Join Crafted Vancouver on a private guided bus tour to four select studios.
Guests will gain insight into the creative process and learn about the techniques and hand work that goes into creating the sculpted objects and functional pieces of Brent Comber, the bespoke footwear at Renée Macdonald’s Westerly Handmade Shoes; the contemporary art jewellery of Bridget Catchpole and Lydia Buxton; and the Japanese knives at Douglas Chang’s shop Ai & Om. You’ll learn how to commission work directly and have time to ask questions or talk independently to each maker.
Sea Cider of Vancouver Island, Left Field Cider Co. of Logan Lake and Salt Spring Wild Cider of Salt Spring Island will be on hand to provide a private pourings from a selection of their traditional ciders.
Ai + Om host Douglas Chang
Join owner/operator Douglas Chang, at Western Canada’s premier knife shop, Ai + Om to learn about the art of Japanese knives. Examples of the knife making process and a demonstration on how to repair and maintain the most important of cookery tools, the knife, will be on display. Examples of master blacksmiths works will also be on display at the beautifully designed shop by Vancouver’s Scott and Scott Architects.
Art Jewellery by Bridget Catchpole and Lydia Buxton
Studio Jewellers Bridget Catchpole and Lydia Buxton share a space in the extraordinary 1000 Parker Street building where they welcome you to their East Van Bower, a playful studio space where both artists combine metalsmithing skills with an array of unusual materials. Traditional jewelry has historically been status ornamentation. However, the ever-growing field of contemporary art jewellery pushes those limits with unusual ideas, materials, techniques and concepts and moves jewellery into the realm of art.
Bridget Catchpole’s work combines a bricolage of collected materials of humble origins paired with those considered precious in what could aptly be described as “haute couture meets five n’ dime!”
Lydia Buxton cultivates handcrafted wearable artworks informed by her love of texture and natural materials. Exploring the poetics of memory, she pairs alternative materials with traditional aspects of metalsmithing.
Both artists exhibit work both locally and internationally through various contemporary jewellery galleries and exhibitions. Join these makers to learn more about Contemporary Art Jewellery as they independently delve into the process, varied inspiration and development of their beautifully diverse work.
Westerly Handmade Shoes host Renée Macdonald
At the east Vancouver studio workshop of Westerly Handmade Shoes, we’ll visit with shoemaker Renée Macdonald to discuss the process of having bespoke shoes made. An informal presentation will be given with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and have a look at shoes in various stages of completion. This is a fully operating shoemaking workshop where Renée meets with clients for measurements and fittings, and also makes shoes from start to finish. Come armed with questions and curiosity.
Brent Comber Originals
Brent Comber Originals is an art and design studio that creates sculpted object, functional pieces and design environments. With an international reputation for his aesthetic interpretation of the Pacific Northwest and its natural materials, Brent Comber specializes in designing modern urban forms from ancient sources.