Get your craft on!

The Socal Etsy Guild hosted a Pop-Up Shop at the LA Arts District Co-Op in downtown on Sunday. The event was free to attend and hosted a variety of artisans.

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Upon entering the space I was greeted by exactly what I came to find. Scented candles. I may have an addiction to buying really luxurious scented candles. Plus this time I needed one for a gift. There were almost 100 scents on display at The Fenix shop. Thankfully the staff was super friendly and ready to walk you through some of their best sellers and most unique scents. These candles are 100% natural, soy and coconut oil blends with wooden wicks that crackle like a small campfire when lit. They all smelled so delicious. It was hard to decide. I finally walked away with Asian Pear, Ambre Noir and Gypsy.

Continuing on through the shops I met artisans up-cycling lots of unusual materials into jewelry. Things like sheet music, bullet casings and origami paper. I fell in love with a set of Byzantine and Persian woven necklaces in various metals by Three Pine Hill. The hand woven metal chains looked very complicated. But the owner/jeweler Laura, assured me they take hours not days.

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The shop had more clothing on display than I anticipated. Some places offered brand new items, some vintage, others simply vintage inspired. I met a stylist named Ta-ning who was reselling unique one-off pieces she purchased for various events and photo shoots. One booth just outside the co-op called Meena Mahal sold lovely gypsy, bohemian inspired garments and accessories. The hand embroidered tunics were gorgeous and gauzy. The patchwork fringed leather purses were practically perfect. They also showcased fair trade items from Poetic Threads of Pakistan, where women hand sew old saris together to make beautiful new scarves and shawls. Taking time to hand sew each one is a true labor of love.

Overall I was very impressed by the turn out. The guild compiled a nice variety of artists and craftsmen. I learned the Socal Etsy Guild hosts a Handmade Pop-Up Shop featuring southern California handmade artisan vendors, artists and live art on the last Friday of every month at California Market Center (aka Cal-Mart.) I can not wait to check it out!

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