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  Aurelie’s work celebrates the history of enamelling and its longstanding tradition of storytelling dating back most notably to the Byzantine era, where enamelling was used to depict religious icons. Using these traditional techniques, her work revives the medium through a contemporary context fuelled by street art, comics, pop art and counter culture. Employing a combination […]

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Sunshine Coast Arts Council presents: 30TH ANNUAL HACKETT PARK ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR August 19th & 20th, 2017 Calling all artisans! Two vendor spots remain for this year’s Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair. Download an application at: http://sunshinecoastartscouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Hackett-Park-Arts-and-Crafts-Fair-Application-Form-2017.pdf and join in the fun! 1987 marked the first Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair. Set […]

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The 5th Annual Fashion Show and Sale will be held: Wednesday August 9th @1pm Community Foundation Stage John Lawson Park at the foot of 17th Street, Est Vancouver See you there rain or shine!

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New website builds community networks of makers, growers and local shoppers The 100 Mile Living team launched www.100mileliving.ca in March of this year, to support local entrepreneurs and business owners like yourselves. Medea and Natalie had three goals in mind when developing the site: Provide an easy way for shoppers to find locally made and […]

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The show is a collection of face and portrait ideas some more resolved than others. Every piece is created using textile techniques including dyes, pigments, printing techniques, stitching (both hand and sewing machine stitching) and various kinds of appliqué.   I want to include pieces in the show that are well-worked and re-worked incorporating dyeing, painting, […]

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In my life as an artist I have made hundreds of portraits.  Not in the standard way necessarily of making portraits but instead as expressions of design, interpretations of features and evocations of meaning. I mean, they didn’t necessarily look like exact people but they were a vehicle for me as the artist to delve […]

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Pamela Ritchie is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, the foremost distinction in excellence in Canadian contemporary craft and one of the Governor General’s Awards. She will be among the artists featured in the upcoming SEEING RED exhibition at Crafthouse. Ritchie is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal and recently exhibited there in a retrospective titled: […]

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  so this morning when i went to pick out my earrings – i chose my little glass beads – very simple and inexpensive – my thoughts flickered to our shop manager, who is an amazing glass artist – would she appraise them as inferior? which is silly cause it is not likely she or anyone […]

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Thirteen to Zero: Exploring Sustainable Design, is the name of Dawn Russell’s current exhibit at the Craft Council Gallery on Granville Island. In order to understand the title, you must do a little exploring on your own, with the help of the information provided by Dawn and found on the various walls of the gallery. […]

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Looking for a unique mother’s day gift? then come to the 2017 Earring Show! earrings by caroline riviere Sunday May 7th 3-7pm at the Craft Council BC, 1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver Earrings for the everyday or for that special evening, all handcrafted in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials by artists from […]

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The CCBC AGM will be held 7-8:30 pm Monday May 1st, 2017 at the Carousel Theater, 1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver. Highlights for this year are: We will be sharing the outcomes of our 2016 Functional Plan for a provincial centre for craft. We will also discuss some examples of business models we may use to […]

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As the participants of the “Connections” show met over dinner, Eleanor Hannan joked that we were divided into indoor and outdoor girls. Naturalists are a hardy bunch, venturing out in nasty weather, cameras and field guides in hand. Artists hunker down in their studios, imagining and making, casting the odd wistful glance out the window. […]

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I have come to art jewelry in a roundabout way. As an artist I have a fascination with arte povera materials that I’d discovered in art school and still fascinate me: rubber bands, copper wire from electric motor coils, fabric, garden hoses, the every day materials that slip beneath our notice. As I looked carefully I also saw this […]

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As seven of us –three craftspeople, four naturalists– work towards our show “Connections,” I have been reflecting on rigour. I associate it with care, attention to detail, and thoroughness. Detail comes by necessity to those who work in textile; we often we add up small stitches, weave structures and repetitive motions to produce the whole. […]

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13 to 0 …exploring sustainable design with the Disappearing Nine-Patch to create a zero waste garment Sadly, the fashion industry is the second most wasteful industry in the world. Approximately 15% of the total fabric used in garment pattern cutting is waste. In Thirteen to Zero, I have been working with historical cloth-cutting techniques to further reduce […]

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13 to 0 is not a sports score–it is my exploration of waste reduction in garment design. “…create clothing that better serves both the user and the environment”. Holly McQuillan.  The zero-waste fashion movement has been embraced internationally and includes designers such as British Columbia’s Katherine Soucie, the UK-based Mark Liu and Julian Roberts, New […]

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How do nature and culture interact? Well, usually over lunch or dinner. When I first proposed this exhibition, I envisioned a cross-pollination between craftspeople and members of Nature Vancouver, the city’s natural history society.  As a member of both organizations, I felt we could put our heads together to generate new and meaningful work. The […]

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Gabrielle Desmarais will be one of the artists featured in the upcoming contemporary jewelry exhibition, SEEING RED. She was born in Quebec in 1983 and received her degree from the Jewellery School of Montreal in 2010. Following her graduation, she was awarded the Janis Kerman Prize for Emerging Artists and was the first prize winner of the 7th National […]

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13 to 0 is not a sports score–it is my exploration of waste reduction in garment design for Della Terra Designs. The Fashion industry is the second most wasteful industry in the world but sustainability and ethical practices have begun to matter to consumers and the industry. Not a day goes by without the media reporting […]

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From a little girl, I have enjoyed making things and the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating something. I was an avid sewer who went on to study fashion design at Ryerson. Having textiles in my mind’s eye for garments but not finding them available led me to want to create textiles. I learned […]

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The Craft Council of B.C’s annual show of emerging artists is an opportunity for the public to see traditional craft media transformed by a new generation. Emily May’s ceramic shards speak of the metaphoric and real heartache of breakage. The sinking feeling of unpacking a box after moving to find one’s favourite cup broken extends […]

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The opening date is approaching for ‘Inspired by Material & Process’ an exhibition displaying the work of five emerging artists at the Craft Council of BC Gallery.  In the lead up to to this exhibition we caught up with the artists involved to find out more about their art practice and inspirations. You can watch the videos with […]

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The opening date is approaching for ‘Inspired by Material & Process’ an exhibition displaying the work of five emerging artists at the Craft Council of BC Gallery.  In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked textile artist Laura Meyers some questions to find out more about her art practice and inspirations. Briefly describe your medium of […]

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Caring for your fine craft may seem daunting at times… after all, someone put all their talent and effort into making the piece, it only seems right to make the extra effort to ensure the piece lasts and lasts.  But caring for your fine craft may not be as onerous as you may think. Here […]

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Doug Warren (of The Woodshop on Granville Island) is a true craftsman, who has over 40 years experience in woodworking. Listen to his story & join Doug to learn more about woodworking at the next Craft, Heritage & Me FREE session for youth aged 12-17: Jan 21, 12-3pm. Tickets available here. You can watch the […]

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Over this past year you may have purchased work from our store, exhibited in our gallery, sold work through our social enterprises, found an amazing opportunity by reading the e-news or perhaps enjoyed attending one of our many events that celebrated craft and the artists that create it. In addition to the activity you participated in and our regular member support did you know […]

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In this blog post, learn about the expertise and aspiration of Michael Hamilton-Clark, a vibrant artist who creates pieces using the art of woodturning. Michael is one of three amazing artists creating art with wood, who will share their practice and experience in Craft, Heritage & Me on January 21st from 12 -3 pm. Youths aged […]

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To have and to hold: the physical book — more than a quaint tradition An exhibition by Penny Parry – Review by Frances Hunter The exhibition To Have and to Hold encourages us to re-experience the physical book as a container of much more than just information. Increasingly today, we read text on the smooth, backlit […]

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Canada has lost a champion of culture with the passing of Margaret Joan Chalmers on December 2nd 2016. Companion of the Order of Canada (1997), Member of the Order of Ontario (1994) and the recipient of many additional awards and honours, she was a fierce advocate and supporter of the arts. A committed ally, her […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of “UNEXPECTED” – an exhibition curated Lexie Owen. The panel discussion featured Juror Lyndsey Rice and exhibiting artists Barbara Cohen, Lydia Buxton and Melissa Cameron. UNEXPECTED explores the strange and sometimes discordant elements that make the viewing, […]

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At the Crafthouse gift shop at YVR there is a selection of the small wooden boxes that Michael Hamilton-Clark makes. He tells us how displaying his work at the airport has supported his sales to a wider, international audience! In October last year I received an e-mail from a lady travelling from Australia to visit […]

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Want to learn more about creating links between youth, craft and heritage experiences through one-on-one interaction with artists? Look no further – we are partnering with False Creek Community Centre to offer a woodworking session for youth aged 12-17. When: January 21, 12-3pm Where: Granville Island Learn how the artists use wood to create beautiful handmade objects! […]

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Japanese photographer Ryo Yamazaki has started getting creative and making felt hats for his cats. You can see how he makes the felt here: 抜け毛が上手にまとまらないとお悩みの皆様へ。本日は抜け毛研究家の先生による実演をご覧ください🎥 This is how to make a fur ball.Check it up! #抜け毛サロン #抜け毛貯金 #換毛期 #cat #scottishfold #neko #catstagram #catsofinstagram #catlover #instacat #gato #chat #猫 #ねこ #ネコ #ふわもこ部 #もふもふ #スコティッシュフォールド #茶トラ #にゃあまるむぎ動画 A video […]

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The Holiday Season is upon us but don’t worry we’ve got you covered! To make it easy this year we’ve put together some of our favourite gift ideas, from unique jewellery and handcrafted pottery to beautifully shaped wood, fabulous fibre, and hand blown glass art that will be sure to shine this festive season! Be […]

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Allan Cusworth is a talented BC wood turner – and gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to turn an eccentric pedestal bowl in the latest issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine. You can find Allan’s beautiful craftsmanship in Craft Council of British Columbia at 1386 Cartwright St, Granville Island.

