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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.

Why Would You Buy from Atelier Designers?

As a kid, I gravitated towards the artsy side; dabbling in painting, clay and needlework, but never progressing beyond t-shirts and pots. Whether it was nature or nurture, my career path led to the financial markets and commercial office project and operations management. My creative side cast aside for the corporate world.

Whether I had time (or the desire) to pursue crafts I have always had a passion for art, and for those who dedicate their lives to making beautiful things with their hands. These pursuits of the heart can often be satisfying for the soul and nourishing for the spirit, but only occasionally financially rewarding.

After many years of visiting markets, craft fairs and art shows I began to envision another avenue to showcase the work of these creative people. In 2015, I launched this website called Atelier (the French word for a workshop) inspired by the work that designers accomplish in their studios. They may work alone or in a lively production environment, but the result is always a creation.

Today, artistic creators need to work the booths at craft fairs, maintain a website, feed their Facebook page and keep up a steady stream on Instagram – all that AFTER they have produced their goods. My vision is that Atelier is a parallel sales channel for the designers, which complements the work they are already doing.

Our job is to tell their stories, share their products and reach an audience beyond the local marketplace. We sell throughout Canada, the US, UK and Europe.

The website launched with a few products that were selected and imported from France, as I feel these items are not only beautiful, but their makers do the work because they love it, not necessarily for the financial reward. The man who supplies olive wood mortar and pestles shared that when he calculated his time he concluded that he is “paid” two Euros/hour. He does the work because he loves it.

Atelier has two collections: Women’s Fashion Accessories (jewellery, sweaters, scarves, handbags, clothing) and Home Decor (candles, woodwork, ceramics, glass). The focus is on Canadian designers with high-quality designs, limited production and a desire to maintain traditional art forms.

Why the focus on Canadian artists? We feel the work of our creative community is undervalued on the global scale.

Atelier Designers are artisans. Whether their chosen profession involves work with metal, wood, wool or any number of mediums — they are artists. Our desire is to work with craftspeople who have turned passion into art and to tell their stories. Take a look at the talented design team here.

When you buy from Atelier, you can be sure of a product’s quality, know that you are helping to grow a community of talented artisans and promoting sustainable fashion.

Watch this video about our vision at Atelier:

Get to know the Canadian Designers on Atelier Boutiques

Anniversaries are worth celebrating!

Atelier is marking our first birthday with a “cut and colour.” We have done a website makeover to improve your designer shopping experience.

Starting at the landing page, you can now jump directly into the shop, read about our featured Canadian Designers, scan the recent blog posts and check-out the latest merchandise.

Keme Jewellery #Handcrafted @KemeJewellery

Now that we mention The Shop slide on over to that page and you can browse the Women’s Fashion and For the Home categories. In women’s fashion section look for a sustainable approach to designs for clothing (sweaters, ponchos, scarves), handbags that will make your girlfriends jealous, and approachable jewellery (bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings).

Canadian Designers for Women's Fashion Accessories

For the Home is the perfect place to look for items that will improve your entertaining game, to buy hostess gifts and find unique birthday presents. Impress your guests with decorative household products handcrafted by independent Canadian designers.

home sweet decor designer collection

Made with authentic, raw materials such as 100% beeswax from Alberta, Canadian hardwoods, Italian cashmere wool, raw silk, reclaimed vintage fabrics and leathers, semi-precious stones, recycled gold and sterling silver – the Atelier Designer Team produces products are nothing short of beautiful.

Colleen Poitras designing Canadian women's jewellery

However, it is the creators’ stories, their workshops “ateliers” and their local’s experiences that turn a purchase into a memory these are the stories behind Atelier – the blog. Read about how these artists began following their creative passions and pick-up a few travel tips for iconic Canadian cities.

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Enjoy the new Atelier shopping experience. We are always looking for talented designers and welcome any comments you might have. Don’t be a stranger – get in touch here.

Designer Shopping and 6 Reasons to Buy from an Artisan

Thoughtful Consumerism

The water crisis in California, VW’s diesel emissions scandal, pipeline spills, smog warnings, carbon taxes and global warming. Some days, it feels like being hit over the head with negative environmental messages. Stop to think about any one of those issues and it’s overwhelming. What can one human can do to facilitate change given the magnitude of the problems?

Designer Shopping Buy Artisan

You can help!

Take small steps to reduce your personal environmental footprint through thoughtful designer shopping. As an e-retailer, we would be crazy to tell you not to shop. Here is why we think you should buy from an artisan designer:

  1. Support the arts. Whether they are creating a new art form or reviving an old traditional craft, these creators are following their passions.
  2. Buy local. Purchasing from an artisan means you are supporting the local community.
  3. Quality materials.  An artisan selects the best materials to create their products. If not, why would they make the effort in the first place?
  4. Make a Personal connection. Gain an understanding of the person behind the product (not an assembly line at a factory).
  5. Look for one-of-a-kind.  Why? Because you know that it sucks to show up at a party wearing the same outfit as your hostess.
  6. Go green. Happy knowing that you are making your contribution towards reducing the impact of those global environmental issues.

Check out our artisan creators here, and their products here.