December 12, 2010

Show is ON!!!!

We had a great turnout yesterday at our opening day of SFM 11. In just over an hour we will open our doors for our 2nd and last day of what is probably turning out to be our best show ever! Please drop in to experience a well curated and considered collection of art, craft and design. End your or someone else's decade in style while supporting your local arts and culture!

December 10, 2010

Laura McKibbon | cul de sac design

One of the founding members of the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy collective, Laura has been working in ceramics since 2003. Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Laura McKibbon is largely a self-taught artist, with a background in science, printmaking and photography.  Her distinctive line of hand-built ceramics reflects a love of modern design, a dedication to craftsmanship and ultimately function. Idyll summers spent at the lake instilled a lifelong interest and reverence for nature, a theme that is largely present in her work. Her inspiration comes from the world around us - highlighting the unique personal experiences we have - in the hopes that this moment will resonate with others, and they will bring their own story into the work.

In addition to her production line Laura creates one of a kind work as well as limited series.  She continues to exhibit regularly and her work has been featured in several publications and international exhibitions, most recently in Gestalten's Fragiles: Porcelain, Ceramics and Glass presented at Al-Sabah Art & Design, Shaab, Kuwait.  She has also participated in several international artist residencies, and has just returned from Denmark, where she was an invited resident during the European Ceramic Context.

Laura's variety of creative activity continues to inspire her SFM peers and colleagues. We are always impressed with how successfully she is able to combine international travel with her art experiences. Maybe SFM will go on the road with her one day!

Laura in her studio flooding a screen in preparation to print on her ceramics.

Applying the 'foot' on a ceramic platter.

Applying the print to a ceramic dish.

December 8, 2010

Kari Woo

Solid Sterling Silver Reversible Pendants

First drawn to jewellery through her mother's treasure box of jewels and all the stories that came with each piece, Woo actually came to her craft literally by accident. During a recovery from a snowboarding mishap in 1993 which left her with an injured knee for months, she took a night class in jewellery making as a matter of interest and a way of passing time...seventeen years later she is still passing her time designing and making jewellery!

Kari's focus in recent years has been the development of her 'Draw the Line' Collection of sterling silver wire earrings and corresponding pendants and her 'Solid Ground' Collection of reversible pendants and versatile, bold rings. Having met with success and now distributing across Canada, Woo is finding time to experiment with and implement new ideas and design one-of-a-kind pieces again.

Sterling silver wire Cuff + Bangle

She is a full-time studio jeweller who also doubles as a mixed media assemblage artist living and working in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Kari is co-founder/owner of INFLUX Jewellery Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, an instructor with the ACAD Extended Studies Program and a founding member of crafter collectives in Calgary and Vancouver (Shiny Fuzzy Muddy!!!)  that advocate for the handmade and buying local. In her spare time she likes to think about the role of Craft in contemporary culture.

Her mixed media work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, across Canada in South Korea. Woo graduated with her BFA Honors from the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, 2003 specializing in Jewellery + Metals.

Double Trouble Design

Double Trouble Design is a studio created by two sisters inspired to create a collection of unique and stylish handcrafted products for the home.

The collaboration began with handcrafted gifts. With these homemade products garnering attention in the homes of family and friends, Kelly was encouraged and inspired to take things a step further. Through a mutual appreciation of each others talents and an interest in creating new products, a partnership naturally formed between Kelly and her sister, Karen. Double Trouble Design was born.

Kelly has been drawing since her early days on a Magnadoodle. At six years old, she wrote an advanced copy of her autobiography which included a career as a fashion designer. It’s no surprise that she has gone on to pursue a Diploma in both Graphic and Visual Design and Fashion Design. Loving music, art, photography and culture, she thrives on learning and exploring new ideas across many mediums, and applying this to a variety of projects. She has traded in her Magnadoodle for Photoshop and continues her explorations in product design.

Karen is a makeup artist with a Diploma in Makeup Artistry and is equally infatuated with fashion, design, and beautiful things for the home.

Double Trouble Design carries paper craft calendars, clocks, stationery and more. The studio based in Vancouver, Canada aims to make everyday items fun, beautiful, and functional.

For the first time this sister-duo is showing at the SFM show and we are anticipating a keen a positive response to their collaborative work and uniquely combined sensibilities! Come and check them out for yourself!

December 7, 2010

Frances Felt

Pemberton textile designer Frances Dickinson’s true love is textile design. After years of traveling the globe and becoming enthralled with the cultural heritage of textiles, she studied at three different Canadian art schools over five years before getting her BFA in textile design from the Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2002, she returned home and opened her business designing fabrics to incorporate into her clothing and accessories. Her clothes are fun and whimsical, inspired by colour, nature, process and material. Each garment is unique with collage-like detailing hand-picked by the designer. Most of her clothes are adjustable to make fitting all body types easy.

This season she has teamed up with friend and colleague, Ulla Clark of LU Prints to create a woman’s line called LU in Love. Inspired by Ulla’s great sense of graphic design, a collection was created. Skirts, Tops and Pants all covered in Owls, Deer, leaves and Wheat!

