made of? Does it have an appealing color or patina? I love showcasing pieces from the early 1900’s up to the 70’s. The work that went into these electronics is just impressive. They just don’t make stuff like it anymore.

        5. What inspires you the most?
        Nature, Need and the Sea. Natural things always put me in a state of wonder. I love to incorporate things found in nature and highlight them, especially things people pass over or don’t usually notice. Most of my electronics and metal pieces were born from necessity, or Need. If it doesn’t exist or we needed a cool light, I used what we had to make one. And last but not least, the Sea. I grew up by it, on it, in it. I love bringing the things I love out to be enjoyed.

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          CRAFTED Handmade Holiday Tip #3

          Posted November 11th, 2015

          Good times are in the cards.

          While we’e all tempted to rip the wrapping and tear into the tissue paper, we usually restrain ourselves to enjoy the card first. Why delay the gratification? Because cards are that important – they can provide the story, instructions and the feelings that make whatever’s in the box or bag a true gift.

          At CRAFTED you can buy cards from artists of every style – humorous photos (Humphrey the Hedgehog loves celebrating, shop 133), colorful pop art (Aicher’s Kustom Pop Shoppe, shop 151) and sewn fabrics (Leather E, shop 190). Want to put your own style stamp on your cards? Take a print making lesson with an ECF Art Center instructor and take three of your own designs home for only $10. There are even cards that give a gift of their own: funds to support UNICEF from Global Gifts, shop 106.

          Add cards to your shopping list and you won’t end up scrambling at the last minute to find the right one or get stuck giving a card-less present. Here’s some inspiration for you!

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            CRAFTED Handmade Holiday Tip #2

            Posted October 29th, 2015

            Halloween is here and the “Fall Back” time change happens this weekend. Soon we’ll be breaking out our favorite sweaters (hopefully!) and figuring out who’s hosting Thanksgiving – which means that the holidays are just around the corner. CRAFTED is here to help you get ahead of the holidays and give the best gifts ever. While holiday gift giving isn’t a competition, we can help make sure it’s no contest either.

            Keep it Personal
            Our second handmade holiday tip definitely is to keep your recipient in mind. Everyone appreciates a gifts that’s tailor-made to their liking. That’s why you can never go wrong with a customized gift. Nothing is more personal than a present made by hand and not mass produced in a factory.

            CRAFTED has some great shops that specialize in custom gifts. Check them out and start thinking about how you can get personal this holiday season.

            Gems Forever

            The “gems” in Gems Forever are the precious people in your life and the memories you make together. Send your photos to Erinn and she embeds them into mother of pearl beads or pendants that you can give to your favorite memory maker. She can make a bracelet from pictures of everything from your favorite trip to a beloved team. The possibilities are endless and it’ll be a gift that’s sure to please!

             

            Framing by Steve at San Pedro Art Association

            Steve has been a framing artist for decades. From your favorite refrigerator masterpiece to a family portrait or a special heirloom, framing can make your gift gallery-ready. Visit Steve in the San Pedro Art Association shop.

             

            One-of-a-Kind Machine Quilting

            One-of-a-Kind Machine Quilting shop owner Linda Curry can do just about anything with a sewing machine, including make some of the nicest quilts around. She also specializes in all kinds of creations to beautify your life, from wall hangings to bags, totes, table runners, napkins and gift items. Come down to CRAFTED and talk to Linda about the person or holiday you’re celebrating, and she’ll help create a statement piece for you.

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              Halloween & Dia de Los Muertos to get you in the Spirit

              Posted October 29th, 2015


              Are you ready for the ultimate Halloween & Dia de los Muertos weekend? CRAFTED is the place to be if you’re looking for some great fun and of the artisans have some fabulously festive items that are sure to get you in the spooky spirit!

              Premier Amor has a great selection of riveter scarves in patterns for every occasion, including the Dia de los Muertos prints. Check out these other finds from the market. Buy them before they’re gone, or they’ll haunt you till next year.

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                Get Ready for a Celebratory Saturday!

                Posted October 21st, 2015

                Get ready to party this Saturday – there’s a lot to celebrate!

                Come wish a Happy Anniversary to Kersey Girl Creations and the Exceptional Children’s Foundation. Both shops are celebrating a successful first year in the market at CRAFTED. There will be refreshments, frivolity and arts & crafts demonstrations for all!


                Everyone loves a homecoming. CRAFTED is excited to welcome Emilio of Astralcreaciones and his beautiful jewelry back to the marketplace. Astralcreaciones was created over 20 years ago. They specialize in traditional wax casting of sterling silver pieces, and their designs are heavily influenced by their life’s passion: the ocean.


                To really bring the party home, the spunky Geriatrix band will be strumming it up from 2:30-5 p.m. Geriatrix is a fun ukulele band from Long Beach with a deep musical library, and they’ll be playing fun covers of songs ranging from Tom Petty to Spinal Tap. They’ll make Saturday a must hear, sing-along afternoon.

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                  Vote Now to Bring Contemporary Art to CRAFTED

                  Posted October 21st, 2015

                  LA 2050 asks a compelling question: How will you help Los Angeles become the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live? Our friends at South Bay Contemporary have answered this question by proposing a gallery and education space – inside of CRAFTED!

                  SBC is a visionary, artist run, non-profit organization supports advanced explorations in contemporary art. Now they want use their resourced to bridge cultural and generation gaps by bringing sustainable art education. CRAFTED is honored to have been chosen by SBC as the planned site where they will provide art education related to contemporary life in L.A. to San Pedro, Long Beach and the South Bay.

                  Vote now to support SBC’s art exhibits and programming at CRAFTED.Voting is only, open until November 3rd, so vote today to make a difference for years to come.

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                    CRAFTED Handmade Holiday Tip #1

                    Posted October 16th, 2015

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                    It may be hot outside, and you might not have a Halloween costume yet, but you can still get ahead of the game by starting your holiday gift giving season now. While it’s normal to dream about letting your inner Martha Stewart out to play for holiday gifts and decorations, who really has enough time and hands? The artisans of CRAFTED do, that’s who! So instead of wrestling with wreath making or burning up your evening in the kitchen, consider CRAFTED Holiday Tip #1: pick a CRAFTED artisan and let them make everyone on your list something special. They can even make customized party invites, favors and presents for your whole client list, book club, department, volunteer team…you get the picture.

                    Here are just a few items ready for ordering now:

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