About

Devon Berquist Therese Bombardier Devon Berquist

Halifax Crafters is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization with a mandate to encourage new artists and local art making.

Our membership and board is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers that work to fulfill our mission and vision within the creative community and organize our bi-annual craft markets to best serve our exhibitors.

We are proud to be a part of a vibrant community of independent craft and art markets in the city of Halifax.  We strive to remain a financially accessible market for vendors while staying fresh, seeking out new talent and encouraging new craftspeople to enter the marketplace. We also strive to make the market accessible to the community by offering free admission. In order to maintain a unique and engaging market, all applicants are juried every market by a rotating jury, including a guest juror from outside of the Halifax Crafters membership.

Each year we organize two shows, one in the spring and one before the Christmas holidays. Our carefully curated and unique market is a place where established and emerging Crafters show their work side by side.

MISSION

To cultivate an accessible environment for craftspeople where their work is valued by providing opportunities to grow, celebrating contemporary handcraft and creating a connection with the community.

VISION

To see Halifax flourish as a creative hub where craft is appreciated for both its economic and cultural merit.

HISTORY

Halifax Crafters Society is a community of local artists and crafters. We started in 2004 at the Khyber with twenty Crafters who were looking for a venue to sell their work. Later we moved to the North Street Church in order to include more talented Crafters in the show. In 2009 moved again to our current venue, the Olympic Centre, where we are able to accommodate over eighty Crafters.

In 2011 we introduced the Fresh Catch category as a way to showcase new Crafters and give them experience selling their work at a craft show for the first time. In September 2013 we held our first Pop-Up show in collaboration with Two if By Sea cafe in Dartmouth.

AWARDS

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2015

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2014

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2013

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2012

KIND WORDS

 

There are many reasons why the Halifax Crafters Winter Market wins [the Best Craft Show] award year after year—the cute flag banners, the CKDU throwback jams, the sweet treats, the one-of-a-kind and stunning handmade creations of all kinds, the smiling faces—it’s a jolly good time whether you’re shopping or not. Good luck with the latter, though, it’s usually an impossible feat.

– The Coast

 

The Halifax Crafters shows are, in our opinion, the best in the province. We’ve been sponsoring them for years now because we love what they do!

– Dots & Loops

Heaven is a place on earth

– Instagram user @lindsaymcmullen

Halifax Crafters Society – they’re making craft from the ground up and creating a culture of craft that is bringing back heirloom quality goods, and goods that can be used every day and easily appreciated on any level.

– Joshawa Lamkey

 

2016 Board of Directors

Bethany Riordan-Butterworth

Bethany has been involved with Halifax Crafters Society since 2011, and is excited to be working as Chair of the Board. She is a fan of jokes and drawings and keeping things organized, and looks forward to seeing what lies ahead with Halifax Crafters. Bethany is the brains behind Bread and Butter Pottery, lighthearted functional pottery for daily use.

Megan Archer

Megan is the Creatrix behind Aflame Creations, producing enameled copper jewelry in her shared Dartmouth studio. She loves traveling, learning new languages and obscure musical instruments. After vending at the Halifax Crafters markets since 2012, she recently joined the organization as the Volunteer Coordinator and as a member of the Board.

Therese Bombardier

Therese Bombardier hails from Windsor, Ontario, but makes the Atlantic her home away from home. She is the owner and artist of Therese Bombardier Designs. Her designs are a mix of nostalgic and contemporary, imprinting clay with patterns from antique doilies and lace to incorporate them in her ceramic jewellery and functional housewares. Therese holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University with a focus in photography, ceramics and jewellery. She has been a long-time supporter of the Halifax Crafters Society and has been a volunteer organizer since January 2015 working as the Venue Liaison, as well as, working on the Floor Plan committee and Outreach committee. Therese is delighted to be joining the Board this year.

Becky Welter-Nolan

Becky Welter-Nolan is a Dartmouth based artist whose work uses performance, new media and textiles. She works at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and received her BFA from NSCAD in 2011.

Anne Pryde

Anne Pryde is a professional ceramic artist working out of her home based studio in Hatchet Lake. She shares her life with her partner, daughter and a grumpy old man disguised as a miniature poodle. Anne is a founding member of the Halifax Crafters Society, a current member of the Board of Directors and one of the floor-plan aficionados. 

