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Evolution of Clothing Brand Cassandra Elizabeth and New Direction

We recently spoke to Toronto clothing designer Cassandra Burrell regarding what she describes as the transition from a “young” brand to a universal clothing line.Her enthusiasm is contagious when she talks about an anticipated August launch (pre-orders accepted as of August 1st) for the latest additions to her “Cassandra Elizabeth” clothes. These new pieces are a key milestone in this brand’s evolution, with her vision to flatter a wider audience and ignore the seasons.

Read  her backstory here: Cassandra Elizabeth Designs Eco-Friendly Clothing for Busy Women.

Cassandra Elizabeth Canadian Clothing Brand

A Capsule Collection

Burrell believes that it is time to take her designs “to the next level” while maintaining her basic goals of any size and any season. There are a total of eight (8) new Cassandra Elizabeth pieces.  The new clothing includes three (3) sweaters, three (3) T-shirts and two (2) pants. Described as a capsule collection that will cover everything you need for wardrobe basics. The pieces are all neutral foundations (black and heather grey).

Cassandra Elizabeth Canadian Clothing Brand

Sustainable fabrics, Bamboo and Tencel, factor in the new Cassandra Elizabeth pieces. However, Burrell is also adding hemp and cotton as textiles used in her clothes.  She continually vets her Canadian-based fabric suppliers for their eco-friendly manufacturing practices.  One such example is Burrell’s choice to select a bamboo that is broken down mechanically rather than chemically, a cost differential she feels is worth it for the environment long term.

The new Cassandra Elizabeth collection promises to offer a relaxed fit without appearing slouchy. The pieces can be worn individually or layered to change a look or adjust for the seasons. Burrell has designed for every age group while offering a universal fit and maintaining a minimal aesthetic. She shared this, “I love seeing how people accessorize my clothing.”

A Universal Brand

The launch date of early August is intentional. The objective is for the Cassandra Elizabeth patterns to navigate seasonal changes as a year-round collection. Burrell shared that she began working on this project in February (2017) and to launch date, it will be seven (7) months. A quick turnaround for any designer. According to this Burrell, the scheduling is perfect as it reinforces her brand’s universality (all ages, all seasons, all bodies) and it allows her Toronto-based manufacturers to collaborate with her in their slower periods.

Due to changes in her production process these items are no longer available on Atelier, but please visit her website to place your orders. We will continue to follow the Cassandra Elizabeth creative journey and fashion direction.

GOBLE Canadiana Collection Explores the Landscapes of Canada

The idea evolved from Cindy Goble’s coast-to-coast travels, her vision for a unique design project resulted in the Canadiana Collection. Goble has travelled from the “Rock” (Newfoundland) to Canada’s Pacific shores, in British Columbia. She decided to dedicate her first capsule collection to the landscapes of Canada. So, it is no coincidence that the GOBLE Canadiana Collection appears at the same time as the country is celebrating its 150th year.

GOBLE Canadiana Collection Infinity Wool Scarf Maritimes

As a Canadian, this grouping of designer hand-knits and silk prints will immediately take you back a few years (or more than a few) with imagery of the multi-striped Hudson’s Bay blanket. In 1800, the Husdon Bay Company commissioned the manufacture of these iconic off-white (they call it Oxford White) blankets, with four primary coloured stripes. These wool covers served the purpose of being warm, with the unfortunate addition of also being heavy and itchy.

GOBLE Canadiana Collection Bucket Bag Wool Arctic White

GŌBLE’s Canadiana Collection has nothing to do with childhood memories. Designed as statement pieces and contemporary wardrobe patterns. Colourful interpretations from Goble’s cross-country travels inspired her reflection of Canada’s landscape in four major hues.

GOBLE Canadiana Collection Large Square Wool Scarf RockiesThe Arctic is represented in a bright white evoking imagery of the vast snowy tundra. The Maritime coastal waters appear in medium-blue backgrounds. Captured in a tan shade are the endless expansive wheat fields of the Prairie provinces. And, her selection of dark-chocolate brown suits the awe-inspiring granite spires of the Rockies.

