By Hand No 7, British Columbia
THE MAKERS' COMMUNITY AROUND VANCOUVER, VICTORIA, AND THE GULF ISLANDS
Our seventh issue explores the south coast of British Columbia, from the cityscapes and waterfronts of Vancouver, to the historical architecture and cobblestones of Victoria, to the natural beauty of Salt Spring and Pender Islands. Conifers and craggy mountaintops, ocean beaches and pristine lakes, and beavers, seals, otters, deer, and other wildlife surround us as we travel throughout the region to meet hand crafting artisans. By Hand chats with knitwear designers Shannon Cook, Sylvia McFadden, and Andrea Rangel about their materials, their sources of inspiration, and what they've been working on lately; meets the alpacas of Hinterland Yarn at their new home on Pender Island; watches Bling Squared work their magic with glass rods and a torch; and marvels as the artist behind Nan*C Fibre Art Studio turns roving into lifelike animals with personality and character. We explore the amazing textile world of Maiwa Handprints while sampling goodies from the Granville Island Public Market, and wander through Salt Spring Island Saturday market before watching Julie Mackinnon work her magic at the pottery wheel. We tour LYS 88 Stitches and talk yarn dyeing with the creative force behind Sweet Fiber Yarn, are enchanted by the hand sewn creations of Billoo Boutique, spend an inspiring afternoon in the sunlit studio amongst the fibers and looms of Woven Wares, and marvel at the saturated colors of Sweet Georgia Yarns. Along the way, we hike, kayak, and sail the bluffs and waterways of the Strait of Georgia and are thoroughly enchanted by beautiful British Columbia and the makers who are lucky enough to call it their home.
Lookbook No. 7 features projects and patterns that feature our makers’ materials and sources of inspiration, including two colorwork sweaters, a gorgeously textured shawl, and the perfect hat for cool fall evenings, all knit in Hinterland, Sweet Fiber, and SweetGeorgia yarns. Salt Spring Island's Saturday Market inspired us to create an apple and cinnamon tart with a whimsical braided edge, and we have also designed a leather-bound knitter's portfolio, perfect for taking all of your knitting needles and notions on the go. Finally, create your own one-of-a-kind pincushion, featuring wooly stuffing, a felted wool covering, and a handcrafted turned wooden base. Patterns in Lookbook No. 7 feature talented British Columbia designers Jenny Faifel, Lindsay Inouye, and Natalie Volyanyuk, as well as guest designer Andrea Mowry and several projects from By Hand Serial creative director Andrea Hungerford.
By Hand is a serial produced by Andrea Hungerford three times per year that explores locations around the country that have developed their own unique "maker communities" where people who love to make, love to learn to make, and love to support makers have found a common sense of purpose.
Each of these geographic "clusters" has its own unique characteristics, and those characteristics influence the artists who live and work there. Each issue of By Hand is a place-based celebration of these communities of makers, focused primarily on the fiber and fabric industry, as well as highlighting artists in other media who share the same philosophy as fiber and fabric artists of functional beauty. Additionally each issue includes patterns, projects, photo essays, day trips, foodie excursions, and other write-ups of aspects unique to the featured city or region.
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