Monday, April 30, 2007

2007 fruit market


Check out the 5th Annual Fruit Market, a Queer Zine, Art and Crafts Festival happening this Saturday in the 519 Community Centre Auditorium. Tables are $10 for the day. Email to reserve a table, or show up & buy stuff.

All proceeds to go to the 519!

$5 cover
Featuring performances by
Ryan Hinds
Jamieson Eakin
Yehuda Fisher!

519 Church Street
Saturday May 5th
12:00pm - 4:00pm

make your own mother's day gifts @ margie jewellery studio

MaRGie logo

Upcoming workshops at MaRGie Jewellery Studio. Contact Michelle for more info.

April 30 2007- Saturday May 12 2007

Glass Fusing
$100 +GST (materials included)
Make your mom a glass pendant, key chain and/or pin. OR make your mom
a candle holder set.

Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
Saturdays 3-6 pm


$125 +GST (materials included)
Make your mom a silver band ring or pendant.

Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm
Saturdays 11-3pm
Sundays 2-6pm

MaRGie Jewellery Studio
1402 Queen St East Unit C4
Enter on WEST side of building

play good catch

logo-good catch

Good Catch fairs are lovely ways to spend an afternoon. If you want to get in on the vendor action, read on for a message from Becky…

in the evolution from a loose collective craft event to a monthly fair with rotating curation, applications finally exist for the good catch craft fairs!

well, they are more like vendor info sheets but you'll get the idea.

happy crafting,

becky johnson
the sweetie pie press
craft fairs held monthly at the good catch general store
check for updates (maybe)

Friday, April 27, 2007

rozaneh vintage sale w. fabric & yarn!

Thanks to Haley of Knit-o-matic for sending this along...


This Sunday, April 29
10:30am - 7:00pm

Welcome to our New Location

442 Dufferin Street - Studio E
-Just North of Queen
-Or go South of Dundas
-Bus stop is at Alma

Geared for Spring!
-at least 100 new pieces since the March sale
-several Peter Max Scarves and a Mary Quain Textile etc.
-more linens, yardage and "bits"
-more jewelry and accessories.

Attention yarn hounds!
-vintage spring/summer cottons and novelty yarns will be out.

So please come and check it out....

or call Marilyn for an appointment @ 416.703.6818

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

spring workshops at nathalie-roze & co.


Read ahead for a selection of springy crafty/fashion workshops taking place @ nathalie-roze & co. and visit the website for the full scope of great-looking classes happening this month & beyond.

Easy Embroidery
Saturday May 5th, 10am to 1pm

Learn how to do chain-stitch embroidery and use this technique to 'draw' an image on silk with embroidery floss, to be used as a pillow or tote bag panel, applique, quilt square, or whatever you like. Examples will be shown. Bring your own pattern to embroider or purchase a bird or flower pattern from the instructor. Participants may bring their own silk embroidery thread/floss, transfer paper, patterns, fabric, needles and hoops, etc. (available at most sewing/craft shops and some thrift stores) OR purchase items from the instructor for $5 -15. $45+GST, including gourmet tea & a baked goodies served during the break.
Instructor: accessories designer Suzanne Wall

Sunday May 6th, 9:30am to 12:30am
Sat. May 26th, 9:30am to 12:30am

In this hands-on session, learn how to make a batch of organic soap, using the cold press method. Learn all about making your own natural, moisturizing soap - then, choose your own scents (essential oils) and exfoliants to make a fresh batch customized to your personal preferences. All ingredients are 100% natural and fair-trade. Participants will leave with several bars to enjoy at home or to give as gifts.
Note: participants should dress casually.
$45+GST, including gourmet tea & baked goodies served during the break.
Instructor: Amanda Montgomery, owner of simply. soap company

Basic Hand-Mending: Buttons & Repairs
Tuesday May 22, 6pm to 9pm

If you've forgotten or never learned how to sew on a button, stitch up a drooping hem or mend a torn garment, then this beginner hand-sewing class is for you. Why retire damaged clothes or get over-charged for basic repairs at the drycleaners, when you can learn how to easily remedy rips, tears and holes yourself? It's a no-brainer, once you have the basic techniques down. Participants are encouraged to bring along their hole-y sock, snagged sweaters, rogue buttons, ripped jeans or whatever garments need mending to practice on.
$45 + GST, including all supplies (needles & thread), plus gourmet tea & baked goodies served during the break.
Instructor: Julie Sinden, textile artist & accessories designer (Jules & Annie)

