Saturday, November 30, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Erika Folnovic

Who is Erika Folnovic? She is a graduate of the U of R (BEd in Visual Art, BA in Visual Art), a quirky prairie girl, and a lover of handmade products. Erika has shifted gears recently from jewelry to fabric arts and couldn't be happier. Erika finds her inspiration from the various secondhand materials she uses for her stuffed animals, mobiles, and embroidery hoop monsters. With fabrics from garage sales, buttons from thrift shops, among other materials, she builds highly unique and extremely cute work that is sure to put a smile on your face. She looks forward to selling her work for the second time with Flock and Gather.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Basement Leather Co.

I really enjoy making items out of leather that are custom and personal. I look forward more to the response from my customers than i do the money. Its fun for me to see my goods put to good use and be functional works of art.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Pirate Polish

Pirate Polish is 100% designed and hand-crafted in Saskatoon, and all lacquers are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Among the Pirate Polish collection, you'll find unique colour combinations, holographic shimmers, blindingly-bright neons, and just about any colour and shape of glitter you could think of in a nail polish (including a few you probably didn't imagine existed). Pirate Polish's handmade nail lacquer also makes a fantastic Christmas gift for the lacquer-lover in your life (be sure to check out our Christmas collection)! If you're looking for unique, one-of-a-kind lacquers, Pirate Polish has you covered!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Coutu Kitsch

I make my jewelry in a Calgary Studio using upcycled & vintage supplies, chains, and natural gemstones. I make a wide variety of jewelry including rings, bracelets, necklaces, and hair accessories. My assortment is unique and appeals to a wide consumer base - fashionable men and women. I make many one of a kind pieces which is very appealing to a customer looking for truly unique pieces. I am inspired by random things everyday, but I am most inspired by the internet, looking through blogs and trend reports but i find i am most inspired when searching for new supplies, especially vintage supplies. I see potential these old tarnished supplies have to be turned into pieces of jewelry people could really appreciate and cherish! 





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Bogarts Bay Coffee

We're a small, hand operated, charcoal-fired coffee roaster located on a bay of Birch Lake, in North West Saskatchewan. To our knowledge, we are the only roasters in Canada to roast our coffee this old-school, traditional way. All our coffee is fair trade and organic. We also have hand-made soap and lip-balm made with oils from our coffee along with a range of teas and chai using locally sourced ingredients including Saskatoon berries, blueberries and rosehips.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Coucou Salut

coucou salut is a textile studio based in Montreal, Quebec. Our kid and infant apparel feature fun and modern illustrations in a bright and gender-neutral color palette. Everything we create is carefully designed and constructed, and in keeping with our sustainable ethos, hand-pulled in small runs using water-based dyes and locally-sourced fabrics. We are expanding our line in the Autumn of 2013 to incorporate even more home textiles into the mix! Keep an eye out for printed linen hand and tea towels in both kid and adult-approved patterns!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Sidewise Design

what can you expect from a sidewise design?
deceptively uncomplicated bags that are constructed with a meticulous attention to detail to be both simple and intriguing; both a statement and an understatement; the perfect balance between congruence and creativity.

sidewise bags are durable, practical and designed for everyday use without sacrificing style.
each bag is a unique combination of quality materials and smart design: you will never see the same bag twice!

sidewise designs was forged from the ashes and loose threads of countless other projects by dj siminoff in the winter of 2012. every bag is designed and handmade in saskatoon.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Juniper Moon

"I spend my days running amok with my three young children. Every now and again I am lucky enough to stand just out of sight and listen to the wild stories they create amongst themselves and their toys. My goal is to create playthings for children that will inspire creative play (and don't hurt if they are accidentally stepped on).

At the end of the day, when it is quiet, I like to make stuff. Sometimes it's pants with big pockets for shoving treasures in, sometimes tiny houses or puppets. Whatever it is, it's made for fun!" - Allison Ewert

Friday, November 22, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Lori Degenstien Design & Photography

I'm a self taught photographer and jewelry designer living in rural Saskatchewan. My work is deeply inspired by my love for nature and the beauty found on the gorgeous prairies. I carry my camera with me absolutely everywhere I go : )


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Winter Wonders Artisan Profile: Murph mfg

I stumbled upon my passion for sewing and clothing design in an effort to make something for myself while on a holiday in New Zealand. After returning to from Vacation, my passion only grew. After a couple of years of making ill-fitting baggy sweatshirts, I decided to go to school and learn pattern drafting. My fashion school experience only made me more passionate about creating clothing. My focus now is on jeans and leather goods. Every item is handmade by myself; not for whatever sense of pride might come out of it, but to insure the highest degree of accountability. I believe putting my name on a product means I am responsible for it, so I want to be sure of the quality of what I am offering. There is a huge demand for disposable inexpensive clothing, and it is sad to see the effects of this around the world.