Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Prairie Paris

A most charming addition to the Winter Market is Prairie Paris. These designs are the gorgeous handy work of Jody Polowick.

Beautiful and fun fabric creations for you and your home. After years of making one of a kind gifts for family and friends, Jody has decided it is time to “go public”.

Jody has a B.A. in Theatre from the U of S and has worked in film and television in western Canada for over 20 years. A mid life change of career has brought her back to the Paris of the Prairies where she is working on her Home Ec. Education degree. The Prairie Paris line includes reversible L.A. kitchen aprons, reversible teacher/vendor aprons and fun décor for your home.

Friday, November 25, 2011

flock & gather sightings around town this weekend!

Not only are our lovely posters about to start flooding the streets but this weekend you have a chance to check out some of our flock & gather members at 2 different sales. Let the handmade holiday shopping begin!

Find Erin Weiss and Shauna Buck at:

Find more details here.

And don't miss Cathy Terepocki and Carole Epp at this years Artisans:

Find out more here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Magic Skirt

Everyone loves handmade clothes! So exciting to have Magic Skirt joining us for the market.

Meg Hadland learned how to sew from her mom and her grandma, when she was just knee-high to a grasshopper. Years later, she inherited her grandma's antique sewing machine, and found she enjoyed making clothes for herself and her friends. She eventually joined the St. James Community Farmer's Market, and after her success at the 2011 Saskatoon Fringe Festival, she decided to move to Montreal to pursue her career as a clothing designer, making her own clothes under the name Magic Skirt Clothing.

What is a Magic Skirt you ask? Well, "When I was four years old I had a skirt. It was stretchy and black with neon green and pink stars on it. It was totally rad. When I wore it I could fly, I could control people, I could be invisible, I could bend the entire universe to my will. I was magic. It was magic. It was my Magic Skirt."

Magic Skirt Clothing is available at Alchemy Clothing & Salon in Saskatoon, and Sew Dandee in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Quirks & Twists Jewelry

Great news - the lovely and talented Kristina Johnson of Quirks & Twists Jewelry will be back at our Winter Market!

She is a local independent artist who creates unique handcrafted jewelry using reclaimed vintage pieces, metals, gemstones, glass and whatever else comes her way.

In her words:
I have always been drawn to handmade art; I’ve been crafting and making things since childhood – one of my earliest memories is painting with my grandma. I am self-taught and have been designing and making jewelry since 2003. I started with the basics and quickly discovered my love for beads, beads and more beads! My styles have changed over the years and I am now primarily working with vintage pieces which I combine with new materials resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Call for performative art work for Mendel Art Gallery

LUGO is seeking submissions for the presentation of a performative artwork to take place during this year’s event. The selected artist will present a work that will unfold during the evening throughout the Gallery spaces. The work will be conceived in the spirit of this year’s event –hand-made, heart-warming, evocative, collaborative and engaging.

Artists working in all disciplines will be considered. Performance art, dance, theatre, literature, sculpture, audio may be particularly well suited for this venue. For example, artists may engage with party participants to collect source material for a collaborative poem, an audio art piece, or a sculptural installation. The presentation could be a finished work – a dance or performance – or provide an opportunity to workshop a new piece. The artist must demonstrate the ability to execute the proposed project. A small honorarium will be paid.

To apply, email a brief description of the proposed activity (one or two paragraphs), a list of any technical support you may need, documentation of your work, and a résumé. Feel free to include additional support material including photographs, a script, video or links to the web. The deadline for submissions is December 15. We will accept online submissions only, merci.

To submit a proposal or for more information, contact Troy Gronsdahl: tgronsdahl@mendel.ca

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Spineless aka Karen Polowick

Something very exciting we're happy to introduce at the Winter Wonders Handmade Market is SPINELESS, handmade books!


*handmade sketchbooks, journals, photo albums, and other miscellany*

Karen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan where she focused on painting, drawing and photography. It was in one of her photography classes where Karen first learned about the process of hand-binding books, and she has been exploring new styles and combinations ever since. She lives and works in Saskatoon, where by day she is a picture framer and by night she enjoys cutting, gluing and sewing things together.

Combining mostly found and second-hand materials with various other cultural ephemerae, Karen makes things you can use!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Ashley Tuchscherer

Local Saskatoon residents might recognize Ashley's work from her recent showing at the Stall Gallery at the Saskatoon Farmers Market. We're excited to see what wonders she'll bring to the market in December!

Ashley Tuchscherer is visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts: Visual Arts Degree from the University of Regina in 2009. Ashley currently lives in Saskatoon and works out of her apartment studio in City Park.

