Carrie Fahl has been stitching away whimsical and adorable creations since 2006 when she was first taught her how to cross stitch by her mother and grandmother. Since then, she’s developed her skills through experimentation and practice to bring her cute fabric illustrations and designs to life through Cee Stitchery. Drawing from nature, folk art, and “the little things” of life, Carrie’s joyful heart comes through clearly in her work. We are pleased to have Carrie as our Debut Artist for the upcoming May 5-7 Market Collective! Read on to learn more about the maker behind Cee Stitchery’s pretty creations.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
The word lighthearted comes to mind when I think of how to describe myself as an artist. I am fascinated with the idea of finding joy in the ordinary. I think a lot of what I create is very simplistic at its core, and it comes naturally for me to add a little bit of whimsy to that. Regardless of what I start out creating, I find the finished product often ends up with this cute factor that I don’t always plan for. It’s just a very inherent part of my artistic style and voice, and I embrace that. Cute makes us happy. It’s fun, and comforting, and joyful. I think we all crave simplicity in our lives, so if I can achieve that small feeling of happiness in the midst of everyday life for someone by making something they wear, use, or display in their home, then I’ve met my goal. I have learned through my creative process and through feedback from customers that these simple objects can hold a great deal of meaning for different reasons. When a lot of heart goes into a piece of artwork, it really does embody that. I think people can feel the message of love and joy that goes into something that is made with those intentions.
What can we expect to see from Cee Stitchery at Market Collective?
I create quite a few different products, so you will see a variety of textile products with hand embroidery as the focus from me at Market Collective. My work ranges from wall art, to fabric plants, ornaments, bookmarks, and apparel which includes a line of hand embroidered t-shirts and cute lapel pins.
Tell us a little about your mother and grandmother and how they might have sparked or inspired your work.
I have memories of my Mom and Grandma cross stitching Christmas stockings for our family as a child. That’s my first memory of needlework. So when I got older and needed something to keep my hands busy one Summer it was just natural to learn it from them. My Dad is also a landscape artist and my Grandpa was a woodworker. So I was always around people who made things with their hands, and I truly think the need to create is just something that is in me. Not only did their handmade work inspire me to be a craftsperson, but the way they live their lives and have raised their families inspires me every day. My Mom and Grandma are the strongest people I know. If I know anything about joy and appreciating life for the little things, it’s because they taught me. I grew up surrounded by warmth, and I have a lot to give as a result of that, so that’s what I pour into my work.
You’ve said that your work is “joy infused.” What are some little things in life that bring you joy?
Some of the little things in life that bring me joy are the comfort of home, a cup of tea, going for a quiet walk, or a conversation filled walk with company, and experiencing the work of other artists. I have always had a love for folk art and draw a lot of inspiration from it. The many little things I experience in nature bring me joy as well. Many of the floral pieces I create are inspired by the wildflowers and growth I see in Northern Saskatchewan in the Summer. I’m very drawn to the honest beauty of plants that grow in the wild. They are simple and imperfect, which is what makes their beauty so authentic.
What is your favourite thing about doing embroidery art?
I love the texture and tactility of thread. Most of all I love the slow process of bringing a vision to life through stitches. So many people have said to me that they just don’t have the patience for embroidery because it is indeed a slow art that requires patience. I love the results I can achieve through thread but I also have a deep love and appreciation for the process. There is a lot of planning involved in realizing a vision, from thinking about the overall design you want to achieve and then breaking it down and thinking about what kind of stitches, how much texture, what colour fabric and threads you will use to get there. I love all of the steps. It’s slow work, but to me it’s very rewarding.
Where can people find more of your work?
Thanks for answering our questions Carrie!
We can’t wait to see your joyful work at MC.
We’re excited to announce a new project with Village Brewery! Together, we are creating an Artist Series for the Winter Village Square variety box set. In the next month, we will be selecting 24 artists to design a Village beer label, showcasing their unique art and design.
To start, we are asking all those who are interested to show us a sample of their existing work. We are not asking for any speculative work. Those who are selected will be paid $100 plus a complimentary Village Square. They will also receive a photo shoot with Mike Tan (Diane and Mike Photography) and a promotional piece on the Market Collective website, newsletter and social media platforms.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please leave your contact info as well a link to where we can find a sample of your existing work. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: May 15th, 2017
We are having a FREE Food Truck Rally outside the Chinese Cultural Centre from May 5-7!
The full line-up includes some favourites like Family Squeezed, Perogy Boyz, Waffles & Chix, Bento Burrito, and the Dumpling Hero.
