(This article is sponsored by Crafted Vancouver.)
These days, our attempts to keep up with the pace and our expectations for immediate gratification can leave for something to be desired. There has, as a result, been a longing for the traditional, and a shift in attitude on where we find value.
After all, it’s far easier to appreciate the beauty in things when you know the time, passion, and work that goes into them. High-end craft has nurtured a connection with the handmade, which is relevant and enduring—and transcends any trend.
Furthermore, fine craftsmanship has cultivated an appreciation and demand for quality not to be found in the mass-produced and machine-made.
The inaugural Crafted Vancouver festival launched last Friday (May 4) and using the tagline “Made to Discover” as inspiration, has set out to support the ongoing vitality of craft in our communities.
The 25-day program (running now until May 28), features a thoughtful selection of local, national, and international crafts, celebrating multiple disciplines in a fresh festival format. Taking place in venues across the city, events include demonstrations, exhibitions, film nights, private walks, studio tours, workshops, artist presentations, and tastings.
The festival aims to connect craftspeople with collectors and the emerging audience of people who appreciate true craftsmanship. Whether it’s an introduction to fine press books at the Barbarian Press Workshop (on May 23), or one of the exclusive workshops with three British craftspeople, participants have much to explore for the remainder of Crafted Vancouver.
Textile artist and milliner Bridget Bailey will be participating in four of the Crafted Vancouver events, including a two-day workshop creating embossed velvet lilies. Taking place at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (on May 19 and 20), participants are certain to feel inspired by the beautiful surroundings.
A festival highlight is sure to be the Balvenie After Hours Series: Jay Miron Studio. Jamie Johnson, Balvenie’s national brand ambassador, will lead an intimate whisky tasting of 20 guests at Jay Miron’s studio (1997 Pandora Street).
Participants at this exclusive event will be guided through the history of the world-famous whisky and will learn the craft behind the single malt from grain to glass.
Before the tasting, participants can enjoy a short talk and demonstration from Miron, former BMX champion turned furniture designer.
After a 17-year career as a professional freestyle rider, Miron decided to leave the bicycle industry and focus his efforts on furniture design. He spent two years training under master craftsman Robert Van Norman at his world-renowned Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinet Making before returning to Vancouver and enrolling in the interior design program at Vancouver Community College.
Miron now designs and builds bespoke furniture in his Vancouver studio. He describes his pieces as, “contemporary, with a strong mid-century modern influence”, which others in the industry have referred to as “functional art”.
Attendees at the event will be able to meet the man behind the furniture, while checking out his selection of hand tools—before one person will be challenged to a game of giant Jenga.
And one lucky winner will receive two tickets to this exclusive event. Enter below to win!
Crafted Vancouver is taking place now at various locations in Vancouver until May 28.The full schedule can be found on the website, but organizers encourage making reservations since there are limited places at each event. Discover more by following Crafted Vancouver on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using #CVan2018.
Two tickets to Balvenie After Hours Series: Jay Miron Studio taking place on Wednesday (May 16) from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jay Miron Furniture Inc. (1997 Pandora Street).
This contest has ended.
Contest Deadline: Wednesday, May 16, 3:00 am
Winner(s) will be contacted either by phone or email.