IDS West

After almost a month in Europe on a honeymoon I’m back in the studio and getting ready for IDSwest coming up this weekend. I’ll be in the Studio North area showcasing wall art and pillows. Here’s a look in the studio at what I’ve been doing before it all comes together in a couple days.

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Recent Work

It’s been a long time since I last did a blog post. Over the past month and a bit I’ve been making some new things are here’s a look at what I’ve been up to.

Coloured leather coin purses. Using a vibrant background colour and leather were both something I hadn’t done before.


This is a sketch I did based on a custom make up set that a customer requested, below is the finished product — a large box shaped cosmetic case and a brush roll.

The big tote is back for summer and in a light bluish-grey cotton with heavy bridle leather handles.

This was a commission I did for a bedroom in Toronto. Most people are putting the wall art in their bedrooms above the bed and this mauve colour scheme is the most popular.

I dyed some new colours of wool, mostly in shades in of soft pink which are part of the bridal collection.

And lastly, I was able to restock my supply of thick grey wool so the felt iPhone sleeves are available again (as featured in this etsy finds email below).




Spring Colour





Spring is here on the west coast and I’ve been busy working with bright colours, metallic paints and larger scale. These are some photos of my current wall pieces that I’m working on in preparation for the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show coming up at the end of this month.

I love the neon trend and have been adding electric colours to some of the wall art as a way to introduce bright colours into a room. My favourite is this neon yellow/green colour.



In addition to the neon and bright colours I’m also working with neutrals and soft colours.

Circle Craft

The past few days have been busy here with Circle Craft happening at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Here’s a shot of the new booth and some of the wall pieces.

The show is on until Sunday at 5pm. For more information visit the Circle Craft website.

These are a couple of clutches for winter in a stone grey cashmere blend and a winter white.

One of a Kind Online Shop

The organizers of the One of a Kind Show have created a new kind of experience with the introduction of the online shop. This new way to shop the One of a Kind Show features 10 artisans, offering 25 editions of an item that is under $100 and has not been shown at any previous show. Each shop has a theme and items are only available for the two week duration of the online shop.

Featured in this current theme is Shibang’s new line of Wall Art. The piece available is 12″ x 16″ and can be customized in any of the available colours.

This is the format of the piece available at The One of a Kind Online Shop until October.10th. 

Available colours shown below.

To find out more about the shop and read about the other artisans click here. Schoolyard is a part of the shop and has a new pine cone design napkin available. I’m a big fan of their designs.

Dots & Loops Handmade

183 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

This weekend I went to visit a new shop that opened in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia earlier this month. Dots & Loops Handmade is owned and run by Melanie Strong and Stephen Bishop.

Their mission is to provide a handcrafted alternative to mass-produced housewares, clothing, accessories, toys and clothing. The shop is located in a beautiful heritage building which perfectly displays these handmade goods from around the world.


Stephen has a studio in the back area of the shop where he prints posters, like the two on the left in the photo above.


They carry several styles of purses and cases by Shibang and they are also the first store in Canada to carry the new wall art.

The shop has been very busy with many items selling out already but don’t worry, they’re already restocking.

For more information and shop hours visit www.dotsandloops.ca or see them on Facebook – Dots & Loops.

Shibang at Home

My new line of wall pieces is officially ready to launch. I made a few of various sizes and colours which are now stretched onto canvas and ready for the wall.

To me these wall pieces shout summer because they’re fresh and add a shot of colour that is right in season. I took some photos of the pieces unframed as well as in a white floating frame. Today when I took went looking for frames I was happy to find the perfect one that compliments the piece by keeping it contemporary.

I have plenty of other ideas of more pieces to make and how I’d like to photograph them. Once I’ve got it all ready then I’ll set up a photo shoot and commit to all of the holes I plan to put in the walls.

One more thing that I wanted to share was the piece below. This is a giclee of a photograph that I took 7 years ago when I was in my first year of college and had a passion for photography.

My interest was in flowers (big surprise) and I developed a technique using my dad’s old SLR camera to take extreme macro shots that gave the photos a painterly look. In my second year of college when I decided to start a textile arts program my intention was to make interpretations of my photos with fabric.

Now here I am, quite a few years later, going full circle and making large floral pieces for the wall. Over the weekend I’m going to look for some of the photos I have taken so that I can share them because they have definitely had an influence in my work.