For a chance to win $50 of MC Food Vouchers for you and your friends, check out the giveaway on our Instagram page.
Effortless, comfy, and stylishly classic. Tessa Hughes goes back to the luxurious basics with her minimalist and chic line of apparel. Her pieces are “thoughtfully designed with REAL women’s bodies in mind” and flattering on all kinds of body types.
In a world of fast-fashion, Tessa’s timeless pieces are ethically made from sustainable fabrics and 10% of the sales go towards helping women caught in human trafficking escape and rehabilitate.
We love how Tessa Hughes’ collection brings together comfort, confidence, and simple beauty. Read more to hear about Tessa’s background, her thoughts on slow fashion, and about her process.
How has your background as a personal shopper and stylist influenced your work?
Oh my gosh, SO much of what I do now is because of my experience as a stylist. In the fitting rooms with women, I saw every insecurity and frustration my clients were having, and so often it wasn’t their fault: the clothes just weren’t made to fit “real” women. I definitely have a major obsession with fit now, and when I design, I strategically think of how the clothes will drape on all sorts of sizes and body types.
In what ways do think fashion can be empowering for women?
I definitely think there’s a practical side, like how we donate to charities that help women, but on the other end of things, clothes can be such a powerful tool to make a woman feel beautiful. Obviously I know we should be confident from the inside out but if you go shopping and you feel like clothes are designed for *only* size 0 models it makes you feel bad about yourself. I want women to have the opposite experience of that: I want them to put on my clothes and instantly feel more beautiful, but also more accepted, and more themselves.
We love that you support women who are stuck in human trafficking. Why is this such an important cause for you?
I don’t have any crazy personal story for you on that one, just that I felt it was important for all aspects of my brand to empower women, and not JUST the women who could afford my clothing, if that makes sense. I want every piece of the supply chain to touch a woman, somewhere, somehow. And I feel a strong sense of urgency to help women who really are stuck: many of these women don’t know how to get out and even if they get out they have a really hard time starting over so I want to support charities who are doing the nitty gritty work of helping women get rehabilitated into society by giving them skills and tools to overcome obstacles and start over.
What can you tell us about the importance of sustainable and slow fashion?
Oh man, those are big, complicated issues so I’ll try and keep it short…For me I think it boils down to the importance of being good to yourself, others, and the environment. Being good to yourself means taking the care and attention to curate a wardrobe that makes you feel good about yourself. Taking care of others means thinking about the people on the other end of that clothing item (see #whomademyclothes ) and of course thinking about the environmental impact of it all.
Not only is it good to look out for brands that are using environmentally friendly practices, but also, I intentionally try to design clothes that aren’t going to be out of style in a few months. That way I’ve hopefully reduced the amount of waste that my company contributes to landfills.
Tell us about the “hands-on” nature of your process.
Well, I guess you could say the hands-on part is that I do everything! I answer every customer service email personally, I reply to comments on Instagram myself, and while I don’t actually sew the pieces myself anymore (although I did at the start!) I have a face-to-face relationship with my manufacturer and fabric suppliers.
When I still lived in Vancouver I was able to cultivate these important relationships in person, which was nice because I can say without a shadow of a doubt that these companies are ethical and I can stand behind their products and services.
It almost seems like funny to me when people ask about the ethics of my manufacturer because you’re not wondering about the company ethics when you’re there petting the family dog and joking with the seamstresses. It’s almost beyond that, it’s a family business, the term “ethical” doesn’t even do it justice, and I love that I can have that hands-on access in the creative process.
Where can people find out more about you?
Follow me on Instagram! (@shoptessahughes) I try to keep it pretty personal and real, plus I share style tips and ideas for incorporating ethical fashion into your life without spending tons of $$$.
Thanks for chatting with us Tessa!
See her beautiful collection in person at MC!
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW)
Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Familiarize yourself with our talented musicians gracing the stage at MC March. We will be featuring 4 songwriter duos and 8 DJ sets at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre presenting an array of genres curated by Welcome to the West.
Friday, March 24 >>> DJ Table Salt <<< 4pm-6:30pm
Friday, March 24 >>> Wild Mike & the Party Co. <<< 6:30pm-9pm
Wild Mike and The Party Co. is an entity that is always looking to get the party started. The music can range anywhere from Rock and Roll, Swing, Soul, R & B, or Trippy Country. You can often see guest appearances from other renowned party starting deejays such as Two Pair Pat or the illustrious Steamy Wonder.
