Very Chill

VERY CHILL jewellery is handmade by Vancouver artist Taylor Gardiner. No two pieces ever exactly the same, this jewellery is made for the people who embrace imperfections in any form - messy hair, vintage tee's, worn leather, grass stains or scars. A little bit rough and tumble, a little bit wild, but always very chill.

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How did you end up making what you make? 

I've always been a maker of some sort, then got lucky finding the VCC jewellery program and now I can't stop!

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

 I feel like all of the learning I've done regarding jewellery has been unexpected in a way, I couldn't pick any one thing.

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

everything! some days its vikings and antique farm equipment, other days it's ice-cream and flowers.

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Locally I love Product of Science and Art body products, Papercut Monsters by Joel Kadziolka, and Born A Bad Seed.

Worldwide I love Hatsumi's Laundry lingerie and Meg Girard handmade jewellery.

 

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer. I can't get enough - swim, sweat, sun. Any excuse to wear as little clothes and eat as much fruit as possible, I'm down.

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

ryan Gosling obviously, and Zoe Kravitz

 

How do you connect to your landbase?

looking up at the stars, ocean swims, enjoying the outdoors whenever possible.

 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

 "i don't hate it. I just don't like it at all and it's terrible." - Michael Scott from The Office

 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

I don't recall the first thing- I've always been passionate about making, creating and doing things with my hands, so jewellery felt like a natural progression as an artist. it has been really easy to fall in love with and feel passionate about.

Nomi Chi

Nomi Chi is an artist who currently resides in Vancouver, B.C. She has a multidisciplinary practice which pivots around tattooing and painting, with the occasional foray into sculpture. Prevalent motifs flirt with feminist theory, desire, death, the absurd, and sardonic humour. Nomi Chi earned her BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2015. 

How did you end up making what you make?

A gumbo of neuroticisms and some art theory drive me to do the things that I do. So far, tattooing and making pictures lends well to these impulses. 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

When I was a child, I owned a pop-up book about outer space/the universe which, in  a particular chapter, expounded and illustrated the idea of the infinite. When that concept finally clicked, is when I had my first anxiety attack. Capturing or running away from that feeling has, since then, in some way or another, permeated into my art process. 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

Making objects, tattoos and pictures involves many of my absolute favourite activities: research, reflexive thinking, learning, un-learning, building, breaking, whining (a lot of whining, actually) snack breaks, and making messes. 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

My partner, Joel Rich, makes wonderful pictures and wonderful chicken soup. My professional and perhaps-not-so-conventionally-professional peers are also pretty fantastic.  

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer because I am a sun worshipper and wearing clothes sucks. 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Steve “hottie babe man” Buscemi. 

How do you connect to your land base?

Bike around the city between 3-6 in the morning. 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

Timothy Leary advised, “find the others”. 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

You know that clay-building process where you roll the clay out into a long ‘snake’ and coil it around a circular base until it becomes a vessel of sorts? I made millions of those when I was in summer camp as a child. I gave them to my parents. They were ambivalent, I think, to have so many lumpy cups/ash trays/etc’s. It was the first time my intentions were manifested into a physical object (bonus: with a utilitarian purpose) and it felt grand. 

Candace Cairns Girlband

Candace Cairns is a jeweller and musician who is inspired by the depth of her own feelings, pop super stars, the cosmos, and nihilism. She is a graduate of the Jewellery Art and Design program at Vancouver Community College and the recipient of the Award for Second Year Display (2015).


How did you end up making what you make?

Experimentation has lead me here and now I'm just taking a dip in my favorite pool.

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

I unexpectedly went back to school, I actually made it through my jewellery program, I met so many amazing women and 2 special men that have changed my outlook on myself and the world forever.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

Music, colors, and light inspire me but metal does especially, it begs to be hammered and to be introduced to strange and beautiful stones... I'm happy to hook you up metal, I got you.

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Frances Elizabeth Strathern with Franny E fine Jewellery.

Adina Mills 

Dominique Brechault 

and its true that I have a big fat crush on many of the artisits involved in collective howl.


What is your favourite season and why?

Autumn.. beacause the colors all look so good on me, funny joke but really my heart sings at this time of the year.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Noel Fielding of the Mighty Boosh and of course Christopher Walken, those dance moves COME ON.

How do you connect to your landbase?

Home is a special thing. Originally from the prairie, I really do feel at home here in Vancouver. The connection between nature and the city is a beautiful thing, support and community are strong. The hardest times of my life have been spent here and so have the very best. What a time to be alive. 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

Listen to your heart

everything is good here 

nothing before was real 

never fear everything is here

and you don't need your friends, or family.

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

When I was a child I set up my first business as many young children do, a lemonaid stand. I ran out of lemonaid so I ran down the street to buy Fresca. I marked that shit right up and sold it to the people of Sylvan Lake. I decided lemonaid wasn't my thing so I started making "good luck charms" - just pony beads on strings with a bunch of rules of how to hang properly to bring the luck that I had made up.

