EXHIBITORS

LOS ANGELES 2015

ARTISTS

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Painting

ANDREA BOGDAN is a downtown L.A. artist. She generously uses color and motion in her paintings to express the unique life spark of the people she meets and the weird, wonderful and conflicted nature of the human condition. She’s worked in Detroit, the Bronx, Manhattan, Dallas, Prague, Vienna and Los Angeles and extracts personalities for her peculiar artwork mainly from these places. Her paintings have been sold around the world and adorn the walls of collectors in living in England, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia, and across the United States. Her work is influenced by Marc Chagall, Ralph Steadman, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Alexander Calder and (most of all) Jesse Reno.

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Painting and Mixed Media

Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning mixed-media artist of Hungarian heritage. Her dynamic and highly textural abstract works have been exhibited and collected across the United States. Clara Berta’s paintings explore themes such as the ebb and flow of memory, the significance of personal heritage, renewal, the passing of physical time, desire, passion, and love. Her abstract works often include reminders of her travels expressed in unexpected sequences of patterns as well as distortion of perspectives and subconscious spaces. Manipulating with several layers of texture and acrylic paint, she will work and re-work her canvases, layering textures to give added dimension, and creating works that intrigue and invite the viewer to explore not only the surface but also the inner language of the painting.

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Dana Ellyn is a full-time painter in downtown Washington DC. Her work is exemplified by a risk-taking vision, strong content, and colorful critiques of social norms. Ellyn's style sits on the fence between social realism and expressionism. Having spent her childhood and college years honing her skills and striving to be technically correct, during the past 12 years she has tasked herself with unlearning those restrictive habits. Ellyn strives to infuse more emotion and meaning in to each new painting she creates. Ellyn's paintings have stories to tell and opinions to profess. She delivers hard slaps to myths of all kinds - from religion, to politics to what it means to be a woman. Ellyn's goal is to employ humor when holding a subject up to her artistic scrutiny.

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Sculpture and Mixed Media

Artist Ching Ching Cheng brings a personal perspective to her art. Different places have different cultures, and human beings will naturally change and adapt to different environments. When people travel, they bring their culture with them. Sometimes the culture that they bring with them changes and adapts to that new environment. In the end, the culture changes to a modified new culture. The artist always puts herself in the situation to make the subject matter more personal, so her work gives an intimate and personal account of her own experiences, while simultaneously encouraging the viewer to recall their own. The subject matter that influences and inspires her work the most comes from her own cultural experiences. Her work is mixed media and found objects from various locations. She work digitally and traditionally as well as three dimensionally, and like to experiment with different techniques and mediums.

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Photography

Jenna Michele explores the human form by focusing on the uniqueness of the individual body. Her photography emphasizes the beauty of an arm, a neck, a face, and she brings out the beauty of even the most simple body art. Her breathtaking photography follows her other favorite subject: landscape, capturing nature's mercurial personality in an instant before the scene changes. Her camera records moments that one would wait a lifetime to see.

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Sculpture and Mixed Media

Jonna Lee's interests revolve around several topics; the viewers’ assumptions about specific materials, the anthropomorphically charged potential of sculpture, and the visceral impact present when any given artwork seduces the human senses. Currently she weds traditional sculptural processes with a material that fascinates me for these properties – platinum silicon rubber. This material potentialities concrete sensory qualities in abstract form.

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Mixed Media

Ann Mitchell was born in New York City and raised in California. With a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for over a decade. She then left commercial photography to pursue her own imagery, complete her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and has been the Chair of the Art & Photography Department at Long Beach City College.

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Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME, 8000 people have been rescued from the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and provided a continuum of care including street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services focused on health care, education and employment. Not content to address the quantitative issues that cause poverty and homelessness, Project HOME builds the spirit and self-esteem of the people they serve. Project HOME creates a line of home products manufactured and produced by their clients, providing not just meaningful employment, but also accomplishment and contribution to their own economy. Art classes allow clients an outlet for expression, and have led to successful art shows for a number of artists.

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London based artist Midula Dey, has developed a unique eclectic style of art over her short career. Described by a friend as "Happy Dali," her artworks pack a serious punch of colour, movement, and light. Her inspiration, simply to move through life free from fear and self-doubt. Eclectic, colour pop, with a hit of superhero power, Midula has been described as "Happy Dali." Midula's artwork translates easily from print to fashion to street culture. She is currently working on a range of scarves, jewellery, and skateboards.

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Ronan combines his photographs with newspaper and magazines as source material. Combining all of these elements together to create a new environment of experimentation, wonder and unease. He plays with numbers, arrows, symbols to convince the viewer to observe and better discover the reality and the city landscapes around us, the diversity along with contradictions and frustrations in modern society. He aims to illustrate what happens when the urban landscape is abandoned for the suburbs and the remnants of a vibrant neighborhood are gone.

