Bird on a Wire is a mecca for all things local, but most specifically locally produced art. From their website, “We are the ‘Yes’ store for artisans and those looking for locally made arts and crafts”. Besides Bird on a Wire being amazing in itself, why are we interested? Art is accessible, art is affordable and for the couple who has everything art can purchased as part of your wedding registry.
Karen opened Bird on a Wire in October of 2010 with 42 artists. Now the store boasts 150 artists and acts also as a community meeting place for knitters and crafters alike. Karen’s mandate is to change starving artists into thriving artists and she is doing a very fine job indeed.
When Karen was first inspired to open her business it was to answer a calling to build community through creativity; to create a space where “dreams can flower, where one can stir the imagination and feed the soul”. What I also love about her vision is that she wishes to keep alive traditions and techniques from the past. The store contains upcycled, recycled and handcrafted wares from a wide range of artists and artisans.
For couples, Karen will set up a wedding registry and that beautiful piece of art that you have spied on Bird’s wall can be yours. Art can move quickly though so keep abreast of the “spotlight on artists” series through the store’s blog and website. Karen keeps on top of local artists and is always visiting local galleries and artist’s own studios so the store’s walls will have something to match anyone’s tastes. I currently am impressed with Lori Bagneres’ crow paintings such as the large one pictured above.
It is not just art that should entice you to visit. The store supports many diverse artisans from fabric artists, jewellers, soap makers, ceramic artists ( Grace Lee of eikcam is also shown above), wood workers and so much more. I personally always search for locally produced goods when purchasing gifts. Ask your family and friends to do the same. Why register at Home Sense or The Bay when you can choose to support your local community and receive one of a kind creations.
Karen’s suggestion for your art choice, “buy it because it moves you” and not simply as an investment. With the criteria for the art work present being produced within a 100m radius of Vancouver and of good quality, you are sure to be investing instead in your local community. With all the cutbacks to the local art scene it is up to the community around to support our local artists and artisans.
The store is constantly growing and in the long term we may see more Bird on a Wire creations popping up in the city. That can only be a good thing.
I would like to thank Karen for sharing her story and the inspiration behind Bird on a Wire.
article by Shona Dion, sweet earth photographics
Posted in Accessories, bridal jewelry, Handmade, registry, wedding gift ideas
Tagged art, Bird on a Wire, handmade, handmade creations, handmade soaps, Local artisans, Main Street, Vancouver, Vancouver art, Vancouver artists
One of the reasons for wanting to have two shows this year is to display seasonly-themed wedding decor. Using repurposed vintage bedding and lace curtains this handmade fabric garland will be on display at the Mini Spring Pop-Up Fair. To reflect the West Coast spring colours, yellow is our main colour theme at the upcoming show on April 21st.
Cutting fabric rounds of 3-4 inches and sewing them in mixed colours of 10 circles each we are creating beautiful and easy fabric garlands. Each bundle is knotted along the string to ensure they all stay neatly in place. All fabric used was collected from thrift shops and given new life. The wonderful thing about this type of garland is that it can reused to decorate almost any event post-wedding.
The paper pinwheels are cut from pages in an old German book that was marked for recycling. The text and font are quite exquisite. The pages are folded accordian style and then 2 sheets are glued together to create the circle. When cut in different dimensions and used together in a display they create a lovely backdrop.
All handmade elements and many more will be on display at The Grassroots Wedding Fair Mini Spring Show.
Article and photos by Shona Dion, sweet earth photographics.
Posted in Eco-friendly wedding, Handmade
Tagged DIY, fabric garland, handmade, handmade decor, handmade garland, handmade paper pinwheels, handmade wedding, lace curtains, repurposed material, spring colours, style, yellow
I met Erin at MakeIt! yesterday and subtly noticed that she is doing custom wedding work.
Lala Terrariums are unique and exceptionally green handcrafted terrariums that come in all shapes and sizes. Erin makes custom terrariums for wedding centrepieces and has smaller hanging glass terrariums that can add to the decor of your reception. Erin seeks out vintage glass to create her terrariums in whenever she can.
For table settings, Erin suggested placing a tag under one lucky guest’s table seat and the terrariums become a gift for someone to take home after the reception.
Not only are Lala Terrariums a completely sustainable wedding decor item, they offer a new and different take on the traditional table setting.
Scraps – The Green General Store is a new and very cool store that has only recently opened on Main Street at 32nd Avenue. They have only been open for a few months, but already their store is an inviting gallery of eco friendly treats.
Started by Christina and Cara, Scraps, the Green General Store, began with a mission to bring sustainable items to conscious consumers. As local residents of the area they have a vested interest in their community.
Their Mission Statement:
“scraps mission is to offer simple, ethical and affordable solutions to conscious consumers in the community. Investors, employees and customers will benefit from their involvement with scraps as they play an integral role in attaining our vision of promoting respect, equality and awareness. scraps will continually strive to gain and share knowledge in order to lighten our carbon footprint and find solutions supporting sustainability.”
Their concept is fantastic and another sign of Vancouver’s further growing as a green city. Scraps is also still growing. At my visit Christina and Cara are expanding the store, bringing in new product and establishing themselves as a go-to eco-boutique store. They have promised to keep us updated with new and exciting news. I will be following them with interest.
When I visited the store I was looking for wedding ideas. I found handmade soaps, beautiful artisan hair accessories, jewelry and upcycled gifting bags. The store also has great fashions and many unique green products.
Scraps is located at 4770 Main Street. You can can visit their website at: http://www.scrapsvancouver.com
photos by sweet earth photographics
I am a very stong proponent of the handmade item. When we think of how busy our lives are these days, a gift of a handmade creation has special meaning. This is the season of amazing markets and craft fairs and I get giddy just thinking about it.
Those brides and grooms with homegrown wedding accessories ideas do not have to go far in this city, although our creative assemblers of goodies are not always easy to find. We will try to feature those artists who create wedding appropriate items and feature them here. I also strongly encourage visiting craft and artisan fairs and especially the Eastside Cultural Crawl as many artists are very willing to create accessories for you if you like their style.
Erica Cavanagh is a Vancouver creator of many things wedding. Here is a link to a very lovely bouttoniere that she sells on her etsy shop. Etsy is an amazing place to find cool wedding ideas. Check it out!!!