Dec042012

Got Craft? holiday edition part 2

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To market, to market, to market we go! THIS WEEKEND! I’m talking about the Got Craft? holiday edition, of course! Here is our continuing coverage on the vendors you’ll find at this great and growing event – in this post I am still recapping the artisans I have covered before from the previous Got Craft? market.


My Little Lights
Just in time for spring/summer 2012, these sweet little colorful lights are hand made of organic thread. A string or two of these would be perfect for an apartment, dorm, or house.
Nostalgic Links
These make me wish I wore cufflinks! Jennifer crafts vintage and handcrafted cufflinks and tie tacks/pins, but luckily for the ladies, she also has some rings and earrings as well…at least on her etsy shop. Ranging from adorable to hilarious to beautiful, you can find a pair for any man in your life.

The Pauhaus
Get your button fix with this vendor, and don’t forget her greeting cards, paintings, prints, apparel and more! The Pauhaus’s web site seems to be down for the moment, but keep checking back to see their goodies, or just come on down to the event to see them in person!
Raven’s Rest Studio
Another Jill of all Trades, Raven’s Rest’s Jennifer Conway remakes discarded bits of daily life into wearable, useable and beautiful objets. This is another great way to combine environmental and fiscal responsibility, while supporting a local artist.

The Rice Babies
I think it would be impossible to walk by this table without buying something…and I don’t intend to do that! Dolls and crowns, what girl (big or small) wouldn’t want one of those?!

Robbie Vergara Screenprinting
It’s a bit of an understatement to say this line of illustrated tees, baby onesies, aprons and more is just super cool. They use encyclopedia images from the 18th and 19th Century, for crying out loud! Totally wearable, and incredibly…I’ll say it again…cool.

Roxypop Designs
We’re also looking forward to perusing Andrea’s selection of handmade goodies like crocheted apple cozies and soy wax filled teacups.

Sam Bradd Designs
Sam will be selling letterpress prints, cards, and textiles at this event, and I plan to add his “local food matters” tea towel to my collection. Many of his other items also speak to me because of their design and their message, like the “we are meant to eat together” letterpress print.
sassy contessa
Miranda Lievers is the woman behind Sassy Contessa, and she’s one of the most creative and talented people we know. A photographer, ceramic artist and crafter, her pieces come from a focus on her inspiration and not a decision to work in a particular medium. The picture here is of an air plant enclosure. We can’t wait to see what she’ll have on offer!

Sedated Clothing
Sedated Clothing is definitely anything but…this line’s wearables for women have caught my eye at other events, with its clever and beautiful artwork embellishing lovely items. I don’t think I’ll be able to resist a Noodles the Cat plays piano shirt this time!

Solder and Punch
“Solder and Punch Jewelry is inspired by the contrast between the industrial edges of the city and the ever encroaching wilderness on the fringes.” I couldn’t have said it better. These pieces, with their soft bits and hard bits, and graceful lines and pokey things, marry the meeting of the two worlds that we live in right now. I can’t wait to see this stuff in person.

The Tiny Fig
“monsters, mice & everything nice”? Where do I sign up?! You may like the t-shirts (French Toast is my very favorite), the prints, paper goods and jewelry — and I do, but I am coveting a Bird Feet tea towel!
Track and Field Designs
What a pretty combination these vintage-inspired laptop bags and pouches display — gorgeous old fashioned florals with amazing screened illustrations, and just a dash of lace to top it off. Note to designer Sasha Freeman: ever thought of doing pillows??

Twig Prints
Designer Abbie Finestone creates her Twig Prints fabric storage totes and tubs in Whistler, BC, and I envy her her surroundings. I can see the influences of nature and the wilderness in her beautiful work, and have been attracted to it every time I have seen it, at these events and in shops.
Urchin Bags
Who would have thought that reclaimed seat belts, used bicycle inner tubes, scrap vinyl and upholstery material could look so dang good?? Not me, I’ll admit it. Urchin’s owner and designer, Clare, is a lot more forward-thinking than I am, and makes wonderful bags, wallets and more, giving a second life to the items that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

Got Craft? holiday edition

When:
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:
$3.00 (kids 10 and under are FREE)

Where:
Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5N 4E4

See you there!

Make everything with love,
Tamara

Dec032012

Need it? Get it! At Got Craft? holiday edition

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You know a craft market is really making an impact when the list of vendors gets longer and more amazing for every subsequent event, and when the market is able to expand into a larger space…and with those two markers, Vancouver’s Got Craft? is at the very top of markets to make it out to.

The Got Craft? holiday edition is happening this coming weekend — that is, December 8th and 9th, and it has moved into new digs at the Croatian Cultural Centre!

Over the next week we’re presenting an overview of the fabulous crafters, handmakers, foodies and fashionistas who will be selling their wares and goodies at the Holiday Got Craft? market. Today I’m repeating coverage from the last Got Craft? market, as these same folks will be at this one.

Abeego Designs
Abeego food storage items offer a healthier and more cost effective alternative to plastic food wrap and single-use plastic bags. Use them to top food containers in the refrigerator, or to wrap cheese, sandwiches, snacks and more. They are easy to clean and when cleaned right, will last and last.
Bake Sale Baking Co.
Any company who describes themselves as offering things “just like grandma used to make them”, has gotten my heart. And let me tell you, I’ve sampled their goodies and they have my sweet tooth too! From past experience, this place will have a line up early and it’ll last through the whole event, so don’t miss out on the yumminess.
Banoo
You’ll see a lot of handcrafters at this sale, like Banoo, who use these events to supplement their sales from other places, such as etsy. The bonuses abound: being able to touch and feel the wares, AND saving on shipping! I can’t wait to check out these adorable handmade accessories for men and women.
The Beautiful Project
I am SUCH a sucker for a nice card, or any beautiful paper objet, really. I’ve already earmarked a few things I might need to have, including their sweet recipe cards, and perhaps just maybe a few “Sorry For Being Such An Ass” note cards…to have on hand in case of emergency.