GOBLE Canadiana Collection Knit Beanie Cap Wool Rockies

Goble did not stop at colour in this collection that pays tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary. The grouping includes warm woollen knits for those cold, dark nights that we know will eventually return in the autumn. She uses whimsical touches of fox and beaver fur for design flair. For the warmer months of the year Goble created a playful grouping of bright silk scarves.

GOBLE Canadiana Collection Hand Woven Wool Scarf Prairies

Shop now this collection is only available in 2017.

Canada150 in Kingston Discover How Iron Art is Celebrating

We asked Ontario designers Robert & Lisa Aucoin of Iron Art about their plans for July 1st, Canada’s birthday – Canada150.

With everything going on in the world, this celebration has made us think about how thankful we are to be in a country at peace, with freedoms other countries don’t have. There is so much beauty within one nation, and so unique from one coast to the other. You may never be able to explore it all. There is always something in nature to be inspired by as an artist in Canada.  We are thankful to be Canadian artists, living and working in this country.
How will you celebrate the holiday weekend?
We will be celebrating at an art show in Kingston Ontario, the former capital city. Every Canada Day we take part in the Artfest Kingston show which is full of fun for the entire family.  Artists from all over Ontario and beyond participate at the event.
Iron Art RAW COPPER INUKSHUK
What is your birthday gift to Canada?

As a Canadian symbol, I love the Inukshuk. I think it would make a great gift for anyone. I have also been making Canadian Maple Leafs (photo above) out of copper taken from the Parliament Building roof in Ottawa. If there were anything more fitting to give as a Canadian birthday gift, that would be it.

Shop the Iron Art leather and metal collection.

Canada150 – Canadian Designers Celebrate with Signature Designs

On July 1st, Canada will have at least 150 reasons to party. To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, we asked a few Canadian designers these two questions:

  1. What does Canada’s 150th birthday signify for you?
  2. If you were to give Canada a birthday gift, from your design collection, what would it be?

Canada's 150th Birthday Bucket Bag Wool Arctic White

GŌBLE

Based in London, Ontario, Cindy Goble’s luxury brand GŌBLE focuses on effortless and comfortable fashion for women. Goble learned to knit at an early age, taught by her mother. It is a skill that she has since shared with her daughter. Working only with top-quality wools, GŌBLE designs luxurious knitwear. The collection also includes a stunning range of silk scarves. Please read the full story about this designer here.

Cindy Goble:
I am proud and grateful to call this vast and diverse country my home. Both of my parents were European immigrants who found freedom, safety and success here in Canada. Creating a new life of choice in this country, my father became a hardworking, successful entrepreneur, and my mother a creative homemaker. They both inspired me to follow suit.

My parents took us on a road trip through the Canadian prairies and to the West Coast. Skiing the Rockies near Lake Louise in Alberta solidified my love for Canada. Venturing east through the Maritimes and out to the “Rock” opened my eyes to the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and stunning Newfoundland landscapes.

Canada's 150th Birthday Infinity Shawl Wool Maritime Blue

My birthday gift to Canada is my Canadiana Collection – available only in 2017. Canadian travels were the inspiration for this GŌBLE Canadiana Collection, and I am proud to present four major Canadian landscapes the designs:

Arctic – snow and ice
Maritimes – lakes and oceans
Prairies – wheat fields
Rockies – rock and mountains

This special anniversary collection also addresses the diversity of the Canadian seasons. There are hand knits to comfort and keep us warm in winter. In warmer months, the soft, caress of luxury silk scarves adds a light touch. This capsule collection is my tribute to the country I love and call home – the true North, strong and free!

Canada's 150th Birthday Silk Print Scarves Inspired Canadian Landscape Arctic

Take advantage of a 15% discount on the entire Canadiana Collection from June 24-July 1st. Use coupon code GobleCanada150 at checkout and get free shipping in North America! Explore the GŌBLE collection here.

Canada's 150th Birthday Tulip 150 Purse Red Ostrich Leather

Christine VonBun Exotic Leathers

It was not a straight line. Christine VonBun relocated to Toronto, Ontario, via Cape Town, South Africa. She followed her dual passions for stunning landscapes and fashionable leather handbags. Read her fascinating backstory here.

