So a tie-dyer, a ceramic artist and slipper knitter walk into a bar or should I say a giant convention hall and…..so began the annual Circle Craft Christmas Market.
Now in 40th year, the Circle Craft Christmas Market is basically Vancouver’s craft show Greycup. Running from November 7-11 this year, the line up includes artists and artisans from Black Creek to Kitchener, Okotoks to Whitehorse. But some of the niftiest finds are, of course, created by artists and artisans who call Vancouver home.
Presented by the Circle Craft Cooperative Association, the Christmas Market originally kicked off in 1973 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch). Then it was housed under the sails at Canada Place. Now the fair, which features over 300 fibre, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, ceramic and other artisans, takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West location.
There are a number of new Vancouver exhibitors at this year’s show. You’ll find my top picks from our very own backyard after the jump.
Daub+Design – channel your inner Janis Joplin or Joan Baez with these no-seam, hand-dyed leggings and skivvies.
A Cagey Bee – love the Royal Tannenbaums or The Never Ending Story? Then you’ll love the doe-eyed interpretations of the main characters in painter Kris G. Brownlee’s portraiture.
Identity Tees & Home Goods – embrace your true patriot love with these cheeky, Canadiana silk screened tees and pillows Bob and Doug McKenzie would love.
Glasnost – move over Carhartt, Glasnost builds clothing to last. Their line of waxed cotton apparel and bags are utilitarian yet stylish.
Haejin Lee – the gently undulated surfaces of Haejin Lee’s cups, plates and saucers remind me of the ocean on a slightly breezy English Bay night.
Jonathan Designz – what would happen if teak, birch, sterling silver and freshwater pearl got together to raise a family? Answer: the minimalist, Fifth Element-inspired designs of Jonathan Designz’s elegant pendants.
Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere – move over Preloved, Winterluxe is our hometown upcycling hero with their recycled cashmere cowls, mittens, shag carpets and pillows.
Monkey Butter – you’ll bust me in the kitchen with a large spoon in the jar after this year’s Christmas Market. I love un-adulterated spoonfuls of Monkey Butter’s maple bacon, salted caramel and coconut flavored peanut butters. Mmmmm.
Muffle-Up – slipper season is here and now not just babies get to wear those beautiful knitted Peruvian wool, leather soled beauties. Muffle-up makes slippers for all ages and sizes.
Steidle Woodworking – for the record collector in your life, James Steidle makes sturdy, multi-hued wooden LP boxes and crates of varying sizes.
Who are you going to check out at the Circle Craft Christmas Market? Share your favorite Circle Crafters in the comments section below.