September 24th, 2013
If you missed her in June, you’re in for a treat! Squamish artist, Karen Yaremkewich will be our Artist in the Window again this Saturday. Karen founded Endure Upcycled Designs in 2010 and makes one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly pieces sourced from reclaimed fabrics and clothing found at thrift stores.
With a passion for creating costume pieces, Karen has made items for special events, art galleries, and unique shops, focusing on locations within a hundred mile radius of Squamish. At Bird on a Wire, we feature her handmade buntings made from burlap coffee bags, Squamish’s very own Galileo Coffee Company’s burlap coffee bags to be specific! Her buntings have a variety of messages on them perfect for the home or a wedding. She also makes adorable aprons, bow ties, mirrors, and other great pieces from recycled materials!
If you have an event coming up, or are looking for that unique touch to a space, be sure to join us at our store location, 2535 Main Street, from 11 am – 4 pm this Saturday, September 28th, to see some of the great items Karen has made as well as learn how to repurpose some items of your own!
On Facebook? LIKE Endure Upcycled Designs to keep up to date with Karen!
September 19th, 2013
Bird on the Wire won 2nd place in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2013 Best Sustainable Goods/Gift Store! It seems we’re on a roll, because this is the 3rd year in a row we have been able to carry this title!
Thank you to all of our patrons and to those of you who voted. We truly could not have received such an honour without you!
If you’re curious to know who else won what, take a look at the list of winners online, or pick up a copy of the Straight today!
September 16th, 2013
These dolls could not be any sweeter! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the creator of Rice Babies, Kellie Diguangco, this Saturday as part of our Artist in the Window series!
Toy maker, art instructor, and mother of three, Kellie creates the most adorable dolls! If you’re looking for a great gift for someone little in your life, this is definitely the way to go! Kellie has also been published in Stuffed Magazine!
Kellie’s dolls range from cute little animals with button eyes and noses to adorable little girls with perfectly plaited hair and charming smiles.
Be sure to stop by the store this Saturday to meet with Kellie and see these darling dolls! She’ll be at our store from 11-4 at 2535 Main Street just south of Broadway. See you then!
September 10th, 2013
Do you have a soft spot for lace? Well this Saturday we will be hosting local weaver Jay Rudolph of Pear Shaped Designs as our Artist in the Window!
Jay began by spinning and weaving in her living room. Realizing it was her passion, she decided to pursue further studies and found herself in the Textile Arts program at Capilano College! Jay has earned the respect of many of her peers and even provides workshops in weaving! What drives her is her dedication to craftsmanship and her attention to detail.
Jay’s work isn’t just limited to fabric borders and doilies, but goes well beyond into jewelry creation and corset design using wire as well as fabric! Her work is truly remarkable!
Join us this Saturday from 11-4 at our store location, 2535 Main Street, Vancouver, BC. Jay will be showing off her craft and some of her other great creations!
September 5th, 2013
With all our great felting and knitting classes coming up this fall, it’s the perfect time to welcome Yuki Nickolichuk of Honey Canada as our Artist in the Window!
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Yuki has been creating the sweetest wool crafts by hand over a number of years. Her items range from pieces for children to food to Christmas decorations. Her attention to detail is fantastic, creating little Santas with beards and button noses or even cupcakes with cherries on top! Not only does she create items for purchase, but she teaches her craft as well! She will even be teaching one of our needle felting workshops this Saturday!
Yuki will be in store from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday September 7th. We are located at 2535 Main Street, just south of Broadway. Be sure to stop by and meet Yuki, and you might even learn a trick or two!
August 27th, 2013
Have you heard?! Our very own Karen has been nominated for the 2013 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards! The awards provide national recognition to Canadian women entrepreneurs who are contributing to the economy as well as their communities!
Currently, female entrepreneurs is the fastest growing business segment in Canada. Not only that, but Canadian firms run by women create new jobs four times faster than the national average! Pretty impressive!