Knotted Roots is the first instalment of Shaolin Sundays on CJSW 90.9 FM. Every Sunday from 3-6pm Stefan and DJ Cosm utilize the techniques of Shaolin Masters to bring the dopest future beats, boom bap and Latin Jazz to Calgary’s airwaves. In addition, Knotted Roots has become a cornerstone radio show for Calgary’s Neo Soul and beat community for over 8 years. Come check out Stefan’s soulful vibes and say hi! Peace and love.
Jess Smith is a self-proclaimed Urban Flower Child, I am inspired by the contrasts of light & dark, natural & urban, hippies & gangsters. The music I create is a blend of soul & folk. While taking notes from artists like Sarah McLachlan and Erykah Badu, my sound remains uniquely its own.
I was raised in the woods of Calahoo, Alberta and years later the ocean called me to Vancouver, British Columbia. Currently living in Calgary, I have found the best of both the urban & natural worlds. My life & music are parallels of one another. Inspired by my own personal experience & my imagination, my art reflects the essence of Who I Am.
Sashaè’s soothing melodic tone has a calming effect & her intentions are just that.. to soothe & feed soul music to the people. Sashae’ has been singing for 6 years locally and will continue to spread the good vibez. Her focus is mainly neo soul but she does take on unique projects for versatility. Her quote: “Its just me following the melodies of life.
Saturday, March 25 >>> Prairie Surfin’ (CJSW) <<< 1pm-3pm
Keeping dudes pitted with radical surf and garage rock n roll in the landlocked prairies on CJSW 90.9fm. Hosted by Jay Heule every Sunday night from 7-8pm, expect some awesome rock n roll and mellow summertime tunes.
Saturday, March 25 >>> Illcognito <<< 3pm-5pm
Bruno Aka DJ Illcognito is consistently putting out some of the most refreshing sounds around while transitioning over multiple styles/bpms in any given set. Having played with some of the most talented Dj’s in the city, he’s also opened for a wide range of international dj’s, from N-type, Matt the alien, Bass Nectar, Bonobo, Scratch bastard, Mr Scruff, & Stanton Warriors.
Saturday, March 25 >>> Jason Famous & Le Fame <<< 5pm
10 years in the making the illustrious Jason Famous’ breakthrough album JF plays like an autobiography of the life and times of the tortured superstar. Touching on the best and worst of his loving relationship with humanitarian supermodel Le Famé; his battles with depression and financial woes; a deep look at JF’s philosophy on life and death etc. Through the catchy hooks and infectious rhythms lies a very honest look in to the state of Jason over the last ten years.
Sunday, March 26 >>> Future Phil (Kinfolk DJs)<<< 10am-Noon
Sunday, March 26 >>> Hector Gomez (Kinfolk DJs)<<< 1pm-3pm
Sunday, March 26 >>> Liam Clarke (Kinfolk DJs)<<< 3pm-5pm
Kinfolk was born from the vision of a unified community of artistic expressionists. A community that believes in the shedding of the pretence & fragmentation that is so often associated with art, music, partying, and life. As a community, we promote the weaving of subcultures while rejecting their segregation. We believe everyone is an artist & deserves a canvas on which to express themselves—whether the medium is fashion, costume, music, sexuality, poetry, visual art, or simply smiling, all are welcome & encouraged at Kinfolk; with but one caveat: positive expression. We believe that people belong with one another. We believe they should strive to enjoy life & all it has to offer together, under a unified umbrella. This is Kinfolk. Get under the umbrella!
Wielding an unmistakable brand of Western Folk, Calgary Alberta’s Northern Beauties have now carved their name into the western Canadian musical landscape. With vocal harmonies as big as their ambitions, they capped off a remarkable year since releasing their debut EP in the spring of 2015.
The EP charted on both national college stations and Alberta’s CKUA, which helped push the band into the top 12 of the 2015 Alberta Peak Performance Project. This attention soon earned them a spot in the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s 2016 Block Heater Winterfest; a showcase in Music Calgary’s “SoundOff III”; a live performance broadcast on CBC’s Key of A, a feature performance for JUNO Fest and inclusion in the 2016 Calgary Folk Music Festival. The band was also honoured with a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Roots Group/Duo of the Year and a pair of Calgary Music award nominations for Singer/Songwriter of the year and Roots/Folk recording of the year.