Japanese Shibori and Indigo Dyeing
Sunday June 3rd, 10am to 1pm

Shibori is an ancient Japanese method of stitch resist surface design. Participants will learn the basics of this technique, which can result in beautiful and intricate patterns, using little more than a needle and thread. In the Japanese tradition, stitched natural fibre fabric shibori projects will dyed in indigo , the only natural dyestuff that produces a true and clear blue. Participants will learn how to create and use the most basic type of indigo vat (dye bath), and will have the option of making a set of napkins, yardage to be used in future projects or a simple tote bag.
$60 + GST, including all materials as well as gourmet tea & baked goodies served during the break
Instructor: Julie Sinden, textile artist & accessories designer (Jules & Annie)


All workshops - unless otherwise indicated - are $45 to $60 each and typically include basic materials as well as gourmet tea & baked goodies served during the break.

Register by phone with a credit card at: 416-792-1699 OR in-person using debit, cash or credit (M/C or Visa only).

NOTE: workshops are intentionally delivered to small groups (just 3 to 6 participants each) & fill up quickly, so don't snooze on it!

SORRY - spaces cannot be reserved without payment.

WHERE: at the studio (in the back of the shop) at nathalie-roze & co.1015 Queen St. East (at Pape) in Leslieville
TTC: Closest subway stop: Pape (take the bus S. to Queen) - also easily accessible via any Eastbound Queen St. 501 streetcar...parking is free after 6pm and all day on Sundays!

CRAFT SHOW: m.a.d.e. this weekend


Thought I would pass along this invitation to you and everyone. Myself and a bunch of other artists are participating in a collective show and sale at The Gladstone this Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to pass along this invite to friends and TCA people.

Check out the site for more details.

thank you.

domestic collective opening

Click to enlarge in flickr

Received a note from Hillary Webb regarding the inaugural exhibition of the Domestic Collective, a group of 6 talented craft based artists (check out that lineup!!). The show will open at the Ontario Craft Council on May 3rd and will run until June 3rd.

Where: Ontario Craft Council, 990 Queen St. W. (just East of Ossington)
Hours at the OCC: Monday-Saturday 11am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 5pm

hot tea&socks docs

Still from Village of Socks

The Community Outreach Coordinator at Hot Docs has outreached to us here in the Toronto craft community to let us know about two films in the 2007 lineup that may appeal to knitters and hand crafters – one film about a village that sustains itself by handknitting socks (co-presented with the Textile Museum of Canada) and another about one man’s search for hand crafted teas that support sustainable living. (See below for more detailed descriptions).

Some notes on the fest: Hot Docs is the largest documentary film festival in North America and takes place from April 19-29, 2007 at theatres in the Annex and Bloor/Yorkville neighbourhoods. Students and seniors get in for FREE at Hot Docs screenings before 6:00 pm, and Pay-what-you-can admittance is in effect for the general public for screenings after 11:00 pm throughout the festival. All theatres are wheelchair accessible (please note the lavatories at the Bloor Cinema are not accessible).

All In This Tea
D: Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht 70 MIN USA
A guided tour through the wondrous world of tea, the latest film from distinguished documentarian Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the world's finest teas.

A passionate supporter of sustainable, environmentally sound practices, Hoffman is a champion of the independent tea farmers who adhere to ancient, handcrafted methods. Explaining the delicate balance between art and science in tea leaf cultivation, Hoffman strives to bring China's teas to the world market, but is frustrated by the business politics of giant tea factories. Nevertheless, he revels in the medicinal, meditative and transformative power of tea, not to mention its tangible connection to the earth and its timeless relationship to previous generations.

Blank's longtime friend, fellow filmmaker and tea lover Werner Herzog, appears at one point savouring a special cup of tea that tastes "like a forest, leaves on the ground, it has just rained, the rain has stopped, it's damp, and you're taking a walk. And somehow that's all in this tea."

Isabel Bader Theatre, April 24 @ NOON (free for students and seniors) TODAY!!

Village of Socks
D: Ileana Stǎnculescu, Klaudia Begic 78 MIN Romania, Germany
Made with great care, this award-winning observational doc captures the charm and allure of a community of workers practicing a centuries-old tradition while living on the edge of the European Union behemoth. In the beautiful Transylvanian village of Viscri/Deutschweisskirch, the townspeople gather each morning for "sock hour" where they wrangle over the shapes and stitches of the knitted socks they will export across the continent.

