Must-see Vancouver Artisans, Film makers and Designers at IDSWest + Ticket Giveaway

The District at IDSWest features locally made goods.

The District at IDSWest features locally made goods.

The Interior Design Show West rolls into Vancouver this week and they are turning 10.

From September 25-28 designers, retailers, magazine editors and film makers all take over Vancouver Convention Centre West in the name of spreading the gospel of savvy, good-looking and efficient interior design. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Western Canada’s largest interior design show with 35,000 attendees expected and over 250 exhibitors at the show.

Though there will be HGTV stars, internationally known designers,and publishers in attendance, the number of interesting sessions hosted by acclaimed Vancouverites is impressive. Below you’ll find my picks of must-see locals curating, speaking, and teaching at IDSWest 2014.  Continue reading:
Must-see Vancouver Artisans, Film makers and Designers at IDSWest + Ticket Giveaway

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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December is here! Start off the beginning of a new month with a weekend full of activities! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

What To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This mid-November weekend is full of outdoor and indoor events in Vancouver. From arts & crafts, skating, ballet, movies & short films, theatre, winter market, whisky tasting, and innovator speakers – everyone will find something to enjoy! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Time to get crafty: 3 DIY events in Vancouver this month

Bath bombs! Photo credit: Element Botanicals

Bath bombs! Photo credit: Element Botanicals

Nesting season is here. Fall always equals getting together with other creative types and feathering my nest, so to speak.

There are countless crafty types in Vancouver who not only sell their wares at fun fairs like Got Craft, Make It and Blim but also bestow their creative secrets to the rest of us.

This month is no exception. October contains a number DIY classes that will ease you into the fall months, fill your tub, your freezer and even your sock drawer. I thought I would share three of October’s not-to-miss, how-to sessions happening in the City of Glass. Continue reading:
Time to get crafty: 3 DIY events in Vancouver this month

Group craft show at Pendulum Gallery

Dominique Brechault work

Work by Dominique Brechault. Photo courtesy Circle Craft.

A new group show celebrates the 40th anniversary of a local crafts group.

Circle Craft 40 Years and Beyond features work by both long-standing and more recent members of Circle Craft, a cooperative formed in Victoria, B.C. 40 years ago.

Thanks to the Internet and sites like Etsy, as well as a new and growing appreciation for locally made and handcrafted artisanal products, crafts are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. In this way, Circle Craft is way ahead of the curve.

The show at the Pendulum Gallery in the HSBC Building (885 W. Georgia) is a showcase for members’ more ambitious work. The more functional items by Circle Crafters can be found at the coop’s store on Granville Island. It’s the grander works that are displayed at the gallery in the exhibit, on now until Aug. 23.

Exhibitors include metal workers, jewellery makers, textile artists, ceramics and woods crafters, and many more. More information on exhibitors can be found at circlecraft.net/content/pendulum-gallery-show.

Pendulum Gallery hours:

M-W 9 am-6 pm
Th & F 9 am-9 pm
Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Sunday Closed

Make It – over 100 artisans and crafters this weekend!

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Audra Ricketts will be selling her Rabbit Rabbit line of greeting cards at Make It April 19 – 21 at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Photo courtesy Audra Ricketts.

Make It is a craft fair with a twist. Not only does the three-day affair bring together over 100 of Western Canada’s top artisans, designers and crafters, but the addition of live music, a bar and lots of tasty treats make the stroll through the aisles even more fun (and potentially spendy) than it might otherwise be.

At Make It, you’ll find fashion, specialty foods, body care products, accessories, art, jewelry (lots and lots of jewelry), baby items, and home decor. And if this sounds like a very female-oriented enterprise, don’t worry – there’s even stuff for the guys, too.

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Make It – over 100 artisans and crafters this weekend!

Etsy Craft Party

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Anyone who’s spent hours getting lost on the popular online craft market Etsy knows that there’s a lot of talented and creative people out there – many of whom live in Vancouver. Well, there’s now an opportunity to go behind the velvet curtain of mystery that we call the Internet and meet the folks behind the crafts.

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Etsy Craft Party

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