Got Craft? Pop-Up at West Elm

LanaBettywestelmProcessed with VSCOcam with s3 presetGot Craft? will be popping back up at West Elm and West Elm Market not once, but twice this month! Featuring five Got Craft? spring vendors at each event, read below for the list of participating makers!

April 18th: Green With Envy, Vancouver Candle Co., G & T Design, Veespoke, and Got Craft?

April 25th: LanaBetty Designs, East Van Light, Foe and Dear, Reclaimed Print Co, and Got Craft?

Each handmade vendor will bring a selection of goods including homewares, scarves, candles, screen printed items, jewelry, prints, soap, florals, and paper goods. This is the perfect opportunity to say hello to some of your favourite makers and get a preview of the upcoming spring event. See you there!

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Got Craft? Pop-Up at West Elm
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
AND
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
West Elm Market (2915 Granville Street, Vancouver) and West Elm (2947 Granville Street, Vancouver)

NEW :: Brush Lettering Workshop Level 2 at Got Craft?

Studiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0004WEBStudiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0009WEB1236124_10152830527308011_4130611553228634865_nBuilding on the beginner brush lettering workshop where students learned how to use the brush to create the basic strokes that make up letters, John Lennig of Big Top Sign Arts returns with a level two session for those looking to build on their skills. Using the techniques covered in level one, John teaches you how to take the same brush to create the block letter, which is similar to the Bullnose, but has square corners on the stroke endings. This workshop will cover script, both slanting and upright, composition and layout, negative space, and the vital concept of B & L – big and little // bold & light (based on the book – Mastering Layout on the Art of Eye Appeal by Mike Stevens).

John will also discuss topics such as “Don’t go making up your own letter styles until you understand the fundamentals of letter construction”, materials, and if you have any specific questions, he encourages you to bring a list! For those that attended one of John’s previous workshops, please bring your #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush to class (a new one will be issued if you can’t find it).

You’ll take home:
Your take home project
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint

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This workshop takes place at:
Got Craft?
Sunday, May 2nd, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (at Victoria Drive)

Cost: $80.00 plus tax (includes materials listed above and admission to Got Craft?)

REGISTER online >> here << or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

Space is limited to 10 students.

image via [stu-di-o] by jeanie // see John’s bio here

NEW :: Block Printing on Textiles Workshop at Got Craft?

BlockPrintingblockprinting bag high resJoin Heather Young from The Craft Lab for a three hour textile block printing workshop. Using simple tools, students will learn how to carve printing blocks and transfer the designs onto fabrics. Repeat techniques for half drop, half brick, centered and mirror will be covered. Play with the immediate and versatile technique and build up a variety of patterns. At the end of the workshop students will have sample patterns to take home and a completed print on a cotton drawstring bag. Novice and experienced makers welcome. The fee includes all tools and fabrics as well as a cotton drawstring bag.

Students will make:
* A lino cut stamp
* A string stamp
* 10 print samples
* A finished textile design on a drawstring cotton bag

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This workshop takes place at:
Got Craft?
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (at Victoria Drive)

Cost: $60.00 plus tax (includes $20 material fee and entry to Got Craft?)

REGISTER online >> here << or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

Space is limited to 12 students. Advance registration required.

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Heather Young is the founder of The Craft Lab. She has an extensive background in clothing & textile design spanning twenty years. She completed a fashion design degree from LaSalle College in Montreal and returned to her native Vancouver to begin the clothing line Dust. She designed and sold the woman’s line to stores in New York, Montreal, Tokyo and Vancouver. In 2013 Heather completed a Masters of Fashion and Textiles from the Glasgow School of Art specializing in textile design using natural dyes. Her interests lie in sustainability and fashion, design process and building community through making. She has been teaching in fashion schools since 2006.

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new date added :: beginner brush lettering

brushlettering-Apr18Our first workshop sold out, so we added a new date. John Lennig from Big Top Sign Arts will be teaching a second workshop on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Details below…

Course description:
Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie at the Rio Theatre? Sign Painter, John Lennig from Big Top Sign Arts, will be hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used. The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint

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Beginner Brush Lettering Workshop
Saturday, April 18th, 2015  ** SOLD OUT – thank you!
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe, 692 East Hastings in Vancouver (at Heatley Street)

Cost: $68.00 plus tax | REGISTER online here or in person at the shop (open 11-5pm Thursday to Monday)

Space is limited to 10 students.

image via [stu-di-o] by jeanie // see John’s bio here

one month and two weeks

LondonFieldsShoppe-1monthWe’ve been living the shop life for almost one month and two weeks! It has been great meeting all of the new faces from around the neighbourhood including those that have seeked us out after seeing us on instagram, and of course, to all the family and friends that have stopped by. I was just telling Robert how great it is to be back in this area. When I was young, my grandma used to take tai chi classes at Ray Cam. My mom and two aunts would then come down to meet us before heading into Chinatown for our weekly shopping or to Pink Pearl for dim sum, so it’s been great walking up and down the streets rediscovering familiar gems. I’m pretty much on a mission to try all of the cold HK milk teas Chinatown has to offer. So far, hi-5 to The Boss Bakery. Bonus points for crushed ice and for thinking our baby is the cutest – ha!

We’ve been adding new things to the shop on an on-going basis and we’ve been busy moving things around. I’m expecting a new shipment of dickybird from the UK, so a lot of cuteness will be hitting the shelves soon! Our workshop series has also launched with a brush lettering workshop by Big Top Sign Arts on Saturday, April 18th (workshop on April 11th is sold out) with new workshops coming in May and June.

In other news, I made this super easy pork belly with crackling and to balance all the meat, this delicious swiss chard lasagna with ricotta and mushrooms. Oh, and I’m done with shoes that hurt my feet. Yeah, that was random. Any advice on cute flats that fit well?