The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | Building on the success of Neighbourhood Collective, The Chinatown Experiment is presenting a series of art sales beginning with Neighbourhood: Photographs. Our focus is to bring attention to emerging local artists and have them showcase their work outside of the traditional art gallery model.
We are hosting an art sale on Tuesday, Dec 3 from 6:30pm to 11pm. All art is available for $100 or less. Guest curator, Becky Philpott has brought together six local photographers under the theme of neighbourhoods. These six photographers include Kamil Bialous, Shannyn Higgins, Kane Hopkins, Leigh Righton, Eldon Underhill, and Mel Yap. Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | November brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment, starting with the Bingo Bill Exchange and wrapping up with Citizen Grace (with plenty of awesomeness in between). The following all take place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown…
October 25 – November 5 | Bingo Bill Exchange | Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to Kyrgyzstan last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and to commission more. The pop-up shop will feature brightly coloured and soft Shydraks as well as other furnishings and wearables from Kyrgyzstan such as ottomans, cushions, hats, scarves, slippers, bracelets and more. Prices will range from $15 to $3000.
November 8 – 24 | Forest & Waves | Forest & Waves began in 2012 as a way to combine the maker’s love for design with his experiences backpacking and surfing around the world. The company’s name pays homage to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest: the smell of cedar, the waves hitting the shore, and the winds rustling throughout. It also reflects Ed’s childhood growing up in a seaside village in Taiwan.
November 26 | The Big Help | The Big Help is a series of drawings based on giving directions. It explores the informal process whereby people are able to define markers as a way of illustrating a path. Casually recounting landmarks, buildings, objects, shapes, even colours, each direction brackets out something memorable or important about how to get somewhere. Open from 6pm – 10pm.
November 29 – 30 | Citizen Grace | Fresh from the successful Neighbourhood Collective shop, local online fashion retailer Citizen Grace returns for their second solo pop-up.
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | October brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment. The journey starts in the Albertan tundra and then across to the villages of Central Asia. It all takes place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown.
Sept 25 - October 22 2013 | IZM Furniture (www.izm.ca) | Izm is a furniture design/manufacturing studio based in Edmonton, Alberta. Izm’s modern aesthetic is one of simplicity. Raised on the Alberta prairies, IZM founders Jerad Mack and Shane Pawluk developed a design aesthetic inspired by low horizons and minimalist vistas. Every line has a function; every detail, a utility. Reinforcing this style is a refined craftsmanship honed over a decade of furniture production. Izm has been recognized as a leader in the North American design industry winning the Best of Year award from Interior Design Magazine (New York), Best of Canada from Canadian Interiors, and Canadian Designers of the Yearfrom Western Living.
October 25 - November 5, 2013 | Bingo Bill Exchange (www.bingobillexchange.com) | Shyrdaks are soft, 100% wool felt carpets made in bold and contemporary colours. They are striking but simple appliqué designs handmade in Kyrgyzstan. Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to this little known country in Central Asia last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and commission more work. This enables Kyrgyz women to pass on thousandyearold techniques to younger generations of artisans. Originally made to decorate and insulate the portable dwellings of the nomadic Kyrgyz, contemporary Shyrdaks are now being snapped up by design sophisticates internationally. Read more
by Michelle Sproule | To mark The Chinatown Experiment’s impending first year anniversary, they are organizing a pop up shop of their own called “Neighbourhood Collective”. Starting today and running through to the 22nd, it will feature many of the space’s alumni together with fashion retailers like Hey Jude, Citizen Grace, Strathcona Stockings, Chikum, Charlie & Grace, Jordan River Soapworks, and Truce Bags; artisanal food producers like Pella’s Gourmet, Yummus, Sugo Sauce, Edible Mark, Caramels by In the Oven, Sunday Morning Ice Cream, Nice Pop, Panoramic Coffee, and The Pie Shoppe; plus local artists Tristan Casey, Deirdre McAdams, Andy Grellman, and Janice Wu
The space will be arranged as a retail store with vendors products mixed throughout. “The goal is to see how each business’ products sell with the support of the others,” they write. “There is a very supportive community of young entrepreneurs in Vancouver and bringing them all together will help everyone’s brand. At the same time, they are all competing for shoppers’ wallet share so it will be interesting for businesses to see how their brand competes.”
