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things to do :: forest and waves pop-up

6 Nov

Forest-and-Waves-Pop-UpGot Craft? vendor, Edward Juan from Forest and Waves will be taking over the Chinatown Experiment this week with his very first pop-up retail store! Ed first contacted me last year when he was relocating from the US to Vancouver and I remember instantly falling in love with his work. As an avid surfer, and with him completing the NYC marathon last Sunday, it is no surprise that the store will be specializing in outdoor inspired goods – hence the name, Forest and Waves.

Along with his locally designed line of paper goods and tea towels, he will also carry a selection of clothing, home decor from Pigeon Toe Ceramics and LandonDix, skate boards from local designer Would Boards, and fabric pouches from Roxypop. I’ll be behind the counter giving Edward a helping hand, so stop by and say hello!

Forest & Waves Pop-Up Retail Store
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 24th
Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
434 Columbia Street, Vancouver

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Don’t miss the launch party on November 8th from 6:00-9:00pm!

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things to do :: circle craft (+ giveaway!)

1 Nov

AbeegoThe beginning of November marks the start of the holiday season and we are kicking it off next week with the Circle Craft Christmas Market! Started in 1973 by the Circle Craft Co-operative, this year marks their 40th Anniversary and we are pleased to giveaway tickets to one lucky winner! With artists from all over Canada, fashion shows, artist demonstrations, and entertainment from various art organizations in Vancouver, you don’t want to miss out. Make sure to say hello to new, and returning, Got Craft? vendors including A Cagey Bee (booth #120), Abeego (pictured above – #W12), Daub + Design (#123), Divinia Denuevo (#W13), Nostalgic Links (#121), and Yapes Paints (#225)!

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We are super excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to the Circle Craft Christmas Market!

There are two ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below  = 1 entry
  2. Retweet “Retweet to enter to win tix to the #CircleCraft #Christmas Market on Nov7-11 courtesy of #GotCraft + @LFieldsShoppe – http://wp.me/ppNMC-2pC = 1 entry

A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at noon (PST). Tickets will be available for pick up the Circle Craft Will Call desk.

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Circle Craft Christmas Market

Thursday, November 7 to Monday, November 11, 2013
Thurs-Sat 10-9pm | Saturday 10-7pm | Sunday 10-5pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place
tickets available here

For more information please visit the Circle Craft website here.

image via Abeego

double header :: knit city + urban market

22 Oct

UrbanMarketPoster-600pxThis weekend, you can find us at the Urban Market at Highstreet in Abbotsford (BC) hosted by Spruce Collective. These ladies are super sweet and talented, so you don’t want to miss this one! I’ll be bringing a selection of handmade goods that you will be able to find at London Fields Shoppe including work by Forest and Waves, James Brown, Richard Fairhead, the pauhaus, Mellifera Bees, Pepperjack Home, think & ink studio, The Beautiful Project, Camp & Quarry, and more! I’ll also be sharing my vintage collection for the first time! I’m limited to what would fit in our small vehicle, but I plan to be bringing a fantastic selection of kids related books, tin toys, old stationery, lots of Christmas goods, typewriters galore, kitchen items (including teacups), mason jars, vintage aprons, and other fun stuff!

Friday, October 25th 6:00-9:00pm
Shopping Preview – tickets $40

Saturday, October 26th 9:00-4:00pm
$5.00 admission in support of the Crystal Gala
3122 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford

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Yep. It’s a double header weekend! Knit City returns to the Croatian Cultural Centre and we will be there all weekend representing Got Craft? with our friends Pip & Pin. If you knit or crochet, this is an event that you don’t want to miss! I’ll be there with my Roxypop handmade goods, so come by and say hello!

Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th
10-5pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
$5.00 admission per day

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local event :: Sign Painter movie

5 Jun

Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-1Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-3Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-4Sign-Painter-John-Lennig-6I wanted to share a few more pictures from our studio tour with John Lennig last week. One of my favourite pictures from that afternoon is the one above of the hammer he created during shop class in high school over 50 years ago! I can’t imagine keeping something for that many years without it going missing!

If you haven’t already watched it, check out the Sign Painter movie trailer and event details below and enter to win some Sign Painter swag!

dates: Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013
times: doors at 6:30pm | screening at 7:30pm | Q+A to follow with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
location: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver (BC)
cost: Tickets $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door (19+ only)

website: http://gotcraft.com/signpainters

See you there!

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

artist profile :: sign painter John Lennig

3 Jun

SignPainter_John1We first met sign painter John Lennig when he participated at the second Got Craft? event back in July 2007. Almost six years later, we find ourselves sitting in his home eating coconut cupcakes and drinking tea while he chats about his career as a sign painter and shows us some of his past and present work. To celebrate the screening of the Sign Painter movie later this week, in which John makes an appearance, we asked him a few questions on how he started and what he loves most about the industry.

