4 style makers to scout at the Eastside Culture Crawl

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      The Eastside Culture Crawl may be a hotbed of local talent excelling in the fine arts, but among the painters, sculptors, and photographers are also textile designers, milliners, and jewellery makers that, together, demonstrate that art has a place in all areas of the home. (Yes, including your closet.)

      Below, four fashion-centric creators to watch for at the 20th annual fete and where to find them.

      Robbie Vergara Screenprinting

      Robbie Vergara Screenprinting

      At Parker Street Studios (1000 Parker Street)

      Like many of us, local artist Robbie Vergara loves a good pun. However, he prefers to let the joke play out in his intricate, hand-pulled prints. An owl’s face sits atop shining armour on the Knight Owl pullover, for example, and a pair of trousered legs keeps a large ship afloat on the Sea Legs T. All articles are made ethically in North America without any toxins, so you can feel good about upping your graphic game.

       

      Kiln Ceramic jewellery

      Kiln Ceramic Jewellery

      At 700 East Pender Street

      Vancouverite Laurie Bricker is a Jill-of-all-trades: the licensed massage therapist dabbles in writing and performing and also has a knack for jewellery-making. Her medium of choice? Porcelain clay, which she carefully moulds into geometric pendants and earrings, many of them adorned with flashes of gold and green or silhouettes of reindeer, bicycles, and butterflies. It’s a one-of-a-kind collection that strikes an organic balance between antique and modern.

       

      Termé Felt Accessories

      Termé Felt Accessories

      At Arts Factory (281 Industrial Avenue)

      Felt is most often associated with holiday chachkas or kindergarten-level projects, but painter, sculptor, and textile designer Laleh Javaheri transforms the seemingly juvenile fabric into wearable art. Her wraps, infinity scarves, and belts incorporate Japanese silk, wool, and cotton, showcasing felt in dramatic patterns that belong as much on your walls as in your wardrobe. We love the handmade spiral-pattern scarf, shaded in red and orange, which evokes images of crisp autumn leaves.

       

      Cappellino Custom Hats

      Cappellino Custom Hats

      At Parker Street Studios (1000 Parker Street)

      Drawing from her experiences in sculpture, design, and stitching—as well as a fondly remembered two-year period spent in Italy—milliner Elaine Garrett crafts hats for all tastes. Her hand-blocked and hand-sewn pieces include felt newsboy caps, fedoras, and wide-brimmed straw hats fit for a Palm Springs getaway. Check out her more artful pieces, too, such as foliage- and feather-topped berets and textured cloche hats that give Kate Middleton’s stylists a run for their money.

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