September 5, 2018
I recently had the delightful experience of being interviewed by Sheryl MacKay for North By Northwest on CBC Radio. The podcast can be heard on the CBC website.
The Art of Contemporary Fibre, Vancouver BC
September 6 to 30, 2018
I will be one of four fibre artists whose work will be featured at the Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island in an exhibition entitled “The Art of Contemporary Fibre“. The other artists are Lesley Richmond (who was my instructor at Capilano College back in the 1980s), Yvonne Wakabayashi and Angelika Werth.
August 12 to 15, 2018
Big step for me – my first-ever trade show, NY NOW ! It was in New York, it was exhilarating, and it was huge – over 5,000 exhibitors and 23,000 buyers. Lots of exciting orders from art museums. A very gratifying experience.
Out of Hand Artisan Fair
November 24 to 26, 2017
I’ll be back in Victoria this year to do the Out of Hand Artisan Fair again. It was such a positive experience last year, I’m looking forward to doing it again. They have a really good mix of exhibitors, many of whom are exclusive to Vancouver Island.
The Wearable Art Show, Oakville ON
October 20 and 21, 2017
Looking forward to being at the Wearable Art Show in Oakville. The show will feature 35 Canadian designers showcasing their latest work in an intimate setting, as well as daily fashion shows.
At Tender Buttons NYC
September 12, 2017
Here I am on a recent trip to New York at Tender Buttons on East 62nd Street – pursuing the eternal quest for great vintage buttons.
Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Fair, Toronto
September 8 to 10, 2017
I will be at the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Fair in Toronto – a great outdoor show in one of Toronto’s oldest and most interesting neighbourhoods. It runs in conjunction with the Cabbagetown Festival, a weekend-long festival of food, entertainment, historic walking tours, and lots more.
Canister Purse in Vienna
May 17, 2017
One of my Canister Purses was in attendance at the opening reception of an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Vienna on the rise of that city’s department stores in the nineteenth century. Pictured here is the owner of the purse, Roz McNulty, with her friend Lynn Katey, both from Vancouver. Roz is the Vice-President of the Society for the Museum of Original Costume and is looking very elegant in a lovely vintage gown. Both the President and Vice-President of Austria were at the opening reception as well. I’m sure they saw my purse – and must have admired it quietly to themselves.
SMOC's Bizarre Bazaar, Vancouver
Sunday March 19, 2017
I will be at Hycroft on Sunday March 19 to participate in the Society for the Museum of Original Costume’s Bizarre Bazaar, a sale of new and vintage fashion. The event will include a sale of the Society’s collectables, as well as an opportunity to have the inimitable Ivan Sayers identify and date any family treasures that you may own or date family photos based on dress. The Bazaar is a fundraiser for SMOC in aid of their quest for a permanent home for their vast collection of vintage fashion.
North Shore Art Crawl, Vancouver
March 4 and 5, 2017
I will be opening my home studio for this year’s North Shore Art Crawl, along with 280 other artists working in a vast range of styles and media
Out of Hand, Victoria
November 24 to 27, 2016
I will be at Victoria’s Out of Hand Artisan Fair with my line of paper goods. The show will be held downtown in the historic Crystal Garden.
Nikkei Centre Craft Fair
November 12 and 13, 2016
I will have a booth at this year’s Christmas Craft Fair at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby – the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. It’s a lovely facility and they do a nice show with an emphasis on craft with a Japanese bent.
VSO Symphony of Style
November 13, 2106
As they have done for the past three years, the VSO asked me again this year to donate an evening bag for the Silent Auction portion of their gala annual fundraiser, Symphony of Style. I’m always happy to comply; it’s such a gorgeous event. Here is this year’s donation.
Shopping Heaven in San Francisco
October 10, 2016
My partner and I spent Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco, which meant a visit to Britex Fabrics on Union Square. They have the absolute best selection of silk I’ve ever seen, and by chance, we were there for their semi-annual sale. Crazy busy – very exhilarating. They do online sales as well.
At the TOAE
July 8, 2016
Had a wonderful show in Toronto. Huge crowds, lots of bustle despite temperatures in the mid-thirties. Quite different to do a fine art show; I found the enormous range of work really stimulating.
A local writer, Richard French, profiled me in his very thoughtful blog piece: from my writing life
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 8 to 10, 2016
I will have a booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Nathan Phillips Square – right in the heart of downtown Toronto. This is a huge, very exciting show, with over 350 artists and more than 100,000 visitors.
I’ve just completed a large commission from a local photographer for custom boxes for a limited edition of his early Vancouver photos. Purchasers of the photo sets include such notable institutions as the University of BC and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Legends of Tomorrow
March 3, 2016
Big surprise when I was contacted by the props person from Legends of Tomorrow, a TV show filmed in Vancouver. She wanted one of my Trap Bags for the show. It’s a time-traveling superhero show, so not sure where the evening bag fits in, but I’m happy for the exposure.
Giving a talk at the Carousel Theatre on Granville Island
Tuesday November 17, 2015
I will be one of three speakers at the next lecture of a series jointly hosted by the Craft Council of BC and the VanDusen Garden Association. The artists presenting on November 17th will be talking about their use of reclaimed materials in their work.
Event details are on the Craft Council website.
KOTI Designs on Still Weird Zine
October 21, 2015
My booth at the Wearable Art Show got some nice coverage on Still Weird Zine.
At the Craft Ontario Show
October 9 to 11, 2015
Second year at the Craft Ontario show in Toronto. Here’s my nephew, who is now six, doing inventory for me.
