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Vancouver Florist!

It’s been rainy in Vancouver, yet Vancouver Florist has some amazing flowers to help you beat the rainy day blues! If you are feeling like you need a pick me up or if you’re looking for flowers for your special occasions this season, be sure to check out this florist!

They offer delivery or pick up for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations of life, sympathy or get well flowers! In their Kitsilano location, they display a large line of fresh exotic flowers, red roses, Christmas flowers and best quality orchids for any occasion. Be sure to check them out for your next flower order!

https://www.floristvancouver.com/

Art World Expo Interviews Blissbeads: Sandra Beingessner

Tell us about who you are and what you do? What’s your company name, when did you start, what are your main services and goals as a business owner? 

I started Blissbeads in 2003 after participating in a three hour glass bead making class. I hand make glass beads using a torch fed by oxygen and propane. Blissbeads then go into a kiln where they are annealed for durability. After they reach room temperature they are thoroughly cleaned and ready for the next phase…Jewelry! Developing colour combinations and custom blending new hues, melting glass to its fluid state and manipulating it to form a new, luscious form excites me every time I light my torch. I feel that Blissbeads style is not easily defined. A client once described my designs as Feminine and Unforgettable…I love that description because I feel it reflects my intention as a designer and my feeling that each one of us is uniquely individual. This viewpoint inspires me to design wearable works of art and the lovely human is the canvas they adorn.

I design collectible one of a kind jewelry and commission pieces. I have been blessed with the privilege of designing for special occasions like Weddings and Anniversaries, corporate events, sentimental gifts and Memorial Beads containing cremains of loved family and four legged family. Customer service is key and it looks much different now that I am unable to meet face to face with guests.

Art World Expo’s 10th Anniversary is postponed this year due to the COVID19 global crisis. What do you normally offer when you are at a trade-show and how are you reaching new customers without being at trade shows this spring? 

At shows I offer pieces made specifically for the event, loose beads for designers and whenever possible I accommodate adjustments and custom same or next day service.

Have you introduced new products or services during this time so that customers can still shop with you?

This season I designed a new line of Boho Glass/Leather Chokers that are ageless in their appeal. They pair beautifully with my multi strand leather bracelets featuring magnetic clasps. When it comes to commissions there are lots of photos going back and forth by text so the details of my designs are exactly what the guests desire. It is a very collaborative experience.

Lots of artists thrive in self induced isolation! Would you say that you are an introverted artist and enjoying this time or are you an extroverted one who is missing the hustle and bustle of events and people?

I really do enjoy my quiet, creative time…however I’m missing meeting collectors and ultimately seeing my creativity adorning them. That aspect really revs me up.

 

If you could give other creative entrepreneurs a tip right now, what would you tell them?  

On a personal note I have been a Hairstylist for 36 years…my world has been very hands on people. My husband and I closed our brick and mortar businesses and sold our home in September. We sold most of our possessions and moved into our fifth wheel. We left our home town and headed on down the highway to Fort Langley. The plan was to spend the winter and then embark on a cross Canada tour. Music and Blissbeads…the Live and Kickin Tour…well thankfully we are “Live

 

and Kickin” but the tour is on hold. So we are staying put until…no definite plan…for two people who are pretty accustomed to a plan. My husband is a professional Musician so we are two creative humans anxious to share what we do with others at markets and venues across our beautiful land and surround ourselves with the diverse cultures from West to East.
For other creative types…dial into your creativity to tune out the crazy…I have been posting a lot more on Instagram (blissbeadscanada) which has connected me with many new followers and other artists. Introduce a new skill to what you

 

already do to keep your brain fresh. Stay connected.
And like us…continue…being creative♥️

You can find Sandra on Instagram and also visit her website here.

