Meet the Crafters: Minimalistos

December 4, 2014 | Halifax Crafters Society

Minimalistos, the craft baby of Vlad and Jelsi, is a creative project started a few years ago with the goal of finding innovative ways to repurpose discarded materials. “We started working with glass after discovering that the glass from window panes is completely unrecyclable and ends up in landfills,” said the pair. “We’ve now collected hundreds of windows from all across Nova Scotia to fuel our work.”

Minimalistos’ pieces are inspired by a midcentury minimalist aesthetic, and as such, Vlad and Jelsi thought glass would be the perfect medium to highlight the simple geometric lines of their work. “Our process is entirely done by hand starting with dismantling window frames through to polishing our seams,” they said.
Vlad and Jelsi’s debut into the market scene will begin with this weekend’s Halifax Crafters’ winter market; lucky us!


When you’re not creating for the Crafters market, where can I find your work?

We’ve been fortunate to have our worked stocked across Canada and you can now find us in four provinces! In Nova Scotia we are in Dots & Loops, Makenew, Common Values and soon to be in The Flower Shop.


What is your process? Do you listen to any music while you work?

For us a new project always begins over a cup of coffee. We take our sketches and create 3D computer models then flatten the renders to templates. Over our second coffee, we plan how our day is going to look. While we work, we listen to a ridiculous amount of podcasts – Serial, This American Life, Radiolab, Ideas, White Coat Black Art and the list goes on. Time flies when you are listening to a story unfold! A third coffee gets us through emails, Instagram and bookkeeping.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetWhat makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?

We are excited as this will be our very first appearance at a market! We look forward to meeting other makers and more of Halifax’s creative community.