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.
Damaris Oakley of Redroom Artglass in Nanaimo fashions earrings, necklaces, bracelets and keychains out of her own lampworked glass beads and silver. www.redfireart.com
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. She cuts tree shapes out of metal discs with a tiny file and creates metal leaves using real leaves. www.mariecristine.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.
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.
Melissa Abram of Quadra Island provides us with the cutest fabric covered button hair elastics, bobby pins, hair bands and the latest addition, necklaces. They sell like crazy so I am getting new ones each month. www.melissaabram.com
I also now sell her jewellery featuring semi precious stones, silver and gold.
Urchin by Clare MacKinnon of Crofton makes small zippered bags and wallets with recycled bicycle inner tubes using 95% recycled materials and she makes the amazing seatbelt bags. www.urchinbags.com
Grant Leier who you probably know from the Barton Leier Gallery in Yellowpoint, makes paintings that will make you feel good. Sometimes we just need a reminder to "celebrate life" and "count your blessings". bartonandleiergallery.com
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
Tammy Hudgeon an accomplished artist from Gabriola Island brightens up the store with her uplifting, colorful paintings and fused glass.
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.
Faro Sullivan, Dirty Girl Clayworks of Saanich makes bowls, mugs, cups, plates and platters featuring words and stencilled designs. It probably appeals to me so much because like me she uses jellyfish, crows and bicycles.
Laura Gosnell of Trembling Aspen uses porcelain to create simple, stunning elegant dishware in white, black, aqua or celadon green. http://tremblingaspenpottery.ca/
Lilach Lotan of Nanaimo creates the most amazing porcelain light fixtures and whimsical functional art pieces such as tea pots and salt and pepper shakers. You just have to come in and see! Lilach is a TWO TIME recipient of the coveted 2010 NICHE Award as well as 2006 Emerging Artist, selected by the Ceramics Monthly magazine. One of her pieces has recently been featured in “500 Pitchers” by Lark Books, distributed worldwide. www.ceramic-art.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.
OTHER MEDIUMS IN HOME DECOR
Ted Jolda of Yellowpoint provides us with small and large handblown drinking glasses 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 platesand flat pieces mounted on wood frames. Extremely popular! https://www.facebook.com/StrangeBirdStudio
Craig Lambie of Nanaimo has been creating metal work for us since we first opened. 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 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 Rockies, Okanagan and flowers. 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. 100% recycled material. www.Christywilson.ca
2 Church Street downtown Nanaimo
Vancouver Island Canada 250-716-8989
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