Into The Dark - Evening Darkroom at School of Light


January 14th - February 16 2016

New B & W Film Foundation Class at The School of Light. Discover the art and craft of traditional black and white photography. Process and print from your own negatives in our state of the art darkroom.

Into the Dark at The School of Light gives participants the opportunity to rediscover the craft and magic of processing and printing from film, as well as a deep exploration into the art and principles of shooting in black and white.

Through a dynamic series of real-world assignments, group critiques and a study of the 20th century’s greatest exponents of the art, this course will introduce you to the expressive possibilities of film!

Visit for details.

You made our 2015!


Engaging talks, creative brainstorms, seasonal conferences, informative summits, & edgy fashion shows, made 2015 an unforgettable year. Maker City LA would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season and a safe New Year.

Visit us in January for more art, culture, design, and innovation. We are accepting early 2016 reservations. Reach us at for venue bookings.

Maker Sessions on iTunes & Speaker

Maker-Sessions-Cover Hey Podcasting community, Maker City LA is now on iTunes and Spreaker! For those of you unfamiliar with Maker City LA, we have a podcasting facility. We created this space so that journalists, hobbyists, full-time podcasters, students, and marketing professionals can bring guests and engineers into a professional environment to produce original content.

Plenty of content creators start off their podcast series in their garages or on school campuses. With a mission statement and a couple of friends, podcast producers set off to share their vision and voice with others.


But what happens when you get a chance to set up an international speaker to interview with you? What if your show gets picked up by a sponsor? Not everyone has a green room for guests or a soundproof studio.

That's where the Maker City LA podcast facility comes in. We have a café, guest green room, sofas, sound proof booths, professional vocal microphones, phone lines for call-in guests, Pro tools software, and a list of sound engineers for hire if you need technical help.

Media Lab To demonstrate what can be done in our facility, we put together the Maker Sessions. Each podcast episode highlights the talent and services based out of our location. It’s a great way to learn more about us as a space. Plus our to creative business and entrepreneur guests share their stories, industry tips and unique perspectives.

If you would like to listen in on the production quality of our facility, visit our Maker Sessions podcast page or subscribe to our series on iTunes & Spreaker. If your podcast series needs a production boost contact us for booking rates, tours and scheduling.

DSC_0945-2000 For those of you who just enjoy inside tips and appreciate creative culture, be sure to join us twice a month as we celebrate the Dreamers, the Creators and the Makers of Los Angeles.

ONA 2015 Video

11881620_710235319110102_588362955_n This fall, Maker City LA was invited to participate in the Online News Association Conference for 2015.

We were selected to showcase our services on the event Midway floor to journalist seeking tools and resources to improve their work flow. Maker City LA is a creative space and at its core a location to concentrate and collaborate on projects. Whether it's video production, writing, logistically organizing a conference, or launching an online company, we have space to sit down and get to work.


How do you explain creative work space to someone? Maker City LA is more than just Coworking desks. We have tools of the trade in fashion, video, and podcasting. Plus we have space to hold events for summits and parties. We are not an incubator, nor are we solely focused on technology & application development, though we have some of that going on too.

What sets us apart from the rest of the office leasing spaces or purely tech startup spaces is that we have the right mix of individuals and projects in a wide variety of industries and phases. This is our strength, a whole lot is happening on a single floor.


To communicate that, we teamed up with the audio talents of Harmonix and video talents of Apotheosis Entertainment. In a short amount of time, we set off to give journalists a peek at what Maker City LA has to offer in terms of work space.

The end result is a snapshot into the diverse mix of individuals coexisting in the same inspirational space. All the music was originally created by Harmonix and video interviews were conducted by Apotheosis Entertainment.

Check it out below:

ONA 2015 Maker City LA Video

We owe a big thank you to both creative teams for helping us capture and communicate what we are about. Another big thank you goes to Natalie Hemmens, Jayson Matthews, Miki Reynolds, and Diane Brigham for volunteering to participate and share their experience of Maker City LA.

Below are photographs of fellow Midway participants at the convention and a sneak peek of a 3D printer build kit that Legacy Games showcased. Don’t forget to view our video and if you find that you need work space, don’t hesitate to reach out!










