Shiny Fuzzy Muddy unites local artists, designers and makers 12th annual show planned for December 12 – 13th at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, BC
At Christmas, our consumerism seems to be at its highest. It’s when we spend too much time standing in malls, purchasing gifts in volumes, and not even considering the human or environmental impact of these seemingly throw away items. By purchasing directly from the artist or the maker, we can better connect with the story of who made our gifts, which makes for a more meaningful exchange.
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, www.shinyfuzzymuddy.com, an annual curated collection of Vancouver’s fine art, craft and design, is now in the 12th year of events. The show continues to bring the Slow Fashion movement, high quality design and eco-friendly wares to the people. Taking place at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, in Vancouver, BC on December 12th and the 13th, this collaborative event creates space for more than 25 local artists to meet and share their passion in an intimate “design-fair” environment that opposes large mass-produced products.
“Our designers really epitomize the Slow Fashion movement and not just with clothing, but with art and jewelry and house wares,” say Frances Dickinson, one of four Shiny Fuzzy Muddy founders. “All our curated artists focus on quality craftsmanship and professionalism. This focus really reflects on the creations and the experience that is a part of Shiny Fuzzy Muddy.”
Vendors showing at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy include: Vancouver based artists: Christina Norberg, Daub + Design, Him Creations, Westerly Handmade Shoes and Heather Konschuh Glass; East Vancouver: heyday design, Winterluxe, Adhesif Clothing Company, flight path designs, Bronsino, BPA Metalcraft and Holly Cruise; North Vancouver: TOODLEBUNNY, Arleigh Wood and dahlhaus; West Vancouver: Identity Tees & Home; Burnaby: Joanna Lovett Sterling; Abbotsford: Cathy Terepocki Ceramics; Saltspring Island: Monster Lab and Julie MacKinnon Ceramics; Surrey: Red Pot Pottery and Zed Handmade; Squamish: Caroline Miller Design, Pemberton: LUprints; Parksville: Loden; Nelson: Dear Pony and Canmore, AB: kari woo contemporary art jewellery.
Admission is $2.00 per person and funds are earmarked for an Emerging Artists Scholarship that will help a new artist join the 2016 event. The 2014 Emerging Artist Scholarship winner, Westerly Handmade Shoes www.westerlyhandmadeshoes.com, will be featured at this year’s Shiny Fuzzy Muddy. Hand crafted in East Vancouver, Westerly Handmade Shoes lovingly creates customized shoes for the foot that will actually be wearing them. Westerly Handmade Shoes really embraces the craft of traditional shoe making, which has seemingly disappeared with mass production.
About Shiny Fuzzy Muddy:
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy formed in 2003 as a non-profit collective to create events and to bring art to the people. The group’s four core members and local makers, Janna Hurtzig, Kari Woo, Arleigh Wood and Frances Dickinson, annually plan the SHINYFUZZYMUDDY show, which annually takes place the second weekend in December at Heritage Hall. With an effort made to seek out new artists, up to twenty five guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main St. location. The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship and material sensibility.