Join us this Saturday when we welcome L.A. craftsfolk Tanya Aguiñiga, Cathy Callahan, Alejandro Artigas and the work of other local stars for a trunk show celebrating the inaugural Holiday block party at District La Brea.
Never-before-seen necklaces and other jewelry, along with furniture and dream catchers—all completely handcrafted in Los Angeles—will be the highlight of the afternoon event, running from 3 to 7 p.m. at A+R. Our neighbors on both sides of the avenue, between First and Second Streets—including American Rag, Undefeated, Kelly Cole, Steven Allen, Judith Bright, Shelter and What Comes Around Goes Around—will also be marking the afternoon street bash with special offers and activities. Particularly exciting is the opening of the newest Garrett Leight California Optical flagship next door to us. Garrett calling the afternoon-into-evening soiree a soft opening, with the festivities emphasizing its newest installment of The Spectacle ‘zine.
We’re particularly thrilled, however, of the goings-on inside our store during the afternoon. The Angelenos we’re showcasing are as informed by craft as they are by design. Each element of each piece is considered in terms of color and material, function and form.
Sure, a necklace can be just a necklace. But in the hands of Cathy, a.k.a. Cathy of California among followers of her workshops and book, it is more than just a pretty thing. Cathy sourced far and wide: ribbon from Sweden is hand-dyed in her Silver Lake home studio and threaded with wood discs from New Orleans. The pieces are combined in a nod to Anni Albers, famed textile artist, student of Paul Klee and wife of Bauhaus pioneer Josef Albers.
Likewise, textiles are at the core of Tanya’s jewelry and furniture, which are all dyed, treated, twisted and knotted in her Atwater Village studio. Tanya was raised in Tijuana, and as a member of Border Art Workshop BAW/TAF, a bi-national artist collaborative for the last decade, the border experience is a constant source for her work: “The interconnectedness of societies, the beauty in struggle and the celebration of culture,” she says. Her collaborations extend to the San Diego Museum of Art and RISD. Her felted furniture, from folding tables to bed sets skinned in colored felt, have become coveted among collectors. Among our most favorite of Tanya’s material exploits, was a recent performance whereby she herself was felted head to toe by her studio assistants! Tanya’s bringing many one-off necklaces she recently made with clay discs, wood bits, metal tubes, abalone bits and geode chunks.
Wool is also a favorite ingredient in the work of Alejandro, another Silver Lake local by way of Mexico City and brother to Gabriela Artigas, whose jewelry we also stock at A+R (their sister Tere will be on hand Saturday with selections from Gabriela’s newest collection). Colorful Kvadrat wovens swath Alejandro’s chic chairs and sofas, which are completely made in and around Los Angeles. So are his now-iconic matchstick tables, which manage to emphasize the fun in function.
Color is an integral feature of the dream catchers from Kimmel Studio. Each one is hand threaded with semi-precious gems and stones and finished with a laser-cut wooden feather dangling from the ring. We took delivery of a new batch this week in anticipation for the weekend events at both A+R West and East—including the newest collection of four-inch dream catchers. They are irresistible!
Come to think of it, so is everything we’ve hand chosen for the weekend—including other new arrivals from fellow L.A. stylemakers Amy Glenn, Airi Isoda of Wrk-Shop and Cast of Vices. See you Saturday!
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