Art World Expo Interviews Her Healing Guidance: Melanie Sereda

Tell us about who you are and what you do? What’s your company name, when did you start, what are you main services and goals as a business owner? 
My name is Melanie Sereda and I am the owner and founder of H.E.R. Healing Guidance. Spiritual Healing is the core focus of my business. I assist others in their personal healing journey through many different modalities. I connect to spirit to ascertain the right modality for each individual, if the client is unsure of which one they need in the moment. I am a Reiki Master, Soul Coach, Psychic Intuitive and have mediumship abilities. As a Spiritual Healer, my goal is to always provide information for the clients highest and best good. I do not allow for negative energies to come through as they are not relevant for the healing process. Even though some information may be taken as negative, it is not intended as such and can be used in a positive light to allow for beautiful healing outcomes. All my services are available through distance (video chat, zoom, phone calls, and even email) because energy does not know time and space. The energy felt between two people in the same room can be felt at the same intensity across the country or even the globe, if the person receiving is open to it.
Art World Expo’s 10th Anniversary is postponed this year due to the COVID19 global crisis. What do you normally offer when you are at a trade-show and how have you pivoted your services during this time of social isolation? 
I offer mini sessions at trade-shows and markets for those who may like smaller readings, more specific guidance or simply get a small taste of the work I do. For example, I can offer Soul Connection Readings – I connect my soul to yours and they offer a visual description of how your soul is feeling right in the moment. As I describe the image I am given, spirit offers guidance or information for a deeper connection that the person can take how they choose and sit with it. I also offer 3-Card Oracle card readings. Whether you have a specific question or simply wish to have general life guidance, I pull 3 cards from a given deck and read them as they lay. Another option is an Aura reading, where I connect to your energy and see the colours of your current Aura. As our auras change, colours have different meanings for different people and the certain colours may also have different meanings within yourself at different times of your life.
Have you introduced new products or services during this time? 
I am currently adding Guided Writing Readings to my offerings right now. In this, I connect to the client’s spirit team, angels and loved ones in spirit to allow them to speak through me. Once connected, I sit with pen and paper and allow them to put their thoughts to paper. Once they are finished, I either transpose the information or simply take pictures of the writings and send them to the person requesting it. Because it is not me, specifically, who is writing the guidance, the handwriting is different and can be almost illegible.
What have you learned about yourself as an entrepreneur during this time of social isolation? 
As a spiritual healer and entrepreneur I have learned that I still have a lot of healing left to do! And I have been taking the time to ensure I complete it! It has been a lot of work, but so worth it in the end. I’m feeling deeper connected to spirit, cleaner, lighter, and so ready to continue helping others. I’ve also learned to trust even more than I used to. My faith in spirit has never failed me and it has continued to shine despite the hardships. As an entrepreneur, I’ve realized how much time I’ve been taking away from the simple things in life. Owning your own business is a lot of work. And I’ve had to make sure I keep putting in the time to continue my growth as a business and as an individual.
If you could give other creative entrepreneurs a tip right now, what would you tell them? 
Be sure to find balance! Chaos is created when your equilibrium is off. Understanding how to get the most of your productivity while still finding time for fun will allow your business to continue to grow at the same time as you gain personal growth.
To learn more about Her Healing Guidance, visit https://her-healing-guidance.square.site/ or Instagram and Facebook with the handle @HER.Healing.Guidance

Art World Expo-10 Years of Creativity!

 

Art World Expo 2020
April 3-5, 2020
Get your tickets now!
Limited vendor spots remain!
Visit our website for more information!

 

Sponsor Alert!
Jack Lonsdales Pub!
Welcome to our sponsor at Jack Lonsdales! A cool pub on Lonsdale Avenue, we are excited to have them support our event this year!
Visit their website here to make a reservation. Did you know that they have 2 for 1 Sunday brunch? Yum!
Miss Art World…will she surprise us with a visit to our show?
Rumor has it that Miss Art World has our event penciled in! Originally from Los Angeles, she is a force in the Art World!
Unique Works You Can’t Find anywhere else!
The Art World Expo continues to be a leader in showcasing unique and out of the ordinary art work. Tammy Ham will be with us for the weekend showing and selling her upcycled art projects all weekend!
Fashion Shows!
We are gearing up for 3 fashion shows this year with 4 different designers at our 10th annual event! Fashion shows will take place on the Friday night at the Opening Gala! Current Designers include:
Monika Blichar
Carolyn Bruce Designs
Tammi Anne Barker
Ziicka the Wildrose
Live and Silent Auctions
We are gearing up for an amazing live and silent auction too! We have so many great donations coming in already! Be sure to come prepared to bid on unique art, jewellery, prizes from local businesses, vacation-stays and much more! All funds raised help support the production of our event in Vancouver, Victoria and Edmonton in 2020!

