It’s hard to believe when Carly Jo Morgan moved back to LA, she didn’t have that many friends. Her artisanal marketplace Mercado Sagrado started as a gathering at her house in Topanga Canyon and has now evolved into an annual bazaar attended by thousands. Half of them would say they are friends with Carly, and the other half wish they were.
Morgan was a tomboy and never planned on having children, but every piece of her jewelry line, All For The Mountain, is feminine and delicate, and last year, the all-female Angeleno art show she curated at Dilettante Gallery was called “Mothership.” Some of the artists seem to see Morgan as a mother figure, an interesting twist in her fate.
As if her list of talents wasn’t long enough already, Morgan has now shifted her attention to a geometric furniture collection, Made By the Morgans, which she created with her husband. “Something shifted,” she says about collaborating with her spouse, with whom she also shares a baby named Cookie. “It was exciting to put our names together. We are both artists and we have very specific visions. But somehow it all made sense to drop our egos and think ‘this is for the family.’