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The Coral Goddess was created in 2011 and lives in 5 meters of water in Bali Indonesia. Celia Gregory founded The Marine Foundation in 2009 and pioneered the Living Sculptures in the Sea Eco art program. As a dive master, her creative eye provided a unique perspective into the underwater world. She travelled to reefs around the world and saw a bleak future for the environment. Eager to help find a solution, she worked with marine scientists with ideas of artificial reef and coral gardening. She realised humans can effect positive change. The living sculptures merge art and science, helping damaged habitats regenerate as well as creating innovative works of art.

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Molly's eclectic background is reflected in her art. Her art style was raised along side her in Santa Monica, California by her two parents: her mother is a fashion designer and her father is a construction supervisor. The family traveled the world looking for inspiration for all their projects, and absorbing the world around them to be translated into their work. Molly's media is wide-ranging: wood, metal, fibers, written/ spoken word, performance, and found objects, materials inspired by her education at San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Santa Monica College. The goal of her art is to bring a playfulness into the art community by employing aesthetics of toys, kitsch/camp, or “low-art.” "Art belongs to all of us."

DESIGNERS

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Tammam is a modern couture fashion label based in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London. The atelier offers bespoke services, specialising in bridal gowns as well as unique fashion and accessories. All creations are made by expert craftspeople treated ethically, using luxurious sustainable materials including vegetarian peace silks, vegan alternatives, natural, organic, vintage and upcycled materials. House of Tammam is quickly becoming a staple on the London red carpet, creating couture and high end ready to wear that brings back the style, sophistication and luxury of 1930's and 1940's Hollywood. Creative director Lucy Tammam is one of the pioneers of ethical fashion, creating stylish fashion forward designs with a conscience for over a decade and trailblazing in the couture and high fashion eco movement.

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Bourgeois Boheme is a London-based footwear brand for men and women, ethically produced in Portugal using the finest vegan leather and natural materials. Bobo is: Good business for a better world / Passionate about shoes / Rebels with a cause / Adventurous, fun, creative / Authentic / We love ethical fashion / Stand and live by our ethics as vegans

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Earth Heir celebrates the artisan excellence and culture of small communities. Every piece of craft weaves a story. Some stories span centuries, filled with history and culture. Others represent a new lease in life away from the past. Earth Heir began with an appreciation for craftspeople. These artists spend years honing and perfecting their skills to create their finest art pieces. Together, they are dedicated to the creation and preservation of heritage art forms. As part of their social and ecological mission, they return 10% of their revenue to charities supporting trafficking survivors and plant two trees for every scarf purchased.

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Designer Ewelina Barlak creates EwelineB contemporary dresses and sporswomen's line that uses the highest quality natural fabrics. The collection is internationally known for its quality materials and construction and great style. Inspiration is found in music, film art and architecture, reflected in the silhouettes and finishing touches. EwelineB is a symbol of elegance, simplicity and beauty.

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The concept behind the Hetty Rose brand is based on a theory of re-using and re-working vintage materials in a creative and sustainable way, hand making shoes to fit. Hetty Rose is a passionate bespoke footwear company with a clear brand philosophy; to make an environmental statement in an aesthetically pleasing way.

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Deborah Campbell Atelier is a British made ethical womenswear label. The Atelier turns waste into fashion with some of the collection, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Style with a season-less edge. The collections foundation is in print, designed exclusively by DCA and inspired by art and nature. The abstract prints are unique through cut and style, no two styles are the same. The company supports local British communities and responsible design is their mission.

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Juan Pablo Martínez studied Fashion Design in Bogotá in the early nineties and then moved to Milan to study pattern making and sewing, then on to Paris to practice design at the Atelier Chardon Savard, and he worked with Christian Lacroix at his Prêt-à-Porter studio. After many successful years in tailoring, Juan Pablo decided to pursue fashion differently, with a focus on sustainable fabrics and fair labor. His collections combine the exquisite tailoring found in the finest menswear with sustainable fabrics sourced in Colombia, recycled cotton PET from recycled plastic bottles, and baby alpaca hand woven by local artisans. The inspiration for his collection marries his passions: hard rock music and draping over the body; the Trucker Jacket meets Madame Vionnet.

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Ono Creations imagines a world in which fashion is crafted and enjoyed with passion. A world that preserves nature through the creation of beautiful products. Imagine a world in unison. Crafting a new generation of outstanding handbags that combines style and beauty with human, animal and eco-friendliness. That’s what they stand for. Three years ago we first heard about the ‘cause no harm’ philosophy. Inspired by this simple yet profound philosophy, they decided to make a change: Celebrating beauty and creating beautiful experiences for everyone involved.