Christine VonBun:
Canada150 is a significant year for all of us, but maybe even more so if you have selected Canada as the country where you want to live. I find it hard to believe that this country is so young. The town that I come from in Austria which is celebrating its 800th birthday this year. This Canadian anniversary is a major milestone in moving forward and adapting to the new challenges that this country encounters.

Compared to many populations, Canadians are fortunate to have access to so much untouched nature, water resources and open land close at hand. We must do more to protect our natural resources, make more conscious decisions and reduce our footprints.

We should all celebrate this national birthday and be thankful for what we have. This summer, our plan is to paddle our canoe in all those amazing parks, lakes and rivers as often as possible in awe of what’s around us.

Canada's 150th Birthday Tulip 150 Purse Red Ostrich Leather

I designed the Tulip 150 bag as a birthday gift to Canada. I think this purse has a fitting personality, a youthful look (150 years is relatively young) it is representative of the colours of our flag and of a flower which is very meaningful to this nation. The handbag’s black base is to signify that in a world which is in flux we should remain grounded. Besides, I think Canada looks great with a red tulip. Discover additional details on the Tulip 150 purse here.

Holiday discount offer: To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Christine VonBun is offering 40% off any ostrich handbag (in stock) from now until July 1st. Take advantage of this fantastic offer and use coupon code Canada150Handbag at checkout. Here, is the link to her collection. Note: this offer does not include the Tulip 150 purse.

Canada's 150th Birthday Key to my Heart Beeswax Candle

Bees Wax Works

Jill Smith’s fascinating background includes the career transition from ballet dancer to Chandler. She works with pure 100% beeswax, which arrives in 45-pound blocks, to produce an exclusive collection of beautiful candles. Read her story here and about the art of chandlery here.

Jill Smith:
We will celebrate by a festive day at the Salts Spring Island local market that weekend and by spending time with friends. We plan to dress in red.

Canada's 150th Birthday Simple Fern Beeswax Candle

My birthday gift for Canada is the Simple Fern Candle. When we designed that candle, I wanted it to reflect the world we live in out here on the wild West Coast. These gentle twisting ferns grow in the ditches in our gulf islands. Inspirations are easy when we just pause and look around our beautiful country.

Canada's 150th Birthday Black and Gold Memory Necklace Anastassia Sel

Anastassia Sel

At nine years old, Anastassia Selezneva and her parents emigrated to Toronto, from the Russian city of Volgodonsk. She explained that from an early age artistic activities occupied her after-school hours. She experimented with ballet, piano and visual arts, but in the end, it is working with metals and gemstones where she finds the most inspiration. Read why this designer has her sights on New York’s fashion runways for her jewellery.

Anastassia Selezneva:
My birthday is also on July 1st, so Canada and I go way back (smile). It’s an exciting day and has always been my favourite holiday of the year. The weather is usually perfect, and we get to celebrate this beautiful country. This year is particularly special as I will visit Ottawa with my family who is coming from Belarus, for my wedding.

Canada's 150th Birthday Black and Gold Memory Necklace Anastassia Sel

My gift to Canada in recognition of 150-years is the Black and Gold Memory Necklace. Evocative of a gold nugget (or egg shape) this organic piece hangs on a long antique sterling silver chain. Throughout history, the egg has symbolised birth and rebirth. It seems relevant to give this symbol on Canada’s 150th.

Happy 150th Canada!

 

 

Leather Handbags Christine VonBun Shares her Design Story

One of our goals at Atelier is to communicate our designers’ artistic journeys. However, it’s even better when they share the design story behind their leather handbags.

Handbag Design Story Hope Ostrich blue leather

Holiday Discount

Before diving into this designer’s story, we want to make sure you don’t miss this generous offer.  To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Christine VonBun is offering 40% off any ostrich handbag (in stock) from now until July 1st. Take advantage of this fantastic offer and use coupon code Canada150Handbag at checkout.

Handbag Design Story Ostrich Harper Blue Leather

Dedication

In our view, anyone who has chosen a creative path is brave, for many reasons. Work with raw materials is intensive and in some cases quite physical. Mastering a craft can often take years of trial and error.

