Over the weekend I attended a workshop where I learned the art of Kikezuri, or free form Japanese wood carving. It was taught by Yo Takimoto and presented by The People’s Pop Up. Yo told us that he carved wood as a young boy in Japan. Later he moved to the US graduated from USC with a degree in Architecture, and started wood carving again as a way to deal with work stress. He’s been traveling around teaching wood carving workshops for the last 15 years.
Have you been to Los Angeles County Store yet? It’s pretty new, located in Silverlake in that strip mall across from Akbar and Malo on Sunset. Everything in the store is made right here in Los Angeles. They even have a map on the wall in the back of the store that shows where each artist creates his or her work.
There is a pin on there for Few Bits! My Tillandsia planters are currently in stock there.
The store is also hosting a trunk show of my goods on Saturday, July 19th from 2pm-4pm. I’ll be selling current work as well as prototypes, samples, and discontinued items at a discount. I’ll also be bringing my famous choc chip cookies, so if you’re in LA, come on by and say hi!
Los Angeles County Store is located at 4333 W Sunset Blvd, L A
I’ve been trying to add a new facet to my business and that is: wholesaling. My goods have been featured in some new places lately and I thought I’d share them.
Potted in Atwater has always been a big supporter of Few Bits. They were the first place to sell my goods. I just dropped off another batch to the store a couple weeks ago and last week for their slick booth at Dwell on Design. 3158 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles.
Photo credit: Design Milk
Los Angeles County Store is a brand new shop across from Akbar and Malo in Silverlake. LA County store features items exclusively from Los Angles designers. They have gotten tremendous press and I just dropped off some tillandsia planters there yesterday. We’re also planning a trunk show on July 19th, stay tuned for that! 4333 W. Sunset, Los Angeles.
Lastly, my husband attended a developer’s conference in San Francisco a couple weeks ago, and I joined him up there for a couple days. While I was there, I dropped off some planters and candle holders at a shop called Little Paper Planes. They have a wonderfully curated shop and just celebrated their first anniversary. 855 Valencia Street, San Francisco.
I’m honored to be the featured artist at Shopclass in Highland Park for the month of May! They will be selling my new line of wood goods inspired by Googie Design, as well as some new fun stuff I’ve been working on.
If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend and feel like venturing out to Hollywood, I’ll be selling some of my newest products at Nue Market with fellow talented artists and makers. It’s located at Space 15Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028) and I’ll be here Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Here’s a preview of what will be available for purchase…
I’ve been a busy bee in the wood shop lately, and am showing my pieces at a couple different venues this weekend.
So much has been happening that I haven’t had much time to blog, but I am finally putting down my thoughts about putting my wood shop together.
Putting together a wood shop from scratch while simultaneously working on projects, I’m spending a lot of time at the shop. A lot of time standing and walking. And while I liked my New Balance sneakers, they were just not cutting it. So I decided to get some work boots. Of course I wanted a pair of tough work boots, but I also wanted them to look good. It took a whole day of internet research and thrift store shopping, but I finally found a great pair of boots. Word to the wise: if you’re a woman looking for work boots, don’t waste your time looking at thrift stores like I did. All I found at the thrift stores in Los Angeles were drug addicts and boots that were too big. Seriously, has Melrose Ave. always been so sketchy? I was actually scared. Maybe I am old. Anyhoo, here are some great ones I found during my quest:
I was so grateful to be included in the LA Times handmade gift guide last month. It was especially great to be featured alongside so many artists whom I admire; like Emily McDowell, Ben Medansky, 110xbtr, Tracy Wilkinson, Cotton & Flax, and Lustered Walnut. Here’s to more success in 2014!