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Growing up, Lydia Buxton had always been fascinated by art and craft, though her exposure to handcrafted jewelry in rural BC was limited. As a child she reveled in fashioning necklaces from glass seed beads. Her love for the creative inspired her to pursue an arts degree at NSCAD University, which rekindled her childhood interest […]

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Elegant Threads is the annual show and sale of the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild. Featuring one of a kind hand spun yarns, unique clothing, household linens and decor and whimsical creations. All the items are hand crafted by members of the guild.   When: Friday November 25, 11am-5pm – Saturday November 26th, 10am-5pm Where: […]

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The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Announces the 2017 Call For Artist Submissions Offering $30,000 Worth Of Awards The Salt Spring National Art Prize is pleased to launch its second biennial juried competition of Canadian 2D and 3D visual art. The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize is to encourage artists whose […]

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Join us for refreshments, delicious seasonal beer from Granville Island Brewing, networking, and a private view of our current exhibition Unexpected, by the Vancouver Metal Arts Association. When: 6th December, 2016. 5:30 – 7:30pm Where: Craft Council of BC, 1386 Cartwright St, Granville Island, Vancouver, V6H 3R8 LOCO BC is a non-profit local business alliance […]

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This amazing tiny pottery is handmade by Jon Almeda – he handthrows on a wheel, working with his fingers and regular sized tools to make miniature designs! See more of his amazing work on Facebook, Instagram and his website.   Any questions on the process feel free to ask. #whpfreetime #timelapse A video posted by […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported Celebrate Craft…Beer! In no particular order we would like to thank: The breweries: Big Ridge Brewing Co, Bomber Brewing, Callister Brewing Co, Dead Frog Brewery, Driftwood Brewery, Faculty Brewing Co, Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co, Granville Island Brewing, Luppolo Brewing […]

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Craft can mean many different things – and especially in the creative province of British Columbia! We are celebrating the craft of both beer and design at our fundraiser on Saturday November 5, Celebrate Craft…Beer! This fundraiser plays host to 18 local BC breweries, and a host of local artists and artisans displaying proudly that BC […]

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Report from the CCF Conference Well it was a great conference – lots of new ideas were shared, plans and connections made. The Canadian Crafts Federation will be uploading the video from the keynote speaker – Shannon Stratton – the new curator of New York’s Museum of Art and Design – a very thought provoking talk. I have […]

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Celebrate Craft… Beer! is this Saturday (Nov 5th) ! In this interview, learn about an emerging Vancouver-based business that sells hand-made marshmallows! Welcome to the world of marshmallows. No wait, it should be Goodmallows! Goodmallows is an emerging Vancouver-based business that sells hand-made marshmallows of organic ingredients and natural flavours. Joanna McIntyre founded the business […]

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Celebrate Craft… Beer! is right in the corner! With just TEN days left until the event, now is the perfect opportunity to learn more about local artists and artisans at the craft market! This blog post features craftedvan, an innovative business producing and selling creative and lovely magnetic bookmarks! Read on to find out more and don’t forget […]

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“Celebrate Craft… Beer!” is almost here! To give you a glimpse of the upcoming festival, we interviewed Joanna Lovett. A passionate and accomplished local artist , she can’t wait to introduce everyone to an array of her most popular and special jewelry at the craft market. Buy your ticket now to find that perfect gift for […]

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Hope Forstenzer has been fascinated for years with classic fairy tales, stories, legends, and creatures. Stories For Children will use a classic source of joy for kids – a bunch of balloons – to showcase a wide variety of the things that children have been told will come get them if they’re not well behaved, […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of “to have & to hold – the physical book: more than a quaint tradition” – an exhibition by Penny Parry on Friday October 14. The talk given by the artist was very well attended and delved into […]

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Have you ever wanted to host your own splatter party, or make your own candles? You have the opportunity to win these fantastic prizes by bidding on our silent auction at Celebrate Craft…Beer! We have some great local prizes up for grabs, and the best bit? By buying tickets to our fundraiser, you’re supporting the ongoing delivery […]

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A recent study in the journal BMC Public Health by authors Christina Davies, Matthew Knuiman, and Michael Rosenberg, has shown that people who had high arts engagement (at least 100 hours per year) reported better mental health than people who participated less frequently or not at all, even after adjusting for other potential factors in mental […]

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We talked to Peter Braune of New Leaf Editions in the lead up to Craft, Heritage & Me – a fun and FREE session for youths aged 16 + to learn about hand-made objects. Braune looks forward to introducing participants to the field of printmaking and engaging them in thought-provoking discussions and intriguing demonstrations. Peter Braune […]

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This month’s issue of Studio Magazine will soon be in your mailbox! Some interesting articles on commissioned art, marketing craft, architectural glass, Quebecois craft, the impact of digital on craft in museums, the paradox of patronage and look into the craft of the tattoo culture. Be sure to check out the BC content in the Slice […]

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It’s your chance to make sure we strengthen the arts and culture economy in 2017! Appointed by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services seeks the public’s input each Fall  on the next year’s provincial budget. The Committee’s consultation process for the 2017 provincial budget is […]

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With our ‘Celebrate Craft…Beer!’ fundraiser approaching, we wanted to learn more about the craft in craft beer! We spoke to Mauricio Lozano of Faculty Brewing Co, to learn more about the craft process behind the beer. How would you define the term “craft beer”? Craft beer is an artisanal beer produced at a locally owned, owner operated, […]

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Office Coordinator/Budding Print Technician Wanted! New Leaf Editions is a small collaborative print studio. We enjoy working with artists to create printed images using all forms of print media and with designers, to create projects with etched metal. It’s a pretty small studio on Granville Island but we have a large and eclectic array of artists & designers […]

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If you missed the fantastic Q&A evening with Brigitte Martin, hosted by the VMAA – you can catch up with the videos of the evening (in three parts) via our YouTube channel! Brigitte is editor of Crafthaus online and new president of Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

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Have you already started thinking about planning your Christmas shopping? What better way to get prepared for the festive season than by shopping with local artists and artisans of British Columbia! Celebrate the extraordinary talent of local artisans and enjoy delicious craft beer at the same time by joining us for Celebrate Craft…Beer! Charmian Nimmo “I’ve […]

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Penny Parry’s upcoming exhibition: “to have & to hold – the physical book…more than a quaint tradition” is an opportunity to explore the physical aspects of the print book. We all too easily lose the physical senses of books: size, touch and smell; when working on laptops and tablets. Collaboration Project You have the chance to […]

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A message from our Executive Director Raine Mckay Welcome to the team! Welcome to three new team members – Chantelle will be taking over for Marissa as weekend shop assistant; Elly is a SFU intern who will be working on our Craft, Heritage and Me program and finally Sally, our CHRC intern. Sally has a […]

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Kartion Art Gallery Themed Call – Who We Are and Where We Came From Abbotsford is host to 130,000 individuals of many different beliefs, heritages, and lifestyles. This curated open call will exhibit works of art which celebrate our differences and expose us to other walks of life. All artistic mediums are encouraged to apply.Online […]

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Lots of our members sell work both in Canada and across to the United States. In order to sell in the US there is lots of information artists need to know and it is worth doing your research! Trade seminars and meeting with broker agents are really valuable methods for finding out specific up-to-date information […]

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Penny Parry has had a long standing attraction to the story of Alice in Wonderland.  Being an only child, she found nothing odd about this strange group of imaginary characters [Penny had make-believe friends who were very real to her when she was a young child] nor about the little girl who was so curious. […]

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With our ‘Celebrate Craft…Beer!’ fundraiser approaching, we wanted to learn more about the craft of craft beer! We asked our one of our wonderful jurors – Chad McCarthy, an expert in the craft beer field, to give us tasting tips for people new to the craft beer scene. What attributes do you take into consideration when reviewing/tasting […]

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The opening date is approaching for ‘to have & to hold – the physical book: more than a quaint tradition’  an exhibition by Penny Parry at the Craft Council of BC Gallery October 14th – November 17th, 2016.   In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked Parry  some questions to find out more […]

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The Langham Cultural Society seeks a dynamic, energetic, and innovative Executive Director for a part-time position to begin January 2017. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall day-to-day management and administration of the activities of the Langham. The Langham is a 42 year old not-for-profit charitable cultural […]

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We have a job opening and are looking for a Shop Assistant for our Social Enterprise store on Granville Island. Crafthouse is the social enterprise program operated by CCBC where we display and sell juried contemporary craft in ceramic, fibre, glass, metal and wood by members of the Council. Through providing an outlet for the […]

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This mini-documetary by Patrick Race shows the beauty and technical skill behind weaving. Teri Rofkar, an Alaskan native artist and basket weaver, is following in the footsteps of her Ancestors, striving to recapture the woven arts of an indigenous people. “Decades of weaving have opened my eyes to the pure science that is embedded in Tlingit […]

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Please join us in wishing Happy Birthday to our Board Member Stefanie Curtis! Stefanie Curtis  has experience in retail sales, communications and marketing for the last 10 years. Stefanie has extensively worked with non-for-profit organizations to small and large size businesses, helping start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with their marketing and communications strategic plans and initiatives. […]

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In this interview, Jan Smith shares her growth as an art jeweller and discusses her aspirations as an artist with enthusiasm. Drop by Craft Council Shop on Granville Island to catch Jewelry Dialogue: On and Off the Body. The current exhibition featuring her and Louise Perrone’s incredible creations is on only until September 29th, so don’t miss […]

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One of our lovely artists, Grace Lee of Eikcam, has recommended the “thoughtfully stunning” 3 Singing Birds as an excellent place for local craft! You can find both Eikcam and Kalika Bowlby‘s beautiful ceramics in this store located in Whistler. What better way to round off a day of sightseeing than by sampling some local BC […]

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In this interview, Louise Perrone shares her experience learning and growing as an art jeweller with sincerity and humour. She invites everyone to visit Jewelry Dialogue: On and Off the Body, the current awe-inspiring exhibition at the Crafthouse on Granville Island. The show featuring her and Jan Smith’s mesmerising creations is on only until September […]

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CULTIVATING CRAFT: PATHWAYS TO PRACTICE Mark your calendars! The CCF/FCMA’s 11th Annual National Craft Conference, “Cultivating Craft: Pathways to Practice”, is taking place October 13th to the 16th at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Alberta. In partnership with the co-hosts, the Alberta Craft Council and the Alberta College of Art + […]

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LECTURE + EVENT| An Evening with Brigitte Martin – Monday Sept. 26 Details: Brigitte Martin is editor of Crafthause online and new president of Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Louise Perrone, VMAA President, will host an discussion with Brigitte, with a Metals Mixer to follow at Dockside Pub in the Granville Island Hotel. WHAT: An evening with Brigitte Martin WHEN: […]

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Master printer Keizaburo Matsuzaki visited the Art Gallery of New South Wales in March 2010 in conjunction with the exhibition Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro. He brought the woodblocks to create a print of Takashima Ohisa, the teahouse waitress, designed by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806) in the 1790s.  