See you at the show! Tickets are on sale now!

 

Art World Expo Vancouver-May 10!

Join us for Art World Expo Vancouver on May 10, 2019!

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As usual, we have so many great things happening in store for you! An array of vendors join us again this year for your shopping pleasure-just in time for Mother’s Day, you won’t find such a selection anywhere else! We also have two fashion shows, live demonstrations, a body painting competition, live and silent auctions plus a bar and food vendors too!

This year is a special one because it will be our LAST event at Science World where we have hosted the show the last 9 years. It is truly the end of an era and will be a special event so we would love to see you all there! Be sure to get your ticket today and find a CINEMA THEMED costume to wear! Tickets are available HERE! 

See you at the show!

Sincerely,

Monika Blichar, Event Founder & Producer

Questions? Call 1 604 999 6177

Gravel Shows Fan Art at Art World Expo Edmonton

by Monika Blichar

I found Eric on Instagram and reached out to ask him if he was interested in participate in the Art World Expo in Edmonton. I loved his fan art work and thought he make a nice addition to the event since our show themes this year are “Celebrating Cinema!” The power of social media is so amazing these days! I caught up with Eric and asked him about his work, inspiration and what he would do if he had an unlimited bank account…his answer to that question is awesome!

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What inspires you to make art? 
I’ve always had deep love and appreciation for drawing. But what really motivates me to continue creating art is seeing how people react to it in such a positive way. Whether it’s the excitement that someone gets when seeing a character that we share a love for in my fan art, seeing themselves drawn as one of their favourite characters, or something else! It’s immensely motivating!
When did you know you wanted to pursue your art as a business?
 
I’ve always drawn for fun, but when I started to see that other people get pleasure from it as well (and are willing to pay money for it) I realized that it’s something that I could actually turn into a business. It started with selling my own comic books and drawings in Elementary school and evolved into what it is now!
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We met via social media. How does social media help you market your art products today versus what artists had to do say 10 or 20 years ago to “get out there?”
 
I’d say a strong social media presence is a key element to any successful business. It was more or less the same 20 years ago, though the avenues may have been a little different then. Instead of marketing through selling commissions through eBay, DeviantArt and DigitalWebbing, I can now save time making posts, and reach a much wider audience, through the likes of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
 
This will be your first Art World Expo event. Will you have any never before seen work or show specials for our event on April 12? 
 
I’ll have a new fan art print for sale this weekend of a certain Marvel superhero that’s graced the theaters recently. Available in 3 different sizes! Every purchase at Art World Expo will also earn you an entry to win a portrait sketch of yourself (or someone you know) drawn as a favourite character!
 
Your IG profile says that you create “Fan Art and other Nerdy Goodness.” Can you elaborate on what Fan Art is and why it’s cool to be a nerd? We love art nerds in particular!  
 
Fan Art is artwork that is created as an expression of love for a certain franchise, usually found in pop culture but not necessarily. It’s about expressing a love for something you get pleasure from, and sharing it with others who might also share in that same love.
I think being a nerd is about having a deep love for any specific thing, wether it be art, pop culture, music, or sports nerds. In the wake of the internet and expos like this one, people are more capable now more than ever of realizing that they’re actually a part of a much bigger community of obsessed fans than they ever thought possible.
Just for fun, if you woke up and suddenly had access to an unlimited bank account, what would you tomorrow?
 
I’ve just recently gotten engaged with a truly amazing woman, and we’ll soon be moving into what might as well be our dream home with our two awesome boys (possession date on April 25!). On top of that, I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I get to do what I love for a living! I can honestly say life is pretty perfect right now and no amount of money could make any of that better than it already is!
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To learn more about Eric’s work, be sure to visit him tonight at the show and connect with him on social media!
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Emerging Transformed-Ania Telfer at AWE Edmonton

By Monika Blichar

Standing in front of a piece and contemplating what a work’s meaning has inspired people from all walks of life. Curiosity, wonder and a sense of timelessness occur when we encounter such works which also force the viewer to be present in a world where we are often bombarded with message of being the exact opposite. Edmonton artist Ania Telfer does exactly this-on purpose she forces her audience into a world of grandeur and style that is unique and has us wanting more. I caught up with her today to learn more about her process and what inspires her to create.