CalArts Partners with The Reef/Maker City LA on Artist Residency Program

IA11_Web_ArtistInResidenceGENHdr Maker City LA is proud to announce a partnership with California Institute for The Arts (CalArts), whereby the internationally recognized institution for the performing and visual arts will program a joint CalArts/REEF/Maker City LA  residency through September 2015.

This program offers CalArts graduates from the School of Critical Studies and the School of Art a unique opportunity to continue their ambitious practices in a public context as they transition from the institution. The CalArts REEF residency fosters a significant connection between writing and art making and aims to select artists whose projects require the support of a studio and resources at crucial points in their early careers.

We are thrilled to welcome the following artists into the program:

Elliot Vrendenburg – MA, School of Critical Studies, Aesthetics and Politics Program

Emerson Whitney – MFA, School of Critical Studies, Creative Writing Program

Danielle Bustillo – MFA, School of Art, Art and Technology Program

Eve Lauryn La Fountain –MFA, School of Art, Photo and Media Program and School of Film/Video, Film/Video Program

These graduates promise to fulfill diverse and engaged studio projects over the next six months. We look forward to seeing their work as they progress through their residencies.

The current residency runs April - September, 2015 in the Maker City LA AIR space (suite 1150)

Stay tuned...

The Reef named as one of DTLA's Tech Boom Instigators in LA Times Piece

Loving this nod to Maker City home base, The Reef, as a major player in the DTLA tech start-up scene. Check out the choice except and link to full Los Angeles Times article below:

Another building transformed by the tech economy is the LA Mart, a longtime center for trade that in recent years added a creative space for tech and design companies. The building was rebranded the Reef, which Senior Vice President Ava Bromberg said is meant to conjure a "complete creative habitat" that spurs innovation.

General Assembly — an education institution that offers courses in tech, design and business — opened a downtown L.A. campus at the Reef in December. A venture capital firm recently leased space in the building, and over the next few months, TechShop — a chain of member-based workshops that provides access to tools, training and space — plans to build out a 20,000-square-foot facility there.

Read the full article here.

LA Collections Produces Best Instagram Pics of LA Fashion Week

The Los Angeles Times did a nice piece on the best instagram pics from LA Fashion Week, and several of the font- runners came from the LA Collections, which (as you know if you follow our SM feeds) took place here last week! Here's a peak at some of the pics:




Read the full story here.


Introducing Hamonix Sound Creators And our New and improved Podcast/Audio Recording Studio!

Processed with MoldivWe're excited to announce a partnership with Harmonix Sound Creators, a new creative audio engineering company that's taken up residence in our new and improved Media Lab facility. In addition to the sound stage/photo studio, edit bays, lighting equipment and podcast capabilities previously offered, visitors to our facility now have access to a full suite of Sound-FX, mixing and music production services. Consider our game UPPED! Schedule a tour of our state-of-the-art production facility today and get ready to MAKE things happen.



photo 13 We are excited to announce that Maker City LA has teamed up with the LA Fashion Council once again, and will be hosting the organization's signature LA Collections F/W '15 shows and presentations March 10-12! Designers can visit for application information; stay tuned for more news! the meantime, enjoy this video recap of the S/S LA Collection Shows at Maker City LA:

Maker City LA Presents Marie Joxe-Collins (Our New Artist In Residence)!

SELMA-WANG-2 We are proud to announce the residency of LA-based visual artist and storyteller, Marie Joxe-Collins.

Marie will use the Artist in Residence space at Maker City LA to exhibit an audiovisual pitch installation on her film Selma & Wang.

“Selma, 12, survivor of an ecological disaster, finds under her bed, Wang, a cute, yet very powerful monster that shows her how to travel from RealTime to DreamTime, until one night they both get stuck in between and they have to combine their creative minds to go back to a new Reality.”

Marie will share her creative process in workshops and online presence and will edit the final trailer of the film with your imput! Stay tuned!

February – March, 2015 Suite 1150


For more about the AIR program or to apply, go here.

