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.

FASHION DIY WEEK With Miss Kris at The Atelier

Lifestyle blogger, Instagram influencer, and Youtube it gal, Miss Kris recently dropped by The Atelier to shoot a series of "Fashion DIY  Week" videos, in honor of NY and LA Fashion week and to promote Glitterati Social Club Craft Night! which we'll be hosting from 7-9:30pm on October 1st (yes, you are invited! Just register here). Up for some DIYing this weekend? Learn how to make a Pom Pom Beanie, Tulle Skirt, Faux Fur Cape, and more.... from the Fabulous Miss Kris  (and watch out for the Glitterati Social Club Craft Night announcement). It's all here:



We're excited to share this gorgeously shot, travel lust evoking, music video for One Finger Riot's single 'Give me a drug that works forever'. The LA-based indie band shot the scenes featuring front man and artist Sam Friedman staring, singing and jamming, in our Media Lab!

Looking for an amazing space to shoot your next music video... or webisode... or Youtube series? Hit us up, we'll hook you up!



Maker City LA Partners with L.A. Fashion Council To Present Spring 2015 LA Collections

lafw_main We are thrilled to partner with the Los Angeles Fashion Council to present the Spring '15 LA Collections at Maker City LA during LA Fashion Week in October!  The multi-day affair will showcase the work of a coterie of carefully curated local fashion and accessory designers to industry insiders, buyers, journalists and bloggers.  Interested designers can apply for consideration here.

The collections will take place October 7th-9th.

Read what the LA Times and California Apparel News have to say about this exciting collaboration (in partnership with  below:

L.A. Fashion Council announces spring 2015 plans, partnerships (LA TIMES)

Smith, Uner to Relaunch (APPAREL NEWS)



Connecting: Makers

Posting this for obvious reasons- enjoy! Why do we make? Connecting: Makers examines how the connected world is changing the nature of creativity. When everyone is a maker, new possibilities emerge, but with them come new responsibilities about digital transparency, cultural awareness, and the role of the designer.

Connecting: Makers is the second film in the Connecting Series.

Watch both films at

CNN Honors Our Friends at WriteGirl

Congratulations to our friend Keren Taylor,  for being selected as one of CNN's 2014 Heroes. This initiative honors "Everyday People" who are "Changing the World".  As the founder of WriteGirl, an LA-based organization that's giving teen girls a voice by teaching them to wield the power of the pen, Taylor certainly fits the bill.  No stranger to high level praise for her amazing work, Taylor was presented with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award  by Michelle Obama in 2013. We ourselves are honored to have had the pleasure of hosting several Write Girl workshops at Maker City LA over the course of this year and look forward to continued collaboration with this wonderful organization.  Watch CNN's coverage of a Write Girl Fiction workshop that took place earlier this year at Maker City LA below and be prepared to be inspired.

Interested in supporting Write Girl right now? Learn how to contribute to their third annual Poetry Drive below. Buy a Poem, Help a Girl!


#BringTechShoptoLA with @MakerCityLA, @TechShop, & @LA2050

Last Thursday we took to the twittersphere with our amazing partners, @TechShop and @LA2050, to help get the word out about the campaign to #BringTechShopToLA! We engaged a #NationOfMakers in conversion about innovation, technology and the Maker movement in #LosAngeles and beyond.  Check out this tweet-by-tweet Storify recap that our friends at LA2050 created for your engagement:
Learn more about the campaign to #BringTechShopToLA here.

#CultureBrainPickings Draws a Curious Crowd

culturebrainpickings On Wednesday evening, fans of came out in droves to see  the popular blog's NYC-based founder Maria Popova get her brain picked by CultureBrain's Sharon Ann Lee. The event - appropriately tagged #CultureBrainPickings for the social media savvy crowd -   featured an inspiring conversation between culture and trend analyst, Lee and interestingness hunter, Popova.

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Enjoy these choice tweets from this special event:

First Ever White House Maker Faire Unites #NationOfMakers

whmakerfaire It's been a great week for the Maker movement. On Tuesday, President Obama visited a TechShop location in Pittsburgh on where he spoke about his agenda for economic development and lauded facilities like TechShop for spurring innovation in manufacturing by providing high-tech resource sharing, and homegrown R&D facilitation to communities across the country.

