Monday, August 22, 2016

16 Must-See Arts & Crafts Studios On Your 'Off The Beaten Path' NL Travels

Newfoundlanders And Labradorians Are Colorful Folk And No Where Is This More Apparent Than Through Artistic Expression. This Is A Province Truly Inundated With Exceptional Works, Artisans Passionate About Showcasing Their Creative Talent. 

Like Any Island Culture (Particularly One Located On The Remote North Atlantic), Artisans And Crafts-Person's Alike Are Strongly Swayed By Their Own Connectivity To And Affinity For Natural Environments. 

So Choosing Who Will Make This Creative Shortlist Was No Easy Task.

wood carving of man with bucket pail and women with shovel, an inspiration creative holiday experience in Newfoundland and Labrador
Wood Carving - Craft Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

metal pewter artwork from quidi vidi artist studio in Newfoundland and Labrador, a creative and enriching learning vacation
Metal Pewter - Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

mummers artwork mache from the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, a delightful and rewarding travel shopping holiday
Mache Mummers - Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Before We Get Started, Check Out This Short Bio On The NL Craft Industry. Enjoy!



#1. Quidi Vidi Hand Wrought Pewter  St. John’s

metal pewter artwork Newfoundland and Labrador from Quidi Vidi Hand Wrought Pewter in St. John’s, an informative experiential and cultural heritage holiday
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Two Dimensional And Three Dimensional Hand Wrought Pewter By Local Metal Artist Ray Cox. Remarkable And Unusual Bowls, Vessels And Wall Art With Original, One-Of-A-Kind “Air Cast” And “Natural Colour”. Iridescence Motifs Include Whales And Whale Tails, Trees And The Mummer Series.

#2. Newfoundland Original Hooked Rugs – Whitbourne

rug hooking depicting hearts, mummers, cactus, desert, heritage houses and stars by Newfoundland Original Hooked Rugs, a craft and creative cultural heritage travel holiday
Image Via Newfoundland Original Hooked Rugs

Hooked Rugs Are A Proud NL Tradition And No Where Is This More Apparent Than Through Paula Flood. One-Of-A-Kind Original Design Wall Fibre Art Hooked With 100% Wool Yarn. Color, Warmth And Texture Vibrantly Depicts Our Heritage, Culture And Everyday Life.

#3. Kevin Coates Woodcarvings – Winterton

Kevin Coates Woodcarvings of 3 dimensional fishermen on a red shed, a wonderful culture and heritage and experiential vacation spot to shop in NL, Canada
Image Via Kevin Coates Woodcarvings

Character-Rich Carvings Depicting Outport Themes (Boat Builders, Fisherman And Berry Pickers) By Former Fisherman Kevin Coates. 

Carved Directly Into Balsam Fir Wood Harvested Only From Trees Blown Down By The Wind Using Simple Hand Tools. Figures Are Vibrantly Painted And Range From Eight Inches To Three Feet In Height.

#4. Natalie Jewellery  Carbonear

hand made copper jewelry artwork from Carbonear, Newfoundland, an enriching and creative travel destination in Canada
Image Via Natalie Jewellery

An Environmentally Conscientious Collection Of Handcrafted, Exceptionally-Designed Jewelry By Local Metal Smith Natalie Austin. 

A Unique Design Element Is Added To Each Piece Via The “Upcycling Process” Where Both Found And Modern Materials Are Applied To The Creative Process. These Abstract Designs Help Preserve The Natural Heritage Of The Province As Well As Express It.

#5. Ewe Design  Trinity

hand knit, locally made and crafted wool hats from Ewe Design in Trinity, Bonavista Pensinsula, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a rural travel, off the beaten path, creative culture holiday
Image Via Ewe Design

Traditional Designs Made of 100% Homespun Wool And Fashionable, Textured Novelty Yarns. Owner Joan Kane Combines Her Love Of Fashion With Rural Self-Sufficiency. 

All Products Are Hand Knit And Embroidered With Pride In The Homes Of 12 Women From The Trinity Bight Region. High Quality Male And Female Toques, Beanies, Scarves, Purses And Mitts Are On Hand.

#6. Béla Simó  Clarenville

sculpting artwork by Béla Simó in Clarenville, NL, Canada, fine art travel and tourism holiday
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Contemporary Sculpting Influenced By Simple Forms Of Nature And The Chaotic Forces Of The Modern World. Simó Works In Stone, Wood, Metals And Bronze That Emulate Life And Movement As He Speaks Of The Human Journey. 

These Are Three-Dimensional Realist Abstracts With Simple Lines And Bold Shapes Greatly Inspired By The Untouched Wilderness Of Canada’s North And The Far Reaches Of NL’s East Coast.

#7. Quilts by Anne Marie  Marystown

blanket with collage of images depicting Newfoundland and Labrador on a bed including puffins, birds, snow shoes, lighthouses, and moose by Quilts by Anne Marie in Marystown, Burin Peninsula, Canada, a wonderful place to shop on your travel vacation
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High Quality And Durable Knitwear And Homemade Quilts, Wall Hangings And Table Runners By Quilter Anne Marie Ryan. Highly Detailed Work Illustrating NL Landscape, Rural Life And Our Rich Heritage.

#8. Salty Rocks & Seagirt Designs – Glovertown

multi colored jellybean row houses by Salty Rocks & Seagirt Designs in Glovertown, cute folk art to buy on your creative culture learning vacation
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Hand Crafted, Hand Painted, One Of A Kind Folk Art Inspired By The Colourful Homes Of NL. From The Quirky Row Houses Of St. John’s To The Salt Boxes And Fishing Stages Of Rural Life, Each One Has A Personality Of Its Own. 