A few funny dads bought them and it was then I realised, I AM A ARTIST.


Love ya!

Rebecca Jewel

Rebecca Jewel has been a guest of the beautiful unceded Coast Salish Territory for four years.  She is an intuitive visual artist, jeweller, writer, massage practitioner, and maker of body care products.  Rooted in intuition, she wraps her passion, love and creativity into everything she creates.  
 

Rebecca is a graduate of the Jewellery, Art and Design program of Kootenay School of the Arts and is currently immersed in the Advanced Integrative Energy Healing program at Langara College.  She pushes out of her heart with her desire to reach, affect and contribute, sharing love and healing.

How did you end up making what you make?

The body oils were spawned from a need of my own massage oils for my clients.  I wanted to be able to create and deliver choice of creativity to my clients in order to specialize and personalize their experience.  I also started making body care products for friends and family for xmas gifts.  And then it developed into birthday gifts all year round.  

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

Giving someone the self care of touch through body scrubs and oils is sometimes all a person needs.  The experience of original scents and natural ingredients with none of the poison that goes into most body care products these days is important to me.  

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

It’s that creative juice that runs through my veins with my blood.  My intention is to create magnetism, relaxation and an arousal of all the senses.  

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Many of my local friends' work I admire for different reasons but also for amount of passion they put into it.  Their input of creativity strikes me in the heart when I experience their output translation.

 

I would also say I am a big fan of some deceased makers.  Of which include Antoni Gaudi for his beautifully detailed visions in waking life.  Rene Lalique for his exquisite, delicately detailed art nouveau jewellery.  Anais Nin for her eloquent yet messy heartfelt writing that makes my emotions dance.

 

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer is my favourite season. Perhaps because I was born near summer solstice, I feel it, and I connect with it.   It is my time of rebirth and inspiration.  Flowers and nature are in full effect.  Sunny days with butterflies and birds and blue skies.  Summer nights with stars, jasmine scented warm breezes and giant super moons make my senses come alive.  My connection with mother earth is a contributing factor in any creativity I express.

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Will Smith.  Since I was 8yrs old.  Now that’s unconditional.

 

How do you connect to your landbase?

I have been a guest of unceded Coast Salish Territory for 4 years now.   I acknowledge the land which I stand upon.   I connect with my heart through ceremony, prayer, medicine, walking, trees,  water, gratefulness, experiencing the awe of it.  I wake every morning thankful for this beautiful land.  I am here, I am alive and I have the joy of all the beauty that surrounds me everyday.  Chi-miigwetch Kitchi Manitou.  

 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

This is me.

“Always in the silence, I hear my heartbeat.  It shouts when it has my attention.  It craves my devout following.  It only wants to give truthful advice and inspiration for my life.  I surrender to it.” 

 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

 

I remember when I was a kid, someone gave me and my brother a wagon.  So in the summer time we used to walk up the hill about 12 blocks to the local outdoor pool.  I had discovered underneath the sand that was located beneath the sea saws that the mud there was extra special.  I don't recall knowing how I knew but I must have had some idea and we used to dig it up and fill the wagon and bring it back down to the house so we could form it into bowls and cupsWe baked them in the sun and and then painted them with our water colour paints.  

 

I remember I felt a certain sense of accomplishment at being independent about every single step in the process of making the pottery.  I had discovered and created it from start to finish, just a six year old and a four year old apprentice lol.

Black Cauldron Apothecary and Tarot

Black Cauldron Apothecary is an external herbal medicine, natural body care & tarot business based out of Vancouver, BC on unceded Coast Salish Territory.  It's run solely by Quin Molyneaux, a femme witch with Libra/Virgo/Scorpio leanings. Quin is herb, tarot, magic & nutrition obsessed and approaches these things from a perspective based in radical self-acceptance, self-love, self-care, harm-reduction and intersectionality. 

 

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How did you end up making what you make?

I feel like it's been a whole life process but the short version is that I started learning about plants & how to extract their medicinal properties from a couple of close friends. I lived rurally and co-ran a farm during some of the worst chronic pain I've experienced so started out by making medicine for myself and the people close to me. 


What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

I'm constantly learning from expected & unexpected places. Probably chronic pain was the most unexpected teacher. It's what originally brought me and the plants together. 


What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

The short answer is nature, astrology and my amazing friends. A few years back I quit my job and moved my cats and all my things with my then-partner to an island and started a farm. I wanted to live without the constraints of time or money as much as possible and really wanted to never have to work for anyone but myself ever again. After my dad passed away suddenly in 2013 I realized I only want to do what I love, what I want and what I feel makes the world a better place and helps people. Also, that I never want to let fear stop me. That's my commitment to myself and what keeps me going. 


Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Too many to list! Of course all the lovelies involved with Collective Howl. Locally, I love my bestie Evelyn Edwards gorgeous painted portraits of queer and genderqueer folks. A little further north I love Julie Glaspy's bone jewelry and Silver Cedar's plant-cast jewelry. Everything Jessika Fancy from Spinning Wheel Apothecary makes is magical, and current other faves are Mateo at Leather Coven and Oliver Hiebert's artwork, especially his reimagining of Pamela Coleman Smith's drawings into a psychedelic tarot deck. 


What is your favourite season and why?

I'm going to cheat and say the time between Lammas & Samhain. The hottest part of summer with all the plants in full bloom turning into fall colours, my birthday, Halloween, witches New Year & Scorpio season time is my favourite time. It's when my brain and body usually feel the best and everything is abundant but starting to slow. 


Who is your celebrity crush?

Aw geez. You guys! So many. But Dwayne The Rock Johnson probably wins. I just love him. Now you know. Okay?


How do you connect to your landbase?

Hmm. In all sorts of ways. Thanking a tree for keeping me dry. Trying to pay attention when the same bird yells at me at the same place every day. Walking my dog. Forest trips. Swimming in every natural body of water that I can. But also larger things like recognizing and remembering that this land isn't mine, it's unceded Coast Salish territory. Working as sustainably as possible as a white settler with chronic pain within the capitalistic system. Trying to disrupt that system as much as I can. Never taking more from the forest than I need or can use. Talking to it's ancestors and mine. Giving thanks, giving something back to the land like a piece of my hair or other offerings or tending a plant after I have picked some of it. Growing a garden. Feeding my favourite people with things I've grown or foraged. When all else fails, taking off my socks and digging my feet in the dirt. 


Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match with the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature." Joseph Campbell



Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

Any time anyone tells me that something I made helped them or brought them some form of relief. Especially my Grandma & my Mom who are two of my biggest supporters.

Order of Artio

Order of Artio Jewelry is handcra fted by Shandy Bearman in her East Vancouver studio / living room. Shandy is a self taught jewelry
designer with a background in Visual Arts.

She is inspired by the beauty in decay and the possibility it o ffers for transformation. To become something new something old must pass
away. OOA is an ‘Order’ for anyone who has been through adversity and come out the other side stronger, wiser and with a renewed sense of strength and appreciation for life.

Shandy holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, but was most inspired by the fantastic mentors at the Camosun College Visual arts program in Victoria BC.

 

How did you end up making what you make?

I started making jewelry while working on my degree in visual arts. It was ceramic based, handmade, porcelain pendants, and deconstructed necklaces. I was enamored with clay, and the process of creating with it. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Vancouver, and sold my kiln. After a break from my art, I came back to the idea of creating wearable objects but wanted them to be more durable. Working with resin and then metals, gave me the ability to create different forms.

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

I am inspired by everyone and everything that has made up my life. The unexpected inspiration is probably loss. Moving through endings has always been difficult for me, but I am often most creative afterwards. So, destruction becoming creation.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make

In regards to jewelry, I started asking myself why we wear it. I think the way we choose to express aesthetic beauty is a reflection of something deeper. It is the way we outwardly express the experiences that make us ‘us’, to others. I liked the idea of ‘decoration’ as the act of adorning as well as honoring. Many of our experiences aren’t easy or pretty. When we realize we have emerged from those experiences stronger, braver, tougher, wiser and proud of it; that is beautiful.

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

There are so many. I have so much respect for anyone who creates and allows their work to go out into the world. In fact, listing anyone here makes me feel like I am leaving out so many inspiring artists. For the sake of having a short list, the makers that come to mind at this moment are: Blood Milk, The Small Beast, Tanel Veenre, Teagan White, Aaron Horkey, Caitlin and Arlin Ffrench, everyone involved in Collective Howl (feeling truly humbled), Barbe Rousse, Emily Shoichet...and the list goes on and on endlessly.

What is your favourite season and why?

Autumn! It's liminal; not quite winter, not quite summer. It's waiting to become something and is full of so much tangible energy.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Tilda Swinton.

How do you connect to your landbase?

I love watching the seasons change, witnessing plants burst through the recently frozen ground, bear fruit, and then sleep for the winter. There is beauty in the cycle of all things. I love walking any time I can feel solitude within the city. It allows time and space to really notice the living world.

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?


In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.

TS. Eliot.

Ora

Ora Bags are made from high quality leather hides, ranging in finish and hand, from supple pebbly black upholstery weight hides, to specialized oil-tanned heavey weight hides. All hardware and trim are industrial quality. All Ora products are hand made one by one by Randi in the Ora studio, located in a rustic old building in East Van, flanked by motorcycle shops and jam spaces.

