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Got Craft? Happens At Maritime Labour Centre May 6-7, 2017

28 Apr

GotCraft2017If you are not familiar with Got Craft?, it is one of Vancouver’s largest indie craft fairs. It started in 2007 with 20 vendors and 500 attendees and has now grown to 75 vendors and some 5,000 attendees coming to check out the local talent.  The aim of organizers is to create a boutique event that showcases their favourite handmade artists and also provides  the opportunity to shop and meet those makers in person. This year the event is again happening at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, on May 6 and 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We see they will be showcasing a number of our favourite makers which include East Van Jam, SeaLuxe,  East Van Light, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, Laughing Sparrow and Tessa Manu Photography to name a few.  To see the full line up of vendors, we invite you to check out Got Craft?  Tickets are available to purchase in advance online for $3 or you can purchase tickets at the door for $5.  While in the area, be sure to check out some of the great spots close by including, Scandillious to fill up before or after shopping, or The Pie Shoppe for a sweet stop, or if you get thirsty Doan’s Craft Brewing is a short walk away as is Odd Society Spirits. While wandering around the neighbourhood, we are quite sure you’ll stumble across a few other great spots.   

New In Town: East Van Light

30 Apr

East Van Light - Dan Portrait-IMG_2681Today we would like to introduce to someone doing creative work here in East Van, Dan Emery and his creation East Van Light.   Dan designs and builds vintage industrial lamps with a beautiful and simple modern design.  Dan comes from the film and television industry, but over the last 10 years,  he also kept busy buying and renovating homes with his girlfriend. They worked together stripping homes to their frames and redesigning, rebuilding and revitalizing them into beautiful new spaces. After one particular renovation, they were left with some nice scraps of birch. They also had a nice antique reproduction Edison light bulb kicking around at home. A light went off in Dan’s head and an idea of designing vintage industrial lamps was born. His first pair of prototype lamps were developed.

A year and a half ago, Dan and his girlfriend moved from Montreal to Vancouver and settled in East Van, in the heart of Commercial Drive. Dan said he was impressed with the “wonderful culture that embraces and supports a ‘Buy Local’ philosophy”.  This support of local and artisanal businesses inspired him to get East Van Light ramped into gear.East Van Light lamp2-IMG_2531

As you can see from the photos, Dan likes producing clean, minimal, designs that allow each component of the lamp to be showcased and enjoyed. He combines premium local salvaged wood bases with high quality reproduction hardware so that each lamp delivers a warm functional light.  At the same time, his goal is that each lamp has a “refined old world aesthetic that inspires the work, repose, curiosity and conversation of those around it.” Dan says that he “strives for his lamps to be subtle in their support of the spaces they inhabit, while simultaneously engaging the audience that surrounds them.”

Dan will premiere East Van Light at the 2015 Spring edition of Got Craft? this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre.  Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair and for this event he teamed up with a local East Vancouver carpenter, Brad Seiber, of ReForm + Design Woodworking, who is responsible all of the amazing woodwork that goes into the lamp bases. Together they purchased the entire trunk of an old slow growth BC Black Walnut tree, sourced from an old Scandinavian tree salvager who saved it from being torn down, and slowly and carefully dried these giant cuts of lumber in his barn out in the Fraser Valley for the last 7 years. Dan worked with the raw slabs to ensure the beautiful features, grain patterns and characteristics of this exceptional wood is showcased in each and every handcrafted lamp that he designs.  Dan is passionate about providing high quality handcrafted lamps and is excited about launching East Van Light at Got Craft this weekend.  You can expect to find Dan and 75 of his lamps at the Maritime Labour Centre this weekend from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  If you are not able to attend Got Craft? in person, you can also view a selection of Dan’s lamps on his Facebook page.

