06 Nov 2018

Michelle Nguyen’s Studio

It’s a singular space – from the soft white walls under the shadows of an industrial skylight, to the carefully tiered plants, the rescue porcelain cats, and the candy-coloured barber’s chair. All of the in-studio colour – the drips on the walls, the smears on the well-squeezed paint tubes, the

30 Oct 2018

Tanya Lloyd Kyi

i. I work as a: children’s writer ii. I do this creative work because: I am constantly, insatiably curious, and writing for kids and teens gives me the opportunity to dive into new topics and ideas every few months. I also believe that children deserve to learn — to learn everything!

21 Oct 2018

George Byrne

i. I work as: a photographic artist. ii. I do this creative work because: I honestly believe it was my destiny, from the very first day I picked up a camera I feel I was able to interpret regular things in an interesting unique way. iii. Personal qualities that help

16 Oct 2018

Heather Kai Smith @ The Belkin

Carlos Fuentes wrote: ‘Art gives life to what history killed. Art gives voice to what history denied, silenced or persecuted. Art brings truth to the lies of history.’ As more and more artists and activists take to the street to protest 2018 injustices, Vancouver’s Belkin Gallery is mounting Beginning with the

12 Oct 2018

Shooting Roses

“When words become unclear,”  Ansel Adams said,  “I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Adams is one of the renowned photographers we feature training their cameras on or near roses, real or crafted. Adams created his piece below – Rose and Driftwood –  in

09 Oct 2018

Guo Pei

“When I started studying design in 1982, no one knew that clothes were supposed to be designed,” said the now world-renowned haute couturier, Guo Pei, in a 2017  interview. “My parents and neighbours didn’t understand why clothes need to be designed. There are only a few types of clothes, they

07 Oct 2018

Dianna Bonder’s Studio

We’re long time fans of Dianna Bonder’s illustrations, so we were excited to go deep into the Gabriola Island woods to explore Bonder’s new work at her new studio. From the first sign pointing us in, we were delighted to find a studio setting that mimics the humour, mystery and

02 Oct 2018

Glenn Knowles

i. I work as a chocolatier and small business owner.   ii. I make chocolate because: I like making something delicious that is an affordable luxury to many people. I longed to do something that gives people some degree of joy. In my previous career, I yearned to do something

21 Sep 2018

Splash 2018

If you want to learn more about the contemporary art scene in Vancouver, Splash 2018 is a great place to start. Now in its 36th year, Splash raises funds for Arts Umbrella  – a non profit art school for kids with quality classes in dance, visual, applied and media arts, theatre, music. Founded

16 Sep 2018

Amy Slosky

If you head over to First Pick Handmade in the Main Street Heritage Hall today, you’ll find Amy Slosky, one of the talented artisans selling their creations. i. I work as a designer, shoemaker and founder of a small handmade shoe start-up. I design and make limited collections of ready to