Randi shares an equal love for the design process and the role of the maker. With each Ora piece, she does her best to blend function and aesthetic. Drawing from her diverse background of craft skills, she aims for quality and durability every time. More than anything else, the medium of leather inspires Randi’s design process, in addition to vintage inspirations, and the influences of her life long associations with the equestrian world.


How did you end up making what you make?

I have a diverse educational background that I think of as a collective degree - Diploma of Fine Arts, Automotive and Industrial Upholstery Certificate, Fashion Design Diploma, Advanced Certificate of Textile Arts. Textiles are my favorite medium, I love leather and work predominantly with it, which was a direct result of my upholstery training. 

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

Function is essential to me in the items I make, I use them and I use them hard. Finding a way to create beautiful useful items drives my design aesthetic.

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Army of Rokosz Jewelry, Hendrik.Lou knitwear, Anita Sikma Design, Osei Duro clothing

 

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer, let me float in salt or fresh water every day please 

 

How do you connect to your landbase?

I love eating, cooking, fermenting local fresh foraged foods. Spending time in the woods and the beach with my dog is very sacred to me. My home has a beautiful creek flowing beside it, I fall asleep each night to its sweet song.


Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

"Do what you fear and the death of fear is certain" I overthink things a lot, so sometimes jumping in head first is the best approach! 


Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

The first thing I remember sewing was a small section of quilted squares, from denim and other scraps, I was about 9. I still have it and I adore it, it reminds me that sewing just feels natural and right and I need to keep doing it.

Arlin ffrench

I was born in the woods of the frozen northlands to wild bush people and raised with wolves as my playmates.I scrawled my many images in bark of trees and the earth of the land.  In a brief emergence to civilization I captured a BFA from UBC and now wear its drooping hide as my clothing.

I taught my self the art of skin with help from a Black Crowe and a Britishman.

 

Now with a fort in the republic of East Van as my dwelling I lurk this city’s alleyways with a rusty wheeled beast as my steed.

How did you end up making what you make?

  A lot of sleepless nights, some skinned knuckles and four broken toes.

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

There is a lady on the street that usually yells mean stuff at me.   The other day she suggested to me that "We should just burn it all and see what is really in there."  

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

I make things because not making things is a scary dark place.   

 

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

The Doodies, Give Up, Christian Nicolay, Mohinder 

 

What is your favourite season and why?

I don't like spring that much.   I get all covered in mud and people look at me with distain when i sit on their furniture.

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

The Weird Sisters (the 3 witches) from the start of Macbeth.  Seems like a reasonably good time to me.   

 

How do you connect to your landbase?

I try to spend a lot of time in it, knowing it, trying to understand it as it does the same with me.    I rest my head most nights surrounded by firetruck sirens and yelling drunks, but feel much more at home in the forests and mountains where there are less people and my thoughts make more sense.  

 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

I have Bowie's "Life on Mars"  stuck in my head quite often if that is a mantra or maybe just depression.  

 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

When I was three I lived for a season on tiny island in a lake named after a wolf 100s of kms from anywhere.   I made some pretty great things with sticks there.  I've been pretty much following that line since.   

Old Fashioned Standards

Old Fashioned Standards is a company that specializes in high quality products and custom craftsmanship. All of our goods are made from cotton cloth impregnated with a very specific mixture of wax and oil that is historically referred to as oil cloth. The process of applying the unique mixture transforms the basic cotton cloth into a wind and water repelling, high abrasion resistant antique looking cloth. We are dedicated to providing you with high quality goods that will last you a life time! All of our products are animal free! 

How did you end up making what you make?

well I worked really hard for it and eventually all of the things I really loved morphed into one. 

 

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

hmm coloured pens when your drafting the plot will make your life so much easier later on

 

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

my fascination with oil cloth and the evolution of constructing a garment ... also that the custom oil cloth industry is slowly evaporating and I hope to try to contribute to keeping it alive 

 

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

3 of my many favourites.... local ladies  Maggie Boyd Ceramics, Army of Rokosz and Penny Frances Apothecary

 

 

What is your favourite season and why?

that is tough but ... for sure summer cause it = fun in the sun = happiness ... everyday possibilities of adventures, hiking, camping, skating, swimming, motorbiking, also its light out for sooooo long. 

 

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Walter Matthua 

 

 

How do you connect to your landbase?

what does that mean? .... hm by my feet ? ... in the nature in the mountains in the funnnnn???


Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

piss or get off the pot


 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

hm ... most definitely my troll printed boxer shorts ... they were a big hit at school... all the kids wanted a pair too!


Yvonne Hachkowski

Based out of her studio in East Vancouver, Yvonne is typically found everywhere she says she is not. 

 

Yvonne's photographic work observed the state of the changing landscape as a result of human interaction. Her work depends on an investment in time from both photographer and viewers perspective asking us to invest back into our landscape through imagery.

