Sarah Mulder Q/A

A jewellery designer and a painter, Sarah Mulder creates her pieces in a Gastown studio. Mulder has been working full-time as an artist since 2011, and has developed an eager following who can’t wait to comb through her latest collections. You can find Sarah Mulder Jewelry in shops across Canada. On Sunday, April 9th, Mulder will be one of thirty designers featured at the Nifty for Fifty sale at Heritage Hall, where all items sell for $50 or less.

Though Mulder loves to travel, she also appreciates the trip back home to Vancouver. We ask her for some of her local favourites:

1. Specific place I go in Vancouver to be creatively inspired.

My studio in Gastown is where I spend most of my time designing. I’m in a beautiful brick V-shaped building right in the heart of Gastown and I never get tired of going there. When I need to clear my head and just get inspired, I’ll wander around the city and find a quiet coffee shop with a big window and draw for 30-40 minutes and usually something beautiful comes out of those days.

2. Best place for people watching.
Havana’s Patio on Commercial Drive on a sunny day with a glass of Sangria. Alternatively…Local in Kits….on a sunny day with a glass of Sangria 😉

3. Someone from Vancouver – alive or passed – who inspires me.
Lisa Ochowycz. I was so fortunate that she happened to be offering a painting course at the exact time I wanted to switch from painting traditional floral pieces to abstract painting.  I found so much inspiration from her style of teaching and her artwork that I have been able to find a new sense of self in my art practice.


Photo –  Hennygraphy. Model – Kristina


4. If you want great pictures of Vancouver, go to:
The top of The Chief or other local mountains. It’s so rewarding to hike to get a view of the city!  The other view I love is from the Sea Bus. It’s such a cool part of our transportation system that not a lot of people have been on, and paying so little to get a view of the city from a new perspective is pretty fun.

5. If Vancouver were an animal, it would be:
A rabbit! It’s small but it multiplies quickly.

6. A sound I associate with Vancouver.
The 9 o’clock gun. I grew up in East Vancouver and could hear it from my house every night.  Now I’m in Mount Pleasant and it’s so satisfying to still hear it go off every night. I love it.

7. A pleasant smell I associate with Vancouver.
The smell after it rains, it’s the most perfect fresh air mixed with the smell of damp soil…beautiful.


Photo – Hennygraphy. Model – Hailey Afton


8. Food and/or drink that reminds me of Vancouver.
I would say sushi. I think we have some of the best sushi in the world and whenever I come home from traveling it’s the first thing I crave.

9. Particularly great show, of any kind, that I have seen in Vancouver.
I’m biased because my husband plays in a reggae band, so my favorite performances are always by Railtown Soundsystem.

I love small shows, the more intimate the better.  A couple shows that really stand out for me in the past couple of years were Caribou, Tame Impala, Santigold and Lauryn Hill. I’ve got tickets to Chronixx and Jurassic5 this Spring and I’m super excited!!  Along with art, music is a huge part of my life.

10. Favourite place to travel if I want to be creatively inspired.
My happy place in BC is Tofino. Everytime I get back it renews my soul.  I do travel often and I feel like every place has a significant impact on me no matter where I am.  I love architecture as much as I love nature so anywhere new is always exciting for me.

Sarah Mulder Jewelry

Nifty for Fifty Sale

Interviewed by Elizabeth Newton



Header Image:
Photography – Hennygraphy
Model – Hailey Afton



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