Friday, April 13, 2012

The Grau Haus

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a brain storming session with eight like minded wearable art/fiber and jewelry artists spearheaded by Claudia Grau, fashion designer and owner of the Grau Haus, who recently opened a trio of retail spaces at Hollywood's Crossroads of the World, a historic-cultural monument credited as America's first outdoor shopping mall, dating back to 1936.  Claudia, who has been a creative force in Los Angeles for over 30 years, has a vision of making this an environment where artists, collectors and crafts people can connect with an audience to share and sell their work with an innovative retail concept.

Over a dinner of roasted chicken, potatoes, tossed salad and wine, we shared thoughts and ideas.  We came away from the invigorating evening with ideas of using the space as an artist's collective as well as putting together a calendar of future events including a silent auction to be held on September 15, 2012 and several fiber arts classes starting in May. I'll be teaching a nuno felting workshop on Sunday June 24, 2012.  If you have been thinking about taking a nuno felting class from me, this is an eye candy, creative environment where you'll surely flourish.  More info in future stay tuned.

Historic landmark Crossroads of the World complex in Hollywood houses the Grau Haus

Claudia describes her upcycled garments as adventurous clothing for fearless women.  I ended up buying two pieces!

Grau Haus

Susan on the left, Claudia on the right

Brainstroming with Marjory and Susan

Susan Feldman

My friend Linda with Claudia and Susan

Self Portrait

The innovative work of Claudia Grau

More eye candy

Terrific workspace for workshops and craft dinners

Claudia with my purchases in the Grau Haus recycled bag

Linda and I headed home from  Hollywood at about 10:30 p.m.

1 comment:

  1. Great having you at the Store last night. Loved your post and thought you had incredible ideas and knowledge. I am a big felting nut and can't wait for your class here at the store in June.Your work is AMAZING!!!! thank your for supporting mine.
    hope to speak to you soon