marymake (Oct 21+22)
Born and raised in the outskirts of Vancouver, Stefanie Wong, the creative behind 'marymake' spent many of her formative years figure skating, camping and fishing with her father and brother. When not venturing in the outdoors, she remembers quietly observing her Grandmother sewing or knitting cloths in a room full of fabric and household knick-knacks. Although her Grandparents were highly educated, their immigrant status made it difficult to secure jobs in their respective fields. A knitting machine helped supplement their corner store income where the company would pay her Grandmother small amounts of money in exchange for knitted samples. After Wong’s Grandmother passed away in 2005, she inherited her Grandmother’s knitting machine. Although she’s only played with it a few times, it is a reminder of her family’s hard work, determination and entrepreneurial spirit. Wong attributes her love of textiles to her childhood experiences with her Grandmother, and in 2002 she relocated to Calgary in pursuit of a textiles education at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2008, she has dabbled in textiles, film, animation, puppetry, and sculpture just to name a few. In 2013, she created 'marymake' - a handmade business specializing in quirky soft sculpture and paper mache, named after her Grandmother, Mary. She can usually be found climbing vertical rock faces in the Rocky Mountains, and creating mixed media sculptures in her home studio in Cochrane, AB.
marymake specializes in quirky soft sculpture and paper mache objects to brighten the home with whimsy and wonder. Merging inspiration from the animal kingdom/natural world with old wooden pull toys and puppets, these objects are thoughtfully crafted from textiles, wood and mixed media. Highly textured surface pattern and embellishment make these bold and curious objects intimate and tactile – a unique addition to any room in the home!