Everyone in town seems to be associated with the "sock project." Established by a German musician who lives in the town, it now offers economic freedom to hundreds of women who sit in the town square, gossiping about their ne'er-do-well husbands, and helping to export tens of thousands of socks each year. Presented with short film RENDEZ-VOUS. Co-presented with the Textile Museum of Canada.

Al Green, April 25 @ 7:00 PM
ROM Theatre, April 28 @ 3:00 PM (free for students and seniors)

Monday, April 23, 2007

paper crafts workshops at KOZO studio

A note from Akemi of KOZO Studio Gallery about her upcoming workshop schedule:


I'm finally organised enough at my new studio to start having people over for workshops!
I know I promised to start in March but I think April isn't too bad!

At the moment the studio is only open to the public by appointment or by chance.
This is my new contact information.

KOZO Studio Gallery
Akemi Nishidera
257 Broadview Ave.
tel. 416-214-1882

As for now, I've got the Bind and Blab, Letterpress printing, and 2 Papermaking workshops for you to check out (see below for info.).

Oh! and don't forget that the annual Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair is happening on April 28th in Grimsby!

Hope to see some of you!


Bind and Blab
Thursday April 26 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. This happens every last Thursday of the month!

Bring your projects, supplies, knowledge, wit and enthusiasm.

There will be communal pot of PVA and tea on the go for everyone! Please bring a cup with you for tea!

Call me at 416-214-1882 to reserve a spot at the tables!

FREE! This is not a formal workshop.

Letterpress Printing Workshop
Sat. May 12 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm and Sun. May 13 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Learn the basics of printing in relief on a flatbed press with Akemi Nishidera at her studio.
The Vandercook press is one of the most popular presses for letterpress printers and the little Showcard is perfect for small editions. Classes will cover chase set up, printing, care of a press, block set up and paper choices.

Printing will be done from a combination of wood type, metal type, linoleum, cuts and engravings.

Two day workshop

Fee $ 150.00 supplies included.

Papermaking Dabble Day
Sat. May 26 from 10 am - 5 pm

In this one day workshop participants will learn about the papermaking process and spend the day with their sleeves rolled up and dabbling in paper pulp.

Hands on time will be focused on sheet forming and individual 2 dimensional creations!

Because of time constraints, pulps will already be made for participants to have fun with and pick up of dried papers will happen at a later date.

$ 95.00 all materials included.

Papermaking Int.
June 2, 3, 9, 10 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm all four days.

Come and try your hand at papermaking!

We will be making rag paper (yes, the good paper) by recycling cotton and linen from cloth, just like they did in the olden days!

Participants will have a hands on learning experience from the beginning to the end of the papermaking process.

Prepararion of fibres for pulping, beating (in the beater!), preparing the vats, sheet forming, inclusions, embellishment, layering and drying will all be covered in this four day workshop.

Create gorgeous textural wall pieces and/or make sheets of paper that are uniquely yours for notecards, scrapbooks or anything else you can think of!

Fee $ 180.00 includes all supplies.

Akemi Nishidera

t-shirt design fundraiser

Becky of The Sweetie Pie Press passed this along:

Design4ADifference is a T-Shirt design contest and fundraiser to raise money for The Princess Margaret Hospital. There will be 20 finalist with the top design receiving an iPod.

Design4ADifference has been featured in the Toronto Star Fashion Calendar and The Annex Guardian.

You get a chance to showcase your work while helping a good cause. Please check out for more information or to download an entry form.

Lisa Stuve

baby girls, moustaches & more courtesy of instant coffee

la moustache image
La Moustache

Some gems from the latest instant coffee mail out:

23. She Said Boom! Window Space - Heather Saunders
Heather Saunders
It's a Girl!

May 1st-31st, 2007
She Said Boom! Window Space
372 College Street

Caught in a state of flux, abstractions of cocoons are both breaking
free and being further bound by layers of stitching and layers of fabric.
They are made from girls' baby clothes, women's lingerie, and hybrids of
the two, in an attempt to emphasize their shared signifiers, such as colour,
sensual fabrics and floral imagery. The newest additions to the series
incorporate girls' baby clothes that contain text, as an exploration of the
messages of socialization imposed, ironically, on a preliterate group.

Heather Saunders has a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from
Sheridan College and the University of Toronto. At the University of Toronto,
she is completing a Masters in Library and Information Studies and will be
starting a Masters in History of Art this fall. She is a former director of White
Water Gallery (North Bay, Ontario) and the current publisher of FUSE
magazine. (Toronto, Ontario).

