Sep
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Carve Book Tour: Portland Launch and Workshop

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the book launch of Carve with Melanie Abrantes, founder of Melanie Abrantes Designs.

The Makery Studio is proud to welcome Melanie Abrantes for a carving workshop and lunch in celebration of Abrantes' first book, Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling.

When:  Carving Workshop followed by lunch Friday, September 22.

Where: The Makery Studio, PDX, 424 N Tillamook, Portland, OR

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Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Carve Book Tour: Seattle Launch and Workshop

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the book launch of Carve with author Melanie Abrantes, founder of Melanie Abrantes Designs. 

Join Shop is proud to welcome Melanie Abrantes for an afternoon workshop and discussion of Abrantes' first book, Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling.

When: Book Launch Saturday, September 23, Carving Workshop Saturday, September 23rd

Where: Join Shop in Seattle, 400 Fairview Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Carve Book Tour: Los Angeles Launch and Workshop

Join us for an evening celebration followed by an afternoon workshop for the book launch of Carve with author Melanie Abrantes, founder of Melanie Abrantes Designs. 

Tanya Aguiniga is proud to welcome Melanie Abrantes for an evening celebration with Author Melanie Abrantes. Tanya will host a discussion with Melanie at her studio in Frogtown. The following afternoon Melanie will teach a spoon carving workshop at the Kin and Kind Shop all in celebration of Abrantes' first book, Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling.

When: Book Launch Saturday, October 14th, Carving Workshop Sunday, October 15th.

Where: Book Launch: Tanya Aguiniga Studios in Frogtown Los Angeles. Carving Workshop: Kin and Kind Shop - 3229 1/2, Glendale Boulevard Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Sep
15
to Sep 16

Carve Book Tour: San Francisco Launch and Workshop

Join us for an evening celebrating the book launch of Carve followed by an afternoon carving workshop with Melanie Abrantes, founder of Melanie Abrantes Designs. 

Little Paper Planes is proud to welcome Melanie Abrantes and photographer Melanie Riccardi for a discussion moderated by Kelly for Abrantes' first book, Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling.

When: Book Launch Friday, September 15th 7-9pm, Carving Workshop Saturday, September 16th 1-3 pm

Where: Little Paper Planes in San Francisco, 855 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Aug
22
to Aug 25

Carve Book Tour: NYC Launch and Workshop

Join us for an evening celebrating the book launch of Carve with Melanie Abrantes, founder of Melanie Abrantes Designs.

WantedDesign is proud to welcome Melanie Abrantes and a panel of designers for a discussion of Abrantes' first book, Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling.

When: Book Launch Tuesday, August 22, 7-9pm, Carving Workshop Friday, August 25, 6-9pm

Where: WantedDesign Home Store NYC, 6 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038

Learn more and sign up here! 

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Aug
20
to Aug 23

NY NOW August 2017

Melanie Abrantes Designs will be attending NY Now again this august! She will be showing a new line of goods at JOIN Design's booth #4276. If you're interested in doing wholesale with Melanie, this would be the perfect opportunity to see her wares in person! 

Aug. 20-23, 2017 9am-6pm

JOIN DESIGN | #4276 | Javits Center | Accent on Design

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Jul
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Spoon Carving Workshop | July 20

Spoon Carving Class / July 20, Thursday 6:00pm - 8:30 pm

Designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon. When the final design has been reached, students will sand and finish their spoons with an all-natural finish. All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools to continue your spoon making practice at home!

+ Basswood Spoon bank
+ Japanese Spoon Gouge
+ Mikikicha carving knife
+ Japanese Rasp
+ Handwritten instructions

You can rent tools for $20 the day of or you can purchase the kit for $79 during or after the class.

The class will be held at Melanie's Studio in Oakland.

Studio: 
155 Filbert St. Ste 102
Oakland, CA 94607

Limited seats available. Please try to arrive 15 mins before the class. begins.

Sign up here: http://melanieabrantes.bigcartel.com/product/spoon-carving-workshop-oct-15-12-3pm

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Jul
15
10:30am10:30am

Spoon Carving Workshop | July 15

Spoon Carving Class / July 15, 10:30am - 1 pm

Designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon. When the final design has been reached, students will sand and finish their spoons with an all-natural finish. All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools to continue your spoon making practice at home!