Natalie Inga Gauthier and Sonia Deleo formed a duo for a tour in January 2016, coinciding with the opening of Calgary’s Music Mile. They kicked off their tour by participating in the Music Mile 12 Hour Music Marathon at Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar before hitting the road. After the success of this experiment, they’ve taken the plunge and become “The Fig & The Flame“, continuing to gig in Calgary and area.
They met through theatre in 2013, while playing Trojan Women in a feminist theatre cabaret in Calgary, and the Universe led them to this musical collaboration when the timing was right.
This February, celebrate the month of love with us by taking a Valentine’s DIY Workshop.
You can learn a little self love through an introspective mala necklace making session or you can explore the creative process of soap making. Tie the knot, literally, in a macramé workshop or get ready for date night with your own DIY makeup. Whether it’s a personal, handmade gift for someone special, or you want to treat yo’self, you’ll be taking away valuable skills that last a lifetime.
Sign up for 3 different workshops and we’ll give you a $10 Market Collective gift card!
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Soap Making Workshop with Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Macramé Workshop with Lianna Hung (Lune Obvallata)
Saturday, Feb. 25 – Mala Bracelet Workshop with Krista Reierson (Chalice Grove)
Saturday, Feb 25 – Mascara and Lip Paint Workshop with Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)
Registration is now open!
Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
See an overview of each workshop below. Click the arrow for more information.
Soap Making Workshop //
Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)
Learn how to make beautiful cold processed soap. We’ll go over lye safety before diving in—don’t worry, it’s not scary! Using a room temperature method that’s wonderfully simple, we’ll whip up some soap batter and learn how to decorate our bars with layers, swirls, and herbs. Perfect for first-time soapers! The recipe we’ll be using is not vegan, and participants are asked to bring an apron and wear long sleeves.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Macramé Workshop //
Lianna Hung (Lune Obvallata)
A fun little fall workshop that will teach you the basic knots for the art of macramé to create your very own plant hanger. Hanging planters are a beautiful way to decorate any home with a throwback bohemian vibe. In this workshop you will learn some of the key knots used in macramé which can be adapted in both plant hangers as well as wall hangings. We will also go over a brief history of where macramé originated as well as some tips as to how to make your own creations from home.
Date: Saturday, Feb 25
Times: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Mala Workshop //
Krista Reierson (Chalice Grove)
In this workshop we will tap into our holy heart center through breath; the heart holds the resonance of unlimited creativity and from this space we will create a sacred piece of adornment to embody your truest self. This mala necklace will then act as a guide back to the energy created in this container.
Mascara and Lip Paint Workshop //
Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)
Whip up your very own long-wearing matte lip paint and DIY mascara that actually works. You’ll learn how to create custom colour blends using potent pigments for lip colour and mascara that are exactly what you want!
Date: Saturday, Feb 25
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Meet our very first Debut Artist of the year, Nicola Macklin. All the way from New Zealand, the jeweller behind ntm. jewellery now works out of her Revelstoke studio, surrounded by the inspiring mountain views.
One of the things we love about Nicola’s work is how each hand-crafted piece is unique not only through process but also material. Her use, where possible, of recycled silver and copper as well as other found materials creates beauty from unexpected places and causes us all to consider whether memory or material is the true source of value. It’s a romantic thought to ponder and makes Nicola the perfect candidate to feature for our February market.
Read below to learn more about Nicola’s work and process.
Tell us a little about yourself. How does your personality and identity come through in your work?
When it comes to my work, I think my personality and identity are reflected in my simple, yet detailed style. I have a great appreciation and passion for simple and functional objects that are well thought out and beautifully executed. For me, beauty is far from the same as perfection. It is this view that allows me to create pieces that are beautifully imperfect just like the best things in life. I apply the same principles with making jewellery as I do to most other facets of my life by enjoying the challenge of making what I can, from what I have.
How did you get started?
My interest in silversmithing began when I was still in high school. During my final year I decided to take a basic silversmithing night school course, run by the Canterbury Silversmiths Guild in Christchurch, NZ. At the time I did not seriously consider jewellery making as a career option. It was not until a few years later, when I was living in Perth, Western Australia and feeling the need to reconnect back with my creative side that I decided to revisit working with metal and extend my knowledge and skills. I began studying towards a Bachelor of Arts initially majoring in Jewellery Design. I graduated four years later with a multifaceted portfolio that included furniture and lighting design, sculpture and jewellery. My university studies simply highlighted the fact that I just love making things. I began creating under my label ntm. jewellery when I moved to Western Australia’s idyllic Southwest in 2012. I have been fortunate enough to be able to combine my passion for travel and creating jewellery ever since.
