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Made in the South, Made in L.A.

[Limited edition archival giclee print of digital collage by Jason LaFerrera.]

For me, summer is a time for creative projects -- amateur endeavors -- but this post is for serious craftspeople, artisans and designers. The deadline to enter the second annual Made in the South Awards, a celebration of locally produced goods, is just around the corner: August 1, 2011.

If you are currently making new-but-soulful wares in the South -- think fashion, housewares, furniture, jewelry, lighting, letterpress stationery imbued with character -- you are eligible to participate. Winners will have an opportunity to be included in Taigan's online Made in the South Awards boutique, receive a $500 cash prize, and be featured in G & G's holiday issue.

[Cast-bronze bracelet by Charleston-based Gabrielle Bratton.]

Here are some of my favorite goods produced by last year's winners: artist Jason LaFerrera's wonderful, vaguely Audubon-esque collages composed of digitally manipulated images of old maps; metalsmith Gabrielle Bratton’s cast-lace jewelry; and Leigh Magar's chic hats. For contest details, click here.

[Image via Magar Hatworks.]

Out in L.A., Vanessa De Vargas and Vanessa Kogevinas have been leading a team of 30 designers donating their time, energy and creativity to make warm and welcoming the Good Shepherd Center's temporary housing facility for homeless women and children. The public is invited to preview the freshly made-over rooms at an open house July 23-24. Click here for all the specifics.

And for more designing women, click here.

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