When we hear San Pedro, oil refineries and old-school punk rockspring to mind. But this port city at the terminus of the Harbor Freeway is getting a fresh reputation for creativity due to a new operation called Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
Crafted comprises a couple of former naval warehouses that have been cleaned up and parceled out to craftspeople as work-sales spaces. It’s the brainchild of Wayne Blank, the developer who turned an old rail yard into the Santa Monica arts mecca Bergamot Station.
We love Etsy! So much that we even have our own little Etsy shop (Glitterful Felt Stories). Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is a Southern California crafting mecca where local artists sell the most amazing crafts. They are having a big Etsy craft party coming up on August 24th from 7-10pm. Their theme is “Wish You Were Here.”
See the article here.
This Saturday, Jen from Jen’s Jewels will show a step by step demonstration of how she designs and fabricates her stone set rings. Starting with just a cabochon stone, metal sheet and bezel wire, she will walk you through how she creates her one of a kind statement rings. If you love fire and tools, this is a demonstration you cannot miss!
When: Saturday August 18th
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: The CRAFTED demonstration area
Have you ever wanted to make one of those cool personalized leather bracelets or keychains but didn’t have the tools to do so? Well then it’s your lucky day! Because Justin Deines of Lint and Buttons is going to show you how to get creative with leather… FOR FREE! All you have to bring is yourself and we will provide the rest! Justin has a large assortment of specialty leather stamps for you to chose from and materials to create your very own keychain or bracelet. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, crafting is for everyone! So come by CRAFTED at the port of los angeles this weekend to participate!
Date: THIS SUNDAY, August 12
Place: The Main Entrance
*$5 parking fee
This artist tip was submitted by KC of Make. Shop. Live.
The small enclosure envelops are perfect for business cards, small cards, and gifts.
This is is cheap, quick, and simple craft bound to keep you making more!
Here are the supplies you will need for this cheap, quick, and simple craft:
Scrap Paper (5.25″ x 5.25″), Envelope Template, Pen or Pencil, Scissors & Glue Stick.
*optional Paper Backed Tape for sealing*
To create your template, find an envelope you like and trace around it on a scrap piece of cardboard box:
Step 1: Trace around envelope template
Step 2: Cut out paper where you traced the lines.
Step 3: Fold side flaps to the center.
Step 4: Fold up bottom and top flaps.
Step 5: Use glue stick to glue side flaps secure.
Step 6: Glue bottom flap up to center.
Step 7: OPTIONAL use a small strip of paper backed double-sided tape leaving one side.
of the paper on until your ready to secure the envelope shut.
Step 8: Make as many as you can! We recommend using any type of scrap paper you can find. Old maps, newspapers, and magazines work well.
Forbes knows how to add up the best LA has to offer!
5. Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles: Just opened last month in Phase One, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro is a giant permanent marketplace where local artisans display their goods, including clothing, jewelry, home furniture and accessories, and gourmet food. The two warehouses date to the 1940s and provide almost 140,000 square feet of shopping space. The team behind Crafted hopes to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year for the shopping, but also for the events that are planned throughout the year.
The Daily Breeze article on CRAFTED‘s grand opening:
Artists wielding hammers, glue guns and paintbrushes are transforming San Pedro’s cavernous Warehouse No. 10.
By this weekend, the 1944 wood-frame building will become Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, a monster venue billed as an arts and crafts mecca. It’s envisioned as holding 500 micro-businesses and drawing 500,000 visitors a year.
“I’m really excited,” said artist Raychel Huff, who was patching wall space last week on her Fruition jewelry-and-ceramics booth space. “I’m loving the light.”
The venue officially opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday with 100 artists who will be ready to sell. After that, Crafted will be open Fridays through Sundays each weekend.
Little has been done to alter the vintage warehouse, one of two being transformed for the project that will be phased in over time.
Once the companion Warehouse No. 9 is finished, it will give artists 135,000 square feet of display space. In between is an outdoor courtyard where live music and other entertainment is planned.
Check out the full article here: http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20943504/transformed-warehouse-reopen-crafted-at-port-los-angeles
LAist: “Art at the Port: WWII-Era Warehouses Get ‘Crafted,’ Will House Nation’s Largest Permanent Indoor Marketplace”
CRAFTED was covered in the LAist:
Los Angeles will soon boast the nation’s largest permanent indoor marketplace at an unexpected location — the Port of Los Angeles. Two wooden WWII-era warehouses have been transformed into a permanent hub of imagination and creation, into Crafted.
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles will open phase one of its marketplace Friday, June 29 with over 100 craft artists and designers ready to display and sell their unique handmade goods. The kick-off celebration begins at 10:30am with complimentary coffee, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am. Shoppers can peruse the handmade movement gems until 7pm, as well as watch demonstrations, groove to live music and enjoy eats from various food trucks.
Read the rest of the article here: http://laist.com/2012/06/26/crafted_at_the_port_of_los_angeles.php
Citing DJ Jazzy Jeff as his biggest influence, California DJ FRANK FOREAL, will be spinning live this Saturday! Now in his 16th year of DJ’ing, he navigates through music both old and new in his sets. His music ranges from Jazz and Reggae to Funk, Pop, and Soul, without missing a beat. You can hear Frank spinning throughout Southern California, as well as on his monthly podcast, “Forward Listening,” which can be found on iTunes!
When: Saturday, January 26
Where: The Demonstration Area