Ashley’s artwork depicts a selection of stuffed oddities from her childhood portrayed in dreamlike, fantastical spaces. She enjoys hunting for ornate, antique, frames to use as a finishing touch for her paintings. The pieces that will be available for sale are small, affordable acrylic paintings on plywood, canvas, and paper. There will also be a selection of quirky, one of a kind Christmas cards with images illustrated in watercolour and ink.

When Ashley isn’t making artwork, she works in the Film and Television Industry here in Saskatchewan as a scenic painter.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Ricki Skoretz of Sidecar Creations

Another returning great is the lovely Ricki!

Ricki Skoretz is a local up-and-comer in the Saskatoon Arts and Craft community.
After meager beginnings in felt-and-yarn creations, she has spent years of hard work and devotion to her craft, moving towards handiwork of a more versatile, accessible, and fashionable nature. She consistently endeavors to use innovative styles, unique fabrics, and imaginative designs in her work, which has recently expanded to include furniture refurbishing and upholstery.

She lives in Saskatoon with her loving husband and most regal dog-child, Neko and welcomes commissioned work and new challenges in her artistry.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Glassy-Eyed Beads

flock & gather are pleased to have Erin Pell of Glassy-Eyed Beads at December's Winter Wonders Handmade Market.

Erin has been working with glass since 1999, she began studying glass blowing with Mark Chapman in Palm Springs, CA. While working with Mark she began playing with a torch to make glass beads. When she had her children she focused solely on the glass beads and pendants. Her pieces of wearable art have been sold through galleries throughout Canada.

Erin was born in New Brunswick, but grew up mainly in the Muskoka area of Ontario. She has also spent time living in Mexico and Finland. Both her parents were involved in the fine craft community in Ontario. Erin grew up working at craft shows with her parents, and experimented with many craft mediums. She moved down to California in 1999 with her parents and met her future husband there. Since then, she has set up shop in New Brunswick and now Saskatoon, SK.

Find out more at www.glassyeyedbeads.com

Upcoming Saskatoon Craft Event: Mix and Match Marketplace

Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival (SFDF) is a non-profit organization working to create a fashion focused festival coming in the spring of 2012. To gain awareness and build funds for this event we are holding Mix and Match Marketplace in the Two-Twenty Den (220 20th Street W) from November 25th to 27th. The market will feature SFDF designers selling what they do best – designer clothes! As well, we have vendors selling children’s knits, French macaroons, accessories, and more – creating the perfect opportunity to do some shopping for yourself or for Christmas gifts with the kids in tow!

I would like to invite you all to this event to support our emerging (fashion) designers and artisans. Admission is $5 and children 5 and under are admitted for free. And please feel free to pass this event information on to anyone that may be interested in attending!

Market Hours:
Friday, November 25th – 4pm to 9pm
Saturday, November 26th – 9am to 6pm
Sunday, November 27th – 10am to 5pm

You can find the event on Facebook too! www.facebook.com/mixandmatchmarketplace

Hope to see you there!

** Make sure to check out flock and gather members Shauna Buck and Erin Weiss at the event**

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Ookieookie

Ookieookie is the work of Saskatoon-based artist, illustrator and designer, Ryan Schmidt.

Ryan studied drawing and painting at the University of Saskatchewan. His work can be found in private collections across Canada and the United States. He currently works and lives in Saskatoon with his wife, two children, a dog and a cat. When not spending time with his family he divides his time between pet portrait commissions, his own work and working as a graphic designer at Sparrowhaus, his design studio.

His products include original acrylic paintings and pet portraits, prints of original paintings and illustrations, 1¼" round handpressed buttons and cards.

Ookieookie’s pet buttons have been featured in several issues of Modern Dog Magazine and their pet portraits were featured in the Dwell.com holiday gift guide.

Ryan Schmidt


(306) 270-5143


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Angel Neufield

Bringing even more awesome kids stuff to the flock & gather market is Angel Neufield!

Creations from customized scrapbooks and greeting cards to tutus, hair accessories and purses I love to craft it all. Everything I sell is handmade by me and can be made customized to suit your styles and needs, making it unique and a one of a kind. Setting up jewelery and craft stands from the time I was ten years old, handcrafting my own creations has always been my passion, and now with a two year old daughter she is my inspiration for turning my passion into my dream, little steps at a time.

