Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Happy Monarch

Meagan McEwen was born and raised on a farm in Southern Saskatchewan. After finishing High School, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration and Certificate in Economics at the University of Regina. After a short period of working in an office setting, she decided to pursue her passion of art. It was at the same time she decided to return to the rural setting that she had loved so much growing up. It is her background in the Agriculture community that has developed her dedication and work ethic.

Her work is hand-made with tireless attention to detail and quality. Each piece is one of a kind, with no two ever being quite alike. She is continuously motivated by bringing smiles to the faces of women of all ages and wishes to inspire other women to pursue their own passions.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Lizbags

My name is Elizabeth Wills and I love to create new things out of old, used, vintage and discarded items. My shop, Lizbags, features handbags, clutches, and other fabric items made from vintage and discarded fabrics found at local thrift shops and garage sales. My shop, Ringcarnation, features rings made from vintage & retro earrings, brooches and buttons as well as earrings made from broken pottery and old silverware.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Remnant

Remnant is a team of prairie girls who design, cut, and fabricate steel!

We create decor, house signs and functional furnishings, almost anything that helps you express something about who you are!

Perhaps a unique number plaque for your home, a cute bookend for a growing collection of stories, or a map that reminds you of all the places you've been or have yet to go.

Much like the pieces we create, we are a part of something much bigger. We are about possibilities in design, in creative conception and in relationships!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Local artist's work in major exhibition - Amalie Atkins' lands Candian Art cover

photo by Erin Weiss

By Stephanie McKay, The StarPhoenix
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Spring Market Artisan Profile: Prairie Blossoms

With the middle name of "Rose" it's no wonder I love to create feminine jewelry and accessories with a floral influence. I have so much fun designing pieces that are bright, cheerful, and whimsical. You'll often find little birds, romantic bows and sparkly stones incorporated into my creations.

And lets not forget the pretty blossoms of all types and colors! Living on the prairies with our long, cold winters I hope my pieces bring a little sunshine and joy to the day. Everything is always in full bloom at Prairie Blossoms-and that puts a smile in my heart!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Hiddenstitch

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.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Milkybeer Handmade

Kim Connelly, the designer behind Milkybeer Handmade, describes what she makes as handmade goodness created by a West Coast girl living on the Prairies.

While she’s been sewing on and off for most of her life, it’s only since moving to the Prairies last year that she’s jumped into selling her creations online and at craft shows.

Working out of her home-based studio in Regina, Kim creates an assortment of handmade products including: hand-stitched quilts, whimsical cards and note pads, adorable stuffies, totes for kids, reversible baby dresses, sleep sacks, patchwork accessories, and more. Her creations are unique and reflect her love of both fabric and hand stitching.

You can find Milkybeer Handmade online at, on Facebook at or email Kim at

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: 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. Appliquéd doorway puppet theatres and colorful 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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: The Maker of it All

Stephanie Canning is a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, where she studied printmaking and sculpture. She creates sewn accessories, home decor, and soft sculptures from new and vintage fabrics.

In addition to creating her "Maker of it All" line, Stephanie works part-time at the Saskatchewan Craft Council as an Exhibitions and Education Coordinator. She finds great inspiration in Saskatchewan's growing craft community, and hopes that her handmade and one-of-a-kind works can bring a little bit of enjoyment to someone's day.

Springtime market posters are ready to hit the streets!

The lovely Shauna Buck has been up to her design magic yet again!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Purl Necklace

Hi! My name is Amy Zicker and I am a fibre artist living in Lloydminster. While I have dabbled in felting and crochet; and definitely know my way around a self-made knitting pattern or two, my true passion is in dying and spinning up yarns.

I enjoy the dye pots on my stove, the intermingling of colours and fibres in my drum carder and the gentle ‘whir’ of my spinning wheel as I work. I like to refer to my yarns as ‘one-skein-wonders’ because only upon special request will I spin more than one skein of the same dye lot.

This means each skein I happily and lovingly spin is a unique creation that can then be taken by someone else and crafted into his or her own work of art. And, to me there is just something so special about hand making supplies for others to craft with – I enjoy being a part of different folk’s creative process (and seeing their finished projects of course). Really, nothing could be more rewarding.

My yarns and knits are available online on my facebook page ‘purl necklace’.

Another successful craft night!

Thanks again to the Mendel for letting us use their studio space for this month's craft night.

Got an idea of a craft that would make for an awesome craft night? Got a super skill you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line at

We're also always on the lookout for spaces to host craft nights so if you or anyone you know has a space that's craft friendly (some electrical outlets, tables, chairs) we'd be interested in talking with you!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Jason Cockrum of Missing Spoon Jewelry

In college a friend of mine twisted the handle off of a spoon. I thought he had wrecked it until I discovered another use for it; I bent a ring by hand. Over the last 12 years I have refined the process. I have expanded my repertoire to include bracelets, earrings, coat hooks, napkin holders, business card holders, et cetera, all created from cutlery (mainly spoons).

I currently live in Martensville, Sk. with my wife - Lindsay, 1 year old son – Hayden, & our dog Charlie.

Contact Information: Jason Cockrum

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Market Artisan Profile: Prairie Sown

Prairie Sown Christy Miller (aka Prairie Sown) has always loved making – and giving- homemade presents. In addition to sewing, she dabbles in printmaking and screen-printing her own fabrics. You can check out what she’s been up to at

Accompanying Christy is fellow-crafter Vicki Corbin. Vicki comes from a long line of sewing enthusiasts. Using her Grandmother’s vintage sewing machine, she has created numerous items for family and friends. Her most recent projects include coffee cuffs, Caloo fabric dolls and fabric birds.

This is Vicki and Christy’s first foray into selling their wares and they are excited to be a part of the Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market.