Yesterday, the White House hosted its first annual Maker Faire where tinkerers, builders, entrepreneurs, inventors and creators converged in our nation's capital to celebrate the Maker Movement.  President Obama proclaimed June 18, 2014 a National Day of Making, saying, "I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills." Read the Presidential Proclamation here (or watch the full video below). Learn more about the 2014 White House Maker Faire participants and festivities here.

Want to know more about efforts to #BringTechShopToLA  or learn about joining the #NationOfMakers movement? Join us for a twitter party discussion next Thursday, June 26th from 1-2pm.  No need to fly to the east coast - this is a virtual event so you can tweet in from anywhere.  Info available here.

President Obama Visits TechShop, Pittsburgh; Joins the Maker Movement!

President Obama learns from Terry Sandin about the injection molder, a machine at TechShop Pittsburgh in Bakery Square. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette) Read more: Yesterday, President Obama visited a TechShop location in Pittsburgh's Bakery Square neighborhood where he spoke about  innovation in manufacturing and the importance of  high-tech resource sharing. These are all things that TechShop is delivering to communities across the country and why we're so thrilled about the movement to bring a TechShop facility to LA.

Read The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's coverage of the Prez's high-tech visit here.



Pre Lit Green Screen Action in Full Effect!

Did you know that our Media Lab features a soundproofed filming area with a pre-lit green screen and a new Kino Flo lighting system? Our friends at Knox Ave films took full advantage of the facilities when they shot this quirky/funny/cool video for DJ LIquid. Check it out:

DJ LIQUID from Knox Avenue on Vimeo.

Interested in creating your own film magic?

Contact us to schedule a tour of the media lab or book a studio session today!

Creative District Dubs Maker City LA A "Great Resource For Indie Filmmakers"

Our friends at Creative District wrote an awesome post on their blog as a follow up to last week's indie filmmaker mixer here, at Maker City LA.  In addition to Seed & Spark, NationBuilder and Technicolor's new online platform for creative collaboration, we're proud to have been listed as an essential resource for Indie filmmakers. Here's an excerpt:

"4 Great Resources for Indie Filmmakers

This Monday we hosted an independent filmmaker mixer at Maker City L.A. along with our friends at Seed & Spark and NationBuilder.

Over 100 L.A. film and media makers joined us for a night of inspiring conversations, featuring  a panel and Q&A with filmmakers Mia Chang and Brian Dannelly, moderated by Karen Worden ofFilm Courage.


For those who didn't attend, we’d like to introduce you to our event collaborators. Each of these organizations offers important resources for filmmakers and are all based in Los Angeles.

1. Creative District is a professional network for filmmakers and artists to collaborate. Showcase your work, find opportunities, and build your creative career all in one place. Over 10,000 creatives are collaborating on thousands of projects on CD, and we’d love to have you among them. Sign up today.

2. Seed&Spark is building a truly independent film community where filmmakers and audiences join forces to fund, promote and watch the best new independent films. Seed&Spark’s film-specific crowdfunding tool - the WishList - allows supporters to buy or loan specific items to a production (all of which count toward the fundraising goal). Their fees are also the lowest in the business, and their success rate is the highest (70%!) Filmmakers who choose to stream their films on Seed&Spark keep 80% of the transactional revenue, and Seed*Spark takes no rights. It’s your film!

3. Nationbuilder is community organizing software used by filmmakers, studios, agencies, and actors to help them raise funds, connect with influences and fans, and increase visibility of their work.

NationBuilder has quite a few films and production companies organizing on our software with great success, including Dear White PeopleInvisible WarThe Bully ProjectBrave New FilmsMediamente.TVThe Lost Bird Project, and more.

Read more about how grassroots organizing with NationBuilder helps films connect with audiences, and contact Jeff Mallare ( or Carlin Scrudato (

4. Maker City L.A. provides an elegant and affordable space for film and media makers, and is extending a special discounted Media Lab rate to our network.  Watch as the stars of Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater demonstrate the capabilities of DTLA’s newest production facility:

Click here to read the post in its entirety.