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What inspires you to make art?

Art can rescue the world. Our world is in desperate need of healing and I feel very passionately about the intersection of creativity, spirituality and healing. I work intuitively, paying attention to my inspirations and feelings. The colour, texture, movement, shape, words, style and tone combinations I choose are intuitively intentional to create a feeling of joy in my heart. I believe that one of the roles of art is to create a feeling of awe. As the artist, I feel awe when I look at my completed pieces, and I hope that the viewer can feel awe while standing in their presence. I believe that art is a gift from the Creator for our healing and this internal feeling of awe cannot be accessed but through art. When we are uplifted by awe and feel reverence and joy in our heart, we activate our healing potential. As a person who has experienced trauma, I know first-hand the healing power of creative energy. I have studied art therapy and am convinced of the power of art to heal.

Several years ago I had a dream about a very large artist figure. Through Jungian therapy, I was encouraged to develop my art more. I created a series of digital photos about my frustrations stemming from not being able to engage in art as much as I wanted, due to demands of raising a young family. This series is available for viewing on my photography website: www.aniarchy.com under galleries, “Artist As Mother”. This got the creative energy flowing and it hasn’t stopped since!

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When did you start painting and how has your worked evolved since you started?

Art has always been vital for me. One of my earliest memories is colouring on the floor in a sun splashed kitchen as a young girl. I took art through high school and completed one year in university at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where I studied photography. I graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in Communications and a minor in Photo. For many years, my main profession was in photography, and I exhibited my photos in some group shows and one solo show in 2007. Although I painted from time to time, it wasn’t until a few years ago, I became more interested in painting for my mental health, and joined Art Mentorship Society of Alberta, an organization which promotes mental wellness through arts. A year ago, I fully embraced my artist self and I began painting seriously on large canvases. Since then, I have received a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, and have had my work in several shows.
I am a mixed-media abstract and figurative artist. I am inspired by the dynamics of aesthetic extremes and how they transition smoothly between each other, creating harmony. I am inspired by the spontaneity which can be created when working intuitively with the canvas, materials and environment, combined with the structure of a purely rational, analytic and cognitive approach. Most often my works are done on canvas; however, I paint on paper and murals as well. I use liquid and heavy body acrylic paints, oil pastels, pencils, paint markers, dripped wax, and other marking tools in my works. My work retains layers thus creating texture and characterization that add visual appeal to the final piece.

As for the artistic merit side of my work, since receiving a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, I have been able to afford a studio. I have seen the quality of my pieces grow quickly in a studio space; I am able to concentrate on the rational study of the abstract and create a higher quality of visual design; I am actively pushing myself and seeking inspiration to develop myself further as an abstract painter. Specifically, there are more dynamics in my pieces such as those listed above, adding greater aesthetic value to the work. These pieces can be viewed on my artist site: www.aniatelfer.com

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We met via social media. How does social media help you market your art products today versus what you had to do say 10 or 20 years ago to “get out there?”

Social media is wonderful. It’s an amazing tool for connection. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s when the digital age was nascent, all communications were done by phone and letter writing. I have more ability now to connect o people all over the world. I follow artists in Japan, Russia, Europe and South America. And I am followed by others in international areas. We can find mutual inspiration in our creativity like this. I can’t imagine trying to market my art without social media.

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This will be your first Art World Expo . Will you have any never before seen work or show specials for our event on April 12?

Yes, I will have several new and colourful pieces which have never been shown! My work is a playground and when viewed in person, due to the grandeur of the canvas, the viewer really feels like she is stepping into a colourful wonderland. I encourage you to come and visit! I will also be running an Instagram contest, and there will be a canvas given away for one winner! Make sure to give me your emails, so I can send you a special post-show promo for an original painting!

