LA is an amazing town for craft and DIY. Who needs Martha Stewart when you’ve got Vickie Howell, Knitty Gritty and the DIY Channel? We’re the home of (the sadly now defunct) Felt Club and one of the locations for the annual Renegade Craft Faire. On any given weekend there’s a craft or art show going on somewhere, and you can find classes in just about every mainstream craft at the local parks and rec. But, what about crafts that aren’t mainstream? What if you want to learn something beyond flower arrangements or the basic knit stitch? If you live in Southern California, you’re in luck. We’ve got you covered. The crafting community here is large, vibrant and it rocks. Even better? They want to share what they know so you can make beautiful art too.
One option right here in my own stomping grounds, is Zinnia, a nifty little creative shop in South Pasadena. Zinnia is full of shiny stuff for making art, shiny art that’s already been made, and they are more than happy to let you come on in and get inspired.
I had the opportunity to take a PMC class taught by Delia Traister which just happened to be held at Zinnia this Saturday. I have to confess, I kind of went into instant ferret shock when I walked in the door.
And then I saw the cat.
And then I saw the clever bins full of stuff in the workshop area.
And then they had to do CPR and revive me.
Okay, not really. But, I was really amazed and inspired by the bright, colorful, beautiful space. They offer classes in jewelry making, art journaling, collage, assemblage, you name it, they probably teach it. And it’s not just fabulous, local talent offering classes, either. Michael de Meng is offering an assemblage workshop there later this year. I mean, omg, y’all.
I have a lot to say about the incredible PMC class I took there today. So much so that it’s a whole nother blog post for later this week, after I get some decent shots of my piece. I want to do it justice!
When I walked out of Zinnia this afternoon, it was with the feeling that this truly was the first class of the rest of my life. The metal clay class was that inspiring and THAT, my friends, is the mark of a good teacher, but here’s the thing. You don’t get to take classes from good teachers if there isn’t a good place offering the space for them to teach. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to get up every day and know you are offering that to the people in your community, but from this end, it’s priceless. I’m really glad it’s there.
Times are hard and the economy is still rough but art and creativity save lives and souls, they sustain us in ways that are too ephemeral and vital to name. Local shops that cater to the local crafting and DIY community need our support and our dollars. I mean, the kitty has to eat, yeah? Next time you find yourself in South Pasadena, be neighborly and check it out.
1024 Mission Street, South Pasadena CA 91030; (626) 441-2181