Circle Craft Christmas Market celebrates Canada's diverse, talented artists
The annual Circle Craft Christmas Market is one of the first holiday events of the season, and while the second week of November might feel a tad early to be singing “Jingle Bells” and sucking on candy canes, it’s hard to resist being swept away by the shimmering reds and greens as you enter the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place).
In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Grinch or Scrooge at all amongst the hundreds of booths at the market, because despite its early start on Christmas, the Circle Craft market is about much more than just holiday consumerism, it’s about celebrating Canada’s diverse group of artists, designers, and artisans. From handmade hats, to arty bags, and fresh-baked fruit cake, the Circle Craft Christmas Market, which runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday (November 11), has something for everyone. Here’s a preview of just some of the exhibitors at this year’s event.
Below, Michelle da Silva photos
Alumni from Capilano University’s Textile Arts program demonstrate how to spin wool and knit garments.
Warm, fingerless mittens by locally owned Adhesif Clothing Company.
Adhesif Clothing Company blazers, skirts, and shawls created by Vancouver designer Melissa Ferreira.
Textile artist Noelle Hamlyn’s pocket-book bags are made from vintage book covers.
Noelle Hamlyn’s book-bag-filled booth was popular amongst market-goers feeling nostalgic.
Iron sculptures by Saskatchewan-based artist Jim Nodge.
Pottery by Denman Island artist Gordon Hutchens.
Calgary Fudge Factory’s fudge comes in flavours, including watermelon, banana split, and mint Oreo.
Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate confections by Vancouver’s Dvořák are, as the package says, “Better than sex”.
Locally owned Maison Côté’s booth is filled with olive oils, vinegars, salts, sugars, and spices.
Arty marble blocks by Salt Spring Island’s Cedar Mountain.
The Klahowya Long House at the Circle Craft Christmas Market.
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