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!

Headshot courtesy of Valery Rizzo

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!

Featured Artist: Angi of Angelique, Ink!

Happy Almost Turkey Day!

We're celebrating with one of our favorite calligraphy artists, Angi Phillips of Angelique Ink! We've been humbled to have worked with Angi several times before and her calligraphy workshops never disappoint (and usually sell out fast!) We're se excited to showcase her this week and announce that she will be teaching a special Holiday Edition calligraphy workshop on Sunday, 12.3-- sign up here!

Keep reading to learn more about Angi!

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ABOUT ANGI

Angi is an artist, calligrapher, designer and teacher. Lover of the poetic song and dance of pen and ink meeting paper. Telling a story with words, where mere words fall short.

In love with written word, old fashioned pens and ink since childhood when she received her first calligraphy set at the age of twelve. Today, that’s turned into a passion for teaching and creating with personal expression through the depth and mystery that emotes via dipping pens in ink and writing things by hand. Known for her distinctive and diverse array of styles, she’s since created thousands of handwritten pieces for a wide range of clients all over the globe, and instructed over 1300 students in the art of modern calligraphy at her in-person workshops. Creativity, human connection, and resurrecting the lost art of handwriting, is what drives the heart behind Angelique, Ink.

Her other loves: Matt Phillips | Rylee and Face | food adventuring | mountain biking | travel and poetry | coffee and old fashioneds | woodworking

THE STUDIO

Angelique, Ink is the boutique calligraphy and design studio of Angi Phillips, providing a range of services, products and workshops, with focus on a distinctive approach to modern calligraphy. The design studio offers custom lettering for branding, advertising and products as well as full service wedding stationery design and letterpress printing, calligraphy for events, and more. Angelique, Ink is well known and regarded for quality work, attentive client care, reliability and professionalism. In the SHOP you will find Angi's popular selection of personalized calligraphy address stamps, hand-lettered prints and decor, as well as resources and tools for calligraphy.

Angelique, Ink is honored to partner with and support the efforts of anti human trafficking organizations globally. Ten percent of all proceeds go to Project Rescue, to support efforts to combat exploitation and sexual slavery of fellow human beings. You can read about their mission and purpose here.

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So grateful to have Angi as one of our guest artists! Hope we see you at her next workshop.

Featured Artist: Olivia Sanchez

This Thursday we're showcasing one of our very own Makers, Olivia Sanchez of Plume + Pulp! Olivia just joined our team and has begun to start teaching workshops such as Weaving on a Circle Loom, Shibori Dying + much more with us here at Makers Mess! We're super excited to have her and hope you join us for one of her upcoming workshops!

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Olivia is a Toronto born, Los Angeles-based crafts(wo)man who lives with her minpin, Nugget and husband, Brian. She attended UCLA and has been a middle school teacher for the last 10 years.  Jacqueline-of-all-trades, Olivia has been a self-taught crafter for years, but has only recently started showcasing her work on Instagram and through her website.

As the founder of Plume + Pulp, she creates paper goods, tapestries and offers calligraphy services as well as custom crafts and signage.  Since starting her profession as a crafter, she has completed projects and continues to work with companies such as NYX Cosmetics, Kreation Juicery and Surfcore Fitness.  Her current crafting obsessions are pointed pen calligraphy, water coloring and fabric art (dyeing, weaving, embroidery). In her spare time, she spends her time eating french fries and practicing hot yoga. When it comes to crafting, she firmly believes, when you can’t decide what to do, do everything.

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We're so excited to have her on the MM Team!

Featured Artist: Erica Tighe + her book signing!

We're starting a new Thursday ritual here at Makers Mess by featuring some of our favorite artists through our weekly e-mail newsletter! We adore supporting our artists and sharing their stories with you so you can understand why they are so special to us and the community here at MM!

First up is our long-time favorite gal, Erica Tighe of Be A Heart! She's taught hand-lettering workshops before with us at Makers Mess and we've enjoyed watching her flourish and grow ever since. Keep reading for a little surprise of when she'll be at the studio next (it involves her new book!)

We're super excited to have Erica hosting her FIRST book launch at our studio on December 2nd! You don't want to miss out-- find all of the details + RSVP here!

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Thanks Erica, for being a part of the MM community!