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Featured Artisan: Franceil Masi of Conscientious Clothing

Franceil was born in Coral Gables, Florida. Her great-grandfather and aunt were artists. At an early age she expressed herself through the visual arts and writing. She used to sit for hours and color in coloring books, build toys and Lego-structures, and create new objects. Her great-grandmother was supportive of her art and critiqued each of her pieces. In high school, Franceil was offered a full scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design but turned it down to major in Creative Writing at USC. During Franceil’s last semester in college, she discovered her natural ability to paint. Her sketches and paintings gave Franceil the freedom to be expressive with the use of line, tone, and techniques. She began to show at galleries and sold her paintings….

Featured Artisan: Robert H. Jones

Robert was drawn into his work with clay twenty-nine years ago and has been actively pursuing the ceramics spectrum ever since. Ceramics is a complex craft, requiring controlled physical and mental discipline, the magic of the fire, and dabbling in the crucible of nature. After many years creating functional and traditional ceramics, Robert’s interests have shifted toward three unpredictable  and spontaneous ceramic techniques, “raku,” “saggar,” and “horse hair.” These three methods have presented the artist with many exciting and demanding new challenges. Robert is a native of Southern California, graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, annual exhibitor, since 1991, at the Sawdust Art Festival. He is also a member of the Laguna Beach Craft Guild. His work has been featured at the…

Featured Artisans: Jadyn Coulter & Karis Simons

We have so many great Artisans at our Artisans Marketplace on December 3 from 11AM to 4PM. Here is info on two of our youngest Artisans: “I am a high school student who is passionate about the environment. Jewelry making is one of my many talents. I love to play with my dog and hang out with my family.” – Karis Simons “My name is Jadyn Coulter and I am 12 years old. I am one of the youngest members of the Orange County Scroll Saw Association, and I have been cutting wood for four years. I have three scroll saws at my grandpa’s house and my favorite one is the Excalibur. My favorite style for the scroll saw is compound cutting and intricate designs….

Featured Artisans: Roxanne Stevens & Katie Gerlt

We have so many great Artisans coming to the Artisan’s Marketplace this Sunday, December 3 from 11AM to 4PM. There truly is something for everybody! Here is some info on two of them: “After working as an Archaeologist, I began to explore my fascination with jewelry and embarked on a journey to create some of my own pieces. I am learning new techniques all the time and am influenced by some of the primitive designs from the ancient past, as well as the natural world and its raw organic nature. I also like to incorporate weaving, knotting, and beading into some of my homespun designs. My art, like me is constantly changing and growing.” – Roxanne Stevens of Archaic Art Check out Roxanne’s Etsy shop! “Artistique…

Featured Artisan: Lernie Beuler

Southern California Fine Artist and Henna Artist, Lernie Beuler, has been professionally creating her art since 1998. Her artistic interests vary from acrylic painting with landscape or figurative abstract themes, as well as photography. Her primary focus is on her Henna, or Mehndi, Art, and her Ceramics. Much of Lernie’s henna designs are used in creating her ceramic vessels. She has exhibited her work in group shows in the Southern California area, including the Orange County Fair. Lernie has been booked throughout California for her Henna services, including bridal parties, private events, school functions (high schools, UCI, Cal State Long Beach, etc), and celebrity parties (cast picnic for SCRUBS, Selena Gomez’ 21st bday, and MTV’s NEXT!, to name a few). She has a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. However,…

Featured Artisan: Soap Tart Soaps

Carmen Tunis, owner and creator of Soap Tart soaps, has always believed that healthy skin is happy skin. So, one day after a suggestion from her daughter, she decided to make a bar of soap. Hundreds of bars and 10 years later, she started Soap Tart – an organic bar soap company to share what she learned, spread some joy, and bring back fun in the shower. “Washing up doesn’t need to be boring,” says Carmen. “I believe that getting back to basics with nourishing and good-for-you ingredients can be downright life altering, because what is more intimate than a bar of soap? Knowing what you’re putting on every nook and cranny provides a connection like no other.” Check out her website HERE. Check our…

