On a semi-sweltering August day, de LaBbers met at the massive arts complex known as the Brewery in Lincoln Heights for an in-depth studio tour of some of the artists and architects living and working there.
We started at the office and residence for Carl Smith and Melynda Eccles’ architecture firm Telemachus Studio. Carl and Melynda have worked on a number of residential projects in Los Angeles including a number of multi-family residences on the Westside of town. While Carl talked about several of the firms’ projects, de LaBbers got a glimpse of how Telemachus has integrated its work and living spaces, using industrial materials and sliding doors to separate the two.
Also joining us – new roving sandwich truck, Holy Aioli.
Once we had our fill of fresh sandwiches and even fresher design, we moved on to the studio of sculptor James Hill. James, a California native, works in metal, steel and bronze and has been commissioned to design public installations by The Western University in Pomona, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, to name a few.
After James’ studio, we walked over to Kasey McMahon’s newest studio, where she makes her wearable art. Kasey’s work explores the intersection of technology and art, and her studio reflects her eclectic interests. As cofounder of the art collective known as Psycho Girlfriend, Kasey repurposes materials to create incredible one-of-a-kind clothes that double as art, while infusing her work with wit. Her fully function birdcage dress comes with this description: “Perfect for casual Fridays at the office. Steer clear of cats, coal mines, ferrets and weasels.”
Last but definitely not least, we visited the gallery and studio run by jewelry designer Claudia Endler. Claudia’s jewelry is clearly influenced by art and architecture, and her handmade pieces are simultaneously timeless and completely contemporary. And the gallery is a Brewery-collaboration, with Telemachus designing the space and the showroom.
Much thanks to all of our hosts at the Brewery and to Holy Aioli for hanging out with us all afternoon!