Friday, February 23, 2007

elsewhere but awesome: CRAM & seamrippers

I know there are people reading from as far as Kelowna, B.C. so when neat-o stuff pops up outside of the I figure why not post it on occasion.

This from the very adorable Seamrippers Craft Collective in Vancouver:

Lino Block Printing - Introduction to Relief Printing with Tania Willard
will be on Sat Feb. 24th, from 3pm-6pm at the Purple Thistle (#260-975 Vernon Dr) .

Lino block printing is a very DIY printing method - with very little materials you can mass produce rich and arresting images. Lino prints have all the dynamism of woodcuts without the cut fingers and special equipment. The workshop will entail learning the basics of lino cuts, conceptualizing an image, carving and printing a 4x6 lino block.

Suggested Donation/Workshop Fee $30 Material Fee $5

All proceeds from workshops go towards helping Seamrippers open our Craft Resource Centre (other than what we use to pay our facilitators a fair wage). However, our aim is to pass on crafty skills, so don't let the cost be a deterrent - no one will be turned away.

To register, e-mail us at or call (604) 689-SEAM.

To be nice to Tania, please register by Friday at latest.

CRAM wallpaper

Image: Detail VAN custom narrative wallpaper (shown in VANgrain) 2007 digital print 8'x8'

And much closer to home, weensy CRAM gallery in St. Catherine's is hosting the following exhibit:

Kyle Bishop
March 2 - 27, 2007

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2nd, 8 - 10:00 pm

Van Atelier North (VAN) brings a series of home d├ęcor prototypes to CRAM gallery. Staged as an Ikea-style walk-in environment, VANGUARD Room is a mutant hybrid of hunting-lodge-futurism, William Morris Co, and 70s-den-chic. Pieces include a emote-controlled ottoman, custom digital wallpapers, kitchen items and lighting. Photo-dioramas depicting high-end interiors as car crash sites punctuate the space.

VAN was formed as a partly fictional and nomadic collective of designers and artists. This show features the work of Iain, Andrea, Kyle, and Joep.

For more information:

Contact: Tobey C. Anderson
cel: 905.380.3910

Hours: when the sandwich board is out and by appointment

24 James Street - 2nd Floor
between Christopher's Magazine's & Smoke Shop and The Office
downtown St. Catharines, Ontario

CRAM (8 ft x 10 ft) is Niagara's smallest and hottest gallery, and a growing concern. CRAM promotes and encourages local investment and support of contemporary art produced by the regional artists who live in Niagara or have strong ties to St. Catharines and the CRAM collective.


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