Culture Crawl Artist Spotlight: Propellor
Crawl Artists and Modo Members Toby Barratt, Pamela Goddard and Nik Rust
The team behind Propellor, a Vancouver based multi-disciplinary design studio, are among the 447 local artists displaying their work at the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. From November 19–22, the 19th annual Crawl will turn East Van into a huge visual arts, design and crafts festival. We’re proud to be a continuing sponsor for this celebration of local talent and are excited to see what the artists have in store for us this year.
We spend a lot of time in the mountains. Range is a series of sculptural works inspired by our ramblings as well as the view of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains from our studio window. Made from basalt stone and gypsum, Range is an expression of the epic beauty of the high mountains. Each Range is unique and one of a kind. Sculpted in small editions, some of our Range sculptures are free-standing while others are housed in solid walnut or alder wood boxes and lit with integrated LED lights.
The three of us, Toby Barratt, Pamela Goddard and Nik Rust, became creative allies while studying sculpture at Emily Carr University and formed Propellor in 2000. Collaboration makes our design work better and makes the design process more enjoyable. Every project that leaves our studio is the product of collaboration. Three heads are better than one – working together takes us places creatively that we wouldn’t think of going alone.
We work at being good citizens. In our community, and in the world at large, we take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We work to reduce our impact at every level of our practice. This has made a big difference in the materials we choose, in our production processes and supply chain, even in the ways we get around town.
Our Modo experience
Modo has been an essential resource for our business since 2008. We use Modo cars weekly to pick-up materials, deliver work to clients, take our team to lunches and meetings, and occasionally, to bust out of the city to play hooky in the mountains. Modo saves our business money, gives us great flexibility and aligns with our vision for a more sustainable city and future. – Toby Barratt