Frances Dickinson’s work has been featured in Toronto Life and Ion Magazine, as well as the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Province.  Frances Felt participates in The Circle Craft Christmas Show (Vancouver), The One of a Kind Shows (Toronto and Chicago) and The Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Shows (Vancouver).

Frances Felt (right) with creative collaborator Ulla Clark of LU Prints.

SFM fans and members have long been awaiting Frances Felt's comeback after a sabbatical she took to start her beautiful family! Welcome back Frances!!! If you are not familiar with her work you will be impressed by her ingenuity in design and fun-loving attitude that wearing her garments creates. Always colorful and bold, they are also versatile for many occassions ... contemporary with the perfect mix of classic.

December 6, 2010

These Grey Days

Ceramic Stump Stool by These Gray Days

Ceramic Tiles by These Gray Days

 These Gray Days is a small collective of active and exploratory minds based in Canada. The name of their collective, These Gray Days, represents the source of their inspiration—a constant reminder of the ongoing battle against monotony and complacency. They strive to be an unexpected brightness in these tedious gray days, wherever it may be needed. Whether it is objects for everyday use or large-scale outdoor installations, they approach each new project with a tender defiance to the expected and a goal of inspiring sudden joy in those who are trapped in the doldrums.

Anxiously anticipated at SFM is the debut of work by These Gray Days Collective. A powerhouse of creativity and clever ideas between Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O'Connell, their collaborative works are sure to make your mind move!

Not only are they working in ceramic, but have branched out into design-based initiatives such as their 'Reflector Tie' that garnered international attention in the 'seoul cycle design competition 2010' organized in collaboration with the seoul design foundation. To read more about their design click here.

Reflector Tie by These Gray Days

December 5, 2010

Caroline Miller

Caroline gravitated toward jewellery at an early age, when as a young girl growing up in Victoria, BC she would sneak plastic earrings onto her ears and into family portraits. Since those days she has apprenticed as a silversmith in Uruguay, earned a diploma in Jewellery and Small Object Design from the Kootenay School of the Arts and studied in the coppersmithing town of Santa Clara del Cobre in Mexico.  She currently works from her studio in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.

Her work and inspiration are derived from the many oddities of personality and its ongoing progression.  Balanced with these flights of fancy are the permanence of geometries, physics and the techniques of a practised silversmith.  Her choice of materials incorporate the precious with the semi-precious; gold and silver and gemstones are often combined with found objects or plastics.  Caroline’s work is distinct in design, sometimes bold, sometimes subtle.  Classic style is often married with contemporary flair.

Caroline has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants and is committed to strive towards new and fresh approaches to her craft. She has show with the SFM group a number of times so far. We appreciate her quirkiness of design and are inspired by her work ethic and dedication to her studio practice and ever evolving ideas!

Jen Pleadwell | Thousand Flower Textiles

Thousand Flowers Textiles are handmade in Vancouver, BC by designer Jenefer Pleadwell. Combining a variety of techniques including weaving, dyeing, and surface embellishment, Jen creates individual and one-of-a-kind garments in silk and wool. From her studio on the Eastside, she continually works to bring old techniques into a relevant, modern context in the form of unique wear-ables.

Also showing with us for a second year in a row we are anxious to see Jen's new designs and how her works have evolved over the last year!

Clarie Madill | heyday design

Claire Madill graduated from Emily Carr University in 2007 and has been working full-time in her east van studio ever since. Her label, heyday design, mines the past to create for the future. She takes commonplace, utilitarian vintage kitchen wares and transforms them into contemporary porcelain objects and accessories, endorsing a new perspective on their purpose and aesthetic.

Currently she is working on a custom lighting installation of her 'beaver jars' for Canoe (a high end restaurant on the 54th floor of Toronto's TD Tower in the heart of the financial district). The installation includes 92 jars all lined up and glowing!!!  As a result, she is hoping to get a day or two off between now and when they ship in mid-january...  yikes! Her ceramic accessories can be found at the San Francisco MOMA Mueseum Store, which has her pretty excited these days! Go Claire!

SFM happily welcomes Claire back to the show for a second year with her clever and quirky translations of objects we all know and love!

December 3, 2010

Western Front Society : Craft Cross Promotion!!!

Hey Fans!

If you love craft and independent culture and are looking for some this coming weekend check this show out! 

2010 Holiday Sale

Friday, December 3  from 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, December 4 from 11 am – 5 pm
at the Western Front Luxe Hall, 303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver

Toque, the Western Front’s annual craft sale, gets a new look this year with a focus on books, text and printed material. Please join us on December 3rd and 4rth at this unique holiday sale featuring local designers, crafters,
artists and artist collectives.

Nineteen vendors contribute to Toque this year, with wares ranging from books, zines, cards, handcrafted d├ęcor, jewellery, and other special gifts. Long-time Toque favourites return, such as local publisher Simply Read’s
children’s books, Perro Verlag’s wide selection of indie art publications from around the world,  and Contexture Design’s map based mobiles. These Toque regulars appear alongside exciting newcomers  such as the West Coast classic Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver’s independent music collective Safe Amplification Society as well as legendary New York Based contemporary art publisher Printed Matter, and many others. Look for exclusive Western Front publications, as well as  a limited edition commissioned tea towel and colouring poster by Jeff Hamada, Vancouver based artist and creator of the popular blog

Toque opens Friday from 6 – 9 pm, where you can browse and enjoy a drink. On Saturday come by between 11am and 4pm for shopping as well as a special collaboration with Collage Collage, a local children’s arts and crafts shop
and teaching space. Bring your children for fun crafting and colouring! Fine baked goods will be available from Hatty Cakes.

