Vannini explores maker culture

Prof. Philip Vannini, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography, wrote a feature story for The Tyee on maker culture on BC’s coast, in connection to the release of his documentary A Time for Making.

Here is an excerpt:

“On tiny Gabriola arts and artisanship accounts for a large chunk of the island’s gross domestic product, so much so that the local taxpayer base is ranked sixth in Canada for the highest concentration of individuals deriving income from creative labour. Something similar can be said of other Gulf Islands or communities on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and the Lower Mainland. Regardless of where artisans are situated on this coast, a unique ‘Made on the B.C. Coast style’ has emerged and consumers have taken notice.”

Vannini teaches and researches with the School of Communication and Culture and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The original story was featured in The Tyee.