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Valentine’s Gifts to Capture Her Heart

Posted February 4th, 2016

It’s no wonder that jewelry is the most traditional of Valentine’s Day gifts, right up there with chocolate and flowers.  The perfect piece tells the recipient just how you feel – whether you’d like to take your relationship to the next level, celebrate a lasting romance – even right the wrongs of a wayward Christmas gift!  Whatever it is you’d like to say to your Mom, friend or partner, CRAFTED has just the right piece of jewelry to express what’s in your heart and capture hers.  Here’s a few of our favorites – and visit our market for so many more…

More gifts for Valentine’s Day>>>

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    New Craft Classes for February

    Posted February 4th, 2016

    The best part about having a whole warehouse full of talented artists and crafters is the access to years of trade knowledge. Lucky for us, these people are very generous and open to passing on their expertise in the form of classes. Here are a few of this month’s DIY opportunities, come on out and make something!!

    Altered Metal for Jewelry Making – Feb. 6th & 11:30am
    Skill Level: All, ages 15 and up.

    Cost: $30. All supplies included to emboss and patina two sets of metal blanks plus beads and findings.

    Instructor Peggy Forrester, owner of Nagare in stall 124 at CRAFTED, will assist students in making earrings. Additional metal blanks will be available for purchase to emboss and patina as class time permits. Peggy is a Vintaj distributor and students may order Vintaj supplies at the Nagare Boutique shop in CRAFTED.


    ECF Printmaking Workshop – Feb. 6th @1pm and Feb. 7th @5pm
    This is an open (all ages & skill levels) relief printmaking workshop. Visitors can join at any time. We provide all materials (paper, ink, plate and tools) along with light instruction/demonstration For $10 visitors can make 3 original prints.


    Beaded Heart Pendant – Feb. 7th @1pm

    Learn the quick & easy way to make this adorable heart pendant using Superduo beads, Swarovski crystals & Japanese seed beads. Class materials include all the beads and chain you need to make a sweet necklace for you or someone you love to wear on Valentine’s Day…or all year long! This class is a wonderful introduction to bead weaving and a fun project for the experienced beader as well. Skill level: All.


    Make & Take Quilt Project – Feb. 13th @1pm

    Join us in the Quilters Studio for February’s Make and Take Quilt Project.  Participants will sew on appliqués, quilt and sew a binding on their mini quilt! Participants will leave with either a mug rug or quilted potholder. Beginners welcome!


    Knitted Scarf Class – Feb. 14th at 11:30am

    Skill Level: All welcome with basic knitting skills to advanced knitter, ages 15 and up.

    Cost: $30 plus one skein, your choice, Nagare Boutique’s Hand-tied yarn, (135yds of assorted boutique yarns including cashmere, silk, wool, cotton, viscose, and more at $45-$55 a skein). Registering students will receive a supply list of items to bring to first session.

    Even more classes and activities on our calendar>>>

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      Take your handmade business to the next level

      Posted January 29th, 2016

      Would you like to test market your product or try out a retail setting?

      Or, maybe you’re getting tired of lugging your stuff from fair to festival to farmer’s market?

      If so there’s never been a better time to try out CRAFTED!  We are a vibrant marketplace housed in a classically restored vintage warehouse that buzzes each weekend with the hum of makers making!

      Open your own store:

      What’s so great about CRAFTED?  We make it easy for your handmade business to have a permanent retail location.  Our facility is well-maintained and secure, so you can leave your stock all week.  In addition to the advertising you already do for your business,  we offer marketing and promotion that features our makers in weekly emails, social media and traditional media.   But the best part about your space at CRAFTED is that it’s YOURS.  Paint, put up shelving, bring in furniture, add your own lighting – express your vision and brand to create a shop as unique as your craft.

      • Community of friendly, collaborative makers
      • Beautiful location along the new LA Waterfront, less than 30 minutes from DTLA, Venice and Long Beach
      • Free parking
      • Dedicated, secure and customizable selling space starting at $329/month.
      • Marketing and business coaching


      collection600x800Be part of The CRAFTED Collection

      Beginning in November 2016, CRAFTED is giving artists the opportunity to sell on consignment with us in a new area of CRAFTED called the CRAFTED Collection.  The Collection is a beautiful space within CRAFTED, curated for a high-end craft experience and staffed by our talented sales team who are enthusiastic about what you make!  We provide liability insurance against damage, fire and theft.  To learn more, apply here or email


      How to apply:

      For immediate consideration by our leasing specialists and craft jury extraordinaire, please fill out our application here.

