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Creative Chinatown Craft Market by Patsy Kolesar

photo from  Chinatown House

photo from Chinatown House

I’ll be at the Creative Chinatown Craft Market on Saturday December 15th from 11am - 4pm. Located at Chinatown House 188 East Pender Street.

I’ll have great company there! Here is the list of other artists involved:

Come visit our pop-up market in the heart of Vancouver Chinatown showcasing independent design and craft  by local artists and artisans.

Featured vendors:

WALK Chinatown

Photographer and Cantonese teacher, Dr. Christine Wong, has created photo prints and postcard collections of Vancouver Chinatown and other Chinatowns around the world.

Journeys of Hope

A newly launched book by UBC Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Stories and the City of Vancouver that captures the story of how early Chinese migrants helped transform societies around the world, and how Vancouver’s Chinatown and other Chinatowns throughout Canada and the Pacific region are the living legacies of that transformation.

All Our Father’s Relations

This award-winning documentary tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveal the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.

Chinatown Today

Team from this local blog will have Chinatown souvenirs and the popular #teamkoi vs #teamotter pins drawn by local artist Pearl Low.

Hua Foundation

A youth-driven local non-profit will have a fun stationary mix with their Chinatown-themed reusable cloth bags, 100% recyclable and reusable red pockets, Natalie Tan’s classic Baked Pork Chop with Rice and Yuen Yeung branded pencils, and more!

Pearl Low

Pearl Low is an African-Asian storyboard artist working in animation in Vancouver. Her works are rooted in Chinese-Canadian and Caribbean-Canadian experience. Come meet her and browse her comics/illustrative works, as well as the cute #teamkoi vs #teamotter pins!

Patsy Kay Jewelry

All pieces from Patsy Kay Jewelry are made from pure materials; copper, recycled sterling silver, and natural gemstones and handcrafted by local artist Patsy Kolesar in her studio at Vancouver Chinatown.

Studio Coup

Asian-Canadian designer and illustrator, Jane Koo, will be onsite with her enamel pins that are perfect for your tote, shirt, backpack!

Earthy Eco Style

Designed by Marsie Alvarado, the clothes, bags, and accessories are created for the everyday woman, made from organic and/or recycled fabrics.


Fancypop jewelry is a line of handmade jewelry locally made with clay, resin, beads and charms by Emily. Come choose a piece that can fit your mood and style!

Bitter Melon Bindery

Created by Chanel Ly, Bitter Melon Bindery offers hand bound notebooks, journals and Instax albums that inspire creative habits.

Monkey 100

Local artist Shannon Harvey will be here with her “China People Street” series of paintings, cards and T-shirts.

Sara Felts

Vinitha will showcase her sculptural bowls felted with wool and silk fibres, as well as clothing felted with superfine merino and hand dyed silk fabrics. is a Vancouver based business looking to reduce single use plastic consumption by offering a stylish alternative Market bag.

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Beautiful Online Gift Ideas - Supporting Canadian Small Business by Patsy Kolesar

All of the items on this list can be purchased online and are either made in Canada or sold by small Canadian businesses. They are also all items that I either own and love, would love to get, or would love to gift. Please click on the images to find out more information on each of their websites. 

Thank-you for supporting Canadian Businesses and Canadian Makers! 

Great Stuff, East Side Culture Crawl, and a Private Home Show! by Patsy Kolesar

I would love to see you at one of these amazing events that I am part of!  The Eastside Culture Crawl is my favourite weekend of the year.  I get to open my studio up and share my creative space with you!  I'm in The Onion Studio building at 1103 Union Street.  

Eastside Culture Crawl


This year I am excited to be one of 37 artists showing and selling their work at the Great Stuff show held in West Vancouver in the Ferry Building Gallery at 1414 Argyle Avenue.  Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10-6 and Fridays 10-8

Great Stuff West Vancouver


Last but not least I am honoured to have been invited to participate in a private home show this year.  If you don't want to deal with masses of people at the regular shows then this is the perfect weekend for you.  The address for this home show is in North Vancouver, but we are not posting it online.  If you would like to know the address please email me info @ pkkdesign dot com or email Nell, who's email is below and we would be delighted to send you the address!  

Vancouver Jewellery Christmas Shows

In advance I thank-you so much for supporting small independent art businesses this holiday season!