From the homespun to contemporary artisan crafts, the Southland has everything for do-it-yourself projects and more. High-end contemporary arts and crafts add to the décor of any home, and the simply sublime crafts make it a home sweet home. For the novice, this summer is an opportunity to appreciate the full range of crafting as a pastime. For those looking for new projects, it’s a time of discovery. And if you’re interested in craftsmanship at its best, there are few places in the world like Los Angeles
Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles Grand Park
200 N. Grand Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: July 26-27, 2014
With a commitment to “showcase the best and brightest” in the indie craft and design community, the Renegade Craft Fair reinvents itself again in the Southland. From fashion and jewelry and ceramics and house wares, to include screen printing and bath goods, it’s all “cutting edge” and more Artisanal drink and food will be available from local vendors. With a strong commitment to the do-it-yourself craft community, organizers consider their efforts to be the “world’s premier network” of craft fairs. Grand Park downtown becomes an ideal location with quality urban open space and landscaping, and it’s all in view of the Civic and Music Centers.
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Sugar Plum Festivals
Buena Park Downtown Mall
8308 On The Mall
Buena Park, CA 90620
Date: June 19-21, 2014
Sugar Plum is a store of crafts and “delicacies” orientated to every holiday season, and after 36 years of arts and crafts festivals, this celebration of summer brings out the unique. You can preview items at the online gallery. For gift giving or for the home, these products include yard and garden decor, jewelry, home decorations, antiques and collectibles, personalized gifts, jewelry and clothing. With two locations, the Buena Park Downtown Mall and the OC Fair and Event Center, they want the public to know everyone is welcome.
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
112 E. 22nd St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Dates: Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
Throughout the summer, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles has the work of over 100 artisans on display and for sale. Old Warehouse No. 10 is an ongoing craft fair featuring the work of designers, craft artists and artisanal food chefs. In the upcoming months, Warehouse No. 9 will have its renovations completed to become a venue for a regional brewery with a tasting room, small restaurants and produce stands. Amid the “vibrant patchwork” of stalls, a perusal will find “handmade happiness” and “one-of-a-kind treasures.” For craft people and shoppers, it’s a chance to meet many of the Southland’s best makers of fine crafts, and there are daily demonstrations for do-it-yourselfers
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Dates: June 27 – Aug. 31, 2014; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sawdust Art Festival’s 48th Annual Summer Show takes the summer on with the best crafts and fine art of Laguna Beach and the South Coast. From textiles to jewelry, paintings to blown glass and photographs to ceramics, it’s a “mix of fine art and craft.” The artisans are waiting to share their creative talents by answering questions and putting on demonstrations. Collectors and enthusiasts have an opportunity to gain insight and a greater appreciation of craftsmanship, and for the novice it’s an education. New to the event is Chamber Music Sundays, and there is the Children’s Art Booth and Sawdust Studio One.
Spring Contemporary Crafts Market
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Date: June 20-22, 2014
It’s high-end crafts at the Contemporary Crafts Market. The Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall will thrill with craftwork in the historic Old Town. With “one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts,” the show is unique in the Southland. The “distinctive works” cover every genre of the craft world and beyond. From custom furniture and mixed-media creations to ceramics and glassware, the work of the “nation’s finest crafts artists” will be on view. With all items for sale, the works have been peer jury selected for quality and value – this is one of the best craft shows in the world