Christmas Artisan Fair in Nelson, British Columbia, November 2013
The Nelson Artisan Fair was chock full of stuff I love. Dedicated, creative, and talented artisans lovingly crafting items made from nature and recycled materials. Plus, lots of tasty treats.
Here I’m featuring some local artisans and including their websites (when they have one) so you can get yourself some goodies. Some you can order from online, some you can only buy from locally.
Some of my favorites:
Jessica Duchart creates the most delicious exotic smelling, India-inspired, powder perfumes. They can be used anywhere on the body or as a deodorant. I treated myself to some of her Chandra Powder perfume. From her website: “Chandra is a spicy, chocolate chai blended into a soft powdery sandalwood pillow. This perfume was inspired by a chai recipe I was taught in Bikaner, Rajasthan, by a beautiful old mama. It is hand blended in very small batches.”
RECYCLED WAX FIRESTARTERS
Another of my favorites are the recycled Firestarters at the Revived Wax Candles booth. The high energy girls from the Kootenay Wax Depot provide a wax recycling program in Nelson then they use the wax to make funky candles and practical Firestarters, which are made from recycled wax, paper, and egg cartons. They gave me samples and they work great for lighting my woodstove (I’ll post a video of the firestarters in action soon). They sell their stuff at stores in British Columbia and Alberta.
Contact: email@example.com, www.revivedwaxcandles.com
Kate Moran is doing amazing things with macrame. Her stuff is from a different universe than those 1970’s macrame plant hangers my mother had. Kate’s jewelry is delicate, lovely, and swirling, made from fibre, beads, and pretty stones. She also creates unique funky totally wearable felted hats.
Contact: Kate Moran, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bykatemoran.etsy.com
BIRDHOUSES MADE FROM LICENSE PLATES
Birdhouses made from recycled vintage license plates and reclaimed pallet wood by Bill & Adrienne Lovely.
Contact: Bill & Adrienne Lovely, email@example.com, Facebook: Kootenay Rocks
VINTAGE KITCHEN PARTY
Two sisters, Marnie & Lauren, embellish vintage kitchen things, linens, and housewares, making them into highly desirable “I want its”. Tea towels and pillows are hand-painted and vintage and heirloom cutlery are assembled into lovely collections.
Contact: Marnie Christoffersen, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kitchenparty.bigcartel.com
LOCAL WOOD BOWLS AND SPOONS
Kootenay Spoons, which is practically right outside my door, uses local wood and logs to handcraft spoons, bear claws for salads, spatulas, and even knives.
Contact: Antonia Ferrier, Kootenay Spoons, email@example.com, kootenayspoons.etsy.com
STANDOUT PAINTING BY A LOCAL ARTIST
And, on a different note, local artist, Jillian Davis, aka J Luc Contemporary Visual Artist, had some cute wildlife miniatures and art postcards, but what really caught my eye was her portrait of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The work is entitled “Our Chairman“. She described the beaver, representing the Canadian natural environment, as looking very uncomfortable in Harper’s arms.
Contact: Jillian Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jluc.ca, Facebook: jLucArt
I hope you enjoyed this compilation from local artisans. Do you have favorite artisans in your area? Or maybe their stuff has inspired you to create on your own.