Studio Eleven Artist Review (Flora Golden)

Congratulations to Community Member, local artist, Flora Golden on this glowing review of her latest work, which is currently on display at Studio Eleven Gallery (at Maker City LA): Flora-Golden-1Flora-Golden-5



I don’t know what it is about paintings on cardboard, but I usually love them. Maybe it’s something to do with the humility it connotes, or the fragility, I’m not sure, but the art show I attended on the weekend at Studio Eleven in downtown L.A. featured an artist who used it beautifully. Her piece Route 66 is elegant and playful, and keeps you guessing as your eye moves around unraveling the many meanings and materials.

Fantasy at the Edge is the name of the exhibition which also features work by Kathleen LoseyTere Abdala-Romano and Linda Levi-Baum. The show is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and the last Wednesday of the month from 12 – 4pm and by appointment through Dec 7, 2014.

read full blog entry here.

She Streets: A Conversation with LA's Female Street Art Stars Recap

street art panel Our latest lobby art installation, "Deranged Amalgamation" by Paige Smith (AKA A Common Name) has been a huge success! Last week we celebrated Smith's work and the work of several other acclaimed female street artists with an exploratory conversation about, well... the life, work and career trajectory of female street artists in LA.

Smith was joined by fellow artists Anna Drumm and Kristy Sandoval, artist manager and publicist Heidi Johnson,  and art historian, teacher and founder of Art and Seeking, Lizy Dastin, who will moderated the conversation. If you missed it, please enjoy the video recap below:

Special thanks to our presenting partner for the event, LA Commons.

HEMMENS: Leather, Lifestyle, and Luxury

Meet community member Natalie Hemmens - founder of local luxury, leather lifestyle brand,  HEMMENS.

Natalie shot this video series and the look book for her forthcoming collection on site at Maker City LA... we can't wait to get our hands on her latest hand crafted leather goods!

Want to learn more about Natalie? follow her @nataliehemmens, like HEMMENS on Facebook or email:

A Common Name / Urban Geodes at Maker City LA

Next Time you are in DTLA, check out our new lobby installation by street artist Paige Smith A.K.A. a common name (who also happens to be the designer behind Vere Verto). Sure, this hand-crafted metallic Urban Geode amalgamation looks cool in the below pictures, but  we highly recommend checking it out in real time, and inserting yourself in the scene.   #Maker City LA # Urbangeode #acommonname #DTLA #pleasedonttouch photo 2


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 Artist's Statement:

Paige Smith, AKA A Common Name, is an international street artist and fine art sculptor. Her artworks are unique three-dimensional “urban geode” installations that represent crystalline, geodesic rock formations. The finished pieces explode out of walls and cracks in the city, hidden treasures waiting to be discovered as people go about their daily routine.  Her work has a palpable sense of "magical realism" that says, "Take a look around, notice the small things. Find wonder and beauty in the mundane."

“Deranged Amalgamation” is Smith’s latest and largest site-specific installation to date. The piece fills the composition of the wall, breaking apart when a column interferes and concentrating once again on the opposite wall which tapers off organically. The amount of effort poured into these usually temporary works are a dreamer’s search for deranged mastery through an amalgamation of action and process.

“Deranged Amalgamation” Folded Paper, silicone, gold chrome paint


Maker City LA Presents Teresa Flowers (Our New Artist in Residence)

headshot Maker City LA is proud to announce the residency of LA-based, internationally recognized artist Teresa Flowers. Teresa’s work has been featured in many fine art and photography publications and has garnered numerous awards. Her latest project, ECHOES is a three-dimensional, large-scale body of work utilizing photographs and drawings to create a transparent, illuminated, experiential installation.

Teresa Flower’s residency will run October through December 2014

Learn more about Echoes and what you can do to support our Resident Artist here:

Sign up for our newsletter (and check the events calendar periodically) for information about events and open “studio hours” for Teresa. instagram: @teresaflowers twitter: @sleepictures

#LAFW LA Collections at Maker City LA a Success!

More amazing coverage from the LA Times about LA Collections at Maker City LA this past week. Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 4.56.09 PM

Read the full article HERE.

We heart William Bradley as well! Check out our Facebook page and Instagram for  pics of some of our favorite collections and shows from the week.