Posts Tagged: a cagey bee

things to do :: circle craft (+ giveaway!)

AbeegoThe beginning of November marks the start of the holiday season and we are kicking it off next week with the Circle Craft Christmas Market! Started in 1973 by the Circle Craft Co-operative, this year marks their 40th Anniversary and we are pleased to giveaway tickets to one lucky winner! With artists from all over Canada, fashion shows, artist demonstrations, and entertainment from various art organizations in Vancouver, you don’t want to miss out. Make sure to say hello to new, and returning, Got Craft? vendors including A Cagey Bee (booth #120), Abeego (pictured above – #W12), Daub + Design (#123), Divinia Denuevo (#W13), Nostalgic Links (#121), and Yapes Paints (#225)!


We are super excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to the Circle Craft Christmas Market!

There are two ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below  = 1 entry
  2. Retweet “Retweet to enter to win tix to the #CircleCraft #Christmas Market on Nov7-11 courtesy of #GotCraft + @LFieldsShoppe – = 1 entry

A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at noon (PST). Tickets will be available for pick up the Circle Craft Will Call desk.


Circle Craft Christmas Market

Thursday, November 7 to Monday, November 11, 2013
Thurs-Sat 10-9pm | Saturday 10-7pm | Sunday 10-5pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place
tickets available here

For more information please visit the Circle Craft website here.

image via Abeego

shop tour :: Bird on a Wire Creations

Bird on a Wire Creations 4Bird on a Wire Creations - cocolicoBird on a Wire Creations 3Bird on a Wire Creations 7Bird on a Wire Creations 2Bird on a Wire Creations 9Bird on a Wire Creations is a contemporary gift and clothing boutique located just off the corner of Broadway and Main Street in Vancouver. Opened in October of 2010, Bird on a Wire supports handmade and independent design with a focus on selling work created by artists living within a 100 mile radius. In addition to featuring the works of 170+ designers, Bird on a Wire hosts a series of events such as Artist’s window, private views, and various fibre workshops including knitting, needle felting, and weaving.

Mark your calendars! Got Craft? and Bird on a Wire will be hosting a special event on Thursday, April 4th from 7:00-9:30pm. Drop by for a private view with some of the local designers that will be at the Got Craft? spring event! Shop local, enjoy light refreshments, and say hello to your favourite artists! Check out the facebook event for more information including a list of participating artists here.


Bird on a Wire Creations
2535 Main Street, Vancouver
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bird on a wire :: featured artist round up #1

Draw Me a LionRice Babies_A Cagey Bee_ Jen Ellishoney canadagabriEllephant Design - credit [stu-di-o] by jeanieGot Craft? and Bird on a Wire Creations will be hosting a special event featuring the works of 13 Got Craft? vendors. To celebrate these artists, we will be highlighting a sample of their work in two round ups leading up to the event. Make sure to mark your calendars for April 4th and come by to say hello to your favourite artists! Light refreshments will be served.

vendors pictured from top to bottom: Draw Me a Lion | The Rice Babies | A Cagey Bee | jen ellis designs | honey canada | gabriEllephant Design (photo credit: [stu-dio] by jeanie).

When: Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 7-9:30pm
Where: Bird on a Wire Creations – 2535 Main Street, Vancouver

local event :: Home + Garden Show

a cagey beePortobello West will be featuring 16 vendors at the spring Home and Garden Show starting Wednesday at BC Place Stadium. This is my first show of the year and I have been madly prepping after the holiday season wiped out my stock. >> I will always be a cram crafter no matter how hard I try <<

Come find Robert and I at the Roxypop booth with some of your favourite Got Craft? vendors such as A Cagey Bee, Daub + Design, Irit Sorokin Designs, Make Cheese Inc, and Phaulet!


BC Home + Garden Show
Wednesday, February 20, 2013: 4-9pm
Thursday, February 21, 2013: Noon-9pm
Friday, February 22, 2013: Noon-9pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013: 10-9pm
Sunday, February 24, 2013: 10-6pm
BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

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image of a cagey bee, photo by [stu-di-o] by jeanie

featured artist :: a cagey bee

from the archives: 04.01.10

name: Kris G. Brownlee
company: a cagey bee
links: blog | etsy

What do you make?
I’m a painter inspired by people, so I like to create character portraits with a storybook feel. I tend to paint girls and cute companion critters, though some of my paintings have a bit of a darker edge to them. I also really enjoy making tiny art pendants. Not everyone can afford an original painting, of course, so this is a fun alternative to a print. Plus I really love the idea of my characters being taken out and about in the real world.

What or who inspires you?
Oh goodness…so many things! I love to people watch. Vancouver is great city for that. I walk my dogs every day and literally *every* day I see someone who would make a great painting.

I’m also really inspired by my fellow artists. It’s amazing to see so many people, especially women, representing themselves via the web and doing what they love. Whether it’s painting or sewing or making jewelry, it’s fantastic to be part of this shift towards more personal, handmade businesses.

How did you get started?
I’ve always been creative and enjoyed creating images in one way or another – photography, graphic design etc. But it never occurred to me that becoming a full time artist was even an option until a few years ago. I thought you had to live in a loft in NYC and have a trust fund to have any chance of making a living as an artist; it just wasn’t on the menu for a girl like me. It wasn’t until I started seeing self-represented artists selling their own work via eBay and Etsy that I allowed myself to consider it. I began taking classes at Emily Carr and never looked back. As cheesy as it sounds, it felt like I had finally stepped into who I was supposed to be. Now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I’m very impatient so I like to use acrylic paint. It dries quickly, so I can add lots of layers & go over a piece again & again. With oils, you have to let it dry in between and I just don’t have the patience for that! I’ve been painting on wood a lot lately too which has been fun. When I make prints, I love seeing the texture of the wood show up in the detail.

Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
I do think they’re different, but the crafters have definitely upped their game in recent years. I think traditionally art would be something that had a statement or point of view whereas craft was more about function. I think that gap is closing as crafters become more interested in expressing themselves and experimenting rather than doing it “right”. I consider myself both an artist and a crafter. I love to paint, but I really want my work to be accessible to everyone; I’m thrilled to see my girls on magnets or pendants, and not just hung on the wall.