By Taylor Nies

Published on April 22, 2016

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A new generation of flea markets and craft fairs are cropping up all over the U.S., and L.A.’s Echo Park Craft Fair is not one to be overlooked. This fair is brimming with everything we love about good design (even the Instagram account is swoon-worthy: @echoparkcraftfair).

Founded in 2009 by Rachel Craven and Beatrice Valenzuela the bi-annual event (originally held in Beatrice’s backyard)  celebrates and supports local L.A. artisans and designers working across all mediums. From clothing to jewelry, ceramics to weavings, and fresh flowers to organic juices, the carefully curated selection of makers and craftspeople lends itself to the fair’s laid-back, boho Cali vibes. We’ve rounded up a few of the makers who are a must-see at the fair next month.

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Block Shop

textiles

A collaboration between two sisters and a family of printers and dyers in India, Block Shop is a socially responsible print shop based in Downtown L.A. Committed to preserving the tradition of hand block printing, Hopie and Lily reinvest a portion of their profits back into the Indian communities who are experts in the craft.

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Block Shop 

textiles

The prints are designed by Hopie & Lily (both artists), created in India, and then translated into pillows, quilts, wall hangings, and scarves. And no two textiles are alike, so every piece is an original.

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Sheldon Ceramics

ceramics

Sheldon Ceramics is a joint venture by adorable boyfriend/girlfriend duo and Vermont natives Peter Sheldon and Ellen Woglom. Together, they create one-of-a-kind, functional and decorative wares for the home.

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Sheldon Ceramics

ceramics

Sheldon’s contemporary designs range from organic accent pieces to more structured tabletop place settings.  

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Annie Costello Brown

jewelry

Growing up just outside of San Fran in the seventies, Annie Costello Brown found herself constantly surrounded by inspiring artists, musicians, and makers. Launched in 2006, her eponymous collection is full of wearable, statement pieces. 

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Annie Costello Brown

jewelry

Annie combines various materials, including metals, leather, and semi-precious stones, to create her unique, structural designs.  

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LE FEU DE L’EAU

candles

Friends Jo Strettell and Wendy Polish’s soy-based candle collection is inspired by the ‘fantasy candle’ of the late ’60s. Created without a mold, Le Feu De L’eau (or ‘The Fire of the Water’) candles are instead sculpted under water. 

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LE FEU DE L’EAU

candles

With custom-blended fragrances and hand-mixed colors, each candle is one-of-a-kind. Bonus: the holders can be repurposed into perfect little succulent homes.

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Lue Brass

brass wares

Ruka Kikuchi (also known as Lue) designs and creates brass utensils, serving ware, and home accessories out of his small studio in Okayama, Japan. 

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Lue Brass

brass wares

Lue’s minimalist, utilitarian designs are intended for every day use and are made richer by the patina that they develop over time.

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Salihah Moore

beaded jewelry & wall hangings

Artist Salilah Moore creates handbeaded wall hangings and jewelry, with most of the patterns forming organically during the making process. The end results are beautiful, bold, one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Salihah Moore

beaded jewelry & wall hangings

Salihah’s combination of abstract patterns and primary colors are a welcome reprieve from the popular woven wall adornments we often see.

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Earth Tu Face

apothecary 

Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm believe that you should never put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth. That’s why all of the products in their skincare line are 100% natural, made with purely plant-based, active ingredients and free of toxins, synthetic compounds, and fillers.

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Earth Tu Face

apothecary 

Every ingredient used is sustainable, ethically produced, and selected for its healing benefits for the skin. And, as an added bonus, all of the packaging is either recyclable or compostable. 

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Kathleen Whitaker

jewelry

Jewelry designer and porcelain ceramicist Kathleen Whitaker is known for her simple, geometric designs. Her understated rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets can be mixed, matched, and stacked, making them the perfect staple to any jewelry collection.

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Kathleen Whitaker

jewelry

Whitaker expanded her line to include a Stone Collection, marrying the delicate and refined forms of her original collection with organic semi-precious gemstones to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Hamish Robertson

photography & art

From botanical prints to desert landscapes, photographer & artist Hamish Robertson strives to capture the beauty of often overlooked details in both natural and man-made environments, producing swoon-worthy prints in limited editions.

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Hamish Robertson

photography & art

 It’s no secret that we love a good palm print, and this print’s moody undertones are all kinds of right. 

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Kalon Studios

sustainable furniture

Johannes Pauwen & Michaele Simmering are the husband-wife team behind Kalon Studios, a sustainable design company that creates contemporary furniture and home accents. Kalon Studios came to be after the birth of their first child, when Johannes & Michaele were unable to find a crib that fit their needs and instead decided to design and build their own.

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Kalon Studios

sustainable furniture

All of Kalon’s products are made in America, with a focus on local manufacturing and sustainably harvested materials. From kitchen to living room, their pieces all have a clean aesthetic with hints of Scandinavian influence.

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David Scheid

stained glass

In search of a creative outlet during his down time, tour manager David Scheid turned to his past hobby of creating beautiful stained glass

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David Scheid

stained glass

With their structured shapes and vibrant colors, David’s designs are just as nice against a white backdrop as they are throwing light in front of a window.

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Specialty Dry Goods

handmade bags

Working with leather, suede, denim, and scrap materials, designer Edie Kahula Pereira creates quality, utilitarian goods — from satchels and carryalls to potholders and pillows.

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Specialty Dry Goods

handmade bags 

Independent of trend or season, Edie’s designs are timeless, making her bags the perfect every day accessory.

The Echo Park Craft Fair will be held May 7th & 8th at Mack Sennett Studios in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood.
get your tickets here

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