Meet the Made on Salt Spring Kids – Aila and Sydney Gessinder

Entrepreneurship starts early on Salt Spring. Just ask Aila and Sydney Gessinder, founders of Salt Spring Slime and Kids 2 Kids T-shirts – our youngest vendors to showcase their wares at Made on Salt Spring this weekend at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

“For our t-shirts, we do our own drawings and then we screen print them on t-shirts,” says Aila. “The design is called the wildlife of Salt Spring. Sydney drew the birds, I drew the giraffe, and we both drew the wildlife. Since everyone is hand screen-printed, every t-shirt is slightly different. We started at the t-shirts in 2016 when I was 12 and Sydney was nine.” Continue reading “Meet the Made on Salt Spring Kids – Aila and Sydney Gessinder”

MOSS Vendor Profile – Meet The Bubble and Squeak Soapery

For Linda Bradford, the birth of The Bubble and Squeak Soapery came as a result of a real and personal need more than 20 years ago. She originally started making handmade, organic soaps and shampoos for her husband and daughter, who reacted to the chemicals in commercial soaps, and then for the guests in her B&B.

“Our climate allows us to grow most of the organic botanicals used in the soaps in our sprawling garden on Mount Maxwell,” Linda says. “Our soaps and shampoos are 100% chemical-free, with gentle, essential oil fragrances. Some of the soaps contain locally-sourced tallow, while others are purely vegetarian.” Continue reading “MOSS Vendor Profile – Meet The Bubble and Squeak Soapery”

MOSS Vendor Spotlight – Álvaro Sánchez

It’s March – and we’re counting down the days before Made on Salt Spring brings our world-famous Saturday Market to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall the weekend of March 23 to March 25.

We’ll be featuring the products of dozens of makers, creators and designers – and from now till the start of the show, we’ll be taking an up-close and personal look at some of these talented vendors – starting with self-taught silversmith and MOSS organizer Álvaro Sánchez.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Álvaro studied design, music and architecture and lived throughout Latin America before settling on Salt Spring Island in 1990. “In the course of my travels I’ve been able to gather many cultural and artistic influences that have inspired my designs,” he said. Using precious metals and natural gems, Álvaro creates wearable art that is distinctly Latin American.

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