What is one thing about your process that you love?
I love the entire process of creating one of a kind pieces that each have their own story and identity. My favourite stage is when I get to the point when I choose the final texture and finish. This is when I feel a piece goes from being one of the crowd, to being a total individual. I don’t simply finish my pieces to a traditional high polish, so it is hard to explain the feeling of just knowing when a piece is finished and my part of the story is complete. It is then up to the wearer to add their own chapter to the story through wearing the piece and allowing it to evolve further, depending on how it is worn and stored.
What makes jewellery a romantic gift?
Jewellery in all its different forms has many different symbolic meanings, many of which have romantic connotations. Essentially though, jewellery is a perfect romantic gift as it is so personal. Whether it be something to be worn everyday or for special occasions, the process of selecting a piece of jewellery for someone to wear is intimate in itself.
What drew you to move to Canada?
Canada had long been on the ‘bucket list’ for me so when my brother and his partner needed to sell their van which they had bought in Vancouver and travelled around Canada and the states it seemed to be a sign that I needed to come over, buy it from them and start my own Canadian adventure. I roped in my bestie from NZ for the journey and we spent 5 months living and travelling in our van (Vincent Van-Go) until she needed to return home and I decided to settle in Revelstoke for the ski season. One season soon became two and now it seems I might be what they call ‘Revelstuck’.
Do you think the change in scenery from New Zealand to Canada has had an effect on your work?
It is really hard not to let your environment and surrounds influence your work. I have always had a really strong sense of style that undoubtedly stems from growing up in NZ but travelling and working in other places has influenced and defined this. I do not traditionally choose to directly reference my surrounds as part of my usual collection however, since working here in Canada I have developed a mountain series of cuffs, rings and necklaces that is fondly linked to my time spent here. Working in a number of different studios since arriving here has also greatly affected my work as it has encouraged me to adapt many of my processes to suit the resources and facilities that I have around me.
What is the top thing on your bucket list?
My ultimate project and dream is to build and live in my own simple, tiny house. I feel like I am getting to a point where this could become more of a reality at some point and not just a distant dream, so it is bumped to the top of the list!
Where can people find more about you?
Check out my website to find out a bit more info, feel free to contact me directly through there too.
Thanks for sharing with us Nicola!
Check out ntm. jewellery at MC!
Market Collective Love
Feb 3 – 5
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW)
Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Welcome to ‘LOVE’ 2017, the first Market Collective of the year and our second annual Valentine’s Day & Chinese New Year celebration. This weekend’s stage is curated by Welcome to the West and designed by Rebecca Reid and Brendan Kane. We will be featuring 4 songwriter duo performances and 8 DJ sets from an array of talented Alberta-based musicians. Performances include: Ella Coyes + Jasper Smith (Edmonton Alt Folk), 21 Strings (traditional chinese instruments), francis cheer (pristine pop songs).
Friday, February 3 >>> Matthew Robinson + Gill Crosley <<< 4-6:30pm
Friday, February 3 >>> Burj <<< 6:30-9pm
Saturday, February 4 >>> DJ Roy LT <<< 10am-Noon
Saturday, February 4 >>> Ella Coyes + Jasper Smith <<< Noon
Saturday, February 4 >>> Dr. Space <<< 1-3pm
Saturday, February 4 >>> Caitlind Brown + Wayne Garrett <<< 3-5pm
Saturday, February 4 >>> Francis Cheer <<< 5pm
Sunday, February 5 >>> Whitney Ota (CJSW) <<< 10am-Noon
Sunday, February 5 >>> 21 Strings <<< Noon
Sunday, February 5 >>> DJ Sputnik <<< 1-3pm
Sunday, February 5 >>> Dixie Fried (CJSW) <<< 3-5pm
Sunday, February 5 >>> Kiarra Albina + Kris Ellestad <<< 5pm
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Update: Congrats to Samantha! Thanks to all who have filled out the survey.
At every MC event, we depend on the wonderful volunteers we have to help keep things running smoothly. If you’d like to join our fabulous team of volunteers, sign up below.
We are looking for friendly, dedicated and energetic individuals to join our volunteer dream team. Positions range from admissions to photo booth assistants and more. Each volunteer will receive a volunteer t-shirt, a limited editions MC tote bag, a $10 gift certificate to the MC, a food voucher, and a photo print voucher. Commitment can be a single shift, but you are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts if you desire.
PLEASE EMAIL VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR JOSH SISON AT VOLUNTEER@MARKETCOLLECTIVE.CA FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS.