Eco-designer diverts from landfill to sell at Oak Bay market

Oak Bay’s July street market runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oak Bay Avenue

Among the 100-plus vendors at the Oak Bay street market on July 12 will be an eco-designer sharing her wearable art diverted from the landfill.

“I’ve been a professional designer all my life,” said Tracey Yerrell, of Bat Fish Studio in Royal Oak.

A former communications manager for the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the District of Saanich, she has been creating for about five years.

“There comes a point when you have to follow your heart,” Yerrell said. “For me I had a little granddaughter and it became really important to do something that was ecofriendly and important and also to teach people what it was all about.”

Her intriguing wards include jewelry from inner tubes and found objects, fascinators from fabric scraps, and over the shoulder ponchos featuring her own prints.

“All of my clothing has been altered and adapted into wearable art instead of going into the landfill,” Yerrell said.

She’ll be among the 100-plus vendors when the Oak Bay street market returns July 12. Guests pour into Oak Bay the second Wednesday of the month to peruse the tables and tents filled with a range of food and artisan products. Organized by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association, the market features a variety of street food as well as produce and fresh made food to take home. Each market has live music, theatre performances, magic shows and activities hosted by Oak Bay village businesses.

The market operates from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oak Bay Avenue between Monterey and Wilmot streets. The Oak Bay Night Market runs rain or shine on Aug. 9 and Sept. 13.

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