Featured Artist: Jo Abellera

We love macrame... and Jo Abellera is the QUEEN of fiber art, macrame and so much more. We are delighted to have her a Featured Artist this week AND teaching a workshop this weekend. Be sure to follow along her exciting adventures on Instagram and come see us this weekend for her workshop!

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KKIBO - About Jo Abellera
Working with textiles in much the same way a sculptor might work clay, designer Jo Abellera
approaches KKIBO - her line of handmade knitwear, accessories, and homewares - with an
inspired artisan’s eye. Natural fibers (wool, alpaca, jute and rope) are transformed into work that exudes a deep individuality and an easy, sensual beauty.

Trained at Parsons School of Design, Abellera’s debut line was initially inspired by the writings
of scholar Joseph Campbell and the birth of her first child. “I came across a book by Joseph
Campbell,” Abellera remembers, “filled with these incredible images of young women in
ceremonial costumes made of bark. I started making sweaters inspired by these images.”
Naming both her child and her new company after the Japanese word for ‘hope’, Abellera’s line
is now known for its thrilling mix of primitive, organic forms and a thoroughly modern approach


to sustainable, ethical design. Made largely in KKIBO’s local Los Angeles studio, Abellera also
shares a portion of production with artisans in Bolivia. “I think the core mission of KKIBO is to
make thoughtful, unique and beautiful things that reflect the natural world,” the designer
explains, “using traditional techniques - knitting, weaving, and macramé - in a new way.”

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Featured Artist: Jennifer Wong

This week is all about Jennifer Wong! We've been lucky enough to have Jen teach several workshops for adults and children alike including Young Architect Workshops, Lighting Design for Adults, and Scotch + Succulents among SO many others! She's so talented in the way she approaches making modern architecture and design applicable in her workshops! Read on to learn more!

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Jennifer Noel Wong is a native Angeleno. She's a full-time practicing architectural designer at Lehrer Architects LA in Silverlake, and enjoys offering creative design workshops during her free time. Her workshops are mainly geared toward kids ages 7-12, but has started to offer adult design workshops after parents started showing interest too.

She finds influence from her surrounding environments, and learns from architects who create built spaces and approach design by challenging themselves to push boundaries, conduct social ecological research, and address sociological issues of today. The workshops she offers (at times with her creative and talented friends like Rutd and Dorsey Lampworks) focus on creative problem solving, designing within constraints, working with the strengths and weaknesses of materials, and translating technical solutions to qualitative means of interactions that happen within spatial boundaries.

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Follow Jen on instagram @curatedtravels for more design inspo + workshop notifications!

Featured Artist: Krislam Chin

We're going STRONG this January with some amazing artists! This week we're highlighting MM fave, Krislam Chin: Graphic Designer, Hand Lettering Artist and most importantly in our book-- Waffle Enthusiast. We love having Krislam in our studio teaching her workshops and are so excited for you to learn more about her!

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Krislam Chin is a Senior Graphic Designer based in Downtown Los Angeles. After studying branding at FIDM, she embarked on her journey to revolutionize the creative industry in 2011. She began her career in market research, transforming quantitative and qualitative reporting through creative data visualization and imaginative infographic design for clients such as American Girl, Disney, Fisher-Price, CNN, Direct TV, Starbucks and Saatchi & Saatchi.

he was formerly the Sr. Graphic Designer of Internal Communications at TechStyle Fashion Group (formerly JustFab), where she oversaw the creative direction for global corporate communications and elevated internal branding through innovation and strategic design.

When she’s not working, Krislam spends her time hand lettering, geeking out over the newest design trends with her man (who’s also a designer), or play with her dogs, Geoffrey and Alfred. She’s a waffle enthusiast, coffee snob, and hopeless Grey’s Anatomy fan.

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Featured Artist: Kait Walsh

WOOHOO, our Mini Maker Teacher Kait has finally hit the blog! We are so excited for you to learn about the talented woman who teaches most of our mini's here at the studio. We are continously inspired by Kait and hope you are, too!

