Ian and Lesley are the father-daughter team behind Finlayson Goldsmiths. After a 4-year apprenticeship and extensive training in some of Vancouver’s premier workshops (Toni Cavelti, Lander Design, Swedish Jewelers), Ian went on to a career as a solo artisan. He has 45 years of experience in the fabrication of fine Read more [...]
With over 30,000 working artists, British Columbia has the largest percentage of its labour force in the arts, well above the Canadian provincial average.The Gulf Islands hold a particular allure for the artist, many of whom come for a visit and remain there for the rest of their lives. An excerpt from a 1955 issue of National Geographic sheds some light on this phenomenon:
“The calm leisurely atmosphere of the islands works its charm upon people from all walks of life. The person in worn clothing whom the newcomer mistakes for a beachcomber or country bumpkin as often as not prove to be a famous scientist, novelist, admiral, politician, or other notable… The sympathetic outsider may find himself being initiated into what may be one of the last truly civilized ways of life remaining in English-speaking North America.
Once that happens, it is unlikely that he will ever want to leave.”
Joan Barrington, owner of Barrington Brolly, creates her custom umbrellas and personal parasols, in her home-based workshop, where she is surrounded by fabrics, trims, frames, and handles. You will also find less glamourous, but equally necessary items, such as nails, pliers, snips, wires, and a hammer. Joan’s international clients, have Read more [...]