A long-time supporter and lover of craft and design, this Crafter knows where the heart is! Not only does Chantal Doak create unique and functional work, but she also contributes to the ‘behind the scene’ engine of The Halifax Crafters Society. She hits the mark when describing the energy and joy for both vendors and market goers at a Halifax Crafter event. Each one knowing the true value and beauty of quality handcrafted work. But don’t just take my word for it – April 5 & 6th – see you there!
What do you make?
I make a variety of things, but am currently creating hand woven repurposed fabric baskets, crocheted rugs and hand dyed wool cowls.
How long have you been a crafter?
I started participating and helping out with the Halifax crafters in 2008, back when we used to have shows at the North St. Church.
What is your background & how did you get started?
I started out by studying fashion design at George Brown College in Toronto. Before completing the program I decided to switch to Sheridan Institute of advanced learning and technology to pursue textiles. Upon graduating from the Craft and Design program in 2008, I moved to the east coast to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating in 2011.
Why do you do the work you do?
Making for me is a way to calm down, relax and unwind from a days work; it gives my hands something to do while my mind has the freedom to wander. I’ve always been drawn to textiles because I find there is something inherently warm and comforting about the tactile and malleable nature of fibres.
When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?
I primarily sell at the Crafters Markets. Although I did just start an Etsy shop where my baskets and rugs will be available.
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?
It’s professional and has a great following while still remaining approachable and community oriented. It provides great opportunities for local makers without breaking the bank and you don’t have to be part of a guild to participate. Due to all these perks I feel that the vendors and the crowd come with an uplifting and joyous attitude that makes for a fun and pleasurable weekend.
What are you excited about seeing at the Spring Market?
Some colorful ceramics by Forage Studios, beautiful scents from Osha Mae Soap, the newest quirky creations from Woodland Wool and Alana Wilson from fresh catch! Oh and of course I’ll have to stock up on my sea turtles chocolates from Coco and Honey……
What inspires you to create?
My initial desire to create normally comes from a personal want that I have. For example, if I want a new crocheted rug, then I’ll research how to make it and make one first for me and then if it’s successful, for everyone else.
An artwork or artist you love?
Some of my most influential artists are Kai Chan, Sandra Brownlee, Eva Hesse and Shelia Hicks.
Three things you need in order to create?
1. A double Americano with soy cream
3. Comfortable clothes and slippers.
A favorite quote?
“I thus work to achieve an understanding that product and process emerge as the essence of living a life” – Kai Chan
A book you love?
One hundred years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez.
What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Cleaning, doing laundry and day dreaming!