Belvedere
Craft sales are not just for women, and this really cool company will prove that to any men in attendance. For gentlemen seeking sartorial assistance, Belvedere’s selection of “men’s accessories…inspired by the gentlemen of the 1950s as well as today’s modern chap” will shine like a beacon.
BuenoStyle
What a wonderful idea this is, to use all of that ephemera that one collects on travels and adventures in unique, handmade creations that ensure found treasures will live on. I can’t wait to see some of these works of art with their own stories to tell, in person.
cabin + cub design
Go ahead, get burned. Woodburned, that is. This line features woodburned art like this great owl block, and cork coasters and boards. I also love the wood gift tag sets in their etsy shop, and hope they’ll be bringing some to Got Craft?.
CAMPandQUARRY
This raw crystal and stone jewelry line is just stunning, and so interesting to contemplate. Take the raw black tourmaline crystal chunk pictured here. A close look reveals scratches and scars, and it makes me wonder what natural forces left their mark. It would be quite lovely to wear something that hasn’t been cut and polished so that it no longer resembles how it came out of the earth. CAMPandQUARRY also has beautiful hand dyed textiles.

Carmen West Creative
Utterly fabulous, that’s what a woman who wears one of these feather headpieces would be. Vintage-inspired and featuring feathers and up-cycled vintage jewelry, this would be the perfect accent to a great outfit. Getting married soon? Make sure to check out her bridal goodies.

dani press
I love these cards, I love the stories of where they came from, and I love the pairing of photography and words that make you think. The designer/artisan Dani, says, “i have wanted this for nearly ten years. to have a card line of wayward travel photos and old typewriter text to inspire people, to give them the words they want to say but don’t know how to, to give something meaningful.” Mission accomplished, girl!

Divina Denuevo, Pieces of II
These leather purses, accessories and one of a kind items are made from, wherever possible, reclaimed leather, and feature antique and vintage hardware and adornments.
I am looking forward to checking out the uber-cool Cambden Rustic Leather Business Card Holder, with its “Pop Up” Design.

Feest
It was love at first sniff for me, when I first came across Feest during the last Got Craft? event. I actually wrote an effusive post about that, here. Since then, designer Miranda has added to the candles with a whole bunch of great products you can expect to find at her table, including bath products, illustrated kitchen linens, prints and more. I’ll be stocking up for gifts — for family, friends, and myself!

Firefly Notes
The fun vintage inspired items from Firefly Notes include cards, tins, magnets, prints, tea towels, and more! You can find something for your home, something to wear, and even something funny just to look at. Perfect little inexpensive goodies to keep on hand as gifts, or gift (as I like to do!) yourself.
Frankenstrap
There doesn’t seem to be a web site for this designer, but the Got Craft page says this: “Handmade leather accessories. Veggie tanned and latigo belts, a collection of unique cuffs and incredibly durable guitar straps.” Sounds good to me, I’ll check them out!
GroovyGlassGirl
Created in a garage space/studio with music or the Food Network as company, this jewelry line features stained glass, metal work, beads and other found objects. The designer must have a wonderful time making her creations! I’m looking forward to seeing it all in person.
honey canada
I bought myself a little treat during the last Got Craft? event, from this vendor. It was the Christmas sale, and I got her last felt ball wreath. And while it’s already mid-April, it is still hanging on my office door — not from laziness, no, but because it’s simply too cute to put away. Definitely stop by this table! (I’ll see you there!)
Just Potters
I have two small pinch bowls from these fine folks, perfect to use as a salt cellar or to put beside the sink to hold rings. I am absolutely enamored with the pitcher in the picture, and will have to try to find it this time. These ceramic pieces are made by potters in East Vancouver who are overcoming barriers in their lives. The organization behind the initiative, JustWork, aims to provide “dignity and community through work”.

Kawaii Eats
Oh, THIS is a table I’m interested to see! Take French specialties like macarons and other pastries, and add in a healthy dose of Japanese adorableness, and you’ve got the new Kawaii Eats.

Kohana
Map jewelry – what a perfect way to commemorate a trip taken, or a dream destination! Kohana takes custom orders, and there will also be a nice selection of their necklaces, lockets, earrings, rings, cufflinks, keychains, drawer pulls, bookmarks and wine stoppers at Got Craft?.

LanaBetty
Creative, vintage-inspired, handcrafted earrings are on offer from this vendor. I love her cute and cheerful take on accessories, as well as her firm belief that great fashion can be affordable and produced locally!

Locomotive
Brought to you by husband and wife team Jay and Aaron Matte, Locomotive offers t-shirts and other wearables for all members of the family, with really great screenprinted illustrations. I love the bunny for myself, the cafe racer and the tractor for my husband, and the caboose for my wee Thomas the Tank Engine fan!

It makes me happy to think of all of these artisans and makers, busying themselves in market prep mode. I know that’s what I am doing!!

Stay tuned for more Got Craft? holiday edition coverage.

Make everything with love,
Tamara

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