Four local women, have come together in a creative new venture.
In early July, artist Roxi Sim Hermsen met Okanagan Engraving’s Heather Fullager. The two women instantly saw how they could combine their talents and create products that neither one could do alone. They have spent the last several months designing items for Fullager’s laser engraver and sublimation process using Hermsen’s artwork.
In a very short time, Roxi Collectibles was born. The products range from mugs, vases, lidded jars, glass cutting boards, tiles and plaques, to glass and mirror etching and laser wood burning. The women plan to mix and match designs and develop several new series.
“The details and colours were just amazing,” said Hermsen, of the engraving and sublimation process. “It just sparked these ideas, and we got to know each other better.
“It’s been interesting seeing the designing and learning how I can adapt my artwork. It will be an ever-growing line of work.”
The collaboration grew further when local florist Elsie Reid offered Fullager some shelf space in her store to display Roxi Collectibles. When Hermsen dropped in to introduce herself, she immediately recognized Reid, having taught her film studies when she was a teach at Salmon Arm Senior Secondary.
“We were doing eight millimetre film back then,” smiled Hermsen, who also taught art and sewing classes.
After viewing a range of designs, Reid chose the Rainbow Garden line that will be available exclusively at 27th Street Florist and Gift Boutique, along with the open stock that Hermsen and Fullager are developing.
“It was one of those serendipitous kinds of things. It’s uplifting for everyone,” said Hermsen.
“It was just a perfect blend of everything. It was like, ‘let’s just use our strengths.’ I’m just happy to be creative and have a purpose for it.”
Lending her organizational skills to the endeavor is Sarah Logan, who has come on board to keep everyone on track.
Logan has already put everything in order in Fullager’s studio to increase production efficiency. She also set up the showroom to display collection.
“Sarah’s help will be invaluable as the collection, the product line and production grows,” said Fullager.
Hersen and Fullager will be accepting custom orders for wholesale, weddings and other occasions. Appointments for custom designs can be made through Okanagan Engraving.
They are also designing mugs as fundraisers for the Okanagan Science Centre and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.