The grand idea to create a professional art fair in Toronto for independent artists came about six years ago. The goal was to establish an interesting program that would engage artists (90 artists showcased their work in 2008) and art enthusiasts. This year, The Artist Project features 250 juried […]

The Artist Project 2013

Happy Holidays! Thanks to all you lovely CAC readers who have read, commented and participated in giveaways this year! The makers and I appreciate your support for independent artists. To end off the first year of the Monthly Maker column, we checked in with some of our past featured makers to see […]

Monthly Maker 2012 Holiday Wrap-Up!

Maria Roth of Hold Handmade creates pieces that echo her nomadic sustainable lifestyle. Hold Handmade features organic cozy felt pieces that are individually handmade by Maria herself. The tactile pieces are practical artworks, perfect for any home… and bonus(!) if you have an excitable little one at home, they are […]

Hold Handmade’s Modern Feltworks + A Giveaway!

I recently vacationed in PEI where I met Peter Llewellyn, a well-known artisan. Just six years ago, Peter left his work in the fish plant business with no idea of what he would do next. Returning home to PEI after an absence of 30 years, he had no hobbies and […]

Sculpted by Sea and Sand

Lisa Cinar’s passion for drawing and belief that creativity is an essential part of both child and adulthood has brilliantly created a lifestyle that embodies her youthful spirit. Lisa, an accomplished author and teacher runs Draw Me A Lion ,which offers fun illustrations for any age! Not only does Draw […]

Draw Me A Lion’s Whimsical Illustrations & Special Offer!

Originally from New Zealand, Monique of Little Lamp now lives and creates her adorable wearable sculptures in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood. Little Lamp sculptures are a perfect combination of silliness and artistic talent; I forgot to ask Monique about her eyesight but it must be extremely sharp to create such detailed […]

Little Lamp’s Wearable Sculptures and a Giveaway!

As born and bred BC girl, I feel most alive when I am knee deep in the thick of nature. Lush forest trees, ocean water and powder snow are high on my list of favorite things, and fellow nature-enthusiast Sarah Jane, creator of Ugly Bunny, uses her design talents to […]

Ugly Bunny: Nature-Inspired Accessories & Special Offer!

Shannon Donegan, owner of Bodylove Naturals, is the ideal person to be offering a line of all natural, vegan bath and body products. Not only is she a practicing vegan with lots of experience using varieties of all-natural beauty products, Shannon is also studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist at […]

April Monthly Maker: Bodylove Naturals, vegan body/bath products

I am excited to feature our March Monthly Maker, Patrick Cruickshank, the artist behind Cruickshank Creative. Cruickshank Creative offers a variety of handcrafted concrete and plaster goods, including my favorite pieces, the concrete plant pots (pictured below). Patrick’s collection features rustic and textured styles that echo nature at its finest. […]

Monthly Maker: Cruickshank Creative, maker of concrete & plaster creations

pinto bag making
While searching for environmentally friendly accessories for myself online, I discovered Vancouver-based Pinto Bags. The business reuses what companies consider ‘waste’ and transforms them into unique bags and wallets. Ashley Jestin, (pictured below) the creator of Pinto Bags was kind enough to share her passion (and a special offer for CAC readers!) […]

February Monthly Maker: Pinto Bags

Welcome to Monthly Maker! This is a column celebrating independent Canadian artists and their work. Each month I will introduce a new Monthly Maker (MM) who will share their skills, advice, goals and quirks with readers. Also, as a special treat, each MM will offer either a tutorial or deal […]

Monthly Maker: Thrifty By Design & A Giveaway!

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

Freedom Clothing Collective is a multi media cooperative located at Bloor West and Ossington founded seven years ago by then fashion design student Rachel Alexander. For the last seven years, Freedom has been growing as an environmentally conscious gallery space dedicated to supporting local emerging artists, designers and musicians. Today, […]

Freedom Clothing Collective: Boutique / Gallery / Venue

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

It’s always been a challenge to make a living as an artist. And like everything else, the world of crafting has changed and grown and since the advent of the internet. An entire community has grown up of makers who were previously working in isolation, and while opportunities for exposure […]

Sweetie Pie Press has crafts, will travel