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Pop-up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity to launch in L.A.

Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013.

Design blog Core77 and its official retail partner, Portland-based Hand-Eye Supply, are launching a pop-up shop and series of educational happenings in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, next week through Sunday, September 15. Their goal is to encourage people from all backgrounds, ages and interests to learn about and get involved with the processes of design, making and manufacturing.

The month-long celebration will open with a party on August 16, to kick off pop-up shopping, learning, problem-solving, making and hanging-out. This multi-faceted extravaganza of design, D.I.Y. and craft, is in collaboration with Space 15 Twenty, a retail space run by Urban Outfitters, and includes a performance space, pop-up, gallery, book shop and restaurant.

Hand-Eye will be engaging the Los Angeles public and maker communities with special programming that includes workshops, demos, a film series, music by DJ Neil Schield from Origami Vinyl, a live letterpress demo by Tabletop Made and other fun from contributors including Design east of La Brea, Craft in America, Offerman Woodshop and more.

The full schedule of events is still in progress, but can be viewed here.

Core77 and Hand-Eye Supply have a mutual goals for the Pop-up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity, which is outlined in its manifesto:

- To find and empower the raw maker spirit. To help turn those who would make into those who do.

- To demystify the creative process. Our contributors come from a variety of fields to share ideas, concepts, plans and techniques, and allow us initial access to their craft.

- To unify the disciplines in a space where makers, crafters, doers and DIYers of all kinds can gather to learn with and from each other.  

- To provide a venue for play. Doing it all wrong, playing and experimenting is how we (eventually) get it right.