Calling all fibre lovers! Knit City returns to the PNE Forum next weekend on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016! Visit their website here for a list of events including free demos, workshops, book signings, a music concert, and more!
This weekend, you can find us at the Urban Market at Highstreet in Abbotsford (BC) hosted by Spruce Collective. These ladies are super sweet and talented, so you don’t want to miss this one! I’ll be bringing a selection of handmade goods that you will be able to find at London Fields Shoppe including work by Forest and Waves, James Brown, Richard Fairhead, the pauhaus, Mellifera Bees, Pepperjack Home, think & ink studio, The Beautiful Project, Camp & Quarry, and more! I’ll also be sharing my vintage collection for the first time! I’m limited to what would fit in our small vehicle, but I plan to be bringing a fantastic selection of kids related books, tin toys, old stationery, lots of Christmas goods, typewriters galore, kitchen items (including teacups), mason jars, vintage aprons, and other fun stuff!
Friday, October 25th 6:00-9:00pm
Shopping Preview – tickets $40
Saturday, October 26th 9:00-4:00pm
$5.00 admission in support of the Crystal Gala
3122 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Yep. It’s a double header weekend! Knit City returns to the Croatian Cultural Centre and we will be there all weekend representing Got Craft? with our friends Pip & Pin. If you knit or crochet, this is an event that you don’t want to miss! I’ll be there with my Roxypop handmade goods, so come by and say hello!
Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
$5.00 admission per day
Vancouver’s first fibre festival is taking place this Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Organized by a Vancouver -based knitting events company, Knit City is a two day festival featuring a vendor marketplace, workshops, and demonstrations offering fibre enthusiasts the opportunity to learn the craft from some of the best local fibre artists and merchants. For more details, please visit their website here.
What do you make?
I make cute illustrated paper goods for my shop, Bubbly Shnooks, and am currently expanding my line to include crocheted goodies, soft dolls, and accessories. I also design a line of scrapbook paper for Sassafras Lass, as well as work in the local Vancouver animation industry as my ‘day job’, as well as making a lot of crafts just for fun: I love to scrapbook, embroider, sew, cross-stitch, and am currently addicted to crocheting!
What or who inspires you?
I’m really inspired by artists, crafters, and illustrators who have made their own little thriving indie businesses! Artists like Elsie Flannigan of Red Velvet Art, Susie Ghahremani of BoyGirlParty, and Emily Martin of The Black Apple, for example – those who make their own unique and adorable goodies and have remarkable branding & a smart sense for all things indie bizz. Chasing dreams really inspires me!
How did you get started?
I started scrapbooking when I was 12 at a beginner’s class with my mom, and everything’s kind of stemmed from there! (I’ve been sewing and drawing and journaling for as long as I can remember, too, of course). I got really into scrapbook products and goodies about 4-5 years back, and my love of drawing led me to doodle my own scrapbook paper tags, which then led to also making cards and art prints, and it’s grown out from there. The collage-inspired way I scrapbook has now also led me to designing lines of paper – where I use every crafty technique in my arsenal, from embroidery to dying paper to drawing to sewing. It all started with paper and has grown into a creative outlet that comes out in a wealth of forms!
What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love to work with heavy cardstock and walnut ink (a natural brown dye that ages paper in a lovely way). I’m also partial to my trusty HB pencil and plain old white paper for drawings, and Photoshop is vital for everything! Fabric is also a favorite – especially neutrals that I can dye and scrunch and make my own.
I’ve also always been really into the mix of aged vintage & bright colors, so thrift shops inspire me, as does the magazine aisle at a big book store. Scrapbook galleries, numerous crafty blogs, children’s book illustrations, and artists like Mary Blair, Dr. Suess, and Edward Gorey have my heart. Calgary’s own amazing ‘Uppercase Magazine’ is also an amazing resource! I find inspiration everywhere, really. The world around me inspires!
Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
I would say that the most important thing when you’re creating anything or opening a shop is to make what you want to make and stay true to yourself, not to make something because it’s popular right now or that it’s what everybody else is doing. It can be discouraging at first, sometimes, feeling like you’re a black sheep of sorts, but once you spread the word and find your niche, you’ll be glad you stuck with something unique that you love to do. You’ll find that other people will love that about it, to!
Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
Oh, this is a toughie. I’ve bantered over it with art school folk a few times, because it’s such a blurred line, now. I would like to say I’m a ‘maker’ – lol – aka, a crafter & artist all rolled into one. I think today that craft & art have joined forces – crafts are just as beautiful and inspiring during this handmade movement as art, is, to me.
Pip & Pin just launched their brand new website, and it’s a swell one! Super cute sisters, Megan and Katie knit, and occassionally crochet cozy knitwear using a selection of chunky new wools and unique thrifted finds. Join the celebrations by visiting their blog here and entering to win a hand knit cowl!
Hello! We are a husband and wife team that share a love for a good cup of coffee and a slice of Victoria sponge. This is where we share our work, our travels, snippets of our everyday life, and most important, the things we ♥.