Laura Nguyen

With the holiday season fast approaching, many people I know expressed interest in buying handmade and local as their holiday gifts. The holiday shopper is an excellent way to build your business, especially with the increase of local craft and Christmas markets. So how can you, a small business owner, […]

10 Tips for Selling Handmade Products

Hoopla: the Art of Unexpected Embroidery, by Vancouver-based artist Leanne Prain, introduces readers to an alternative world of embroidery. A world where embroidery is not just limited to dated pieces found in your grandma’s living room, instead it features an array of artists and artworks ranging from Ray Materson, an […]

Hoopla: the Art of Unexpected Embroidery: Review

…Spins & Needles, where have you been all my (adult) life?! Aimed at the nightclub demographic, Spins & Needles is mobile art party that produces events that are a mash-up between a bar scene, dance club and art show. Over the past 6 years, Spins & Needles mobile art parties […]

Spins & Needles brings its famous mobile art party to ...

There is an abundance of female sellers and female-friendly products in the craft industry so I wanted to write an article representing men that make various crafts. However I couldn’t find a wide enough variety of male crafters locally, not to say that they don’t exist, they are just hard […]

How To Attract Men (To Buy Your Craft Goods)

Inspired by the work of Lacey Jane Roberts, (an artist who connected queer theory and craft very eloquently: listen here) a group of Vancouver-based artists called Textile Group want to spread the word about craft. Textile Group wants the world to know the stigma about crafts being a ‘lesser’ type of an art-form is […]

Vancouver Shows Some PDA with the Craft Pride Procession

Vancouver, known for its abundance of creativity, has few independent and locally owned shops that focus on fueling crafty inspiration. Sadly, the numbers are about to dwindle further with the closing of RubyDog’s Art House at the end of the summer. I frequently go to RubyDog’s if I am having […]

Goodbye RubyDog’s Art House

While recently browsing local craft shows and etsy, I have noticed there are a large selection of items made using vintage images. Why is that? Is this just a coincidence that crafters like to use it in their work, or perhaps that is just what the current market is demanding? As a consumer, do you […]

Vintage imagery here, there, and everywhere

Vancouver is known for its creative talents and it is only appropriate that many are using their craft to help Japan recover from one of the greatest natural disasters in history. The March 11, 2011 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami tore through the country destroying everything in its path and taking […]

Vancouver Crafters Use Their Talents to Help Japan