November 20, 2011

MIKIND Handmade Ceramics

Bridging the gap between the east and west side of the Rockies is ceramic artist Jenn Demke-Lange. Her long awaited SFM debut is finally here (we have been courting her for a while to do the show) and we are thrilled! Whimsical and narrative her work always seems to be telling a story. Come and find out what the story is!

MIKIND is a ceramic studio located in Southern Alberta founded by Jenn Demke-Lange, designer and maker.  Drawing inspiration from contemporary graphics, patterns and illustrations, we produce handmade ceramic objects that are playful and decorative. Since our start in 2009, we have expanded our production from tableware to ceramic jewellery.  We love to discover all the possibilities that ceramics can offer and create these unique objects for all who are interested in the world of the handmade object. We hope to share what we love with others and hope you pass it along.

Mikind studio began in Calgary, Alberta and has since moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta where Jenn now lives with her husband and their furry creature, Belle. Feeling most at home in her studio, Jenn can be found making and creating with her head down. With a BFA  from the Alberta College of Art & Design under her belt, she continues her lifelong passion of using her imagination and doodling things she loves. She currently maintains a full-time job as Studio Manager at the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program where she is lucky to have her ceramic practice be continually inspired and flourish by the many artists filtering through the studio. When her head is up she can be found baking, perusing magazines, visiting boutique shops and  sharing adventures with her closest friends.

November 19, 2011

Jessie Turner Designs

We are really pleased to welcome Jessie Turner back to SFM. Her work strikes that warm and fuzzy nerve that we of course love to host at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy. Jessie successfully uses a mixture of materials to bring her work to life. Using a base of sterling silver she adds wood, gold foil and feathers for her desired effects. This season she is introducing bronze into her collection. We are looking forward to seeing her newest work as it is sure to inspire.

She is a jeweler who specializes in natural and contemporary forms using silver and gold. Much of Jessie’s work expands the concept of jewellery as simple adornment to one that encompasses self-expression and purpose. “All things worn can have meaning. We need meaning to fulfill life and create balance, both within, and between, the individual, the community, and the natural world. Jewellery, when created and worn with intention has the ability to empower and connect us with our deeper selves.”  Jessie’s vision is to create unique jewellery that encourages people's individuality and connection to truth, nature and beauty. Both traditional and contemporary ideas of design guide her innovation and creative fire.

Originally from the islands of BC’s West Coast, Jessie has returned to her roots in Courtenay BC after living and studying in Vancvouver. She received her diploma in Jewellery Art and Design in 2000 and has since studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, as well as with local art teachers of different mediums.  Her work is sold in stores through out Canada, as well as at select craft shows. Along with being featured in The Georgia Straight and ELLE Canada Magazine, she has also received numerous design awards including an Accessories Designer decoration at Vancouver Fashion Week. 

November 18, 2011

Eastside Culture Crawl

One of the greatest cultural events in Vancouver is happening this weekend - the Eastside Culture Crawl! Artists open up their studios to the public for three days (Nov 18/19/20) where you can experience the context of the work directly and get to know your local creatives.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy artists that you can see on the tour this weekend include Arleigh Wood, Laura McKibbon, Astrosatchel, Jessie Turner Designs, heyday designs and Nana Fro Textile Art. Of course if you don't have a chance to get out this weekend you will be able to see all this wonderful talent at Heritage Hall in a few weeks!

November 7, 2011

Adhesif Clothing Co.

As a staple in Main Street fashion culture where you will find Adhesif's Flagship store it is only fitting that Adhesif join the ranks of our show this year. We are so pleased to welcome Adhesif Clothing Co. to SFM! 

Melissa Ferreira is the Vancouver-based designer of Adhesif Clothing Co. Born in Montreal, Melissa was influenced by her mother who worked in garment production for a large scale clothing distributor. At a young age, Melissa started teaching herself how to sew and has been experimenting with textiles ever since! After working for many years as a buyer for vintage retailers like True Value Vintage, Melissa noticed there was a lot of interest in using recycled materials and set out to create her own clothing label in 2007.

The collection plays with colours, shapes, and textiles to create one-of-a-kind, edgy garments. All of the clothing is made from recycled fabrics that have an attitude and personality all of their own. So if you thought adhesives were bad for the environment, definitely try this one on for size!

Adhesif Clothing looks great and is good for the environment. The line of garments for men and women is not only made from sustainable materials, but is also locally produced in Vancouver, BC.