Shi Studio is on Display at YVR

shi studio qing dynasty antique silk vancouver international airport YVR
Apr 2019 |

Last October I was asked to take part in the Artist Display Case program at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). This fantastic community outreach project profiles BC artists to local and global travellers. In celebration of the Asian influences on the West Coast of BC, I decided to make custom Shi Studio pieces with antique silk from the late Qing Dynasty.

The amazing embroidery inside these Shi pieces came from a ceremonial skirt in lush tones on a burnt orange background, with cobalt blues, greens, and myriad of other colours in silk thread.

The embroidery itself is a piece of art. Making these timeless pieces of embroidery timeless by encasing them in glass and highlighting the individual patterns is a special process that makes me feel proud of my work.

What is pictured here is (clockwise from top left) an Antique Wedding Pendant, a Dynasty Whisper Necklace, an Oval Lucky Buckle and leather cuffs with antique pendants. Examples of more designs are featured below but since all products are unique and one-of-a-kind, please contact me to see what I have available. 

shi studio Qing Dynasty unique YVR exhibit pieces

"Every point of entry and exit at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), without exception, represents a gateway to British Columbia and Canada. Whether one is boarding an aircraft or going to the parking lot, a glimpse of the province’s cultural identity is on display. YVR celebrates nature and culture in its thematic and interior finishing. It also is proud to feature what is created artistically in British Columbia. To complement its permanent art collection, YVR has located display cases throughout the terminals’ departure gates to showcase the work of BC artists. This rotating display program provides BC artists with the opportunity to exhibit and potentially sell their work to millions of local and international travellers; it also provides travellers with an opportunity to get a glimpse into BC’s vibrant visual arts community. Display cases exhibit a broad range of original work: sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, furniture design, industrial design, fashion design and a variety of other unique and handmade objects. The works are rotated bi-annually throughout the terminal, providing travellers with a regularly changing exhibition, and artists with a broader audience."

- Vancouver International Airport