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Water is Key

Posted October 17th, 2013

 Join us October 26 at 1 p.m. for a photo exhibit by former L.A. District Attorney, Gil Garcetti, entitled Water Is Key: Building a Better Future for Africa. We will be honoring the International Year of Water Cooperation, with our hosts, Global Gifts, Booth A106. Celebrate United Nations Day with birthday cake, and learn about this important mission. UN cake cutting will be at 2 p.m.

You will also be able to purchase Gil Garcetti’s new book,  Water Is Key: A Better Future for Africa featuring photographs about bring clean, drinkable water to the driest places in West Africa (like Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger etc.).  The book is sold  at this event.

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    California Carver’s Guild

    Posted October 17th, 2013

    This Saturday and Sunday (Oct 18 & 19), California Carver’s Guild will host a live wood carving demo in our market. Check out amazing craftspeople as they demonstrate their woodworking talents for our guests! Learn about what it takes to get the skills of your own to pick up this unique hobby.

     

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      Spooky Halloween Gifts

      Posted October 11th, 2013

      Halloween Gift Guide

      Ghosts and goblins and goodies, oh my! Our talented CRAFTED vendors have created the creepiest and crawliest Halloween gift ideas in our market. Check out the one-of-a-kind eyeball necklaces and skull bibs for baby in our Halloween Gift Guide. We also have included lovely items to honor Dia De Los Muertos. Browse our bloody market this month, you will find more than your share of fun and funky creations, and things that make you go boo!

       

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        New Vendors September

        Posted October 9th, 2013

         

         New Vendors at CRAFTED

         

         

        Haeuser Pottery, Booth A180

        Living in Los Angeles, Matt of Haeuser Pottery and Kristy of Multi Marine create beautiful, colorful and functional works, anything from dinnerware to specific use articles.  Both explore their love for ceramics in original, exciting ways, devising interesting forms and textures. They experiment with colors and decorations, often recalling themes from nature.

         

         

        Fashionable Familiars, Booth A120


        The business with a focus on hair accessories using chainmail supplies. It has expanded to include jewelry pieces incorporating bone and gears. You can also find beautifully sewn blankets – perfect for cozying up on a cold night.

         

         

         

         

        APC Photo Creations, Booth A101

         

        Familar photo creations by the lovely and artistic Arlene Carley.

         

         

         

        Patsy Johnson Quilts, Booth A140

        She’s back! Self taught quilter extraordinaire, Patsy Johnson, has been creating quilts for years. She grew up watching her relatives sew quilts by hand and was so inspired by culture and art that Patsy Johnson Quilts was born. Beautiful stories by this California native are all on display in her unique quilt designs.

         

        Art by Greta Grigorian, Booth A155

        Greta’s paintings are created as small personal portraits welcoming the viewer closer as if to whisper a secret or share an inside joke. She is also a talented photographer that is drawn to junk piles and deserted factories, debris that at one point had been useful. These places always seemed a bit lonely and forgotten and carelessly abandoned. These great shots can allow the viewer to be drawn in ask why.

         

         

        Mi Luna Azul, Booth A196

        Mi Luna Azul’s Abelardo and Sylvia refurbish gorgeous vintage furniture pieces. Each piece is transformed while maintaining the original look and quality of the item. Sylvia also creates handcrafted hair pins and pins, with fun and quirky pop culture references.

         

         

        The Collective, Booth A184

        Find fine leather goods in The Collective booth. These handsome wrist pieces, belts, bags and accessories are perfect for the edgier folks on your shopping list. Check out the beautiful handiwork with new vendors of The Collective.

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Tamiza’s Treats, A201

        Tamiza’s Treats are fun and delicious cakes, cookies, pastries, and fudge! Shop her delicious port wine cakes and scrumptious biscotti cookies this weekend. Tamiza’s Treats will satisfy any sweet tooth.

         

         

         

        Julie’s Kraft Shack, Booth A183

        Julie creates cute gumball machines that make perfect gifts for any girl or boy. These awesome candy jars will be great for kids of all ages as well! Fun, and whimsical children’s art is also on display in this fun booth.

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          Yarnosphere: YARN – SHOP – LEARN – FUN!

          Posted October 9th, 2013

          CRAFTED loves to partner with local businesses and groups that have a similar goal in mind. Check out this great event hosted by Yarnosphere located at the OC Fair and Event Center Oct 12 & 13.

          Yarnosphere is a fun-filled shopfest with learn-a-longs for yarn lovers. It will be held at OC Fair & Event Center on October 12 & 13, 2013. Visit their website for full details.

          Yarnosphere has the whole experience: shopping, learn-a-longs, and places to sit and hang out with your fellow fiber friends. Spend an hour or the day — there’s plenty going on and there are have a lot of great prizes both days and ongoing activities on the demonstration stage.

          Register now for learn-a-longs (you might call them classes) online or purchase early admission. Visit www.yarnosphere.com for full details, our location information and register for the smart learn-a-longs. See you there!