Featured Artisan: Leslie Goren

Lesley Goren is an artist and illustrator living in magical Topanga Canyon. She is interested in “place”, be it the woods, the city, or somewhere in between. Her paintings and drawings are an exploration of what makes a certain area unique. Especially of interest are places in and around Los Angeles County- the extremely diverse neighborhoods located within LA, the architecture, the landscapes, and the wildness which dots and surrounds the city. Her latest work is a love note to the native plants of California. She explores their beauty through still lifes, botanical illustrations, textile designs, and more. “I’ve learned about the importance of place, of specific place, in a world that is becoming homogenized and monochrome,” said Leslie. “I’ve realized we need to preserve…

Featured Artisan: MCKnits

Monica Culqui of MCKnits a highly creative person with a love and passion for teaching Art History, Fashion & Costume Design, Knitting, and Public Relations. She has been called a “Renaissance” woman at times for her ability to be an administrator, teacher, mentor, reader, writer, and designer. Her love for people with an intense joie de vivre makes her a happy candidate to be an Artisans Marketplace vendor! In 2005, she established a sartorial boutique that evolved into an eclectic yarn shop in Madison, Georgia. In 2015, she closed the store to make a permanent move to Los Angeles, CA. “I love people, doing my creations and the arts & crafts festivals,” said Monica. “Venues like the ENC Artisans Marketplace provide the opportunity to keep me creating and teaching the art…

Featured Artisan: Art By Yuli

Art By Yuli is a mother and daughter collaboration with a single mission: creating one-of-a-kind shawls and scarves utilizing the softest and most beautiful Argentine Yarn. Their shawls and scarves add warmth and style to any outfit. Each piece in their collection is an original creation, done entirely by hand, using one or two needles, a small or large loom and a triangular weaving frame. We use natural materials, including silk, and fine cottons mixed with textured acrylic and fuzzy yarn. Throughout the year they add new pieces to their collection, which includes a variety of shawls, wraps, shrugs, scarves, hats, and other innovative pieces like bags and purses. They are members of the Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild, a select group of artisans who came together through their joy and enthusiasm…

Featured Artisan: CatBox Boutique

Join us on December 3rd for our 4th annual Artisans Marketplace featuring 40 artisans including CatBox Boutique! CatBox Boutique is a shop for your feline family members. They sell toys & healthy treats your kitty will love. In 2013 owner Michelle Loo adopted her first cat, Ziggy. She was always shopping for toys and healthy treats for him, that he would like and that she felt safe giving him. A short year later, she adopted Marley. Michelle  noticed that both Ziggy and Marley loved playing in boxed of crinkle paper and the “CatBox” was born. “I soon started hiding their favorite toys thru-out and they LOVED digging thru and “hunting” for them,” said Michelle. “I also noticed they never seemed to tire of playing in it. FINALLY a toy they played…

Featured Artisan: KnotSewKnitting

Julia Burnside of KnotSewKnitting has been an award winning professional seamstress for over 20 years.  Julia creates unique handmade bowties, as well as sewn, knitted, and crocheted accessories. Her work has received awards through numerous dance competitions as well as at the Orange County Fair. Her family business located in Newport Beach, California prides itself on its dedication to professional craftsmanship and attention to details.  In her spare time, she enjoys knitting chemo caps and preemie blankets for local charities. Check out KnotSewKnitting at the ENC Artisan’s Marketplace on December 3 from 11AM to 4PM, and visit her Etsy store too!

Artisan Sneak Peak: L Facio Designs

L Facio Designs set out to create an affordable candle that smells amazing while using responsible materials and we’re so happy to share them with the world.  All of our candles are made with soy wax grown in the USA, a classic cotton wick, and fine fragrance and essential oils hand poured into a recyclable glass tumbler. Our vision started with a candle, hand poured with love from the beginning and that focus continues today.  We Love Candles! L Facio Designs and 49 other talented artisans will be featured at the ENC’s Artisan Marketplace this Sunday on December 6, from 10 am – 3 pm ♥  $2 entry fee. The holidays are here and you have a chance be a positive part of the local economy! Visit the Environmental Nature…

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