Sunday was the final day to throw money at people at Unique LA. Their Winter show seemed more chock full of shoppers than the Summer event, much to my kid’s wide 3-wheeled stroller’s dismay. Navigating the aisles proved to be a practice in patience but there was so much eye candy, I was able to suck it up and toured the whole thing. I even managed to buy some goodies and run into an old acquaintaince.
My first stop was the booth of my friend Miriam Dema to pick up a hand dyed scarf – the last gift on my shopping list. She’s a screenprint goddess selling felt pennants, coasters, posters, and a few handmade leather goods. Next, I ran into Mark Brunner, an LA artist I first became acquainted with a few years ago through a mutual friend. The last time I saw him, he didn’t have a beard and I didn’t have a kid. Ah, how life changes things. I bought a very nice piece from his human robot series for my kid’s bedroom. It’s her first original art!
I managed to sneak by the remaining vendors without opening my sad, depleated wallet. All except one. I lost the business card so I can’t rave about her but she made cute felt stuffies and there was a dinosaur named Coco that demanded I take him home. Of all the edible delights, designer fashions, and trendy housewares on sale, hers was my favorite find. Coco now lives in the kid’s crib and has been lovingly chewed and soaked with saliva. I’m looking forward to the next Unique LA so I can buy a friend or two for him.