There are currently six categories of awards:
The Deloitte Startup Award
The HUB HKMB Impact Award
The RBC Momentum Award
TPH Sustainability Award
The Trailblazer Award
The PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
The Finalists will be announced on October 4th, and the Awards Gala is on November 27th. Watch this space to find out if Karen makes it to the Finalist List!
August 27th, 2013
We are looking for someone very special to join our team as a part time salesperson. Please drop off your resume in person Monday to Friday between 10:00 – 6:00pm if you have the following:
- Minimum 2 years of experience in retail sales (preference given to those with key holder experience)
- Knitting, Crochet, Weaving and/or Spinning a huge bonus.
- A passion for the arts, home goods, decor, and all things that beautify life.
- A willingness to constantly learn about products and support local
- A natural enthusiasm to educate/inform our customers about what we represent
- Strong visual display and merchandising an asset
- Self-directed, responsible and detail-oriented
- Excellent sales and customer service skills
- A friendly, approachable demeanor and the ability to nurture long-term relationships with our customers
- Possess diligence and initiative with daily tasks, merchandising, stock room organization, inventory control and other operational areas
- The ability to adapt to high volume sales periods
- A team player
- The ability to grow, learn and change with the business
This is a post is for part-time/long term position with potential for full time. We are currently looking to fill two shifts per week. The successful candidate must be available on weekends (Saturday) and one day during the week, with the potential to fill other shifts occasionally.
If you are interested in this opportunity, we would like to meet you to discuss the possibilities. No email applications please.
Looking forward to have you join our TEAM!
August 26th, 2013
Fine woodworking is a craft we are seeing less and less of these days, which is why we are so happy to have Dave Smith of DW Smith Woodworking joining us this Saturday as our Artist in the Window!
Dave crafts fine wooden items for the home including cribbage, serving, and sushi boards. He began woodworking as a teenager, mimicking his father who was very handy in his workshop. Now, Dave works out of his home in Cloverdale, BC. Though he currently creates smaller items, in past Dave has crafted items such as furniture, done home improvements, and worked on a variety of other projects! And for those of you who love a good puzzle, Dave has even started working on making 3D wooden puzzles!
Join us this Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm at our store location, 2535 Main Street to meet and greet with Dave! He will be available to chat, and will likely be showing off some of his skills!
See you then!
August 22nd, 2013
Union Gospel Mission strives to be a warm, creative, and healing environment for our guests. With the help of generous local artists, our walls have been beautifully adorned with original artworks, which continually inspire all those who call UGM home – and we want to share this beauty with you!
Join us for the opening of UGM’s 2013 Rotating Gallery, on Thursday, September 5th from 7PM to 10PM, at 601 East Hastings Street. This open house style evening will include guided tours of UGM, music, light refreshments, and of course, plenty of time to enjoy the incredible artworks displayed.
At the gallery opening, we will also be hosting the Momentum Art Fundraiser, featuring works created by participants in UGM’s Photo 101 and Art from the Heart courses. These individuals have developed immensely as artists, sharing their stories in healthy, meaningful ways. Proceeds from this event will be used to support UGM’s art courses, so they may continue to bring healing and hope in the future.
August 20th, 2013
We are so excited to be welcoming Charlene Beaudette of Chiquita Designs as our Artist in the Window this coming Saturday!
Chiquita Designs is based out of Salt Spring Island where Charlene handcrafts beautiful jewelry! Using inspiration from her travels as well as her treasures while beach combing, Charlene creates jewelry using beadwork and the nature Salt Spring offers including sea shells! Though Charlene doesn’t have formal training, she has taken classes to learn more about beading and wire, and found herself creating so much that she had to sell her creations to satiate her need to bead!
When Charlene isn’t beading, she’s often on an adventure to see her grandkids, or motorcycling and camping! A truly fascinating woman, join us on Saturday at Bird on the Wire from 11 am – 4 pm! Charlene will be making items in store, and if you join us, you’ll be put into a draw to win what she creates! Don’t miss out!