If you've spent any time on Canada's east coast, you know that there is no shortage of talented artisans making their mark in the design world. While they may not be household names (yet), their talent is worthy of a global audience. From stunning ceramics to intricate wall art and more, these are some of design expert Andrew Pike’s top décor picks from all four Atlantic provinces.
A carpenter by trade, Gander-born Jessica Waterman uses both wood and textiles, combining two materials she feels best reflects the character of Newfoundland and Labrador. Jessica's work ranges from wooden quilts, fabrics, murals, interior design to the renovations of homes and commercial spaces. She shows sensibility for introducing modern elements to traditional settings, with a focus on enhancing charm rather than replacing it.
Tree Line Fine is a fine craft shop and studio in the historic community of Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador run by artist Morgaine Parnham. The craft shop is committed to showcasing local one-of-a-kind pieces and represents fine craft artists from across Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. Morgaine hand-dyes Atlantic Canadian wool then weaves it into cozy fabric to adorn you and your home, and each piece of her award-winning work is as individual as a Newfoundland day!
Having lived in Nova Scotia and Bermuda, artist Kimberley Eddy draws her inspiration from her coastal surroundings when she creates her functional pieces of resin art. From bowls to charcuterie boards, she incorporates a multitude of media into her art practice to represent the temperments of the ocean. Made in the Maritimes at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Kimberley's work can be found in collections across Canada and internationally.
Canadian Olympian snowboarder Kimiko Willgress grew up with prana rocks, oil lamps that were created decades ago at her family's cottage in Pointe Au Baril, Ontario. These candles were part of her family story and a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. When Kimi moved to Nova Scotia in 2010 and discovered the incredible beauty of Nova Scotia rock, Prana Rock was born. She has been a part of the Halifax Seaport Market for almost 10 years. She created Indie Home, a concept store located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from a love of nature, natural materials and neutral palettes. Along with Prana Rock, you can also find one-of-a-kind pieces for your home.
Indigenous artist Kelsie Young is the creator behind the unique pieces inspired by nature at Dream Webbs. Traditionally smudged at sunrise, Kelsie's pieces feature semi-precious gemstones to infuse additional healing and intention into each design. She hand gathers most of her supplies including driftwood, shells, Usnea moss, and natural feathers.
What, These Old Things? is an online vintage boutique based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and they specialize in fun, eclectic vintage and antique finds. Founder Brigid Milway sources, picks and curates all items found on the online vintage store. Most finds come from the Maritimes, but you can also find pieces from Toronto, New York and California.
Oyster Art is a one-of-a-kind piece of photographic fine art that celebrates the uniqueness of an oyster shell by revealing nature's detailed abstract creations hiding in small sections of a select few. Debbie Brady is an accredited professional photographer of Canada and uses specialized macro photography techniques to capture an oyster's shell textural characteristics to create high-end, abstract artwork.
Vintage glassware is not just for Grandma's china cabinet anymore! Tracy Cantin of Prince Edward Island is the maker behind passion project-turned into full-time business Ellie & Arthur. She creates one-of-a-kind hand-poured candles made with a custom coconut and soy wax blend encasing an organic cotton wick. Designed with vivid colours and intricate designs, each candle is lusciously scented with the highest quality fragrance oils available. The best part? When your candle's life has come to an end, your piece of vintage glassware will wash clean with hot soapy water, so you can continue to treasure it as you wish!
Proudly making their products in PEI since 1981, Island Winds creates beautifully handcrafted and musically tuned wind chimes. Their product line of 7 windchimes covers several different keys in both major and minor tones. They use galvanized stainless steel alloy, which is resistant to rust but still keeps the high tonal quality.
Synonymous on Prince Edward Island with quality craftsmanship, MacAusland's Woollen Mill operates the only mill in Atlantic Canada producing quality, 100% pure virgin wool blankets. Made with raw wool produced throughout the Atlantic region, the MacAusland Blanket comes in a variety of sizes, beautiful colours and limited-edition patterns.
Judy Blake has been working with clay since the mid-1970s. Her smoke-fired vessels have been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions across Canada, the United States and Korea, and are included in many private and public collections nationally and internationally. Judy experiments with unglazed surface treatments using alternative firing techniques such as saw-dust firing, naked raku and saggar-firing. She continues to be one of a small number of Canadians and the only ceramic artist in the Maritimes using these techniques.