Wednesday, February 24, 2010

handmade sister cities {part 5}: vancouver + edinburgh

row one
DavieandChiyo : vancouver
locomotive : vancouver
frostcollections : vancouver

row two
EmmaLamb : edinburgh
luxedeluxe : edinburgh
thedoghouse : edinburgh
13threads : edinburgh

row three
TrackandFieldDesigns : vancouver
Cabin : vancouver
brazenhussies : edinburgh

row four
MaggieMowbray : edinburgh
doseprod : edinburgh
nijani : edinburgh

row five
DearDodo : vancouver
tanisalexis : vancouver
emmarts : vancouver


oh how i've always loved the idea of sister cities.
two great places, joined over sea & sky by the idea of common cultural & commercial ties.
this rikrak studio series explores 2 official sister cities @ a time,
and some of the handmaking lovelies that they share!
i've done a bit of research to find official sister cities, and love seeing what handmakers are up to there!
be sure to visit the other handmade sister cities posts here.


handmade sister cities {part 5 }

vancouver, british columbia, canada & edinburgh, scotland

in honour of the 2010 (non-handmade) olympic festivities happening these days in lovely lovely vancouver, i thought we'd take a glimpse at that fair city, her handcrafting superstars, and one of vancouver's many official sister cities... edinburgh.

to me, both are magical by-the-sea spaces, with enchanting vistas, fascinating landscapes, amazing unique histories, and filled with wonderful lore & creativity.

i've been lucky to have spent a few visits in gorgeous vancouver, and hope to explore edinburgh some day, too!

have you been to either/both of these handmade sister cities?
tell us your favourite parts/neighbourhoods/delights/sights!
we'd love to hear!

happy handmaking, vancouver + edinburgh!
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  1. Lovely! Strangely I'm a Canadian but haven't been to Vancouver YET, though I spent my honeymoon in Scotland. Loved Edinburgh and the dramatic feel of the city. Great architecture and WHAT A HISTORY!

  2. woo! thank you so much for adding me as a vancouver maker! too cool! xo
    muchos gracias!!!

    I've been to edinburgh, it was a one week solo trip I'll never forget, and i loved every adventure. that city is spectacular!
    I saw Mucha's work at the Museum (SWOON)Amazing to see his work in person.... and then I climbed up Arthur's Seat THE WRONG WAY!! LOL!!!
    it took me an exhausting 2hrs. to climb..when I got to the top I realised my mistake (DOH!) and it took me a mere 10 mintutes to run down to the bottom. I felt like such a fool, but I got more excercise than anyone up there. :) hahaha! what a tourist I was/am!!

    Hooray rikrak for highlighting 2 very beautiful cities. xoxo thank you!

  3. Ooo, thank you so much for including my NOM NOM NOM apron amongst your fabulous collection of handmade goodies from Edinburgh & Vancouver ;-) Despite living in Edinburgh for 10 years, I'd no idea Vancouver was our twin city - what a fantastic excuse to get to know more about the place (& hopefully visit someday..)! My favourite thing about Edinburgh is all the green spaces - it's one of the few cities I've experienced where you can be in the middle of the city yet truly feel you are in the middle of the countryside. Blackford Glen, Mortonhall, The Braids, The Meadows & of course Arthur's Seat & Holyrood Park are some of the lovely green spaces within the city that I love to spend time in. Thanks again for the feature! Jane.x

  4. Thank you so much for including 13threads in this wonderful feature. I have been living in Edinburgh for about 10 years and I didn't know our twin city was Vancouver either. I live in the centre of Edinburgh with amazing views of the skyline from Calton Hill to the Castle. It is great to read all these lovely things about Edinburgh because it so easy to take its beauty for granted.

    I'm afraid I have never been to Vancouver. I got as far as the Canadian border where my boyfriend was told that if he entered Canada he may not be allowed back into the US (visa problems). So closest we got was a night in Bellingham, Washington.

  5. Fantastic to see this link between Vancouver and Edinburgh, especially at olympics time!

    Edinburgh is a beautiful, vibrant city - the lively shopping area, overlooked by the iconic Edinburgh Castle, the 'love it or hate it' Scottish Parliament building to the more spooky history, there are certainly plenty of interesting things about Edinburgh!
    Living in a lovely old building overlooking the Forth Bridges we get the best of both worlds - so close to the hubbub of the city with stunning views over the Forth (when you can see through the rain...!).
    Haven't yet been to Vancouver but that is defintely only a 'yet'!
    Thanks so much for including our necklace here too!
    A' the best
    Janette & Kirstin

  6. I love Edinburgh so much! I used to go the festival every year as a child and we had our honeymoon there last year.

    This is a lovely post! x

  7. Thanks for including my little bird woodburning with such cute things!! ;)

  8. Thank you for including my garland with such lovely items. I am another who didn't realise Edinburgh and Vancouver were twinned, usually there is a sign as you enter. Lovely blog.

  9. beautiful collection, and thank you so much for including one of my cushions... :)

    i've lived in Edinburgh for nearly fourteen years now and after being here for so long i sometimes forget how beautiful it is... the gorgeous architecture and history never fail to inspire! but i think my most favoutite thing to do is to take my dog for long walks around Arthur's Seat, especially in the summer when you get the most beautiful panoramic view of the city and the forth... just perfect!

    i must say that i too didn't know that it was linked with Vancouver, a city that i've not visited ~ yet!

    thank you again,

  10. Super cool! I just love your collection. Really nice! =)


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it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!