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Western Living One to Watch: Bright young thing Andrew Hibbs turns neon sign-making into a modern art form.

When he was still a teenager, Andrew Hibbs was already helping his neon-worker father pump gas into fire-bent tubes; today, the two still work together, but while dad runs the commercial side, Hibbs indulges his creative leanings with his side gig, Endeavour Neon.

“I’ve always been happy doing the smaller stuff,” says Hibbs, who’s made a name for himself with his residential installations and hanging desktop lights (Endeavour’s heart-shaped lamp is a bestseller). But that’s not to say he doesn’t still have a connection to public spaces: Vancouver, along with cities like New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, is lit with giant neon quotes crafted by Hibbs, including Kit and Ace’s “Time Is Precious” sign in Gastown. It’s a fresh take on neon that brings life back to an art form that faded with the arrival of LED. Glow on.

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DECOR TREND: NEON LIGHTS

You’ve probably seen the neon lights trend popping up all over the internet lately. I started noticing them a couple years ago, and I’ll admit at first I didn’t get it. “Wow, hello 1986,” I thought at the time. Now I can’t get enough of them.

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SHOP CRUSH: ANDREW HIBBS OF ENDEAVOUR NEON

When it comes to art forms, do you ever consider neon bending? You see neon signs everywhere you go – they light up each city with different colors and shapes – but do you know how they’re made? We were so thrilled to have the chance to chat with Andrew Hibbs of Endeavour Neon to tell us all about his shop. Working out of a warehouse in Vancouver, BC, Andrew creates unique pieces for homes and shops all across Canada. Read on to find out more about Andrew’s inspiration and his growth as an artist in this feature exclusively photographed by Janis Nicolay @Pineconecamp.

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The gallery wall has become the ubiquitous tool of designers and stylists everywhere

The gallery wall has become the ubiquitous tool of designers and stylists everywhere, and it's not going to leave any time soon! I, for one, am perfectly ok with this, as it is especially useful in kids' rooms as an outlet for their creativity. Just allow it to be changeable and malleable. They can display their own art, choose photos for canvas prints, or pick out wallpaper that they can layer with even more options, such as maps that can be pinned with personal travel photos. Create a wainscoting effect with grasscloth wallpaper around the room, then have your little one push pin to their heart's desire; the grasscloth will hide the holes!

 

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The Man Behind the Bright Lights: Endeavour Neon

All of the lights. Kanye was on to something. If there’s a key movement we’re seeing incorporated into new businesses and spaces lately, it’s the placement of names, words, phrases, and shapes glowing in neon. From big businesses to home offices, neon signs are taking over in whole a new way. So we caught up with Andrew Hibbs, the man behind Endeavour Neon, to learn more about how he’s bringing the once-dying art back to the forefront of our culture

 

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GET TO KNOW: ENDEAVOUR NEON

Have you seen those amazing quotes all over Vancouver in strikingly-crafted neon? Chances are they were created by local designer Andrew Hibbs, owner of Endeavour Neon. From the new “Time Is Precious” one strategically placed in Gastown or those neon hearts scattered around the city, the increase of neon fixtures courtesy of Endeavour are becoming more popular in Vancouver (& on social media). We caught up with Andrew to discuss inspiration, memorable projects – & more neon;

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Bright lights, old city: Remembering Vancouver’s neon glory

In 1953, Neon Products boasted there were 19,000 neon signs in the city of Vancouver — one for every 18 residents. No more. Times changed, neon faded in popularity, and was even derided as a “sleazy light source” by anti-blight crusaders. In the late 1960s Vancouver council enacted laws that put an end to the big neon spectacular — for decades you couldn’t even put up a flashing neon sign. Today there are only a few dozen of the 19,000 signs left.

John Mackie

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Live Eye CTV Breakfast Television

You can see his work all over Vancouver, lighting up the night sky. We visit the studios of Andrew Hibbs, and see just how this generation of neon benders keeps this dying art alive.

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