Trees have Living Spirits

April 5th, 2014 | No Comments

Wayne Anaka writes;

Having restored antique furniture and chairs for many years my passion for wood has renewed interests by way of the arts. From hand carving burls to turning bowls and platters I have designed many “one of a kind” pieces, my latest being “Hollycones” and parquetry inlaid coloured platters.

HOLLY CONE

 

Like our native Indian people I strongly believe trees have living spirits. When working with highly figured woods, many different unexpected images appear. I try to bring out their hidden beauty. Where knots fell out, marbles are carefully chosen to replace it. I have been accepted and sold pieces in the Sidney Fine Arts Show for the last three consecutive years. The Woodturners Guild has encouraged me by the many world class turners we bring in for demonstrations.

WESTERN MAPLE INLAID PLATTER

My ambitions remain high, as are my standards for what I produce. Public response is of the utmost importance to me. My work and great love for it makes it much easier for me to produce pleasing, one of a kind works of art for all to enjoy.

You can find more of Watne’s beautiful and creative work at Side Street Studio in Oak Bay Village, Victoria, B.C.

HOLLY CONE WITH MARBLE INSET


VICTORIA MADE SOY WAX CANDLE IN PORCELAIN HOLDERS

April 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Sue McLeod was born and raised in Victoria, BC.

 

She spent most of the years of her 20s travelling and exploring the world, educating herself through time and experience. She is a full time student of life and is eager to keep learning forever. It was the result of a road trip through British Columbia where she stumbled upon Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson and she was immediately drawn into the clay program.

SOY CANDLE IN PORCELAIN HOLDER

 

Sue has a unique and close connection with fire, which has greatly inspired and influenced her path in ceramics. Earthen materials come into contact with her hands to be shaped into physical expressions of her life experience. They are then placed within the fire where a magical transformation occurs to produce something so amazingly beautiful. How could she resist this process?

SOY CANDLE IN PORCELAIN HOLDER

Sue has lived a life where she puts as great an emphasis on play as on work. She works very hard so that she can play very hard and she tries to incorporate playfulness into her work whenever it’s appropriate. This playfulness comes through in her ceramic forms in many different ways.

SOY CANDLE IN PORCELAIN HOLDER

 

She is currently working on a series of board games which translate her hard work into something that can be played and enjoyed over and over. Sue sees the teapot form not only as a vessel for pouring tea, but also as a fun character that can have a personality all of its own.

SOY WAX CANDLE IN PORCELAIN HOLDER

Inspired by the wit, wisdom and illustrations of Dr. Seuss, Sue plays around with many different shapes and colours, capturing the mood of the ever-changing, both sensible and nonsensical world she finds herself in. All of Sue’s current work is electric-fired to cone 6.

You can find Sue’s beautiful locally made candles at Side Street Studio, Oak Bay Village, Victoria, B.C.

 


Jodi Mayne West Coast Landscape Painter

April 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Jodi Mayne is a West Coast landscape painter from Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada.

OLD GROWTH

 

Now based in the capital city of Victoria, she grew up in the islands nearby Cowichan Valley and studied visual arts at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver.

JOINED

While completing her visual art degree Jodi focused on printmaking techniques and developed the love for bold line and shape now evident in her painting and drawing.Living and growing up on the west coast surrounded by forest and sea, has filled Jodi with a deep appreciation for the rich natural systems she celebrates in her paintings.

SHAPED BY THE COAST

At one time she lived in both Australia and Europe, now drawing on elements from many environments to develop a universal feeling in her compositions. Her work reflects a love and devotion to trees and plants and the beautiful, ancient processes they encompass.

WARM SKIES

In these half imagined, half encountered painted environments, Jodi creates spaces where anyone can experience an intrinsic connection to natural systems greater than them self. Realism is intertwined with imagination evoking places of past, present, and future.

Art Card Collection

 

 Her use of wood and found/re-purposed materials to create stylized landscapes explores resource use and the interconnections that exist between all things.

 You can find Jodi’s superb prints and art cards at Side Street Studio, Oak Bay Village, Victoria BC.

Jodi Mayne


Beautiful Cheese Boards

March 29th, 2014 | No Comments

Helgi Eyjolfsson was born in a small farming community in Saskatchewan and it was there that he began his love of working with wood.

BIRDS EYE MAPLE INLAID CHEESE BOARD & KNIFE

After university he worked in the Canadian Armed Forces and with Corrections Canada as Prison Warden and Director General of Security. In retirement he enjoys working with exotic woods from around the world and specializes in crafting memory boxes, candle holders, cutting boards & cheese boards incorporating exoticwood inlays.

APPLEWOOD INLAID CHEESE BOARD & KNIFE

His workshop overlooks mountains, water and vineyards in Kelowna, B.C. and is a refuge for the spiritual nurturing of his soul and the handcrafting of his creative ideas. 