Christine Vonbun Leather Handbag Design Story

Designers must first turn their creative vision into an attractive outcome. The Financial Times published an interesting article on “How artisans across the world are crafting a living” by Jonathon Foyle. The process of finding buyers for small production, handcrafted goods can be daunting. The potential sales channels are limited by available time. You will encounter artisans manning booths at craft markets, and in bricks and mortar retail outlets. On top of that they need to establish an online presence and dabble in the virtual world of social media.

Luxurious ostrich leather handbags

Christine VonBun works exclusively with high-quality leathers and speciality skins. VonBun trained in her native Austria and achieved a master craftsman certification in leather work. Her work in South Africa at a renowned design house gave her the confidence to create her line of handcrafted leather handbags. Spend a few minutes reading her designer backstory here and the detailed process required to fashion a leather purse here.

These luxury leather handbags are signature accessories, pieces that you will use for many years.

Christine Vonbun Leather Handbag Design Story

During the “Originals – The Spring Craft Sale” in Ottawa, Ontario, Christine VonBun was interviewed by CTV about her beautiful bags. Watch Christine share her design story with CTV here.

Bella Leather Handbag Morris B Design Story Christine Vonbun

Italian leather handbags

Christine VonBun’s Morris B collection is an Atelier exclusive.  Made with exquisite Italian leather these bags share the same details as her ostrich handbags. However, the price point is more affordable due to the relative ease of working with Italian leather vs. ostrich – explore the Morris B collection here.

Christine has to say about her Morris B Collection,

“User-friendly on-trend bags which work for the wearer from day to night. Uncomplicated, stylish with a twist of fun.”

To celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, Christine VonBun has designed an adorable purse she calls the Tulip 150. This small bag makes a bold design statement to commemorate the milestone of Canada’s 150th birthday. This sharp red tulip purse will only be available in 2017,  order your’s today. (Note: this handbag is not included in the Canada150Handbag offer)

Tulip 150 Leather Handbag Design Story Christine Vonbun

Iron Art the Design Story Behind is Launched by a Metal Candleholder

In 1993, Robert Aucoin designed and twisted five feet of metal into a flowing sculpture, The Ribbon Candleholder, it was a gift for his wife Lisa and the launch of their company – Iron Art. It is the couple’s shared passion for design details and converting basic materials (metal, leather and wood) into artwork.

Iron Art Candleholder Gift for Lisa

An artist for a lifetime

I started in the arts very young with doodles and cartoons. In public school, one of my teachers asked me to draw political cartoons for the local newspaper.

Iron Art Sketch NATHAN-FISHING

Robert Aucoin took graphic design and fine art studies at Durham College in Oshawa. His artistic learning did not end in college.  He has completed an extensive list of programs and workshops ranging from etching to business communications.

Iron Art Robert's 1st Etching

Where did your work start?

After studying graphic design, I worked freelancing as a portrait artist. Then I secured a role in a company that collaborated with Queen’s University to design, fabricate and weld all-terrain wheelchairs.

With this newly discovered passion for metal creations, I started Iron Art (in 1993) designing and hand forging functional furniture, tables, chandeliers and creating one-of-a-kind pieces.  Next year will be 25 years that Iron Art is in business.

Iron Art Designing legs for Chair

Most of what I do is custom. Therefore, almost everything I design requires a sketch or a working drawing before any welding. I can never say I’m a welder, or designer, or portrait artist. I get to do everything I love all the time, then move on to the next exciting project.

Can you share some of your commissions for clients and corporations?

When Roots opened their Home Stores in Toronto & SoHo, New York, I was asked to create their prototype lamps for the openings.

Iron Art Metal WOVEN BOWL and CHAIR

Iron Art Chandelier

The Woven Deck Chair (below) sits on the end of our dock.

Iron Art Hand Woven Metal Dock Chair

Is there one project that stands out for you?

The spiral staircase was one project that was particularly challenging, only because I’d never done one before.  I’m always looking forward to the next new challenge!

Iron Art Spiral Staircase Rail

How did you get into producing smaller items for fashion and home decor?