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Kait Walsh has been making art her whole life and the best part is, she has only just begun. After teaching mostly kindergarten for the past 8 years she left her job to pursue her art career with the main goal of writing and illustrating children's books. With projects under her belt such as creating company logos, designing greeting cards and painting event backdrops, she is also excited to see where more time to create will lead!

Makers Mess came into her life shortly after it opened thanks to a recommendation from the vintage shop next door. She attended classes such as erasure poetry and watercolor with Ana Victoria Calderon before becoming a Mini Makers teacher in August 2016. You will mostly find her teaching the holiday, spring break and summer camps where she takes advantage of the full days to guide and support the unique curiosities each child brings to class. Using a variety of mediums and techniques (and lots of found objects!) she emphasizes and encourages experimentation, exploration and lots of play. Some of her favorite days have included fascinator style hats made out of decoupage projects gone wrong, an interactive baby blanket made by an older sister complete with different textures, tags to play with and noise makers and last week's theatre production inspired by the astronaut and tiger costumes made entirely out of paper bags and foil. 

As Kait starts the new year she looks forward to working on and completing her 2018 bucket list: paint a mural, publish her children's book, illustrate an article for ManRepeller and learn how to use gouache. Cheers to these and may more!

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See you for next week's Artist Spotlight! :)

Featured Artist: Jen Hewett

We are a BIG fan of print making and are so excited to see so much interest in it this year from our makers in the LA area! One of our favorite printmakers + surface designers, Jen Hewett is our featured artist this week! She's accomplished so many inspiring projects and we always love to have her in the studio!

P.S. Want to score some of her amazing prints? You can sign-up for a Tea Towel of the Month Club. So cool! She also has a book coming out in May 2018! Talk about woman power ;)

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Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist and teacher. A lifelong
Californian, Jen combines her love of loud prints and saturated colors with the textures and
light of the California landscapes to create highly-tactile, visually-layered, printed textiles.

When she’s not creating in her San Francisco studio or teaching her popular block printing
classes, she can be found hiking with her high-strung recue dog Gus, cycling on San
Francisco’s less-hilly streets, or hiding out at her neighborhood wine bar.

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We are so inspired by Jen and love it when we see an artist bloom from taking a class (like many of our guests here at MM!) Thanks so much for being our spotlight for this week!

Featured Artist: Rebecca Holopter

We are absolutely smitten with our artist of this week, Rebecca Holopter! Rebecca is our Watercolor teacher here at Makers Mess for a reason-- she's ridiculously talented and keeps pushing her limits as an artist. Her messiest breakthrough is one of our favorite's that we've read and can't wait for you to get to know Rebecca, too!

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Rebecca Holopter is a watercolor artist who consistently completes a painting a day. Changing her subject matter and theme each month, she has gained a strong grasp on different techniques and styles.

Her daily painting has taught her to keep going even when she sees nothing good about what she's doing, that her perspective can and usually will change with a good night of sleep, and that taking time out to do what she loves everyday will bring more opportunities to do more of what she loves.

She teaches watercolor at Makers Mess with a focus on trusting instincts and an environment of no mistakes, only curiosity. 

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Be sure to follow Rebecca on instagram: @beccaholopter + take one of her many next classes with us!

Featured Artist: Sara Kim of Handmade by Sara

We've been a very big fan of Sara Kim, the girl boss behind HandmadebySaraKim, and are BEYOND excited to have her on the blog this week for our Artist Spotlight. After connecting on Instagram, it's been so much fun watching her business grow and craftsmanship get even finer! We're hoping one day Sara will be able to teach a workshop at Makers Mess with us! ;)

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My name is Sara Kim and I am the founder and designer behind HandmadeBySaraKim. I am saved by grace, a violinist, piano teacher, an avid crafter, and a coffee lover. Although I graduated with a B.A. in music - violin performance, I always loved crafting ever since I can remember. Currently, I am working as a violin and piano teacher, married to a high school math teacher, and living in Riverside, CA. If I'm not teaching, I love to practice Bach on the violin and Chopin on the piano, and perform with community orchestras.