      Please note: we are seeking artists with high quality, predominantly handmade products and original designs.  Please don’t apply with manufactured or mass-produced products, that’s not what we’re for.  However, if you have a product or service that’s a little different and think it might be a market fit, go ahead and fill out the application and we’ll let you know what we think!

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        Handmade & Heartfelt Gifts for your Valentine

        Posted January 28th, 2016

        Show your LOVE for LOCAL this Valentine’s Day by giving your love something handmade and heartfelt!  This year the lovey-dovey holiday falls on a Sunday, so you have three whole weekends to shop for your Valentine at the CRAFTED arts marketplace.  If you start early enough, you might be able to work with and artisan to personalize your present. Here’s just a few things from the market to get you thinking – and remember, time is the most precious thing you can spend on a person, so you can always bring your special someone to CRAFTED and spend the day crafting to your hearts content!  See our events calendar for a line-up of Valentine-themed classes and drop-in activities this month.

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          Join CRAFTED at the Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 6th

          Posted January 28th, 2016

          CRAFTED will be leading a Chinese Lantern craft at the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival at the LA Waterfront, an award-winning event sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles.  The Lunar New Year Festival will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 2-7 p.m. at the Downtown Harbor.

          Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with cultural entertainment, lion dancers, crafts, food and a fireworks finale!

          And in case of severe rain (you can never be too careful with El Niño on the hunt…) this event will be held here at CRAFTED.  Check the event Facebook page for updates, activities and to RSVP, or visit

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            Live BOLD!

            Posted January 21st, 2016


            2016 is the year to throw caution to the wind and live boldly! Nothing is more bold and daring in the fashion world than patterns and prints, especially when you pair the two together. We’ve found you some colorful options of both around the CRAFTED marketplace. Take your pick and start the year off with a POP!

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              New in the Market: Cloth and Colors

              Posted January 21st, 2016

              We’re so pleased to welcome Cloth and Colors to the market!  Never has such a simple name captured the perfect essence of a budding new business.  Shop owner Azita Aslani and her brother Massoud blend their art and with textiles in a way that makes you feel happy!  From the whimsical figures embroidered on bags, to the feel of the organic cotton yoga mats, to the bright colors in her paintings, Cloth and Colors is a definite must-see next time you’re at CRAFTED.

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                Stormy Market Finds

                Posted January 13th, 2016

                After all the talk – El Niño is finally here! We’ve embraced our stormy side and searched the market for some items inspired by the intense ocean storms.  You’ll be flooding in here to snatch them up!

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                  The Big Baby is BACK!

                  Posted January 12th, 2016

                  We got the baby back, baby back, baby back. Yes, “Receptacle” is back for a short visit!

                  Artist Joyce Dallal’s 10ft wire mesh baby doll sculpture filled with non-recyclable plastic toys first came to CRAFTED back in 2012. The giant sculpture is a thought-provoking piece that brings attention to the huge plastic waste problem our world faces. “Receptacle” left in 2014 to go on exhibition, it returns for a short time before heading back to North Carolina to join the Disappearing Frogs Project in an exhibition called “The other Toy Story”.

                  Feed the Baby
                  As you can imagine, all that cross-country traveling has left the baby pretty hungry. Now’s your last chance to visit the big baby at CRAFTED and bring her some toys to fill her up. You can bring used or broken toys until February 7 and we’ll feed the baby at noon!

                  So come down this weekend, bring your plastic toys and take a selfie with Receptacle before she goes away forever.  Don’t forget to hashtag #BigBaby #Crafted @CraftedPortLA!

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                    Make a Statement: 2016 Jewelry Trends

                    Posted January 6th, 2016

                    A new year always brings new trends and fashions, and the latest jewelry trend for 2016 is big, bold, notice-me necklaces. Our talented CRAFTED artists have kept their fingers on the pulse and have done an amazing job of harnessing the spirit of these hot trends and taking them from the runway to the real world. Grab one of these fabulous pieces and make your statement in 2016!

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