Eco-Friendly Treasures in the Hand-Made Village

Eco-Friendly Treasures in the Hand-Made Village

Sustainability and being eco-friendly is a big part of what we’re all about at the Winnipeg Folk Fest and that philosophy is shared by festival-goers and Hand-Made Village artisans as well.

There are many artisans in the village that use recycled and sustainable items to make their wild, wonderful and wholly original creations ranging from clothing to jewelry to eating utensils to musical instruments. Here are a few booths you definitely want to check out when you are taking a break from the music. 

Asterlea specializes in making one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry out of real butterfly wings. The Vancouver artists support agriculturalists that farm and collect butterflies, which has no effect on wild butterfly populations and promotes rainforest preservation.

Teresa Bickle specializes in transforming heirlooms and vintage silverware into new creations in her business, Echo Creations. Her workshop is filled with Swarovski crystals, glass pearls, sea glass, freshwater pearls and a variety of vintage beads and charms which she makes into jewelry and silverware found at 15 locations throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. 

You can also find utensils at Salvaged Earth Designs, but these hand-crafted housewares, along with a large selection of jewelry and other products, are made from high-quality recycled and salvaged materials, including wood, metal, stone, glass, ceramics, shells, antlers and bones from a variety of businesses, environmentalists, thrift stores and even the City of Winnipeg’s forestry branch.

Recycled resin is the material of choice at dconstruct, which is inspired by minimalist design and nature. The Canadian company makes a variety of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and iPhone cases from architectural materials, including a minimum of 40 per cent consumer-recycled material, including what would be waste from producers of skylights, vending machine covers and store fixtures. dconstruct gets its organics and textiles from local tradespeople in developing countries around the world, helping artisan communities in struggling economies develop their skills and business practices while fighting poverty, substandard living conditions and illiteracy.

LeVerne Tucker of Storybook Art and Fibre operates her own farm in Teulon, which produces quality fibre, wholesome food and natural products without compromising the environment or animal health. The farm is home to a small herd of alpacas and llamas, shorn once per year in the spring to provide yard and fibre, along with chickens for eggs and goats for milk. Storybook’s alpaca product line includes insoles for boots and shoes, terry socks, purses and dryer balls, while its bath and body line includes honeybee lip balm, lavender rose goat’s milk cream, felted soaps and lavender sachets. 

These are just a few of the wonderful environmentally conscious vendors who will be part of the Hand-Made Village this year. For a complete list of who will be joining at the 2014 Winnipeg Folk Fest click here.


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