Pasadena: Jury

Pasadena art & craft fair jury members

Meet the Jurors for Jackalope Pasadena:


MaryAnne LoVerme:
Owner of Los Angeles County Store

MaryAnne is the owner of the Los Angeles County Store in Silverlake, the only shop dedicated exclusively to fine goods made in Los Angeles.  From artisanal food, to small housewares, apothecary to prints & stationary, it's a thoughtfully curated collection of crafted wares. 

Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world: 
A: I moved to LA from Brooklyn in 2013 to open Los Angeles County Store.  I was inspired by the makers I met in NYC while hawking my baubles under the Wabisabi Brooklyn brand.  

Q: What / who is your biggest inspiration?
A: I continue to be inspired by the creativity, hard work, and determination of the local artists and artisans whose work I represent in the shop.  

Q; How did you get into your position in the arts & crafts world?
A; I performed a magic trick: I turned my Brooklyn house into a Los Angeles shop.  Also, equal parts hustle, chutzpah, and the encouragement and support of others.  

Q: Tell us about a few favorites of yours: 
A: Napping.  Bread.  Periwinkle. French Bulldog puppies make any day better,  But any dog or kitty pretty much.  

Q: What do you love most about the handmade movement?
A: It restores my faith in humanity and connects me to some of the best people I've ever met.  

Q: What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you? 
A: Nothing matters more than the work itself.  Is it original?  Is it well-made?  Do I want it or know someone who wants it?  

Q: What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?  
A: See all the amazing stuff people make!  

Q: Where can we find out more about you? 
A: www.instagram.com/lacountystore 


Jill:
Owner of Homage Pasadena

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Q: How did you get your start in the handmade community? 

A:I started a jewelry business called Wasabi back in 1992. I had always loved Jewelry and took classes in high school and college. I wanted to have my own business from an early age and loved fashion. After working in Retail and manufacturing I took a leap. With the support of my new husband and sister, I took some jewelry making classes and started Wasabi as a fashion freshwater pearl line. I continue to work with a few stores but focus on representing handmade artists at Hömage now. 

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Q: What/Who is your biggest inspiration? 

A: My mom! She would be considered a stay at home mother, but she was a creative go-getter and super active.  She always had us doing some kind of project in Campfire Girls or for fun and was a part of the crafting community where she always killed it at boutiques! She also inspired me to give back through volunteering and was named Woman of the Year by our local newspaper! 

Q: Tell us a few favorites of yours (animal, tv show, weekend activity, food etc)?

A: Totally a cat person. Meow! Love Project Runway’s incredible creativity, plus I can also relate to the pressure because of my jewelry business where “one day you’re in and the next day you’re out." It’s so important to stay innovative! 

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

A:Personal connection, in life, is one of the most important things to our well-being. Being able to work with people who are so passionate about what they do and communicate that to our customers, in person, gives us a chance to have an impact on the public. The ability and value in touching and feeling handmade products reminds us that we are human and connected in some way. Slow Shopping, instead of internet shopping, is like Slow Coffee. It’s so much more satisfying!

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Q: What is the most important feature in an artists application for you?

A:Originality, quality and a well rounded presentation. 

Q: What are you looking forward to the most in joining the jury panel with Jackalope? 

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A: The opportunity to influence the market choices and to provide feedback to emerging artists, if that is possible. 

 

 

Q: Where can we find out more about you?

A:http://homagepasadena.com


Amanda:
Owner of Mindfulnest, Highland Park

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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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