Got Craft? Making your days more Beautiful
Original illustrations, cheeky sentiments and a bit of whimsy—these paper works are designed with love. The Beautiful Project was established in 2005 by Vancouver graphic artist, illustrator and web designer, Jeannette Ordas. Her cards are inspired by her love of all things vintage and cute, from 1950’s cookbooks to textiles and typography, and have been featured on popular design blogs like Decor8, Design*Sponge and Poppytalk to name a few.
What are some occupational hazards and highlights? I run my own web design company (MatchboxCreative.com) with my husband, along with my card business plus a food blog (EverybodyLikesSandwiches.com), so I think can be sometimes difficult to tear myself away from the computer. So I make sure that I leave the house every day to go on walks and errands so I can feel connected to the real world. Being online may have it’s drawbacks, but it’s really great for connections and many people that I’ve met online have become real life pals.
What is your favourite occasion or sentiment to design for? I love designing birthday cards the best. There’s no one direction and you can go sweet and cute or wacky and a little oddball. Right now, I’m loving animals, from rabbits to bears to cats - all cute, but with a little sly look in their eye. They have personality and are quite charming, I think!
Your top 5 most beautiful places/things in Vancouver: In no particular order: Habitat Island in False Creek. Find your own little island nook and have a picnic at sunset. It’s great place to sit by the water and watch kayaks and nature go by, smack dab in the middle of the city; A bike ride along the sea wall; Any night tucked into the Alibi Room - great craft beers, beautiful space and good food; The Aqua Bus, seriously, a ride on these little boats always tugs the ol’ heartstrings; The free blackberries that you can find throughout the city in late summer. Almost everyone I know has their favourite picking spot. Urban foraging at its most delicious.
How many years have you been doing craft fairs? What is your favourite part of the Got Craft? experience? The first craft fair that I participated in was the “I Heart Crafts” sale in Strathcona. It took place in my neighbourhood and I figured it was a good breaking-in event for the novice crafter. I had a great time. Later that year, I participated in Got Craft? and it instantly became my most favorite craft fair. It’s a great space to meet all your favorite creators and crafters face to face. My favorite part of Got Craft? is meeting my customers, many who come every year to stop by my booth to pick up new cards and chat.
Give us your best “handmade” haiku:
felt, pins, glue, paper
space waster, dust collector
must make something soon
Say hi to Jeannette at her booth during Got Craft? Sunday, May 6, 10am to 5pm; admission is $3 and children under 10 are free. (Royal Canadian Legion, 2205 Commercial Dr.)