17 Nov 2015

Livona Ellis

When you ask most people about Spin class, they throw out words like: intense, energizing, grueling, medieval chain gang madness. It is wheels whipping, legs cramping, sweat flying. 4, 3, 2, 1. Out of the saddle. When you ask Livona Ellis about Spin class, she settles into a tranquil sigh.

15 Nov 2015

The Mannequins Are Safe At Circle Craft

It’s not easy to be a mannequin. Their lives start out promising enough, if you can see past the crowded nurseries, the presumptuous sanding and the plastic holding cells.   Once released into the world, these sinless mannequins suddenly find themselves set alight in safety videos:   Tricked out with fancy

12 Nov 2015

Jamie Evrard

The bouquet was on its last stems. Peonies starting to droop; petals ragged and browning. Leaves curling their way back to the midrib. Each flower staking out its final resting place on the edge of the cellophane. “Perfect,” though artist Jamie Evrard. “I’ll take this one.” “Oh no,” said the

11 Nov 2015

Bob Murphy ♫

At the beginning of the year, we were lucky enough to interview jazz pianist Bob Murphy. Murphy has been well known around Vancouver for his sensitive, insightful playing and his ability to fit into all manner of ensembles. He has been a beloved teacher to kids and adults, amateurs and professionals who

09 Nov 2015

To Have And To Hold

“We are trying to raise the bar, to create work that is as good as what they create in New York, Paris, England.” So says Suzane Lee, owner and creative mastermind behind Granville Island Flowers. Lee’s high bar is on clear display as you enter the Crème de la Crème

06 Nov 2015

Love Your Beans

“You’re not going to do something that foolish, are you?” “Ya, I am,” said Montreal-born artist Cosimo Cavallaro, when being challenged about his Jelly Bean series. “All I want to do at the end of it is laugh. I want to have a laugh, you know?” Let’s hope, Cavallaro adds,

03 Nov 2015

Andrew Hibbs

When a young Andrew Hibbs was playing host, his friends couldn’t wait to make their way back to his garage. There, behind the door, would be David Hibbs, cool Dad, playing with fire, bending glass and crafting neon signs that might show up anywhere around Vancouver. “They all thought it was really

01 Nov 2015

Cotton Candy 2.0

It was pure carny magic. The gleaming sugar crystals would rain into the heart of the silver pan. The bestriped man would taunt us with his white paper sabre, whisking it round and round the edges. First nothing, then suddenly the pink, purple or blue cloud would start to take

30 Oct 2015

Kerf

“I know what I want to wear, but I can’t find any in the stores.” It is a feeling that many of us have had at one time or another. And it was this feeling that led Neal Colgan and Alanna Jakubauskas into creating their business: Kerf Accessories. A year

27 Oct 2015

Nick Rabuchin

“Mmmm. What’s that smell?” That is a leather, tobacco, amber and black pepper blend that comes to us via the Gastown candle from Vancouver Candle Company. It is ‘musky with subtle notes of sweetness and spice.’ If you inspect the colourfully patterned box, you’ll note that the soy wax, cotton-wicked candle