With a business name and website as a work in progress you can reach me at angel.neufield@shaw.ca and (306) 612-1132.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saskatoon Spinners & Weavers Guild 2011 Annual Sale

9:30 am to 5 pm

Saturday, November 26

Albert Community Centre

610 Clarence Avenue S.

2nd Floor Auditorium

Demonstrations of weaving and spinning throughout the sale

The Saskatoon Spinners & Weavers Guild (SSWG) is holding their Annual Sale at the Albert Community Centre on Saturday, November 26, coinciding with the first day of the Saskatoon Potters Guild Christmas Sale.

There will be a good variety of beautiful hand woven and hand spun textiles from unique clothing to must-have stocking stuffers. Hand made gifts are always special and we’ll have something to suit everyone’s pocketbook and taste.

An added attraction will be demonstrations of spinning and weaving by members of the SSWG. Learn first hand about the basics of making yarn and cloth.

For more information contact:

Judy Haraldson

Phone 306-291-3231

Email judy.haraldson@gmail.com


Shelley Hamilton

Phone 306-244-5641

Email sehamilton@sasktel.net

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Crystal Klassen

Check out this new fresh work by Saskatoon's own Crystal Klassen! Flock & gather are so thrilled she'll be participating in the Winter Wonders Handmade Market.

As an artist with a background in photography and painting, she has a natural affinity for graphic design. She recently began to meld all three of these mediums into one multimedia series titled Small Profiles. Each piece in this series contains a sense of innocence and playfulness that hearkens back to school days, when the margins of our books were filled with doodles. The artwork is mounted to a wooden box, which can easily be hung on a wall or stand on its own.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Shannon Welch

Another one of our faves is back for the Winter Wonders Market - Shannon Welch!

Shannon Welch took up silversmithing twelve years ago in Victoria, BC. Since then she has had the opportunity to hone her skills at the Revere Academy in San Francisco, the Neil Balkwill Centre in Regina and through mentorship grants with the Saskatchewan Craft Council and CARFAC. In 2011, her work was awarded “Excellence in Metalwork” in the Dimensions craft council show which tours the province.

In her spare time she is a full-time high school teacher, mother of two kids (Nadeige and Torin) and two dogs (Pudding and Maple), and partner of Jean-Francois, who is very patient, as well as supportive of her creative pursuits.

Contact Info: nadtor@sasktel.net

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Design Council of Saskatchewan presents: Beautiful Losers

"Beautiful Losers" is a documentary by Aaron Rose that celebrates the independent spirit of D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) culture in the art world. The film details how a group of like-minded American artists emerged from the underground in the early 1990s to have an enormous impact on the worlds of fashion, film, art, music, and pop culture in general.

Screening will be the evening of Thursday November 17th @ the Broadway Theatre.

Beautiful Losers film trailer from beautifullosersfilm on Vimeo.

For more info about Design Week in Saskatoon please check out the Design Council's website here.

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Paula Cooley

Make sure you don't miss the gorgeous pottery of Paula Cooley at the Winter Wonders Handmade Market!

Paula Cooley is a full-time ceramics artist living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has degree in ceramics from SIAST and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Saskatchewan and has been been a practicing potter since 1999.

Paula works with wheel-throwing, hand-building, and various glazing and firing techniques, ranging from raku to wood firing. Her artistic practice, which takes inspiration from the natural world, includes functional and sculptural work, both of which influence and inform each other.

To see more of Paula’s work please visit her website,www.paulacooley.com.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Who New Creations

Another wonderful returning artisan is Allison Brandt of Who New Creations.
Sewing has been a creative outlet for Allison Brandt since 2004. She recycles and transforms all types of fabrics into one-of-a-kind, wearable and usable pieces of art. Doorway puppet theatres and new wall hangings are Allison’s specialty. The natural environment where she works and lives and her two young and very imaginative boys give great inspiration for all her work.

Who New Creations has been seen in festivals, sales and stores throughout the prairie provinces. You can also see items on Who New Creation’s Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/allison.whonewcreations and www.whonewcreations.etsy.com

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile - Adrienne Gradauer and Zach Quin

Flock and gather are super excited to introduce Adrienne Gradauer and Zach Quin who work out of their small studio in their 1914 home in Maple Creek Saskatchewan.

Adrienne completed her BFA in Ceramics in 1998 at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary. Zach studied jewellery, sculpture and glass at the ACAD & only took an elective in ceramics. It wasn't until after their time at ACAD that Adrienne introduced Zach to the wheel. Together they make tableware and other functional pots from porcelain and stoneware. Adrienne tends to focus on traditional forms in stoneware, she has worked for several production potters and has spent time in Japan researching traditional Japanese pottery.Zach tends to focuses on simple porcelain forms with graphic images.