Since we didn’t get a chance to announce our next giveaway last month, we wanted to make sure that it was a good one. We’re super excited to share that our next contest is for a Leather Satchel Co tote bag (valued ~ $185.00 CDN). Contest ends on Thursday, November 10th, so make sure to check out the giveaway posts over on our instagram feed here to enter before it’s too late!
No cash value. Prize must be claimed within two weeks of the contest close date. Tote size and colour may not be as pictured. Open to North American residents only.
I met Andi at Make it a few weekends ago in Edmonton and instantly fell in love with her accessories line, Hoakon + Helga. Actually, I may, or may not have spent most of the weekend petting her super soft handbags! Named after her Norwegian grandparents, Hoakon + Helga is a line of eco-friendly and unique silhouette of bags. Using vintage leather jackets, her line strives to achieve a respect for the past and future using sustainable approaches.
Though the bag silhouettes are similar, each one takes on its own set of visual characteristics due to the nature of the initial recycled vintage jacket. Each one is different in color, shape and pocket design. The result is a bag that each owner can call one-of-a-kind.
What do you make?
Handcrafted graphic leather goods
How did you get started?
Totally by fluke. I didn’t intend on getting into this! Seriously, I went to art school in Calgary where I did a Bachelor of Fine Arts. At the time I was doing installation based artworks, exploring social stigmas of identity. When I finished school I ended up sharing a studio with my friend Kari Woo who at the time was just beginning to go big into doing her silver jewelery line full time. I had a studio, was out of school and needed to figure out what to do with myself.
One day, totally by chance I ended up buying a piece of leather and felt so inspired by the material. Kari was super supportive and influential in getting me involved in the handmade movement. I started first making handbags and branched out into belts and buckles-which are the bread and butter of my business three years later.
What are your favourite materials to work with?
I really like any material that is organic and malleable-leather, felt, fabrics.
What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting?
Hardest would be time management for me. I get easily distracted and can be easily swayed from doing what should be a priority. Favorite is having the time and space to come up with new designs. I love that part of this job. I find that its important for me to be constantly re-inventing my work to keep things fresh and interesting.
Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Listen to your intuition, always do your research, take care of your body and soul, form a community of like minded individuals and keep inspired however you can.
Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
If I had to choose, I would say I approach my work as an artist, but I consider myself a designer foremost. Design is the big passion and source for my work.
This September, six Vancouver-based artists including past Got Craft? participants, Flightpath Designs (see images above) and Laura Bucci, will come together to take part in the pop-up retail store at 10th and Kingsway. The September Shop will include clothing and fabric-based accessories, jewelry, fine leather goods, and housewares. Whether it’s screen printing, fusing imagery into leather, resist dyeing, or printing digitally on cloth, each of the artists work with altering surfaces in their designs.
Along with showcasing top local design, September Shop will host in-house workshops and a month-long silent auction featuring collaborative pieces made exclusively for the shop by the artists. Visit their facebook page here for full details.
September Shop, Tuesday to Sunday 11-5pm from September 3-28th, Kingsway + 10th Avenue in Vancouver, BC
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