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1654 Franklin St

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1654 Franklin St

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No Public Washroom

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Not Wheelchair Accessible

1654 Franklin St Artists

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Andrea Wong

Andrea Wong is a designer and leatherworker focused on developing pleasing products that create ease in our daily lives. Prior to starting her own label in 2011, she worked as a lead designer in the fashion industry for over a decade, holding influential positions at some of Canada’s top brands. She holds a degree in Design from Ryerson University. AW by Andrea Wong is an accessories line inspired by the Pacific Northwest. The line was born out of a desire to create a strong cohesion between quality of materials and craftsmanship. AW creates functional accessories that tell a story: durable products made from natural materials that age gracefully, creating rich visual histories. In 2017, Andrea Wong was selected as the ‘One to Watch’ by Western Living Magazine. She was also shortlisted in the Fashion category for Western Living’s Designer of the Year in 2014 and 2016. Andrea and the brand has continued to garnered local and international media attention. In last year's lockdown AW by Andrea Wong was one of the first businesses to harness our local resources to successfully launch and consistently supply accessible, locally produced face masks.

Kate Metten Studio

Home of Kate Metten ceramics and oil painting. Kate's wheel thrown tableware reflects on the Modernist philosophies of the Bauhaus, the unmaking of craft and the reversal of material hierarchies through a merger of art and function. The indexical quality of both painting and ceramic render dynamic impressions of mass and surface that preserve evidence of the hand and mind in motion. Kate was evacuated from a ceramics residency in Denmark at the start of Covid, and returned home to launch her line of wheel thrown tableware. In the last pandemic year, Kate's paintings have shifted dramatically from abstraction to figuration. Recent exhibitions include We Do Not Work Alone at Nanaimo Art Gallery and she has an upcoming exhibition this November at Wil Aballe Art Projects. All proceeds from this season's ceramic sales will fund Kate's upcoming painting residency in Berlin where she will work in dialogue with neuroscientists to generate paintings that employ optical illusions and Bauhaus colour theory to illustrate new research in brain activity.

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