CRAFT EAST BUYERS’ EXPO 2023
February 11-12, 2023
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The New Brunsiwck Artisans booth is a partnership between Craft NB (formerly the New Brunswick Crafts Council) and the Province of New Brunswick, representing artists and makers of all stages in their careers, from all over New Brunswick. We are honoured to support these craftspeople in this opportunity to help them expand into the wholesale market, and take the next step in their careers.
We were pleased to have six artists in our booth, of which, all six were brand new to the trade show. We had the most incredible group with us, and we can’t wait to see their products in stores all over the Atlantic Canadian region. The connections they have made over the weekend will be impactful on their careers as craftspeople.
One of our participants – Natasha Sacobie, was named Craft East Buyers’ Expo Emerging Artist 2023! Natasha’s quillwork caught the eye of the adjudicators, and for good reason – her work is absolutely stunning. To say we are proud is an understatement! Congratulations, Natasha!
MEET THE MAKERS
Natasha Sacobie is a Wolastoqiyik visual artist who lives in Bilijk – Kingsclear First Nation. Her art brings creative passion to fruition, paying homage to her culture. A recent graduate from the Wabanaki Visual Arts program at New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Natasha is now enrolled in Advanced Studio Practice at NBCCD.
Natasha’s personal style and contemporary art emanate joy, emotions, mixed with expressive stories. Natasha enjoys incorporating vintage flair into her pieces making her quillwork unique and timely. Natasha’s evolution into quillwork allowed her to introduce another medium into her practice, extending her range of talents as an Indigenous artist.
During a recent residency at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Natasha amalgamated her appreciation for archival research, nature and re-creating artifacts. Natasha has participated in an exhibit at the Lieutenant Governors House, two group exhibitions at the George Fry Gallery and one at the Saint John Arts Center.
Devin & Kelly Cooke
BrettLynn Farms is a family owned and operated apiary business nestled in the small fishing village of Back Bay, NB. Their bees are used to specialize in pollination services, unpasteurized honey and producing top quality, all natural, beeswax skincare products. Using honey & beeswax they’ve created body care products that not only smell and feel great, but actually benefit and protect your skin. BrettLynn Farms truly believes in protecting the earth’s most important pollinators and cultivating a community by providing quality skincare products that you are guaranteed to love.
Saltwater Joys Studio
Kelley Joyce-Floyd is an emerging artist from Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
Always fascinated with the natural world, Kelley has spent countless hours exploring the woods, fields and shorelines at every opportunity. She enjoys painting things she finds interesting, like bugs, birds and mermaids, and currently is especially inspired by the flora, fauna and scenery of the beautiful Maritime provinces.
Words most often used to describe Kelley’s work include ‘happy’, ‘fun’, ‘whimsical’ and of course, ‘colourful’. Her preferred medium is acrylic, and she aspires to try out as many artistic practices as possible.
Heidi is a linocut artist, printer, and small business owner who settled in New Brunswick when she fell in love with the ocean. She carves the very best of what the Maritimes has to offer, creating lines of natural, nautical and regionally themed art for tea towels, coasters and totes.
Everything is eco-friendly and all inks are water-based. All of her products are hand drawn, hand carved and hand printed right here in St. Stephen. Holdfast Ink has grown from a kiosk at farmer’s markets to a well established wholesale supplier of beautiful, practical goods to over nineteen retail locations in just five years. Her art is beloved by tourists and locals alike.
Baked Candle Co.
Baked Candle Company is a small batch candle and home fragrance manufacturer and retailer based in Beaubassin East, New Brunswick. Our candles are hand-poured using natural soy wax, premium cotton wicks and phthalate free fragrance oils for a clean burn everyone can enjoy.
Hello! I’m Dawn, the owner and creator at Baked Candle Company. I have always had a passion for creating and, being a selfproclaimed foodie at heart, what better way to combine two passions than to develop the concept of Baked Candle Company where our specialty (and what we are known for) is our delicious foodie-inspired home fragrances.
We take pride in creating products that are made with quality ingredients, that smell delicious with a minimal look to fit in with any decor.
We here at Spicy Boys believe in flavour before fire, that’s why we focus first on taste before you feel the flames! Our unique hot sauces are hand-crafted in small batches using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Each of our sauces are carefully made with passion.
Our mission is to highlight delicious flavors paired with a tongue-tingling burn. With a lineup of hot sauces catered to all different heat levels, Spicy Boys is guaranteed to have a sauce for you!
If you would like to get ahold of these amazing craftspeople to purchase their work, you can reach them at the contacts below.
Natasha Sacobie – Bilijk First Nations, NB
Devin and Kelly Cooke – Back Bay, NB
Baked Candle Co.
Dawn Kuzmanovic – Beaubassin East, NB
Saltwater Joys Studio
Kelley Joyce-Floyd – Quispamsis, NB
Heidi Turner – St. Stephen, NB
Dylan Gaudet – Fredericton, NB