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East Coast Feature: Artists of the Maritimes

From the Bay of Fundy mudflats, through endless spruce vistas, to rocky kelp-rich shorelines and the mountainous plateaus of the Highlands... there is no shortage of inspiration for the local artists of the Maritimes to draw from. We wanted to showcase some of our favourite makers, our friends, colleagues and neighbours from the place we call home. Featuring eight different artists from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island...

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Meet the Artist: Bead n' Butter

Jessie Pruden, creator of Bead n’ Butter, is a Métis artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba who in the midst of a pandemic found full time success through her beading. Honouring the craft practiced by her Aunties, Jessie mixes contemporary and traditional designs, offering colourful, bold pieces made for any person, and any occasion. In only one years time, Jessie now has over ten thousand followers on Instagram and spreads positivity through her work. She identifies as a queer, disabled, Métis woman, and is deeply inspired by her friends, family, nature and her culture. We talked to Jessie about the influence of friends, reconnecting with her Indigenous heritage and the lively creative scene in Winnipeg. When did you start beading and what...

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Meet the Artist: Anto Yukon

Nature, art, soap and sustainability... Introducing: Anto Yukon. We had a chance to chat with founder Kym Rempel, a fieldworker in wilderness management and an avid hiker living near Whitehorse, YT. Using locally and sustainably foraged ingredients from the Yukon, Kym's soaps are reminiscent of the great Canadian landscapes for which they are named after. Each soap is wrapped in a small contemporary artwork by Meghan Hildebrand, a Canadian artist and former Yukon resident whose paintings are inspired by Northern landscapes.  Anto Yukon’s soaps are truly unique and bring a breath of Canada’s wildness into everyday life. 

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Meet the Artist: Stinson Studios

 Wood, whisky and whitewater canoeing. Meet the Stinson family. Stinson Studios hand-turned wood bowls grace the tables and kitchens of thousands of Canadian homes, not to mention, worldwide. The inspiration behind their artisan products is to expose the beauty of the natural world around them. We had the pleasure of exchanging question-and-answer with Joanne Stinson to find out a little bit more about how this treasured Canadian brand came about, and what keeps them going.  What is the origin of woodworking in the Stinson family? How did it all start, and how did it evolve into a multi-generation family business? Don began the business back in 1982, prior to any children, and although trained as a furniture designer, he taught himself...

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