Artists in The Den
Meet Tania Pendergast, the owner of Bright Spot Papier and Art. She is a Calligrapher, illustrator and handlettering artist. Although she has been collecting “words” and “quotes” for more than 30 years, she started Bright Spot Papier in the Spring of 2016, which grew out of her own art therapy and has now turned into a wonderful creative adventure.
Tania started collecting quotes at a young age, which she ended up writing on many things that surrounded her, like her school books, her bedroom wall and much more. Aside from a calligraphy class and some online workshops, she’s a self-taught artist and always remembers to keep an element of art therapy in what she does, even now that art is her career.
Originally from Newfoundland, Tania has travelled the country working for the Canadian Army as a Signals Officer for years, before she and her husband landed in his home province of Prince Edward Island. “I love the kinder pace of life here ? it’s been so rejuvenating for me. I love that the water is never too far away, and that the beaches are beautiful.” Tania recently contributed her “beautiful words” for CBC East Coast’s Waves of Change art project. Her recipe for an East Coast life was inspired by the rich connection East Coast folks have to the ocean and the responsibility we have to protect it.
With Bright Spot Papier and Art, she is the now curator of beautiful words that create, inspire, delight and uplift the human spirit. We know that her work will inspire, uplift and bring you and/or a friend a “Bright Spot” in the day, as it has already done for us!
We are thrilled to have Bright Spot Papier and Art items in The Den.
Let’s give a warm welcome to Tania !!!
Meet Laurie Dolhan, the artist behind Hook, Line & Tinker, an indie craft studio in Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Hook, Line & Tinker launched in 2017 with a line of modern embroidery patterns and kits using Laurie’s own original illustrations. “My business is a reflection of my values – care for people, respect for the environment, and a deep desire to create something meaningful and real through a shared act of making. I’m grateful for the opportunity to create and share my craft with you.”
Laurie’s intention is that the printed patterns retain their original, hand-drawn aesthetic. All of Hook, Line & Tinker’s embroidery illustrations are original and designed by Laurie, beginning with a simple number 2 pencil and a sketchbook.
The completed images are scanned and minimally edited digitally to create the patterns. Each illustration is repeatedly rendered through the craft of hand embroidery using a variety of basic stitches to build texture and a pleasing design. The pattern evolves with each hand rendering with attention to texture and technique. Through this process, instructions for completing each design are developed.
100% cotton fabric is cut and prepared by hand, and all finalized patterns are printed onto the fabric in the studio using inks that maintain their integrity during the stitching process.
We love that when you purchase from Hook, Line & Tinker, 5% of profits will be donated to help women and children experiencing homelessness. Laurie currently supports Adsum for Women and Children through financial contributions and volunteer efforts.
We are tinkered pink !! That Laurie’s creations are a part of the Den!!
Born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Lindsey Ross is a self taught traditional artist specializing in pen and ink drawings. Artistic from a young age, she had been drawing in this style for 12 years.
Lindsey enjoys the process of methodically creating patterns in free-hand artwork. She often makes mistakes but finds the pleasure into turning them into part of the bigger picture- something lost when you have an undo button.
“Almost all of my pieces begin in pencil. I’ll outline the general shape of the piece, concentrating on balance and proportion. When I intend to hide little figures within a larger shape, I’ll decide at this point where the main things are going, where they might best fit.”
From there it depends on the mediums for what Lindsey do next! If it’s watercolour and ink, then she will start applying watercolours over the pencil. If Lindsey creations are solely ink, then she I will begin in with archival inks and add coloured ink at the end.
“I have recently been doing lots of ink over watercolour, enjoyed the spectrum of colours I can create and following the brush strokes with my pens.”
When her creations are complete Lindsey then works with a local print shop for reproductions. All her reproductions are printed in Charlottetown. Lindsey feels truly grateful for this local resource.
“When designing a piece, I love to include nostalgic items to be found. They can symbolize a place, tradition or community I’ve been pining for. Much of my work is Maritime themed, dreamt up while miles away and missing home.
That sense of nostalgia is what I most want to instill in my audience – to pique that same memory of a beloved place.”
From humble beginnings as 4-H Project, KettleGrove Soapworks was founded by Cindy Rice and Karl Meyer in Fanningbrook, Prince Edward Island. I apprenticed with Cindy and Karl, before purchasing KettleGrove in 2016.
Moving the soapworks to Savage Harbour diversifed my family farm, Rocky Beach Farms, which also cultivates wild blueberries and keeps honey bees for pollination. KettleGrove Soapworks is now a collaboration of two family farms.
My family of Rocky Beach Farms help with soap making, packaging, shipping and sales. The beach below our farm is where the Irish moss, a key ingredient, is sustainably harvested by hand. Laura Leigh Farm expertly cares for our Nubian goat herd and provides the farm fresh goat milk we use in every batch of soap.
KettleGrove is recognized for its iconic Maritime designs, but it’s so much more than a pretty bar of soap. Our goat’s milk creates a mild, creamy lather that is gentle on sensitive skin. Irish moss adds extra moisturizing and minerals while pure essential oils provide superior scent. Each bar is carefully released from the soap molds, cured for six weeks, hand trimmed and polished before being hand wrapped just for you.
We hope you enjoy KettleGrove soaps as much as we enjoy making them. Thank you for supporting our family farms.
Stephanie & Family
John Cox was born in Toronto and spent his childhood there and in Nova Scotia, before moving to PEI as a teen. His love of painting began when he was very young and his daily painting practice is something he cherishes.
