Vancouver’s annual Eastside Culture Crawl starts today. An installation has been created in the front area of the molo workshop at 1503 Venables St. to entice passers by to pause and look in on their way from studio to studio this weekend. softshelter rooms have been set up containing paintings by David Ullock, Hanahlie Beise’s Tierkunde polar bear, and a selection of molo products.
Designer and textile-artist, Hanahlie Beise chose the word “Tierkunde” to represent her line of 100% wool felted animals, for its playful and childlike sound, as a nod to her roots (the word means “zoology” in German), and because of her lifelong fascination with, and love for animals. Each Tierkunde piece is meticulously needle-felted from local, directly sourced wool that’s been washed and processed at artisan facilities. As part of her intensely personal, process-based design practice, Hanahlie works with Canadian wool-sheep farmers to help support and build awareness for an industry that’s been decimated by competition with imports. In addition to her work with textiles, Hanahlie is a partner in the design studio and boutique branding agency, Caste Projects. She lives in Victoria, BC.
David Ullock is a visual artist and designer, born in Victoria BC and raised on Vancouver Island. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Island School of Art and Vancouver Film School and enjoys exploring the possibilities of creating composition and narrative through his own uniquely developed process of “automatic marks”. His work extends into notions of psyche, transience, and the human mind within its physical surroundings. David is currently living in a softshelter at molo’s Vancouver workshop.