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The BC Diaries by Amanda Mae

Spring | Summer 2013

Parksville, BC 2012

The BC Diaries, inspired by David Byrne’s book of travels, Bicycle Diaries, is a collection for British Columbia’s city of Vancouver. A free spirited culture that is naturally natural... Where not an inch of earth is ignored, & people live a life that is active, happy, inspired, & endlessly lush.

“Every north storm, whisper home to the Kokanee, and celebrate in perfect stillness, each calm lake.” -Fred Wah

The Islander is a peaceful soul who escapes the busy life of

the Mainland by traveling blue waters to Vancouver Island. Lush with greenery, ocean coast, wildlife & First Nation’s native influences, the island is a place to be nurtured by nature in endless inspiration. A free spirit’s soul lives here. There is no better place to be at peace & feel at home than on the island.

Textured Felted Wool

Bamboo Knit/ Spandex

Vintage Woven Print

Irredescent Lining

“Give me miles and miles of mountains, and I’ll ask for the sea.” -Damien Rice

The Beach Soul is a sun child. British Columbia’s beaches

span the North Western coast. Wreck Beach, Spanish Banks, Locarno, Jericho, Kitsilano, Sunset, English Bay, Second Beach & Third Beach, line the outskirts of the city of Vancouver. Whether enjoyed socially, with your dog, or alone, the beach is for fun, relaxation & gathering. Breathe in the ocean air, see the mountains & be thankful for the ground under you.

Sea Green Cotton Spandex

Recycled Brown Leather

“All the troubles that I’ve seen came on their wings. I threw them away to rust in the rain.” -Laura Veirs

The Rain Child. Vancouver could not be as lush & green without its notorious rainy months. Necessities in a Northwest Coast wardrobe... raincoat, boots, & an umbrella. It may sprinkle or pour, but often we get to enjoy a beautiful line of rainbows. A rainbow is a “Welcome home.”

Deep Moss Rayon Jersey

Vintage Cotton Houndstooth

Emerald Rain Lightweight Linen

Recycled Brown Leather

“Honeysuckle, elder, moss, followed one another, like a sequence of phrases in a sentence, distinct, yet contributing successively to an ambiance that for sake of convenience, I will call the present.� -Lisa Robertson

The Active Life With lushness all around, people in British

Columbia love the outdoors. Walking, hiking, biking, exploring. Vancouver is home to the world renowned forest, Stanley Park.The seawall traces the outer Pacific edge, perfect for a walk, run, or bike ride, all with an enchanting view. Towering above the other trees, Douglas Firs fill the forest, a signature to Vancouver. Cathedral Grove, on Vancouver Island, is filled with 800 year old trees, wildlife, trails & fresh water streams from surrounding mountains. The essence of British Columbia is in its abundance of nature & its breathtaking scenic wonders.

Green Mist Tencel Jersey

Textured Stripe Tencel Twill

“Grab hold of your bootstraps, and pull like hell, until gravity feels sorry for you, and lets you go.� -Andrew Bird

The City Walker in Vancouver is young at heart, creative,

ambitious & open-minded to culture. Any place is great to meet a friend, or enjoy some time alone to read. Street art, music, paintings, sculptures & more, feed the creative vibe of the city. There is something here for everyone.

Sweet Sea Rayon Jersey

Night Bark Rayon Jersey

“Home is where I want to be, but I guess I’m already there.“ -Talking Heads

Fanny Bay, BC 2012

Senior Thesis  

A collection inspired by British Columbia Canada.