A Letter to the Readers of Maker's Magazine

Nestled in the top-floor studio of a floating home on the Fraser River, Ladner-based artist Kelsie Grazier paints abstract work rooted in gesture and intuitive mark-making. She arrives at the canvas without a plan, allowing her thoughts and hands to guide the way. Kelsie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a teaching degree in Secondary Art Education, and a Master of Deaf Education. As Kelsie sits and shares bits of her journey, it brings a deeper understanding of her work and how movement flows through every mark—little delights contrasted with significant life shifts—from the sun setting over the river, to navigating life after suddenly becoming deaf.

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5 Tundra Picture Books to Gift the Kid in Your Life

Brush your teeth, jump into your jammies, and gather around for storytime! These endearing picture books will take you on a quest through the big open sky, the dark corners of your bedroom, and a little village built of felt. They will gently remind you what it’s like to feel wonder, companionship, gratitude, fear, and triumph. The powerful visuals and clever lessons tucked away on each page will make these picture books a classic addition to your bedtime favourites.

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Art & Long Distance: An Interview with One of a Kind Vendor Calica Studio

We share in One of a Kind’s belief that craft can enrich our lives, and that human creativity and self-expression are worth celebrating. We’re proud to continue supporting them as they champion creativity and further the culture of craft here in Canada.

In anticipation of the One of a Kind winter event kicking off this week, we’re showcasing some of the incredible vendors you’ll find at the show. Browse last week’s Gift Guide, read yesterday’s interview with Tony Taylor, and join us today for our interview with Rebecca Horwitz and Meghan Macdonald, the creative duo behind Calica Studio.

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The Queen is a Corgi: An Interview with One of a Kind Vendor Tony Taylor

We share in One of a Kind’s belief that craft can enrich our lives, and that human creativity and self-expression are worth celebrating. We’re proud to continue supporting them as they champion creativity and further the culture of craft here in Canada.

In anticipation of the One of a Kind winter event kicking off this week, we’re showcasing some of the incredible vendors you’ll find at the show. Browse last week’s Gift Guide, and join us today for our interview with Toronto-based oil painter, Tony Taylor.

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Shop Handmade This Holiday at Toronto's One of a Kind Show

We share in One of a Kind’s belief that craft can enrich our lives, and that human creativity and self-expression are worth celebrating. Craft has played a large part in our history, and the recent surge in supporting handmade brands suggest it will remain an important part of our future too. When you shop small and handmade it helps local communities self-sustain and flourish with diverse product and perspectives. When you shop small and handmade it welcomes intentional and unique objects into your life, all the while you directly support someone’s livelihood and dream.

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Translating White Noise with Kelsie Grazier

Nestled in the top-floor studio of a floating home on the Fraser River, Ladner-based artist Kelsie Grazier paints abstract work rooted in gesture and intuitive mark-making. She arrives at the canvas without a plan, allowing her thoughts and hands to guide the way. Kelsie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a teaching degree in Secondary Art Education, and a Master of Deaf Education. As Kelsie sits and shares bits of her journey, it brings a deeper understanding of her work and how movement flows through every mark—little delights contrasted with significant life shifts—from the sun setting over the river, to navigating life after suddenly becoming deaf.

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Colourful Chaos: An Interview with Emma Rssx

Emma Rssx is a visual artist originally from France. Her work - spoken through painting, drawing, writing, photography and moving images - is an invitation to contemplate the intricacies of the world. To get lost amidst the chaos of her mind. To look, stare, and escape, out of time. A place where colours are made salient by the surrounding darkness, where disorder expands, untamed.

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Art is a Relationship with Oneself

Nina Klein is an oil painter who explores figures and portraits. She’s inspired by Egon Schiele’s emotional drawings of women, and Picasso’s bravery to boldly create art that was very different from all that came before him. Through simple line work, solid silhouettes, and pastel gradients, Nina explores themes of the self, movement, balance, and femininity.

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Scars as Art: An Interview with Tattoo Artist Andi Fitzpatrick

Andi Fitzpatrick is a tattoo artist at Envision Tattoo in Grand Terrace, Southern California. She specializes in what’s called a neo-traditional style. The traditional tattoo style includes bold lines and a balanced ratio of black, red, green, and gold as its primary colour palette. Andi uses varied thicknesses of line, and a broader colour palette adding a new dimension of depth, and modern artistry while utilizing the historical tradition of tattooing techniques as a background.

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Beauty Can Be Found While Lying on the Floor

Sarah Perez is a Sacramento-based metal artist who creates sculptural mobiles and wall hangings from brass sheet and tubing. She runs her business, Electric Sun Creatives, from her home studio in Sacramento’s Warehouse Artist Lofts. Sarah’s work is inspired by the shapes and beauty surrounding her, and Alexander Calder, the father of kinetic sculpture.

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Change From Within: Using Textile Art to Challenge the Textile Industry

Working anywhere from 15cm to 450cm in length, Vanessa creates intricate ecosystems of colour and texture that immediately draw you in. The layered fringes and clusters of bubbly coral feel lively and fun, and you can effortlessly imagine them swaying deep beneath the ocean’s surface. Though playful, Vanessa’s work urges us to reflect on the well-being of our planet, and how our actions impact vulnerable ecosystems.

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Thoughts on Sponsored Content

I’ll be honest with you:

I only post content I care about.
I care about what you think.

I admire people who can say IDGAF and actually mean it, but if I’m being real, I care about what you think. My mission is to tell stories through art and design in hopes that you feel something—inspired, hopeful, nostalgic, empathetic, less alone… I want you to find value in the content that I share.

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