CHERRY WOOD INLAID CHEESE BOARD & KNIFE


End of an Era

March 10th, 2014 | No Comments

End of an Era

 On the 31st March and after 15 years Dave & Marlyn of Quasimodo Pottery, Mayne Island, will cease making their beautiful signature Batik style glaze.

Large Casserole

 

This glaze involves a five-stage process – firstly they apply river clay to the pots, then paint on the intricate patterns using liquid wax emulsion, and finally add several layers of different glazes. In total, five days of work for each piece.

Salmon Design Brie Bowl

 

We still have a number of pieces of Quasimodo Batik pottery but, as would be expected, they are selling fast. On the 1st April, any pieces that remain are being returned to Quasimodo.

Large Rimmed Salad Bowl

 

Please check out our web site to see what remains in stock – the stock is updated in ‘real time’ so what shows as being in stock is there! You can reserve any piece on line or just call Sue at our studio on 250 592 1262

Dave & Marlyn

 

 


A ‘Thoughtful’ Valentines Day!

February 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Valentines Day arrives again this Friday. A recent survey reported that women would prefer something ‘thoughtful’ rather than a Diamond bracelet – I suspect that the survey was conducted by men but whatever.

So on this ‘thoughtful’ note – Side Street has a huge range of unique cards and gifts that are all beautiful and one of a kind! 

The studio is open is open every day from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. and today, Family Day from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm


Winter Window Highlights

February 5th, 2014 | No Comments

With these bright clear Winter days this artists fused glass window displays will bring a burst of colour to any room in your home. Diane creates a huge range of Glass Hangings from Poppies, Orca’s, Sail Boats, Owls, to even Flying Pigs!

LIGHTHOUSE GLASS HANGING

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, glass artist Diane Piercy creates eye-catching and original fused glass art called Sassy Glass. She learned her craft and developed her own unique style on Saltspring Island, where she lived and raised her two children from 1992 to 2003.

SKINNY CAT GLASS HANGING

Now, back in her Victoria studio, Diane first sketches her designs, then draws and cuts each piece of glass used in her creations. The pieces are then meticulously assembled, and finally fused, or melted in the kiln.

POPPY GLASS HANGING

Diane is inspired by both the beauty and whimsy in everyday life, and she hopes her work will brighten your window and add a smile to your day!

PIGS CAN FLY GLASS HANGING

You can more of Diane’s beautiful work (including the Flying Pig) at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/diane-piercy-m-80174.html

SUNFLOWER GLASS HANGING


Gracepoint Staring David Tennant to be filmed in Oak Bay 2014

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

The first location for the 2014 shoot of Gracepoint, the Fox reworking of hit ITV series Broadchurch has been announced today.

Staring David Tennant, scenes from the drama will be filmed in the Vancouver Island village of Oak Bay. The news was posted by local councillor Michelle Kirby, who also confirmed that the shoot would take place between January and May 2014. The coastal community will be just one of the locations used, other locations are expected to include Santa Cruz in California. 

 Read more at http://tennantnews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/first-north-american-shooting-location.html


A Very Happy & Joyful Christmas & New Year to all our Customers and Artists!

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

A Very Happy & Joyful Christmas & New Year to all our Customers and Artists!

2013 Has been the Most Successful Year Ever for Side Street Studio!

As we enter into 2014, the Studio’s 30th year, we look forward to supporting even more local artists’ and providing beautiful, unique and great value work to our customers.

We hope that our customers can look at their purchases in another 30 years and still be delighted with the quality of our local artists’ work. In today’s world how often do items improve with age!

Look for our artists’ work at our Oak Bay Village Studio, on our web site at www.sidestreetstudio.com and on www.amazon.ca

Side Street Studio


An Artist with a Touch of Jazz

December 14th, 2013 | No Comments

Tom Brayton

Tom Brayton has spent a lifetime working artistically in the medium of wood but only recently began to consider himself an artist.

MAPLE BURL BOX

A carpenter by trade and high school shop teacher by profession, retirement offered him the opportunity to more fully explore his artistic pursuits. The result is functional and beautiful pieces utilizing Western (Broad Leaf) Maple.

MAPLE BURL BOX

These range from boxes made from single wood pieces to facetted vessels crafted from steam-bent, figured Burl. Tom finds the intricate grain patterns of Burl intriguing and enjoys the challenge of working with this difficult material.

 

SMALL MAPLE BURL BOX

Tom’s work is all created in his home studio overlooking the water in Chemainus, BC where he lives with his special lady, Carole and their demanding cat, Marley.

SMALL MAPLE BURL BOX

When he’s not working with wood, Tom enjoys traveling, Dixieland jazz music, history, and loving the heck out of his five grandchildren.

You can see more of Tom’s beautiful work at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/tom-brayton-m-80572.html