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Meet the Artists, Part 2

During the Toronto Christmas Market 2017, we stopped in to say hello to everyone at 15 Case Goods Lane. Here’s the second installment of interviews with the artists and business owners we met that day.

Artist sitting on a ladder in his studio

Andrew Rowat, Photographer

When did you know you wanted to be an artist / work in the arts?

I think it was a long time coming. I did my degree in Marine Biology and it was only in my late 20s that I decided to make the jump full time.

What’s your favourite thing about your studio?

My shelves! I have so much gear and equipment as a photographer that organization, and somewhere to put it all is key.

Artist smiling behind her desk

Barbara Wybou, Japanese woodblock printer

When did you know you wanted to be an artist / work in the arts?

I have always known I wanted to be in the arts. I went to York University to study fine arts and while there fell in love with printmaking which I have been doing ever since (40 years!). I accidentally found Japanese woodblock printing because I ran out of money while travelling and got stuck in Japan. When I first got there I heard that my teacher Toshi Yoshida had started teaching the traditional Japanese woodblock technique to Westerners so I found him and ended up in his studio for 3 years (and in Japan. for 20).

What’s your favourite thing about your studio?

Favourite thing about my studio… I love meeting people and explaining the technique. The traditional form of Japanese woodblock is very special and I love to be able to explain the technique to visitors from around the world.

Artist sitting behind sales counter

Hoi-An Tang, Owner, Mehoi

When did you know you wanted to be an artist / work in the arts?

I was 15 or 16 when I began selling my pieces at small craft shows and wholesaling.

What’s your favourite thing about your studio?

The light. Such good light in this studio!

Artist wearing a paint-splattered apron, looking at the camera and smiling

Joya Paul, Artist, Second Door Studio

When did you know you wanted to be an artist / work in the arts?

I knew I always an artist but didn’t imagine myself making a career of it until 2007…art became my entire focus and my goal was to eventually do this full time. In 2015, I opened up Second Door Studio.

What’s your favourite thing about your studio?

We love the connection to the people that come here and that we can run workshops as well as sell our  art. It really is ideal for working artists to have a gallery/art studio.

Jewelery maker working with blowtorch on a glass bead

Jill Cribbin, Artist and Owner, TANK Jewelry and Beads

When did you know you wanted to be an artist / work in the arts?

Since forever, but didn’t realize it could actually be a reality until about 10 years ago.

What’s your favourite thing about your studio?

Favourite thing (s) about my studio is in no particular order…  the ability to demonstrate my art to the public, being able to make and sell in the same location, and of course the south facing light!

 

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