Located in Strathcona at the corner of Cordova and Hawks, MakerLabs is Vancouver’s largest Makerspace. Along with artist studios we also offer memberships for people to use our communal tools and spaces. We have a woodshop, metalshop, laser cutters, CNC Router, Textile Lab, as well as a variety of other tools that our artists use in their day to day work. Split over two floors are our diverse range of artists including woodworkers, jewellers, fashion designers, textile artists, sculptors, and metal artists.
Amara Infinite was born from the life long crafty curiosity of Ariel Amara, a local circus performer and artist. She began sewing as a child and started out modifying clothing, but eventually found her passion for creating props and costumes. As she discovered dance and circus arts and began performing professionally, she realized that she had a wonderful opportunity to make herself custom garments that could be worn on stilts or while dancing with fire. This carries through to 2015, when she wanted to make her big sister a Super Seastar cape to show her how much she positively impacted her life. She finally came up with a design that became the basis for her signature design, the Infinity Cloak.
Cordova Woodworking is a Vancouver based furniture design studio specializing in Scandinavian and Mid-Century-Modern inspired pieces. Samuel is the designer-craftsman of all pieces that come out of his East Vancouver studio. We love creating thoughtful, original pieces while being dedicated to delivering heirloom quality and timeless design.
Larissa Piva is the owner of Craft Cove, a woodworker, candle maker, and resin artist. Her small business was created out of the pandemic and she has learned so much at Makerlabs from peers and the TFW residency. She also dabbles in amateur photography, often making prints available for purchase in person but not online. Larissa loves combining naturally occurring substances, like resin/wood, resin/flowers, beeswax/flowers, etc. Originally from Kamloops, BC, Larissa started her woodworking journey in High School shop class. Her passion was rekindled last year when her mother's boyfriend decided to build a gazebo at her mother's house as a COVID-19 project. She's also lived in Germany, Italy, Victoria, and Kelowna, which has allowed her to bring various aspects of the natural world into her art. When she is not at the lab, she working on the projects and readings required for her Master's of Fine Arts program, which she is currently pursuing at UBC in Creative Writing.
Born in North Vancouver, raised in California, Liza Heider is a Canadian-American designer handcrafting fashion accessories and women’s clothing at her Maker Labs studio in East Vancouver. Her creativity is driven by upcycling, reuse and secondhand treasure collecting. She loves to gift and swap fabrics and materials with other makers and designers. Many of her pieces are one of a kind wearable works of art. Liza takes pride in supporting local and collaborating with Canadian artisans, designers and makers in delivering her products. Come to Culture Crawl and shop fashionable quality 3-layer face masks, one of a kind women's t-shirts and tops, knitwear and more. Liza's non-medical face masks meet Health Canada and CDC guidelines. Shop during The Crawl and Liza's on line store at www.lizaheiderdesign.com
Evelyn Elgie works in wood, resin, acrylic, and found materials. In her sculptural practice, she focuses on using recycled and reclaimed materials diverted from industrial waste streams. She deals in whimsy, discovery, and surprise, using everyday magic to fight back against the existential climate dread felt by so many of her generation. Her work hinges on functionality and sustainability, working to remind herself and others that small wonders are more important than ever. Evelyn's written work and poetry has been published by Demeter Press, Glass Mountain, Penrose Press, the National Women's Studies Association, and Hinge: Journal of the Contemporary, You can find her work at @heliotropedesign or at www.evelynelgie.com
A multidisciplinary designer and maker of 'fun things'. Madeleine is a maker and designer originally from Melbourne Australia. She completed a degree in Engineering - Product Design in Melbourne and worked as Product Designer for multiple years before moving to Vancouver in 2018. A self taught sewist from a young age, she now takes on freelance fabrication and design jobs focusing on softgood products. Since moving to Vancouver she has thrown herself into the making community learning new hands on skills and meeting other inspiring creatives. She plays with colour, texture and found objects to create fun and functional art pieces and products that bring cheeky and cheerful vibes to the viewer.
Hi! my name is Bryan and I’m the owner and operator of Mint Woodworking. My goal in woodworking is to create pieces that people can be proud to display in their home. Heirloom pieces that will last for generations! I tend to do small batches of items and move on to new projects later. So it’s always a good idea to make a purchase of one of my pieces while they’re there, otherwise they may never be made again!
Robert Morris is a multi discipinary artist, who has just completed his MFA studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and eagerly awaits graduation day. His thesis, Vehicles of Transformation, explored the intersection between his works and their viewers. The focus of his current inquiry is a kinetic sculptural exploration that probes how each viewer's unique combination of experience, awareness and knowledge affect their engagement with the sculpture and themselves. Robert's relationship with his work, informed by decades of crafting wood and fabric boats, with hand tools, steam and artificial sinew, is profoundly physical, and deeply engaged with material and movement. In the early 1980's Robert was a photographer in the Canadian Armed Forces. While studying at OCAD, he designed an accessibility program for the Art Gallery of Ontariobefore moving to Vancouver. While working on the start-up of Britannia Heritage Shipyard, he started his business, Brewery Creek Small Boat Shop. He taught traditional arctic qajaq (kayak) building for twenty five years across North America and in Taiwan. For three summers he travelled to Nunavut for three summers to work with elders, where he learned to build Netsilingmeot qajaq. He is the author of Building Skin and Frame Boats, featured in the NFB documentary Caribou Kayakand a founding co-coordinator of Gallery Gachet. Robert currently teaches art, photography and animation at a lower mainland secondary school, and maintains a studio at MakerLabs in Vancouver
Simple elegance in sculptural form. Orii Design is a jewellery brand created by Stephanie Geracitano. Each piece of jewellery is an interpretation of geological formations such as glaciers, caves, canyons or waves. These elements are combined with a contemporary architectural aesthetic and forms that evoke a sense of movement and interplay of light. Stephanie's sculpture and industrial design background bring a unique perspective to the jewelry realm, resulting in innovative forms and construction. Using both traditional metalsmithing techniques with innovative computer technologies allow her to explore forms that are difficult to achieve through hand fabrication.