Your IG profile says that “Art can rescue the world.” Can you elaborate?

As mentioned above, art can rescue the world…. Arts allow us to consider on an intuitive level, uniting the body, mind, intellect, spirit and emotions in a process which reveals deeper levels of who we are (Paintner); we engage with our whole selves and, by definition, enter a spiritual state. When we allow creative energy to flow through us, we emerge transformed. This transformation affects us individually, but also collectively. “[E]very part of the universe is connected with every other part by ties that are very powerful and admit of no imbalance, nor any slackening whatever” (‘Abdu’l-Baha). Working with creative energy is healing and when one is healed, we are all healed.

Our world is very left brain centered, the arts access the right brain, thus creating further integration which creates higher cognitive capacities, more fulfilling relationships and a more authentic expression of self. All of these elements combine foster more stable social systems geared towards empathy and care for the environments and people around us. When we do not engage in creativity, we become divorced from our spirits. Sadly, we see this internal divorce in the world today: war, corruption, over emphasis on materialism, greed and power struggles. I believe that creating art can rescue our world from these negative patterns and systems. For myself, when I am away from my art for too long my life becomes a “dutiful martyrdom (Allen), I feel like a robot, a walking dead. Creativity is as natural as breathing, but as a society we have moved away from our nature in this regard, and we have become a culture of consumers. We need more spaces for creativity and we need artists who are able to inspire others to be bold and creative. My paintings are created with intention to heal and grow through the Creative Source, the pieces act as ambassadors for healing in the world and when the viewers connect with me, either in person, through social media or artist statements, I further convey to them the healing power of the artistic process.

Just for fun, if you woke up and suddenly had access to an unlimited bank account, what would you tomorrow?

I would pay off our house and lines of credit, buy two Arabian horses, a Groenendal dog, a home in the countryside, with a stable and art studio connected to the main home. My dream is to have a Dutch door to the living area, where the horse can poke his head through and be a part of our family. I’d leave our family enough of a budget line for our necessary living expenses, allowing my husband to take some time off from full time work to concentrate on his own spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health; I already feel like I have had lots of time to develop my health in these areas, but he’s been working to support the family and hasn’t had that time. This would also free us to devote our time deepen our marriage and to raising our children in the best way to foster their capacities for service to the world of humanity. I would take our family on a trip to someplace hot with an ocean.
I am anxiously concerned for the traumas in our world today. In Canada, we are so fortunate to live in a country with good infrastructure, health care, peace and free education. After meeting our financial necessities, I would donate to several charities which I currently support, such as the Baha’i Fund, UNICEF, Food for Children, World Wildlife Fund, Halo Trust Fund and I would start up my own organization promoting healing, connection, community building and wellness through arts.

 

Ania belongs in the realm of abstraction and spirit. Time spent pursing art is time spent in worship. She is passionate about the intersection between creativity, healing and spirituality and believes that when we engage creatively, we heal ourselves and by extension, the world. Ania has lived in diverse places, such as India, Israel, Switzerland, France and Korea, as well as many provinces in Canada. She speaks five languages and is a first generation Canadian. Ania finds spiritual inspiration in the Baha’i Faith and believes that truth is found in all faiths, so she samples truth as she finds it. Ania has a gypsy soul which is most at home wayfaring the landscapes of creativity, while painting, musing out the window, spending time in nature, practising yoga, drinking sweet and strong, milky chai, communing with the Creator, hanging out with animals, or nurturing children. Horses and dogs are her favourite animals. Her favourite colour is whatever is on the end of her brush at the time.
Follow Ania on Instagram @aniatelfer or Facebook Ania Telfer Artist

Bodhi Inscape Strives to be Enlightened Within at Art World Expo Edmonton

by Monika Blichar

Do creative people come from creative families? If our parents are creative, do we naturally become more creative?  Bodhi Inscape is the brainchild of Tamara Konopelky whose family is full of artists and creators. I caught up with her today and I think coming from a family of creators, she might just be uber creative because of this. She is not only an artist but a meditation coach, and owns a construction and landscape company too. What can’t she do?