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Save the Date: Craft Ontario 40th Anniversary Gala Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM The Estates of Sunnybrook 2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 Please join Craft Ontario for a special evening to celebrate and honour some of the craft community’s most important figures through the distinguished Craft Ontario Anniversary Awards Series. […]

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The Salt Spring Ceramic Awards is hosting an event series in association with the awards exhibition. For more information sign up to the Facebook event for updates, and check our their website: saltspringpottersguild.com. 

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Exhibition Opening Hammer Cut Stitch Repeat is an exploration of repetition to achieve pattern and form in fine craft. With an emphasis on wearable art, Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat will bring together artists working in metal, paper, and textile. Individually, each artist’s practice has a focus on repeating one action over and over; something that […]

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Craft Council of BC Internship Opening – Social Enterprise Coordinator We are looking for an innovative and motivated intern to work with our social enterprise committee to revise our 3 year business plans for two of our social enterprise initiatives – Craft Carts and Heritage in Your Hand. For the pdf application guide please click here. Craft […]

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Unlike traditional jewelry, which is appreciated for its use of precious metals and gems, contemporary studio jewelry is valued for its originality and conceptual content. Inexpensive materials such as plastic, ceramic or fabric are frequently preferred to precious materials for conceptual or expressive purposes. Following Nicolas Bourriaud’s concept of relational aesthetics, contemporary jewelers often focus […]

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This video shows very skilled, old-school Venetian techniques, which are still very much applicable to modern-day making. You can find examples of similar techniques in glassware by Julian Duerksen, available in Crafthouse, 1386 Cartwright St, Granville Island. The Corning Museum of Glass also has a great video of James Mongrain and the Hot Glass Demo team […]

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OCTOBER IS FIBRE ARTS MONTH AT SEMIAHMOO ARTS Now accepting exhibitors for the Fibre Arts Market Oct 22-23 at South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601-20 Ave, Surrey. Artists must exhibit handmade items/artwork/craftwork that incorporates fibre arts.  Textiles, stitchery, weaving, fashion design, felting, knitting, fabric dying, lace-making are all welcome! Exhibitor tables are 5′ x […]

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A message from our Executive Director Raine Mckay New ways to engage! This summer we have made some significant changes to how we receive information from our members. We have simplified the various processes so members won’t have to submit the same information in several places. We have moved to using an online system called Slideroom […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of “Jewelry Dialogue: On and Off The Body” – an exhibition by Louise Perrone and Jan Smith on Thursday August 18. The talk given by the artists was very well attended (hardly any standing-room left in the room!) […]

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Wearing Art Jewellery In the lead up to the new exhibition at Craft Council of BC – Jewellery Dialogue: On and Off the Body – Louise Perrone speaks about the responsibilities of wearing art jewellery. When we began thinking about this show, Jan Smith and I talked about art jewelry as a dialogue. You can […]

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This interesting short documentary video focuses on Yukon Red Jade – found by Jules Delaney in 2013. He works to find the individual beauty within jade, and each piece is unique. Videography by ICandy Films. ICandy Films focuses on creating films for artists and craftspeople, and are based in BC.

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Crafthouse needs YOU! The Craft Council of British Columbia (CCBC) provides leadership in the craft community by building and promoting the development, viability and appreciation of Canadian Fine Craft. CCBC’s Social Enterprise Program on Granville Island – Crafthouse – is looking for a team of weekend volunteers to help out in the running of the store. […]

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Where: www.annietungcreative.com, studio at East Cordova St and Hawk Position: Studio Intern (jewellery and object design) Term: 1-2 days a week (6 to 12 hrs) for 6 months intern in exchange for bench/studio use (for example 4 hrs intern = 4 hrs studio/bench use) Deadline : August 30, 2016 To apply, please send a short cover […]

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Textile Art Department OPEN HOUSE Saturday August 20, 2-5pm MakerLabs 780 E. Cordova Drop by the new space at MakerLabs on Saturday August 20 anytime between 2-5pm. There will be weaving and talking about recent projects and future plans. The MakerLabs is a really exciting and creative space that Textile Art Department feel quite at home in. Questions about our […]

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Please join us in welcoming Emma Kelly to our team! We are so excited that Emma will be sharing her  skills and passion for contemporary craft with us as our Social Enterprise Manager. We’d like to invite you to get  to know Emma  better in her  answers to our fun Q and A below. What inspires you […]

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This video, made by the talented Colette Nichol of Story Envelope, shows a little sneak peek behind the scenes of June Hunter’s studio. June Hunter’s work can be found in the Crafthouse on Granville Island, 1386 Cartwright St, and you can visit her website here for more information about her background, work and where to buy […]

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Vancouver TV joined us at Celebrate – The Vancouver Summer Market to interview some of our wonderful artists taking part: Joanna Lovett Sterling, Olympia Komianos, Billy Would Designs & mined reCREATIONS.    

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The opening date is approaching for Jewellery Dialogue: On and Off The Body – an exhibition by Louise Perrone and Jan Smith at the Craft Council of BC Gallery August 18 – September 29, 2016.   In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked Louise Perrone some questions to find out more about her art practice and inspirations. […]

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We recently ran a competition via social media during Celebrate – The Vancouver Summer Market. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful vendors who donated some really fantastic prizes: Carolyn DiPasquale, Blackford Design, Shi Studio, Treats Designs, The Woodman, Melia’s Enterprise, LanaBetty Designs,  Arundel Studios Pottery, Olympia Komianos Studio, Barbara Beamiss, Clayburn Copperworks, Joanna […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported Celebrate – The Vancouver Summer Market. In no particular order we would like to thank: Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) Vancouver Convention Centre Our wonderful market team – Raine, Emma, Kara, Michelle & Charlotte Our amazing volunteers […]

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The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking artisans to participate in The Gift Box, an area of CityScape Community Art Space dedicated to the display and sale of small works by artists and artisans. They are currently accepting submissions for the FALL 2016, for a contract period of 4 months. They are specifically looking […]

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Craft, Heritage & Me Program We are in the process of revising the online curriculum for our Craft, Heritage and Me Program – one of our fabulous summer students – Michelle Martin – is currently researching the following: What are the dominant discourses/narratives that have shaped the way we see craft today? How have people […]

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With one month to go until the opening night of Jewelry Dialogue: On and Off the Body by Jan Smith and Louise Perrone, we’re getting intrigued by the upcoming artwork! To count down the days we’re giving you a sneak peek of what’s to come in Jan & Louise’s exhibition below! Be sure to check […]

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We would like to wish Julie a great last day at the Craft Council of BC. We’re grateful for the immense amount of work Julie has put into the running of Crafthouse. We will be very sad to see her go, but wish her all the best for the future.

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One of our wonderfully talented jewellery artists, Joanna Lovett, is featured in an article from Creators Vancouver. She talks about her unique designs in Vancouver, Hollywood films featuring her pieces, and advice to artisans looking to establish themselves. Lockets She talks about lockets, and the wonderful significance behind each piece of jewellery. They can hold secret notes, or be a personal […]

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It’s something that no-one wants to think about. But do you have a plan for your studio/workspace in the event of an emergency? CERF+‘s Studio Protector site provides some really useful tips on how to prepare for an emergency situation, be it a fire in your studio, theft during a show or market, extending all […]

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A message from our Executive Director Raine Mckay Hello & Goodbye On July 11th we welcome a new social enterprise program manager – Ema Kelly. Ema has a background in visual merchandising and retail. Her experience as U.K. glass artist gives her a keen understanding of what it takes to be a successful independent craft […]

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With two weeks to go until Celebrate – The Vancouver Summer Market, have you got everything organized? One thing you may want to think about is a booth buddy! A booth buddy is a vendor on another booth that you can work alongside and help each other during the event. If you need a quick lunch […]

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JEWELRY DIALOGUE: ON AND OFF THE BODY An Exhibition by Jan Smith & Louise Perrone, August 18th – September 29th, 2016 (Photo Credit: Jan Smith & Louise Perrone) Jan Smith began working in Art Jewelry in 1998, and is exploring the emotional significance of commonplace objects in our lives by using jewelry as more than a decorative object. […]

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Andrew Muir, Greg Bartels, Andrew Millard and Scott Belyea have recently worked together to release another stunning Hand Crafted documentary as part of the Hand Crafted Stories series. “The Potter” features the work of Craft Council of BC member Linda Doherty (of D bar D Studios, Inc.). We asked Andrew Muir a few questions about ‘Hand Crafted’ to […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of “Origins: an exhibition by Georgina Lohan” on Thursday June 30. The talk given by the artist Georgina Lohan was well attended and completely awe-inspiring for admirers, artists and ceramicists alike! She explained the exhibition, and […]

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Sheryl MacKay interviewed the ever inspiring Debra Sloan – Master Ceramist, 2015 Hilde Gerson Award & Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award winner. If you missed the fantastic North by Northwest program on May 22, you can listen to the interview here. You can view Debra’s work on her website: http://www.debrasloan.com/ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/programs/northbynorthwest/sunday-may-22-1.3605650?autoplay=true

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Celebrate – The Vancouver Summer Market In less than a month we will be hosting our fourth annual Summer Craft Market: CELEBRATE. It’s happening July 21st-24th at the Jack Poole Plaza located just west of the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. It’s free entry, with 64 local artists and a whole lot of local crafts and products to […]

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Have you ordered your tables and chairs? Electricity? Don’t forget to get your orders in before July 8th! Details on how to order are below. In the countdown to Celebrate – The Vancouver Summer Market, we have released the exhibitor’s kit to help with all your planning. Make sure you read through this handy guide to […]

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With only one week to go until the opening night of Origins: An Exhibition by Georgina Lohan, we’re all getting very excited! To count down the days we’re giving you a sneak peek of what’s to come in Georgina’s exhibition below! Be sure to check out our other posts to read more behind the inspiration […]

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Welcome to our latest Artist to Artist post! In these posts you will hear firsthand hints and tips on a range of topics from our professional member artists. Today we will be hearing from Tara Galuska. [Photo Credit: Moths/Flowers: Tara Galuska, Succulent Garden: Nicole Wong] Tara likes to “create poetry with paper” and you can find […]

