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On Our Walls

In May and June we have neighbourhood textile artist Sarah McKinnon on our walls! Sarah describes herself as "an analytical thinker, a weaver of words and threads, an artist, a pattern and number lover, a food allergy educator, a ukulele player, and a mother of two. Sarah writes this about her process:

"When I am not editing, I like to make art. My current focus is stitching.

Any art I make is all about the process. I have always loved learning new techniques, but I generally eschew any “rules” and avoid following pre-made patterns. For my stitching in particular, I just love the meditative and repetitive quality of the action, and enjoy combining colours and creating textures.

My process is mostly intuitive—I grab the materials and see where they take me. I seem to mostly use a basic straight stitch, but I do mix in a few others. I find it really inspiring that this basic use of stitching to cover the surface of cloth, which adds decoration and strength, shows up all over the world. Stitching can be used to simply make something beautiful to look at and also be applied practically to mend or reinforce any type of textile.

One of the biggest questions I get from people is, “What are you making that for?” and my answer is usually, “I don’t know, I just like doing it.”  The end result is generally secondary for me. I just love to stitch, or crochet, or weave, or whatever, and eventually there may be a wall-hanging or blanket or some other “thing” that comes out of it."

Come see Sarah's beautiful work and maybe pick up a piece for your own walls!

Call for Submissions

We are looking for artists with maker tendencies. We want to showcase your process as well as your work itself. We especially want to support emerging artists – with or without formal training. We are interested in artists of all ages whose work reflects the values and goals of the Society.

Along with your artwork, we ask that artists provide some information about themselves and their process. We are particularly keen to showcase detailed documentation of how your work is created. Photos or stories about your process are strongly encouraged!


Past Shows

We love the artists who've shown work on our walls. And we hope you do too! To see more of their work, check out the links below.

March - April 2019: Joyelle Brandt

January - February 2019: Akemi Ito

October - December 2018: Jody Kramer

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 778-802-3544

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Monday    10:00 - 4:00

Tuesday    10:00 - 4:00

Wednesday     Closed 

Thursday.    10:00 - 6:00

Friday 10:00 - 6:00

Saturday   11:00 - 5:00

Sunday      11:00 - 5:00

Special Closure Days:

Sunday, April 21st : Easter 


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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