Los Angeles: The New Craft Capital of the Nation?


Add “Craft Arts Mecca” to Los Angeles’ long list of famous nicknames. On June 29, 2012, the city will become the home to the nation’s largest permanent indoor crafts showcase when Crafted opens at the Port of Los Angeles.

The transformation of two large World War II-era warehouse structures is underway with over 75 craft-artist partners already leasing the market stalls at the Port. Soon to be a hub of arts-based activity, Crafted will feature a diverse selection of hand-crafted goods. Vendors will be selling everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, ceramics, knits, leather goods, to up-cycled stationery, hand-carved wood, accessories, snacks and confections. Nearly every artisanal tradition will be up for grabs and though each is unique in their own right all craft-art must meet two very important standards: All products must be made in Southern California and must be impeccably handcrafted – no imported articles allowed.
The new project for the LA waterfront is the brainchild of the Bergamot Station Arts Center team in Santa Monica. The June 29th opening date is just phase one of five – Crafted will continue to expand to its full build-out occupancy with displays from 500 artists in 135,000 square feet. 
Beginning June 29, every Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Port of Los Angeles (22nd Street & Miner Boulevard, two miles off the 110) in San Pedro.


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