Wearable Art Show Toronto
October 17, 2015
I will be doing a fabulous all-wearables show in Toronto featuring some very exciting local designers. This will be my first time doing the show and I’m really excited about it. The show runs for one day only, Saturday October 17, at the Daniels Spectrum Cultural Centre.
Make It Edmonton!
November 26 to 29, 2015
I’m going to be at Make It Edmonton! this year – my first ever show in Edmonton. After participating in the Language of Craft exhibition there this spring and seeing all the buzz in the Alberta Craft Council store, I got excited about the Edmonton craft scene. For this indie show, I’ll be bringing only my paper goods.
Craft Ontario Show 2015
October 9 to 11, 2015
I will be at Craft Ontario’s Thanksgiving show in Toronto again this year. After such a great time at their inaugural event last year, I’m looking forward to doing it again. This time I will be showing both my purses and paper goods.
SMOC / KOTI Fashion Show
May 28, 2015
Ivan Sayers hosted a fashion show in my home, in which my purses were paired with vintage dresses from Ivan’s own collection. All proceeds went to the Society for the Museum of Original Costume for their long-range goal of building a museum to house their collection.
SMOC on Facebook for more photos
Alberta Craft Council Exhibition
April 4 to July 4, 2015
Three of my purses are included in the “Language of Craft” exhibition, which is a special Craft Year 2015 project, on display in the Feature Gallery at the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton, Alberta.
KOTI Designs Featured in North Shore News
February 13, 2015
Many thanks to Christine Lyon and the North Shore News for the great story they printed on KOTI Designs and the recent NICHE award.
2015 NICHE Winner!
January 17, 2015
My Half-Moon Shoulder Bag has received a 2015 NICHE Award! With over 1,000 entries from across Canada and the US, the NICHE Awards recognise some of the very best fine craft being produced in North America today. I’m honoured and delighted with the recognition.
Niche Award finalist - again!
October 9, 2014
One of my purses has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Niche Awards in the ‘Fashion Accessories – Handbags’ category. Second year in a row! The awards recognise ‘excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft’.
The winners will be announced on January 17, 2015 at a gala awards evening held in conjunction with the American Made Show, which is now being held in Washington DC.
At the Craft Ontario Show
October 11, 2014
Here’s my sister and my five-year-old nephew helping set up for the Craft Ontario show in Toronto – which was a great success.
Craft Ontario Show
October 12 to 14, 2014
I will be one of 57 artists exhibiting at Craft Ontario’s first ever Craft Show at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto.
The Reclaimers Exhibition
April 11 to May 10, 2014
One of my purses will be included in ‘The Reclaimers’ exhibition of art made from recycled materials. The show is hosted by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council and runs from April 11 to May 10 in the CityScape Community Art Space at 335 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.
Button Button - Gastown's Hidden Gem
The Button Button store in Vancouver has been selected by the readers of the Westender as Gastown’s greatest Hidden Gem. And what a gem it is! I’ve spent hours and hours in that store and their buttons grace many of my purses. Nice recognition for Colleen – the always helpful and extremely knowledgable store owner.
Granville Optical Windows
Granville Optical is currently displaying thirty of our purses in the windows of their downtown Vancouver location. They do a terrific job of supporting local craftspeople by frequently showcasing their work in the windows. The displays change monthly and are really beautiful. Check them out!
At the NICHE Awards
Here I am at the 2014 NICHE Awards in Philadelphia with my mother and sister.
On a recent 24-hour stop-over in London, we just barely had time to race to the Button Queen vintage button store in Marleybone before closing. We went straight from the airport – and had a great time.
NICHE Award Finalist
One of my purses was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Niche Awards in the ‘Fashion Accessories – Handbags’ category.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards evening held in conjunction with the Buyers’ Market Craft and Design Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre on January 18, 2014.
Crafthouse Christmas Window
KOTI Designs purses are in the Christmas window display at Crafthouse on Granville Island, along with work by other Vancouver and BC craftspeople.
Harmony Arts Festival
KOTI Designs takes part in the outdoor Harmony Arts festival, held on the first two weekends of August along the waterfront of beautiful West Vancouver.
Circle Craft 40th Anniversary Exhibition
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Circle Craft, a Vancouver craft cooperative, an event commemorated by an exhibition of members’ work at the Pendulum Gallery in downtown Vancouver. That’s one of my pieces in the lower left corner of the poster – a tote made from reclaimed materials.
Circle Craft Summer Market
KOTI Designs has a booth at Circle Craft and Craft Council of BC’s first ever Summer Market. It is held at Jack Poole Plaza, right on the waterfront of beautiful Vancouver.
Talk at the Vancouver Public Library
May 18, 2013
As part of it’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the Craft Council of BC hosts a lecture series at the downtown public library. I was asked to be one of the speakers addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Diversity and Craft’ – an excellent opportunity to talk about how my work has been influenced by both my Finnish heritage and the Asian influences prevalent in Vancouver.
Art + Jazz Night
May 10, 2013
I was one of the exhibitors at an evening of Jazz + Art at the Scandinavian Centre. The event is an opportunity to view art work by members of Vancouver’s Finnish community, while enjoying live jazz and hors d’oeuvres.
10,000 hours Exhibition
One of my Canister Purses is on display at the Craft Council of BC exhibition at the Jack Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby. The exhibition celebrates the Craft Council’s 40th anniversary – and the 10,000 hours required to become proficient at one’s craft.
It's in the Bag!
I have a solo exhibition at Some Things Looming Gallery in Reading, PA near Philadelphia.
Here I am with my mother outside the gallery on the day of the opening reception.