Friday, June 29, 2012

Get 'Crafted,' Nation's Largest Permanent Indoor Marketplace

Art at the Port: WWII-Era Warehouses Get 'Crafted'


Wayne Blank, founder and brainchild behind Bergamot Station brings you CRAFTED!


Can't make it to the LA Waterfront in San Pedro this Friday? Don't fret. Crafted will open its doors this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm, as well as every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the rest of the year. Future Friday hours will be 11am to 7pm, and future weekend hours will match those of opening weekend.
Continuing the opening celebrations, Alicia Murphy will provide live music all weekend long. Additionally, live music performances by The Lonely Wild with the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet will begin at 5pm on Saturday, June 30, and will be joined by a craft beer tasting, courtesy of San Pedro Brewing Company. The grand opening's theme is "Handmade in America."

Admission is free, and parking is easy. Crafted anticipates "half a million visitors annually, ready to enjoy live music, daily demonstrations, artisanal food, and a variety of impeccably handcrafted items," according to a release. Earlier this year, the L.A. City Council and the Board of Harbor Commissioners granted a 25-year lease with two five-year extensions to Crafted and its waterfront showcase.

Here's the three-day grand opening schedule:
+ All day: Food trucks, Craft tables, Creation Station
+ 9:15am: Boys & Girls Club arrive for crafting
+ 10:30am: Sacred Grounds Coffee & Donuts by Donut Snob, Mimosa Cupcake by Cake Bar
+ 11:00am: Ribbon cutting ceremony
+ 11:15am: Open marketplace
+ 12:00pm: Musical performance by Alicia Murphy
+ 2:00pm: Demonstration
+ 5:00pm: Musical performance by Alicia Murphy
+ 7:00pm: Close marketplace
+ All Day: Food Trucks, Pony Rides, Craft tables, Creation Station
+ 10:00am: Open Marketplace
+ 11:00am: Demonstration
+ 1:00pm: Celebrity Hair Stylist demonstration
+ 5:00pm: The Lonely Wild accompanied by Silverlake Contemporary Ballet
+ 7:00pm: Close Marketplace
+ All Day: Food Trucks, Pony Rides, Craft tables, Creation Station
+ 10:00am: Open Marketplace
+ 11:00am: Demonstration
+ 2:00pm: Craft Beer Tasting Begins with San Pedro Brewing Co.
+ 2:00pm: Music set by DJ Ernie G. for Beer Tasting
+ 6:00pm: End Craft Beer Tasting
+ 7:00pm: Close Marketplace
L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino recently caught up with Crafted to chat with coordinators and artists about opening day: MORE HERE

June 26th, Artists had begun to move into their stalls at Crafted marketplace in the Port of Los Angeles which is set to open June 29th! The marketplace, which will feature locally made arts and crafts, is in the 1940s-era Warehouse 10 building in San Pedro. (Steve McCrank / Staff Photographer Los Angeles Newspaper group )

Ali Heiss, left, of Amarilo jewelry designs and Brianna Kenyon, right, of Pooka Queen hats construct what will be their stall at Crafted marketplace in the Port of Los Angeles which is set to open June 29th. (Steve McCrank / Staff Photographer Los Angeles Newspaper group )

Photo: L+B gathering odds and ends for our booth at Crafted
L+B {left}  *gathered odds and ends for their booth at Crafted! {right}

Sire's Crown glassesThe Los Angeles eyewear firm Sire’s Crown, which crafts wood frames by hand.

Donut Snob | connect on Facebook   *Beginning June 29, Donut Snob will be serving “little guys” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at CRAFTED!
Place: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Address: 110 & 112 East 22nd Street | San Pedro, CA 90291 {Los Angeles Waterfront}
Map: Map & Directions
Phone: 310.732.1270

