When we stopped into Los Feliz’s Weltenbuerger a little bit ago, we were super impressed with what they were doing. Crazier? They have a ton of other LA/German makers for sale in the store that are equally as avant garde and wonderful. One of our favorites was Sydney Brown‘s wooden shoes. They’re both sophisticated and artfully crafted and, like them bags we spoke about earlier, will have people asking you all about them.
Fairfax’s IKO IKO is featuring a great little collaboration of Los Angeles makers: Building Block + WAKA WAKA’s custom limited edition leather bags. The two makers teamed up to make these beautiful oddball bags that are part geometric meditation and part tanned flesh tones with wooden details. They are a delightful means for you to carry around your belongings and will certainly get you some “What’s that?!” looks.
It’s a very brisk late afternoon in January. The sun is setting and Greta Waller is quickly moving through her art studio/living looking for supplies. She recites something to herself that serves as both a status update mantra and a to-do list: “I’m going to eat so I have energy, I’ll grab my shit, and I’m going to paint Dick Blick because it’s a corporate art store. And I work there now.”
This is very much Greta’s style: she will do anything to get herself painting. She has itchy painter’s hands that need to be scratched daily. She isn’t satisfied unless she is making more and more and more paintings. There are a literally a million things Greta wants to paint and she will not stop until she has painted them.
What are you doing this weekend, LA? It looks like you’re having some art shows and some cool concerts and even a few intriguing events like a pet portrait session and foosball tournament. What else you up to? Guess we’ll have to read on to find out. CHECK THE RECAP!!
Novel Brand is a curious Los Angeles gift book maker who takes old books and folds its insides all up into these super fascinating shapes. From hearts to words to geometric patterns, Novel Brand transforms pages into book art turning quietly written words into very large statements. They’re really a beautiful (And so simple!) repurposing of old reading materials.