For decades, he worked as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising world, often rising before dawn to paint in his kitchen. In 1999, he finally left the design world to devote his attention to raising his children and developing his painting career. For the past 20 years, he has painted full-time and developed a major online following on social media, where he posts daily updates of his work. Though he has experimented with all forms of art, his first love is painting abstracted landscapes and still life scenes, which allow him to experiment with colour. His influences include the Impressionists and the Group of Seven, whose success at capturing the particular beauty of Canada’s wilderness inspire him to keep pushing himself and his art.
John’s fan base is international and his paintings hang in corporate headquarters, institutions and homes all over the world.
Danielle White began painting and drawing at age 12, after a surprising win in a regional drawing contest, which triggered a life-long fascination with art and design.
She was born and raised in rural Manitoba and studied Interior Design while living in Ottawa. During a spur-of-the-moment roadtrip to the Maritimes in 2005, she decided she wanted to make PEI home and moved here a year later. She worked as a project manager in the architectural field until recently. Tall Pines is a collection of all the things she likes creating that make her happy.
She’s an avid “maker” and spends countless hours knitting, sewing, building stuff, and gardening. She is currently renovating her 125+ year-old farmhouse by the sea and her dream is to keep bees.* You can follow her shenanigans on Instagram: @dwpei
*She also plans to figure out a way to get handknit vests on the local fox population. So far, attempts to dress them have been wildly unsuccessful.
Jane Whitten is an Australian born basket maker and knitter currently living in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. While she began knitting as a child, it wasn’t until the 1980’s while living on Fogo Island, NL, that she started creating her own award-winning knitting designs. Her passion for art then led her to basketry which began after moving to Nova Scotia in the 1990’s, where she received training from the NS Basketry Guild and locally celebrated basket makers. Her basketry and knitting have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Australia and won numerous awards.
Underlying all of Jane’s experimentation with materials, techniques, and structures, is her passion and concern for the environment. These play an important, often subconscious, part in the materials of choice and final forms created! She loves finding new materials that would otherwise be thrown away to re purpose and weave into her work. This was especially showcased in her exhibit Wreaking Havoc at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, NS in 2018 which was inspired by the effects of climate change on the marine landscape. Each piece was handcrafted with often industrially made and discarded materials which ultimately have negative consequences for the environment on both sides, production and disposal.
Each piece made by Jane is truly unique and one of a kind! We are lucky enough at The Den to carry one of her meticulously crafted pieces, her crocheted sea stars! Make sure you check them out in the ”shop” section on our website.
Meet Laura! She is the talented maker behind Louis and Jane, where you can find unique crochet and knitwear items that have been created with the utmost care. She has always had a special love for vintage fabrics and the stories behind them and this has been translated in Laura’s work through her up-cycled baskets. These are created using fabrics that have been donated or thrifted and cut into yarn and then repurposed into delicate and classic looking crocheted baskets! Another material she is especially fond of is alpaca wool and yarn which is so soft and beautiful. She has many different offerings including her lovely “Lee Toques”, headbands, baskets, and her own naturally dyed wool!
“My love for classic, simple pieces have been a part of my wardrobe since I was little.
Channeling that love into my knitwear has been a natural process.
There is a sort of rush I get when I take a strand of yarn in one hand, and a hook or my needles in the other. The possibilities of what can be created are endless. That’s what I love about it. It’s an art form in itself, and it is the way that I am able to express myself creatively.
My desire is to make garments and accessories that you will love to wear and use and that they add value to your life, style, and wardrobe.”
Crystal Stevens is a maritime gal and holds a fondness in her heart for the coast, it’s geography and people. Born in Nova Scotia, she has always been fascinated with hand-thrown ceramic product, but her love for mud and clay grew after her move to Prince Edward Island several years ago.
A passionate island potter, who is perpetually learning about the art and craft of throwing, firing and glazing. Her works are available here, through her online store Redrocks Pottery and at various reputable island retailers such as Michael Stanley Pottery (in Victoria By the Sea), Green Eye Designs (in Charlottetown) and Eptek Art & Culture Centre in Summerside. Her works are also available at both Made in the Maritimes locations in Halifax and Bedford!
She lives with her sweetheart, Don, their pug Maddie and Cockapoo Wilson. Her works are inspired by island living, culinary and caffeinated cravings!
Cristin Sawchuk is the founder of Old Home Press, an apparel company that celebrates the beauty and pride that exists on Prince Edward Island. A creative person at heart, Cristin has always felt a need to express herself, either
through performing as a classical vocalist, writing, painting or sketching. She finds her inspiration in nature and the people that she meets.
In 2017, Cristin and her family moved to Prince Edward Island from Saskatchewan for what was supposed to be a year long adventure. Little did they know that they would fall in love with this place and choose to make it their home.
With inspiration around every corner, Cristin started Old Home Press as a love letter to PEI and the amazing people that she has met here in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
Danielle Gaudry is the owner of HUMINA HUMINA and considers herself a “West Coast girl living in an East Coast World”! Gaudry is a young mother of two with a Degree in Visual Arts and a Minor in Textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. An avid weaver and self taught in the art of crochet.
Danielle started years ago by making her signature “Kensington Hats”, and now does everything from hats for adults, teens, kids & baby’s to crochet’d amigurumi (or stuffed animals).
She is proud to call Prince Edward Island home and have her products included in the PEI Fox Den.
Meet Brianna Henry – Owner, operator and creative source behind Hoop and Holler, a new island hand embroidery shop based on Prince Edward Island. Originally from Nova Scotia, Brianna is a long time Summerside resident and Bachelor of Arts graduate from University of Prince Edward Island.
Brianna’s works are delicate, playful, with a punch of colour involving beautiful floral designs. Brianna can often be found stitching in her natural habitat, under a blanket with her favourite tea.
Brianna manages The Den and keeps all the foxes in line! If we are lucky, you may find a hoop or two available in The Den.