What happens when you bring together established artists and collectors, all women of a certain age who have enjoyed long and productive creative careers and who appreciate each other’s level of taste in a unique way? ? You get the Artisans & Friends Flea Market, an eclectic sale / showcase that will delight anyone looking for unusual clothing and accessories. The last Artisans & Friends flea market will be held in a neighborhood garden in the Country Club district on Saturday October 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the second installment of the Artisans & Friends flea market, organizer Suzi Click told Buzz.
“The first one took place before COVID and featured ten friends, a combination of artisans creating unique clothing and jewelry and collectors and some who are both,” organizer Suzi Click told The Buzz. “It’s a friendly way to show and sell or trade their work with each other, and to invite friends and neighbors as well. “
The group features established artists who have had long and productive creative careers and who appreciate each other’s level of taste in a unique way. Several, Suzi Click, Judy Reidel and Lorraine Spector, are active members of the Ebell of Los Angeles. Many are also members of a small group they call “the mending circle” where they meet at each other’s house every few weeks to sit and sew – mend, patch, weave, knit, crochet, etc. , explained Click.
“They admire each other and offer suggestions for each other’s work and always have fun discussing hot topics. During the pandemic, they met in backyards which really got them through some tough times, ”Click said.
Participants at the Artisans & Friends flea market this weekend include:
Claudia Grau is well known for its unique style and its’ 80s boutique on Melrose Avenue – she was one of the first to make it the trendy place to shop. She then moved to the Historic Crossroads of the World. There she was joined by Suzi Click, a designer of wearable art clothing and accessories for a few years when she had an artist collective. Jen Loew also worked there with Claudia before joining the famous dress art boutique Harari as an assistant buyer. Claudia, Suzi, Kay Chapman, all wearable art clothing designers, and Tzipora Hoynik, who designs unique jewelry, met while attending the Contemporary Craft Market and the Pasadena Bead and Design Show.
Kathy solomon is a weaver and designer, collector and representative of many unique clothing and jewelry lines.
Jen Loew has a combination of unique clothing never worn or lightly worn at great prices – designers Dosa, Magnolia Pearl, Krista Larsen, Mieko Mintz and the amazing Sally Bass whose jewelry designs are often seen on Frankie on the TV show Grace & Frankie.
Lorraine Specter has a small collection of gently worn unique fashion for good prices!
Judy reidel and Vickie Elson both have lots of great ethnic clothing and textiles from their travels. Judy’s visits to Thailand and India; and Vickie’s travels to the Kutch region of India while researching and organizing an exhibit for the Fowler Museum in 1979 titled Dowries from Kutch. She also wrote a book for the exhibition with this name. Click said she bought the book when she heard that her husband’s golf buddy’s wife had written it, then they met and became friends!
Gwen beazell has an incredible collection of ethnic art clothing and jewelry and knows Click through Textile Museum Associates. This group, Click explained, had for many years what they called a “moth market” where members met and sold once a year and THAT was the inspiration for it!