SignPainter_John4SignPainter_John5How long have you been a sign painter and how did you get into it?
50 years this September. After High School, at 18, I took a 1 year trade course for 2 years. I always took art classes in school and had planned on being a commercial artist. By fluke, I ended up in a sign painting course and after 1 week, I knew that ‘lettering’ was for me! Still is, more than ever! When I immigrated to Canada (Vancouver, BC) with my family, I worked in various sign shops until 1982, when I started my own shop, Brushworks. In 2000, I sold the shop and started BIG TOP Sign Arts specializing in ONLY hand painted lettering.

Was there a time when you when the industry was ‘perfect’ and there was no worry that the art of sign painting could possibly disappear? That Magic Time, up until the late 80’s, before computer cut vinyl lettering became “the way to go” (I to, bought into the system, up until 2000). The Golden Years…? the 50’s thru to the late 80’s…

Re: “disappearing” – Business didn’t disappear. It was that now customers had a much larger choice. Anybody that could type on a keyboard could create “signs”, cut vinyl lettering, and now digital prints without have the training and background in design and lettering. Prices were lowering due to “competition, while people were paying LOTS OF MONEY FOR EQUIPMENT so that they could make signs faster and charge less!

Obviously, cost drives many clients, and hand lettering is not cheaper than vinyl lettering. That said, there is a place for vinyl/digital work. Hand lettering has been having a real comeback in recent years, which pleases me very much! Creating/producing something that others can’t produce sets you apart from the mass produced work, but it will never go back to “how it was”.

SignPainter_John6SignPainter_John2SignPainter_John3Are there any resources that you can recommend for somebody that wanted to learn the technical details of sign painting?Resources are hard to find. YouTube… various DVD’s on hand lettering… Pierre Tardiff in Quebec teaches hand lettering classes… Los Angeles Trade Technical in LA, taught by “Doc” Guthrie is a fantastic two year course that has been operating since 1926. I visited them last February and this is an awesome course / facilities – the REAL DEAL!

For those unfamiliar with sign painting, what kind of tools do you use?
Core Tools: lettering brushes
Optional: Mahl Stick, sign painting enamel, layout paper, projector/opaque or overhead, lots of alphabet books/sign books (always be on the lookout in used book stores!!)

YOU DON’T NEED A COMPUTER TO MAKE SIGNS OR DESIGN THEM, but you do need a good understanding of design. Get Mike Stephen’s book Mastering Layout…the BEST BOOK OUT THERE…period!!

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See some of John’s work at One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Sign Painter at SMASH Gallery. Exhibit runs until June 29th. For more information about the Sign Painter movie and to purchase tickets, click here. To see more of John’s work, visit BIG TOP sign arts here.

A big thank you to [stu-di-o] by jeanie for accompanying us to visit John’s studio and for these beautiful photos! x

The Sign Painter Movie

30 May

sign_painters_cardFLove typography and the handmade movement? We are excited to celebrate the tradition and the time honoured art of sign painting by hosting the Canadian premiere of the documentary, the Sign Painter Movie by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, banners, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. You can see some great examples locally on the windows of Rainier Provisions, Old Faithful Shop, and Harvest Community Foods to name a few.

sign_painters_cardBWe are pleased to welcome The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada – BC Chapter as a sponsor of the event. To celebrate, head on over to the GDC/BC Facebook page, post a photo of your favourite hand-painted sign, and you could win a pair of tickets to the event (valued at $50).

Here are the details:
Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th, 2013
doors at 6:30pm | screening at 7:30pm | Q+A to follow with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door (19+ only)

For more info: web | twitter

local event :: one shot at glory

27 May

ira-coyne-hello-sprit-spirit-board-lgIn conjunction with the Sign Painter movie, SMASH Gallery of Modern Art presents One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Sign Painter featuring Sign Painters from British Columbia and Washington.

The show is a celebration of tradition and an exploration of a time honoured art bringing together 8 artists, working in the same field, each with a unique style. As recently as 1980, hand lettered signage was the way to create a unique advertising for a company, from window lettering to huge hand painted ads adorning the side of buildings, even Vancouver has a rich history of Ghost signs all over the city. With the advent of dye cut and vinyl lettering and access to quick and cheap banner printing, the Art of the hand painted sign has been replaced with the homogenous three-colour banner and LED screen.

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Event details:
One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Sign Painter
Opening Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 8:00pm (runs until June 29th)
SMASH Gallery of Modern Art
580 Clark Drive, Vancouver

Find us at the opening event to purchase tickets to the movie in person and a copy of the Sign Painters book. SMASH will also be hosting a special event with the artists on Saturday, June 8th with live demonstrations of sign painting, pin striping and a book signing at 2pm with Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.

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