Toque Craft Fair
Dec 2 – 4 2022
Fri 6 – 10 p.m.
Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At Western Front
303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver
A marketplace for art, craft
and design by BC-based makers
Toque is an annual community event and fundraiser hosted by Western Front. It showcases a curated selection of BC-based artists, craftspeople and designers who make textiles, ceramics, jewelry, bags, stationery, and home and body products.
This year Toque returns to Western Front’s building and will be bigger than ever, with tables across both floors of our building.
Admission by donation.
Ami Like Miami
Ami Like Miami is a small BIPOC ceramics business by Ami Sangha. In her studio, she creates one of a kind ceramic pieces. Each piece is delicately molded by hand, painted, and fired twice.
AxeWood Inc was founded by Jody Lentz in 2018 to allow him to pursue his passion for design and creation. Working with hand tools allows the wood to guide his hands toward the discovery and unveiling of the form within. Carving with an axe is an incredibly delicate process as an axe cannot force the wood to become something; the wood has its own desires, and the axe can only follow the grain.
Cloth Tone is a textile studio based in the Okanagan. Committed to designing with natural materials, sourcing responsibly and weaving unique, timeless and embodied textiles, Cloth Tone embraces a philosophy of ‘textiles for life’. Cloth Tone textiles honor the unique qualities of raw materials and evoke a strong sense of place, experience and emotion. Cloth Tone is dedicated to exploring what it means to make slow cloth in a sustainable and embodied way while addressing themes related to the body, labor, the environment and materiality. Cloth Tone textiles are all woven by hand on 4 harness floor looms in our Okanagan studio.
Saturday and Sunday only.
Cracher Dans La Soupe Parfum
Cracher Dans La Soupe Parfum is a botanical perfumery focused on ethically sourcing and harvesting sustainable fragrant materials to create exciting, weird and wonderful perfumes for every body.
Draw Me A Lion
Cards, books, fun things to colour and cute gifts for kids or the kid in you! Draw Me A Lion was created out of Lisa Cinar’s passion for drawing and making things and a belief in the importance and benefits of creativity and fun.
Dunbar Pottery, composed of Martin Peters and Ron Vallis, makes utilitarian ware in the Leach/Hamada tradition of handmade pots. They make their own clay (stoneware and porcelain) and glazes (traditional Japanese) and their work is reduction fired.
A vintage buyer by trade, Erin always found the masses of unloved leather inspiring, as each piece is a reminder of who it once was. All designs are lovingly handmade in-house in recycled leather, imported cowhides, or a selection of exclusive and locally tanned elks and bison. Truly the biggest part of the story is recognizing and uniting the elements. Erin’s fascination with the past informs designs that aim to defy trends. She uses minimal hardware and simple, strong construction, which allow people to adjust, change, and make pieces their own. It is her hope that each piece is able to be a lifelong friend, and to mix freely with new and vintage pieces.
fancypop is a collection of unique jewelry and accessories made with beads, resin, clay, paint, and everything else in between. Everything is made with the everyday girl in mind. Fun, casual, or classic – fancypop offers something perfect (and affordable) for any occasion!
Goodbeast is a Vancouver-based design studio directed by Jesse Bromm and Tyler Archibald. With a focus on cultivating a relationship between the self and the objects in our lives. With a mind for community and the environment, the Goodbeast hot glass studio uses as much recycled glass and reusable materials as possible, with a unique eco-friendly glass melting furnace and a low waste (no mold) manufacturing style. Every piece made by the team feels different to the eye and to the hand, made with an emphasis on simplicity and individuality.
Haley is an interdisciplinary artist from the west coast, dividing her time between Vancouver and qathet. Haley’s work is an exploration of color and form, greatly inspired by journeys within landscapes, both internal and external. Haley will have weaving kits, handmade jewelry, art cards and tapestries available.
Friday and Saturday only.
Heike Kapp Art
Heike Kapp is an artist who has worked in glass, wood, textiles, and metal. Since the start of the pandemic she has focused on cross-stitching, which has helped her through the stresses and limitations of the pandemic by supporting her ability to express her creativity, albeit on a very small scale. All her pieces are created organically through the slow, almost meditative process of putting down one stitch at a time, without much plan or starting concept. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.
Julia Chirka makes things out of clay, mostly things that are functional that you can use every day!
