Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Featuring: mobile homes mobiles

Who says mobiles are just for kids?  We were like three grown up kids at Christmas time when Kim Baise's original folk art creations arrived in the mail all the way from Californ-I-A. 

No two exactly alike, you'll find airstream trailers, adobe houses, a-frames and teepees alongside wall tents and log cabins - our special requests.  Check out Kim's blog to find out more about her creative life and art.

News flash: We see from her latest post that the mobiles were just featured on Design Sponge - Um hello big time, Kim calling. Way to go!

Monday, 28 November 2011

New Inventory!

Many folks have been asking if new inventory is coming and it has arrived! Modern Burl is excited to be in the possession of some lovely Kin Ship Press homeware and select clothing. See below for images of some new items in stock.

Good Eggs, Bad Eggs tea towel set. flour sack cotton. screenprint.

Swan shadow puppet pillowcase. white cotton. black screenprint.Wolf shadow puppet pillowcase. white cotton. black screenprint.Good Night, Sheep pillowcase. white cotton. gray screenprint.

Wolf Shadow Puppet shirt. ringspun cotton.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

For the menfolk

Modern Burl is about more than just the ladies. In fact, the MB collective was founded by 3 of our burlier counterparts over very manly drinks one cold January. (OK truth be told, they were kir royales.)

For the good men of Whitehorse and the gals (and guys) who love them, we've got some excellent gift options.

A natty professor cardigan with leather elbow pads

The essential guide to form, function and ennui from the creators of Unhappy Hipsters (a Modern Burl fave)

Stop Talking calling cards. For times when a kick under the table is just not enough.

Man bling. Handmade in silver and wood.

Super awesome wolf shadow puppet hand screened t-shirt.

Cutting Board. For meat.

Wood shaker table (available in ash). For displaying manly knick knacks.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Modern Burl bling: natured inspired

When we were putting together our list of must haves for the pop up shop, we knew that jewelry had to play a part. It is the holiday season after all, and nothing brightens the darkness of a chilly winter morning quite like a new pair of ear bobs. 

We also knew that Whitehorse women are a discerning bunch. No run of the mill hoops, boring studs or cutesy pendants were going to cut it. 

We searched the world to assemble our collection of nature inspired jewelry, from as close to home as Vancouver to the far flung reaches of Greece.

Here's a taste of what we've brought together. Stock is limited with only one or two available in most designs. (It's a small town and we like to try to keep it original, too.)



Monday, 21 November 2011

cold outside? we've got you covered!

It may be cold outside, but baby, you're going to look good all bundled up if we at Modern Burl have anything to say about it.

Forgo those usual suspects (you know the ones: pilly fleece and boxy sweaters) in favour of these cutting edge but still oh so cozy sweater and coat designs from Little Houses.

The perfect marriage of form meets function.

 For your guy - we recommend a classic Wes Anderson meets cute rumpled professor wool cardigan with leather elbow patches. Hurry though, only 2 left!

For your lovely noggin, may we recommend this stylized knitted cap by Poland's Celapiu - these have been selling like hotcakes!

Because we like to keep it local too - and who knows cold weather gear better than a northerner - we're excited to carry a range of knitwear by local textile designer, Jessica Vellenga. No two alike!

Just a peek at the many beautiful and practical clothing and accessories available at Modern Burl.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Modern Burl on the Airwaves

CBC's Tara McCarthy stopped in for a chat last week while we were setting up.

Listen to our conversation here:

new poetry entry: kiddies cover your ears

This entry from local woodworker PG is anything but . . .

Something familiar
Wood testicular goodness
Strangely alluring

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Another poetry submission

This one comes from 8 year old Donovan all the way from California. Remind us to tell you about his talented mom Kim and her most excellent contributions to Modern Burl . . .

the old tree gives shade
to living creatures on earth
twisted and ancient

Pantry Raid for a Cause

Good people of Whitehorse - before you head down to see us at 502 Wood this afternoon, please raid your pantries for some tasty non-perishable goodness to leave beneath our Food Bank Donation Tree.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

New contender: burl poetry contest

This just in. An strong entry by Katherine Munro.

a malignancy
cut becomes decorative -
not deformity

Keep those entries coming - swell Modern Burl swag could be yours.

Sunday, 13 November 2011


best submission wins a fantastic multi-purpose MB tote
email us your submissions to for posting on the blog or post directly to our facebook page

dare you to outdo our first entry by scott f.

beneath verdant shade
burl dreams of another life
gloss lacquer peeling

four more sleeps

The modern burl elves have been hard at work unwrapping packages and transforming our little space at 5th and Wood Street into a veritable wonderland of arts and craft goodness.

Only four more sleeps!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

booklovers get ready....

If you are a fan or collector of beautiful children's books, you're in luck. Modern Burl will be featuring more than 20 titles, chosen for their evocative storytelling, humor and/or award-winning illustrations and design. See below for a few sneak peeks.