+ Basswood Spoon bank
+ Japanese Spoon Gouge
+ Mikikicha carving knife
+ Japanese Rasp
+ Handwritten instructions

You can rent tools for $20 the day of or you can purchase the kit for $79 during or after the class.

The class will be held at Melanie's Studio in Oakland.

Studio: 
155 Filbert St. Ste 102
Oakland, CA 94607

Limited seats available. Please try to arrive 15 mins before the class. begins.

Sign up here: http://melanieabrantes.bigcartel.com/product/spoon-carving-workshop-oct-15-12-3pm

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Jul
8
to Jul 9

Spoon Carving Workshop | July 8

Spoon Carving Class / July 8, 10:30am - 1 pm

Designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon. When the final design has been reached, students will sand and finish their spoons with an all-natural finish. All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools to continue your spoon making practice at home!

+ Basswood Spoon bank
+ Japanese Spoon Gouge
+ Mikikicha carving knife
+ Japanese Rasp
+ Handwritten instructions

You can rent tools for $20 the day of or you can purchase the kit for $79 during or after the class.

The class will be held at Melanie's Studio in Oakland.

Studio: 
155 Filbert St. Ste 102
Oakland, CA 94607

Limited seats available. Please try to arrive 15 mins before the class. begins.

Sign up here: http://melanieabrantes.bigcartel.com/product/spoon-carving-workshop-oct-15-12-3pm

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May
24
11:30am11:30am

Join Design Presents: Make Use at ICFF

Join Design presents Make Use, displaying works from West Coast Designers at ICFF. 

ICFF | May 21 -24 | The Javits Center NY

Make Use: A collection of objects for the home that celebrates the harmony between form and function through the marriage of materiality and process, craft and purpose. This curated collection of objects embrace raw materials, celebrate the maker's hand, and honor the everyday. This group of independent studios has designed objects that connect the user, the maker, the material and the process.

Make Use celebrates the raw honesty, simple straightforwardness, and beauty in utility associated with West Coast Craftsmanship.

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May
17
to May 23

Outside the Box at Wanted Design

You can see the exhibition Outside the Box up in display in Brooklyn May 17-23 at Wanted Design. Melanie curated a box of 8 different designers from the Bay Area. The exhibition was in Toronto Design Week last January and will is now traveling to NY. Please come check it out if you're in town for NY Design Week! 

For more information and to register click here. 

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Apr
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Spoon Carving Class April 22nd in San Francisco

We are teaching another Spoon Carving class! This time the location will be in San Francisco at the Riccardi Studios. Check the shop to buy tickets! 

Spoon Carving Class / April 22, 1-3:30 pm

Designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon. When the final design has been reached, students will sand and finish their spoons with an all-natural finish. All tools will be available for use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools to continue your spoon making practice at home!

+ Basswood Spoon bank
+ Japanese Spoon Gouge
+ Mikikicha carving knife
+ Japanese Rasp
+ Handwritten instructions

You can rent tools for $20 the day of or you can purchase the kit for $79 during or after the class.

Limited seats available. Please try to arrive 15 mins before the class. begins.

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Dec
17
12:00am12:00am

Hair Pin Carving Class

Saturday Dec. 17, 12 - 2 pm, Social Studies, 1659 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Two hours with Melanie Abrantes. 

Learn about traditional Japanese tools and the unique techniques for using them. We will walk you through a variety of steps of how to carve using a knife and how to finish your wooden hair pin. Leave the class with a gorgeous piece you can gift someone or keep for yourself!

Sign Up for the Class here! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-fem-workshop-hair-pin-wood-carving-tickets-29505576975

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Dec
10
to Dec 11

Remodelista Market: Dec. 10th & 11th

Please join us for our fifth annual Remodelista SF Market at Heath Ceramics. Saturday, December 10th, from 10am to 5pm Sunday, December 11th, from 10am to 3pm Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Nearly 50 local artisans from the San Francisco area will be showcasing their homewares, clothing, jewelry, organic botanicals, gourmet foodstuffs, and more.

Please join us for our fifth annual Remodelista SF Market at Heath Ceramics.

Saturday, December 10th, from 10am to 5pm

Sunday, December 11th, from 10am to 3pm

Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nearly 50 local artisans from the San Francisco area will be showcasing their homewares, clothing, jewelry, organic botanicals, gourmet foodstuffs, and more.

