December 7th (10 AM - 4 PM)
December 8th (10 AM - 3 PM)
The Thornhill Artisan Fair 2019 is excited to feature some of the best artisans in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. All of our special vendors imagine and create both wonderful gift items for you and the special family and friends who are fortunate enough to receive them. Join us in the bright, warm von Hardenberg Candle Studio. We look forward to seeing you.
I sew & design traditional children’s fashion meticulously made, versatile enough for rare moments or play. I have designed the pieces thinking of today’s lifestyle. I source eco conscious, easy to wear fabrics, and create pieces of heirloom quality. Inspired by my daughter I started my own business in 2016.
When Joanna designs and makes her sterling silver, bronze and karat gold jewellery and lockets she considers the experience that sparked the creation as well as the person that will own and wear it. Her goal is to make jewellery that is as comfortable to wear as it is a treat for the eye. She builds on her design collection every year and is looking forward to bringing new and classic favourites to this season’s fair.
Maria Koskela is a North Vancouver artisan who designs and makes modern baby toys under her mimi label. She uses organic, sustainable materials to create products that are safe, creative and encourages children to use their imagination while playing. She graduated from the University of Industrial Arts of Helsinki, Finland with a Masters degree in product design, married a Danish/Canadian and moved to Vancouver to raise their two amazing sons, whom inspired Maria to design her first toys. Her inspiration comes from nature and she applies the Scandinavian design philosophy “less is more” in to her toy designs.
A broad selection of cold pressed organic oils and butters. Our products are always fresh as extracted weekly, using only pure, raw organic ingredients, and a low-pressure, cold press technology to retain raw unrefined flavors and beneficial nutrients. Based in Victoria, B.C. Ostro Organics is family owned and operated, and we strive to combine years of experience with contemporary research placing emphasis on high quality and sustainable, organically grown materials.
On the Sunshine Coast, in the heart of Roberts Creek, Becks D’Angelo has a kitchen and little shop where she makes and sells small batch chocolate and ice cream. Cacao is roasted and refined on-site and everything is made from scratch, including the french custard style ice cream. She will be bringing a selection of chocolate bars & caramels and ice cream pints – some vegan options as well.
Beeswax Candles are special because of the gift of the beautiful naturally scented beeswax from the bees. Candles are about celebrating special occasions such as everyday dinners, birthdays, Christmas, memorials and quiet moments spent unwinding and enjoying the amber glow at end of a day. Klaus and Betty von Hardenberg love to create these candles to celebrate all these special occasions for you.
Claudia Hayward has been creating functional wooden giftware for more than 40 years. Utilizing mostly local hardwoods, she creates a variety of items, both turned and flat. Every piece reflects classic and timeless design and is intended for use. All the work accentuates the grain and natural tones in the wood. Claudia’s goal is that people use her work and enjoy its beauty for many years to come.
Since 2012 Diane Zwickel has produced a line of hand-knit pure wool and alpaca scarves and cowls. Her original designs embrace a love of texture and simplicity of design. She takes design cues from nature ─ how the shape of a fern frond or a snail’s shell is simple while profoundly beautiful. The finished scarves and cowls are distinctive and wearable with colours rotating through a primarily neutral palette, heavily influenced by her love of the West Coast ─ green foliage, brown cedar, grey fog, steel ocean, beach sand beige. She believes that hand-made clothing should be readily accessible and enjoys meeting the people who will wear her pieces.
Nine years ago Bernie Smith-Gander made the decision to try planting Christmas trees. She planted 1000 tiny 8″ seedlings on her family ‘s farm, nurtured them, talked to them (much to her Husbands amusement!) and cared for her pretty little trees. They have responded by flourishing on their sunny hillside and are now ready to become someone’s “Christmas Tree”. Choice of natural Grand or Noble Fir.
Charmian Nimmo has been making pots for almost 40 years and still find joy in every piece she makes. She never gets tired of experimenting with form, surface, and materials so her work continually evolves as she plays. Her work is all meant for use, safe in the oven, dishwasher and freezer unless otherwise noted. She hopes the user of each piece gets as much enjoyment from it as she did making it.
Since his retirement in 1995 Fred Braches (b. 1930) is researching, writing about and publishing the history of Whonnock and Ruskin. His interest in the legends of Pitt Lake gold earned him a part in the TV Series Curse of the Frozen Gold (2015). Fred will be at the fair with his new books and some other publications new and old. Yes, he will sign your copy of his books if asked.
Bernice was born and raised in Ireland. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1977 and then moved to Canada. In 2004 she completed her Hospice training and began volunteering at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission. In 2010 Bernice started to play her harp at the Hospice and has continued to play there on a weekly basis. She was very moved by the effect harp music had on patients, family and staff and decided to pursue studies in this area. In 2016 she graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program and is a certified Harp Therapy Practitioner. She feels very privileged to be at hospice and to share precious time with patients and their loved ones. Email