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Are you looking for a studio space? Know someone who is? The Vancouver Metal Arts Association, as part of its mandate to foster sharing of information and techniques as well as education and awareness of the jewellery and metal arts is on the hunt for a permanent space. How does that affect you, and our membership at large? We […]

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‘Celebrate The Vancouver Summer Market’ is fast approaching – with a month to go until the doors open we are getting very excited about this year’s wonderful vendors. But, if you’re not familiar with Vancouver, how do you get to the summer market? Well, that couldn’t be easier! Celebrate is located in downtown Vancouver, which is a […]

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Please join us in wishing Happy Birthday to our team member Emma Gardner! Every member of our team  is unique and we’d like to invite you to get  to know Emma  better in her  answers to our fun Q and A below. What inspires you to be part of the Craft Council of BC’s team? I love […]

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The opening date is approaching for ORIGINS  an exhibition by Georgina Lohan at the Craft Council of BC Gallery June 30th – August 11th, 2016.   In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked Lohan  some questions to find out more about her art practice and inspirations. Tell us about your journey as an […]

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If you missed the wonderful Sheryl MacKay’s North by Northwest program on June 5th, you can listen to the fascinating interview with artist Lou Lynn here – Lou talks about her history with buttons, sculpture and glass. For more information about Lou Lynn’s artwork, you can visit her website here to find out more. Her […]

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Take Off Fridays at YVR This will be our 6th year partnering with YVR to promote craft throughout the airport. This program enables our members to demonstrate and sell their work to the many thousands of passengers on their way elsewhere. More importantly, it gives you, the artist, the ability to grow your brand with […]

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Please join us in welcoming Charlotte Dron  to our team! We are so excited that Charlotte  will be sharing her  skills and passion for contemporary craft with us as our Communications Coordinator. We’d like to invite you to get  to know Charlotte  better in her  answers to our fun Q and A below. What inspires […]

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and to make it easy this year we’ve put together some of our favorite gift ideas, from unique ornaments and handcrafted ceramics to beautifully shaped wood and metal art that will be sure to surprise your dad! Happy shopping! Gerry Hebert – Wood Box $160 A perfect match of storage and beautiful handcrafted […]

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Kate Duncan has made a fantastic video to take us behind the scenes and explore her craft. Kate’s work is contemporary and clean, heavily influenced by Japanese aesthetic, with a nod to mid-century modern designers. Using solid hardwoods, traditional joinery and fine hardware, Kate crafts robust furniture intended to last for generations.

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  ORIGINS An Exhibition by Georgina Lohan, 30th June – August 11th 2016 (Photo Credit: Georgina Lohan – ‘The Transformer’) Georgina Lohan is a multidisciplinary artist who has a rich history in exhibiting work, teaching and arts administration. Her new exhibition, Origins, conceived as a project of speculative fiction, utilizes porcelain sculpture to explore themes of […]

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What a wonderful weekend at #artvancouver2016! The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported us at this year’s Art Vancouver​. In no particular order we would like to thank: Art! Vancouver (especially Lisa Wolfin & Katie Fountain) for being our wonderful hosts Our staff members – Julie & […]

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Welcome to our latest Artist to Artist post! In these posts you will hear firsthand hints and tips on a range of topics from our professional member artists. Today we will be hearing from Lana Lepper – of LanaBetty. LanaBetty fuses traditional jewelry making with 3D printing to produce complex shapes and angular lines in her […]

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The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who helped organize the Art of Craft Lecture Series this year. We had three fantastic lectures from Peter Braun, Debra Sloan and Jane Kidd. During this lecture series we awarded Sheryl MacKay the Inaugural Honorary Citizen of Craft Award, and welcomed […]

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A Message from our Executive Director Raine McKay Each year we award up to 5 emerging artist awards. Individuals are selected by the institution or school they are attending. The current award winners include Janet Harrison – jewellery, Laura Meyers – Textile, Christina Shimek – sculptural ceramics, Emily May – ceramics plus one more winner […]

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Art! Vancouver is fast approaching – the world class art event is back at the Vancouver Convention Centre East for 3 days from May 27 – May 29, 2016. We are pleased to announce that Craft Council of BC will have a booth displaying some of the beautiful artwork of our members. You will be able to […]

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The Craft Council of British Columbia has chosen Sheryl MacKay, CBC host of North by Northwest Program, to receive our first Honorary Citizen of Craft Award for her enthusiastic, long-term support for the craftspeople of this province. Sheryl received her award at the second in our 2016 Art of Craft Lecture Series featuring Debra Sloan, […]

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  The Craft Council of BC would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported The Earring Show. In no particular order we would like to thank: Studio Magazine, Arts BC, Art! Vancouver, Gluten Free Epicurean, Estate Wine Shop, Benton Brothers, Vancouver Metal Arts Association We would also like to say a huge thank you to all […]

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People who physically make objects understand that the making is only one aspect of creating culture: we need admirers and friends who are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their reception of our work, and who champion its grand diversity. This award is specifically for someone who is not a craftsperson, but without whom the craft community […]

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Which pair of earrings are your favourite? This is just a taste of some of the earrings that will be available at The Earring Show! Turn Mother’s Day into a night to remember this year with the Earring Show! Back for its 3rd year the Earring Show features earrings made by artists from the Pacific Northwest […]

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This year’s Art of Craft Lecture Series will be held at the Vancouver Public Library on three Mondays in May.  May 2nd – Peter Braun, Master Print Maker The first artist in the 2016 Art of Craft Lecture series is printmaker Peter Braune. Peter will discuss his work, his creations and the underpinning of his work […]

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The Council endeavors to create and participate in events that continually build an audience for contemporary craft, which, I believe, our activities this May demonstrate. Starting with our 3rd annual Art of Craft Lecture Series, featuring Peter Braune, Debra Sloan and Jane Kidd, our intent is to generate a community discourse around craft. This event aims […]

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This great video on how glass marbles are made and was submitted by one of our member Ron David – enjoy by clicking here

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Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts – Jane Kidd Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Ottawa, Ontario, Canada His Excellency presents the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts to Jane Kidd. Congratulations Jane! CCBC is proud to have such talented fibre artists in BC. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, […]

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Welcome to our latest Artist to Artist post! In these posts you will hear firsthand hints and tips on a range of topics from our professional member artists. Today we will be hearing from Larissa Blokhuis on the importance of photography.  Larissa is inspired by the evolutionary history of plants, and the repetition of life cycles. […]

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Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination An Exhibition Curated by Line Dufour Exhibition runs March 24th – May 5th, 2016 This is a tapestry installation generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council and co-created by people all over the world. Composed of three sections, it was designed and managed by Line Dufour, who wove the first panel measuring […]

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Now that’s how to exhibit a life-time of work! My mom knitted all of my sweaters and dresses as a young girl – amazing pieces, from the fuzzy yellow bolero for Easter (still longing for another) to the red cable knit dress I wore to my first woodworking class (don’t ask). With her guidance I have knit […]

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Congratulations to our member Jane Kidd! We are very proud to announce, that Jane Kidd will receive the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts 2016! Through the act of weaving, Jane Kidd, engages in a sensual process and employs a physical language to establish links with the viewer. Kidd appreciates that she is […]

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  Around The Council- A message from our Executive Director Raine Mckay Tracking your economic impact The Cultural Economy Initiative of the provincial government is exploring many avenues to support the work of BC artists – international touring, cultural tourism, support for training, access to new markets and community investment in the arts. CCBC wants to […]

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Are you madly rushing to get your application to the 2016 Vancouver Summer Market ready? Maybe you are applying to a number of craft markets right now? Don’t panic we have some tips to help you make sure your application stands out from the others! Be organised Read the application requirements carefully! Make sure that […]

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As a craftsperson or craft artist it is important that you produce photographs that are as beautiful as the product or artwork you are showcasing! We’d like to encourage everyone to apply the same high standards to all areas of your business as you do to crafting your products and artworks. This includes photography and […]

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Thanks to Linda Frena and the Alberta Craft Council for allowing us to repost this with their permission!   “How do I price my work?”…  …is a common question among artists. Although considered subjective, retail values are mostly a matter of trust.  Buyers and collectors should feel confident their purchase commands a realistic price, no […]

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Craft & the Creative Economy On Feb 4th the BC government announced that it “will be targeting $1.5 million over the next three years towards shared creative spaces. More and more, these shared spaces are proving to be catalysts for creative activity by providing sustainable facilities for organizations and individual artists.” Before this announcement, the craft sector […]

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Arts and culture play a vital role in the liveability of any city. At the City of Vancouver, they realize how important supporting our arts and cultural communities is and how essential this investment is to the city. Our creative future is in our collective hands. Based on the talented, inspiring people they honour through the […]

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Valentine’s Day is coming up fast but don’t worry we’ve got you covered! To make it easy this year we’ve put together some of our favorite gift ideas, from unique jewelry and handcrafted pottery to beautifully shaped wood and handblown glass art that will be sure to light up the eyes of your loved one!Mention this Gift Guide […]

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The Canada Council for the Arts is conducting a public consultation, including an online survey. We greatly encourage you to take part in this online survey, and to share it with others! The survey will influence the Canada Council’s decision making process not only in the development of their new strategic plan, but also in […]

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2016 Vancouver Summer Market You may have heard that the Vancouver Summer Market has been cancelled – it hasn’t – at least not yet! As you may know for the past 3 years we have partnered with Circle Craft to produce this unique opportunity for craft artists. As a charitable organization we are able to secure […]

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Did you know that collectively, the Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils in Canada have over 5300 members? This is just one of the many facts The Canadian Crafts Federation shared as part of our their new infographic: Craft Councils at a Glance! ‘Craft Councils at a Glance’ showcases the scope of the councils around Canada and their work. […]

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Did you know that the Craft Council of British Columbia Gallery is one of the few spaces dedicated to exhibiting all craft media? The gallery offers emerging and established craftspeople the opportunity to gain recognition and exhibition experience in a well-known, popular and heavily visited venue. We will soon be sharing information about upcoming exhibitions for […]

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Welcome 2016! Here’s hoping you had a great start to your new year – maybe you started working on a new exhibition; decided that you going to apply for the Grace Cameron Rogers Scholarship; had the time to test and play with a new design or maybe you are one of the 34 artists that […]

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In fall of 2015, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch launched “Saving Lives Through Organ Donation” aimed at increasing organ donor registration in British Columbia. A key part of this initiative was presenting The Honourable  Amrik Virk, Minister for Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services with a Citizen’s Leadership Award. We wanted the […]

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Over this past year you may have purchased work from our store, exhibited in our gallery, sold work through our social enterprises, found an amazing opportunity by reading the e-news or perhaps enjoyed attending one of our many events that celebrated craft and the artists that create it. In addition to the activity you participated in did you know that in 2015 CCBC […]

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It’s the season of giving! Both giving presents to loved ones and giving back to our community through donations. By giving to the Craft Council of BC your donation will support the ongoing growth and increased vitality of the BC craft sector! It’s easy and secure to donate online and you also have the option of […]

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It’s that time of year when more than ever we contemplate and reflect. In this essay Bettina Matzkuhn assesses her work as a craftsperson over the years alongside what her Mother created. Read her thoughts below! My Mother was a craftsperson. She made brilliantly coloured slippers, washcloths, crocheted pads for scouring pans, cozy sweaters. For Christmas fairs, […]

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The Craft Council of BC is excited to be participating in Giving Tuesday, a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Charities, companies and individuals commit to supporting causes in our communities. The Craft Council of BC is collecting donations of clothing, toiletries and other items for Vancouver’s WISH Drop-In […]

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Why Citizens of Craft for Craft Council of BC members? Have you signed up for a listing on Citizens of Craft (COC) yet? The importance of being listed on this website grows each day as it is garnering national and international attention. France, Scotland and the US have expressed interest about participating in a version […]

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The opening date is approaching for Contained an exhibition by Rachel Gourley at the Craft Council of BC Gallery November 19th, – December 30th, 2015.  In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked Gourley some questions to find out more about her art practice and inspirations. Tell us about your journey as an artist? I had […]

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Craft Year, Craft Beer our fundraiser is coming up! If you love beer, the handmade and artisanal then you’ll love this beer tasting and competition. The event will be held on October 22ND, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM at VanDusen Botanical Garden and the money raised will support the CCBC and VanDusen. During the […]

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With Halloween over, the winter holiday season is upon us!  Besides stopping by  the Crafthouse, of course, check out these artisan craft markets around BC to find the perfect unique, handmade gift for each of your pals and relations, support local craftspeople, and get into the community holiday spirit. Want to sell your handcrafted work? […]

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Craft Year, Craft Beer our fundraiser is coming up! If you love beer, the handmade and artisanal then you’ll love this beer tasting and competition. The event will be held on October 22ND, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM at VanDusen Botanical Garden and the money raised will support the CCBC and VanDusen. During the […]

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  The Art of Craft Lecture Series: Botanically Inspired is coming up on October 27th! Craft Council of BC in partnership with the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association  are hosting three lectures this fall to celebrate Craft Year 2015. These lectures feature craft artists discussing how their work has been inspired by the shapes, the ethos and/or the products […]

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“WE are the CCF” – Emma Quin, CEO, Craft Ontario That such a simple statement caused quite a stir for those attending the Canadian Crafts Federation annual meeting last weekend in Quebec City is very telling. Usually at these meetings, we spend a great deal of time trying to decide what portion of a project is […]

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Please join us in wishing Happy Birthday to our board member Stefanie Curtis! Every member of our team is unique and we’d like to invite you to get to know Stefanie better in their answers to our fun Q and A below.     What inspires you to be part of the Craft Council of BC’s Board? […]

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In celebration of Craft Year 2015 the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Art presents a conference looking to the land, re-using materials and adapting technologies to serve the innovative and creative spirit that working in textiles has always represented. In the lead up to the Textile Intersections: Sustainability and Technology Conference, we asked key note speaker Veronika Irvine some questions! Tell […]

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In celebration of Craft Year 2015 the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Art presents a conference looking to the land, re-using materials and adapting technologies to serve the innovative and creative spirit that working in textiles has always represented. In the lead up to the Textile Intersections: Sustainability and Technology Conference, we asked key note speakers from ReVision the Art of […]

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Please join us in welcoming Elena Kaifel to our team! We are so excited that Elena will be sharing her skills and passion for contemporary craft with us in the Crafthouse. We’d like to invite you to get to know Elena better in her answers to our fun Q and A below.   What inspires you to be part […]

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Written by Raven John   This week I visited the Aboriginal Gathering Place, the indigenous arts space for students at Emily Carr University. I spoke with Chazz Mack, a Bella Coola artist, who was working on a promotional door carving for a new company.  We spoke about the stories behind his work, and the visual […]

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In celebration of Craft Year 2015 the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Art presents a conference looking to the land, re-using materials and adapting technologies to serve the innovative and creative spirit that working in textiles has always represented. In the lead up to the Textile Intersections: Sustainability and Technology Conference, we asked Katherine McManus from the VGFA about the choice […]

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Looking for space in Vancouver? Check out these opportunities! Office Space at The Arts Factory Are you a digital artist, arts administrator or professional in the cultural sector? Is your organization looking for office space? The second level at The Arts Factory is an innovative and collaborative work space for Vancouver’s arts community. More details here […]

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Welcome to this month’s Artist to Artist post! In these posts you will hear firsthand hints and tips on a range of topics from our professional member artists. Today we will be hearing from Madeleine Chisholm on the topic of crafting a career. Madeleine has been making since her earliest recollection and is happiest when she has […]

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Written by Raven John For this week’s Studio Visit, I joined Jacqueline Robins, an East Van ceramicist who specializes in combining multiple surface techniques and city imagery into her work. Jacqueline and I had a nice chat at the Trout Lake Farmers Market, which claims to be the longest-running farmers market in Vancouver. She had […]

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The opening date is approaching for Buffalo Rose an exhibition by Shannon Butler at the Craft Council of BC Gallery August 20th, – October 1st, 2015. A deep respect for all things nostalgic, weathered, rusted, vintage, and her rural northern upbringing, informs Butler’s clay sculptural and function work. This work explores the contradiction and juxtaposition inherent in […]

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Love craft? Take part in #craftselfie Saturdays in celebration of Craft Year 2015. Post a pic from studios, galleries or your collection and share how you engage with craft! Post your selfies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and don’t forget to use the hashtag #craftselfie! Feeling shy? You don’t have to show your face  and can take […]

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Written by Chloe Sjuberg    (Work Pictured by Yvonne Wakabayashi,  Illona Lindsay, Redroom Artglass Studio, Golem Designs,  and Neno Catania) The Craft Council of BC has been working with the Canadian Craft Federation and the other provincial and territorial craft councils to open dialogue and find a consensus on a clearer definition of contemporary craft to fit today’s craft […]

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Welcome to this month’s Artist to Artist post! In these posts you will hear firsthand hints and tips on a range of topics from our professional member artists. Today we will be hearing from Vancouver furniture designer & maker Kate Duncan on the topic of press for artists. Kate crafts robust furniture, her meticulous craftsmanship and striking design set […]

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In celebration of Craft Year 2015 – lets make sure that our community nominates at least 5 craft artists for this award! Make sure the craft sector is well represented by nominating a Vancouver craft artist you admire and respect in the Craft & Design Category!  There are two prizes awarded in this category – […]

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  Craft Council of B.C. and Circle Craft are excited to host the third consecutive Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza. Artisans from throughout BC will be showcasing their handmade work – ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics.  A great market for gifts or to treat yourself. Admission is FREE! Where: […]

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Please join us in welcoming Raven John to our team! We are so excited that Raven will be sharing her skills and passion for contemporary craft with us. We’d like to invite you to get to know Raven better in her answers to our fun Q and A below. What inspires you to be part of the Craft Council of BC’s […]

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The Craft Council of British Columbia is pleased to announce our Hilde Gerson Award winner- Debra Sloan! Established by the Craft Council of BC in honour of Hilde Gerson, who was a long time employee of CCBC, textile artist and an enthusiastic craft supporter, this prize is awarded biannually to a craftsperson who has demonstrated […]

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Please join us in wishing Happy Birthday to our team members Tara Galuska, Hailey Gooch and board member Barbara Heller!  Every member of our team is unique and we’d like to invite you to get to know them better in their answers to our fun Q and A below. Tara Galuska What inspires you to be part of […]

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On June 18, 2015, The Craft Council of BC was thrilled to join the diversity of artists, organizations, businesses and government representatives at ArtsSummit 2015, an event initiated by BC’s Alliance for Arts and Culture. Each June, the ArtSummit serves to create dialogue, networking and professional opportunities for the Arts, but 2015’s Summit was particularly exciting […]

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We believe that one can never have enough fun nights out or enough earrings! That is why the Craft Council of British Columbia decided to host The Earring Show for the second year in a row on Saturday June 27th, 2015. This one night only fundraiser featured earrings made by talented artists in every shape, size, […]

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interesting perspective to consider……check out BC artist Lisa Henriques, a nominee for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award, currently exhibiting in the Gardiner Museum’s Reimaging Clay Exhibition

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  Victoria’s Walter Dexter achieved national renown as a ceramics artist before his death this month. He contributed significantly to the ceramic field both nationally and internationally over his 83 years of life. Walter Dexter was also a member and a president in 1978 of the Craftsmen’s Association of B.C. A public celebration of Walter […]

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The Craft Council of British Columbia is hard at work on an exciting new project: Craft Carts! Yes, kind of like the colourful food carts downtown selling portable deliciousness from every cuisine imaginable, but our carts will sell small, affordable craft pieces from local artists. Like food carts, we aim to station our Craft Carts […]

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Please join us in wishing Happy Birthday to our superstar volunteer Emma Gardner, shop assistant Vilya Ou and our board president Deb Dumka! Every member of our team is unique and we’d like to invite you to get to know them better in their answers to our fun Q and A below. We recently shared Emma’s Q and A when […]

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Welcome to our new blog series Artist to Artist! In these posts you will hear first hand hints and tips on a range of topics from our professional member artists. First up we will be hearing from Vancouver artist Rachael Ashe! Rachael’s process driven work is instantly recognizable and she is constantly experimenting to push the boundaries of […]

