Tobias has been a working artisan for over 40 years. Some of his ceramics instructors include Harlen House, Hal Regar, Jack Surs, Marylin Levine, Roy Kiyooka, Santo Mignosa and Léopold Foulem.
Tobias also weaves, fuses dichroic glass, produces torch-work beads, and creates sterling jewelry. He has taken courses in “Hollowware” in London, UK, and Canadian metalsmith Crys Harse. Tobias has taken repoussé classes with Valentine Yotkov of New York, and Nancy Corwin of Calgary, as well as several local instructors in silver jewelry. His degree in Fine Arts was a major in Printmaking, and a minor in Ceramics.
Several years ago, Tobias discovered that his great-grandmother had Chickasaw Cherokee roots, and he has been exploring his First Nations heritage through his art. Much of his work reflects; ceremonial, medicinal, herbal, and food plants Chickasaw Nation, including traditional and historic depictions from the medicine wheel to sacred motifs symbols like the World Weaver Spider, Weeping Man.
Tobias has always been interested in textiles, the use of natural fibres and plants used for dyes. He has raised sheep, sheared wool, spun, and created woven material from “scratch to finish”. Today, the main fibres used are rayon, silk, linen, cotton, viscose, and rayon chenille. With these, rugs, shawls, and scarves are lovingly made. Colour and texture, forms and function, this is the historical essence of humanity and craft history, as well as ingenuity combined with practicality. Like the myth of the girl, the womyn, and the crone, weaving the threads of Life.
Hardwoods include walnut, cherry, western and fiddleback maple, Garry oak, arbutus, sapele, and purple heart. Several species are often integrated into a herringbone pattern on the lid. Many of Dean’s boxes have adjustable or lift-out trays. They are lined with felt, signed on the base, and come with their own padded, protective bag.
Krys incorporates leather into many of her bags. Adjustable straps and well-designed pockets are important. The travel bag, for instance, has 12 pockets including one designed for a water bottle. This bag is made from water repellant microfiber which is also machine washable.
Krys and Dean both do custom work. Dean, for example, had made a box featuring a bagpiper inlay on the lid. Krys has often sewn a bag in the customer’s own family tartan. A selection of her tartan bags is on display at Freedom Kilts in Fernwood, Victoria, and also at the Caledonian distillery. These bags feature registered tartans and the design elements come from kilts and sporrans.
In 2017, you can find us at the following venues;
May 20-22: Victoria Highland Games, Topaz Park
June thru Sept: Occasional Saturday markets on Pender Island; Sunday market at Bastion Square, Victoria
July 1: Gorge on Art
Nov 24-26: Out of Hand, Victoria Conference Centre
Dec 1-3: Touch of Saltspring, Panorama Centre, Sidney.
We also sell our products from our two locations on Pender Island and in Victoria. We’re open to our customer’s wishes, whether wholesale orders or custom work. For boxes, contact Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org. For bags, contact Krys at email@example.com.
As a child growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Deb Thurlbeck was continuously surrounded by art and music. With creativity and inspiration drawn from her family and her big brother and mentor Ken, a successful and award winning New York photographer/commercial artist, there was no shortage of innovative vision in the Thurlbeck household.
As a young woman, Deb attended the Winnipeg School of Art and spent many hours drawing and painting in oils and acrylics. Drawn by the call of the West, she moved to the rugged interior of Northern British Columbia. Deb now calls beautiful Vancouver Island home.
Over the years, Deb has enjoyed travelling and sharing her artistic visions though painting, photography, cake decoration and costuming. The combination of her talents focused through the medium of hardened fabric has resulted in a variety of spectacular creations.
Her works, created with non-toxic fabric hardener and repurposed natural fibres, can be broadly classified as home and office décor with a number of pieces well suited to accent outdoor gardens and landscaping. From wine collars to figurines and statuettes, Deb’s creations range from elegant to playful – each detailed and unique. Many pieces are inspired by beauty of the West Coast and often include natural items such as driftwood and sea glass.
Textile artist, Judy Seeley, has worked with fabric most of her life. Leaving behind a career as a professional corporate librarian in 1995, Judy realized her dream of creating fabric and designing clothing by attending Capilano College and completing a 2-year diploma in Textile Arts.
Since her move to Victoria in 1997 Judy has focussed on designing one-of-a-kind, “faux chenille” wearable art. She has found that using rayon creates sensually textured clothing that drapes beautifully. Her designs flatter all figures. After unveiling her creations at the “Out of Hand” craft show in Victoria in 1998, her Victoria clients have been able to purchase her wearable art by appointment or through the “Exclusively Yours” fashion shows.
Stores retailing the “Studio Jude” label are located in Napa Valley, Pacific Grove (by Carmel) California, and Tucson, Arizona.
Contact Judy if your store would like to represent “Studio Jude” and you would like her to send images of her work.