For how long have you been doing this?: It's been 5 years!
What materials do you mostly use?: Fresh ingredients such as hot peppers, herbs, limes and maple syrup.
Why did you start practicing this craft?: To offer people who appreciate natural, local, healthy and spicy products a naturally hot and flavourful sauce, made with easy to understand ingredients with no preservatives.
When are you most inspired/productive?: When travelling and meeting people who are passionate about health food and spice is when I get most inspired!
Can you share with us a fun or quirky fact about your work?: Because we produce our sauces in a federal research center, there are many people from different companies passing through the factory. Since we work with fresh hot peppers, it risks being dangerous for others... Sometimes, we need to evacuate the room while we're cleaning the machines because the spiciness gets in the air and no one (except for us) can breathe! Everyone freaks out and doesn't understand why. We always end up giving them a bottle at the end of the day because we feel bad and we explain what happened. Everything goes well after that!
Tell us about a special encounter you had during a prior Puces POP fair: It was the December 2014 edition of Puces POP and the ambience was really nice. My cousin, my partner Phil and I dared each other to sell a bottle of sauce to an elderly person! Phil managed to convince a woman to try our Maple Jalapeno even if she didn't like spice! The woman ended up buying all of our sauces because she realized she liked the taste of spiciness but not vinegar. It gave her heartburn. There you have it - another satisfied customer. Hoping that word of mouth still works because we want to convert the elderly! They're the best!
For how long have you been doing this?: 3 years
What materials do you mostly use?: All of my jewelry is made from porcelain, though I love working with other clay bodies for housewares and other objects
Why did you start practicing this craft?: My grandparents were ceramists so it has always been something i have been drawn too, though it wasn't until only 5 years ago that I started so i am a relative baby in the ceramics world.
When are you most inspired/productive?: In the morning time! Earlier the better!
Can you share with us a fun or quirky fact about your work?: 1 out of 3 things break before they make it to the last stage. You never know what's going to happen with your pieces!
Tell us about a special encounter you had during a prior Puces POP fair: I met one of my now best friends at Puces! She was making vegan and gluten free treats and we became fast friends! Won over with cookies!
For how long have you been doing this?: I've been a full time artisan/artist for 15 years.
What materials do you mostly use?: Vintage and antique paper ephemera, books, maps, flowers, antique photos, handwritten letters.
Why did you start practicing this craft?: I have always loved vintage and books, a perfect way to combine my 2 loves. I like the idea of repurposing materials into contemporary works.
When are you most inspired/productive?: I am inspired almost constantly, and hate to admit, that I'm often most productive when I'm under pressure!
Can you share with us a fun or quirky fact about your work?: My atelier looks like a complete mess of papers but is actually organized chaos.
Tell us about a special encounter you had during a prior Puces POP fair Being reunited with friends I haven't seen in many many years is always special to me.
Puces Des Fleurs gives you a behind the scenes look at what goes on in the studio of a few artisans during the preperations for the big fair! We are happy to present three creators who offer wonderful handmade goods of all flavors and colors. We think you will be delighted to meet them!