LA Makers Podcast

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For this PopUp episode, we stop by the LA County Store for an art opening with artist Michelle Paek and her framed illustrations of strip mall signs of Koreatown. We spoke with the artist about her illustrations, which are on display through June 12.

Show Notes

~~ As a thank you to listeners, the LA Makers Podcast is partnering with the Los Angeles County Store to offer a promo code for a one-time discount of 10% off your purchase in-store or online. The promo code is: LAMAKERS ~~

~~ The LA County Store is also hosting the LA Makers Podcast Launch Party! Save the Date! Saturday June 22, 2019 at 7pm. Located at 4333 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake, it's the only curated gift shop that exclusively sells products made in LA County. ~~ 

PopUp Episode!
Art Opening May 18
Mikki Paek, aka mikkalous (pronounced like “Nicholas” w/ a “M”), is a visual artist living & working in Los Angeles. She works with a range of media including digital & print illustration, animation, painting, typography & sculpture. While she thinks Los Angeles is the best city in the world, Koreatown in particular holds a special place in her (he)art.

Her show, Koreatown, is one part illustrative-documentation and one part personal/communal history, and is part of a larger project of an interactive illustrated map of Koreatown launching in June. Strip mall signs, hole-in-the-wall restaurants & liquor stores aren’t what come to mind when one thinks about famous LA landmarks. But these places in K-Town, while they look weathered and sometimes neglected on the outside, contain thriving businesses and local culture that have survived throughout the years and continue to contribute greatly to the vibrant & unique culture of Los Angeles. For the locals, the images speak to their personal memories. For others, a familiar landmark in the background of their day-to-day. And for those unfamiliar, it’s an invitation to explore & appreciate Koreatown beyond “K-BBQ, NRB & soju”.

You can find mikkalous & her project on instagram @mmmikkalous & @koreatowntimes and also on her website

On view at the LA County Store through June 12.

LA Makers Podcast is produced by Lynz Floren & Sparks Factory in partnership with the LA County Store.
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What is LA Makers Podcast?

An exploration of people who make things in Los Angeles, brought to you by the Los Angeles County Store in honor of the shop's 5 years in business supporting local makers.