Recently working with a focus in Memory and Loss; she has brought her interest of enablement into other mediums creating a medatative practice in 3d materials.

 

Yvonne Hachkowski is a visual artist living in Vancouver, BC.

She holds a BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and studied at Zurcher Hochschule de Kunst in Zurich, Switzerland.

Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally.

How did you end up making what you make?

My work is a reflection of where I am physically and spiritually. I identify as a creative, my chosen medium is Analogue Photography. When I was young, I picked up a paintbrush to create a scene, I traced lines in ink and I transformed solids with carving tools - nothing translated the conversation of an idea quite like the imagery on silver gelatine astute. My medium takes me places and allows me to communicate how I receive what is in front of me - It gives me an opportunity to share with the viewer something that is indescribable by words. 

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

A year ago I removed myself from a life I had created in Vancouver to live alone in a cabin in the woods on the North Shores of Lake Superior. 

The unknown thrilled me and my surroundings challenged me. 

I learned to stop, embrace and create. Everything was honest and pure, I learned the true value of time.

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

Disability and enablement.

I also admire the work of the researchers who live in Antarctica. The work they do is incredible, living in such harsh elements while collecting important data, they do good science work!

 

I spend a lot of time reading futilitycloset.com - im fascinated by things I dont need to know.

 

Im inspired by Canadas Indigenous people. As of current, the strength in community speaking out about protecting the Peel Watershed from Industreal Development in the Canadian Arctic. I believe we have a lot to learn about community and priorities from our native americans.

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

I keep a close eye on the brilliant minds of those participating in Collective Howl, Vanessa Maltese, Lauren Reed, Toby Reid, and Joji Fukushima.

 

What is your favourite season and why?

Autumn. No, Winter? Autumn AND Winter!!!

I relate to seasonal change and the grounding that comes from within the elements. Autumn is an inspiring time for me as I embrace the energy surrounding change. Winter, its a time I find I am most present.

 

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Bruce Springsteen.

Just… don't even, 

 

 

How do you connect to your land base?

 

I like to feel small in the presences of things that are truly greater then myself. 

I will drive for days to wake up next to an Ice Field to feel young like I have much to learn. I will submerge myself in a crisp body of fresh water to feel pain. I will strain my muscles and stress my lungs to breath deep atop a mountain to clear my mind. When I stop my daily routine and remove myself from my familiars, I am challenged. It's then that I feel most alive.

I think at times, it finds me before I find it. 

 

 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

When I lived in Zurich, I chose to work with an alternative photography processes I had never before prepared myself. It was the most enriching disasters!

The day finally came to put my two months of chemical experiments into action. 

I sized my paper, 

Evenly coated the two solutions, 

Carefully positioned the negative in the UV exposure boxes,

And I waited the longest 32 minutes of my life.

I took a deep breath and as that paper hit the clearing solution - my images slowly and perfectly appeared. I knew those late nights in the darkroom and silver nitrate stains on my face, arms and upper body were worth everything…

Since then, I have never not had my hands in every possible aspect of any process I am working with. 


The Long Run Leather Co.

The Long Run Leather Co. provides quality handmade leather goods and apparel to last.  This 3 year old endeavour of Emma Beaupre’s, follows directly from being raised in a wood shop and her mother’s sewing room. With a history of rebellious textile arts and a love of leather, she began hand sewing vests during a back injury and as the pain left the discipline continued. Self taught and eager to learn she moved on heavier leathers to make sheaths, belts, gusset bags, and began tooling leather. Emma uses only sunning, water based products and natural leather conditioners to bring out the leathers natural patina. 

How did you end up making what you make?

During a year long back injury I was motivated to create small successes from nothing while healed. I started hand sewing leather bags just to make myself things I cannot afford and to make it last. Next thing I’m making vests and I’m getting better and getting custom orders for vests that are 1000’s of stitches of custom work. I jumped right in to learning leather, getting tools and reading as much as I could get my hands on. I moved on to heavier leathers and to date have made over 600 different pieces from small to large. 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

I have only learnt from unexpected places. A stitch from a moccasin maker, a technique from a video, a tanning tip from a passer by, and am now helping and learning from shoemaker.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make? 

Art is inspiring to my entire life. Handmade, durable, functional, timeless pieces that can be passed on and cherished. Time worn into leather is character and I adore what I make. I love seeing my imagination come to life.

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

I adore the works of my father who crafts wooden boxes from a lifetime of precious scrap saving. I adore the works of Oli Rose Collection, Hell Bent Leather, painter Bonnie Dobbin, Wood and Metal Funishings, Moniker Mania Moccasins, embroiderer Alaina Varrone, and blacksmith Richard Baggett Studios. So many more!

What is your favourite season and why? 

I like them all for all seasons are good for our cheeks and because it balances out the internal and external times in life. But maybe winter because I get to wear more leather!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Frieda Khalo, Marlon Brando, Bridgette Bardot

How do you connect to your landbase? 

