Denise Corcoran (Thrifty By Design) is a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire and upcycler of things based in North Vancouver, BC. Her passion is to turn ‘junk’ into new and funky pieces. From refinishing furniture found at the dump to repurposing discarded items like wine corks into jewelry, there is no limit to what a bit of time and know-how can create. And save from the landfill.
Sharing her enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling, Denise facilitates ‘Crafternoons’ throughout Vancouver where participants of all ages and skill levels learn how to make things from unorthodox materials. She has also taught a series of classes called Crafting with ‘Crap’ at a local university and at conferences. Denise was a featured panelist at the Craft Council of BC talk called ‘Craft, The Environment & Our Community’ and was the inaugural BC Champion for the fourth annual Culture Days, a national, nonprofit 3-day event promoting culture throughout Canada. In addition Denise is the Vancouver Curator for The Makers Nation’s weekly digest featuring local events and happenings.
Recently Denise authored a crafty book called Raw Crafts: 40 Projects from Hemp, Jute, Burlap and Cork published through Lark Crafts.