Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival this year is excited to host a variety of vendors at our indoor marketplace held at Emily Carr University in the Reliance Atrium from 10AM-6PM on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th. Read on about our featured vendors!
Kihew and Rose
Kihew and Rose features authentic Indigenous made jewelry combining traditional techniques in a modern aesthetic. Our jewelry and accessories are hand-crafted with the modern woman in mind. Our handmade accessories feature materials such as traditional home tanned hides, animal bone, shells and beads.
Divya Kaur 35mm
Divya Kaur is a queer punjabi artist living in diaspora on stolen Coast Salish territories. Her photography focuses on affirmation of gender and culture as well on as our relationship to our surroundings. She offers prints and photoshoots at low cost sliding scale. You can find more of her work on instagram @diviot_
April dela Noche Milne
April dela Noche Milne is an artist based in Vancouver. She attended the Fine Art program at Langara College before graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2014). She is the illustrator of the YA graphic novel The Blue Road, written by Wayde Compton, and the children’s book The Imperfect Garden written by Melissa Assaly. She will be selling prints, postcards, pins, zines, and books.
Dark Laydee Designs
Sto:lo designer, Andee Jasper, creates western-Indigenous statement accessories incorporating a contemporary take on her cultures practice of hand-beading, use of leather & natural crystals. Check out Dark Laydee Designs to see some of the brilliant pieces.
illustration by karla monterrosa
karla monterrosa likes to make activity books and zines about things that mean the world and about things that are irrelevant. T
Nectrous is a line of bar soaps focused on hydration, nourishment, and delight.
HEX Metals & Minerals
HEX Metals & Minerals is a jewellery line handcrafted on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Imperfect stones come together in minimalist arrangements to reflect the spectrum between natural & industrial, feminine & masculine, rough & shine. We see jewellery as talismans of adornment that cast light on your individuality beyond colonial prescriptions of gender expression. There is power in choosing to celebrate yourself the way you want to be seen.
Chloe Erlendson is a Métis maker from Manitoba who has been living on the unceded lands of Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples for nearly 10 years. She is a self-taught beader who picked up the art form as a means of connecting to her ancestors and the land. She is equally inspired by the lush rainforests of the Pacific Northwest and the stunning landscapes of the Prairies. Follow Chloe at @blossombeads_
Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co.
Ethnobotanist Mother-daughter team of Cease T’uy’t’tanat Wyss and Senaqwila Wyss created the indigenous tea company for traditional health practices. We hand craft small batch teas, tinctures and salves for health that starts with your first sip of tea. Indigenous Plant knowledge and traditional use incorporates intergenerational healing with warm and organic products. Visit their website.
semillitxs is a brown queer visual artist whose art involves drawing the pleasure and joy of brown and queer people of color. she uses a range of mediums, from pencil colours to screen-printing and embroidery.
Alisha Sian Art
My drawings represent a style of abstract realism through the use of graphite pencil. They explore nakedness, internalized invalidation, and unrelenting conflict, from both inside and outside the self. Each drawing utilizes intensified contrast and experimental line work to highlight instances of lightness in heavy states of being. I provide high-quality prints of my drawings, available at $15 per print. I hope my art can encourage others to live their lives completely and unapologetically. Catch me on instagram.
wood & water art
amanda (she & they) is a queer Han Chinese settler based on the unceded, ancestral, occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. They create poetry and artwork about sad ghosts, queer love, and the sea of ancestral memory. She will be bringing zines, poetry prints, and other artwork. wood and water art website.
Pommenade is a project by Tray Ma, a queer comic creator and sticker enthusiast local to Vancouver, BC. Their work ranges from meditative to slice-of-life to horror; they draw what makes them happy, even if it’s also a little sad.