Wachiay Studio is a screenprint shop operated by the Wachiay Friendship Centre in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. We provide textile, poster, and fine art printing services and host a wide range of workshops, trainings, and community events.
Our studio is located in the traditional lands of the K’ómoks and Pentlach First Nations, including Sathloot, Sasitla, leeksun, Puntledge, Cha’chae, and Tat’poos.
A little history…
In 2013, screen printer Andy Macdougall and Northwest Coast Artist Andy Everson founded an after-school program at Wachiay Friendship Centre to teach youth to screen print. The program, called One Tribe, bridged art and entrepreneurship, with students selling their wares at markets and other community events. The program’s success led to the incorporation of Wachiay Studio in 2015.
Over the past seven years we have grown into a creative hub, education centre, and commercial print shop; we have printed banners for Idle No More, problem solved how to print on unique materials like drums and hides, created tour posters for Said the Whale, renovated and doubled our studio space, developed a fully-online screenprinting course, and have grown a community of ink fiends.