Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 200 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction and nonfiction; cultural and gender studies; LGBT and multicultural literature; cookbooks, including vegan; alternative crafts; visual arts; and books in translation. We are interested in literature that traverses uncharted territories, publishing books that challenge and stimulate and ask probing questions about the world around us.
Natalie Purschwitz is a Vancouver-based artist who’s exhibited her work in Canada and Japan. She’s the designer behind clothing line Hunt & Gather and recently completed a one-year project called Makeshift, during which time she only wore things she made herself. The project was displayed as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s WE: Vancouver exhibition this past Spring.
Banquet Atelier & Workshop is a Vancouver-based studio engaged in creating quality goods celebrating the natural world and the animals that inhabit it: water birds, northern wildlife, forest creatures and under the sea. Partners Sarah Edmonds and Tammy Lawrence share an eye for bold and playful imagery.
Original illustrations, cheeky sentiments and a bit of whimsy—these paper works are designed with love.
The Beautiful Project was established in 2005 by graphic artist, illustrator and web designer, Jeannette Ordas. Her work is inspired by her love of all things vintage and cute, from 1950’s cookbooks to textiles and typography.
Anita Sikma has been creating and designing jewellery for 5 years. Designing jewellery allows her to translate a metropolis form and distort its proportion by recreating its scale. From beginning to completion, each design is handcrafted with utmost sensitivity. Primarily her designs are constructed in wax and then cast into sterling silver. All pieces are handled individually, no two are alike.
Anita Sikma was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. In her early twenties she moved away to pursue her artistic endeavors in a larger format. In 2004 Anita continued forward with her passions and received her diploma in Jewellery Art & Design from the Vancouver Community College. Here she developed a comprehensive knowledge of metal work and fabrication.
Beautifully illustrated children’s classics like The Adventures of Pinnocchio and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, plus newcomers like The Melancholic Mermaid by Vancouver’s Kallie George.
Simply Read’s approach to illustrated children’s books follows the finest publishing tradition and spirit with inspired content, extraordinary artwork, outstanding graphic design form, and quality production. They introduce contemporary books with a modern appeal and fresh outlook, and offer a careful selection of timeless stories that link the past with the present.
Henderson Dry Goods is the work of Vancouver industrial designer Alex Henderson. Her medium is primarily wood, used in a myriad of ways - from jewelry to items of home décor: mirrors, clocks, mobiles and dioramas. For your home or for you, Henderson Dry Goods products are works of art, disguised as objects of design.
Fieldwork describes themselves as ‘a collaborative group of designers in Vancouver making things and telling stories. We observe behaviour, ask questions, share ideas, refine details, and shape materials. We obsess over: language, culinary exploits, objects, ideas and human activity.’
Gailan Ngan is a Vancouver-based ceramist and visual artist, originally from Hornby Island, who has been presenting her work professionally for over ten years. She founded her own studio, Cornershop, in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver in 1997, and graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2002.
Gailan works in both stoneware and earthenware. Her pieces are created by a wheel-thrown and hand-altered process, and are fired in both electric and gas kilns. Recently, Gailan’s ceramics have been utilizing a rare Yukon clay and glazes made from volcanic ash from the Okanagan, which give her pots their distinctive tones and textures. Her palette of glazes consists of a stone matte-white, speckled blue, mottled green, and pure, shiny black, as well as three earthenware green glazes - all created to enhance the forms of the work. She continues to experiment with glazes created from local materials the artist herself has collected, including local rocks, clays and ashes.
A Farmers Daughter is a collection of traditionally unusual and whimsical vintage inspired jewelry. Started in 2006 out of a small studio in Vancouver BC, designer Melanie Hull has a lovely selection of curios and vintage finds that are made into something new that you’ll be sure to love.
The Fierce Bunnies are handsewn from de-constructed vintage sweaters made of natural fibres such as angora, lambswool and cashmere.
Sonja Ahlers is an award winning visual artist and poet currently living in Whitehorse, Yukon. An autodidact without formal training, Ahlers both makes use of and has expanded upon the notion of the artist’s book as a way to challenge the often closed system of the art gallery. Ahlers pushes the envelope of what an artist’s book might be, in both her published work and her book-inspired installations that fill entire rooms. Delicately fusing collage and text with a diary-like sincerity and contemporary social analysis through a feminist lens, Ahlers pioneers what could be called the ‘highbrow zine’, utilizing a style and voice developed in the North American west coast underground. With three published books Temper, Temper (1998), Fatal Distraction (2004) and The Selves (2010 by Drawn And Quarterly), she has honed the revolutionary DIY form into a mature and nuanced voice. Sonja Ahlers has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada and internationally. She was recently long listed for the Sobey Art Award.
Contexture Design’s work emphasizes simple, elegant and sustainable design, and is often inspired by reclaimed materials with historical, cultural or environmental significance. Their projects transform waste into new products while maintaining a connection to the original source material.
The Tin Can trailer will be parked outside the gallery for an outside surprise!
TIN CAN is an 18ft 1972 Streamline trailer that has been lovingly converted into a multi-functional and fully mobile studio/gallery/event space. Our intention is for the project to become a platform for collaboration and public engagement. During its many stages, it will be a place where people can come together to build, make, show and share ideas with the intention of building community through the act of collaborative production, as well as through the creation of a physical space for gathering and dialogue.
Great article and photos from Scout Magazine on ‘Eat Together’, just one of many transformations of the Tin Can trailer.
Beautiful books and on-site book binding from Publication Studio.
Publication Studio is a maker and destroyer of books. We print and bind books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. We use any means possible to help writers and artists reach a public: physical books; a digital commons (where anyone can read and annotate our books for free); eBooks; and unique, lavish social events with our writers and artists in many cities. We attend to the social life of the book. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense — not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through any and all means — physical production, digital circulation, and social gathering. Together these construct a space of conversation, a public space, which beckons a public into being. In a time of radical change, Publication Studio is a maker and destroyer of books.