We launched this website and our project with our very first blog post - a peek inside Summer Camp, Janaki's summer pop-up shop. We feel it is only fitting we announce the arrival of our first publication with a behind-the-scenes look at the wabi-sabi perfection of Janaki's 'The Winter Shop', held at the beautiful and locally-renowned Le Marche St. George.
We are extremely excited to finally launch our magazine, and are equally thrilled to have copies of our limited-run first issue available soon at Le Marche St. George. Janaki has been a huge supporter and friend to us, and we are extremely grateful to have such a supportive community like hers beside us on this journey as we strive to put out a quality bi-annual centred primarily on food, food culture, and the hardworking people behind them.
The Winter Shop is like something out of a wintry fairy tale. Janaki and her family open their doors once more - their fourth year - to bring to us a melange of perfectly-curated goods against a backdrop of natural textures found, foraged, and collected. I photographed these photos as the settings were being completed; the entire team was scurrying to get the space ready for an event happening that same evening: Bon Hiver, an evening of oysters and bubbles featuring Racine Wine Imports and Curious Oyster. I brought along Alison Page for company, and happily photographed away in amidst the hustle and bustle. I delighted on capturing the many intricacies that make her annual pop-ups a must-see every single year. It feels so effortless - her talent for arranging products - but from the way they were all scurrying about to get things in tip-top shape and order, I knew firsthand how much work they put into the whole planning and organizing of a much-loved and growing tradition within that community and within this city.
It was a beautifully sunny day that Friday afternoon, and freezing cold… but inside their home, it felt cozy and the air crackled with so much warm energy and laughter...
The following artists and craftspeople represented in The Winter Shop are local and international:
Animana, Anne de Normandy, Brugi Art, Clyde Hats, CP Shades, Glasnost, Greybelle Designs, House of Hudson, Janaki Larsen ceramics, Klee Larsen Photography, L'atelier St. George, Lino Stylius, Malfatti Glass, Mandula, Pallares Solsona, Patricia Larsen, Ron Crawford, Twentyone Tonnes, Uashmama, Woodlot
The Winter Shop opened aptly on Small Business Saturday last weekend, the 29th, and will be open until Christmas. Make sure to visit when you can; Janaki tells me the shop changes a little every single time.
Many thanks and love go to Janaki, her family, and her dedicated team and friends for opening their doors to us, and for your friendship and kindness, the latter of which, I value most of all.
Make sure to visit us this weekend at Studio 126, from 1-4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. We are holding our very first pop-up shop there, where we will be selling copies of our magazine. Come have some homemade treats on us and say hello! 'Hope to see you all there!
Words and Pictures: Issha Marie