Julie Murphy’s Works Capture Our Province’s Striking Beauty, Incredible Character And Exceptionally Warm Memories. Individually Designed And Sculpted Out Of NL Rock!

#9. Carvings by Clyde Drew  St. Albans

Sculptured Works From Moose And Caribou Antlers And Whalebone by Carvings by Indigenous artist Clyde Drew of St. Albans, central Newfoundland, an experiential travel point of interest on your next holiday
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Spectacularly Sculptured Works From Moose And Caribou Antlers And Whalebone. Artisan Clyde Drew’ Creative Works Are A Three Dimensional World Of Spirits And Natural Forms. 

Clyde Is Inspired By The Songs And Stories Of His People, The Mi’kmaq Nation, In And Around His Home Community Of Conne River, NL. His Medium Truly Conveys The Beauty, The Magic And The Powerful Imagery Of The Indigenous Culture.

#10. jas SILKS  Norris Arm North

Uniquely Designed Silk Art depicting Newfoundland and Labrador sea life wit fish, coral, squid and shell fish by jas SILKS of Norris Arm North in Central Newfoundland, a wellness holiday and creative travel experiential destination
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Uniquely Designed Silk Art By Acclaimed Wildlife Artist Jane Sasonow-White. Jane Works In The Water Color, Silk Dyeing And Silk Screening Mediums. The Silk Wall Hangings And Silk Scarves Are Of Precise Detail And With Subtle Colour Balance. 

Through This Medium Jane Reveals Her Mastery Of Silk Painting And Her Sincere Appreciation And Reverence For This Gift We Call Life.

#11. Mealy Mountain Gallery  Cartwright

Creating Jewelry, Glass, Silk And Fibre Art at Mealy Mountain Gallery in Cartwright, Labrador, Canada, an exceptional creative studio and shop to explore on your travels
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Artisan Peyton (Pete) Barrett’s Passion Is Creating Jewelry, Glass Art, Silk Art And Fibre Art. Her Creativity Is Inspired By The Land, The People And The Culture. 

Jewelry Is Made From Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Steel And Pewter. Her Fiber Art Is Often Classed As “Mixed Media” Using Different Techniques In Cotton, Silk, Paint, Metals And Found Objects.

#12. King’s Point Pottery – King’s Point

blue bowl with humpback whales swimming by King’s Point Pottery, an award winning artist studio to visit on your experiential and cultural vacation trip and travel in Newfoundland
Image Via King's Point Pottery

KPP Consists Of Linda Yates And David Hayashida, The Creative NL Team Collaborating On Every Aspect Of Making Pottery In A Rural Setting. Their Unique Work Consists Of The Award Winning Line Of Blue And White Functional Pottery With Their Signature “Whales And Waves” Designs. 

Many Of Their Pieces Are Also Fired In A Specialized Salt/Soda Kiln – The First Of Its Kind In The Province. Inspiration Comes From Their Local Environment And Historical Research With Creative Interplay Between Form And Function.

#13. Urve Manuel  Rocky Harbour

Green Glass Art by Urve Manuel in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland, a beautiful artistic creation and studio to explore and shop at on your NL learning vacation
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Breathtaking Glass Art That Presents A Sense Of Joy Including Sculptures, Installations, Leaded Glass And Pâte De Verre (A Kiln Casting). Artisan Urve Manuel Draws Inspiration From The Wilderness Expanse That Surrounds Her.

Sunrises And Sunsets Across Ancient Mountain Ranges That Formed From The Earth’s Upheavals, The Depths Of The Saltwater, Pristine Rivers, Clean Air, Dense Woods And Gorgeous Boglands, All Provide Inspiration For Her work. This Is Glass Art That Truly Comes Alive.

#14. Carvings by Todd – Pasadena

Naturally Shed Moose And Caribou Antler by Carvings by Todd in Pasadena, Central Newfoundland, a creative art spot to shop on your experiential holiday
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Creatively Crafted Works From Naturally Shed Moose And Caribou Antler. No Animals Are Harmed In The Sourcing Of These Materials. 

Artisan Todd Neil Produces Jewelry Including Necklaces, Earrings And Brooches, As Well As Intricate Carvings Depicting Various Species of NL Wildlife. His Work Significantly Illustrates The Rich NL Heritage And Strength Of Character He Has Experienced Since A Very Early Age.

#15. Ben’s Studio – Port Au Choix

3-dimensional wooden folk art by Ben’s Studio in Port Au Choix, Great Northern Peninsula, western Newfoundland and Labrador experiential travel experience and places to shop
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A Unique Style Of Folk Art (3-D Wooden Picture) By NL Contemporary Artist Benedict Joseph Ploughman. This Art Is Outside The Mainstream And Made Partly From Recycled Lobster Trap Laths, Individually Hand-Carved Characters And Other Sculptured Pieces. 

Each Picture Has A ‘From The Heart’ Story To Tell About Rural Outport NL And Its Distinct People. Thinking Outside The Box, Benedict Is Helping To Preserve A Piece Of Our Past For Future Generations.

#16. The Hands Of Olsen  Bay Robert’s

artwork carving on leather of humpback whales in the ocean and birds flying by The Hands Of Olsen in Bay Robert’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a delightful shopping experience on any cultured travel trip
Image Via The Hands Of Olsen

Rick And Kathrin Evans Apply Only The Highest Of Standards To Their Individually Crafted Leather And Seal Skin Products. 

Many Of Their Creatively Hand-Made Works Highlight NL’s Natural Environment And Rich Cultural Heritage. The Olsens Put A Unique Spin On Artistic Expression And Have No Boundaries. Here You Will Find Carvings, Wall Art, Mitts, Slippers And Purses.

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