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Artist Profile of the Month
Tim is from Victoria B.C. and is a member of the local Island Woodturners Guild. After retiring from a career in oceanography, he has spent many hours in his shop exploring his passion for woodturning. Classes with well known woodturners have expanded his pallet of techniques.
Tim draws his inspiration from living and working in the coastal environment. He creates turnings that have wonderful shape, texture and patterns. He loves to work with burls and wood with extravagant grain. Tim’s passion for patterns leads him to create pieces influenced by nature. Simple spheres become worlds inhabited by his imagination. Green wood, turned thin, bends with it’s own forces as it dries, in a collaboration with nature. He also creates beautiful bowls and platters from a variety of native woods. A fine craftsman, all of Tim’s turnings have a wonderful feel in your hand.
Tim’s enthusiasm for the world of woodturning is constantly fuelled by the challenges of shape and technique and the sharing of ideas with other woodturners.
Island Artisans Member Catalogue
check out Island Artisans Association catalogue of Fine Craft based Artist members. Including images and contact information for each individual member.
Our membership spans the geographic area of Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands.
Our New IAA Logo!
The final vote to select our new logo was held at our February Meeting. Combining the proxy votes and the votes from the Feb. meeting, because the 3 choices were all so attractive, the vote was close!
ISLAND ARTISANS ASSOCIATION, FOR FINE CRAFT ARTISTS
You are all invited to attend
Island Artisans Association’s
Tuesday, February 6th meeting
Cedar Hill Recreation Centre (Arts I Room) 7:00pm
Market Mania – Making Sense of Markets 2018
Presented by Tracy Yerrell
Tracy will be presenting a brief overview of the upcoming markets for 2018. The who, when & where of 2018. When to book, who to talk to and if they are the right market for you & your product.
Hello…I’m an Eco Designer. I am very concerned about the waste that is produced everyday by the fashion & clothing industry.
After a career as a corporate designer it became more & more important to me to create a business model that would include using materials that are reclaimed, recycled & re-purposed.
So I started Bat-Fish Studio. I focus on sourcing post consumer materials often bound for landfills, which means I work with a wide range of mediums. From bicycle inner tubes, industrial rubber, upholstery samples, leather & textile off cuts, l use these components as a creative starting point. To me sustainable design has become a way of life, by designing a line of reclaimed clothing (The Fused Line ) & accessories, I can create products that become examples of innovative thinking. I also try to incorporate other effects to give a richer dimension such as silk screening & fabric manipulation. I’m constantly striving to come up with new & creative ideas that use unconventional materials in a original & inventive ways, this results in unique, one of a kind finished pieces.
I also teach creativity workshops: these are a line of classes that focus on using unconventional & re-purposed materials. Designed to be fun & user friendly, they are a great way to experience hands on creative up-cycling! Change is not always made through “big” changes but by the small focused efforts made at a local level, day to day. Innovation & creative thought can make a difference, by following a new way of thinking, turning waste into something beautiful and useful for every day life.
Bat-Fish Studio – Masters of Creative Alchemy- Forging new concepts in the world of up-cycling.
Peggy mostly makes fine craft jewellery; however, she sometimes makes stained and fused glass panels and often lamp-worked glass beads as adjuncts for her jewellery.