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"The Bergamot Station Arts Center is, in fact, named for the original use of the warehouse buildings, as a stop on the Santa Monica Air Line railroad that stretched from downtown to the water’s edge. It has been alternately home to a celery-packing operation, an ice company, a lumber company, a paving company, and finally a manufacturer of hot water heaters. In 1989, the land was purchased by the City of Santa Monica with the aim of transforming the site once again into a rail stop, this time with an emphasis on light rail passenger transport. The project was delayed indefinitely, and the City, already involved in a rezoning effort that would encourage galleries to move into vacant buildings in former industrial areas, sought assistance in transforming the empty Bergamot Station into an arts destination.
After a history of successful re-adaptive use projects, including the transformation of an abandoned airplane hangar at the Santa Monica airport into artist studio spaces, Wayne Blank of Shoshana Wayne Gallery, was invited to view the Bergamot Station property. “I stood against this wall right here,” Blank says, gesturing to a location in the outdoor space of the gallery that he and his wife now co-own. “I looked 400 feet down this building with no beams in it, a clear span. I thought, ‘Wow, look at these high, cathedral-like ceilings; it’d be perfect for galleries.’ So, I said, ‘Okay, I like this building.’” But Howard Robinson, the property manager who was touring Blank around the site, countered. Blank recalls, “He told me, ‘No, you’ve got to take the whole thing.’” "


Place: Bergamot Station Arts Center
Address: 2525 Michigan Ave | Santa Monica, CA
Map: Map & Directions
Website: http://www.bergamotstation....
Phone: 310.829.5854

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kinetic Typography | Conan O’Brien

>> More here Kinetic Typography Jacob Gilbreath

Helvetica and the New York City Subway System

>> More here Paul Shaw | typetoken®

'In Caffeine We Trust'

Infographic Print For Tracking Your Coffee Consumption Data

Column 5 made a handy little chart to track your caffeine consumption. The 'interactive coffee poster', tracks consumption over the course of a month. Once the month long tracking is complete,you can use your coffee to ‘paint’ in the poster fields. Swell.


Friday, June 15, 2012


The blog >>Foursided  + the new Travel Poster series  from Design Super Stars

"Our goal is to bring imagination to life with art, ephemera, and antiques."

Retro Inspired Valentines // Hello Lucky // $5.25

And now ...their new site!

Antique flash cardsx

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Make your own fabric prints using the sun

Make your own fabric prints using the sun | How About Orange:

Blog post from 'How About Orange?' on LUMI dye.

How About Orange

The folks who make Inkodye sent over a sample the other day.
Inkodye is light-sensitive dye for textiles or any natural fibers, including wood and raw leather. It acts like the Sunprint paper you might have used as a kid, only you can brush this dye on anything you want and it comes in lots of colors. Like orange, of course.

For my first test of this magical stuff, I planned to make a safety pin print on fabric. Something quick and easy in case it was a flop.

I wrapped cardboard with a piece of old plastic tablecloth to make a waterproof surface. I laid white cotton fabric on top and taped down the edges to make brushing easier.

Then I poured a little Inkodye onto a paper plate, and with a foam brush, I painted it onto the fabric. It has a little color in its unexposed state, so it was easy to see where I'd already applied it.

As soon as I was done brushing on the dye, I scrambled to arrange some safety pins on top of the fabric. I was a little paranoid that the dye would start to develop before I brought it out into the sun, so in my haste I forgot to take a photo. (Turns out it's not quite that tricky, so I didn't need to hyperventilate as much.)

Outside the back door, I placed the board in direct sunlight. Immediately the orange color started to deepen. After 5 or 6 minutes it was super orange so I brought it back inside, removed the pins, and took the fabric off the board.

To keep the dye under the pins from developing, I immediately rinsed the fabric under the faucet and then washed it out with laundry detergent. (You can use a washing machine and dryer for this step if you like.)

Here's what the fabric looks like when it's dry. The color is really vibrant, and I was quite pleased. I sewed it into a zipper pouch.

I gave the Inkodye a test drive on a couple other projects, too, so I'll post those in the next few days. It's fun to play with!

"Lumi is a design team pioneering the Lumityping process, a revolutionary photographic print process for textiles and natural materials. We're taking photography out of the darkroom by using sunlight to make durable prints on sustainable materials.
Our workshop in Los Angeles is where we developed Inkodye and use it to create fashion and furniture designs. See our work with our furniture partner, Cisco Home.
We're now selling Inkodye so you can try your hand at Lumitypes. Find it at our online shop!"
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