Monday, March 9, 2009
Shop Local Series: PrairiePeasant of Winnipeg, Manitoba
In the heart and centre of Canada is Winnipeg: the place that Winnie the Poo was named after, birthplace to Terry Fox, who ran across Canada to raise money for a cure for cancer, and more recently, home to the world's longest skating rink.
Winnipeg will soon be home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It is where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet at historic site of The Forks and it is where Laura of PrairiePeasant calls home.
Laura once dreamed of owning her own craft store, but she loves to create more than she loves to stock shelves. She also hasn't yet amassed the stock needed for craft fairs, although there are plenty of those in Winnipeg. Etsy is an ideal venue for her, allowing her to invest as much time and effort as she has available. In her other life, Laura works part-time as an Occupational Therapist at a local hospital. Her profession encourages creativity using functional activities for therapeutic purposes.
Laura loves variety and dabbles in many art forms: handbound journals, calligraphy, paper crafting, knitting, felting, sewing, and quilting. Her shop has focused mainly on paper creations, where you will find handmade journals, notebooks, cards and envelopes. In the future she hopes to develop more products using both paper and fabric, and she is considering opening another shop focusing on fabric creations.
Recycling/repurposing is important to Laura, and she tries to use repurposed materials as much as possible. This includes using discarded books for her handmade envelopes and rebound journal series, finding creative uses for old maps, and acquiring unwanted papers for the pages of her journals. She loves the hunt for new materials and supplies: thrift stores and used book sales draw her like a magnet.
Laura is involved locally with the Calligraphers' Guild of Manitoba, an informal “Bookies” group, and a small quilting group, all of which are wonderful sources of inspiration and encouragement.
She believes in quality workmanship and attention to detail (some might call her a perfectionist). You can find her shop on Etsy here and her blog here.