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Curious, as a word, can imply strangeness but also the penchant to inquire. The dense, evocative tapestries in Jane Kidd’s Curiosity Series confront us with five “objects” that invite and reward investigation. Each object is presented as important, propped on a tilted display stand to face the viewer directly; they hover in sharp relief, without […]

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What’s the story behind your craft? As an advocate for craftmakers, Craft Ontario wants to help you to maximize your potential as artists and entrepreneurs. They strive to connect you with passionate audiences, as well as new markets and opportunities. Above all, they hope to celebrate your successes, profile your work and champion your stories. […]

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  Are you an artist who wants to promote yourself and your work with a professional video? We are very excited to announce that Tomo Suru Films, the team who created the video Copper x Light for us, have created two great package deals for Craft Council of BC members! Both packages feature very friendly artist pricing […]

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How often do you think about the journey the objects you surround yourself with took? In the video Copper x Light we are invited to look a little closer at the objects we live with. A young boy sees his surroundings and wonders about the secret history of the spoon in his hands. The film takes us […]

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Please join us in welcoming Hailey Gooch and Chloe Sjuberg to our  team! We are so excited that they will be sharing their skills and passion for contemporary craft with us. We’d like to invite you to get to know Hailey and Chloe better in their answers to our fun Q and A below.  We are so glad […]

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Please join us as we travel back to the year 1986. Top Gun was the highest grossing film of the year, British Surgeons performed the worlds first triple transplant and Lindsay Lohan was born. It is was also the last time the Crafthouse was significantly renovated! To better showcase the work of our amazingly talented artists […]

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Just a reminder that the submission deadline for the Salt Spring National juried exhibition is May 31, 2015 The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning. This exciting […]

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The opening date is approaching for Curious an exhibition by Jane Kidd. Inspired by ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ and Natural history museums, this work explores the relationships/contradictions between art and science, imagination and knowledge, decoration and display. Kidd experiments with varying weaving techniques used for graphic images and displays tapestries as museum specimens. In the lead […]

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Has Mother’s Day snuck up on you this year? The Craft Council of BC is glad to help out! We’ve put together some special one-of-a-kind gift ideas to help you pull together a meaningful tribute just in time (and mom will be none the wiser!) These little pieces of art, oxidized sterling silver earrings by Paprika Designs, […]

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The Arts Factory re-launches an open selection process for artists and collectives interested in studio space. deadline for applications: may 20 2015 The Arts Factory Society is pleased to announce that The Arts Factory, a new cultural hub at 281 Industrial Avenue, will open its doors in summer of 2015. After two years of renovations, […]

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The iconic 1000 Parker Street warehouse is a Vancouver landmark, hosting 4 floors of artists diverse in style and discipline. In such an environment, the buzz of creativity is ongoing night and day. It is here a unique community of les beaux arts thrives. 1000 Parker street is located near Venables and Clark… on May […]

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Don’t miss this sale of incredible hand made leather goods at Bronsino Designs. Denise needs to make room for new creative work and inventory so she is offering a TWO DAY ONLY sales event … Friday May 01 from 4pm – 7pm Saturday May 02 from 11am – 4 pm Denise Wilson’s influences stem from […]

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The Naked Craft Network is an international research project that brings together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish craft. Naked Craft is designed to be playful in how it engages a public audience; at a time in popular culture when the words “handcrafted” and “artisanal” are the “it” words of marketing houses, attention must […]

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Craft Alliance and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, in partnership with Breakwater Studios International Limited, are thrilled to release Stone, the first in a series of six short documentary films about some of Nova Scotia’s master craftspeople called Life’s Work: Six Conversations with Makers.  Stone focuses on Heather Lawson from Bass River, NS. Powerful […]

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Have you viewed Marcus Bowcott’s latest sculptural installation, Trans Am Totem, curated by the Vancouver Biennale? The sculpture is composed of 5 real scrap cars stacked up an old growth cedar tree. The artwork considers our consumer “out with the old, in with the new” culture in relation to the site, its history and Vanvoucevers evolving identity. […]

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Lark Productions is searching for creative, confident, energetic artists looking to showcase their skills and talent on national TV. Lark is now casting Canadian artists for a groundbreaking CBC series that celebrates art in all its forms. They are looking for artists from a wide variety of media. From painters, sculptors and mixed media artists, […]

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Who contributes a value of $1.6 billion* to arts and culture organisations? The 764,000 Canadians who generously give 97 million hours of their time as volunteers. Creativity leads to a flourishing, thriving society and investing in the arts is a path to Canadian prosperity. A recent stud y shows that 92% of Canadians believe arts and culture make their […]

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Vancity Credit Union is requesting Expressions of Interest for a site-specific art commission for the renovated Cedar Hills community branch in Surrey, BC The project… A vision to inspire us to think differently about wealth— to re-envision prosperity as something we can only achieve if we are surrounded by and connected to a vibrant and […]

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Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student categories. Nearly 2,000 entries are received each year from professional and student craft artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, a prestigious panel of […]

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  Reception: April 23, 7pm Taking place in the exhibition room at 221 E Georgia Street from April 09 to May .23, The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store centres on the purchasing, modification and commensurate re-sale of products sourced exclusively from businesses within Vancouver’s Chinatown. Developed in the weeks leading up to the opening as well as […]

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Check out student work at NIC’s Metal Jewellery Open House…   NIC’s Metal Jewellery program transformed Lena Collins’ ambitions and her ceremonial head piece.The student, originally from Rivers Inlet, will be one of the Metal Jewellery Design certificate students whose work will be on display at NIC’s Metal Jewellery Open House a free event, Thursday, […]

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  New School of Lace is inviting all new as well as experienced lacemakers to brave the leaf tallies! It is easier than you think… because wire is a perfect medium for leaf making. Start simply with green wire, two pairs of bobbins and a seed, and see what you can grow in one-day workshop […]

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West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival and Wearable Arts Vancouver present the third annual Slow Clothes Fashion show Wednesday August 5, 2015, at 12:30 pm Venue – Outside Stage on the waterfront in West Vancouver A Sales Area will be open after the Fashion Show, giving artists an excellent opportunity to sell their work. The festival […]

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L A M P was created by a basic desire to create a night celebrating modern design and presenting it in collaboration with artistic elements. The collaborators being both artists, Annika in film and writing and Nicole a dancer/choreographer, L A M P was born from a desire to incorporate elements of their individual skills […]

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Featuring 16 Vancouver based designer/makers who are setting trends. Save the date for the ADDRESS exclusive launch party YOU’RE INVITED May 21st // 6 to 10pm featuring Vancouver Urban Winery Odd Society Spirits Red Truck Beer Kate Duncan is proud to present ADDRESS // an assembly of fine furniture and home accessories…. Vancouver is home […]

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33rd annual Filberg Festival Announces Featured Performers… Comox, BC, Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music from across Canada July 31 to August 3, 2015! The Filberg Festival has always been known for its great entertainment and this year is sure to exceed expectations. New to 2015 is a Friday evening performance featuring Canadian […]

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Fibre, Metal, Wood and Clay collaborative projects are being sought for an exhibition at The Window ,  Roundhouse Vancouver Presented by the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild & Vancouver Metal Arts Association *note: deadline is april 01st; however due to administration error on our end, late entries are being accepted. please get your applications in […]

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The opening date is approaching for Testing, Testing 1,2,3… an exhibition by Amanda McCavour. This process based installation is a result of play, mistakes, patterns and colours manifested while exploring ideas of around growth and natural vs artificial – incorporating thread-based pieces reflecting small imagined ecosystems with those that have their own internal logic. In the lead […]

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Public Screening: Saturday March 21st Doors: 1.15pm; Show 1.30pm, Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street Free but you need to book tickets here Play it Forward is back for its second year! This screening and video contest was designed to bring together a creative pool of local filmmakers and non-profit communities to help make Metro Vancouver a […]

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To recognize, showcase and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual art, Salt Spring Island is establishing one of the few national, juried competitions in the country. The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real […]

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MOP announces new artists in residence at Means of Production this year! Gloria Tsui and Sarah Eby shall be activating the top garden bed, as well as sharing many of the other crops already growing at MOP. Gloria will be planting and tending a crop of Japanese indigo, and having assistance in that process through […]

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CRAFTING SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE SATURDAY, MARCH 14 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015 OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET, TORONTO Crafting Sustainability is a two-day conference that brings together makers, researchers, educators, and students to interrogate the pairing of craft and sustainable practice. Co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art and Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University, […]

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In 2015, Craft ACT in collaboration with ACT Parks and Conservation service, is offering one international professional artist a 2-4 week residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park located in the Nation’s Capital, Canberra, during August and September 2015. The artist will respond to their experience by creating new works for an exhibition […]

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Deadline for applications is March 18th You must consult with staff before submitting an application Is your group planning a community-based art project or event? Your group may be eligible for grant money for planning, running, or promoting that event or project. The Community Arts Grant Program supports a diverse range of publicly accessible arts […]

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Please join us in wishing our superstar volunteers Chie Jisaka, Trish Graham and Glenda Mindlin birthday wishes for their birthdays in March! Every volunteer is unique and we’d like to invite you to get to know them better in their answers to our fun Q and A below. We recently shared Chie’s Q and A when she joined […]

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Today some of our member’s are sharing a special behind the scenes peek at their creative process and telling the story behind what they are working on. We think that the story and person behind a beautifully crafted piece of work can be  just as interesting as the finished artwork.   “While living in Israel I came […]

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Please join us in welcoming Chie Jisaka and Emma Gardner to our volunteer team! We are so excited that they will be sharing their skills and passion for contemporary craft with us. Every volunteer is unique and we’d like to invite you to get to know Chie and Emma better in their answers to our fun […]

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Have you heard of Play it Forward? Now in its second year, the Play it Forward campaign video contest is designed to bring together creative and non-profit communities to help make Metro Vancouver a better place to live. Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society has commissioned 10 pairings of film makers and organisations to collaborate on producing a […]

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Professional Art Hardstone Sculpting Studio located in the Vancouver Area requires an Apprentice Sculptor. Sopel Studio is looking for an exceptional individual who can bring their creative ideas to the work bench and yet be attentive at taking directions and working under the tulage of a master sculptor. Must be enthusiastic, highly motivated and able […]

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The opening date is approaching for Full(Filled) an exhibition by Fiona Duthie. Full(Filled)] is an exploration of resistance and fulfilment; the barriers we conceive or construct that stand in the path of our personal fulfilment. This installation is made up of a series of white felt “skins” created by using human bodies as real life resists. In the lead […]

