About

Devon Berquist John McCarthy Devon Berquist John McCarthy

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 (Silver) 2018

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Silver) 2017

The Coast Best of Halifax
Best Craft Show (Gold) 2016

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

Heaven is a place on earth

– Instagram user @lindsaymcmullen

2019 Board of Directors

Evey Hornbeck

Evey Hornbeck is from Ottawa, ON, and has made her home in Halifax since 2008. When she can sit still, her creative pursuits include calligraphy and hand lettering. However, Evey is happiest in the thick of the fun at the semi-annual Halifax Crafters Markets. She is a new member of the Board of Directors and works on social media committee and as venue liaison, and helps to keep the show running smoothly! She also volunteers her time as a birth doula.

Sarah Duggan

Sarah is the artist and owner of Sarah Duggan Creative Works. She has been selling since Spring 2016 and is excited to be joining the Halifax Crafters Board of Directors. She has worked on Social Media Committee and currently, on Sponsorship. Sarah works out of her home studio in Dartmouth, where she lives with her husband Mike, two children Oliver and Lillian and greyhound, Hermes.

Joyce Adom

Joyce Adom

My name is Joyce Adom, owner and maker of Simply Go Natural Cosmetics products based in Halifax, NS,since 2016.

Our products are handcrafted, plantbased, cruelty free, natural and organic hair and skin care.

We specialize in shampoos, conditioners, hair serum and butters for curly, coily, wavy, dry hair. Our skin care is curated for severe dry, and sensitive skin, and specializes in body butters and skin balms. Making these products is what I do for fun.

I am delighted to be on the Halifax Crafters Board and I look forward to helping organize many more shows ahead.

Katharine MacDonald Poirier

 

Katharine serves on the Board of Halifax Crafters, as well as the Social Media committee. She is originally from Prince Edward Island, where she was dedicated to the local arts and craft scene in her freelance and volunteer work. She lives in the North End with her husband Chad and pets. Having always considered herself “craft-adjacent,” Katharine finally immersed herself in embroidering during the lockdown earlier this year and hasn’t stopped stitching since.

Briana Corr Scott

Briana Corr Scott an author and illustrator. She makes books, surface patterns, prints, paintings and stop motion animations.  She moved to Dartmouth from New England in 2005, and was happy to find an encouraging and lively art community in Halifax.  She is a long time fan of Halifax Crafters and has been showing with the market since 2013. Briana is on the board and volunteers for the Social Media Committee.

Rachel Blair-Johns

Rachel Blair-Johns is the metal maven behind Ment Jewellery who has been making contemporary adornment since 2014, debuting at Halifax Crafters Spring Show that year. Born in Swindon, England she immigrated as a young child to Ontario, Canada finding her home in Canadian art and craft studying at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and taking a degree in fine art at OCAD. After 15 years as a Scenic Artist in the Toronto Film Industry she moved to Dartmouth, NS in 2008 and majored in Jewellery at NSCAD University. In 2014 she co-founded the craft organization The Dartmouth Makers. A community builder and an advocate for craft (and Dartmouth) she’s been in love with the salty air ever since. She is a new member of the Board as of 2019.

Volunteer Organizers

Meghan 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. Megan works with the organization as the Volunteer Coordinator and as a member of the Board.

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 works with Halifax Crafters Community on the poster committee and helps with any other tasks needed to make the upcoming show a success.

Amy Chandler

Amy is a textile artist who graduated NSCAD University in 2016. Owner of Friday55, Amy works out of her home studio in Dartmouth creating hand embroidered goods including colourful and intricate patches and hoop art. Amy is a long time fan of Halifax Crafters, and is excited to be volunteering on the postering committee!

Carrie Ellis

Carrie is a hobbyist crafter who has loved attending Halifax Crafters shows since moving here from Ontario in 2013.  She loves exploring this beautiful province and is amazed at all the local talent and creativity.  Volunteering with Halifax Crafters Society has afforded her the opportunity to connect with and support the artists who participate in the show, and give back to the amazing crafting community.  She currently volunteers with the decoration and floor plan committee.

Tania Burenina

Tania is the owner and lace maker of Lace Lounge. She moved to Nova Scotia in 2010 and has been a huge fan of Halifax Crafters ever since. She has been selling with HCS since 2016. Tania has a Master’s Degree in Art History and is fascinated by everything made by hands. She makes her beautiful lace jewelry and accessories in her home studio and is excited to be volunteering on the Floor Plan Committee.

Jessie Wright

Jessie Wright is the hands and heart behind JAW Pottery. Originally from rural Ontario, she has called Nova Scotia her home for the past 10 years. She works out of her home studio in Halifax and is excited to be part of such a wonderful craft community! Jessie is volunteering on the decorations committee for the HSC.

Jesse Gallant

Jesse is a graduate of both the Graphic Design and Baking & Pastry Arts programs at NSCC. He is the owner of King & North Chocolate, and uses his skills to create sweet treats that are beautiful and delicious. He is on the Poster Committee, and is incredibly excited to volunteer with Halifax Crafters!

Alyssa Chapeskie

Alyssa has a life long love of art and craft. With a background in Fine Art and many years working with local small businesses, she loves to combine her passions for art, community and small business. Being part of Halifax Crafters has enabled her to connect with people who are passionate about handmade, and to put her organizational skills to great use. Alyssa is so proud to serve the local handmade community as the Administrative Assistant for HCS.