When my teenage kids were finding it hard to find unique belt buckles, I went into the studio to design and hand forged stainless steel belt buckles for them. Some belt buckles bronze or stainless steel accents, some are etched with custom designs, others are personalised with monograms. Smaller items such as belt buckles, pendants and cuffs are much easier to take to show and ship worldwide.

Gold-Heart-Stainless-Steel-Buckle-

At the time, I thought it was a unique idea to use an item that others may have discarded.  Lisa and I try to use reuse as much of our dropped metal as well as our leather scraps to create new and up-cycled items such as napkin rings, pendants and more.

Gold-Pendant-Neclace-red-Leather-Strap-Artist-Signed White-coloured-leather-napkin-rings

What other projects have you done with smaller fashion items?

Commissions have included, the Canadian and American 29ers Sailing Championship and the North American 29ers Sailing Championship belt buckles. The winners were thrilled that they could wear their medals (belt buckles) instead of a trophy on a shelf.

Recently, I was given a small piece of copper off the roof of the Canadian Parliament Building. I was commissioned to make leaves (from the copper) for Canada East Short Track Speed Skating Championships (photo below).

Iron Art Copper Leaves

Do you have a preferred metal?

I like working with stainless steel because it’s a clean metal. However, as an artist, every medium I work with is my favourite at the time that I am working with it.

What tools do you use for your work?

Typically, the anvil, hammer and welder are my go-to tools. I make lots of jigs and fixtures for one-of-a-kind pieces and will often have to make a tool for a particular job.

Iron Art Robert Aucoin's Selfie

Tell us about the local arts community?

We are members of the Kingston Arts Council collaborating with many artisans and designers in the Kingston area for years. Lisa works in close collaboration with the Kingston Public Market Board (Photography). We love being participating artisans at the Kingston Public Market, in the summer. It is a chance to meet tourists from all over the world as well as Kingstonians.

Explore the full Iron Art collection here.

 

Visiting Canmore Project A Pop-Up is a Gallery of Canadian Designers this Summer

Bordered by the serrated granite spires of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Canmore, Alberta is a beacon for artistic souls. It is also a town where it can be hard to find parking on a summer weekend. And, the number of mountain bikes might just outnumber the rabbits (ok maybe not).

Project A Pop-up Canmore

Jade Ansley is a metalsmith and one of those artistic souls, with a big idea for Canmore’s Main Street this summer.

“Project A is a curated pop-up gallery dedicated to promoting the work of emerging artists and makers. The gallery aims to create relationships between the public, other galleries, and artists, to build their careers.”

Ansley’s is naturally artistic, her mother is an interior designer, and her father is in construction. She says, “I have been an artist since I was a small child and started my first ‘business’ at age seven.”

This Canmore native studied jewellery design at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD). In 2012, Ansley began the 3-year NBCCD program and achieved a diploma in Jewellery and Metal Arts. A graduate studies program followed, dedicated to business within the arts.

“The graduate program was the course that got me into curating and business – I ran my first Project A pop-up in Fredericton (photo below)  as my thesis. It was funded by the government of New Brunswick (Heritage and Culture office), and featured 19 graduates and current students at NBCCD.”

Project A Pop-up Fredericton

Project A – Canmore is a larger undertaking. Ansley is assuming the rental risk of a vacant retail space on Canmore’s main drag. Her vision is to entice locals and summer tourists into the pop-up store to view (and buy) the work of 40+ emerging Canadian designers. These artistic productions include jewellery, clothing, leather goods, textiles, furniture, pottery, sculptures and paintings.

Project A Pop-up Canmore Construction

Project A Pop-up Canmore Construction

The bright and lofty space is perfect for the gallery concept that Ansley hopes to create for her impressive list of artists and anyone who ventures inside.

Coast-to-coast collection of emerging designers

Nu Ceramics – Fredericton, NB (pottery for your daily rituals)
The Spinner Weaver – Saint Johns, NB ( fashion and home decor)
Cassandra Elizabeth – Toronto, ON (women’s clothing)
Christina Pupo – Toronto, ON (furniture design)
Uppdoo – Toronto, ON (leather handbags)
Co Create Co. – Edmonton, AB (home décor you can’t live without)
AdrianMartinus – Calgary, AB (woodwork)
Kerry Langlois – Canmore, AB (painter)
Jennifer Wharton – Fort Simpson, NWT (ceramics)
And many more…

Project A Pop-up Artists

Project A Pop-up Canmore Artists

The Project A Pop-up opens its doors at 709 Main Street (Canmore) on June 1st and will run until approximately September 30th. Watch for special events and promotions all summer.