If I'm not practicing, I'm at home making hairpieces, paper flowers, or other accessories. I have lost track of how many handmade gifts I have made and given out throughout the years. It then inspired me to give everyone the same joy it gives me creating them and launched Handmadebysarakim, a collection of handmade accessories, in 2010. I have self-taught myself various skills from how to make jewelry, paper flowers, fabric flowers, bridal accessories, and to even graphic design and photography.

I interned with Utterly Engaged, worked with numerous vendors and one day I found myself in the wedding industry. I have also designed exclusive pieces for BHLDN, Anthropologie's wedding line and worked with numerous bridal boutiques. Now that most my hobbies had turned into my second full time job, I like to relax with my new hobby, watercolor. 

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ABOUT HANDMADE

We love to live by our name "handmade". We make everything from the beginning, we cut, hand sew, glue, dye, solder, wire, and more. We try our best to not have already made items and just glue them on a headband. Instead, we like to offer you one-of-a-kind pieces that were originally designed from Sara and made from our studio in Riverside, CA. We want to give you a high quality product and a collection of designs that are defined by feminine self-expression with each piece being 100% handmade.  

Our inspiration comes from the love of music, art, and color. Every piece is created with complete commitment and passion. More than anything, it is a labor of love. We want to give everyone the same joy it gives us creating them. Our aim is always to learn from Yesterday, absorb Today and be better Tomorrow. With every touch comes a bit of love.

Special thanks to Sara for sharing all about her business and creativity!

Featured Artist: Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer

Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer is an amazing and talented dyer who we love to work with! Her workshops teach in-depth ways on how to dye with nature and indigo! We are so excited to have her as a Featured Artist this week and teaching TWO workshops!

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Liz Spencer is owner and operator of The Dogwood Dyer, an all-natural dyeing service that uses locally grown and foraged plants as well as ethically sourced dyestuffs to help create sustainable accessories, garments, and home goods. Her process involves minimal water consumption, with 80 percent of the refuse water recycled back into her gardens.

An advocate for the education of ethically conscious design, she teaches sustainability, fashion, and natural dyeing at FIT and Parsons The New School for Design, and she spent a year as a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. Spencer holds a BA from Linfield College, in Oregon, and an MA in sustainable fashion from the London College of Fashion. She teaches workshops independently in southern California and the New York City area.Follow her colorful story on Instagram where she posts about upcoming workshops and events: thedogwooddyer  

We hope to see you at one (or both!) of Liz's workshops this December-- you don't want to miss out! 

Featured Artist: Celeste Wilson

This week we have Celeste Wilson of The True Spoon on the blog! We love this wellness babe and are so excited to feature her this week. Pssst-- she's also hosting a workshop on Sunday 12.10!

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My name is Celeste Wilson and I reside in sunny Los Angeles California. I’ve been a obsessed with food my entire life, yummy snacks have attracted me to the kitchen ever since I could walk. My grandfather “tutupa” was a true foodie, his passion for cuisine ignited my own infatuation with the culinary world. I was born in Hawaii in the late 80’s when super food smoothies and health food markets were all the rage. As a shoeless beach kid I often snacked on mangos and avocados freshly picked from neighborhood trees.

In 2009 I attended nursing school in Portland Oregon and learned the benefits of a healthy lifestyle from a scientific perspective, cementing my commitment to working out, eating green, and being an educated consumer. The True Spoon is my outlet to share original recipes, reviews of my favorite restaurants, handpicked wellness products, green beauty, and my foodie travels. My hope is that The True Spoon will be a place where you will be warmly inspired to incorporate aspects of my wellness journey into your life. I want to be your trusty source of knowledge, helping you demystify the challenges of eating well, staying active, and taking care of your skin. Living a healthy lifestyle can be simple and fun no matter where you are!

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Sign-up for Celeste's workshop below!