LA people are way, way, way conscious of the world. They want to connect with all those around them and do things that better our surroundings. Della is a conscious creator in Los Angeles that works directly with a West African community to provide jobs, education, and skill trainings for those who help them make their textiles. It’s a homegrown effort to make cool fashions with heart.
As many of you may know, pottery and ceramics are very much a thing in Los Angeles and beyond. There doesn’t seem to be an end to this form of expression either. It’s a way of making that doesn’t seem to get old and everyone has a unique point of view: it’s a very easy means of expressing yourself.
A new entry into this local conversation is the work of Beth Katz who works under the name Mt. Washington Pottery. The wares from Northeast Los Angeles are very basic yet have a distinct character to them. They’re a mixture of simple, modern forms with a somewhat Mid-Century slant to them. Unlike other makers, Katz is able to create new works that have clear, clever references.
Every year CalArts has a big print fair from students sharing zines, prints, and homemade goods—and it’s always great. It’s happening on April 19: if you are in town, take a day trip to check it out!
Have you heard about COS? Collection Of Style? It’s a more sophisticated, new offshoot of the now ubiquitous H&M. It’s really quite nice (And affordable!) and likely will become a new wardrobe staple for urbanites. The brand recently landed in Los Angeles, specifically at Opening Ceremony—and it’s a pretty fantastic little outpost.
DId you know there is a Meetup group called Los Angeles Is Just My Type? There is! And it’s dedicated LA lovers of type, typography, and design. To check out things they do, May 22 there will be a special meet up at Maker City LA.