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Make It: The Handmade Revolution

Apr. 20 (4–9 p.m.), Apr. 21 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) & Apr. 22 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
At the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
www.makeitvancouver.com – $5 at the door

It is always an exciting time of year when the first signs of spring start to appear. The days start to get a little bit longer, cherry blossoms bloom, and tiny, bright green leaves poke their heads out. It is also the time when 110 of Canada’s brightest artisans and crafters show off their fresh new designs at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

This will mark the 6th Make It show in Vancouver and to say we are pumped is a huge understatement!

There are plenty of cool and unique items that can be found at Make It. Our spring show will feature pottery, art, woodwork, clothing, accessories, gourmet goodies, just to name a few! A category that has really been growing is handmade greeting cards. There is something magical about getting a handwritten card in the mail. Not only is it thoughtful, but it shows that the sender made a special effort to choose a card perfect for you!

We would like to thank Opus for the continued support over the past three years. Our community partnerships have been a huge part of Make It’s success.

Here are some of the talented greeting card designers who you’ll find:

dani press (Dani Keeft) www.danipress.com

I am a world traveler with a lifelong obsession with stationery and a deep passion for writing. My warm, simple photography from adventures abroad in places like Mozambique, New Zealand, Ireland, Bali, Zanzibar and France are paired with 100% recycled brown envelopes and vintage typewriter text.

Ricky Luvs Lucy (Sue Spencer) www.rickyluvslucy.com

I have been making cards for about 15 years. I make cards for all occasions and make small albums mainly to celebrate weddings and new babies, although I am open to making almost anything. My albums are one of a kind and I love customizing them specially for the personality of my client. My two dogs Ricky and Lucy are my inspiration to do what I love and keep it slightly quirky, just like them.

LOVE + MARK’D Stationary (Olivia Lovenmark) www.stylestruck.ca/boutique

The idea for a quality, simple and sweet style of card was born on a train from Paris en route to Provence in the south of France. In all the papeterie shops I visited, I could not find cards that expressed Happy Birthday for a few dear friends back home in the manner I wanted. I wanted something personalized, chic and fun, and so LOVE + MARK’D cards were created!

Firefly Notes (Sandy Bahrich) www.fireflynotesonline.com

Much of my inspiration comes from old photos and Victorian ads. The weirder the ad, the more I am drawn to it. Circus images, denture creams, birds, people, magicians … the list goes on. I also often use my old personal family photos. At first I have to say it was a bit strange watching folks buy bits of your family but now I quite like it. It helps keep their spirit alive.