The Fabric Lab

Our Resident Makers

RANDOM ACTS OF MAKING — EMILY SMITH

Emily’s passion for textiles and involvement with DIY and hacker communities have led her to learn and share techniques including spinning, knitting, soft circuitry, processing flax to linen, felting, backstrap weaving, embroidery, and visible mending. She continues to share her ethos and k-12 curricular connections through ongoing workshops and professional development days throughout the year. For more information, visit Slow Making Lab

Educator, producer, and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge – whether through workshops, art, events, or demonstrations. She has devoted much of her time to fostering environments that encourage learning by making, and has been producing arts and culture events since 2010, as cofounder of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Vancouver Fibreshed, and former Education Director of VIVO Media Arts Centre. She has hosted youth mentorship programs, ladies’ hacking nights, and circuit bending events in partnership with Vancouver New Music, and has participated in artist residencies in collaboration with Emily Carr University, Material Matters Design Research Lab, Two Rivers Gallery and the Vancouver Parks Board.

When not making with others, you can find her teaching in the fashion and design department at LaSalle College, or SFU.

You can follow her on instagram @randomactsofmaking

ALTERED — ASH LOGAN

Altered is a clothing design practice providing a restoration and alteration service operating out of The Pace.

Ash S Logan is a multidisciplinary artist and designer currently studying her 4th year of industrial design at Emily Carr University. She has a background in woodworking and visual arts, while much of her recent practice surrounds clothing and textile related objects used to explore topics of culture and identity. She applies storytelling to her process as a tool to bring forward deeper understanding and meaning in artefacts as well as capturing the connection and expansion of our past, present, and future. Her design practice focuses on sustainability, local production, and quality with an emphasis on repairability, recycling, and upcycling. She is a co-coordinator at the Fabric Lab in The Pace, where she facilitates workshops dedicated to public discourse and community building through the act of making.

Her preferred materials include natural fibres, and her focus lies primarily in sewing, pattern drafting, garment construction, alteration, weaving, and crochet.

Follow her on instagram @alteredandrepaired/

AMY WALKER – MAKEMOBILE

Amy ‘Biker’ Walker is a self-propelled maker who has a special interest in “Doing it Together.” With Makemobile, a pedal-powered arts and crafts studio, she designs collaborative, hands-on activities which bring people together and create connections.

Trained as a designer/craftsperson at Sheridan College’s School of Crafts and Design, Amy has experimented with drawing, painting, silk screen, sewing, film and graphic design.

After a life chapter (2001-2012) producing a magazine (Momentum Magazine ) and book ( On Bicycles, 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life,) about the new bike culture, Amy shifted gears to focus on what turns her own crank: craft & art. She’s spent the last 5 years honing her skills as a facilitator and making textiles, garments and hats from natural materials (wool, silk, cotton, and linen).

Follow her on instagram @makemobilefun

La Maison Suzette

La Maison Suzette by Vancouver based Artist Bradley Leaf is a satirical fashion brand inspired by early/mid 90s designer fashion & the iconic supermodels of the time. Pieces produced by the project are aimed at deconstructing luxury fashion and applying their core aesthetics and principles to items perceived as being of lesser value due to their origins. La Maison Suzette upcycles where possible, repurposes garments, and salvages materials to produce unique costume pieces, wearable art, and items suitable for every day wear.

Commisions and repair projects can be submitted to lamaisonsuzette@gmail.com

Follow them on Instagram at https://instagram/creep.suzette

The Fab Market

Located on the 1st floor, The Fab Market offers vintage, handmade, & upcycled fashions from local makers, designers, & collectors.

Check out our Instagram for the latest collections, hours, and information on fashion related events.

We offer consignment on your wonderful sustainable creations and previously cherished fashions! Message us if you think your product would be a good fit with the shop or if you are clearing out your wardrobe! We’ll help you select and price the items and then we do the rest! When your item sells we offer 70% of the sale back to you. Your items will be carried in store and listed online for 3 months (or longer for makers and retail partners).