DahliaDrive

Handmade one of a kind women's clothing made locally in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, British Columbia | 30 Sales

DahliaDrive

Handmade one of a kind women's clothing made locally in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, British Columbia 30 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Wendy Van Riesen

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About

Bodies of Art

I look at the woman’s body as a landscape of birth, death, creation, reproduction, nurturing, work, wear, transformation, love and embrace. Our skin contains these elements and each part of this landscape has a story to tell alone, and as a whole. I strive to communicate these stories, layering in both shape and surface design, echoing stories from our society, art, history, memory, architecture and nature.

If the woman’s body was a tree, her trunk would be the spine, her roots would be her pubis, her fruit would be her breasts and her leaves would be her hair and the working energy of her hands and arms. The flow of this story would be translucent and flowing as one continuous evolution in one case or simply one giant root of an expanding network of influence in another.

I wish to instil the value that women’s bodies are much more than objects to dress because it is illegal to be naked or that the body is too flawed to be seen. Every body is rich with stories of strength, endurance, forgiveness, anger, love and hope. Dahlia Drive uses art to echo that universal language onto the landscape of a woman’s body.

I want women to feel inspired when they wear Dahlia Drive.

Shop members

  • Wendy Van Riesen

    Owner / Designer

    Dahlia Drive was the vector upon which sat my first home in 1955. The youngest of 4, I was branded by the Californian heat, the smell of guavas and tangerines, the click of cricket legs and the soft love of my mother, the kisses of our dog.

Production partners

  • Dampkring Designs

    Vancouver, BC

    Dampkrng Designs makes my patterns and sews my samples.

  • Reg Davidson

    Old Massett, BC

    Reg is a master carver of Haida Art. I make silk screens out of his art work and print the images onto fabric.

  • TD Creations

    Vancouver, BC

    Cuts, sews and presses clothing from markers provided.

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