Vendor Introductions: Part Eight

First up today in our introductions is Kristen of Sonder + Stone.

1. What do you make/sell?

Handmade stone and natural element jewelry and accessories

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

I adore everything involving geology; stones and minerals are my hugest inspiration. I want to bring a contemporary esthetic to my work, with fun twists on the simplistic beauty of nature.

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

I wouldn’t make it if I didn’t absolutely love it myself, and take pride in what I do.

You can find Sonder + Stone here:

Facebook: Facebook.com/sonderandstone

Instagram: @sonderandstone

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Next we have Laurena of Simple Birds.

1. What do you make/sell?

Bath & Body Care Product

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

We believe that skin care should be simple, but still feel luxurious. We used to be the junkies that hoarded ridiculous amounts of products under our sink. We began to research the ingredients in our products over a decade ago, after mysterious skin rashes and unsatisfying results from what we were purchasing. At first we were appalled, then frustrated at what was available in the marketplace, then began to make our own products for ourselves. One day in fall, only a few short years ago, we were talking about making scrubs to give as Christmas presents. This evolved into a much deeper discussion about life, careers and what makes us happy. We decided to take a chance at producing products we really believe in, and pursuing the dream of being self-employed.

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

We produce all of our products by hand, in small batches, using only natural ingredients. We have carefully crafted our own signature scents, using essential oils, and have had great feedback on them. We do NOT use any fillers, sulfates, parabens, dyes, perfumes, or synthetics. We also don’t make soap. Our focus is on skin care beyond getting clean. Our primary focus is our Hand & Body Scrub, which we’ve tweaked a bit along the way. Since then we’ve grown our line to include a Lip Conditioner, Bath & Body Oil, After Shower Moisture Spritz, Body Butter, and Beard Oil.

You can find Simple Birds here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/simplebirds

Instagram: @simplebirds

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Next we have Linda of Linda Cote Studio.

1. What do you make/sell?

I am creating through the ancient art form of printmaking. Woodcuts first appeared in China in the third century, and became popular in Europe in the mid-1400s when woodcut books made stories with illustrations available to wider audiences. I carve my artwork in the same tradition using printmaker’s linoleum rather than wood. I create handmade limited edition fine art prints, cards and stationery, plus hand-printed Christmas ornaments, bookmarks and postcards.

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

The creative process is an integral part of my everyday life – I find inspiration everywhere! I take my own photographs to use as a reference, and I love the process of taking a complex scene and reducing it to its essence through the simple, bold lines of printmaking. Living in Canmore, Alberta, I am inspired by the mountain landscapes and birds that call this valley home, but I was born and raised in Calgary, so my art can also reflect the prairie girl in me. I create both black-and-white and multiple-color handmade prints. Each one has its unique challenges, but it is such a rewarding and magical way to make art.

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

The art form of printmaking is sometimes unfamiliar to art lovers. It is not a common way to create in Canada. I love attending art shows and sales because I can explain my process, and I often bring videos of my process, too. (You can see these videos on my YouTube Channel; link below.) Here is the process I go through to create a print or card: I begin by hand-carving my artwork on linoleum in reverse so the final artwork is printed the right way around (think: making your own stamp, only bigger). The carved art base is inked with a roller, and a sheet of paper is placed over the inked art. The back of the paper is then rubbed gently by hand. When the paper is pulled back from the art, it reveals the image. This process is repeated for each print, so a limited edition print is truly a multiple original.

You can find Linda Cote Studio here:

Twitter: @LindaCoteStudio

Facebook: @LindaCoteStudio

Instagram @mountainartgirl

Pinterest: @LindaCoteStudio

Website: www.lindacotestudio.wordpress.com

You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/LindaCoteStudio

 

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Next we have Marika of Oh Deer Shop.

1. What do you make/sell?

Plant based bath and body care.

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

I make and sell products to heal body, mind and spirit, collectively. Learning from plants and sharing their message to heal and nourish is a profound gift. I am inspired by my work, my studies in herbalism and most of all the outside world.

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

It is our choice to lead our lives in positive ways and by doing so I believe we naturally inspire change in others. I love too cultivate community through making products that help too instil healthy values in our day to day lives.

You can find Oh Deer Shop here:

Website: www.shopohdeer.com

Instagram: @ohdeeryyc

Twitter: @ohdeeryyc

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Finally for today we have Melissa of Lively Leaf.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make my jewellery out of upcycled bicycle inner tube, reclaimed upholstery leather scraps, stainless steel and freshwater pearls. I am excited that I can take something destined for the landfill and make it beautiful again. In each of my designs I try to find a balance between the natural and the manmade materials. There is a tension between the industrial looking edgy black rubber, leather or stainless steel, the perfect contrast to the softness and femininity of the the white freshwater pearls.

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

I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009 from the Alberta College of Art and Design, majoring in Jewellery and Metals. Shortly after I set up a full time silversmithing studio. Fast forward to 2011 when I found out I was pregnant. I decided to cut out any studio practises that could be potentially harmful to my baby. I started working with cold connections only – so no torch work, and I cut out any work with chemicals. This was the beginning of my transition to creating with alternative materials.

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

After my little guy was born my time in the silversmithing studio was really limited – but I still needed to create, to make, to design. So I started looking for ways to make jewellery at home – at the kitchen table, while I was at home with my son. I found a bicycle inner tube and started cutting it up into interesting shapes. It was so satisfying to make something so immediate. I loved how tactile, durable and lightweight the inner tube was – prefect for jewellery.

Now I am mommy to three beautiful little boys who are very interested in everything I am doing (the three year old has to touch everything!) and It is nice playing along side them with my rubber and leather pieces without worrying about if something is unsafe (for them or the environment.)

My work if for sale through my Etsy shop and through select galleries and boutiques throughout Canada and the US. (more info on my website: www.livelyleaf.ca)

You can find Lively Leaf here:

instagram: @livelyleafdesigns

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livelyleaf

pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/missliss00/lively-leaf-recycled-bicycle-inner-tube-jewelry/

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