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Nancy Dee’s elegant and timeless pieces combine a flair for wearable design with strong ethical principles. The collection is entirely designed and made in Britain using sustainable and organic fabrics extracted from natural, renewable sources such as bamboo and beechwood (known as Modal), as well as up-cycled British made deadstock fabrics. Well known for its unique and often vintage-inspired prints, Nancy Dee produces limited runs of each design, ensuring exclusivity. The collection adheres to ‘slow fashion’ principles, with new styles designed to reference lifestyle rather than passing trends.

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Talk Design Studio, located in philadelphia, is a product design company inspired by science, nature, and interaction. The studio launched a light-centric line of jewelry that interacts with its environment and becomes an examination of light itself. Re-purposed optical glass is made into necklaces that create projections of brightly colored geometry. The scientific glass has precision coatings that split beams of white light into its individual components of red, blue, and green. These combine and offer a new perspective by bringing forth the hidden colored spectrum of light that is constantly immersing us all.

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Moonlight jewelry is made from recycled sterling silver, lead-free crystals, semi-precious stones and reclaimed cultured pearls. Each piece is hand-crafted, with sterling silver wire worked into beautifuly art pieces for the Renaissance collection, and the Mosaic collection mixes stones, pearls and crystals in a variety of color palettes to suit any style. Moonlight creates jewelry with a conscience.

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Smak Parlour is a pink little piece of girl-ish heaven in Old City, Philadelphia. From its beginnings as a sewing parlour for their in-house label, Smak, it has evolved to become a beloved boutique for all things fierce and feminine for tourists and locals alike. Designers Abby and Katie create what they love, and their latest RTW Collection reflects their love for girly silhouettes and fun and whimsical prints.

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Vanessa Lee Wishart has been in the fashion and costume industry for over 15 years. During that time, Vanessa and her clothing line, Vicerra has been featured in various magazines and newspapers such as Eye, TFM Magazine, Globe and Mail. She has won various awards for her work such as Trash Fusion award, Costume Museum of Canada Recon competition, and The Art of Fashion Award, which she has won twice. She has been involved in many fashion shows and events including Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, Fashion Cares, Caribana, and Pride. Her talents are not restricted to fashion, but costuming for film, television, and theatre. She recently was a costumer for Cirque Du Soleil: Elvis, Wardrobe Head at Evil Dead: The Musical in Toronto, and assisted the costume designer of Intimate Apparel, and Wizard of Oz at CanStage on the behalf of Obsidian Theatre Company. Vanessa has designed costumes for many performers for stage performance as well as their music videos such as "When u Whine it"(Casper), "Tan-Tan"(Farm P) and movies such as "Reverie"(Winlea Productions) and “The Last Jinn” (Red Productions).

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Yuliya Chorna is an award-winning Toronto based jewelry designer and goldsmith who finds her inspiration in nature and everyday objects. Her work is characterized by the clean finish, asymmetrical balance and sometimes bold but elegant looks. Her jewelry reflects her focus on form and shape with a playful element of color. She works with precious and industrial metals while incorporating precious gemstones and raw crystals. Each piece is handmade by Yuliya Chorna in her Toronto studio using as many local resources as possible.

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OUTSIDER garments can be worn and loved season after season. Good clothes do not go out of fashion. We are inspired by the items that have been in our wardrobes for years - because true style is timeless, not transient or throwaway. Our versatile day-to-evening pieces are made to the highest quality and are designed to last and be loved. Outsider styles have found favour with actresses Elizabeth Moss and Emma Thompson, as well as Livia Firth of Eco Age & The Green Carpet Challenge.

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Since launching in 2009, Swedish designer Cecilia Hammarborg's collection has become a go-to label for tailored outerwear and statement coats. In true Scandinavian style, clean lines and a minimal aesthetic are apparent across the collection of tailored coats in luxe Italian wools with alpaca and cashmere. Creative design, quality and sustainability are all connected.

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Kitty Ferreira is an award winning label that aims to dispel the ‘hippy’ connotations of ethical and sustainable fashion, by juxtaposing city chic with the natural world. Made in London, UK in sustainably sophisticated silouhettes, this multi-product collection has been described by The Guardian as suitable for “boardroom activitsts.”

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Michele Krausz handcrafts traditional bespoke engagement jewelry and her all occasion collections in her Islington workshop. She creates wearable pieces with a hint of fashion, specializing in bespoke designs in gold and silver, using precious and semi-precious stones. Capturing her inspiration, whether elements of nature, or the vibrant colors of natural stones – the “candy” collection – in precious metals and gemstones, Michele recreates the beauty of the Earth in contemporary designs for all occasions.