Walking everywhere, dipping my toes in glacial water, getting naked and hiking in the woods.

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you? 

Every man and every woman is a star. –A.C. Even though this is gendered, it reminds me that we are walking stardust and that we can shine if we put the work in.

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

I have always coveted my mothers closet, full of weavings, turquoise and vintage tooled leather bags. In light of this I made my mother my first gusset bag. I was using a stitching pony and doing a saddle stitch for the first time. When I finished the bag after labouring over every step I was so elated I shed a tear of happiness. Pure joy came over me as I had made this piece from start to finish with a level of hopeful anxiety and the release of its successful finality was overwhelming, to the point of tears. I knew I was hooked, like falling in love, I was committed to a life of learning and earning confidence with leatherwork. 

Apotropaia Tarot and Jewellery

Janet Harrison is a jewellery artist, gemologist and tarot reader living and working in Vancouver, BC, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. Her inspiration comes from shape and form, the natural and the supernatural, the occult and the mundane.

Harrison is a graduate of the Jewellery Art and Design program and is currently a student in the Gemmology program at Vancouver Community College. She is the recipient of the Craft Council of British Columbia Award for First Year Display (2014) and the Edgemont Village Jeweller Scholarship for Creative Ingenuity, Technical Excellence and Strong Presentation Skills (2015). 

How did you end up making what you make?

 

I got interested in making jewellery during a sculpture class I was taking at Langara College when I was doing the Fine Arts program there. We were working in steel and copper for a project. I loved it and it sparked my interest in jewellery as tiny wearable sculpture. 

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

 

I was once reading tarot for a friend at her family's cabin. They had their neighbours over and early in the reading the neighbour kid came over and got right into it with me. He just started reading the cards. He had never seen them before but he was connecting to the stories in the images of the cards. Be spontaneous, play, let it come to you, make it up as you go along and have fun. Kids have a lot to teach us. 

 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

 

I want to make things that have meaning. I don't know if I have achieved that so far but it is that synchronicity that I'm striving for. To create things that are beautiful and symbolic, seamlessly. 

 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

 

Oh my, so many amazing creators out there. Locally, I am crazy about Noctex's Negin Izad. Randi from Ora Bags/Aro Upholstery. My incredible classmates from VCC's Jewellery program: Sophie Armstrong, Mariya Karpenko, Taylor Gardiner, Sarah Hodgson, Laura Struve. All of my fellow Collective Howl folks, especially the ever inspiring Caitlin ffrench. Worldwide, I am wild about Morph Knitwear, Maude Nibelungen, Hunter Gatherer Chicago. 

 

What is your favourite season and why?

 

I love Autumn. I used to get excited about summer as a kid because it represented freedom but at some point in my 20s something switched. I craved the slowing down of Fall and Winter and the activities that go along with those seasons. Being able to just be at home or in the studio and not feel like you are missing out on anything or expected to be doing anything other than create art, make food and be with loved ones. Fall represents the turn inward that is needed to progress. It's the time to do the necessary work.

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

 

Cher. Dolly. Tina. 

 

How do you connect to your landbase?

 

I try to be in a place that is all trees and no people as much as possible but I don't drive and I have a pretty intense schedule. I end up city-bound more than I would like. I try to ritualize little things like my walk to the grocery store. I literally stop and smell the roses. I have favourite trees and bushes that I love to watch go through their seasonal changes. I love the weeks in the late spring when the crows moult and there are black feathers all over the roadsides. 

 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

 

Just work hard and be kind. 


Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?


When the solder flows and you know that you have bonded metal to metal! The first time and every time since! 

Caitlin ffrench

Caitlin ffrench of These Secrets is a textile artist living in East Vancouver. She works with wool and wax and hair and bones- and prefers the forest to anything else. 

 

Clothing security is a driving force for her- in that she wants to reach to her landbase and her own abilities for textiles, and not take part in the fast fashion that has overtaken our world. An example of this is she grew her own flax linen in the summer of 2013.

 

ffrench received her BFA from the University of British Columbia in 2007, and attended the Kootenay School of Art in 2004/05 for textiles. 

How did you end up making what you make?

I've always had the drive to make things with my hands- but my textile driven work was really started when I attended the Kootenay School of the Arts in 2004. 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

I went to a lecture by Clara Parks (http://www.knittersreview.com/) at the start of October- and I feel like its lit a new fire in my heart. I knew the lecture was going to be fantastic- but I feel like its left something deep in me.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

I'm driven by the unyielding desire to make- I don't really know what it is inside of me, but it is there and it can't be quieted. 

I am also inspired by my partner, Arlin ffrench. He is a brilliantly creative person, and is always pushing me to do better. 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

The makers of Collective Howl are a collection of local makers that I am in love with- but as far as worldwide makers? 