Proceeds from Toque support the Western Front Society, an artist run centre and non-profit registered charity. Held in the warm heritage setting of the Western Front in Vancouver, this sale is a great way to support your artistic community.

Vendors include:
A Farmer's Daughter
Arsenal Pulp Press
Collage Collage
Contexture Design
Hatty Cakes
Penelope Brown
Perro Verlag
Printed Matter, Inc
Safe Amplification Site Society
Simply Read Books
The Beautiful Project
Thistle Town Studio
Tin Can Studio
Wendy Oakman

Audra Neill

Audra is a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and she currently works as a buyer for the set decorating department in film and makes stuffes as well as indulging in her other artistic endeavors when she has time.  The movies she has worked on can be found on the IMDB website. Check it out as it is an impressive list!

Audra has been making a host of stuffed animals for many years.  Her stuffies are always evolving and no two are exactly the same.  All are handmade by Audra and can be found locally at Barefoot Contessa on Main Street and Commercial Street in Vancouver.  After working on the feature film Red Riding Hood, she gained a deeper appreciation for the handmade and has come up with some new art dolls as well as knitted scarves made from hand dyed wool.

Another good friend of the SFM show we are thrilled to see Audra back at Heritage Hall again this year. It's amazing to think that she has time to be creative with a film industry job but her new art dolls sound totally intriguing and we can't wait to see them!

Mary Anne Tateishi

Squid Propulsion by Mary Anne Tateishi

Mary Anne Tateishi is a Vancouver-based painter who paints on wood panel, using acrylic paints, tissue, art papers, and resin.  Her painting process uses layering, transparency and vivid colour to explore ideas of time and memory.  Her work is in private and public collections across Canada, as well as in the U.S.A., Europe, and Japan. She has been interviewed on the CBC radio, City-TV and Fairchild Television, and her work has appeared in local newspapers and arts magazines.

"Usually my paintings are pretty big, like three feet by four feet, but just for SFM, I'm doing some very small work as well, which I think looks adorable.  Once I bought a tiny painting in P.E.I, and the fellow told me it was artwork I could take everywhere.  I love that crazy idea of portable artwork. Imagine taking art with you in your car or on your bike or to work, the possibilities are endless!" 

"My paintings are process-driven, I enjoy painting layer upon layer, working with transparent materials and revealing the whole history of the painting. I also experiment with colour, since bright colour energizes the art work and pulls the viewer into the painting. If I had my way, our whole world would be a lot more colourful, but I'll start with the artwork."

Mary Anne's work should be a colorful addition to our thoughtfully curated show. As she stated earlier she is doing some work particularly for the SFM show this year, which everyone should be excited about! Its a gre
at thing that the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show not only exhibits outstanding work, but it also inspires all of us to make new and often better work! You can read more about Mary Anne's work, thoughts and process on her blog.

December 1, 2010

Erin Dolman

Returning to the SFM show is crowd favorite, jeweller Erin Dolman. She was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but eventually she heard the call of the wild, pulled up her city roots and now resides in a beautiful cabin in the woods of Roberts Creek, B.C. on the Sunshine Coast. Erin’s work is designed and created in her home based studio under the watchful eye of her Pug, Burl. When not working in the studio Erin is an avid gardener and amateur naturalist, and she also has a weak spot for hotrods and vintage tattoo designs. These diverse interests show as strong influences in her jewellery designs. Skulls and feathers, birds and hotrod flames all come to be incorporated into her work. Over the past 15 years Erin has exhibited in numerous exhibitions both in Canada and internationally. She has also been the recipient of a number of grants and awards including a Niche Award in 2002, an inaugural BC Creative Achievement Award in 2005 and first place in the Brooches Category in Lapidary Journal's Jewellery Arts Awards in 2006.

We always look forward to Erin's unique works and marvel at the way she is able to translate her keen sense of observation of details into her jewellery designs. They all have a story to tell!

jill allan | studio-oodio

Jill Allan lives on Vancouver Island, Canada.  In 1999 she graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design earning a BFA with a major in Glass.   Her work is included in the collections of the Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y., and the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary.  Jill has received several awards including the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award (2007).  In June 2010 she accepted a scholarship to attend a course in Neon making at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood Washington.  Her work is quiet, based in the craft tradition of vessel making, but not exclusively functional.  She is influenced by Scandinavian designs, particularly those of Finland’s iittala and is interested in designing with light both for public sculpture and also for the domestic sphere.

At first understated and modest, Jill's subtle brilliance with form and color becomes apparent if you can be still long enough to contemplate it. She offers a variety of works at the SFM shows - functional art glass, sculpture and jewellery. A long time friend and colleague of the SFM collective - we are happy to have her back for another year!