What You Will Find at Artzi Stuff
The work by over 65 artists is forever changing here at Artzi Stuff. You can always count on finding out of the ordinary well made gifts and items for yourself.
Ellen of Willow Shack Studio uses silver spoons and silver plated serving trays to make rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
Metal Ice from Nanaimo who, like me started in 1996, make pewter pendants on adjustable cords featuring all kinds of sports, animals and words such as wisdom, dream, spirit, friend. www.metalice.com Look at the website to see what is available. I have lots in stock but can also get multiples if you need.
Windy Tree Designs necklaces, earrings and framed art pieces are made from fallen arbutus branches. http://windytreeartisan.ca/designs.html
Keeping Afloat of Errington makes a wide varety of fun priced jewellery using silver spoons, glass fishing floats, rocks, silver, abalone shelland pennies. You have to come and have a look. www.keepingafloat.ca
Marie Cristine jewllery from Campbell River is my new favourite. Cristine's organic jewellery features semi precious stones, silver and copper, sometimes oxidized.
Melissa Abram of Quadra Island provides us with jewellery featuring delicate semi precious stones, silver and gold. www.melissaabram.com
Adina Monson of Mystic Island jewellery uses glass beads, semi precious stones and pearls to create necklaces which each come with a whimsical name.
Black Drop jewelery by Jade Pellerin features her own photos on acrylic earrings and necklaces. A perennial favourite.
Raven's Rest by Jennifer Conway upcycles glass tiles, scrabble tiles and more to create earrings, necklaces, magnets, key chains.
Pachena Coastal Clothing is bamboo clothing screen printed by Nadia in Nanaimo. The line includes super cosy hoodles, tights, tops, scarves, skirts, dresses. Also T shirts for men, women and children and baby onesies. https://www.facebook.com/pachenacoastalclothing/
Dana Pennington (DCP Designs) of Saltspring Island makes hats and bags using cotton, leather and waterproof "pleather". I know how to sew and am pretty fussy and these hats and bags exceed my expectations. www.dcpdesigns.com
April Laurie of Nanaimo creates Dancing Yarn scarves and bracelets. I have to name drop and let you know Courtney Love of Hole bought two of the multi-strand scarves off etsy as well as Canadian singer Kinnie Starr.
Artzi Stuff silk scarves made by me, Tanya. There are usually at least 40 to choose from. I try to create the hot colors for each season but also the enduring favorites and there are usually a few spring colors around in winter and vice versa so you are sure to find a color that suits you best. Each scarf is hand dyed and printed using stencilling, block printing and screen printing. At times I use natural dyes like madder, cochineal and logwood. Sometimes custom orders can be accommodated. I also make printed bamboo T-shirts for women and a few for men.
Urchin by Clare MacKinnon of Crofton makes small zippered bags and wallets with recycled bicycle inner tubes using 95% recycled materials. www.urchinbags.com
Eunmi Conacher paints in bold bright acrylic depicting street scenes, kayaks, landscapes, trees and animals. She is truly a favourite amonst customers.
Carole Reid of Nanaimo creates amazing paintings on wood and canvas that feature scratching, layers of paint, and sometimes found objects. Hard to describe but easy to love. http://carolereidartist.blogspot.ca/p/2012.html
Suzanne Chatwin of Nanaimo combines her study of anthropology and art in her framed serigraphs, intaglio prints and mixed media. Very interesting! Make sure you get something before she's too famous.
April Lacheur, former Islander now living in Maple Ridge, paints whimsical, uplifting trees, birds, flowers and scenes. We carry her cards, calendars and matted prints. www.yapespaints.com
Christy Wilson of Gabriola Island paints whimsical hearts and birds and more on wood and canvas and produces 100% recycled paper cards and calendars as well. ChristyWilson.ca
Mia Tremblay of Nanaimo makes the most wonderful sculptures out of found treasures and paints with acrylic and encaustic.
Caroline James also works under the name of Sanctuary Peaceworks and makes mixed media works on wood featuring words like Peace, Imagine, Believe.
Marci Leighton paints flowers directly on barn wood sourced from her property in Nanaimo.
Faro Sullivan, Dirty Girl Clayworks of Saanich makes bowls, mugs, cups, plates and platters featuring words and stencilled designs like bicycles and bears.
Laura Gosnell of Trembling Aspen uses porcelain to create simple, stunning elegant dishware in white and aqua. http://tremblingaspenpottery.ca/
Krista Winter of Protection Island makes small ceramic works of art that simply serve to amuse and delight. She has several fans who collect her imaginative pieces and drop in regularly to see what is new.
Julie McMath DISH pottery of Campbell river makes functional mugs, bowls, spoon rests, garlic graters, honey pots and more using purple, cream and green custom mixed glazes. https://www.facebook.com/DishPottery
OTHER MEDIUMS IN HOME DECOR
Ted Jolda of Yellowpoint provides us with small and large hand blown drinking glasses, pear, apple, fig, ladybug and curling rock ornaments and perfume bottles. www.tedjolda.com
Margot Page of Duncan has 40 years of experience enamelling on steel. She applies the enamelled steel to vases and books and makes bookmarks, brooches (pins) and magnets. www.margotpage.com
Katherine Moore of Nanaimo makes small and medium sized fused glass including shaped ones like bowls and plates and flat pieces mounted on wood frames. Extremely popular! https://www.facebook.com/StrangeBirdStudio
Josh of Macklem Design and Metalwork creates plasma cut metal art such as trees, fish, insects and birds. This is consistently one of the most popular items in the store. It is a modern medium that both men and women like.
April Lacheur aka Yapes Paints provides us with cards, prints, wood ornaments and calendars. Her work seems to appeal to almost everyone and is a safe bet for a gift. www.yapespaints.com
Christine Reimer's cards feature her acrylic paintings primarily of West Coast scenes but also the Rocky Mountains and Okanagan. www.christinereimer.ca
Raven's Rest We have Jennifer's hilarious cards and magnets.
Valerie Gilbert makes stunning iris folded cards using papers from around the world.
Christy Wilson's cards feature her whimsical paintings and uplifting messages
using 100% recycled material. www.Christywilson.ca
2 Church Street downtown Nanaimo
Vancouver Island Canada 250-716-8989
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