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In a renovated reclaimed two story building in downtown Calgary, at the meeting place of no mans land and the “Entertainment District”  ART Central is diagonally across the street from the Hyatt Regency. It houses an interesting collection of artist studios, galleries, shops, and cafes. You will find many interesting local artist and designers being showcased and in this column you’ll find three of them Casey Kohlman and Gionni Ha work can be found at If Looks Could Kill Boutique. The next artist Liza Schach’s felt jewellery can be found on the top floor at the jewellery shop INFLUX. Art Central is located at 100 7th Ave SW, in Calgary, Alberta.Leaving Calgary we travel further west to Grandville island in Vancouver British Columbia we find Jessica de Hass

 
 

 

Looks Could Kill Art Boutique

Looks Could Kill Art Boutique is a gallery/boutique/studio dedicated to providing a venue for emerging and established artists and designers from across Canada. Owner/designer Jennifer McCaw (BFA) curates the art shows, sells artwork and creates jewellery, clothing and accessories on site.

Focusing on new art movements, Lowbrow and outsider/underground art, LCKAB hosts art openings on the 1st Thursday of the month5-9pm.2D work is shown on a monthly basis, while contemporary jewellery, clothing, accessories and lifestyle pieces are always displayed and change as collections are received and sold.  

Two Calgarian artists showcased in LCKAB are Casey Kohlman and Gionni Ha.  

 

  

Silk, felt and embroidered arm warmers (cuffs) by Casey Kohlman.
 
 

 Casey Kohlman is a 26 year old, self taught textiles artist. Her company "Sass Mouth" grew out of a lesson in felting at the Calgary Farmers Market. Kohlman's wearable works of art are inspired by her love of vintage monster movies. Her hand-felted and embroidered wool and silk scarves, arm warmers, Chinese slippers and trucker hats feature her favourite 50's B-movie monsters. A solo show of her work will be held in October 2007, opening reception Oct 4 5-9pm.  

Gionni Ha is a 22 year old "Jack of All Trades". Ha attended ACAD majoring in jewellery but soon decided to become the world’s next top designer. Specializing in reworked vintage, found objects and couture, Gionni Ha's pieces are often the center of attention at local fashion shows. His label "Johnny Appleseed" features one of a kind couture gowns and corsets available only at LCKAB  

 
 
 

 

 

 

 Contemporary and cutting edge, Looks Could Kill Art Boutique is dedicated to providing a venue for art for and about the body. One of a kind and limited edition clothing, jewellery and art made by both emerging, as well as established artists and designers from across Canada and overseas, are showcased in this new art boutique.

A self-proclaimed gypsy and lover of fashion, owner/designer Jennifer McCaw spent years traveling the world collecting artist-made fashion and art. She then headed to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where, in 2001, she received a BFA, majoring in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. After a few years working as a buyer of garments and jewellery in Vancouver and LA, Jen returned to her hometown Calgary to open a cutting edge boutique. Drawing inspiration from her favourite shops worldwide, Jen has created a space where artists of all mediums send fresh collections often, ensuring exciting and of-the-moment pieces are available. Pieces range in price from $5-$1000 ensuring the work is accessible to new as well as accomplished admirers and collectors.

Available exclusively at Looks Could Kill Art Boutique: Lydia K (TO), Fauna Clothing (Montreal), Amie Scott (TO), Ching Made (TO), Cherry Pie (Van), Sally Hutcheon (Van), Jennifer McCaw (Calgary), KaitKaboom (Calgary), and many more!  

If Looks Could Kill Art Boutique is located at

#11 100 7th ave sw
Calgary, AB
T2P 0W4
403-264-7576

 

 Felt Magic - handfelted jewellery by Liza Schach

 

 

 For Liza Schach jewellery making is a joyful expression of life. Combining craftsmanship with inspiration and creative energy the outcome of her design is sometimes feminine and delicate or bolt, but always makes the woman look beautiful. All the materials used are from superior quality, sterling silver, stainless steel, glass and natural wool.

    

 

Liza came to Canada 10 years ago influenced by the diversity of the European styles in jewellery making. Felt being used in Europe in art, clothing and interior design, Liza was inspired to create a felt jewellery line and taught herself the general process of felting, further developing it to a refined technique that combines wet and needle felting and getting the desired result that makes her line one of a kind.

She captures the richness of the seasons and highlights the strong affinity with nature through the rough texture of felt and the limitless palette of colors. Although every piece is a statement of its own it is always able to create a unity with the individual.  

Liza brings her line to Canada through Influx Gallery and Jane Doe Market place and Café, both in Calgary. For more information please contact her through her website 

  www.feltmagic.com  or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

   Propagate Love: Jessica de Hass

 

 

 

Jessica de Haas’ vibrant, textural jackets and wraps are part avant garde art, part boho chic – simultaneously touching on both ancient craft and contemporary fashion.  Her trademark aesthetic includes a gorgeous, rich palette of variegated colors, asymmetrical lines gently edged with undulating  silk, and appliqué and embroidery that is decadent, but organically so.  

Her clothing line, Funk Shui, was created in 2004 after she made a few jackets as samples, and the response to them was tremendous.  The fortunate owners of such jackets were literally bombarded with attention whenever they went into public, and the interest only snowballed from there.

 

 

    Jessica next created a line of hats that have grown to become one of her trademark items.  From funky to elegant, with everything in between, her work stands out and demands to be seen. Her hats are all hand dyed and then felted onto silk, which allows most of the styles to be reversible. 

 

 

 

  The line has grown to include a myriad of wearables and accessories, such as handbags, scarves, wraps and shawls.  Not limiting herself to wearables, Jessica has also been known to make wall hangings, rugs and ottomans out of felt.  

Another aspect of her work is her wearable art of the costume variety.   She had been working on a series of headdress’ and hoop skirts for the past seven years.  Much more flamboyant, intricate and creative then her saleable Funk Shui creations, the costumes are made for the sheer joy of an outrageous character.  They usually make their way to a number of wearable art events though, with the next one being the Surface Design Associations Conference in Kansas City, at the end of May 2007.

 Her work speaks of ancient practices and primitive art forms, while timelessly appealing to a modern day aesthetic through her use of colour, texture and form.  Her greatest inspiration comes from the natural world – both the rugged interior of BC, where she grew up amidst lakes and mountains, as well as the landscapes she has witnessed on her globetrotting travels.

She gained a huge appreciation for the textiles and crafts of Asia, and their makers, during numerous visits to Indonesia, India, Nepal and beyond. At the young age of 19, Jessica studied with a group of Indonesian batik artists in Yogakarta, Java, and that influence can still be seen today in her work.

After numerous years of travel, Jessica returned to Canada and moved to Nelson, BC to study fibre arts at the Kootenay School of Art and Design.  She acquired a wealth of knowledge and skills while at KSA, from 1997- 1999.  She also fell in love with the area, and the surrounding beauty, and lived there on and off for a number of years.

 

 

 

In 2006 she applied for, and was granted the honour of moving into a retail studio in Railspur Alley, on Granville Island in Vancouver. Established in 2001, the studios are open to the public and encourage visitors to observe, interact and buy art directly from the studios’ working artists and artisans. While it has been a huge change for Jessica, it is a dream comes true.  The high ceiling-ed, sunlit space opens onto a “foot- traffic –only” thoroughfare, and is alive with the community of artists and artisans.

Jessica’s work can be seen in her studio, at 1375 Railspur Alley on Granville Island, or on the web at www.propagatelove.com  

 

 
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