Monthly Maker


With 15 years experience being creative with acrylics and working in publishing, Anne Wanda Tessier discovered the fine art of printmaking and now uses it to spread positivity. Based in Ottawa, Anne is a frequent traveler, seeking out different press studios around the world to explore and work in. Her […]

Anne Wanda Tessier’s ‘Complimentary’ Typographic Prints


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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!


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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!



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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!


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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!


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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



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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


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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


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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!