Located on Powell Street at Victoria Drive – the very NE corner of the Crawl map – the Hamilton Bank Building is the perfect place to begin your Eastside Culture Crawl journey. Currently home to three Crawl artists working in a variety of media, the building houses numerous art students and artisans, as well as an eclectic collection of street art. Designed by turn of the century “starchitect,” William Whiteway, the 110 year old mixed-use character building served as a rooming house for much of its storied history. Renovated in 2016, it still maintains its authentic charm.
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Three Raccoons: silk screened items made by three raccoons in a trench coat, otherwise known as Tyler Wilson. Three raccoons makes patches, tote bags, and upcycled clothing, all based out of the small studio in the Hamilton Bank Building. This new project by Tyler has been gaining popularity and has been popping up at various markets around town. You can literally wear your opinion on your sleeve with these patches often containing progressive, inclusive, and sometimes controversial messages, often in a comical way. Tyler is also an accomplished photographer, and as previous years, his photography will be on display. Tyler shoots photos with an all analog workflow. Using vintage cameras, hand developing film, and printing in a traditional darkroom. Subjects often focus on the urban environment, and the decay and renewal of our surroundings.
Kate MacDonald is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her paintings, digital collages and video art have been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and her paintings have been featured in Wired and international editions of GQ. She shares a studio and collaborates with artist Les Sears as K8L35. Her digital art can be found on the NFT platforms MakersPlace, KnownOrigin, Foundation and OpenSea.
Les Sears works in conceptual photography, screen printing and surface design. Eschewing the title of artist, he prefers to think of himself as a photographist in his explorations of identity, immoderation and consumerism. The inclusions of text and glitch in combination with his subject matter often surprise and delight the viewer. Les is a graduate of NSCAD University as well as the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and his work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the US. His collaboration and studio partnership with Kate MacDonald as K8L35 began in 2013. As creators, K8L35 endeavour to elevate the status of objects by creating meaning outside of original context. The playful tension in their work is a result of the mediation required by collaboration; ongoing and, often, dynamic dialogue is integral to their creative process.
I tend to think of the act of photography as an adventure as I seek to express the extraordinary from the usually voiceless and yet remarkable life of the natural (and sometimes not so natural) wonders of the outdoor world. Having left a successful position in the business world in Vancouver, BC, subsequently arming myself with a degree in psychology, I also picked up a camera, and a photography course or two. I quickly realized the journey of seeing lines, patterns, shapes, and colours actually created moments of awe and wonder that confronted my productivity and usefulness. I look forward to continuing to grow my interest in the realm of capturing our world in my corner close to the Pacific shore to intrigue and inspire others to remain in moments of wonder. Other than my website, I am seeking to sell photography through a variety of prints, wall and desk art including keepsakes, albums and greeting cards at https://marciazacharias.smugmug.com/browse