Graham Keegan, 31, Silver Lake
Time Out Los Angeles: What do you make?
Graham Keegan: (handmade leather goods, totes, journal covers, scarves, textiles and more) I try to get my hands in the process as early as possible: Growing my dye plants, dyeing my raw materials, harvesting beeswax, waxing my own canvas, etc. These extra considerations make each piece totally unique and extremely cared-for before they even find an owner.
Time Out Los Angeles: What about living in LA inspires your work?
Graham Keegan: I'm incredibly inspired by, and actually use, the plants of Los Angeles for my pieces. I grow my own pigments and forage for other colors from plants on the streets and alleyways. My favorite peach and naples-yellow colors come from bougainvillea bracts. I've found that LA is a great place for my business simply because every material I've ever dreamed of is available here. I can imagine and create any product using local knowledge, resources and vendors. For example, I just worked with a rivet supplier in Pacoima. Though they cater mostly to aerospace and industrial fabrication, they were able to help me with custom hardware on a host of pieces.