Kate Metten Studio
Kate Metten’s ceramic work reflects on Modernist philosophies of the West Coast Ceramics Movement and the unmaking of craft and material hierarchies. Her timeless wheel-thrown pottery tableware is deeply concerned with the physicality of form and function, represents the plasticity of clay, and experiments with the geological nature of glazes. The internal logic of her vessels is determined by intuitive construction and response to material touch; the indexical quality of clay renders dynamic impressions of mass and surface that preserve evidence of the hand and mind in motion.
Kerria Gray is a cermicist working in Vancouver, BC. She makes mostly functional work using a variety of firing techniques including wood, soda, gas, and electric firing. Her work explores ways of embodying and enacting attention, community, care, and play in her ways of making, in the objects she creates, and in thinking through how these objects might be used or interacted with in the ritual of everyday life.
Catherine Langevin is a willow basket maker. She is passionate about creating sustainable, durable and often utilitarian work inspired by nature. Striving to live a life that is gentle to our mother earth, she hopes her baskets will carry and spread this intention everywhere they’ll go.
Made By Elliot
Starting at the age of 5, Made by Elliot is a collection of original drawings using pencil crayons, glitter, and markers that are then punched into wearable buttons. Now, as a newly turned 8 year old, Elliot has evolved his business to include a line of fabric colored buttons made using upcycled fabric scraps, which he then transforms into buttons, magnets, hair accessories, and whatever else his imagination desires. Elliot has really enjoyed being a part of the Kids Market on Granville Island and the Mini Makers Area at Got Craft. He loves to see what other creative entrepreneurs are working on and has even inspired a few of his classmates to start creating their own projects!
Friday and Saturday only.
Mayari Rodriguez is a jewellery designer, artist, and an aspiring goldsmith currently working part-time from her home studio. She finds inspiration in patterns which recur throughout technology and the natural world, as well as traditional imagery found in regions of Mexico and Guatemala. She enjoys the process of integrating these various motifs into pieces which hold meaning while still valuing playfulness and simplicity. She was initially self-taught before attending the Jewelry Art and Design program at Vancouver Community College, where she was able to develop techniques such as forging, stone setting, lapidary, fabricating, and casting.
Meghan Weeks is a Woodland Cree/ English artist living and working on the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her maternal side is Nêhiyaw from Treaty 8 territory and paternal side from England. She is a proud member of Sucker Creek First Nation. Her work is inspired from nature, childhood memories, Cree teachings and humor.
Melodie Borosevich is a jewelry designer and textile artist. Under her namesake brand, she makes heavy weight silver and gold statement pieces. In her jewelry practice she uses several different techniques including hand construction, lost wax casting, and stone setting. Her work is influenced by both historic and modern design using material, technique, and form as the foundation for her collections. Storytelling, sustainability, and minimalism define the overall ethos of the brand with attention to quality craftsmanship.She has been making every piece by hand over the last 12 years at her studio in Vancouver.
Instagram: @melodie.borosevich @monolith__
Mona Lisa Ali
Mona Lisa Ali’s ceramics practice began during a communal 420km artist walk/residency from the north of Jordan to the south. Her eyes were glued to the ground as the landscape shifted from forest, to ancient saltbeds, to hot red sand. Everyday she collected three stones and a handful of dirt. She didn’t realize that everywhere was essentially clay until she attempted to pinch a pot out of it, and it held together. In an effort to gain familiarity with her current landscape, she has carried this process forward. Mona Lisa Ali makes hand-pinched ceramics of local inclusions; plant ash to create glaze, or stones that are crushed into the clay. The majority of her works are woodfired, sodafired, or a combination of these atmospheric firings. Lately, she is focused on creating works to be used daily to add comfort and ritual to routine.
NEW LOoK is a collaborative studio based in Vancouver, Canada obsessed with paper, garbage and Gaia. We work in collage, painting, writing, graphic design and sculpture with a practice rooted in print, paper and nature. Our annual art project is the production of a large format calendar which contains a unique, poster-sized design for each month.
Paperbacknote make unique up-cycled stationery and paper goods from recycled books. Their products are locally made in Vancouver and reflect a love of books as tangible, physical objects. They take great care to upcycle every part of the original book into beautiful handmade products in order that old books can be appreciated in new ways. Paperbacknote notebooks are handcrafted with original covers from recycled books. They take original paperback book covers and rebind them into new notebooks for journaling, sketching or note-taking. The Paperbacknote coaster sets and mobile ornaments are repurposed and handmade with the original pages from recycled books – completing the entire up-cycling of old books.
