Pasadena: Jury

Pasadena art & craft fair jury members

Meet the Jurors for Jackalope Pasadena:


Amanda Vernon: Owner of Mindfulnest

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world

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A:December 1997 I was hired as extra Christmas Help at Handmade Galleries in Sherman Oaks... Handmade Galleries was a 5,000 sq ft retail space, where artists would rent space from us and we would be there to sell their wares. I immediately fell in love with the business. Fast forward 10 years later, managing the store, in charge of renting the spaces to artists and working on store promotion and having a space of my own, reselling vintage clothing and odd ends. (I have vintage resale/flea market experience, before Handmade). 

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?

A: My biggest inspiration? That's a tough one, I feel inspired daily by all the artists I work with. I've always had an eye... I would have to say my Mom! She's an amazing artist and has such an inspiring outlook on life. She's always saying... it's in "The Details" and that has kind of stuck with me.

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: 

A: Some favorites of mine...  I've been working with Mark Brunner for 8 years, we met right after we open our Burbank store. I love his color sense and simplicity of subject matter. I like accessibility... Reza Kassai is another artist I'm obsessed with. Again strong colors, his crazy girls are brilliant. I have so many favorites. If you've ever been in one of our shops... We really cover so many areas. Art, Jewelry, Ceramics I could go on and on. 

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Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?

A:The Handmade movement is so important. I love a community. I grew up in the 70's and have lived in communal settings. Creativity was always around. To this day nothing makes me feel more alive than connecting with community. The world is changing and with the disconnect, connecting has never been more important. 

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 

A: What I would be looking for... first something I've never seen before, originality. Interesting use of materials. I always like "eco friendly" items. My artistic style tends to be more on the wild side. I'm drawn to edgy works. But have been moved by color alone. I have a very organic process, I just know what interest me when I see it.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?  

A: I'm looking forward to expanding my horizon and hopefully helping to expand yours too... I love discovery! 

Q: Where can we find out more about you?

A: Find out more about me... www.mindfulnest.com

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Gloria Prins: Owner of Belle's Nest

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world: 
As a young girl, growing up in Los Angeles, I found influence in my family trips to Mexico. I have distinct memories of cobblestone streets lined with quaint shops of many flavors. My cross-cultural background blessed me with a tasteful fusion for crafts. From then on, handmade artisan work became my mission and my passion. 

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?
My father is a superhero. Manuel endured more than my naivety could handle at the time. He ventured from Mexico to America, with no knowledge of English, and eventually came to own his own body shop in Culver City. I thank him and my mom for supporting my decisions to conquer the risks that I took to get me to where I am today. 

Q: How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?
Roughly 25 years ago I owned a shop in Old Town Pasadena, before the resurgence, when it was primarily mom and pop. Dusk lasted about 9 years. After that I worked for my dad, raised three dorky boys, and opened my treasure, Belle’s Nest. 

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Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: 
Soozee Woods and Tracy Chamberlin from Ramona Paloma Tiles are an all time favorite. They are both an absolute joy to work with—their tiles reflect the warmth in their personalities.

Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?
I love that social media and wonderful events, like Jackalope, allow a myriad of creatives to expose their work. For me, connecting with my customers is the best feeling ever. 

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 
I need to make sure that my vision stays on track.  Above all, I look for well made, original and unique creations. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?  
It's such a pleasure to be part of something that helps the handmade community. It's gratifying in so many ways for me because I've had experience in all aspects of this process. 

 Q: Where can we find out more about you? 
You can visit me on Instagram and my brick and mortar shop in Sierra Madre, or you can visit me online as well.

Belle's Nest: 55 N Baldwin Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Web: https://bellesnest.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellesnest/ 

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