Craft in America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage. The Craft in America television series is a Peabody Award-winning documentary that profiles the lives and work of contemporary craft artists. The Craft in America Center in Los Angeles is an outpost and venue for exhibitions, lectures, research, and hands-on workshops in the field of craft.
Craft in America will be screening an episode of their television series along with a performance from their house band on Friday, September 6th from 8-10pm. See the full details in our event schedule.
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is a non-profit organization that provides a framework for design professionals and members of the general public to explore, evaluate, and impact the development of architecture in Los Angeles. Throughout its 25 years of operation, the Forum has brought together young designers, seasoned professionals, critics, urban theorists, artists, students, and people interested in their physical environment in a diverse series of activities. The Forum seeks to reach out beyond the confines of professional organizations, schools and established groups and does not limit itself to one approach to design or theory. It provokes discussion, seeks out places and designs unseen or unnoticed by the general public, publicizes architectural investigation and commentary, and promotes the serious exploration of strategies to influence the development of Los Angeles and the Southern California region.
Although geographically positioned on the far edge of the continent, the organization nonetheless impacts the discipline at large: Forum events and programming routinely introduce emerging talent; issues of contemporary design are captured in its exhibitions; and its publications and competitions speculate on urbanism and often challenge the conventions of what architecture means in L.A.
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will host a live drawing event on Friday, September 13th from 6:30-9pm. More details will be coming soon in our event schedule.
Offerman Woodshop is a small, ragtag collective of woodworkers and craftspersons based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass wood shop in East Los Angeles. We focus on hand-crafted, traditional joinery and sustainable slab rescue--utilizing fallen trees from throughout northern California & our urban LA environment. We enjoy carving spoons, chainsawing stumps, planking canoes, sharpening our chisels with stones, concocting pinball machines & building fine furniture. From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.
Offerman Woodshop will be leading two workshops at the Institute for Craft and Ingenuity on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th. More details will be coming soon in our event schedule.
Tabletop Made is a letterpress stationery design studio, created by friends Karis Schroeder and Sarah Wilkinson. After learning the art of letterpress printing, we immediately began searching for our very own press. Inspired by our local Santa Barbara, California surroundings, we love to create sweet, colorful, yet simple cards. We use two presses, Sven, a Kelsey Excelsior and Ruby, a 6×10 Chandler and Price. Expect each of our cards to be unique and handmade.
Tabletop Made will be doing live letterpress printing at our grand opening party on Friday, August 16th! See details for the party in our event schedule.
Design east of La Brea (de LaB) celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage Los Angeles. Through events that are educational, inspirational and experiential, de LaB brings attention to the unique way that architects and designers are transforming the city and unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of L.A.
Design east of La Brea (de LaB) will co-host our "Designer Open Mic" on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 7-9pm. See the full details in our event schedule, or RSVP here.
Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based furniture designer and artist who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design. She created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists' group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. She founded the group, Artists Helping Artisans, through which she helps spread knowledge of craft by collaborating with traditional artisans. Her work has been exhibited from Mexico City to Milan. She is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts and has been the subject of a cover article for American Craft Magazine and included in PBS's Craft in America Series.
Tanya Aguiñiga will be teaching a felting workshop with us on Saturday, August 31st! RSVP required. See details in our event schedule.
Jimmy Marble and Adi Goodrich: "The two’s work as JIMMYnADI was a project that sought to illustrate the creative atmosphere in Los Angeles. The first manifestation of this is a series of photos where they cast their friends, collaborators, and artists in bright, upbeat clothing and poses inspired by the May 68 protests in France. - From LA I'm Yours
Jimmy Marble is a director and photographer based in Los Angeles, and recently New York City. His short films and music videos have been featured on websites like devour, pitchfork, the fader, it's nice that, boing boing, while his commercial work has been featured by adweek and theFWA. His leading interests are color and optimism.
Adi Goodrich is a set designer and art director based in Los Angeles. She has somehow convinced clients like Apple, Cheerios, Native Shoes, Wieden + Kennedy, Tostitos, Universal Records, Sony Music, Warner Bros. Target and others to make sets entirely by hand in her studio in downtown Los Angeles. Color Theory, Art History and collaboration are crucial elements in her work.
"These Are My Friends and Their Friends" is an ongoing project inviting Adi's ultra-talented friends to collaborate on non-commercial work. This project aims to connect the disconnected world of Los Angeles' creative community, the people who are directly and currently changing the face of advertising and art.
Jimmy n' Adi will curate and host a segment of "These Are My Friends and Their Friends" at our Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity on Sunday, September 8th (RSVP Required).
Origami Vinyl is a vinyl-only record shop on Sunset Boulevard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Opened in 2009, not only are we known for packing the shelves with well curated LP's and 45's, we've also become famous for our intimate in-store performances, and have been chosen as the best vinyl record store in LA according to LA Weekly for 3 years. Even though the space only fits 50 people max, we've seen the likes of Florence + The Machine, Dum Dum Girls, Ben Harper, Jonsi, Superchunk, Lou Barlow, Youth Lagoon, Local Natives, and countless others grace our 9 foot high loft stage. Origami is also extremely active in our neighborhood, helping curate local festivals like Echo Park Rising and Silver Lake Jubilee as well as being the official on-site retailer for the annual FYF Fest.
-Neil Schield, Origami Vinyl
DJ Neil Schield will be spinning vinyl for us at our grand opening party on Friday, August 16th! See details for the party in our event schedule.
BURGER - a rock n roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda spreading group of suburban perma-teen mutants.
Burger Records will be showcased at our closing party! The evening will feature a Burger Records DJ set, and live music from Burger bands The Garden and Pookie and the Poodlez. See the full details in our event schedule.
Raised in a small Connecticut town tucked in between dueling indian casinos, Matt decided to pursuit his education in the thriving metropolis of Providence, RI. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. His artwork combines a love of nature, technology, and storytelling.
Matt's illustrative hand is the one behind much of the imagery surrounding our Pop-Up Institute.