The photographer Old Hag (http://www.old-hag.com/), 

the weaver Ragnheiður Þórsdóttir (http://www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/artist/ragnheidur-thorsdottir/), 

and Thieves of Tower (http://www.thievesoftower.com/)

What is your favourite season and why?

Winter- Coming into the dark cold times- and then back out to spring is the most magical time. 

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Rihanna- hands down!

How do you connect to your landbase?

Being able to stop and look- to actually see what surrounds you is the way I can stop and think of where I am. Being able to see any growth of plants, being aware of animals and birds, and recognizing where water sources are- this is something that can be done in the city or in the forest. In doing this you can recognize your place in the world. 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

"I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands." - louise bourgeois

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Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

My earliest memory is making nests from fresh cut grass in the orchard I grew up in. Being able to hide in a heap of fresh grass is the most real thing I can think of.

Brutally Beautiful Photography

Somewhere in the dust and decay of life's forgotten travelers, artist Amanda Bullick sees a beauty that inspires creation.

Pondering the cycles of life, death and rebirth her works conjure a feeling of earthy connectedness as well as a sacred sense of magic; like altars honoring the dearly departed and the stories of their wild lives thatthey took with them. The natural world, although it is all around us, never ceases to dazzle with its quiet secrets and mysteries.

Through photography, sculpture & jewelry, Amanda wanders into those dim lit places, lighting the way for our hearts to follow in search of something grand and familiar.

Q&A

How did you end up making what you make? 

My work seems to be in a constant form of evolution. By that i mean, it's always changing and the more i follow the flow of change, the more i realize i really don't want to be stuck in one form of art making. My first love affair started with photography, when my dad bought me a camera for my 15th birthday. Ever since then, I have been hooked on capturing images.  As time went by (10 or so years) I started to fall out of love with photography, so i began to collect bones. Not sure why, just listened and followed that path. Now, i make bone sculptures and jewelry as well as photography (which i fell back in love with again) The bone collecting led me to find my connection with the earth again, it gives me a reason to leave the city, to take in nature and to listen and watch in a way i haven't before.  

 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making? 

What informs my making the most? The natural world.

Through bone collecting i have been brought back to a place that feels like home, a place that helps guide and inspires my process, the forest.


What inspires or drives you to make what you make? 

i'm not sure there is anything specific that drives me to make what i make.

it's more like something i have to do, i am a maker and i must create.


Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Tim Walker, Mister Finch, Floria Sigismundi, megan majewski, nina pak, Caitlin ffrench, Omnika, 

etc...


 

What is your favourite season and why?

I can't say that i have a favourite season, each one allows for a different Amanda to come out and play!

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

Mos Def.


How do you connect to your landbase? 

I feel ever so connected to my landbase as of late. This is because a lot of my work is collected from around where i live. 

I have a very strong rule about how i collect and how i give back. All my bones, dead bugs, or dried plants must be found that

way. Nothing can be harmed to be art. Everytime i go out to collect, i am sure to have offerings to bring to the forest in return.

If i find a dearly departed friend or if someone brings me one, i smudge and bless each and every creature before i give them a 

proper burial in my garden.


Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you? 

 "she's mad but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire."

"we are the magic, the medicine, the mystery"

 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

My dad is a maker, so i have been making and creating since i was a wee one. 

One very early memory i have is making plaster fingers from my own hand, i still have those tiny fingers.

It seems that since i can remember, i have always found passion in making. Especially as a child, when you had 

no limits or pressure, just pure creation bliss!!




WOLF + SADIE

WOLF + SADIE is the independent, Canadian design studio of multi-disciplinary artist Bramble Lee Pryde, where she works as a metal-smith and sculptor. Specializing in monochromatic, metal heavy jewelry, Wolf + Sadie has amassed a devout following of artists, musicians, bloggers and stylists since its inception in 2013. Wolf + Sadie has most recently been featured in Pretty Little Liars and on Emma Ruth Rundle during her recent North American and European tours.

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 le lou ula:  Pryde's work as a sculptor started in university and was picked up again in 2014 and has led her to the creation of le lou ula  hand built porcelain and ceramic vessels. Exploring texture through raw, monochromatic finishes that parallels sister line WOLF + SADIE’s colourless palette.

 While working in a variety of mediums, Pryde explores these concepts by adhering to the ethos of the slow fashion movement, consciously producing each piece so it reflects significance, purpose and longevity.

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Q & A:

How did you end up making what you make? 
I found my way to metalsmithing while traveling abroad as a fine arts student. While away and experiencing the various cultures and values of other countries, I discovered the vital role of jewelry in the stories people tell about themselves, learning that women, above all, are the raconteurs who sustain and pass sacred traditions to new generations.

Pottery manifested through a need to put my hands into a different medium. After a year and half of forging metal and working with the tension of hard surfaces, I needed a medium that contrasted the fight. It started as a way to step away from jewelry and an opportunity to create my own displays; now it has evolved into its own brand.

