Apply for our Winter Show!

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Hello Crafty friends,

The deadline for applying for our beloved, award-winning Winter Market is fast approaching, so if you’ve been thinking of submitting an application, now is the time. Apply today by following this link. The application deadline is September 21st at midnight – don’t leave it until the last minute!

If you are having any trouble at all with our online application form, please send us an email: halifaxcrafters@gmail.com – we are more than happy to help troubleshoot!

Love,

Halifax Crafters Society

New Bits: 2014 Winter Market + 10th Anniversary

Halifax Crafters 2014 Winter Market and 10 Year Birthday Celebration

Halifax Crafters Society 2014 Winter Market and 10th Anniversary

The time to apply for our annual winter market is just around the corner and we thought it was time to update you on new things in store for Halifax Crafters Society.

This December, we’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary of hand craft markets in Halifax! To mark this crafty occasion, our winter show will be a three-day event, opening the evening of Friday December 5th and all day Saturday December 6th and Sunday December 7th. We have some special birthday celebrations in the works so stay tuned for more details.

The call for applications will go out the week of August 25th, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement.

Meet the Sponsors: Dots & Loops // HelloDaylight

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Dots & Loops and HelloDaylight share a bright yellow heritage building in Lunenburg and their respective owners, Melanie Strong and Stephen Bishop, share a sunny little house in the country. Besides being entrepreneurs in a small Nova Scotian town, Melanie … Continue reading

Meet the Crafters: Caitlyn Rose Jewellery

In the work of Caitlyn Rose Jewellery, you will recognize the dreamy coasts and mountainous curves of Cape Breton Island. Not only does Caitlyn Purcell draw inspiration from this remarkable part of the world, but is hard at work to share this gift with other artists. She is part of an endeavour to create a Nova Scotia Artist Residency Program in Ingonish, Cape Breton. Learn more to support this program and read on to discover our treasure: Caitlyn Rose Jewellery. Catch her this weekend at the Crafter’s Spring Market!

What inspires you to create?
Nature is my biggest inspiration. I love how water interacts with land, and how earth touches air. I like looking at the little beautiful little things that are lying on the ground, and sometimes I like making them into jewellery.
Caitlyn Rose jewelry Halifax Crafters Society 2014 Spring Market Halifax Nova Scotia How do you begin a new project?
My process is a little haphazard. I go through a phase of making rings or earrings or whatever and look around my desk and start putting things together. I’m obsessed with balance so I play with how things hang. I’ve kind of concluded that I like delicate necklaces, earrings and bracelets and that I like big rings. So I keep that in mind before I begin.
Caitlyn in studioCaitlyn Rose jewelry Halifax Crafters Society 2014 Spring Market Halifax Nova ScotiaWhere do you do your work?
In the winter I share a studio in the Immigration Annex at Halifax’s Seaport. It’s a pretty wild space. The halls are very clean and our studio is a big mess. I like that.
In the summer my studio is inside my craft shop Salty Rose’s, which is in Ingonish, Cape Breton. It’s a sweet little space that is opened from July 1st until sometime in the fall. There are big windows that let nice breezes blow through and people can come in and see what I am working on. Sometimes friends visit and sometimes moose do too. I will make you a coffee and talk to you about craft. I think it’s a pretty good time.

What kind of music do you listen to while you work?
We listen to seaside FM until a Christmas song comes on in March, then someone changes it. Today we listened to Fleetwood Mac, but usually it’s some form of radio.
leather Caitlyn Rose Jewellery Halifax Crafters Society 2014 Spring Market Halifax Nova ScotiaA place you love?
I love Cape Breton and I love Italy.

An artwork or artist you love?
My two dear friends Sojourner Truth Parsons and Brad Phillips are my favourite artists.  Their imaginations and talent inspire me to push my mine further.  I feel very lucky to be working with them to establish a Nova Scotia Artist Residency Program in South Harbour, Cape Breton. We are all in love with the Island and want to create a space where other artists can come and make work. The area is close to an oyster-encrusted harbor where full moons rise high and cast dreamy reflections.

Favourite time of the year?
I like the day the season changes.
golden mountain Caitlyn Rose Jewellery Halifax Crafters 2014 Spring Market Halifax Nova ScotiaThree things you need in order to create?
Metal, small hammer, clarity

What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?
I like to look at old family photos and ask my mother questions, or I like to walk around and drink coffees, or I like to go thrift shopping.  But I really wouldn’t consider any of these things procrastinating! I’m pretty good at rationalizing my actions.

Meet the Sponsors: Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio

Continued support from local, community businesses is like a huge, BEAR hug to all who love the creative, craft and design community!  Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio continues to inspire and encourage the handspun movement of the Halifax Crafters.  We’ve previously profiled Andrea and her shop, however read on to discover what’s new in the Inkwell world.  Take it away, Andrea!

Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio is once again delighted to be a sponsor of Halifax Crafters Society Spring Market!  We love supporting the local craft community as both a sponsor and customer.

Inkwell is located at 1658 Market Street (between Sackville and Prince street), in downtown Halifax.  We are a purveyor of modern handmade paper goods and other goodies for your home.  We’re pleased to showcase products of an illustrative nature; all handmade with love, by artists from around the corner and across the world.  We take great pride in highlighting local artists in our store.

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Andrea Rahal, Owner, Curator, Designer, Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio. Image by Michelle Doucette

Inkwell designs and prints an in-house product line called Inkwell Press. A few that we have produced to date, which have been well received, are the Official East Coaster; Salt Water Cure Print; and Rebuild Halifax Print.  We have some new products in development that we are excited about launching later this Spring!  Recently, local photographer Michelle Doucette spent some time at Inkwell while we were printing. Visit her blog to see some great photos of the shop and the letterpress printing process.

This May, Inkwell will celebrate its third anniversary! During the 3 years we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with local and international artists who share our passion for quality modern handmade products. We love sharing our awesome finds with our wonderful customers.

To our fellow makers and supporters of handmade, have a successful Crafters show and inspirational Spring.  See you soon!

You can find Inkwell online and socially at:
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Thank you for all you do, Andrea, in supporting the Halifax Crafters and local creative energy.  We couldn’t do it without your help!