This weekend, Pasadena becomes the nexus of contemporary handcraft as it hosts the Artazan Craft Show. With over 200 exhibits, artist demonstrations, fine foods, and live music, the event promises a feast for the senses. But the real allure lies in the remarkable artists and artisans who will display their work. Here, we spotlight a few must-see talents:
Michael Childs: A Modern Renaissance in Woodworking
Local woodworking maestro Michael Childs, a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists and the Baulines Crafts Guild, exemplifies a modern “frenaissance” artist. His portfolio ranges from interior decor to bespoke furniture, each piece a testament to his dedication to both form and function. Childs’ studio in Pasadena is not just a workspace but a hub for his diverse artistic endeavors, encompassing woodworking, painting, and writing. His artistry, deeply rooted in the local scene, resonates with those who appreciate the fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics.
Keith Rust: Reviving the Arts & Crafts Movement
As a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, Keith Rust brings a fresh perspective to the arts and crafts movement. His illustrations, a blend of Japanese woodblock techniques and his unique style, are framed in handcrafted quartersawn oak, echoing the era’s ethos. The fine art Giclée prints he creates, using fade-resistant archival-quality materials, are a modern homage to the beauty of nature and the legacy of the Arts & Crafts movement.
Marianne Hunter: Enameling with a Narrative
Marianne Hunter’s enamels are more than just visually stunning; they’re a journey into storytelling and emotional resonance. Her work transcends traditional enameling, focusing on the redemptive power of creative vision. Each piece invites the viewer to delve into the narratives and emotions it encapsulates, making her a standout figure in the world of narrative-driven art.
Jesse Head: Crafting Melody in Wood
Under the banner of Jesse Head Natural Luthiership, Jesse Head has, since 2017, been crafting unique stringed instruments inspired by folk cultures and the natural world. His commitment to using natural materials not only highlights his craftsmanship but also his dedication to sustainability. Each instrument is a celebration of the beauty and versatility of natural resources, making Jesse a testament to the enduring allure of handcrafted musical instruments.
Jackie Cohen: Jewelry as a Personal Narrative
Jackie Cohen’s jewelry designs merge ancient allure with contemporary elegance. Her handcrafted sterling silver pieces, adorned with unique materials like 2000-year-old Roman Glass and Boulder Opals, allow wearers to tell their unique stories. The My Story Fine Jewelry collection further exemplifies her commitment to creating emotionally resonant pieces, enabling wearers to encapsulate and cherish life’s precious moments.
In addition to these artists, the Artazan Pasadena show features the enchanting melodies of Spanish guitarist Aaron Copenhaguen and complimentary wine tasting by Haven Stead winery.
Leslie Hamilton will offer various workshops, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to engage with art.
The Artazan Craft Show in Pasadena is more than an event; it’s a celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, and the stories told through art.
The show will take place on November 18-19, 2023, at the Pasadena Convention Center. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. For more and to buy tickets, click here.