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            Live Music: Jodi and Clem

            Posted October 2nd, 2013

            Our market hosts talented musicians almost every market day. This weekend is no exception!

            Blues and folk singer-songwriter Jodi Siegel joins our market to perform a rockin’ set of covers and originals that will make you want to move! Check out this fun live performance on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. She has played in our market several times over the summer, and we couldn’t resist having her back for another gig. Don’t miss this woman with a talented voice that will move ya.

            Clem Pennington is a talented and stylish singer with a great set of pipes! His career spans over 40 years and has performed with the classics, such as The Drifters, The Whispers and much more. He will give you the chance to relive the old school era of music that we so desperately miss. Check him hit that high note with a free performance this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

            All performances will be held in our demonstration area. All performances are free and open to the public.

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              Feature: The Indigo Isle

              Posted October 2nd, 2013

              Don’t Call It a Comeback!

               It’s hard to find many people who can say they can weave with an 11 foot loom for a hobby. Especially those that are amazing at it.  This rare talent is possessed by the lovely Dana of The Indigo Isle. Dana loves to spread her knowledge about this craft to her customers and excited visitors. Visit booth A 124 for live weaving demos and to shop beautiful accessories and home decor items she creates.

              The Indigo Isle embodies the spirit of a diminishing unusual craft. Inspired by a love for color, contrast and culture, The Indigo Isle invites you on an enigmatic journey away from mass-produced fabric, towards refined hand-woven, one-of-a-kind compositions.

              Come by & watch Dana, the Philadelphia University-trained textile designer, as she meticulously weaves non-mass producible accessory collections, here at her studio in CRAFTED. Click below to see some photos of Dana, her loom, and the products she sells at CRAFTED.

               

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                Mom n Pop Up Shop – October 26

                Posted September 27th, 2013

                 

                 

                The SoCal Etsy Guild is back with a summer edition of the “Mom & Pop-Up Shop” at CRAFTED. This one day festival showcases dozens of Southern California’s modern makers of handmade soaps and lotions, clothing and jewelry, treats both sweet and savory, and so much more. Combined with the makers inside CRAFTED’s permanent marketplace, you’ll get to shop creations from over 100 of the best local crafters around — all while enjoying live music, art projects for all ages, a hula hoop station, and face painting.

                Event details (including a list of vendors) can be found here.

                Are you a maker of high-end handmade goods? Apply to be a vendor here.

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                  Music: When Pigs Fly

                  Posted September 26th, 2013

                  This Sunday afternoon, join us for a one-of-a-kind blend of traditional Americana and Celtric music when the talented bunch, When Pigs Fly, join us for a live performance in our market.

                  “When Pigs Fly! celebrates the musical traditions of the British Isles and its evolution in America. Our Celtic aires will pull at your heart strings, and our jigs and reels will set your feet in motion. American traditional music is celebrated from seafaring Colonial times to bluegrass, and from Appalachia to Cowboy. Please stay awhile; get to know us, browse our pages and give a listen to our music. And if you attend one of our concerts or events, please introduce yourself. We would like to know who is flying around with us!”

                  from: When Pigs Fly

                  When: Sunday, September 26, 2-5:30pm

                  Where: The Demonstration Area

                  Cost: FREE!

                   

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                    July & August Wrap Up

                    Posted September 18th, 2013

                    We invited so many new, wonderful artists into our space this July and August – our market has never felt more full or vibrant. It gets more rich and exciting every day.

                    We kicked off summer with CRAFTED summer school, fun craft classes taught by our talented vendors and artists. Guests learned how to wire wrap with Nagare, or the art of chain mail jewelry with Eileen of Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry.

                    The Red Poppy Art Bar joined us for an amazing art class complete with wine tasting that made this event perfect for a girls day out or a date with that special someone.

                    We’ve also invited outside popup vendors to enjoy the summer weather! The luxe beauty boutique bareMinerals joined us for a weekend of free makeovers in our market. This glamorous boutique was decked out to the nines with great beauty products, wonderful staff, and a pretty gorgeous chandelier. We love this company!

                    And – after months of anticipation we are proud to announce that the Long Beach Derby Gals now call CRAFTED home. These terrific athletes wanted to throw a fantastic party in their new space, and hosted the first ever Roller Disco in our craft market! This fun, family-friendly day was a way to introduce our visitors to the derby gals and welcome them to their new home at CRAFTED. Their first match, MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU BOUT, was held on September 14.

                    We’ve introduced so many fun new elements into this warehouse space, we hope you like what we have in store in the upcoming months. Check out our amazing new vendor roster which grows and grows every day. Don’t forgot to shop local and buy handmade, and come see us again soon on the LA Waterfront!

                    Upcoming Events: September 28 – 11am-4pm: Keep On Truckin Retail Truck Bonanza

                    October 26 – 11am – 6pm: SoCal Etsy Guild Presents our Mom & Pop Up Shop – Details TBD

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