Thursday, February 02, 2006

getting this party started

It's both giddy-making and a little scary to kick off a project that has been brewing for ages (as this one has in various forms). So I figure the best way to do this is just to jump right in there with some crafty goodness going on around town these days. But since you're reading, I will mention a couple of things before getting started:

*Join the
mailing list if you want to be craftalerted when a bunch of fun things amass (like craft fairs, exhibits, stitch'n'bitches in your hood).
*Please do
send me your hot craft tips - for the links on this blog, or write a blurb to disseminate in the mailing list. Blatant self-promotion is welcome!

Onto the fun. Three shows that I'm excited about:

1. Paige Gratland,
donut ho and imparter of free dance lessons (among other fun projects), has a soft scultpure show called "It's O.K. to be Soft" at Katharine Mulherin (1080 Queen West @ Dovercourt) from Feb.3, 2006 - Feb.19, 2006. The installation involves quilted and sewn plush in the form of a velveteen tree that you are invited to hug. Since everyone could use a hug at the end of the week, you best attend the opening tonight from 7-10pm.

2. Just down the street at C1 art space (1080 Queen West @ Ossington) you can check out SMALL DELIGHTS , a whole bunch of cute by Toronto-based artist Heidi Jahnke (check out images her pieces to the left). Her mixed media work, "consists of a quirky collection of constructed boxes portraying playful imagery of animals involved in their own miniature, fantastical worlds." The openining reception also takes place
tonight, from 7-9pm, and the show runs until the 26th.

3. If you haven't already, please promise me you'll visit A Terrible Beauty, an installation by Jennifer Angus at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue - near University and Dundas). In this totally fantastical exhibition, 15,000 tropical insect specimens from Southeast Asia are pinned onto the gallery walls, in intricate patterns evoking 18th-century wallpaper and textiles from India, Japan and Egypt. Thankfully on until May 14th to allow for multiple visits. FYI: on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, admission is PWYC.


Blogger amanda said...

excellent idea, and lovely header too! I've subscribed to your rss feed. thanks :)

11:36 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

ya - first comment! thanks amanda, and wheeeee.

i will add your blog to the blogger links.

9:49 a.m.  
Blogger Claire Louise Milne said...

I had a sneak peek at your site earlier on and I just love the header - so I was really anticipating the launch. I love it!!!

10:41 a.m.  
Anonymous tania said...

thankyou for the link! this is going to be so cool!
makes me want to have an event just to post it here!

5:37 p.m.  
Blogger vania said...

i'm so excited to have something Toronto specific. It looks fantastic! I'll put you up on my links list too!

9:31 a.m.  
Blogger beth said...

Yay! I just moved back to the city, so this is perfect timing.

10:50 a.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

thanks so much for the kind words -i am so happy that this seems to be something that other people are excited for too.

you can all help get the ball rolling by sending me crafty news, new links, etc. and if you're inspired to, i'd love to receive profiles of local makers, great supply shops, your favourite craft gallery, that type of thing. i'd love for this to be as collaborative as possible.

can't wait!

11:16 a.m.  
Blogger rhya said...

wicked wicked wicked
i will make sure to add you as a link to the monster factory site next time we update.

6:53 p.m.  
Blogger kiki said...

I recognized the stuffed toy images in Heidi Jahnke's "Buttons and Bears" as the work of Jennifer Murphy (, who lives in the US. If you look in the section called Gallery of Fun Things, you'll see the exact same image (minus the buttons). I'd like to know what Ms Jahnke has to say about that?

12:36 a.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

i am a fan of jennifer murphy's stuff - maybe part of why i was attracted to that piece was a feeling of familiarity, almost nostalgia....

i guess this brings up questions of ownership when it comes to collage and "found" images - though if it is an independent artist's current work, and it is not credited, that does add another dimension for me.

any other thoughts?

10:41 a.m.  
Blogger Heidi Jahnke said...

I would like to let everyone know that I was very wrong to use Jennifer Murphy’s image of her bears in my shadow box series. We have been in contact and I have apologized for my inexcusable ignorance with copyright issues. The piece entitled “Buttons and Bears” was immediately removed from the show and I have dismantled the box. This has been a very important learning experience for me and I will definitely be more educated in this matter for the future. Thank you again to Jennifer and C1 Art Space Gallery for being so understanding.

12:54 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

thanks to heidi for her comment/explanation. upon her request i have removed the image of the 'buttons and bears' piece and have replaced it with another image she has provided.

1:49 p.m.  

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