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Letterpress Workshop with District Dogs Design

StudioJeanie_DistrictDogs_0011WEBStudioJeanie_DistrictDogs_0023WEBStudioJeanie_DistrictDogs_0028WEBGet yourself acquainted with the art of letterpress printing! This workshop will introduce you to a pair of tabletop letterpress’ and give you the opportunity to print your very own set of uniquely designed coasters! We’ll go over the basics of press operation and maintenance, traditional and modern practices and techniques, commonly used materials, and much, much more. As this is a 3 hour workshop, all participants will use the same preset design and colours.

You’ll take home:
– One dozen letterpress printed coasters – perfect for gift giving or keeping for yourself!
– Handout with letterpress resources
– Gift packaging for your newly printed coasters to ensure their safe travel home.


Two dates available:
Sunday, September 13th OR Saturday, November 7th, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings Street, Vancouver (BC)

Cost: $115.00 plus tax | max 12 students

To register online, click here or visit London Fields Shoppe in-person.


District Dogs Designs is a small letterpress studio located in North Vancouver, BC that create hand drawn images and hand carve them into linoleum blocks which are printed on hand-cut paper using a century old, extraordinarily heavy (2300lbs!) Chandler & Price platen press.

What is letterpress? Letterpress is AWESOME! Jarin and Catherine use grand industrial age equipment, capable of reproducing fine images with a striking impression. The characteristics of letterpress are unmatched in digital printing. It shows depth, plays with light, and has wondrous tactile qualities.

images by [stu-di-o] by jeanie

note: Workshops are a final sale and are non-refundable. Class dates / times are non-transferable.

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

things to do :: collage night

Collage Collage is kicking off this year’s Collage Nights workshops with the first one being led by Becky from Sweetie Pie Press! Here are a few words from Becky herself:

“I stumbled into Collage Collage when one of my summer craft tours brought me through my hometown of Vancouver. In fact, it is located just around the corner from my childhood home on a strip of commercial space that was mostly vacant and/or dotted with sketchy businesses when I was growing up. Seeing these spaces filled with independent and mostly art-based businesses on that visit was deeply inspiring to me.

This summer, after a battle with cancer my mother passed away. In the aftermath, we have had to sell said childhood home and deal with the hyperbolic amount of possessions my mother had. Among her accumulated things were literally tens of thousands of photographs. After picking out any that may be wanted by my family members, everyone has agreed to offer the rest up for this collage event. So let’s get cutting, gluing, chatting and having fun!”


Tuesday, January 31, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm

Collage Collage, 621 Kingsway, Vancouver (BC)


photo credit: Roberta Grove

i love :: minifanfan

Minifanfan describes herself as ‘Happy Drawings for Happy People’. Well, they sure are!

A full time illustrator, MiniFanFan (aka Eng Gee Fan or Yī Fán in Chinese) is an Oriental girl living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’m head over heels in love with her paper dolls, lockets and shrink plastic work (see last photo). See more of her work here: website | blog | etsy | tumblr | flickr

indie i do :: studio wonder

Meet Ashley from Studio Wonder, a design studio based in the Lower Mainland. She’ll be at Indie I Do on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the Heritage Hall showcasing her complete line of wedding stationery. Aren’t her pieces lovely? As a Graphic Designer, Ashley’s love of colour and playfulness shines through with a fun, creative collection with a touch of quirky to match each couple that she designs for.

Find her here: website | blog | facebook | twitter or meet her in person at Indie I Do! You can still win a pair of tickets over here.