The 1 Year Anniversary Party will take place from 7pm to 11pm on Friday, September 20th, and we hope to see you there. The shop – located at 434 Columbia St. in the heart of Chinatown – will be open during those hours for late night shopping, drinks, and music. They also plan on hosting a Neighbourhood BBQ on Sunday, September 22th to cap it all off (weather permitting).
by Michelle Sproule | Derek Gaw owns the coolest machine. Give him a jpeg, word document or vector file and he can use his Full Spectrum Laser Cutter to burn it in to anything from wood veneer to glass (I’ve even seen him use a potato chip as a canvas). With access to this laser cutter you can design and make art, puzzles, sculpture, signage — the sky’s the limit. Once you see what’s possible, you won’t be able to stop yourself from imagining what you could do if you could only get your hands on such a contraption. The lucky thing here is that Derek has set up said wonder-machine at The Chinatown Experiment on Columbia Street for the month of July (and a bit of August). Everyone is invited to check it out. Wander in to see what it can do and sign up for a 30 minute Safety and Basic Usage tutorial (that includes 30 minutes of laser cutting) for $25. Get busy now through August 6th. Doors are open and the machine is on from noon to 9pm every day.
434 Columbia St. | 30 Minute Laser Reservation $15, 120 Minute Laser Reservation $50 | DETAILS
As noted in the Scout List this week, every major city intersection has a personality that is characterized by its architecture, its environment, and the velocity of its traffic. They are markers, meeting places and transfer points; places where fascinating stories begin, end, or pass right on by. To celebrate Vancouver’s intersections, seven of the city’s top graphic designers have created posters representing the most iconic ones. Scout has been given exclusive access to these, and you can take a peek below, together with explanatory notes from the designers themselves. The series is to debut tonight at The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia St.) from 6pm to 9pm. Note that none of the posters are on sale just yet. There will be a special postcard set featuring all the designs for free tonight, and then all the posters will move to Waterfront Station where they will be displayed until some point in the summer. Prints may be available down the road, so stay quick on the draw by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and on their website.
The one of Denman & Davie is our fave. Check them all out after the jump… Read more
Each intersection has a personality that is characterized by its architecture, its environment, and the velocity of its traffic. They are markers, meeting places and transfer points; places where stories begin, end, or pass right on by. With that in mind, The Platform Gallery - in collaboration with Working Format, Lizzy Karp, Anthony Casey, and Luis Sanchez – came up with the idea to ask seven of Vancouver’s top graphic designers to create large 36″ x 54″ posters to represent a specified local intersection. These were Fraser & Kingsway, Main & Hastings, SE Marine & Knight St., Davie & Denman, Water & Carrall, 4th & Vine, and Broadway & Granville), with the design shops being 10four, Glasfurd & Walker, Post Projects, Seterah Shamdani, State Creative, Zach Bulick, and Working Format. The two posters above are just a taste. All of them will be revealed at Waterfront Station and other highly visible locations along the Canada Line route in February, with the series debuting at The Chinatown Experiment this Thursday night. See you there!
January 31 | | 6pm – 9pm | The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia) | Free | DETAILS
Twin Peaks was something of a divisive show. Either people thought it sucked hard or it was the greatest thing on television during its brief and often bewildering run in 1990-1991. We thought it tripped the light fantastic, so we’re glad to announce the Black Lodge Diner pop-up at 434 Columbia St (aka the Chinatown Experiment). The pop-up was inspired by the surreal show, particularly its memorable fetishization of coffee and pie. It’s being organised by Ken Tsui and Genevieve Mateyko – two big TP fans – with support from Scout (Ken put on the delicious Hawker Street pop-up at Main’s Gene Cafe back in March, and Genevieve is the L’Abattoir staffer who is launching the Sunday Morning Ice Cream subscription program this winter. Two awesome people, for sure).
The Black Lodge Diner goes down on Sunday, September 23rd. The cost is $12, and those in attendance will be served a slice of fresh cherry pie, a damn fine cup of Panoramic Coffee’s special Twin Peaks blend, and a big scoop of Sunday Morning‘s brown butter pecan ice cream. There will only be 60 slices of pie, so make sure you show up on time as space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Vancouver is filled with Audreys, Bobs , and Log Ladies, so top marks if you show up in costume. We’ll see you there.