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making? 
My life has always straddled the contrast and conflict of art vs. business. What I’ve grown to accept is that a balance of each concept is necessary to be successful or you will struggle without the other influence. A business acumen will protect yourself as an artist, and having a creative mind in business will set you apart.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make? 
I’m inspired by process and am driven by storytelling. Recently I realized that creating had been replaced by production and I was racing to create a new collection to launch every six months. It wasn’t allowing me to invest enough quality or time into exploring different mediums or the process itself. So now I have a permanent collection called Ancestors that I edit from time to time, adding new pieces to the families of designs, and taking away pieces that no longer make sense to the collection. Alongside to this, I am creating a collection called Hew, which will be one of kind or extremely small quantities of a design. This collection’s sole purpose is to be able to have a platform to explore my process. And for now this is a perfect pace to tell WOLF + SADIE and le lou ula's story.

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide? Maude Nibelungen (Montreal) is a master at weaving her life story into her collections, I admire her transparency and her designs are stunning. Krist Mort (Austria) has a haunting mind, her photography is incredible. Negin Izad (Vancouver) – the force behind Noctex, blows my mind with her designs, drive and strong values.

What is your favourite season and why? I love the transitional time of winter solstice. There is this dichotomy of silence and celebration that appeals to me. Inside people are feasting, celebrating and animated. Outside is quiet, stark and still. We transition from abundance to purification.

Who is your celebrity crush? I crush on characters more than actors typically. My forever crushes will always be Steff McKee, Jake Ryan & John Bender. The terrible bad boy, the conflicted normal guy & the unloved rebel that all fell for babes that were left of center. It gave me a sense of comfort in non-conformity.

How do you connect to your landbase? 
Since moving out of the city and into the mountains a couple of years ago, my process has naturally been influenced by the transition, as I rely on my surroundings to keep me rooted. Being close to water is necessary for me to maintain balance. I spend my down time road tripping though surrounding areas with my husband, and have a started a series of photographs. The series documents the contrast of the beauty and harshness of our surroundings and shows the instinctive connection that nature has to my design process with both lines.

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you? 
“Real life sucks you dry, If you want to fuck with the eagles, you need to learn how to fly.” 
It has stuck with me for decades and has meant different things at various stages of my life. I interpreted as super aggressive when I was a punk and naïvely thought that it was me against the world and it encompassed my FTW attitude. Now it has evolved into an aspirational motivator, reminding me to keep my head down and work on honing my skill set and to not be too caught up in other’s work or opinions – that growth is only dependant on my level of focus and commitment that I give it.

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?
I remember meeting a jeweller in Kathmandu that worked with large scale semi-precious stones. He reworked some pieces for me by changing pendant necklaces into these huge finger dusters. I loved that it was possible. I felt like I had this understanding of how it all worked and was drawn to the idea of being able to customize work unique to the individual. It was later that year that I moved to Australia and continued my education in Jewelry Methods while living in Perth.

Jourdan Tymkow

Jourdan Tymkow is a photographer based in Vancouver, BC. She is interested in exploring contemporary issues through conceptual photo based projects and is currently obtaining her BFA from Emily Carr University.

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How did you end up making what you make?

I've always loved taking photos. It started when my grandparents bought a digital camera and I would make scenes among my vast Beanie Baby collection. After high school, I didn't do anything creative for years and decided to start a lifestyle blog but quickly realized that it was taking photos I loved and that was about all I liked about it. Shortly after, I started self-teaching myself as much as I possibly could and became immersed in photography. 

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making? 

Time and time again; failure. I have failed hard multiple times and end up better than I initially was both creatively and technically. When it seemed impossible to emotionally continue, I've always push myself to continue on and see the lessons in unsuccessful moments. 

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

To create work that I feel is important and/or relevant and to continually outdo myself creatively and intellectually. 

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide? 

There's too many favourite makers locally and worldwide! My friends at Collective Howl, OURO Collective, Janaki Larsen, Andrew Querner, Jennilee Marigomen, Tristan Casey, James Nizam, Maggie Boyd, Amber Funk Barton, Jean Okada, my boyfriend Boone Naka to name a few. Globally, some favourites of mine right now are Richard Learoyd, Delaney Allen, and Marina Abramovic. 

What is your favourite season and why?

Cherry Blossom season. Vancouver feels fresh, inspiring, and insanely beautiful.

Who is your celebrity crush? 

Daniel Romano...meowwww!

How do you connect to your landbase?

By connecting to my community and above all else, going into nature. 

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

When I was first teaching myself photography, a co-worker asked me to participate in a group art show. I reluctantly agreed as I definitely didn't consider myself an artist or any good at photography, but ended up selling two images. The high from someone wanting something I created was very powerful.