Category: featured artist series

meet the maker :: Jessica Makes

JessicaMakes1JessicaMakes2JessicaMakes3Meet Jessica of Jessica Makes. She handcrafts modern hand embroidered hoop wall art and wall hangings and clay and leather jewelry for sensitive skin.

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Got Craft? 2017 Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December, 10th
10 to 5pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

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meet the maker :: Make More Happy

MakeMoreHappyWith just a month away from the Got Craft? 2017 Holiday Edition, we’ll be introducing you to a few of the makers that will be selling their handmade goods at the upcoming event! Meet Anita from Make More Happy, a collection of knit products for women including beanies / toques, cowls and scarves. Designs range from fitted, loose fit to oversized to fit your style. Using 100% merino wool for quality, durability, and softness to keep you warm and cozy this holiday season!

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Got Craft? 2017 Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December, 10th
10 to 5pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

web | instagram | facebook

featured artist :: divesin

from the archives: 5.10.10

name: Jackie Dives
company: Divesin
links: etsy | blog

What do you make?
I mostly make collages and take photographs. I have been collaging and taking photographs since I was in elementary school. Right now my collages are taking a couple different personalities.

There is an ongoing series that I work on for craft fairs and for sale on my Etsy site. These are made on wood panels that are hollow in the back so they can be hung easily. I use images from books that would otherwise be sent to the dump. I rescue them and make something new from them.

I am also working on a series of 20 collages that each have a Chinese proverb in them. These are fun and made from all kinds of different papers.

I take photographs every day of the things I see around town. My favourite thing to photograph is people.

I also make love. I make nutritious meals from scratch, my blog, and a garden.

What or who inspires you?
Like most creative people I get inspiration from things I see when I am out and about. People, places, nature, conversations overheard on the bus. I get very inspired to create when I am grocery shopping at a market, thrifting, and drinking tea with friends. I am currently greatly inspired by these specific artists: Andy Dixon, Ronan Boyle, Jesse Reno, Chanda Stallman, Randy Laybourne.

How did you get started?
Slowly. A few years ago I pulled my hardly ever used sewing machine out of the closet in my bedroom and began making bags. My grandfather died around the same time and I was given a box of family photographs, which I used to make a series of greeting cards. I made magnets, notebooks, brooches, and other cute things. I held a craft show in my little apartment, which turned into a full time store on Main Street. Now, I’m happy to be working from home, taking my time to explore the different forms of creativity that interest me.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I keep a glue stick and my camera with me wherever I go. I also love very old things from wood to ceramics to books to fabrics, to jars and more.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Don’t give up. Being an artist is hard. Keep at it.

Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
This is a hard question for me to answer. At a different point in time it might have been easier to define and separate the two words, but presently, I think they overlap and are merging into one meaning. At times I might be an artist, other times a crafter. But ultimately I am a creator. I passionately and consistently create things.

first photo via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

featured artist :: faire by keikocreative

from the archives: 11.24.10

name: Keiko Lee-Hem
company: Faire by KeikoCreative
links: web | facebook

What do you make?
I make jewellery that’s close to the earth without being too earthy. As described by Vancouver Magazine, I “pair clay and precious metal to delicate effect”. I try to design jewellery that is simple, elegant and natural and reflects my design aesthetic, love of the handmade and the natural world.

What or who inspires you?
Always nature! Bundling up and walking around my neighourhood on a rainy day; pilgrimages to the seaside; getting up close with my macro lens and capturing the perfect patterns and colour combination created by nature. I am always inspired by the simplicity, purity and joy of Lotta Jansdotter’s work.

How did you get started?
I started with my love of making things, wanting to be unique and not too influenced by whatever the current trend was. The next step was discovering that people liked the things that I made. Then getting involved with other creative makers, signing up for craft fairs, and organizing them myself! Then it’s all about staying focused and inspired and not stopping.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love getting down and dirty with clay. My current line of jewellery is really delicate so I can keep pretty clean making hundreds of little clay circles, but I’ll be branching out into some home products made on the pottery wheel that I hope to launch this summer. I get pretty muddy working on the wheel!

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Start retailing slowly. For my current line, I’ve still only got one retailer (Walrus on Cambie Street). The owners Caroline and Daniel are totally supportive and willing to give me advice on ways to improve my product and share feedback from their customers. Starting slowly gives me time to work out any kinks in my product before I introduce it to a wider audience.

featured artist :: hand & shadow

from the archives: 1.10.11

name: Georgie Russell
company: Hand & Shadow
links: web | blog | etsy

What do you make?
Screen-printed t-shirts and scarves

What or who inspires you?
I can find inspiration anywhere, but it is much harder when I’m looking. I read a good deal, fiction and non-fiction, look online, spend time with other makers of things… I try to be open to seeing things in the world. I also spend a good deal of time letting my mind wander until an idea forms itself.

How did you get started?
I went to Emily Carr and worked with printmaking. After school I worked as a screen-printer, which taught me some useful skills and showed me the way I didn’t want to do things. I was part of the Seamrippers Craft collective which was very influential for me. I was able to have a hand in the set up of the screen-printing area and taught some workshops. It was also a concentration of so many skills and personalities that it was impossible to walk away unchanged. I left the collective to begin screen-printing for myself, it just seemed the best fit for me at the time. It’s been hard at times, but I think that shows in the work I make.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
Discharge ink. It’s a bleach based ink and I love the variation of results that I can get. It prints clear, which can be tricky, and can be unpredictable, but I think I’ve reached a point of working with it where I can make its changeability work in my favour. I print almost exclusively on cotton, as the ink only works on natural fibres. I have been experimenting with wool and silk as well, but nothing concrete so far.

What is the hardest and your most favourite part of crafting?
I have trouble keeping focused. I work a full time job and there often isn’t time to go to the studio. It can also be hard to create new designs while constantly playing catch-up with the old designs. But I love the small successes, and that magical sensation when an idea starts to solidify in my thoughts and the moment when I finish a print and it is exactly how I pictured it in my mind.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Celebrate small victories. Except for the very lucky and very few of us, it will be a long hard uphill climb. And it is an amazing journey, but every mention on someone’s blog, every delighted repeat customer and every bit of positive feedback helps. It’s hard work and one has to stay motivated somehow. So hold on to those good moments, hopefully the victories get bigger.

Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
Both and neither. I consider myself a crafter, but not entirely as I still associate craft with a specific aesthetic that I’m not sure I belong to. I consider myself an artist, but I have an art practice outside the clothing that I make. So sort a midway point between both, and perhaps something else entirely.