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Meet the “Pop Down” Featured Artists

Posted April 9th, 2015

We’re only a week away from the opening reception for “Pop Down to the Port”, a very special pop up gallery show at CRAFTED on April 18th. The excitement is building here at CRAFTED as the preparations are being made and the artwork is getting moved in. Now would be a great time to get a little more acquainted with the six talented artists being featured in the show.


Kelly Reid
Kelly ReidCRAFTED is so proud of our very own Queen of Vintage, Kelly Reid. Kelly is a master of vintage furnishings and textiles. She’s been designing and selling retro pieces and inspired textiles from her shop, The Vintage Stop, for over 20 years.









Jennifer Blue
Jennifer BlueJennifer Blue has been working in the fashion industry for over 15 years. Her provocative collages blend images to create a completely new narrative.










Dawn Marie Forsyth
Dawn Marie ForsythDawn Marie Forsyth is a fine artist and long time arts educator. Dawn’s work focuses on paying attention to the balance between limitations and being limitless through the play of constructed proportion, shape, and texture.









Patsy Johnson
Patsy JohnsonSix years ago Patsy Johnson made her first quilt and fell in love. Soon after she left her career in banking and insurance to pursue her passion full-time and never looked back. Patsy loves the modern quilting movement and her dynamic quilts show the influence.








Graham Moore
Graham MooreGraham Moore has come a long way from his first design gig in Covent Garden. He arrived in Los Angeles in 1991 and quickly became part of the design education community, teaching at the Art Institute, Woodbury University, FIDM and UCLA Extension. His retro inspired designs and textiles will definitely transport you back in time and set the mood for the show. Graham also designed the logo for the show.

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    Let your creativity bloom: sign up for a crafting class!

    Posted March 30th, 2015

    April is here and we’ve been showered with art and crafting classes led by local artisans. Every weekend offers a chance for you to try your hand at something new, so sign up for a fun crafting class today!


    Fridays: Kick off the weekend with a Printmaking Class

    ECF offers printmaking classes every Friday from 5-6p.m. Learn from a trained, encouraging instructor how to make three of your own original pieces to take home!



    Saturdays & Sundays (through 4/19): Quilting Basics
    Machine Quilt Quilts Quilting Linda Curry CRAFTED
    Linda Curry of One of a Kind Machine Quilts shares years of experience with budding quilting bees. Her smile is sweet as honey! If you start quilting with Linda now, you can have something ready in time to exhibit at the L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Festival.



    All weekend: FREE fiber art lessons by Yes4Arts!
    Free crochet knitting sewing lessons at CRAFTED Yes4Arts
    Yes4Arts teaches FREE crochet, knitting and sewing classes for beginners of any age who are interested in the fiber arts. Simply drop-in and say “I want to learn!” Materials and instruction are complimentary, courtesy of Lessons are provided Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11a.m.-4p.m. You’re sure to enjoy learning these “fun”ctional arts! Inspired to learn more? Yes4Arts can provide you with personalized lessons and/or teach you the fundamentals of selling your art at their annual fundraising Fashion Show and Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Fair. For more information, contact or call Paula at (310) 686-4325.


    Sunday April 19 – Intro to Metal Clay with Delia of Phoenix Magyk
    Learn the basic techniques for working with precious metal clay. Even if you have never created jewelry before, you will enjoy discovering ow easy it is to make striking pieces with metal clay.



    Sunday 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. While vanilla is one of the most popular flavors on earth, where it comes from can be a bit of a mystery. Tamiza will show you that making this familiar taste yourself is a lot simpler than you might think! During this hands-on workshop, she will introduce you to many types of vanilla extract before leading you to create your own aromatic ingredient. Sign up for one of the two class times here.

    Sunday April 26 – Painting with Shari Tipich
    Shari’s “Wine, Dine & Fine Art” classes are an absolute crowd pleaser, complete with encouraging instruction, fun new friends and tasty snacks. To reserve your spot, email soon, since her classes fill up fast.

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      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.

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        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.

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          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.



          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.

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            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.



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

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              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

              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

              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

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                “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.

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                  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.

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                    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.

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