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Dec
9
to Dec 18

La Fem Holiday Pop-up and Workshops!

LA FEM Holiday Pop-Up is taking over Social Studies this December! The Holiday Pop-Up is a gorgeously curated temporary space exclusively featuring Female Designers and makers working in the Bay Area! We're highlighting the diverse spectrum of female creatives in our city and can't wait to show off the work of this talented group.

Friday, December 9th will be the OPENING PARTY! Come join these talented studios to celebrate the season, shop, and drink the night away!

Food will be available by SUP! Streetfood a southeast asian pop-up! inspired by art and her family's history in Southeast Asian Royal Recipes, Alina travels the streets of the Bay and LA to cook in the streets and bring back her roots of Southeast Asian
(Thai + Lao+ vietnamese) street food to all the streets.http://www.supoaklandstreetfood.com/.

 

Featured Designers and Makers:

  • Abacus Row
  • Alice Tacheny
  • Christy Natsumi
  • Emma Moran
  • Golden Pony Workshop
  • Materials + Process
  • Melanie Abrantes Designs
  • Mineral Workshop
  • People I've Loved
  • The Greater Goods
  • Totem Co
  • Waltz
  • WEND Studio
  • Western Editions

Workshops: 

Natural Bath Salt Workshop by The Greater Goods

Hair Pin Workshop taught by Melanie Abrantes https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-fem-workshop-hair-pin-wood-carving-tickets-29505576975

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Nov
12
to Nov 13

West Coast Craft

Get your holiday shopping in early and purchase beautiful wares by Melanie Abrantes Designs. We will be debuting a new line of home good products made from an exclusive cork Melanie recently imported from Portugal. Get the first look at the show!

West Coast Craft is this Nov. 12-13th, 10am - 6pm, come by to enjoy a drink and shop local! 

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Aug
21
to Aug 24

NY Now Aug 2016

Melanie Abrantes Designs will be attending NY Now again this august! She will be showing a new line of goods at JOIN Design's booth #4276. If you're interested in doing wholesale with Melanie, this would be the perfect opportunity to see her wares in person! 

JOIN DESIGN | #4276 | Javits Center | Accent on Design

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Aug
5
to Aug 7

American Craft Council: Let’s Make Inspiration Stations

Melanie will be showing guests techniques of wood carving during American Craft Council's Let's Make Inspiration Station! She will be there from Friday - Sunday on Aug 5-7. Come by to see her wood carving in person!  

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Join us for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade! More than 225 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies – a must-attend for craft lovers.

SHOW DATES AND HOURS 
Friday, August 5: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Note new Friday hours
Saturday, August 6: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, August 7: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

LOCATION 
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion in San Francisco

Find out more about the show and get tickets here: http://shows.craftcouncil.org/sf

 

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May
13
to May 16

JOIN X SIGHT UNSEEN OFFSITE

This year Melanie will be apart of JOIN attending Sight Unseen Offsite during ICFF in NYC.

Sight Unseen OFFSITE is a curated design exhibition produced by the influential magazine Sight Unseen that takes place during New York’s annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair. In 2015, OFFSITE filled a 12,000 sqft. event space with more than 50 of the best independent design talents, welcoming nearly 7,500 visitors, hosting a packed VIP cocktail, and receiving press in The New York Times, New York, T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Wallpaper, and more. 

ADDRESS

The Grace Building, 15th Floor 1114 Ave of the Americas May 13-16, 2016

SHOW HOURS

• Friday May 13, 12PM to 7PM 

• Saturday May 14 & Sunday May 15, 11AM to 7P

• Monday May 16, 9 AM to 5PM

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Apr
16
to Apr 17

Sweet Paul Makerie

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Melanie will be leading spoon carving classes at the infamous Sweet Paul Makerie! Find out more about the event below: 

The Sweet Paul Makerie is a creative retreat at the spectacular URBN Corporate Campus ~ home of the URBN brands of Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, terrain and Urban Outfitters ~ in Philadelphia, PA ~ the third event of its kind. We are once again bringing Sweet Paul’s extraordinary, inspiration-packed magazine to life in a two-day very special event filled with modern crafting workshops, world renowned teachers, fabulous meals, inspiring speakers and an awesome creative community. We are thrilled to host this exceptional experience in such a spectacular setting and to have a remarkable platform to inspire the creative spirit in all of us.

