Posts Tagged: tiny finery

guest post :: the little destination that could

VEV_GuestPost_1To celebrate our new home in the gym at Templeton Secondary School (727 Templeton Drive at Turner), we invited Vancouver East Village to share a post with us on what makes this neighbourhood such a great place to visit!

A few years ago, when people would ask where I live & shop, they could never seem to get a mental map of the area around Nanaimo & E.Hastings. Even many East Van folks seemed not to know. Then I’d say ‘you know, around Donald’s Market, (not the one on Commercial Drive)’. After a few moments they’d say ‘Oh, yeah, there’s not much around there…”  It’s true, we had a plethora of vacant shops and the good ones were few and far between at that time. Well, things have changed a little. People now recognize that the (now named) Vancouver East Village is actually a chill place to eat and to shop.

Hastings Sunrise residents shopping for their meals love supporting our long time merchants like Wheelhouse Seafoods, Rio Friendly Meats and Donald’s Market, but there is more going on over here than food!

VEV_GuestPost_2VEV_GuestPost_4VEV_GuestPost_3New endeavors like Tiny Finery, feature local artisans work in a bright & tiny location that is quickly becoming the go-to shop for gifts & cards. My City Photos offers unusual photo shoots and an outstanding quality of work. Black Rook Bakehouse and East Village Bakery, are directly across the street from one another and neither are to be missed. Walk towards the mountain views, past Pandora Park and downhill to Dundas where you’ll find Far Out Coffee Post, an amazing little neighbourhood gem of a cafe and lunch stop in a most unusual location at Templeton on Dundas. Into craft beers? How about free tastings at Parallel 49 Craft Brewery or Powell St. Craft Brewery, both walkable from the Got Craft?.

A big thanks to Vancouver East Village for giving us a tour of their neighbourhood!

Got Craft?
Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2013
10-5pm
Gym at Templeton Secondary School – 727 Templeton Drive (between Turner and Adanac)
$3.00 admission

images 1 + 3 via Vancouver East Village | image 2 via Ryan Tessier for Vancity Buzz | image 4 via hummingbird604

featured artist :: fibre manipulator

from the archives: 01.09.09

name: Stephanie Menard
company: Fibre Manipulator
links: portfolio | shop

What do you make?
Unique Jewellery using vintage and recycled fabric with gold and sterling silver elements and sometimes vintage beads. Felt portrait dolls, needle felted dolls, recycled fabric fingerless gloves and accessories.

What or who inspires you?
I often get design ideas from my dreams, so do I inspire myself? Maybe. Successful female entrepreneurs, repetitive patterns in nature, my cats, Art History.

How did you get started?
I started making beaded necklaces when I was 8 and have been a painter, “sculpey”-tor since birth I think. Floating along from crappy retail job to summer camp lifeguard job I didn’t realize I could do what I love and get paid for it until much later.

After falling in love with sculpture in the Langara Fine Arts program I went to VCC for Jewellery Art and Design; which is essentially small scale sculpture. I stumbled into textiles when I needed a jewellery break after school. Now I mix my two loves together and have a great time making shiny pretty textured things. My fickle nature means I’ll probably incorporate some new techniques often. I just picked up needle felting this year and am really into it. There is so much to learn, how does anyone pick just one technique to master?!

What are your favourite materials to work with?
Delicate vintage lace, luminescent peridot beads, ornate kimono fabric, merino sliver, vintage beads, inventiveness, problem solving.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Don’t guard your secrets. Share what you have learned with others and you will learn from them as well. Let’s all help eachother become better business people. Networking equals getting together with new friends over a bottle of wine or some snacks and being inspired.

Art vs. Craft – Are these terms different? Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
I don’t want there to be a difference. I am an Artist and a Crafter. There used to be a big divide between high art and everything else but I believe the DIY movement has shortened that gap. I have always had as much respect for ceramics, jewellery and textiles (all traditionally female crafts) as I have for painting, drawing and sculpture. I think the art world and our generation of artists is moving in that direction and I’m glad.

(photo images courtesy of Stephanie Menard)

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