Robert Mahar is an artist and designer who teaches imaginative do-it-yourself projects through high-quality video tutorials on YouTube, CreativeLive and in-person workshops. He is the host of his own YouTube channel Crafted and one of the reoccurring marquee talent on the YouTube channel Kin Community.
A Midwesterner at heart, Robert has called Los Angeles home for more than 25 years. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. When he’s not working in his downtown Los Angeles studio, Robert obsesses over vintage craft books and schemes ways to make it big as a doughnut connoisseur.
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Robert is a proud season one alumni of NBC’s crafting competition show Making It! Co-hosted by the brilliant Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, this six episode series featured eight makers from across the U.S. who tackled themed challenges to demonstrate their specialized talents while sharing skilled insights and touching personal stories. Expert judges Simon Doonan and Dayna Isom Johnson critiqued the contestant’s work and determined the season’s Master Maker.
Learn about the imaginative projects Robert created for this series in his Making It Season One Recap.
“…the low-key and utterly charming Making It has been both a critical and commercial summer success. The show has a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes (almost unheard of in the reality-TV world) and it’s also the most-watched new series of the (2018) summer…” – Vulture.com
Robert is thrilled to have partnered with Southern California based Knock Knock to create a clever, craft driven gift collection. Rooted in nostalgia, but with a modern sensibility, Knock Knock sees these products as an excellent fit with their mission to to bring humor, creativity, and smarts to everyday life.
In its first three seasons, the collaboration has yielded:
Paint by Number Postcards Kits – the perfect marriage of retro craft and happy mail!
Personal Award Ribbons – colorful encouragement in the form of vintage-inspired, wearable paper badges!
Stamp & Tag Kits – presenting makers a clever way to tag and gift their handmade and home baked creations!
Stamp & Card Kits – creating mailable masterpieces with stamps and stickers!
All products are available for purchase online at KnockKnockStuff.com and Amazon.com. A list of national and international Knock Knock retailers can be found here. Interested retailers can find complete wholesale information here.
Join Robert for a full array of fun and engaging online craft classes through CreativeLive.com, the world’s largest live streaming education website. These longer format workshops allow you to tackle in-depth projects on your own schedule with anytime access and the ability to pause any lesson and re-watch as often as you’d like!
Paper Crafting Skills and Technique
Introduction to Paper Marbling
How to Make Paper Flowers
Introduction to Paper Mache
Stamping Techniques and Design
Simple Himmelli Mobiles
How to Make Paper
Stylish Pajaki Chandeliers
Fun and Festive Surprise Balls
Crafted is Robert’s YouTube home base, featuring video tutorials for imaginative crafts and clever do-it-yourself projects. The crafty content he develops and presents on camera is often rooted in nostalgia, and his talent for reinventing old-school crafts with a decidedly modern twist has gained him a loyal following. Robert firmly believes that making something useful (not to mention lovely) by hand is empowering, inspiring and fosters creativity.
The Crafted channel is part of Kin Community, the #1 women’s community on YouTube—delivering high-quality, female-focused video content across lifestyle verticals.
SUBSCRIBE to Robert’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/CraftedWithRobertMahar
Robert’s creative headquarters is a charming studio that he shares with artist Molly Meng, located in downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core neighborhood. He occasionally opens his studio to the public for thoughtfully designed and presented craft & DIY workshops Learn more on the Meng & Mahar Studio website.
Robert also teaches at a number of events and venues throughout California – all of which are posted in the news department.
Producer & Production Designer
A skilled web video producer and production designer specializing in lifestyle content, Robert has a knack for breaking down complicated content and presenting it in easy to understand, lovely to look at, bite-sized pieces that audiences embrace.
He can also transform your video set from basic to brilliant (or bizarre – your call!), build a prop that has heretofore only lived in your head, or ideate and execute an event design scheme that will leave you thrilled and your guests speechless.
Robert first became known in the world of craft and design as the proprietor of Mahar Drygoods (2005 – 2010), an online emporium of vintage and artisan crafted curiosities for children. He curated this online collaboration of more than 50 artists, designers and craftspeople to create the imaginative and unexpected. Never mass-produced, all Mahar Drygoods items were handmade in the homes and studios of their creators with an emphasis on recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible.
Mahar Drygoods was repeatedly featured in such media outlets as: Parents Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, The Los Angeles Times, design*sponge blog, Cookie Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Decor8 blog, and the Apartment Therapy blog.
View a selection of the Mahar Drygoods archive on Pinterest.