LOCAL: A Collective
LOCAL: A Curated Pop Up Shop
We are so excited to announce our upcoming Curated Pop-Up Shop called LOCAL. We have an amazing collective of artists, designers and makers, that we are so pleased to be featuring! Come to 1805 Fir Street November 20-29. LOCAL will be open Monday-Friday: 12:00-5:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-5:30 pm. Be sure to come and have a look at the unique pieces from the designers in our collective.
Here is a little bio on each of our Artists, but please check out their websites for more information.
Anne Carson Design Anne Carson is a Vancouver designer whose handcrafted jewellery is made with high quality sterling silver, pearls, and semi-precious stones.
Botany Living designs unique, contemporary and sustainable succulent arrangements that add a beautiful living element to any space – home, retail or for special events. They are Vancouver based business sourcing locally grown succulents and design carefully curated, one-of-a-kind arrangements.
Brett Riekert is a local designer and builder who works with natural materials including concrete, wood, ceramics, and metal. Taking an involved approach, he develops his designs from computer renderings through to fabrication. Brett‘s designs are clean, modern, and functional. He believes that the best things in life are simple yet beautiful and you can see this concept reflected in his work. Inspired by Danish mid-century modern furniture, Brett Riekert’s Katamay chair combines walnut, steel and leather to create a simple and sophisticated design. The black upholstery adds to the distinct, clean lines of the chair.
Cabyn was born on the west coast of Canada and is dedicated to laid back comfort with effortless style. Ocean, mountain or forest, Cabyn fleece keeps you warm and snug and looking great. Living in Vancouver, owner/designer Allison Butenschon draws inspiration from everyday life on the coast. Surf spray, campfire embers, evenings at the beach with friends and family and playing in the mountains.
Forest & Waves recognizes that nature is the world’s best designer, and owner & designer, Edward Juan draws on that inspiration for the products behind Forest & Waves, which focuses on paper and fabric goods that are both functional and stylish.
G Ceramics & Co is all about beautiful, locally handmade ceramics. With a focus on porcelain, Gabrielle Burke’s bowls, mugs and serving platters are showstoppers with their edgy gold geometric patterns and their delicate depictions of nature.
JaiStyle Jai Style founder Karen Carmichael spent 16 years living throughout Asia. Home for Karen and her family has included Beijing, Surabaya, Jakarta, Seoul, Singapore and Bangkok. Living throughout this region has served as an inspiration for her to share some of the stunning treasures that she has discovered in her travels. These include one of a kind ceramic pieces, inspired by sea life and are a superb example of the art of hand made ceramics. All the designs are exclusive to Jai Style. In addition, Karen individually selects amulets, in many styles and shapes, from the amulet markets on the streets of Thailand. Thai people have worn amulets for centuries as a form of protection. Monks pray intensely over these amulets to infuse them with spiritual function.
Joue Design Inc Joue Design is a lifestyle brand and boutique design house offering small-batch home accessories for discerning customers. Co-founders Alison Kent and Cindy Yu taken an integrated approach to design, blending art, textiles and their unique style to create high-quality, limited edition products that are handcrafted with love, designed and made in Canada.
Ian Tan Gallery Established in 1999, the Ian Tan Gallery represents notable emerging and established artists in contemporary Canadian Art. Recognized as one of Canada’s finest art galleries, they promote a strong regional interest in a diverse range of west coast artists, maintaining a reputation for high quality works and a discerning exhibition programme.
& Tanja Gardner Thomas is an artist represented by the Ian Tan Gallery. Tanja graduated in 1990 with a BA in Art History and Fine Arts from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.
Lana Betty makes geometric contemporary jewelry and transforms the ideas of 3D printing, encouraging thoughtful shapes and angular lines. LanaBetty uses cutting edge technology, and materials like sterling silver, gold-plated brass, stainless steel, and even gold.
Landon Dix has always been influenced by his surroundings. Raised on the forest’s edge on the North Shore, and spending his summers at sea on the Sunshine Coast has motivated him to create a unique, home-grown aesthetic, with a focus on locally sourced woods, and sustainable materials. Landon is studying Interior Design and his ultimate goal is to create a comprehensive design studio, combining industrial and interior design.
Lauren Morris is an artist originally from South Africa, who strives for a simplicity within her work while being unique. She enjoys working with colors, reflections, shadows and light. Her recent works have taken on a new direction of abstraction, filled with the rich colors of the earth and inspired by the shapes and drama of fall, done in mixed media.
LoverFighter Joanna Baxter has created a line of genuine leather bags called Lover Fighter. Her approach to design embodies her appreciation for aesthetics found in nature, architecture, Swedish culture, Japanese acumen. Brilliance in simplicity. Pomegranates. Bauhaus. Erickson. Bright yellow and white cottages on the archipelago against midnight sun. One deadly slice from the Samurai’s sword… and the bottle is sabred. Put it all together and it all spells LOVERFIGHTER.
Mitani Designs Mitani Designs, based in beautiful Vancouver, are designers and manufacturers of modern, eco-friendly bedding, bath, and decor for babies and kids.
Sass Designs After 20 years in the nursing and clinical research field, Sarah Sladen revisited her creative side through jewellery design. Starting with leather wrap bead bracelets in 2010, she introduced Swedish Sami bracelets in 2011 and the Sassy Sami and Euro Design in 2012 and she has continued to introduce new designs and ideas to her craft.
Miriam Aroeste is our latest addition to LOCAL. Miriam has exhibited her work widely and her work is collected both locally and internationally. She is also a sought-after public speaker, art consultant and curator. From her website, Miriam describes her work: “I am intrigued by the power of colour, line, and space to tug and convey in infinitely compelling ways. From the outset, I have been interested in depicting authentic, spontaneous emotion and experience in colorful, abstract ways, finding beauty and satisfaction in that which is intensely genuine and ultimately imperfect.”
Designers Collective: Remember how we did the Happy Kitchen Project in the summer? and remember how we won the blog contest for that? (sorry-a little self promotion here!) Well, we enjoyed the process so much we decided to see if we could come up with our own rendition of tea towels. We have 5 beautiful new tea towels to use in your kitchen. We feel these will add an element of “happy” to any kitchen. Psst…they would make a great gift too!!
We look forward to seeing you later this month at LOCAL. Tell your friends, pass the word and come and support our local makers, creatives, artists and designers!