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Got Craft? Spring Edition Maritime Labour Centre May 2 & 3

27 Apr

GC-May2015-CardFVancouver’s largest indie craft fair, Got Craft?, returns this Spring to the Maritime Labour Centre on May 2 & 3, 2015. This event showcases some 75 local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods. As well, they will be bringing back some of their most popular workshops to this event such as hand lettering with legendary sign painter, John Lennig of Big Top Sign Arts.  What we were pleased to learn is some of the new East Van vendors that will be taking part in this upcoming event. They include:

East Van Light
Emilie Crewe
Five Corners Creative
Graveley & Sons
Kate Barazzuol Jewelry
Owl & Windsor
The Nine O’Clock Gun Company
Fable Naturals

For those doing a little Mother’s Day shopping, the timing of this show is just right, being Mother’s Day is May 10th.  The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goodies from vendors and sponsors. Got Craft? takes place on May 2 and 3, 2015 between 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street. Admission is $3 at the door, and children (10 and under) get in free.

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Got Craft? At Maritime Labour Centre December 13th & 14th

12 Dec

GotCraftDec2014Got Craft? is an independent craft fair which will be holding its Holiday Edition market this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, with some 75+ local vendors.

Got Craft? is one of many great opportunities to see first hand how much creative talent there is in this City. The event aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and do-it-yourself culture. You can expect to find a variety of handmade items including jewellery, stationery, housewares, plush toys, baked goods, artisan chocolates and much more. Some new vendors lined up this year include Rogue Florist, Shoreside Studios, Small Wonder, Livia Sweets and Jon Shaw Paintings. For a full rundown of all the vendors at this year’s fair, check out Vendors 2014.

This weekend you are also invited to come flex your creative muscle in one of the their FREE hands on workshops hosted by Spool of Thread sewing lounge, Small Wonder and Delish General Store.  Projects include do-it-yourself ornaments and holiday tags. And if all that shopping makes you hungry, they’ve got you covered there as well.  A few local food carts including Taser Grilled Cheese, Ze Bite and The Kaboom Box will be on hand.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, December 13th & Sunday, December 14th. Tickets are $3.00 cash at the door. Children under 10 are free. The first 50 attendees on each of the days, will receive a free swag bag. Now that’s certainly an incentive to get out early if you aren’t generally inclined to.

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Got Craft? Spring Edition Maritime Labour Centre May 10 & 11, 2014

1 May

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Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, Got Craft?, returns this spring for its 15th show at the Maritime Labour Centre from May 10-11, 2014. This event showcases 75 local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods. Look out for longstanding favourites like Make Cheese Inc., Locomotive Clothing, and Draw Me A Lion.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the very popular Candid Confectioner which carries locally made gourmet caramels in flavours like chai, Baileys with espresso-infused sea salt, Meyer lemon and lavender, raspberry, and bourbon and orange. New to the show this season, lots of do-it-yourself projects and workshops including linocut, beginner sign painting and making nail polish.

The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goodies from vendors and sponsors.  Got Craft? takes place on May 10-11, 2014 between 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street. Admission is $3 at the door, and children (10 and under) get in free. Note, for Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11th, bring your mom. When you pay the regular $3.00 admission, your mom receives complimentary admission. Psst a couple of my favourites to visit at Got Craft? Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collection and artist, Kris G. Brownlee, also known as the Cagey Bee.

 

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Rockin For A Good Cause Multi-Charity Fundraiser Saturday November 9th

6 Nov

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You are invited to a multi-charity music fundraiser being held this Saturday, November 9th at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street.  This is a 60s inspired event and you are encouraged to dress the part.   There will be five bands playing including The Ukesters, Louise & Greg Weir Band, The Bukowskis,  Rainshadow and The Hot Fluctuations all playing music from the 60s.  This night of music, dancing and fun is in support of a number of different charities including Amnesty International Canada, Click – Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids, Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Hastings Park Elementary PAC.  Tickets are $20 at the door. Cash bar.  The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and goes till 12:30 p.m.   Come on down and rock out for a good cause!

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