The greatest thing about my experience selling at craft fairs is seeing all the amazing products from local vendors. Our apartment is now full of things that I’ve accumulated from vendors I’ve met. When I first started selling my lamps seriously, my idea of the Vancouver community was that it was small and clique. While there’s still some truth in that, my experience is totally opposite! The Vancouver local craft community is talented, outgoing, welcoming and full of creative insight. Really, we are the home of some great talent. From screen printers to letterpress, to ceramics, to alternative food storage solutions to textile design, Vancouver is the home of some great crafters. And as we settle into September and into the fall/holiday season I wanted to highlight some of my favorite vendors you should keep a look out for (Most of them in this post I've met from Got Craft?):
g ceramic & co.
Gabrielle Burk is the artist behind these amazing works of art. Her studio is in South Surry and if you follow her Instagram, you get the most spectacular photos of her works and studio life… not to mention all the beautiful sunsets at White Rock! I met Gabrielle while dropping off my Got Craft swag bag. She was nothing but helpful, offered me great business advice about pricing and putting value to your work. Her ceramics are beautiful, geometric and to die for. I spent the whole weekend drooling over her hand painted silver bowl. At the end of the weekend, even after I had already spent most of my money on other smaller things I couldn’t get her bowl out of my head. It now sits on our dining room table and it a beautiful accent to the lamps hanging above.
Find her stuff here: Website | Etsy | Instagram
Forest and Waves
Edward Juan is the owner and founder of Forest and Waves. His products are inspired and designed for nature lovers. Born and raised in Taiwan Edward and his family moved to Toronto. His background is in animation but after years of working in the business he decided to pursue something more fulfilling. We can all relate to that right? Edward is an adventurer and explorer at heart. You don’t need to know him to see that. That’s what drew me to Forest and Waves. Edward makes a map of all the places he’s traveled. Now, I’m a map addict. If you’ve seen our apartment there is literally a map everywhere you turn. I love them. The minute I saw his prints I wanted one. My mom who helped me out at Got Craft? fell in love with his screen printed blankets. I think she must of spent a fortune at his booth! But it’s all worth it. It’s beautiful, well crafted and is unique to Vancouver.
Find more of Forest and Waves: Website | Instagram | Twitter
I actually never visited their booth even though they were at Got Craft? this spring. Abeego is local Vancouver business dedicated to alternative food storage solutions made out of tree resin and beeswax. For Christmas my mom gave me a variety pack of Abeego products: a small pouch like thing to wrap some apple slices, cookies or crackers; a larger one for bowls and a super large cover for pans or wrapping up breads. Really, you can use Abeego to wrap up anything and its 100% natural ingredients…How cool is that right?
For more on Abeego: Website | Facebook
These gals are the happiest people in Vancouver…even their products make you happy! I met them at Got Craft and fell in love with their bookmarks! They have a huge range of illustrative magnetic bookmarks, magnets and stationary. This dynamic duo have been friends for 8 years, and started their business back in 2012. Their products aim to make you happy ‘and always stay where you last left them.’
Well that’s all for this week! Stay tuned for Part II.