Retail

My work can now be purchased at the Crafthouse on Granville Island!

Dear Blob,

So you already know that you can purchase my work in my online store but guess what? You can now purchase my work at the Crafthouse on Granville Island too! 

Crafthouse Granville Island is the social enterprise store of the Craft Council of British Columbia. If features exquisite hand-crafted items by their member artists across the mediums of ceramic, fibre, glass, jewellery, metal, mixed media and wood. 

I am very proud to have my work carried at the Crafthouse as the Craft Council of British Columbia provides leadership in the craft community by building and promoting the development, viability and appreciation of Canadian Contemporary Craft.  

Some of you may not know this but when you apply to have your work sold at the Crafthouse it must go through a process including the Standards of Quality Jury. This assessment process ensures that the technical quality of craftwork is of predictable quality based on consistent and high standards of production and presentation. I can't tell you how pleased I was to hear that my work was up to this high standard! 

All the pieces in this post can now be purchased at 

Crafthouse Granville Island 

1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver BC V6H 3R8

Email: shop@craftcouncilbc.ca

Hours
May-August: Monday-Sunday 10am - 6pm
September-April: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed Mondays in January

Love, Tara

Local Loves // Bird on a Wire Creations

Dear Blob,

I thought it would be fun to start sharing a few of my local loves here with you. When I think of shopping local Bird on a Wire Creations is one of the first places I think of! 

Bird on a Wire Creations is a store and a community of people who support artists, artisans, and the buy local movement. Owned and operated by Kate Nagel, they curate Vancouver’s best art and artisanal objects —all one-of-a-kind, all handmade. The stores mission is to create a paradigm shift from Starving Artist to Thriving Artist and I think it is something that we can all get behind!  

They do this by creating a supportive environment where new and established local artists and artisans can learn from each other and bring their wares to market without investing in nasty overhead. The store provides the staff, space and traffic to help create sustainable incomes. They also host and collaborate on a variety of community and educational events, including Private Views, Friday Night Craft Group, Felting classes, First Thursdays and other pop-up events and workshops. 

Bird on a Wire Creations carries my work and I also worked there last year. From my experience I can say that Kate and the store live and breathe the values of community, supporting artists and the buy local movement. If any of this that didn't make you feel warm and fuzzy enough 10% of the net profits is donated to the local arts community. 

Visit their shop at 2535 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, or check them out online here.  

Love, Tara

P.S Isn't the video above super? It was created by Whisper Media who also did this video of me!