November 20th, 2013
There’s something oh-so-sexy about the tortured artist.
But if applying liquid liner is the closest you’ve come to a paint brush since fourth grade, try tapping into your inner bohemian – and spicing up date night while you’re at it – with a life drawing session at Basic Inquiry. The studio features ten three-hour live nude model sessions throughout the week where artists of all levels gather to sketch and paint in a medium of their choosing (from charcoal to watercolour). Get inspired by local artists’ creations displayed in the gallery showroom or, if you can’t seem to make it past a stickman, sign up for an anatomy drawing class.
Much more fun than a fruit bowl, don't you think? —Lise Boullard
$15 per session for non-members, $220 for four drawing sessions. Basic Inquiry, 901 Main St, Vancouver, 604-681-2855, www.lifedrawing.org
October 16th, 2013
With downloads flying fast and loose around the internet, it's nice to you know that we can score a covetable piece of art work without breaking international law.
Vancouver photographer Eric Deis' new work, Skybridge, is available for download in variety of sizes, with prices ranging from free (snapshot) to under $1,000 for a hyperfocal version - a steal, considering his prints usually go for $5,000-$8,000 a piece.
The sweeping panorama shot above the Fraser River would look amazing on a living room wall and will run you less than a generic print from any old store.
And we got our art thief thrills without having to pull off a Picasso heist. —Maria Tallarico
Until November 15, 2013 at http://projects.cristallgallery.com
July 16th, 2013
Another day, another e-store? That is what we thought, until we had a proper look at the goodies stocked on Twig & Boat.
Featuring independent designers and artists, the Vancouver-based site’s curated selection of fashion, beauty, art, and home really stood out. We’ve got our eye on the Jordan River Soapwork’s Grapefruit and Bergamot body butter (100g for $32), Justine Brooks’ silver bee pendant ($140) and the Gribouilliz King of Fashion prints (we like Gaultier the best, $140).
We may not have been looking for another reason to shop, but we're sure glad we found one. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
April 17th, 2013
With an instantly recognizable furniture line and abstract aesthetic, we consider Martha Sturdy a grande dame of Canadian design (and we're not the only ones, Architectural Digest loves her, too).
Her new, limited-edition line, Ink, is a marriage of craftsmanship and gravity. Black ink is poured onto linen resin molds and left to flow any which way nature pulls it. The result is a contemporary piece of usable art (or as us plebs call it, a bowl).
Like all of Sturdy's work, Ink is influenced by the elements and natural beauty, specifically the veins that run through West Coast stones. Each resin piece is made at a zero-waste Vancouver production facility, utilizing locally sourced products and technicians.
Consider us bowled over.
From $270, find stockists here: http://sturdyliving.com/contact
November 13th, 2012
While the Eastside Culture Crawl is traditionally associated with artists, there are a huge number of artisans, designers, and craft geniuses displaying and selling their product. Here are five studios worth visiting; with items are under $200, you can check a few names off your Christmas list.
Melk Design is a husband and wife team that creates pieces from upcycled and recycled wood. We love the Noon Birds Clock ($95, pictured) made from Landyachtz longboards, and the up-cycled walnut Axe Belt buckle ($60.) Location: D10 - 936 Clark Dr., Vancouver, www.melkmelk.com
Grace Lee, the talent behind Eikcam Ceramics, makes birch bud vases ($52) and lovely barn owl ornaments ($18) but our favourite is the cloud series bowl and spoon ($50 for the set) featuring freehand drawings. So pretty, we can excuse the fact that they aren’t dishwasher safe. Location: Studio #2 - 965 Vernon Dr. at The Mergatroid, http://eikcam.com/
Oona Clothing Company does the cutest handmade boys’ and girls’ underpant sets, featuring matching tees, bright colours, and naïve handrawn graphics. Great incentive for toilet training. Pieces start at $7. Location: Studio #14 at William Clark Studios, www.oonaclothing.com
If you’re looking to complete a very minimal garden, then Espiritu Design Studio’s Dadi Bird House ($200) is a must-have. And for your apartment dwelling friends, they also have beautiful cups and vases, although don’t expect any blue jays to come and say hello. Location: Unit 130, 288 East Georgia St., Vancouver, http://espiritudesignstudio.com
If you are looking for something chic and elegant, check out Su Foster’s jewelry. Featuring delicate silver and gold pieces, we’ve got our eye on the long stick earrings, $85-$95 a pair. Location: 1177 Parker St., Vancouver, http://sufoster.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Eastside Culture Crawl, November 16-18, for a full map and more details, check www.eastsideculturecrawl.com
October 23rd, 2012
It’s hard to get excited about a printed t-shirt these days, unless it is really spectacular. Luckily that’s the case with the Lauren Moshi collection.
