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Gotamago is founded by Lichia Liu, a Taiwanese-Canadian who was a self-taught illustrator. She quit the corporate world to focus on her ink-an-watercolour illustrations designed and printed in Toronto. The brand grew into a collection of cards, gift tags, prints and postcards. Every design has a personal story and is delivered from the heart.
I’ll Know It When I See It is a two-woman show creating sweet + slightly snarky paper goods™ from Vancouver, BC. Their collection of Asian Themed stationery captures nostalgic goodies to favourite phrases, paying homage to all things that are inspired by founders Christine Chee and Cassie Leung’s Chinese Canadian experience. Supporting local + Canadian businesses are part of their core values and they pride themselves on being Made in Canada. Their goods are produced either here in Vancouver or with manufacturers in Ontario and they purchase all their supplies from Canadian companies.
The name "Ilha" comes from founder Michelle Hsu's parents’ native country of Taiwan. When Portuguese sailors came upon the island in the 1500s, they named it “Ilha Formosa” which means “beautiful island”. Michelle wanted to pay homage to her heritage while connecting it to where she lives now, New York City, another beautiful island. The candles are handcrafted and hand-poured in small batches with cotton wicks, natural soy wax and toxin free fragrances.
Jeff Wilson grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland and has lived and worked in the Downtown Eastside for over 15 years. Jeff’s painting collections have exhibited widely in public galleries in BC, Alberta and WA State. Jeff has received a number of awards, including Finalist in the inaugural Saltspring National Art Prize, appeared in the recent “Landscape Artist of the Year Canada” TV show, and received two Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants from the Vancouver Foundation. Jeff has completed residencies at the Booth in Shetland, Parks Canada’s Art in the Park and the Wallace Stegner House.
Chinatown forms an integral part of that & it continues to fascinate him. While part of Vancouver from the beginning, it has managed to retain a distinct cultural & architectural character after all these years, a testament to the commitment and resilience of its longtime residents. Jeff feels lucky to live near Chinatown, and continually draw artistic inspiration from it. He is based out of Portside Studios in Vancouver.
Keith McKellar, born in New Westminster in 1947, migrated to the bush town of Prince George with his family in 1952. The boom and bust fifties and sixties of Prince George gave him a keen eye and open heart for the characters of the logging towns, construction camps and the bush-shack families. He worked at sixty-five different jobs in several fields, before becoming the professional artist Laughing Hand. He composes live, on location, portrait caricature of Vancouver's vintage Cafes and Theatres.
Lion Rock Press is a family business who specializes in Chinese inspired stationery and gifts. The founder Claire Yates’s mother’s side of the family is Hong Kong Chinese, while her father’s side hails from Birmingham, England. The designs creatively explore these two cultures through the medium of printed stationery. Their greeting cards fuse HK-style graphics with very Western humour. Her great-grandfather founded their paper business almost 120 years ago and her 90 year-old grandfather and his brothers still work every day in the office.