Toque 2010

Print and Paper

Western Front Annual Craft Sale
@ The Western Front Luxe Hall
December 3, 2010: 6pm - 9pm
December 4, 2010: 11am - 4pm

Another Fun Crafty Thing!


Shop til you drop! Vancouver’s One of a Kind show & sale happens the very next weekend after Toque!

This holiday find everything you need under one roof at the One of a Kind Show and Sale. 250 of North America’s most talented artists & designers will showcase unique gift ideas for everyone on your list.

December 9-12, 2010 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Other Fun Crafty Things!

Still shopping after Toque? So many crafts & goodies for sale year-round at the Circle Craft Co-op Shop & Gallery @ Granville Island!

Circle Craft


Delicious holiday pastries by hattyCAKE will be available 11am - 4pm on Saturday December 4.

Collage Collage

Collage Collage offers the finest selection of art supplies for children + families. You may also want to take home a hand made toy or artist project made especially for the store. Stop in and read a book, draw and explore our space.

Safe Amplification Site Society

The Safe Amplification Site Society is a non-profit society dedicated to establishing a permanent all-ages space for music and other arts events in Vancouver.

Printed Matter, Inc.

Printed Matter is the world”s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. Founded as a for-profit alternative arts space in 1976 by artists and artworkers, Printed Matter reincorporated in 1978 to become the independent non-profit organization that it is today. Originally situated in Tribeca, Printed Matter moved to SoHo in 1989 where for twelve years the book displays and artists’ projects in the large storefront windows contributed to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the neighborhood. In 2001 Printed Matter relocated to Chelsea, where it continued to foreground the book as an alternative venue - or artistic medium - for artists’ projects and ideas. Finally, in December of 2005 Printed Matter moved into our current storefront location in Chelsea with big windows and greatly increased display and exhibition space. Recognized for years as an essential voice in the increasingly diversified art world conversations and debates, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art.

In many cases, Printed Matter is the only outlet for artists whose work is not commercially viable, and oftentimes the first outlet for emerging artists who are just beginning to explore the medium. Printed Matter has always sought to provide a forum for critical engagement with the issues and discussions unique to the field of artists’ books and to forge a connection between this field and other contemporary art practices as well as with the social and political world that contains and affects all art production. Printed Matter”s programming supports the mission of the organization by deepening and broadening the public’s understanding of artists” publications and by offering individual artists, or groups of artists, greater public exposure.

Thistle Town

Way back in the forest, up the creek a ways, if you follow the path and know where to look, you’ll find the town of Thistle. Thistle Town’s full of animals of all shapes and sizes - the Little Ones and Big Ones get along just fine - and everyday the population may be different.

Yoy may ask yourself how I know this - Well - I stumbled onto Thistle Town myself one day, and I liked it so much I set up my studio here. What’s not to like: clean air, ocean breezes, mountain vistas, and a never ending cast of critter companions. I’d been stumbling through The City before now, making things in between The Education in Fine Art and The Jobs To Pay The Bills, and I figured it was round about time to stop stumbling. The animals got used to me pretty quickly; maybe it’s because, as a Littlebear that is Claire, I fit right in.

All the animals (and anything else that winds up in this shop) are designed and sewn by me here in my little Chinatown studio.
I pride myself on the high level of craftsmanship that goes into each one of my items. Each Little One or Big One of Thistle Town is named and no two will EVER be the exact same. That’s part of the fun, you see. Your one of a kind plush will arrive with a name tag listing something it likes.

Simply Read Books

Our approach to illustrated children’s books follows the finest publishing tradition and spirit with inspired content, extraordinary artwork, outstanding graphic design form, and quality production. We introduce contemporary books with
a modern appeal and fresh outlook, and offer a careful selection of timeless stories that link the past with the present.

Simply Read Books’ commitment to excellence has succeeded in awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), IPPY, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Alcuin Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), ForeWord Magazine, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Ontario Arts Foundation, the BC Book Prizes, and the Canadian Toy Testing Council.

Penelope Brown

Penelope Brown is founded by the Vancouver based artist Natasha McHardy, who has exhibited her works internationally and received a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia.

Her original Penelope Brown line of handmade prints appeals to fun-loving and discerning collectors of all ages. It is inspired by children’s folk toys, modern fabric prints, pop art, and all things bright and colourful.

To see how the printmaking process unfolds check out my first Penelopebrown video at

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