THANK YOU for visiting Toque last week - we had a blast! Special thanks to our vendors, volunteers, and sponsors. Check out photos on facebook.
Kids' craft table courtesy of Collage Collage,...
Toque is in the Straight
Of all the artisan fairs happening this Christmas, the Western Front’s annual Toque sale just might be the most artful. Read the full version here!
More from Fieldwork
Check out photos from Fieldwork’s show at Walrus for a preview of what we might see at Toque.
Toque Treats by Sharona Franklin
Gorgeous jars of candied grapefruit peel.
Fieldwork at Walrus
Fieldwork opens at Walrus tonight, November 10th from 6-9pm. Details
Banquet on Martha Stewart
Q&A with Banquet Atelier and Workshop, here.
Hand-felted slippers by Nellija Zi - for babies, kids, adults, all in natural colours.
Whoa! Nellie Raffle
Some exciting news, Christopher Quine of Whoa! Nellie Bikes on Main Street will be donating a Linus Dutchi bike to be raffled off at Toque! Christopher and Myron Campbell will collaboratively draw on the bike at the next Draw By Night #19 on November 2nd. Check out the details here. http://www.whoanelliebikes.com/
Arsenal Pulp Press
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...
Wendy Oakman Books
Wendy Oakman - book binder, book restorer and book maker. The inside of a book Handmade recipe book Check out her blog and amazing photos of her old book bindery.
Hunt & Gather
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. ...
Prints, gift wrap, notebooks, cards by Banquet. 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. ...
Unique objects from Vancouver-based artist Carey-Ann Schaefer. Her Cumulus Project included one of a kind items likes the Mounds of Rounds and the whimsical Slug Salt Cellar. Mounds of Rounds Slug Salt Cellar http://www.cumulusproject.com/
The Beautiful Project
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. http://thebeautifulproject.ca/
Aja Billas Ceramics
Aja’s slip cast stoneware is elegant, with clean lines, and a smooth finish.
Anita Sikma Jewellery
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...
Simply Read Books
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...
Henderson Dry Goods
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. http://hendersondrygoods.com
Cabin + Cub
Stationary, gifts, and houseware items from designer Valerie Thai’s Cabin + Cub. Look out for the just-released 2012 desk calendar! http://www.cabinandcub.com/ http://cabinandcub.blogspot.com/
(Photo: Julian Hecht) 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.’ http://makefieldwork.com/
Gailan Ngan Ceramics
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...
Little House Beetle Blocks are made from the blue-stained wood of ponderosa pines affected by the western pine beetle. Beetle Blocks utilize a precious resource otherwise unused. Dreamed up in the car as they moved west from Brooklyn to British Columbia, Little House is dedicated to creating safe, non-toxic and thoughtfully designed toys for small hands and growing minds. ...
A Farmers Daughter
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. http://www.etsy.com/shop/AFarmersDaughter http://afarmersdaughter.bigcartel.com/
hendrik.lou - handmade goods
Gorgeous knit neckwarmers from Stephanie of hendrik.lou. http://www.hendriklou.com/
Perro Verlag - Books by Artists
Perro Verlag Books by Artists publishes visual art chapbooks, comix, manifestos, Documents of Psychic Amateurs, research from The Institute for the Science of Identity, The Hell Passport Project, pamphlets from the lowercase reading room and exhibition catalogues. We promote the original and independent voices of both established and emerging artists whose work combines or crosses or messes up...
Prints and bunnies by Sonja 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...
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. http://www.contexture.ca
Tin Can Studio - a mobile project space
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...
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...