HOT TALKS: Eastside Culture Crawl
November 13, 2014

We partnered with the Eastside Culture Crawl for a special edition of Hot Talks. An evening of short talks by artists participating in the 2014 Culture Crawl including: Jon Shaw, Holly Cruise, Claire Madill/heyday design, Patsy Kay Kolesar, Reilly Lievers, David Robinson, and Robin Ripley. “Show & Tell” style talk followed by Q&A (To see the Q&A, watch the video on Youtube).

The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established. Check it out November 20-23, 2014.

East Side Culture Crawl at Hot Talks

Gary Pearson

Interview with Vancouver artist Gary Pearson
MUSIC: “Soporific” by Kevin MacLeod
INTERVIEW: Alex M F Quicho for Winsor Gallery
VIDEO & EDIT: Chris Bentzen

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Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
SOLD OUT One Year Anniversary Show!
with guests Graham Clark, Kyle Bottom & Cass Keeley
October 24, 2014


Come Draw With Alicia Tobin and get some of her patented* comedic critique of your 5-minute drawings (*not actually patented). Then enjoy the stand-up comedy of her special comedic guests Graham Clark, Kyle Bottom, and Cass Keeley. Come draw with us! Supplies provided. No talent necessary.

Come Draw With Me

HOT TALKS: Leanne Prain
October 23, 2014


Sewing Our Stories: Stitch Narratives
Inspired by a series of epiphanies that she had while researching multiple books on textiles, author Leanne Prain will take you through a personal journey of how multiple conversations with textile artists resulted in her obsession with linking the stuff we make to the act of storytelling. Amid the weft and weave of textiles, she has found societal commentary, personal confessions, humor, fictional dalliances, the secret lives of oppressed people, and simple snapshots of individual experiences. She believes that weaving a tale or dropping a thread can take on new meaning when we start to see textiles beyond the narrow scope of functional objects but instead, as an important part of the human experience.

From her research into the many motivations of those who participate in the yarn bombing movement, to a candid interview with a man who learned how to embroider while incarcerated, to a woman who stitches recollections of eHarmony dates on hankies; Leanne will share how she thinks that textiles can serve to tell us about ourselves and the lives of those around us. Talk followed by Q&A.

Leanne Prain is a Vancouver-based writer, maker, and graphic designer. She is the author of three books: Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (October 2014); Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery; and Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

In 2005, Leanne co-founded a stitch and bitch called Knitting and Beer in order to expand her knitting skills at a pub. While that has group disbanded, she continues to be amazed at what can be created with two needles and a bit of yarn. In 2006, she was introduced to knit graffiti (aka Yarn Bombing) via the Internet, which resulted in a downright obsession with the political and cultural aspects of modern textiles. Once the keeper of the infamous knit graffiti blog, she now lives online at

Leanne Prain

Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
featuring Andy Kallstrom, Andrew McLaughlin, and Ross Dauk
September 26, 2014


Come Draw With Alicia Tobin and get some of her patented* comedic critique of your 5-minute drawings (*not actually patented). Then enjoy the stand-up comedy of her special comedic guests Andy Kallstrom, Andrew McLaughlin, and Ross Dauk. Come draw with us! Supplies provided. No talent necessary.

Come Draw With Me

Altered Book Workshop
with Rachael Ashe
September 20, 2014


This workshop is an introduction to examples and techniques for transforming old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. There is an unlimited potential for creating interesting work by altering books through cutting, folding, rolling, collage, etc. This course will demonstrate a selection of techniques and provide a starting point for creating work of your own. The goal will be to complete one finished altered book by the end of the workshop. Please bring at least two old books you would like to work with, one for experimenting, and one to make a completed project with. Invite your friends on Facebook >

Photos of student work from previous workshops can be viewed here >

Student Provided Materials:
2 hardcover Books (stitched binding preferred)
White glue
Xacto knife
Small paint brush
Cutting mat
Bone folder knife
small spring clamps

Optional Materials:
Thread & needles
Beads & buttons
Small objects
Decorative papers
Acrylic or watercolour paint
Rubber stamps & ink pads
Foam brush

A multi-disciplinary artist, Rachael Ashe began her career as a graduate of the Creative Photography program at Humber College, specializing in portraiture and toy cameras. Over the past five years her focus has evolved from photography to paper-based work, notably altered book sculpture, paper cutting, and paper engineering. Rachael is process driven, with a belief in learning by doing and is constantly experimenting to push the boundaries of her work as an artist.

altered book workshop

Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
with Kevin Banner, Toby Hargrave, Alicia Tobin,
Taz Van Rassel and Kevin Lee
September 19, 2014


Comedy Bucket is the only show in town where comedians are guaranteed to talk about what’s on your mind. Everyone who attends this show will receive a slip of paper, on which they can write anything… anonymously. You don’t sign it, no one looks at it. Straight into the bucket it goes and what comes out is comedy gold… hopefully. A talented crew of jokers will attempt to perform comedic alchemy, right before your very eyes. Whatever you’re thinking about, whatever crosses your mind. Write it down and see what happens. The best comics. The best laughs. Monthly at Hot Art Wet City.

Kyle Bottom's Comedy Bucket

Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School
featuring Gracie Perkins
September 16, 2014


Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked: why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret, join us on the third Tuesday of the month at Hot Art Wet City for 3 hours of drawing and decadence! for more info. Join the Dr Sketchy’s Facebook page to keep up to date and see pics >

Dr Sketchy's September 2014

Simon LaPlante

Interview with Vancouver artist Simon LaPlante
MUSIC: “Neogrotesque” by Tortue Super Sonic

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HOT TALKS: Miranda Lievers
August 21, 2014


The Art of Pinterest-Perfect:
A talk on learning by doing, and never assuming that you can’t

In a world where we’re inundated with Pinterest-perfect snapshots of seemingly impeccably executed culinary adventures, craft projects, and even home renovations, it’s enough to assume that everyone else has got this already and that you should probably just stay in bed. Not often perfect (but usually close enough), the “sure why not?” approach can lead to a funny story, a new skill, and the courage to say yes again. As someone without that voice in the back of my head telling me I can’t do something, my initial response is most typically along the lines of “how hard can it be?!” Turns out, it’s usually the right call. Join me in a conversation about trying anything once, even when logic might suggest that something is probably better left to the experts! 30 minute talk followed by Q&A.

Miranda Lievers is a Railtown based entrepreneur with a passion for all things small business and DIY. After jumping ship from her fast-track corporate life, she dove head on into the photography studio she started with her husband Reilly. Now in their 11th year, her company Blue Olive Photography has earned countless accolades including being named among the most inspiring photographers in Canada and the best wedding photographers in Vancouver a few years in a row. Outside of running her studio, Miranda can usually be found throwing parties to connect like-minded people, chasing after her busy toddler, or getting way too excited about the next project she’s about to tackle.

Miranda Lievers
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