We have been highlighting makers in this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker being held at the PNE Forum June 6th & 7th. In and amongst those 100 exhibitors will be Phresha Le VandalÃ. Phresha we’ve learnt was born with a crayon in her hand. She is a college educated artist with experience in graphic design and advertising, but is deeply influenced by graffiti aesthetics. She won us over right there. Phresha works in a variety of mediums ranging from conventional mediums like ink and paint to found objects and salvaged scraps in back alleys. At this year’s Mini Maker Faire, she will be featuring her side project and those salvaged items being “On The Prowl”. Phresha began, as an experiment in sustainability, combining her love for bicycle culture, recycled materials and jewellery design and from that On The Prowl was born.
Phresha started off with making earrings out of bicycle inner tubes. She has expanded to making belts and bracelets out of bike tires. Phresha is a member of Hackspace where she frequently utilizes their laser cutter to design jewellery out of wood, rubber and upcycled leather. She will have many of her one of kind pieces available for display and sale at the upcoming Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. If you aren’t able to catch her at the show, you can also find her jewellery at Rabbit & Empee at 1044 Commercial Drive, Puff Uptown 3255 Main Street, Puff Eastside, 1204 Commercial Drive, Floral & Hardy Edible Plants & Gifts 688 East Hastings Street and Sugar Skulls Studio, 68 Water Street in Gastown. Phresha will also be participating in Car Free Day on Commercial Drive and will be located near Venables Street. Of course, so you can see for yourself how creative and resourceful Phresha is, we have hit her up for some photos of her unique one of a kind designs which she states you really need to see in person. So be sure to visit Phresha at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
Photo Credit: Phresha Le VandalÃ