Interview with Brigitte Stroud of Plush on Main
If you came to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2011, you probably came across Plush‘s booth, where you could have made a bottle cap pendant, or purchased a felting kit. Or, you could have seen or worked on the giant felt egg that they brought to the Museum of Vancouver Fundraiser party back in March.
For this year’s faire, they’ll be back at it again, with a sponsored booth and even more felting demonstrations. Plush on Main, located on 4296 Main Street, hosts regular workshops on sewing and felting, and features art and crafts made by local artists. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Plush and you’re wanting to get your felt on, or check out some really great handmade goods, I highly recommend checking out their shop! It’s full of creativity, hand-made art, and knowledge-sharing.
I recently caught up with Brigitte, and learned a bit more of what Plush is all about, and what they will be bringing out for Maker Faire. (Note, Plush is also one of our official ticket sellers for the event, so if you’d like to purchase paper tickets, you can stop by one of these 3 locations and pick them up). Here is a bit of what she had to say:
1. What do you plan on demonstrating at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this year?
We just got in a fresh batch of lovely wool roving that we can’t wait to mess around with, so we’ll be teaching people how to make felted beads, which is a quick and easy introduction to wet-felting.
2. What was your experience like at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2011, and at the fundraiser party in March?
Amazing on both counts! At last year’s Maker Faire we helped people make nearly 400 bottlecap pendants, which was both inspiring and exhausting. The giant needle-felted Easter egg that we had people working on at the fundraiser was a ton of fun, and it was incredible to watch it turn from a blank (albeit fuzzy) surface to an explosion of different colours and textures by the time the evening was over.
3. Who are some of the feature artists’ works in Plush? What items go the quickest?
What’s best-selling changes week-to-week, sometimes day-to-day! Perennial favourites are Kris Brownlee’s (AKA A Cagey Bee) art panels and lockets, the Naked Soapworks’ line of bodycare products, and the whimsical feltings and DIY felting kits from Blushing Lotus Designs.
4. Can you talk a bit about some of the workshops you have hosted at Plush?
Opening up our studio for public workshops has been super-exciting! And a little bit scary at first… akin to inviting a whole bunch of strangers over to cook in your kitchen! We have a regular rotation of needle-felting, wet-felting, hair fascinator, and t-shirt modification workshops. We’ve recently added a card-making class and a home-made bodycare product class, both of which we think will become regulars on our roster. We also occasionally open up the studio for free craft drop-ins, and every month the Vancouverites for Steampunk meet in our space for their monthly craft meets.
Learn more about Plush and check out their upcoming workshops on their website, or check them out on Facebook.