Marc Comeau

As owner/operator of Old Birch Quality Leather Goods, Marc has been selling functional leather & waxed canvas products at Halifax Crafters shows since 2012 and has been a regular shopper since well before that. Now, as a member of the board and the floor plan committee, Marc hopes to facilitate the organization of shows to come and positively influence the future direction of the society and Halifax’s arts & crafts community as a whole.

Shawnee Gregory

Shawnee is an actor, lawyer and self-proclaimed biggest fan of the Halifax Crafters, a community she discovered in 2008. Shawnee has volunteered at the Market in the past and is thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors. With a passion for locally made products, particularly jewelry and craft beer, you’ll find her at the Market taking photos for the Social Media Committee, eating delicious treats and shopping for unique gifts…for herself and others!

Alexis Vessey

Originally from PEI, Vessey made Halifax/Dartmouth her home of 14 years. This is where she established herself in arts administration, where she practices as a ceramic artist, and where she started her small family. Vessey’s large scale ceramic work is motivated by naturally occurring organic forms and landscape, she alters her surroundings in an otherwise everyday setting, inviting the viewer/user to step into a slightly bent and terrestrial world. Using her hands as her main tool, she pinches, pushes, and manipulates the clay. Starting off with a general idea of form the piece grows, as she coils it from the ground up making decision with textures and forms as she builds, each decision then informs the next and the look of the final form. Vessey’s intuitive nature allows for the discovery of new possibilities and directions in the making of an object.

Volunteer Organizers

Joanna Close

Joanna makes and sells printed cards of her illustrations under the name Field Day Paper. In the past she has made and sold handwoven scarves and blankets. She likes to draw local plants and food and her weaving often references maritime landscapes. Joanna also has an active textile practice as a rug hooker and dyer and has shown her art work in exhibitions in Halifax and Toronto. She has been selling her work at Halifax Crafters markets since 2009. Joanna has been involved in organizing since 2009 and was a member of the board for 4 years. She now volunteers with show set up and decorations.

Kat Frick Miller

Kat has been a part of the Halifax Crafters community since 2008. She has worked as a general organizer for six years and now focuses on facilitating the application process. Kat moved to Lunenburg after graduating from NSCAD in 2009 and now works as an artist and illustrator in her small town studio and at the Lunenburg Makery. Her work is inspired by the rich cultural history of rural Nova Scotia

Alicia Steeves

Alicia is a farmer, florist and lover of textile arts. She recently launched her her flower business, Littlest Flower Farm, on the South shore of Nova Scotia, growing sustainable, local cut flowers available weekly throughout the season and for weddings and special events. Alicia discovered the Halifax Crafters community in 2011, and has been the social media & marketing coordinator for the last 4 years.

Leigh-Anne Hiltz

Leigh-Anne is an artist, designer & crafter from Dartmouth, NS. Her current venture, La-La Land Handmade is a range of accessories and apparel, hand sewn and printed in her home studio. She loves drawing, chasing her kids around and discovering new makers. Leigh-Anne is new to the Halifax Crafters Community this year and will be helping out with the postering committee and any other tasks needed to make the upcoming show a success.

Emma Fitzgerald

Emma is part artist, part architect and now author, of Hand Drawn Halifax published in September 2015 by Formac Publishing. Her whimsical house portraits combine all her loves. She first participated in a Halifax Crafters show in 2013, and she has continually been amazed by all the Crafters she has met. Emma helps out with the floor plan and poster committees.

Anna Taylor

Anna is a craftivist, artist and the owner of Taylor Made Embroidery. Taylor Made draws on the vast history of hand crafted feminism to create items to empower, encourage and softly redefine norms. Anna joined Halifax Crafters in 2011 as treasurer and has since moved into a position as Community Outreach coordinator.

Tacha Reed

Inspired by nature, folklore and the Nova Scotian landscape, over the years Tacha has expressed her creativity and love for her surroundings through every medium possible. Since relocating to the tiny settlement of Ellershouse, Tacha’s creative focus has shifted from photography and printmaking to creating tactile fine artworks that make use of natural and recycled material. Tacha primarily works with wool creating exquisitely detailed needle felted pieces and one of a kind rug hookings. Her devotion to up-cycling, paired with her entrepreneurial inclinations, led to the birth of Woodland Wool in 2008; a line of handmade felted critters, home decor items and three-dimensional “feltscape” wall hangings, which tend to depict whimsical scenes of nature; especially the Nova Scotian coastline.