Kewl peeps doing kewl things: Adea from Billy Would Designs

Welcome to a new feature I'm adding to my blog, Kewl peeps doing kewl things. In my crafting and upcycling travels, I've met some pretty darn awesome makers. Whether it's making nifty stuff out of 'junk' or being part of making community happen, these are a few of the peeps that have inspired me. And I hope they'll inspire you!

First up is Adea Chung, the brains and brawn behind Billy Would Designs.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to pop in and tour Adea's studio. What a treat! She's found an awesome spot in an industrial area of North Vancouver close to Capilano Mall and the auto mall. She shares the space with All Season Home Maintenance and her brother Ian who heads up Frankenstrap Leather.

I've followed Adea for awhile through craft markets and local artisan supporter, Favourite Gifts in Lonsdale Quay. Her work is gorgeous, very distinctive and is a perfect example of upcycling at its finest. She turns reclaimed hardwood into wearable art. Everything from old floorboards to broken skateboard decks.

Adea has a space that fills you with envy. There's space to create, photograph, package and even host craft nights in her comfy abode. Plus they have a huge skateboard ramp. Cause why not!

It's funny to have finally met her in person after following her for years and even being cyber, crafty peeps the last while. It's like we'd been friends for years. Love it when that happens!

Holy smokers... Wooden beads that inspire awesome jewelry or maybe even macrame.

She's a one person crafter, maker, upcycler powerhouse...

And her she is... My new crafty BFF. We're going to partner up for a Crafternoon. I'm doing something a bit different with my upcoming Crafternoons at the North Vancouver City Library - I'm going to invite guest hosts. Local makers and upcyclers who are kicking craft butt and want to help build community. Plus share the joys of crafting with 'crap'. It's a great fit for NVCL and my Neighbourhood Small Grant. Yay!

Find Adea and Billy Would Designs at www.billywould.com. Stay tuned for details on our co-hosted Crafternoon. It's gonna be a super fun afternoon of repurposing 'junk'.

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