Maker Profile: Julie Boocock of Market Canvas
Meet Tofino-based Julie Boocock of Market Canvas, a drool-worthy collection of minimalist large and small leather goods that are worth hanging on to.
Who are you and what do you design?
My name is Julie Boocock, and I design leather bags and accessories.
Tell us a bit about how you got you to where you are today.
Well my mom taught me how to sew as kid which is a pretty important part of what I do now... but I’ve always been pretty creative. It took me a while to hone in on something that I enjoy making and people like. I tried most forms of crafting; painting, jewellery making, etc. I spent a couple years altering vintage clothing and selling it online and at markets. I then got crazy obsessed with a plan to make bags out of canvas and Guatemalan fabric after a California trip. Turns out the fabric was harder to find then you’d think, but I had a bunch of leather from the straps so I started making all leather bags. That was a little over a year ago, it's now my full time job.
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be.
I mean visually clean, if you looked in my studio right now clean would not be the word that would come to mind.
Sleeeeep, smoothie, coffee and beach walk, second breakfast, emails and then start the real work. I tend to be more productive later in the day.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Hands down the hardest question to answer. Some where deep dark in the back of my brain.
Tell us about maintaining a balance. Do you?
I'm not sure if I always do. I live in a beautiful place (Tofino) which makes it pretty easy to get out and enjoy the world when you need a break from work. Also there’s an amazing community of creative people here that I find incredibly motivating and inspiring. Although I spend far too many hours in my studio that I lovingly refer to as the leather cave.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?
I’d love to a furniture collaboration someday. As for designers and brands Stone Cold Fox, and Anine Bing would be on the list.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to launch their own business?
The hardest part is deciding to actually do it. Start small and grow as the business does.
What’s next for you?
Currently I’m working on getting bags to more retailers across BC and Alberta. Maybe hire an employee or two and if all goes well then I’m probably going to need a bigger studio soon.
*Since the time of writing Julie has hired a Production Assistant, and another part-time employee for Sales/Marketing. In addition to this she has expanded into a brick and mortar retail location that doubles as a studio space. Next time you're in Tofino you can find her at 109-605 Gibson Street.