Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Sarah P̩loquin Рa student at Emily Carr completing her BFA, works mainly within the realm of ceramics to explore the relationship between form and function through unique and hand-crafted pieces.

We discovered Sarah's work at the Future Masters Vol 2. exhibit at the recent IDS West show and were immediately impressed with her beautiful and original creations. Her work is strongly inspired by architecture and geometry and highlights the relationship between fine art, craft and design by exploring themes and processes that are strongly linked to each discipline.

Provide is stocking a selection of her limited edition pieces.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Provide is excited to announce that a show of Joshua Van Dyke's work is now on view at Provide – and we have to thank a friend of Provide (who luckily owns one of his amazing pieces) for introducing us to him and his work.

Joshua Van Dyke works with painting and sculpture from a small island studio off the coast of Vancouver. His practice explores notions of collection and display, materiality and the overlapping of geographic and cultural boundaries.

In his popular series 'The Hunt', used skateboard decks are fashioned into antler and wildlife trophies. Influenced by a connection to materials and the environment, his labour-intensive works reprocesses every part of the skateboard, transforming their meaning to convey ideas about tribalism, ritual and the environment

Van Dyke has exhibited in Vancouver, Glasgow and Finland. He was the recipient of an Olympic Torch grant in 2010 for the public art installation 'Corridor'. Recently, he was one of four artists selected to participate in the softshelter project with Molo, an internationally acclaimed industrial design house.

Van Dyke earned a BFA from Glasgow's esteemed School of Art in 2007. Currently he lives and keeps a studio on Bowen Island, BC.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


We are very excited to announce that Provide was selected by Cire Turdon – a French luxury brand that dates back to 1643, to be their first retailer in Western Canada.

With illustrious beginnings as a candle supplier to French royalty, Cire Trudon has lasted through these past centuries to now produce a wide range of products, open flagship stores in Paris and New York (pictured above) as well as develop a hugely devoted following. Considered one of the best scented candle makers in the world today, Cire Turdon candles feature a %100 vegetable-based wax, a pure cotton wick, a product that is completely bio-degradeable, allergen free and contains no pesticides. Housed within a beautiful glass vessel that is hand-made in Vinci Italy and because the candles burn cleanly, the vessels can be easily reused for drinking glasses or small vases.

Provide will be stocking twelve of their most popular scents in their classic candle including Nazareth  (their holiday candle) and Dada with hints of camomile tea, mint leaves and eucalyptus. We think these will make delightful and unexpected gifts this holiday season. Look for them to arrive at Provide late next week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Our first collection under the name PROVIDE MADE was created with the Provide customer in mind – we listened to what you were looking for, and the result are these graphic and vibrantly coloured cushions. The graphic language for our first collection of cushions is very geometric – it utilizes the shape of a cube which is then duplicated to create patterns that are energetic, expressive and highly dimensional – and of course all work great together.

Hand-woven silk dyed in rich, saturated colours from fuschia to eggplant and a raw ecru where produced in collaboration with Mitun Chakrabarti whose company Rajboori works with highly skilled artisans in India. The silks are an eco-friendly variety called "peace silk" that have the comfort and durability of cotton while maintaining the richness in colour and depth of most precious silks. The cushions are then assembled meticulously by hand using quilting-like techniques, appliques and a detailed stitched overlay in bright orange.

We would like to thank Janis Nicolay for taking these wonderful images above and Nancy Riesco of Riesco & Lapres for helping us with the styling and location.