About Bird on a Wire Creations

Bird on a Wire Creations is a store and a community of people who support artists, artisans, and the buy-local movement. Owned and operated by Kate Nagel, we curate Vancouver’s best art and artisanal objects —all one-of-a-kind, all handmade. We strive to create a supportive environment where new and established artists and artisans can learn from each other and bring their wares to market without investing in nasty overhead. We provide the staff, space and traffic to help create sustainable incomes.

We host and collaborate on a variety of community and educational events, including our felting classes, cross-stitch classes, kids classes and other pop-up events and workshops. We welcome partnership proposals. If you think you are a good fit, please contact our Store Manager by email.

We would love for you to come visit our shop at 2535 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, but if you can’t make it down, we’d be happy to help you find that one-of-a-kind handmade gift for that one of a kind person from wherever you are.

10% of the net profits is donated to the local arts community.

See What Our Customers Had To Say

Hear Mariana Veiga’s Customer Success Story. She appreciates our selection of handcrafted items for that perfect gift! We have a wide array of carefully curated gifts and our staff is always ready to help you pick out something thoughtful. Thank-you for the kind words Mariana!

About Kate Nagel

Kate NagelHello, my name is Kate, and this is a little about me…..

I love my children
I love my family
I love my friends

I believe in the arts and crafts as an integral part of our lives

I must be challenged
I have more ideas than time

I want to change the paradigm of ‘starving artist’ to ‘thriving artist’

I love to play…
What else is there?

OK, I guess there is a bit more. I was a stay at home Momma of 3 amazing children Lucas, Lauren, and EsaBella. Creativity has been a lifelong insatiable passion and I’ve picked up many skills along the way. I was taught to knit, embroider, and cross stitch at young age by my Oma, as a teen I would sew my own clothes (or what we now call up-cycled – reinvent my clothes), was an honours grad in high school with an arts major.

Fast forward to 1996 – 2000 I owned and operated my first business: a paint-your-own ceramic studio in Squamish where I taught classes, had arranged for Emily Carr College to teach classes in my studio, and was president of the Squamish Arts Council…busy times.

Fast forward one more time to 2009, and as I witness the erosion of support for the arts I make a decision to create a place to not only support the arts but to connect community through the arts. This is what I am meant to do. I am a creative catalyst and a great promoter…so let’s see what we can all create!


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(Photograph from Papergirl Vancouver interview by Julie Nicole Photos)