Cassandra Elizabeth Designs Eco-Friendly Clothing for Busy Women

Clothing designer Cassandra Burrell explored the fashion communities on both Canadian coasts. The Halifax native tells us that she moved to Vancouver for artistic inspiration after graduation from New Brunswick’s College of Craft and Design. During university, Burrell’s acquaintances began ordering custom dresses, reinforcement of her focus towards a career in fashion design.

Cassandra Burrell Headshot

Burrell describes both coastal cities as beautiful yet entirely different. Where Vancouver is brand conscious and trendy, her hometown of Halifax has a reputation for supporting local designers. After opening her first bricks and mortar store in Halifax, Burrell has settled in Toronto; Canada’s largest city and the hotbed of the fashion industry.

Eco-friendly Women’s Clothing

Cassandra Elizabeth Designs are minimalist styles, inspired by her friends’ personalities and in many cases named after those same people. Burrell’s interest in fashion began at an early age. However, it was designing exclusive clothing for her network that gave her the impetus to launch the Cassandra Elizabeth Designs brand. Burrell’s first fashion show was entirely one-of-a-kind cocktail dresses (sold for charity). She tells us that “I love evening wear and hope to keep this a large part of my brand as it grows.”

Suitable for a broad audience, Cassandra Burrell designs for practical wear. Cassandra Elizabeth clothing is crafted with eco-friendly, long-lasting fabrics including Tencel, bamboo, linen, silk and hemp. Burrell is clear that she only uses textiles if she is confident that the supplier processes fabric in a way that limits harm to the environment.

Next up for Cassandra Elizabeth Designs?

Near term: “I am already working on the Fall 2017 Collection. It is full of neutral tones, clean silhouettes and one pop of colour! You will have to wait to see which one.”

Longer term: More Canadian boutiques in the next few years.

The practical Maris Dress made with bamboo cloth is best described as free-flowing, comfortable and easy to wear. The non-wrinkle fabric is perfect for travel or a long day at work. This understated dress will look just as good as it did when you put it on in the morning.

Farrah Tunic in Bamboo Fabric Side

Farrah is a longer tunic style dress with a geometrical hemline. An “easy to throw on” design allows you to wear this dress without looking like you are drowning in fabric.

Shauna Bamboo T-Shirt

These two easy-to-wear bamboo tops are certainly wardrobe essentials. The Shauna Top is that “go-to” t-shirt when you just want to make dull look attractive. The Lacey Tee is a mid-length top designed for comfortable wearing with leggings or jeans, so functional you might want to buy it in both colours.

Long T-Shirt in Bamboo Lacey Tee

Made from 100% Tencel the Oversized Blazer that will keep you warm with an extra layer, and add a touch of style to any outfit including your favourite jeans.

Oversized Tencel Blazer by CassBurr Designs

Elegant Hand Knit Designs for Modern Women by Cindy Goble

Cindy Goble did not exactly “fall” into her trade, she is the third generation in a family of knitters, but she is certainly focused on establishing GŌBLE as a luxury women’s fashion brand. Based in London, Ontario, Cindy Goble’s heritage is a mix of German and Lithuanian. Goble was taught to knit by her mother, and she has successfully imparted her artistic skills to her daughter Grace.

Cindy-Goble Canadian Luxury Knit wear designer

 

GŌBLE knitwear expresses the very essence of the lifestyle that Cindy Goble hopes her customers can live – effortless and comfortable. Goble’s designs are inspired by the seasons in Canada and intended for women who want to transition from busy days (office, kids, programs) to weekends and downtime with ease.

The brand’s designs are the result of Cindy Goble’s visions, and a team of qualified knitters work under Goble’s exacting guidance. Handcrafted in Canada the GŌBLE production uses natural (never synthetic) wool and other fibres sourced locally or from reputable suppliers in England and South America.

