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The 2015 Vendor Lineup is here!  Over the next few weeks we will be introducing this years vendors, five at a time.

Our first Vendor Introduction is Romina of Wooly Gems. We asked Romina a couple of questions and here’s what she told us.

1. What do you make/sell?

Knits knits knits!! and some Crochet …Mostly accessories but love making chunky baby sweaters/vests…they look like little old people its adorable.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

Knitting started out as a hobby passed down from my Mother and then kind of took over my life! It brings me so much joy when I see others wearing my work! Inspiration comes from everywhere! I love neutral, simple designs but also crave a good vibrant color.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I love love love a challenge… If you think of a design or a color combo I would love to make it!! Seeing what inspires others inspires me!

You can find Romina on Instagram: @woolygems

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Next up we have Amanda Parker of Marian + Hazel.

1. What do you make/sell?

Marian + Hazel is an expanding collection of jewellery, visual art, lighting, and home accessories that is both modern and refined. Each piece is completely handmade and therefore unique. All of the pieces are created using non-traditional and/or recycled materials employing shapes and textures inspired by nature.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I take great joy in the maker role, especially when I get to meet the individuals purchasing my work. I think if you are going to make something it should be timeless, meaningful and beautiful. I am completely in awe by the tiny details in nature, especially those not seen by the naked eye. I am constantly studying macro photography of seed pods and coral and I love how nature has a way of organizing itself.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I take a lot of pride in the fact that all of my pieces are completely hand made without the use of moulds or bought parts, and I like the amount of control I have in the design as a result.

You can find Amanda here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Up next is Kim of Sleepy Holow Leather.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make hand-carved and stamped leather items like horse tack, purses, dog collars, belts, wallets, and journal covers to name a few. I also do hand beaded items and wire wrapped gem stones and semi-precious stones incorporated into my leather work. I also do knitted items like hats, scarves and mitts during the winter!

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

Leather is a medium that allows such limitless creativity, rich in history and tradition, and it allows me to incorporate so many other artistic outlets that I love to do, like beading, painting, and wire wrapping, sewing, and drawing.  I am most inspired my my mentor who is an amazing saddle maker and has such a vast knowledge of the history of leather work and traditional styles.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I am a one-woman shop, so everything is handmade by me! That being said making leather items (and beaded items too) take time as there are several steps in the process to create something, from drawing the pattern, to carving and stamping the design, and the multiple finishing steps! I take great pride in my work and I strive to provide my customers unique custom items that will last a lifetime!

You can find Kim here: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and her website.

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Carly of Folly a Tet makes amazing felted creations and weavings.

1. What do you make/sell?

Fibre based jewelry, accessories, and decor pieces. I use traditional techniques such as felting and weaving to create contemporary wearable art.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I love creating pieces that are not only visually interesting, but with tactile appeal as well. I am inspired by colour, nature, and vintage aesthetics.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

Each Folly a Tet piece is one of a kind, and made from sustainable, natural materials such as local Merino wool and recycled silk threads.

You can find Folly a Tet here: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Finally for today, we have Tammy of Three Small Fry Prims.

1. What do you make/sell?

100% cotton flour sack tea towels, prim style ornaments, and dolls.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I love to bring smiles to peoples faces.  I love to create, and try new techniques.

You can find Three Small Fry Prims here: Twitter, and Facebook.

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