Extraordinary creatives ~ some of whom have been featured in the Sweet Paul pages ~ will lead contemporary crafting classes and share marvelous meals inspired by some of Paul’s favorite recipes. We believe, with all our heart, that each and every person is uniquely and beautifully creative, and this modern crafting retreat truly offers something for everyone.

Taking the time to play is very good for all of our souls, and the Sweet Paul Makerie is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, the loveliest living version of the coveted Sweet Paul Magazine is waiting for you!

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Apr
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

JOIN DESIGN X POKETO

The west coast is the best coast! Here is the show to prove it! Join Melanie and her friends from JOIN Design and Poketo at the show's grand opening next week in Poketo's Downtown LA Store on April 7th. They will be showcasing the best of the west from designers Eric Trine, Faris, fruitsuper, Gabriel Stromberg, Lacoli & Mcallister, Ladies & Gentleman Studio, Mathew Williams Studio, Melanie Abrantes Designs and Pigeon Toe Ceramics.   RSVP to the event here.  Poketo HQ Thursday April 7th 6-9pm 820 E. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

The west coast is the best coast! Here is the show to prove it! Join Melanie and her friends from JOIN Design and Poketo at the show's grand opening next week in Poketo's Downtown LA Store on April 7th. They will be showcasing the best of the west from designers Eric Trine, Faris, fruitsuper, Gabriel Stromberg, Lacoli & Mcallister, Ladies & Gentleman Studio, Mathew Williams Studio, Melanie Abrantes Designs and Pigeon Toe Ceramics.  

RSVP to the event here. 

Poketo HQ
Thursday April 7th 6-9pm
820 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Jan
31
to Feb 3

Ny Now

Melanie Abrantes Designs x JOIN Design

I am apart of JOIN Design again this upcoming Spring and will be showing my goods at NY Now! Find us at booth #4270 in Accent on Design at the Javits Center. 

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001 \ Sunday Jan. 31st – Wednesday Feb. 3rd

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Jan
17
7:00am 7:00am

Spoon Carving Workshop with SHED in Healdsburg, CA

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TIME: Jan 17, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

LOCATION: SHED Grange
25 North St, Healdsburg, CA, United States

Skill up in the new year by learning how to make one of the most versatile tools in the kitchen, the wooden spoon. In this hands-on workshop designer Melanie Abrantes will lead students in hand carving their own spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques.

The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. Once students have acquired a basic understanding, Melanie will lead them in carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon. When the final design has been reached, students will sand and finish their spoons with an all-natural finish. All tools will be provided to use during the workshop, with the option of purchasing the tools to continue your spoon making practice at home!

There is a minimum number of students required to run this class, so please sign up early. Workshop tickets include a 10% off coupon for purchases in SHED’s retail store the day of the event, perfect for stocking up on kitchen supplies to match your new spoon!

Buy tickets to workshop here. 

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Dec
19
11:00am11:00am

Spoon Carving Workshop at Pippa & Co!

A wonderful gift for the holidays! Our wooden spoon carving class uses traditional japanese tools where you will learn how to design, carve and hollow out the bowl of the spoon. As well as sand and finish the piece. It's a fun class and easy for anyone to learn. The best part is you get to leave the class with your very own custom creation to keep or give. All supplies, a 15 mm spoon gouge and Mikikicha carving knife, are  and will go home with you. This workshop is ideal for adults and also appropriate for kids (10+).

Sign up here!

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Dec
12
7:00am 7:00am

Hannah House Holiday Market

The Holiday Market will showcase a curated collection of local businesses ranging from ceramics and home goods to jewelry and body products. See their profiles below! Come shop for holiday gifts, grab some fresh flowers, and enjoy a glass of wine at The Hannah House!

VENDORS — 
Melanie Abrantes Designs
Meghan Shimek
Gerhard Ceramics
Abacus Row
Western Editions
Mineral Workshop
The Greater Goods
Book/Shop
Ordinaire Wine
Tango and Foxtrot

TIME: 10am - 6pm | WHERE: 3414 Hannah Street Oakland CA 94608

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