2006 Board
Founding Members


Beth Hawthorn - President / Treasurer www.thisisit.ca
Christian Blyt - Vice President www.corelam.com
Robert Studer - Director of Marketing www.thisisit.ca
Michael Yahgulanaas - Secretary www.rockingraven.com


Beth Hawthorn, b. british columbia, canada, 1969
Founding principal of this is it design inc. (1996), a design laboratory focused on product, architectural glass and commissioned works of art and design. Founding principal of CORE (2003), that publishes Vancouver’s Healthy Living Guide a book called CORE: an annual directory of Vancouver's Health and Wellness community, allowing the public to consider natural health options as well as become more aware of the local businesses and what they have to offer. Founding member of BARK design collective (2002), and president since 2004.

Christian Blyt, MA Interior Architect, graduated with honors from the
University of Industrial Arts Helsinki, Finland.

He won a major International Competition: The Love of Wood with his material invention, which is now being developed in Canada as a commercial product. His work has been exhibited in many exhibitions in Europe and North America. Currently he is Associate Professor in Emily Carr Institute and board member of Greenhus Designs. Christian is a founding member of BARK design collective (2002).

Robert Studer, b. british columbia, canada, 1963.
Founding principal of this is it design inc. (1996), a design laboratory focused on product, architectural glass and commissioned works of art and design which are marketed and sold internationally. Founding member of BARK design collective (2002) and Director of Marketing. Studer is a practicing artist and designer who has exhibited and attended symposia internationally. His art works are in the collections of Microsoft and Simon Fraser University. Past activities have included commissions of art from the Office of Protocol for gifts presented on behalf of the citizens of Canada to H.R.M. Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of York and other foreign dignitaries. A founding member and instrumental in the formation of the B.C. Glass Arts Association (1989), Studer also served as President in 1994-95. He had earned his journeyman trade qualifications in Industrial pipe and steam fitting (1986).

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, b. Masset, Haida Gwaii
Michael is a Haida calligrapher, carver (he studied with Robert Davidson and Jim Hart), storyteller and singer, internationalist, and a professional activator in jurisdictional conflicts between Indigenous Peoples and those who aren’t. He invented a new form of graphic narrative called Haida Manga or Manwha—part Haida, part Asian, and all Michael—to combat the simplistic narrative perpetrated about Indigenous People of the Pacific Coast (and elsewhere) that portrays his kin as either gifted angels or drunken devils. He’s telling another story altogether, of complex human beings struggling with love and death, just like everyone else. Michael has received awards from the Canada Council and Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, has performed in the venerable Museum of Natural History, Vancouver’s Orpheum, and is in public collections of BC’s Museum of Anthropology, the Kawaksaki City Manga and in private collections in Seoul and Tokyo. Widely published in Japan and Korea Michael joined the BARK Board after exhibiting with us in Tokyo (2003) and London (2004). He contributes laughter and insight, and a faith in what he calls UP, Undiluted Potential.