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Glenfiddich is issuing a “Last Call to Artists” currently living and creating art in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2015 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize. The submission deadline is midnight eastern time, January 31, 2015. The Canadian winner will be one of a small and distinguished group around the world […]

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Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student divisions. Nearly 2,000 entries are received each year from professional and student craft artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, a prestigious panel […]

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the open west is an annual open submission exhibition inviting work from national and international artists practising contemporary and conceptual art. Work submitted can include painting, installation, film and sound, textile, photography, ceramics, drawing and print, performance, sculpture, glass, metal and plastics. Proposals for new and site specific works are considered – size limitations are […]

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the above image is work by Vanessa Gade, one of the artists featured in the American Made Show’s Jewellery Preview available via everybody’s BFF, ISSUU….check out the eye candy here …

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The Glass Art Association of Canada will award one GAAC member a half tuition scholarship to attend a Pilchuck workshop of the recipient’s choosing in the summer of 2015. GAAC’s Pilchuck scholarship funds will cover half of the total fees (program fee + utility fee) for the selected artist, which covers everything except travel and […]

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see the following link for the interview conducted with the Glass Art Association with Amelie Girard…

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DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: FEBRUARY 15, 2015 Is “craft” a dreaded five letter word? Or is it a positive time-honoured description of the creativity, skill and dedication required to make marvelous objects? A project part of the CCF Craft Year 2015, this exhibition will examine words, terms, meanings and the language of craft. The show will […]

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Student Art Sale You are invited to join in the festivites for the annual Student Art Sale. Nov 28 | 12 – 8 Nov 29 | 12 – 5 Nov 30 | 12 – 5 This year, the group at Emily Carr are pleased to announce a special offer at the Student Art Sale! For […]

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The Got Craft? 2014 holiday look book is now available for you to view here! Featuring the works of 75 handmade designers from the upcoming show, the new look book includes a free printable holiday gift wrap from think & ink studio (pg8) and a DIY garland project by Coco Cake Land (pg29)! Start those […]

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From November 28, 2014 to January 18, 2015, Centre MATERIA is presenting the British Columbia sculptor Lou Lynn’s most recent works. The artist will be attending the opening on November 28 at 5 p.m. It will also be the occasion to launch the video vignette of Ms. Lynn’s work, in the presence of filmmaker Geneviève […]

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Deadline for submissions: November 30th, 2014 5:00pm Contact: Toni, 604.658.8880, cccmuseum@gmail.com Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5, www.cccvan.com   Costumes and textiles reflect thousands of years of human creativity, cultural identity, and family histories. In celebration of this shared experience, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver is planning a […]

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The University will be hosting undergraduate and graduate information sessions on Saturday, Nov 29th GRADUATE INFO SESSION The Faculty of Graduate Studies will hold a public information session at the following time: Noon | Aboriginal Gathering Place Schedule: Noon to 12:45pm | Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University: Presentation 12:45 to 1:30pm | Meet and […]

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Dec 5 – Dec 6, 2014 Friday December 5 @ 6–10pm Saturday December 6 @ 11am–5pm Admission by donation Visit the event website   TOQUE is a curated craft fair & fundraising event showcasing talented artists, artisans, and designers. Shop for everything from art publications, ceramics and jewelry, to artisanal caramels, children’s books and eco-fashion. Artist Casey […]

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Edited by Greg Bellerby Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2pm at READ Books Please join  READ Books for the launch of The West Coast Modern House. The West Coast Modern House chronicles the development of Vancouver residential architecture from the 1940’s through its continued influence on contemporary practice. The post-war era in Vancouver defined what […]

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    International Ceramics Call, CONTAINMENT: LIDDED FORMS Entry Deadline: November 30, 2014 February 26–April 9 Reception: Thursday, February 26, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Juror Lecture by Mark Hewitt: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Containment: Lidded Forms is an international exhibition juried by Mark Hewitt, which features lidded work made entirely of clay. (Image: Mark Hewitt, Lincoln Continental, courtesy of the artist) REQUIREMENTS: […]

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deadline: August 31 2015   Fiberart International 2016 seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. This juried exhibition is recognized around the world as a benchmark that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition […]

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    The Kamloops Art Gallery is seeking an enthusiastic person to deliver exhibition tours, art workshops and public programs to children, youth and adults. The ideal candidate is pursuing or has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and/or Education degree. They must have a willingness to learn, a passion for teaching and art. They […]

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Thursday November 13 from 7pm (doors 6:30) Hot Art Wet City, 2206 Main Street Tickets by donation: http://bit.ly/1u42MBr Eventbrite – Hot Talks: A Special Edition featuring artists from the Eastside Culture Crawl In November, Hot Art Wet City partners with the Eastside Culture Crawl for a special edition of Hot Talks. This event will present […]

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BC born artist Robin Lambert won the popular vote to triumph at the 4th annual RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award last week. He took home a $10,000 prize.The prize ceremony, and related exhibition, took place at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Lambert’s work there, titled I Should Like to Give You a Kiss, invited […]

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BC Arts Council Professional Project Assistance – Arts Festivals deadline: october 15 2014 Professional Project Assistance supports initiatives in the development and creation of new or unique public programs. Awards are available once each fiscal year on a project basis to assist with the activities of professional arts festivals in British Columbia. Awards under this […]

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The opening for Debra’s exhibit is going to be held on October 02 from 5-7pm at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright Street. See here for some delightful background information on the project’s inception in debra’s online journal.

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The 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented by Mayor Gregor Robertson at a 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, October 7 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. The City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize established and emerging artists in a wide array of disciplines that make up our creative sector – from […]

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September 18 to October 9 Metal art sculpture and art jewelry Beyond the Precious This exhibit by the Vancouver Metal Arts Association (VMAA) brings together work from no less than twenty jewelry artists and sculptors. The exhibition is intended to reflect the diverse cultural backgrounds, techniques, skills and interests of VMAA members. Their imagery is […]

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image: Jordan McDonald POSTED: SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 in Canadian Art Magazine Five up-and-coming Canadian artists who work with clay have been nominated for the $10,000 RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award. The award is decided by public votes that are cast both online and at a related, just-opened exhibition at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. The five […]

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http://issuu.com/lotusevents/docs/got_craft_holiday_2013/1?e=4819743/5602008 Got Craft? loves handmade indie crafts. They are serious about showcasing indie makers who offer a selection of unique and diverse handmade goods that best represents what the do-it-yourself community has to offer.All submitted applications will be reviewed by a jury to ensure quality, overall fit to the show and appeal to name a […]

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Dear Filberg Festival and Craft Council of BC I would like to thank both organizations for awarding me the Bursary to attend the 2014 Filberg Festival and the cheque for marketing purposes for Finely Found Designs’ Canine Collection! My participation in the 2014 Filberg Festival was an amazing le arning experience and the weather was just […]

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Today, in a successful artistic career, an artist will move through a variety of titles – Student, Emerging Artist, Mid-Career or Established Artist, Senior Artist, and maybe if one is truly lucky, National Treasure (or some other lovely honorific). Not every artist experiences every one of these titles nor will every artist experience them for […]

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IIDEXCanada is Canada’s National Design and Architecture Exposition & Conference. The event brings together the multidisciplinary design and architecture communities for a sourcing, networking and education event that celebrates creativity and best practices. It embodies all areas of design including, interior design, architecture, lighting, healthcare , hospitality, institutional, education, workplace, landscape, retail, industrial, textile and […]

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Not Just A Label Discovering and Supporting Pioneers in Contemporary Fashion Apply as a Designer deadline: ongoing Not Just a Label is the pinnacle source for emerging designers and avant-garde fashion brands. They provide you with an integral medium to gain exposure in the fashion industry at no cost. By being part of the largest […]

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deadline: august 15 2014 ‘Lighting Architecture Movement Project’ was founded in 2013 as a temporary group installation showcasing light and form through the lens of architectural design. L A M P was created to offer designers an opportunity to engage their talents in unique conceptual explorations and to connect the local community to architecture and […]

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The City of Vancouver’s Artist Studio Awards Program is offering two and three year residencies in live/work only studios starting February 2015. Artists currently residing in Vancouver who can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply. Eligible artists will be evaluated on the artistic merit of their work. OPEN HOUSE – Come see the incredible […]

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Falling from Grace closes on July 26, 2014. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this collection of work from one of Canada’s leading contemporary tapestry artists! Read more about Barbara Heller in this recent interview.

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On 4th July, Italy’s prestigious design school Università Iuav di Venezia will host its graduate show. The show will present the work of fashion design students; the final results of their creative research in fashion design and the school’s development of individual artistic potential. Studying fashion at IUAV is not just a series of exhibitions, […]

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Whether you join in person or online, Vancouver Draw Down invites you to reconnect with the creative pleasure of drawing—pick up a pencil, mouse, crayon or paintbrush and declare, “I can draw!”Now in its 5th year, Vancouver Draw Down is an annual celebration of drawing in everyday life that challenges preconceptions about drawing and works […]

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It looks like even more affordable cultural spaces will be created in Vancouver, following the approval yesterday ( June 11) by City Council of funding to Toronto Artscape to develop an affiliate organization in BC. In support of providing affordable and suitable artist spaces, City Council approved funding of $100,000 per year for three years […]

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DEADLINE SUNDAY Call for Nominations: Governor General’s Saidye Bronfman Award 2015 Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2014 The Saidye Bronfman Award is Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in fine crafts. “Fine Craft” is the term used to define an area of activity in the crafts that is frequently directed towards exhibition and/or sale in a gallery-like […]

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Big shout out to Craft Ontario who took leadership around the national branding project – Re-Materializing Craft – and have secured $300,000 in funding from Canadian Heritage. This project will enable the Craft Ontario, in partnership with the Canadian Crafts Federation/Federation canadienne des metiers d’arts (CCF/FCMA), all provincial and Territorial Crafts Councils and sector partners, […]

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an exhibition by BC members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild March 27 – May 8, 2014 review by Penny Parry It is the opening night of the exhibit and it is so crowded in this small gallery, that I take my first impression from afar, and it is this: what a tremendous […]