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GŌBLE designs are intended to be easy-wearing, practical, a little bit whimsical at the same time as being THE accessory that will be noticed.

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Using a soft wool blend of merino, alpaca, silk and mohair the GŌBLE slouchy hat is playful and comfortable. This toque speaks to the weekend when life is just a bit more relaxed and not too serious.

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Admittedly, the worst winter weather can be difficult to shrug off, but GŌBLE’s Infinity Shawl is a fail-safe way to ward off the cold. The luxurious combination of woollen threads is spun into this top that measures 20” in length. Trimmed with sheared beaver this shawl will be a wardrobe piece that your best friends will beg you to borrow.

Cable-Knit-Cowl-Indigo-Wool

The classic cable knit stitch never goes out of style, GŌBLE’s cowl neck and hat are practical wardrobe pieces you will quickly discover are hard to live without.

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Moving into warmer weather and lighter days the GŌBLE silk chiffon scarf is a showstopper.

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With Cindy Goble at the helm of the brand and her daughter Grace in the wings (she will increase her role in the company once her studies are complete), the GŌBLE brand is poised to vault onto the global fashion scene. Don’t hesitate shop this gorgeous collection here.

Morija Designs a Passion for Silk and Colour

“Working with cloth has always been a part of my life. Even as a young child I learned to sew from my grandmother using whatever bits and pieces of fabric I could find.”

Morija Reeb Artist Photo At the Loom

Attracted to the versatility of fabric Morija Reeb pursued an educational path in fashion design at Fanshawe College in Ontario, followed by Capilano University’s Textile Arts program. Her relocation to Vancouver was supposed to be temporary, for school. However, life often has other plans, and after a decade Morija returned to Ontario with her young family.

“It was weaving, dyeing and printing that I was interested in learning about. I wanted to create the cloth from yarn and design the textile from start to finish.”

silk scarf handwoven @morijadesigns

“Creating with silk is my passion. I am never bored, or uninspired by this fibre. It offers so many design possibilities when combined with dyeing and weaving, and it still surprises me sometimes when happy accidents happen.”

03 silk scarf @MorijaDesigns

Morija shared that she never had any desire to go into fashion design, her interest was always in costume fabrication and sculpting.

“I have always loved texture and innovation. I look at my textiles as little experiments into what kind of surface designs and textures are created by specific yarns. I usually start with a general idea of how I think something is going to work and then the piece evolves from there, organically.”

Natural necklace with wood pendant @MorijaDesigns Handmade

Morija purchased her first loom while she was attending Capilano College. After graduation, she worked in design studio on Granville Island in Vancouver where textile artist Diana Sanderson was her mentor. Morija credits the time she spent with Sanderson, and in that studio, with the weaving skills that she utilizes today.

What is the process for creating one of your beautiful handwoven silk scarfs?

Handmade silk scarf @MorijaDesigns

It starts with yarn. The yarn can be dyed or natural depending on your design. I try to use mostly natural dyes. At this point, I decide on the colour; this is the biggest decision for me. The rest of the piece can evolve, but the colour is what people see before they notice the texture.

To dye my silks, I usually use an ombré technique and/or ikat ties to dip the warps in colour and create patterns. The warp threads are then put on the loom in order through the heddles and then tied to the front of the loom.

Then weaving begins.

Weaving is the fastest and my favourite part of the process. A lot of the pattern is decided during the weaving. I usually tie up a sequence which, can be changed throughout the warp. My warps typically have 7 or 8 scarves on them, so I like to do different designs throughout.

Handmade silk scarf @MorijaDesigns

After the scarves are taken off the loom, they are sometimes over-dyed to create another layer of colour. At this point, a shibori resist technique could be used to create further texture.

I then finish the edges, and the scarves are washed and dried, before they are ready for sale.

Can you describe your atelier or workshop?

I work from my home, so it tends to take over the basement until someone speaks up and says something. I work from a small studio space with my loom and tables set up for sewing and cutting. A loom can take up a lot of space and so things boil over into the laundry room most days!

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Explore the Morija Designs handwoven scarves, silk earrings and silk scarves  here.

 

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