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Propellor Design Studio finds refuge in the quiet and greenery of Strathcona

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 03, 2014 8:35 am

After graduating from Emily Carr, Toby Barratt, Pamela Goddard and Nik Rust found themselves drawn together into a collective art space near Main and Hastings. That was in 1996, now almost 19 years later and they are still working together in the Propellor design studio in Strathcona.

Their multi-disciplinary studio and workspace is an evolving work in their journey as artists and the evolution of the happiness. After moving to a few studios over the years and facing the ever looming threat of renovictions and the threat of condos taking over, the trio has finally found a home. Partnered with Creative Director, Sebastian Curadeau, their current location has promise of a long future with great possibilities.

They were drawn to Strathcona for its ability to provide light industrial zones within quiet greenery and park spaces. The combination of parks, residential and the school playground across the street provide a tranquil yet vibrant energy to the area.

The pieces created are commonly for architects and designers spanning a broad range of disciplines from lighting and furniture design to spatial design and sculpture. Their works have been part of large form exhibits in the Vancouver Art Gallery and can be found in a number of the Lower Mainland’s most luxurious homes and even in the Queen Elizabeth Theater.

Their work space is littered with a number of bicycles, both functional and not. Each of them make the daily commute to the studio using local bike trails and keeping their carbon footprint in check. It is also an area they take great consideration in regards to the materials they use for their pieces.

They will be joining many artisans and businesses of Strathcona for the Made in Strathcona Tours.

The Made in Strathcona tours will encompass four unique categories of tours hosted on two days, between 1 to 3 p.m. Following the afternoon tours the Strathcona Business Improvement Association invites the public to enjoy some of the best food and beverage companies and meet some of the residing businesses from the area at The Settlement Building for a reception.

On Saturday, May 31, the tours showcased Strathcona’s manufacturing companies and the city’s hidden gems, including:

  • Boardroom ECO Apparel
  • Special Screencraft Printers
  • YEW Woodshop
  • The Vinegar Factory
  • Wiens Studios
  • Shop Wrong

On June 7, The Made in Strathcona Tours incorporate the themes of Food, Catering and Creative, showcasing local businesses including:

  • A.G.R.O. Roasters
  • The Butler Did It Catering Co.
  • Pacific Restaurant Supply
  • Propellor Design
  • Eclipse Awards
  • Christine Lingerie

Visit for more information about the Made in Strathcona tour dates, businesses participating and spaces available for lease in the Strathcona neighbourhood. Use the promo code BLOGGERS50 and get tickets for just $5.

To get tickets, visit


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Image provided by Propellor


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


Photograph by Angie Holubowich @angholu


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