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crafter, medium artist, maker, artist or craftsperson – are just some of the many labels we use to define our profession.  At the Council we fluctuate between maker, artist and craftsperson – a little indecisive to be sure but this array of labels reflects the prevailing opinions of our membership.  Does it matter to you? […]

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(Grand Ceramics Prize) UK deadline: april 30, 2014 The third edition of the Young Masters Art Prize sees the launch of the inaugural Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize. The Prize of £1,500 has been donated by James and Maylis Grand and will be awarded to an artist who shows exceptional command of the medium […]

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The NARS Foundation International Artist Residency Program provides national and international artists with the opportunity to produce new work while engaging with the vibrant arts community in New York City. Artists-in-residence have access to an individual studio space and various professional development programs. Residents have an opportunity to share and present their work through artist […]

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Vancouver Art/ Book Fair 2014 call for exhibitors deadline: april 25, 2014 Artists, collectives, publishers artist-run centres and art book distributors are welcome to apply to participate. Simply send a brief email introducing yourself and your publishing activities to the exhibitions coordinator at sean@vancouverartbookfair.com Free and open to the public, In the event is anticipated […]

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The Glass Art Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 GAAC Project Grants. One grant of $1500 and one grant of $1000 will be awarded to support the development of a project that benefits the artist’s studio practice and promotes excellence in Canadian Glass. One grant of $1500 will be awarded to a […]

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The Canadian Crafts Federation is the national member organization for Canadian craft. Membership consists of all the provincial/territorial craft councils and some institutions and galleries that are interested in the craft sector. As a member CCBC is required to sit on at least one committee – we actually sit on three – Craft Year 2015, […]

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Starting this May North Island College is accepting its first students into the Professional Potter Advanced Diploma, a comprehensive program for accomplished students who want to build their technical, production, and business skills. Students will have unrestricted access to a wide range of gas salt, soda, electric, and raku kilns. In addition they will fire […]

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An excursion to the West Vancouver Public Library to see the exhibition Textiles at the Library added sunshine to what outside was a dismal, grey, wet day. Works were from members of the Coast Character Doll Group, FibreEssence, the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, North Shore Needle Arts Guild, The Surface Design Association and […]

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Make room Vancouver food-trucks cause come 2015 (just in time to celebrate Craft Year 2015) Vancouver may be sporting craft carts around town!!! Heather Deal, Vancouver City Councillor, is bringing a motion that will have city staff exploring the possibility of bringing handmade craft to Vancouver streets. Making BC handmade craft, instead of imported manufactured items, readily available to […]

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A review by Flora Gordon, B.Des. C.G.D. Roots features work by accomplished furniture designers Brent Comber, Sabina Hill, Meredith Nicole, Jeff Trigg and Meagan Schafer and is curated by Meredith Nicole of Oden Gallery. While their intentions behind creating each piece of fine furniture varied significantly, (from Schafer’s trying to complement an existing space, to […]

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The Craft Council of British Columbiaʼs 40th Anniversary Exhibition, entitled: Invested/40, is a captivating showcase of the best of BCʼs craft makers. As I sit here, the pianist plays beside me and the huge pendulum marks time above our heads, I observe many people passing through the brightly lit space stopping in the midst of […]

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Check out Robin Laurence’s review of Invested/40 here and let us know what you think……

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Check out this link passed along by Tom Mcfall, Alberta Craft Council – Tom says ‘Here is an amazing array of kitsch, cultural appropriation and public indignation all rolled into one news story! Google  Inukt  to see what its all about!

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that’s just one of the many facts that informed the newly released 5 year plan for the arts & culture created by the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Services. read about it by clicking here.

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We would like to congratulate CCBC member Stefanie Dueck on receiving the 2013 British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for Metalwork. Stefanie began her exploration of metal at the Kootenay School of the Arts in 2003. Drawn to the challenge of working with an industrial material, she delved into the study of lost wax casting, hot […]

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The Director’s Cut by Chris Amundsen, American Craft Council How many times a day do you see the terms craft or handmade or artisanal being used to describe a product in an advertisement? Many advertisers have successfully used these words to imply uniqueness and quality to differentiate their products. Conversely, when you talk about craft […]

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congrats to the three award winners at the felt::feutre exhibition on salt spring island!

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Description Ecole Riverdale Craft Fair – Funds raised go to the school PAC which then is distributed to the children of our school for various purposes eg. playground equipment, field trip funding, school computers. The school in Surrey is what is called an “inner-city” school which means that we house some of the more financially […]

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the current exhibition at the whtie rock museum, Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Transformative Power of Craft is hosting meet the artist events on sundays from 1 pm – 3 pm for the duration of the show which is running to october 15….artists will demonstrate and discuss their respective art. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more […]

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Semiahmoo Arts Council is co-sponsoring an exhibit of craft artistry in partnership with the White Rock Museum to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Craft Council of BC. ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Transformative Power of Craft’ features among other artists, the work of fibre artist, Anne Steves (see above image) The show also features several […]

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Congrats to the Maple Ridge Art Gallery for mounting an amazing show in honour of our 40th anniversary – check out this great write up in the Maple Ridge News

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At the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, we have taken down our nod to Fine Craft and the Craft Council of BC.  A sad feeling.  The show was a huge success on many levels.  Attendance was almost double, the reaction of visitors was so positive, it was a calm show and people stayed a long time examining […]

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Review of Barbara Heller’s “Integrated Circuits and Other Connections” by Bettina Matzkuhn. Golden hands. Barbara Heller reminds us that our hands, as extensions of the synapses and neurons of our brains, are ever the focus of who we are and what we do. Even in our technological age, our hands are on switches, joysticks, keyboards. […]

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The purpose of this project is to explore craft in BC in terms of its production (craft artists, artist collectives, courses, arts councils) and distribution (craft markets, retailers, private and public galleries) and CCBC’s place in it. We have been in contact with organizations that engage with the craft community over the summer in an […]

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Just a quick note from Penny Parry, to say the opening last night – Barbara Heller’s – Integrated Circuits – was great – a steady and fulsome stream of fans – and the work is ‘a trip!’ – computer parts, Buddhist ideas and weaving! Not to mention great promo for CCBC as there were in […]

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just wanted to share a perspective that came across my desk to – read what Ron has to say by clicking on Craftsman versus artist bullshit

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Textile artist Bettina Matzkuhn speaks at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon on June 5, 2013 in Vancouver BC. Presented by Scotiabank and Global Civic Policy Society (http://globalcivic.org)  

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Last week, both the Senate and Board voted in favour of the administration-proposed budget, a budget almost identical to their proposal in early May. The CFA does not accept that the budget development process used or the cuts themselves are legitimate. As faculty representatives indicated at the Senate meeting, the University Act requires that the […]

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Bettina Matzkuhn loves to tell stories through her artwork. And she draws on the language of fibre arts to tell these often playful stories. Bettina is part of a new exhibit at Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island called “Sea Level to Treeline.” check out her interview on CBC’s North by Northwest program by clicking  […]

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Federal Budget Introduces  FIRST TIME DONOR SUPER CREDIT On March 21, the 2013 federal budget announced the establishment of a new tax incentive for charitable giving. The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit will be available to people who have never claimed the federal charitable tax credit, or whose most recent claim of the existing credit was […]

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Katherine Soucie returned from attending the Surface Design Association conference in San Antonio this week and was hoping to reach out to some of you regarding a fundraising event she is hosting on June 22nd in support of the Textile Arts Program at Capilano University.   Although, most of you are probably aware the program received […]

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This (closure of CapU’s Textile Arts Program) is really heartbreaking, and scary. Especially from my NSCAD perspective where we are facing the same sort of Draconian measures. I know the first thing university boards and senates do is compare student numbers and program costs, and studio will also lose in this scenario. Sandra Alfoldy, Ph.D. […]

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Update from Michelle Silver-Sirois….. I attended last night’s Board of Governors meeting at Capilano University. The Board voted to move forward with the proposed program cuts. Here is a link to the programs that are affected which include the Studio and Textile Arts Programs. As you know the university’s administration decided which programs to cut […]

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  Just a quick heads up – not sure if you heard…  things did not go well at the Cap U Senate committee meeting this evening (last night) They had to vote on recommendations from the Senate Budget Advisory Committee which after 3 weeks of analysis/meetings etc. concluded and recommended that the University move forward […]

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Our last event in this series will be a panel discussion.  Don’t miss this one as 5 panelists representing 5 major stakeholder groups in craft and art get together and provide their thoughts on how craft can be made a bigger part of the culture of the city.  In addition, they’ll discuss the importance of […]

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CCBC is hosting a series of craft seminars at the Vancouver Public Library. The next event takes place May 16th. The theme is ‘Diversity and Craft‘.

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Its that time of year again. Renew your membership online or at the Crafthouse on Granville Island.

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Light Lines  Alice Philips, Fibre Artist Alice Philips’ latest exhibition, “Light Lines”, is a collection of felted white cylinders, each supported in an upright position by a minimal internal frame. A small LED light illuminates the cylinders from the inside. Their translucence gives them an ephemeral quality. The pieces range from approximately 35 centimetres to […]

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As organizing principles for this exposition of Gary Cherneff’s work in ceramic and mixed-media arts, these concepts are worth reflecting upon within the context of his work. First, Sense.  Sense is a basic human starting point.  With the sensations of our bodies we see and touch, smell and hear and taste.  We sense-out a world […]

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Joanne Circle’s exhibition Felt Translation provides an interesting view into the work of an accomplished artist. The works clearly reflects her surroundings and give her ideas a material presence via the medium of felt. The exhibition, curated by Maggie Tchiers at CCBC Gallery July 12-Aug 23, shows several distinct bodies of work, inspired by nature. […]

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Beachcombing Treasures — A review by Leslie McGuffin of “Traces, Inspirations for the Costal Shorelines” — Works by Celia Pickles and Jinny Whitehead on display in the Craft Council of BC Gallery, April 5 – May 17, 2012. [Words: 526] Beachcombing may be one of the earliest activities separating anatomically modern human homo sapiens from […]

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Mariko McCrae’s The Life and Times of Abigail Tackle Amy Gogarty Ceramic artist Mariko Paterson McCrae is a story-teller, working tall tales into the most unusual dinnerware most of us will ever see. Her massive punchbowls, crystal-topped ice buckets and sinuous sauce boats are peppered with playful texts and images, which compete with lurid surfaces, […]

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