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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.

North Shore News article

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 Finalists website

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.

NICHE Magazine website

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.

Craft Ontario website

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.

North Vancouver Community Arts Council website

Button Button - Gastown's Hidden Gem

March, 2014

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.

Button Button website

Granville Optical Windows

March, 2014

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!

Granville Optical  670 Granville Street, Vancouver

At the NICHE Awards

January, 2014

Here I am at the 2014 NICHE Awards in Philadelphia with my mother and sister.

Button Queen

September, 2013

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

December, 2013

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.

NICHE Magazine website

Crafthouse Christmas Window

December, 2013

KOTI Designs purses are in the Christmas window display at Crafthouse on Granville Island, along with work by other Vancouver and BC craftspeople.

Crafthouse Granville Island website

Harmony Arts Festival

August, 2013

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

August, 201

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

July, 2013

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

April, 2013

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!

March, 2013

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.