29 handcrafted gifts from L.A. artists
www.markbrunner.com (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Tyler Bender makes custom hand-bound journals composed of recycled and vintage materials. You can provide an old book cover, wallpaper, vinyl record artwork, scrap paper, your own drawings, whatever. Most are $40.
www.etsy.com/shop /TYLERBENDER. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
www.goldbugpasadena.com. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Local crafter Christine Offutt turns old bottle caps into jewelry and magnets with colorful scenes inside. We picked up three magnets for just $7 total at Heather’s Store in Eagle Rock.
www.heathersstore.com. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles times)
Highland Park artist Jocelyn Webb Pedersen finishes her pinch pots with a variety of Japanese glazes. The pieces don’t just look great. “You can often feel the work of my hands when you hold them in your hands,” she says. “They have been used for hors d’oeuvres dishes, jewelry holders, planters and candle holders.” We picked up the one pictured here for just $20 and plopped a cheap
Till her page is set up on the Etsy crafts website, e-mail the artist at email@example.com. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
mindfulnest.net. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Altadena craft maker Anise Mouette decorates wooden “kitsch-en” magnets with her original artwork -- retro imagery such as View-Masters and rotary telephones. Each sells for $3 to $5. The same whimsy colors her finger puppets, kids clothes and tote bags.
www.anisemouette.com. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
Kevin Beer makes his living designing homes and offices, but it’s hard to call his offbeat “terrariums” a side business when they have landed in stores such as Blackman Cruz and Gary Gibson. His meticulously crafted assemblages set under glass domes are secret little worlds unto themselves, harboring tales that may vary depending on the onlooker. “What I love about Kevin’s work is that there is a narrative, you can imagine a story,” said Stacey Coleman, whose Gold Bug gallery ( www.goldbugpasadena.com) has one piece titled “Friends,” with two tiny figurines sitting on a miniature park bench that, it turns out, was once used by birds in a circus act.
E-mail the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Textile artist Paula Smail makes 4-inch-square sachets with fabric remnants stuffed with fragrant lavender. Each set of three is $15 at Henry Road in Studio City.
www.henryroad.com. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)