What inspired you to start making art?
Creativity runs in my family. My grandma was often creating various art projects with random materials. She once made a beautiful centerpiece with an old boot that my uncle left behind, some dried wild flowers, cattails & some pussywillows.
My mom does 3D wall art, repurposes old furniture and she dabbles in quilting.
My Dad makes furniture from antlers and tree branches, he welded a bouquet of flowers for my daughter using bolts and rebar and he gets pretty crafty with his antler Christmas trees with wrench and tool ornaments.
I suppose I’d have to say that I have always been exposed to people creating something extraordinary from something otherwise ordinary. Design and new ideas are in a way, ingrained deep into my mind.
Is there a special meaning behind your business name? 
The name ‘Bodhi Inscape’ came from:
Bodhi: The name of tree that Buddha found enlightenment under.
Inscape: We all try to ‘escape’ from our lives, when what we really need is to Inscape. 
 
I am also a meditation coach and I thought that name would be fitting for both art & meditation.
You produce a variety of works. What do you like to create the most?
I do tend to jump from art type to art type. It really depends on what inspires me at the time. I would have to say favorite is making the Grounding Lamps. My kids and I travel all over Canada gathering materials, driftwood & crystals. The amount of time, thought and the story behind each piece really make them very personal.
This is your first time in an Art World Expo event. What would you like guests to know most about you and your works? 
That’s a tricky question. I’d have to say that when someone buys one of our pieces they can be sure that what they are buying is a story. Each one of our electricity burned peices and lamps are very unique. Our products cannot be reproduced or duplicated so the peice that you buy will literally be one of a kind.
About me? Well I’m a mom with 2 (usually) wonderful children, I own a landscape construction company; Green Thumb Landscaping Inc. I’m a meditation coach and an artist. I’m always looking for some kind of adventure and if you can’t find me…I’m usually in the trees somewhere exploring.
Will you have any show specials or never before seen work at this event?
Yes I will have a draw for a lightning burned peice of sorts. I haven’t quite decided on which peice just yet… let’s call it a show surprise. 😉
Just for fun. What is your favourite travel destination you have visited so far? 
There are so many great places here in Canada that I would call my favorite because of the crystals we can find there. But my favorite ‘destination’ place would probably be Cuba. The people are so kind, the beaches are beautiful and there are tiny geckos running around everywhere. It was heaven!
View more of her work at the Art World Expo on April 12-get your tickets here! Be sure to check out the Etsy Store too!

Horse Jockey Turns Pro-Painter and Joins Art World Expo Edmonton!

by Monika

I grew up in Alberta and our friends had horses. I spent lots of weekends at their farm riding and just loved it. One of the great joys of my life has always been animals, one day I hope to have a horse of my own but until then, I will settle for admiring works like those of Craig Wonnacott Fine Art who has been painting only a short while professionally but whose work is magnetic and pays tribute so well to horses in particular. I caught up with him to learn a little about his inspiration and his background. To my surprise, he was a professional horse jockey for 15 years and he grew up in Zimbabwe! Artists like Craig have the most interesting stories! Enjoy his interview and be sure to come and meet him at the Art World Expo in Edmonton happening on April 12 at the Muttart Conservatory.

What inspired you to start painting?  

Ever since I can remember I have been creative and artistic, I have been drawing and making things all my life. I only really started painting at the beginning of 2018 . I mostly paint with acrylic.

You paint a lot of horses. Do you have your own horses or animals that inspire your work?  

When I was 15 years old I had the choice of an artistic career or to become a professional jockey , I chose the later and joined the Jockey Academy in Zimbabwe which is where I  grew up. I never gave up on my art.

What do you like to paint the most? 

I always said that when I retire from racing I would work as an artist. Horse racing took me around the world and for the next 35 years of racing I had time to really study the animal that would become my favorite topic to paint.

This is your first time in an Art World Expo event. What would you like guests to know most about you and your works? 

Although horses are my favourite things to paint I do a lot of portraits of pets and people.

Will you have any show specials or never before seen work at this event?

I like painting abstracts when I need to loosen up a little, it gives me the freedom to just paint without rules.

