Painting, Textiles, Jewelry, and More from Blackberry Gift Shop

A pair of silver earrings in the shape of leavesargentium sterling-foldform-leaf earrings (by Linda Chow)

Blackberry Gift Shop is a shop and artist’s co-op based in Port Moody, British Columbia. The co-op includes artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, textiles, jewelry, and ceramics. 


A handwoven shawl with purple fibresShawl, handwoven with Tencel and marino wool (by Beryl Hickinbottom)

While the work of the individual artists is quite different, there’s an overarching atmosphere and tone that I can feel, looking through the examples of work on the Blackberry Gift Shop portfolio website. Each artist approaches their own chosen medium with an exuberance and an eye to detail, and each artist’s works have a distinct, unique feel to them. 


A screen capture of the Blackberry Gift Shop art websitewww.blackberrygiftshop.ca

 

There are plenty of artists in the co-op producing wearable work -- jewelry artists Linda Chow, Violet Finvers, and Luci Gimenes produce pieces that are contemporary and interesting in their own ways. Beryl Hickinbottom’s scarves have a cozy, rustic aesthetic about them, while Jane Ostenstad’s scarves are airy and summery. Blackberry Gift Shop hits a great balance, supporting its artists without stifling their creative voices.


A hand-painted silk scarf in orangeHand painted scarf, habotai silk hand-painted with dye (by Jane Ostenstad)

 

Written by: Dallas Jeffs

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