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Hats off to kids

Inaugural Bratz Biz craft fair showcases Sea to Sky youth talent

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By Nicole Fitzgerald

What: Bratz Biz

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where: Whistler Secondary School

Admission: By donation

Myrtle Philip Grade 7 student Yuki Tsubota suffers from an acute case of chronic hat head.

She is always snuggled into one of her original crocheted creations, as is her mom and most of her friends as the Yuki toque empire grows.

It’s not much of an empire. The 12 year old hasn’t even named her business. She didn’t expect to be getting into one at all. But when a friend asked her to share a craft table at Whistler’s newest craft fair event, Yuki put her crochet needles to work.

Yuki is one of more than 40 youth who will showcase their talents at the inaugural Bratz Biz Craft Fair Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whistler Secondary School.

“There is some real talent out there and we wanted more people to see just how good these kids are,” said Susan Shrimpton, event co-founder. “We want to showcase young talented artisans. We want to help them learn about the business side of selling a craft…. We also want to put them in touch with professional artisans in our community who can assist and mentor them.”

Yuki started crocheting hats a few years ago. She dismissed it as something simply to do when she was bored in front of the television. But her passion becomes evident when she starts pulling out her different toques, some for adults and youth, others for small children. She mixes funky chunky yarns with pure wools for colourful textured hats. Some have earflaps with ties, others a simple bordered brim. Wool felt flowers she also handcrafts adorn some of the chapeaus. The flowers can also be fastened to handbags and tops, bringing a colourful accent to the otherwise ordinary.

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