Local artist – Robert Chaplincame into my Gastown store soon after I opened. Since then he has brought me much delight with his humour and unusual work. He has just opened a little shop on the corner of Cordova and Carrall street where he is showing his snowflake serieswww.royalcanadiansnowflake.com where you can sponsor a snowflake! Give it a name!!! Robert is a frequent visitor on the Fanny Kiefer show on Shaw. I have always carried Robert’s books. At $20 each these signed editions are a delight for adults and children.
We are on the brink of the Maiwa Symposium where every second year we are given the opportunity of meeting amazing artists, writers, and doers from around the world, going to workshops, lectures, shows, and events. It is an extravaganza that goes on for some months! I have taken the opportunity of having two shows in the store insprired by the Maiwa events. The first one starting mid-September will show ‘contemporary head-dresses’ from Jools Elphick who I met when I was staying in Brighton in 2003. Jools’ hats are machine and hand knitted, and explore head-wear inspired by many cultures.
OLEANA blankets will be shown at the end of September at theIDSWest show. Very exciting!
For the past four months Mieka has been working in URBANITY. She took the helm last week and gave me the opportunity of taking some days to tidy up my house – which looks like a home now instead of a waste-paper basket! Mieka is a student at UBC and has been given the opportunity of having a role in the Model UN conference being hosted by the University in March 2012. So, although she will be in for a couple of weekends in September, she has started a new path.
We are being asked when we will begin to have autumn collections in the store. They are on their way, and I expect that by Jools’ exhibition we will have made the transition. I love it when the woolies take over, though have to admit, this year, I have wanted summer to really play itself out. We still have some linens that are great for fall transition.