My name is Denise Corcoran (aka Thrifty By Design). I'm a community catalyst, crafter extraordinaire and upcycler of things based in North Vancouver, BC. My 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 my enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling, I facilitate 'Crafternoons' throughout Vancouver where participants of all ages and skill levels learn how to make things from unorthodox materials. I was a featured panelist at the Craft Council of BC talk called 'Craft, The Environment & Our Community'. I was also the BC Champion for the fourth annual Culture Days, a national, nonprofit 3-day event promoting culture throughout Canada. In addition I'm a regular contributor to North Vancouver-based writing DIY tutorials featuring local resources and organizations plus I am the Vancouver Curator for The Makers Nation's weekly digest on local happenings.

Recently I authored a crafty book called Raw Crafts: 40 Projects from Hemp, Jute, Burlap and Cork published through Lark Crafts.

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Outside of Crafternoons, crafting & various upcycling adventures, I have a background in:

  • Print and web design plus expertise in managing social media channels;
  • Project coordination and management;
  • Software instruction and facilitating workshops.

For info regarding workshops, articles and tutorials or presentations, contact me at

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