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Lumberjax Custom Wooden Jewelry

by Monika Blichar
This year, we are pleased to be exploring the theme of “Eco-Sustainability” within the theme of the 8th annual Art World Expo in Vancouver. Noting all that is happening in the world environmentally and politically, it is excellent to see artists and designers being sustainable in their production of unique accessories and art work. A new-comer to Art World Expo but a past guest, we welcome Volkert Bobeldijk for Lumberjax Custom Wooden Jewelry to our annual event and showcase. Volkert has truly done something unique while thinking of nature and the ecosystem. We caught up with Volkert about his work and the upcoming event-be sure to check out his Facebook page at the end also!
1-When did you start making jewellery?
I started to make jewelry about four three years ago after my wife asked me to make a ring. Her diamond clasp would get caught on the linens at the hospital where she works and a wood ring could just be worn for work. Then her colleagues and friends started asking me to make them one which helped me to move forward in my woodworking.
2-What inspired you to start incorporating natural elements into your designs?
Being that I have been carving spoons for longer then the Jewelry making, I took to wooden jewelry quite easily. I have always had the love of wood and creating with wood my entire life but this has opened up my creative side. It also gives me the ability to use woodworking as therapy.
3-What has been the most exciting aspect of launching your own company?
The most exciting part of starting my own company is the ability it has given me to spend more time with my family. I went from a high stress, long hours and away from the house type of job to working a part-time job and working my business. This gave me the pleasure of being around my children and spending the quality time with my wife.
4-How have you transformed as an artist since you began?
Since I have started I have had the amazing pleasure of meeting more artisans and creative people that inspire me to grow and be who I really am. My transformation began when I saw the people who stop by my booth look in awe at the creations I have made for them. It gave me more drive to further my company and start making more products to suit all types of styles.
5-What do you aspire to do in the next five years?
I wood love to see my company grow to a point of not needing to have a part-time job. This way I will be able to take care of my family full time and become more self sufficient. To work my passion and spend the upmost quality time with family and friends is my goal that I will achieve.
6-What kinds (if any) specials or promotions will you have at Art World Expo 2018?
At this art show I will be giving Wooden keychains designed to put essential oils on to each client that purchases from my table. In addition, I may come up with a draw to win a wooden earrings and necklace/pendant set.
To learn more about Lumberjax, visit their Facebook Page.
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Tarnia Loewen-Emerging Artist

by Monika Blichar
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Tarnia Loewen has been one woman who has played several roles in my professional and personal lives over the years. When I first moved to Vancouver, I bought a condo downtown and she worked in the building. Not only was she always happy and bright, she shared her dreams and goals of working as an artist. I’m always eager to hear about art dreams and loved hearing about what she was doing. Even after I sold the condo and years later, we remained friends and business associates. She started to share more of her works with me and invited me to show my art, host an event when she held a Halloween Pop Up Shop in North Vancouver and referred our company for make up work. The more I got to know her, the more I encouraged her to share her work and eventually enticed her to participate in Art World Expo three years in a row.
A talent who has made works for years and is now emerging into her arts career, we caught up with her to share some of her thoughts about art.
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1-What inspires you to create paintings?
What inspires me to paint and create is vibrancy in colour and movement around us.
2-Do you have a favourite artist?
I have several favourite artists, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, and Jack Shadbolt.
3-What is your favourite subject matter to paint?
My favourite subject to paint seems to be anything outdoors, I am surprised by this as I love still life flowers in vases, inanimate objects and abstract but outdoor scenery seems to keep rising to the surface. So for now I am going with it. There is something about Trees!
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4-What kinds of work are you currently working on?
Currently I am expanding myself into more abstract and have a river/ water series I am working on.  Also going larger.
5-If you could make anything happen with your art and career, what would you like to see happen?
I want to definitely develop more depth and skill, much more flavor, more variety and to provide a peacefulness into a purchasers environment wherever they would choose to put a work of mine.
6-Will you have special offers for Art World Expo guests this year?
Special offers at Art World I am working on bringing more pieces, larger pieces, and some surprises!
To learn more about Tarnia, visit her Facebook Page.