Eastside Culture Crawl celebrates 20 years in Vancouver

Nov 5 2016, 2:17 pm

Written for Daily Hive by Molly Randhawa. Keep up with her @mollbabe

The 20th annual Eastside Culture Crawl will take place later in November, with more than 450 artists opening their studios to the public over four days.

The crawl has grown exponentially over the past few years, and event director Esther Rausenberg says she’s expecting the biggest turnout yet, at 76 participating venues.

“The Eastside Culture Crawl is building the capacity within the artistic community and for emerging artists to show their work alongside established artists,” she said.

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Focusing on local craftsmanship, the event shines a light on artists in East Vancouver, specifically in the area bounded by Columbia St, 1st Ave, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront.

The crawl may seem overwhelming to some, but with so many different studios and artists, Rausenberg says there is something for everyone.

Overwhelmed by all of the artists and venues? Not to worry, we’ve come up with a shortlist of artists you will not want to miss at this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl.

Jewellery: Becki Chan

Image: Becki Chan

Image: Becki Chan

Metalsmith by trade, Becki Chan is a jeweller who creates minimalistic and geometric designs with silver. With a background in architecture and sculpture, Chan’s artwork explores the use of primary forms, linear relationships, and geometrical composition. Creating stunning pieces from her studio at MakerLabs, GREY by Becki Chan offers a selection of minimalist jewellery that would pair well with any Vancouverite’s wardrobe.

Where: MakerLabs – 780 E Cordova St, Vancouver

Map Code: A2

Glass: Awesome Sauce Designs

Image: Awesome Sauce Designs

Image: Awesome Sauce Designs

Nerds unite! Corinne Leroux is a designer, illustrator, stained glass artist, and the creator of Awesome Sauce Designs. Unlike most stained glass artists, Leroux takes an unconventional approach to her designs, creating quirky and geometric designs including tributes to Doctor Who and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leroux works out of her studio at MakerLabs where she also teaches stained glass classes.

Where: MakerLabs – 780 E Cordova St, Vancouver

Map Code: A2

Paint/Woodwork: Mark Ollinger

Image: Mark Ollinger

Image: Mark Ollinger

Multi-faceted with his work, Mark Ollinger is a painter, sculptor, and woodworker. Deconstructing the ways humans communicate and exploring how fundamental frameworks shape our personal experiences, Ollinger’s artwork showcases life and experiences in the third dimension. The artist creates installations, paintings, and wood sculptures at ACME Studios.

Where: ACME Studios – #210 112 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Map Code: B17

Furniture/Sculpture: Kathryn Miller

Image: Kathryn Miller

Image: Kathryn Miller

Kathryn Miller uses local species of wood (such as birch, walnut, and maple) to create intricate and elegant designs. After always having a compulsion to build furniture, Miller took a course and she designed her first jewellery cabinet. Her deceptively simple design offers much more complexity when opened, offering space for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and all things jewellery. Miller works out of her studio at MakerLabs.

Where: MakerLabs – 780 E Cordova St, Vancouver

Map Code: A2

Leatherwork: B.B Gun Leather

Image: BB Gun Leather

Image: B.B. Gun Leather

Spencer Baker and Dustin Bentall are leather workers who make handmade products such as fashion accessories, wallets, and even small pieces of luggage. Dedicated to their craft, all products are made to showcase the artistry behind their unmatched quality. B.B Gun products represent unparalleled quality in construction and material, outstanding durability, and sustainability. The duo works out of their studio on Keefer Street.

Where: B.B Gun Leather – 1133 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Map Code: C2

The Eastside Culture Crawl aims to showcase local craft makers in their element.

“The public is intrigued by the way artists use space,” says Rausenberg. “I think that the public just wants to have that conversation with the artist.”

There will also be food trucks and craft beer on tap, so get on your bikes, grab some friends and check out the crawl!

Eastside Culture Crawl

Where: Multiple venues across East Vancouver

When: November 17 to November 20

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