The artist/designer sibling duo create art pieces and clothing with pretty illustrations of peacock feathers, lips, peace signs, or big herringbone bows. And for a limited time, the prints and the T-shirts will be available at Gastown’s Ishara boutique.
So in theory, your top could match the art in your living room. That gives a whole new meaning to the term wallflower, and we like it. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Lauren Moshi pop up gallery at Ishara boutique, from October 19-November 17, 38 Water St., Vancouver, 604-264-7494, www.shopishara.com
August 27th, 2012
There’s something a bit humorous about a country whose most famous product is a sugary liquid we pour on pancakes, eh?
Canadian Icons is reminding us that this country has more to offer than maple syrup. The site features a webstore and interactive exhibit of some of Canada’s finest goods, including Canada Goose parkas ($595), an Emily Carr painting ($380,000), and Manitoba Mukluk moccasins ($500), each featured with an accompanying history of the product and its significance.
Of course they’ve completely forgotten about poutine, but we guess you can’t really sell that online. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
March 30th, 2012
What does the future hold?
Angela Grossmann has a few ideas. It’s been seven years since the Emily Carr grad-turned-instructor held her last solo exhibit in Vancouver. On April 4th, she’ll unveil her latest works in an exhibit entitled The Future is Female at South Granville’s Winsor Gallery. “It takes being female to articulate what it’s like,” says Grossmann. “As though I’m dealing with glass, but I can still see through it.” Using paint and collage in a manner that has earned Grossmann a place amongst Canada’s greatest artists, the exhibit explores the feminine struggle for empowerment amidst prescribed notions of beauty and behaviour (read: girl power).
We predict it’s going to be a powerhouse of a show. —Kelsey Dundon
Angela Grossmann – The Future is Female runs April 4 to May 6, 2012, Winsor Gallery, 3025 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-681-4870, www.winsorgallery.com
February 9th, 2012
It’s time to take a dip in the city’s past, take a visual history lesson, and imagine Vancouver life as it once was.
No other artist has captured the evolution of our city like Fred Herzog. The beloved photographer’s work is the subject of Equinox Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in it's new 12,000 square foot Project Space. With over one hundred works on display, most mesmerizing ones capture Vancouver vibrant street life in the late 1950s and early ’60. Vivid locales like Hastings, Robson and Main are forever encapsulated in a time—much like the semblance of the streets themselves—that is long past. Fred Herzog, Vancouver’s time capsule. — Anya Georgijevic
Equinox Gallery’s Project Space, 525 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, 604-736-2405, www.equinoxgallery.com
December 1st, 2011
Sometimes it is good to be bad, especially as interpreted through the artistic eye of Mandy Stobo.
The Calgary-based painter’s Bad Portrait Project has her busting out her watercolours to whip up a rendering of anyone who is interested. Send a photo of your face to Stobo and she’ll interpret it into a bright and blurry portrait that looks a little like you and a lot like art. She posts the pics on Twitter and Facebook and you can buy your original for $100.
Bad can be beautiful. —Jaelyn Molyneux