Each season, Project Weekend provide a collection of natural yarn based projects that include all of the tools, materials and patterns required to create beautiful items for yourself, home, and loved ones. Their curated kits save you from the materials and tools sourcing process, so you can spend more time making and less time running around town trying to find everything. Along with your kit, you get access to supportive tutorial videos and guides so you can learn to make things at your own pace, no matter your experience level.
See You Soon Studio
See You Soon Studio is a home for textile craft, illustrated paper goods and the space they meet. Every friendly design is the act of daydreaming – in colour, curiosity, and fleeting narrative. As a name and sentiment, See You Soon references the gesture of warmth that never quite denotes a farewell.
Stationery for Horses
Stationery for Horses is by Hue Nuyen, an interdisciplinary visual artist currently working with textiles, DIY publishing, drawing, and performance. (Most of the time) their practice is research-based, informed by the intersections of philosophy and science paralleled by their own lived experience as a non-binary, MAD, second generation Vietnamese-Canadian.
Daisy is a floral artist and gardener. Originally trained as an anthropologist in the UK, she opened Studio Daisy in 2017 to share her passion for flowers as a channel of joy and expression. She creates primarily with materials of local provenance, including everyday vegetation, forage, plants, as well as nurturing a collection of unique garden flowers. The studio provides creative arrangements and seasonal renderings for all occasions and spaces. It engages every event and project as an opportunity to be inspired and tickled by nature.
Studio Note is a Vancouver-based collective operated by Mandy Chang and Elina Daily, two designers with diverse backgrounds in industrial design, communication design and user experience. We are in pursuit of developing new experiences through traditional ones — making the common object uncommon. We will be selling our No. 3 Wick Dipper at Toque this year.
Friday and Saturday only.
The Little Things
Our busy lives have muted us from noticing the beauty around us. We take breaks to break away from this routine life. The Little Things aims to create experiences that trigger moments of joy through sweets. The Little Things use food as a medium and hope to fill the void between these breaks, and to bring a smile to your face.
tuk + milo
tuk + milo (tuck and my-low) is an online kids concept shop that focuses on the benefits of play-based learning throughout the early years. Our signature handmade soft toys are now accompanied by open-ended play materials + developmental appropriate activities. Our collection is curated to encourage imaginary + creative play.
Saturday and Sunday only.
WarmAndDrift creates beautiful and lifelike needle felted animals from natural fibers with a focus on wool, as well as Scandinavian inspired home decor and holiday ornaments.
All pieces are handknit in Vancouver, BC. With life being so busy, Shellina Tarmohamed craved for something that would allow her to slow down, create, and meditate. Wool Parade was created out of a desire to make quality items that are loved, and will last a lifetime. As Wool Parade, Shellina creates chunky handknit garments using natural fibers that are sustainable, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly.
Minimal stained glass pieces, made by hand in Vancouver, BC.
What is Western Front?
Western Front is one of Canada’s leading multidisciplinary artist-run centres. Since 1973, we have produced and presented contemporary art exhibitions, music concerts, performances, publications, residencies, and other artist-driven initiatives. We also house an extensive audio-visual archive documenting the history of our artistic program.
Find out more about Western Front at westernfront.ca.
How does Toque support Western Front?
Toque is all about goodwill, community, and fostering sustainability for artists and artist-run culture in Vancouver. The participating artists and designers generously donate 30% of all sales to support Western Front’s artistic program.
What makes Toque special?
Since the early 1970s, Western Front has held a winter holiday craft fair for local artists to sell their handmade goods and engage new audiences. Organized by different artists, curators and creatives over the years, the event has a distinct artist focus. Branded Toque in 2002 by the powerhouse creative team of Steven Brekelmans, Fiona Curtis, and Tim Lee, the name was chosen to evoke handcrafts, coziness and winter, and it has stuck ever since. Toque has a loyal following of supporters who value local handmade goods and who return each year to support artists in their community. Several artists are a longtime and much-loved part of this event, while talented new makers are added to the roster each year. The event is all about coming together, meeting artists, and connecting with what is being made in our community.
How can I receive updates about Toque?
Follow us on Instagram @toquecraftfair to get a sneak peek of the artists’ and designers’ work, and to receive further news about the event.
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Graphic Design by Line-Gry Hørup