Riverfest Elora is about more than just music. 2016 marks our fourth year for our Artisan Alley. We’ve got an incredibly diverse range of local, fascinating art vendors to vending at this year’s fest. Here they are, in alphabetical order.
The bio: Darlene Martin is a glass artist and metalsmith from Toronto who will be returning to Riverfest’s Artisan Alley for the fourth year with her Bijouxbead jewellery collections. Be sure to check out Riverfest’s very own Young Galaxy Collection – inspired by the starry skies over Bissell Park.
The goods: Pendants, necklaces, bracelets, earrings.
Looking forward to hearing: Matthew Good.
Fierce Deer Jewelery
The bio: Fierce Deer is the product of a lot of hope, bitter-sweet risks, late nights, good friends, tiny cats, and an adventurous spirit. Created by sister team Kate and Lana, Fierce Deer is handmade in a little downtown studio in Toronto, Canada. We like you just the way you are and we’re glad you are part of this journey.
The goods: Brooches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings.
Looking forward to hearing: The tunes.
The bio: Much of Heather’s work revolves around the image of the tree. Through various techniques involving glass she explores trees as cultural symbols. Her studio is now located in Elora, where she works using a kiln to alter, fuse and slump glass. Using glass enamels she also paints and etches these kiln-fired flat glasses to create two and three-dimensional works. Fun fact: She’s a long-time Riverfest volunteer. You might have caught her taking tickets at the front gate.
The goods: Glass coasters, glass scraffito drawings, sculpture, glass pendants, earrings, pins.
The bio: Bhupi Rajput, artist and owner of Henna4You, learned the art of henna while backpacking through India 20 years ago. Her work has graced the skin of over 300 brides and their guests as well as parties for all occasions. Bhupi draws upon the cultural teachings of her family, her upbringing in Africa and England, and her worldwide travels for inspiration. Henna4You prides itself on using only 100 per cent naturally grown, certified organic henna without any preservatives, additives or chemicals.
The goods: Henna.
The bio: Organic in appearance, lyrical in nature, Katie McLellan allows the medium to tell a story. Working in fabric, glass and found objects, she creates pieces which express humour and her appreciation of nature’s beauty. She uses new and reclaimed material where appropriate.
The goods: Textile wall collages, artful shoulderbags, Stuffed Dudes®.
Looking forward to hearing: All the music!
kukucaju paintings on wood
The bio: kukucaju paintings on wood offers up a candy coloured world of childhood phantasms and absurd anthropomorphism. Both sweet and soured, playful and peculiar, the kukucaju aesthetic grinds together low tech art-making with the wide-eye naïvety of a child. Taking inspiration from shadowy story telling, the spectres of childhood and all things that amuse and frighten, kukucaju draws from the often dark side of the imagination and aims to fuel the creative furnaces of young and old.
The goods: Original paintings on wood.
Prints & Needles
The bio: I started Prints & Needles while I was studying Textile Design at Sheridan College where I first learned to screen-print. I make utilitarian pieces, including bags and pouches that feature colourful, intricate screen-printed designs. The prints that I design are inspired by fairy tales, nature and pop culture, and have a bohemian aesthetic. Every item I make is designed, dyed, screen-printed and sewn by me.
The goods: hand-dyed and screen-printed cotton Wall Hangings, screen-printed cotton canvas lunch bags, screen-printed zipper pouches, patchwork pillow covers, screen-printed t-shirts and tank-tops, patchwork yoga mat bags, machine-embroidered patches.
rosbilt TinCan Banjo/Ukulele
The bio: rosbilt TinCan Banjo/Ukulele was formed as the ‘Iron Uke’ project in 2006 when Ross Stuart (the ‘ros’ in ‘rosbilt’) set out to create a virtually indestructible ukulele for travellers and campers when his own, wooden one, fell apart in the rain. The business evolved and now includes mandolins, fiddles, banjo’s and six string guitars, all made from metal and mostly re-using tin cans as resonating chambers. Originally started in the heart of downtown Toronto, the workshop is now located in the heart of beautiful Amherst Island, just outside Kingston.
The goods: Ukuleles, banjos, guitars.
The bio: We are vinylclocks.ca – a young family operation from Montreal crafting handmade clocks from authentic vinyl LP records and 45 singles of the most popular bands and artists from the 1960s to today. We create a second life for old records by turning them into decorative wall clocks that pay tribute to your favourite album. We also create customized clocks using personal photos or graphics for a truly unique, one of a kind timepiece.
The goods: Vinyl clocks, earrings, t-shirts.
Looking forward to hearing: Walk Off The Earth.
A Weed Bit Natural
The bio: A Weed Bit Natural is a family owned and operated independent eco-store specializing in hemp products, organic clothing, yoga lifestyle and green gifts. Since 1994 we have been advocates for the Canadian and global hemp
industry, supporting and promoting organic and fair trade goods. We began our journey touring with the Grateful Dead and ended up falling in love with the Elora Gorge where we decided to put down our roots. You can find us touring in our 1982 Volkwagen Vanagon at various music festivals in Ontario or our store located in Salem (Elora).
The goods: Hemp based foods, hemp based body and skin care products, organic clothing (hemp, organic cotton, bamboo, recycled silk, and yoga lifestyle clothing for men, women and children) and green gifts including incense, oils and accessories, sage and sweet grass, funky hand-made hand bags and yoga mat bags and Mayan string hammocks.
WildFlower Natural Skincare & Beauty
The bio: We at wildflower, create all natural, vegan, biodegradable, cruelty free, and paraben free products. We wish to see a world that is in tune with nature, working together to create a healthier way of life. We have a deep respect for animals and that is why all of our products are vegan and never tested on them. Not everyone has the time with all of the busy schedules to immerse themselves in nature but our wonderful and handmade products make it a little bit easier. Let yourself and your conscience relax with WildFlower.
The goods: Beauty balms, biodegradable soaps, facial sprays, salts, body scrubs, handmade makeup cases for products.
Got any artisan questions? Fire off an email to Haydn, the handy Artisan Alley coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in Bissell!