2013 BC Culture Days Champion
Denise Corcoran (North Vancouver) aka Thrifty By Design is a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire, and upcycler of things based in North Vancouver, BC. Her passion is to turn ‘junk’ into new and funky pieces. From refinishing furniture found at the dump to repurposing discarded items like wine corks into jewelry. There is no limit to what a bit of time and know-how can create… and save from the landfill.
Sharing her enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling, she facilitates ‘Crafternoons’ throughout Vancouver where participants of all ages and skill levels learn how to make things from unorthodox materials. She was a featured panelist at the Craft Council of BC talk called ‘Craft, The Environment & Our Community’. In addition she was the Vancouver Curator for The Makers Nation’s weekly digest on local happenings and a Creative Expert for the Salvation Army Thrift Store, sharing thrifting tips and simple DIYs.
Recently she authored a crafty book called Raw Crafts: 40 Projects from Hemp, Jute, Burlap and Cork for Lark Crafts filled with fun DIYs that’s available online.
Culture Days Event: Denise presented an upcycling workshop in North Vancouver and created an upcycled art installation for the provincial media launch event at the Arts Club in Vancouver.