Friday, June 5, 2015

We have a lot of talented, creative people on Vancouver Island.  Our Vancouver Island Etsy Team has a team page where you can shop from and keep it local.  Spread the word!  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vancouver Island Etsy Shop Feature - Kent Olinger

Tell us how you got started doing what you do. Did you gain formal training?  If not, how did you develop your art?

I started metalsmithing as a hobby approximately 20 years ago. After taking a couple of start-up classes at the Edmonton Cultural Centre, I continued to learn and refine my craft over the years by reading how-to books and articles and watching how-to videos, but mostly learning by trial and error so I consider myself to be self taught.

In the mid-90’s, I left a full time position as an instructor in the Paramedic Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton to pursue metalsmithing full time and have since developed my hobby into a successful small business.

Where do you produce your work?

I relocated from Edmonton to Gabriola Island, BC in 1998 where I produced and sold my jewelry from my home-based studio/gallery and became an active member of the community Arts Council. In 2006, I relocated to Chemainus on Vancouver Island and continue to produce my jewelry to date from my home-based studio/workshop there as well as participate in local artist events.

What types of materials do you use? Why?

I work with various metals but primarily focus on creating copper jewelry. I used to work primarily in sterling silver, but it simply got too expensive. I will still make a piece in silver if specifically requested; however, working in copper allows me to keep my work priced affordably for my customers.

What are three items in your shop that you are particularly proud of?

Many of my handcrafted jewelry designs are inspired by the nature of West Coast living as showcased in my heron and crow pieces of which I am most proud.  (Click on photos to view in Kent's Etsy shop and to read descriptions of process involved in making these pieces.)

What goals do you have?

I am constantly aspiring to learn new methods and techniques including my most recent venture of flame painting on copper.

What are the tools of your trade?

The tools of my trade consist of a variety of jewelry-making supplies, findings, hammers, saw blades and so forth as well as a propane oxygen torch and a small kiln.

What challenges do you face in your work and what ways have you addressed them?
July 2013, I joined and set up an on-line shop called Images By Kent Olinger. Being a seller on Etsy has offered me the opportunity to showcase my work on the World Wide Web and has helped me overcome my biggest challenge as an artist which was simply getting my work out there. Etsy has offered me the perfect platform to do so. My exposure on Etsy has also led to an opportunity to display and promote my work through the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, as well as a feature in the upcoming fall/winter edition of Amazing Canadian FashionMagazine.  

Have you been in the news or featured elsewhere?

Past Honors include: Alberta Government - Commissioned brooch given to Canadian Premiers’ wives at the 17th Premier's Conference - Jasper Alberta, 1996. World Figure Skating Championship, 1996 - Commissioned limited edition brooch. The National Gallery of Canada Gift Shop - Commissioned brooch "Stormy Weather" from Group of Seven painter F.A. Varley, for "Canadian Museums Selections" catalogue, 1997. Designed and produced lapel pin for Nanaimo, BC Chamber of Commerce annual Business awards 2000-2005. Designed and produced "Year of Service Award Pins" for Coastal Community Credit Union 2001-2006. 
Will you be at any art/craft fairs this year?  Any other places you sell your work?

I also display and sell my work at the weekly local Chemainus Farmers’ Market, May through September, and participate in the annual Ladysmith Arts on the Avenue each August. My work is sold in retail shops in Nanaimo, Victoria and Canmore, as well as the National Gallery of Canada Gift Shop.

Where may we find you online? 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Etsy Made in Canada Day!

On September 27th, 2014, more than 35 cities will be gathering to promote their handmade items and vintage finds. Our Vancouver Island location will be at the beautiful Nanaimo Museum.

This is a fantastic way to promote your shop, sell your work and get amazing exposure! Chek News will be there, 1000's of mail-outs are being sent from Etsy to promote this and there is a dynamo team of gals organizing and marketing this event. There will be also be cocktails, appies and music.

Spread the word! Get onboard! Invite your friends! This is a wonderful opportunity for people everywhere to hear about Etsy and to discover the amazing talent we have on Vancouver Island.

This is going to be very exciting! For more info, see (and join!) our team's Event Page on Facebook

Saturday, September 27, 2014
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Nanaimo Museum - 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, BC

Also, check out the 'Etsy Day in Nanaimo Blog' for a current list of the attending vendors, including links to all their amazing shops!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Number 7 In Our Team Treasury Marathon!

We have another awesome team treasury!  Thank you to Danya Etherington of WyndstarCreations on Etsy for her treasury entitled, 'Inspired by the Ocean'.

Read Danya's profile on Etsy:
"At my day job I'm a pharmacy technician, but at home I like crafting.  I enjoy an eclectic assortment of crafts from card-making to cross-stitch, jewelry making and chainmaille."

Take a look at this talented Vancouver Island Etsy Artist's work!

Danya's Shop on Etsy:

Visit Wyndstar Creations on Facebook:

'A Vancouver Island Team treasury inspired by the beautiful colours of the ocean!'

Monday, April 7, 2014

Number 5 in our Team Treasury Marathon!

We have another team treasury!  Thank you to Anna Werrun of AnnaWerrunGallery on Etsy for her treasury entitled 'The Diverseness of Vancouver Island!

 Read Anna's profile on Etsy:
 "What am I passionate about? Art, recycling, and animals. Art is something I have loved since I was a young child. Thanks to my mom and dad for encouraging me to be diverse. I work with various mediums. I love to explore new art and technique. Recycling, it makes a difference. I love living life and by saving our planet we can continue to live longer. By reusing stuff not abusing the planet we can make a difference. We need to stop pillaging our planet. If everyone recycled our oceans would accumulate less garbage. I am not keen on animals being in captivity. However, I do support animals being captured under the conditions of rehabilitation and release like "Hope For Wildlife." Independent research has taught me many things. I encourage you to look up "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," and remember that plastics are killing our worlds wildlife.

I currently have my art displayed in Calgary at Friends and Gems located at the CrossRoads Market 1235 26 Ave, SE. Calgary, AB T2G 1R7, Hours:Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

You can see other paintings of mine in Victoria BC displayed at the Coast Collective Gallery and am a part of the "Pendray Collection." 3221 Heatherbell Rd Victoria, BC V9C 1Y8 Open Wednesdays to Sunday - Noon to 5:00 PM"

Anna on Etsy:

Number 4 In Our Team Treasury Marathon

A big thank you to Nicole Bottles of FreshSqueezedLymeAidfor her new Van Isle Treasury called 'Sprightly Spring'!

She writes:  "I wanted to capture the feeling of winter transitioning into 'actual' know the season with flowers and sunshine etc, and not just a date on the calendar."

Here is Nicole's Bio on Etsy:  

"For 5 years, I have been actively battling chronic Lyme Disease, a bacteriological infection (spread by ticks), which has consequently landed me in a wheelchair, in severe pain, and with short-term memory difficulties. This experience has taught me very valuable life lessons in love, respect and perseverance, helping to make me the mature and peaceful person I am today. I'm in my late teens, and still ill, although on the road to recovery. Throughout my journey, it was the arts that sustained me: knitting, playing piano, spinning, sewing, and making collages. There is nothing more relaxing than being up to your eyeballs in string, or elbow-deep in glue! Creating something with your own hands is an exciting endeavor. Crafting in harmony with nature is very important to me, and has been quite the learning process. Striving to live in harmony with the plants and animals around me has made me more conscious of how fragile life on Earth is. Human existence can be destructive, or nurturing, and I work hard to be in the latter group. It is through the collective effort of individuals that change is made. Thank you for supporting ethically & hand-made arts and crafts. <3"

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