Just for fun. If you woke up tomorrow with access to a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Although I am from Zimbabwe, if I could fly anywhere in the world it would be Costa Rica. One day I’m going to move there and paint horses on the beach for as long can. I need to sell a lot paintings in order to do so.

If you would like to learn more about Craig, be sure to visit his website and be sure to get your ticket to the 2nd annual Art World Expo in Edmonton.

Edmonton’s Kaborette ya nèré Showcases Unique Fashions at Art World Expo Edmonton

by Monika Blichar

Like most little girls, I dreamed of lovely clothes and used to play dress up with my friends. The hours we would spend trying on clothes, playing dress up and finding unique things from our treasure chests to pair together are a fond memory from my childhood. As I got older, this love of unique designs and accessories moved me to follow local artists and designers like Alethe Kabore for Kaborette ya nèré . I caught up with Alethe today to learn more about what inspires her as a fashion designer based in Edmonton, Alberta.

What inspired you to start designing clothing? 

I grew up around beautiful vibrant wax prints and a community of women that loved to dress up. I started giving pointers to tailors on what styles I wanted when getting outfit tailored. After moving to Canada from Burkina Faso, I missed being able to readily access affordable tailors and wear my usual colorful and warm weather outfits. I gradually started learning how to sew and started designing clothes that mixed various fabrics to give me the finish I wanted with the comfort that is adequate to the various Canadian seasons. You can say my inspiration started by trying to wear outfits that were not available in Canada and grew to trying to offer the same access to a wider audience.

Your work is colorful, vibrant and unique. What is your inspiration behind this season’s designs?  

I choose most of the colors and designs based on how the fabrics appeal to me. Sometimes you see a fabric and you just have to make something out of it or it inspires the style you need to bring to life. Even though it is cold or winter, I believe we can and ought to wear colorful and vibrant clothes. Seasons can definitely affect our choice of colors but it should not limit us to grey and black.

You create a variety of fashion. What do you like to design the most? 

I enjoy seeing more than one fabric mixed together to yield an elegant and slick finish. Being able to design, a piece that is fresh, elegant and unique is what I love designing the most. Dressing women of various body shapes is the most exciting!

This is your first time in an Art World Expo event. What would you like guests to know most about you and your clothing line? 

This approach of design, work with unique prints is quite new to most people in Canada. Although inspired by beautiful African prints it also incorporates lots of fabric usually found in current fashion. This is meant for all and everyone that wishes to dress elegantly and with unique pieces. Do not be shy and try one of our piece be it an accessory or a full outfit, you will love it.

Will you have any show specials or never before seen work at this event?

I will have a special gift certificate that the guests can enter to win. They can then have the pleasure to choose what to spend it on, as it would be too restrictive to choose one item for the winner.

Just for fun. If you woke up tomorrow with access to an unlimited bank account with funds just for you to spend, what would you do?

I would definitely expand my business, have a physical store, work space, start a partnership with locally hand woven, die, and tie fabric producers back in Burkina Faso and Africa in general so I can infuse some investment on the continent while exporting the expertise and beautiful prints to the rest of the world.

 

Join us for the Edmonton Art World Expo and get your tickets here to support this local designer. A portion of all ticket sales will go back to this artist. Be sure to check out the Etsy shop too! 

Kaborette ya nèré is a fashion business that is striving to offer modern ready to wear and African infused attire to the Afro-Canadian community across Canada while working to carve a space in the fashion world for African prints. The business specializes in incorporating traditional woven material from West Africa, vibrant African prints commonly known as “Ankara” with European fabric in its stylish designs. Kaborette ya nèré offers clothes, and clothing accessories and is based here in Edmonton.

The founder and in-house designer of Kaborette ya nèré is Alèthe Kaboré. Born and raised in Burkina Faso, she moved to Edmonton to pursue her studies and could not leave behind her love for African prints and fashion. Alèthe has always had an eye for colors and forms and has a keen interest in fashion design. She is a self-taught designer and seamstress with still a lot to learn and as much to contribute to the fashion world. Her dream is to increase the use of African prints and material in modern wear in Canadian fashion and internationally. Alèthe is looking forward to showcasing her creations and dressing you too!