Fine works of art and cleverly crafted objects can’t be confined to galleries and exhibitions. Manitoba is flush with ingenious makers, visit these shops to inject your personal style with functional objets d’art.
Hand-crafted jewellery and metalwork sparkle inside Artifacts Gallery, look for elegant gold dewdrop earrings with milky rainbow moonstones from local WaterLelie Jewellery Design. Johnston Terminal at The Forks Market, main floor, 204-949-1222.
An eclectic mix of wares from hundreds of Canadian crafters populate the loft at Forks Trading Company where the blue glaze of earthy ceramics imitates the prairie sky. The Forks Market, 2nd floor, 204-949‑1785.
Four Directions Trading Inc. boasts traditional and contemporary handicrafts by First Nations people, including intricately beaded barrettes and bolo ties. Ramada Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St, 204-943‑8152.
At the heart of Osborne Village, Sew Dandee buzzes with maker creativity. Find tees silk screened with the mug of traitor-cum-hero Louis Riel, racks of re-worked clothing and unique accessories. 105 Osborne St, 204-453-5110.
Tara Davis Studio Boutique acts as an art conduit, bringing beautiful creations to shoppers from local and Canadian artists. Among handmade throw cushions and upcycled leather handbags you’ll find the proprietor’s own lines of reworked vintage bling (pictured). 246 McDermot Ave, 204-504-8272