It is the mother of all holiday craft fairs: the Circle Craft Christmas Market is preparing to welcome more than 300 artisans at the West Convention Center from Thursday to Monday (November 7 to 11). Among this year’s offerings are an array of vendors whose designs bring a bit of the artisan nation to your home. Here are some of our favorite home decor and household items from this year.
Sisters Fish Eye
Contemporary quilting makes a quirky shift to sleek interiors in the hands of this craftsman from Huntsville, Ontario. Jen Manuell hand-sews pillows and blankets from Japanese cottons and overdyed wool flannel, mixing colors and shapes in new and striking ways. Check out her Brooke Avenue collection, rich in teals, royal blues and turquoise, and perfect for a living room with grays, taupes or whites.
Rachael Kroeker Ceramic
The young Winnipeg artist specializes in a unique marbled effect that resembles a swirl of smoke. She has designed a range of shot glass and tumbler sizes that are as practical for whiskey as they are for espresso. And look for her pendant light designs, made with the same technique of mixing black and white briefs, ensuring that no two pieces are alike.
The smooth, tactile bowls of the artist from Revelstoke look like ceramic from a distance, but they are in fact the product of painstaking woodturning. We love its milk-painted bowls in firm blue, with waxed bee birch or maple designs inside. The bowls are all made from reclaimed and reclaimed wood.
The sinuous lighting of the Quebec team of husband and wife Serge Tardif and Nathalie Morin brings a little texture, warm color and natural wood to rooms that seem harsh. Pendant lights and accent table lamps are in cherry, maple, or walnut that have been rolled up like paper to create spiral shapes that cast quaint shadows across the room.
Light + Paper
Decorate the hallways with some of the artfully cool decorations by Toronto artist Ali Harrison, finely cut from paper or laser cut from wood. Its Ornate Advent Calendar will amaze whoever you give it to: each little red door reveals a new laser-cut birch design. You can buy larger ornaments separately; we love the donut and the coffee, the raccoon and the trash and, of course, the adapted bikes in vancouver.