For more information, contact:
Tara Bursey
She Said Boom! Window Space

29. Call For Submissions: Moustache Drawings
There's a party on my upper lip and everybody's invited!?

A moustache is facial hair on the upper lip, grown below and/or from
inside the nose. It exists in many shapes, styles and sizes. Fu Manchu,
Handlebar, Walrus, Toothbrush, Pencil; nose neighbor, flavor saver, lip
tickler and, of course, the infamous youth 'stache.

The moustache can be waxed and sculpted, combed and trimmed; it can be
curly, fuzzy, tobacco-stained, long, pointy, suspicious, debonair and
even downright silly.

There are many famous moustaches, like those of Charlie Chaplin, Sgt
Floyd Pepper (of The Electric Mayhem), Salvador Dali, Dick Dastardly, Groucho
Marx, Magnum PI and Frida Kahlo, among others.

What is your opinion of the moustache? Does it turn you on? Does it
scare you? Do you despise it? Do you think it laughable? Have you ever had one? Do want one but can't grow it for the life of you?

1 - 2 DRAWINGS in response to your feelings, ideas, memories,
concerns and general opinions regarding the moustache.

La Moustache will feature the work of Toronto, Montreal and
New York
artsts. Otherwise it's open to anyone who RSVPs by email before
May 30,

La Moustache will be exhibited for two weeks (at the end of August) in
Montreal, followed by dates in Toronto and Brooklyn, NY. (Specific
details about these events to be posted on our website.)

-Size of each work must fit in an envelop that measures 11" x
17" (that's inches).
-Accepted media: ink, graphite, paint, pastel, found materials—whatever
can be applied to PAPER.
-Work must be on PAPER.
-Work must be unframed.
-Work can be origional or reproduction.
-Clearly print your name, contact info (and asking price if for sale) on
the back of your work.
-80% sale goes to artist.
-If you live outside Toronto, Canada, please include a self-addressed
stamped envelop with your submission so we can return it to you.

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Methinks Presents
La Moustache
C/O J. Santos
130 Yarmouth Road
Toronto, ON, M6G 1X2

If you must, contact us to make other submission arrangements.

Toronto artists who want to attend the Montreal and/or Brooklyn
exhibition openings: we'll make that easy by organizing our Roadtrips to coincide
with the events (in both cities). The idea here is to, not only introduce the work but also the creators of the work to each other, in person, and basically to provide opportunies for members all three communities to connect up-close-and-personal-like. Also, we're hoping to provide some trip subsidy for La Moustache artists who want to represent their
work and join our Roadtrip party. And if you want to get in on helpiing to get these events together, that is, if you have specific contacts and/or special interest in connecting to Montreal and NYC, let us know and let's work it.


38. Call for Submissions: Two by Two Art Event
Submission deadline: June 1, 2007


The strength of two is greater than the sum of its separate parts.
The idea of relationship—being a neighbour, learning from and leaning on
each other—is the basis of an organization right here in Toronto. Romero House is a
Toronto community that provides refugees with a friendly and welcoming first
step in their new home, our country. Their web site describes their vision:

"The fundamental practice of Romero House is the community-based
vision of accompaniment - living together as good neighbours. This vision is
inspired by the practice Archbishop Romero introduced in Central America known as
acompanamiento, meaning, 'stand by the people'. Everyone who has moved out
of Romero House has moved into independent housing."

Two by Two is an art exhibition that will run from June 9 – 15 , 2007
at the Toronto Free Gallery that seeks to raise awareness of and support for
refugees living in Toronto. It calls upon local artists to create new work
that speaks to the necessity of human relationship and will include informative talks and film screenings surrounding the issue of refugees in Toronto and around the world. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork help support Romero House.


Two by Two is calling artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to
create a piece involving two separate parts, which together make a whole.
Two by Two asks that artists set their own prices, keeping in mind that this
is a benefit show to raise funds for Romero House. Should the artist wish to
cover the cost of art making, they may request up to half of the proceeds
from the sale.


1. Sign up by e-mailing
2. Create (see description of project above and guidelines below).
3. Send us a photo, JPG or PDF containing your work at We will contact you about how to get it to us
in time for the show.

All artists must sign up to participate. Early signup is encouraged
due to limited gallery space.


1. The dimensions of your piece must be no larger than 2' by 2'.
Sculptural pieces must be no larger than 2' x 2' x 2'.

2. All pieces must be original work.

3. Include Artist information, artist statement and sale price with your

4. All forms of visual expression are welcome.

5. All submissions are due June 1, 2007

6. Have fun!


Two by Two:
Toronto Free Gallery:
Romero House:

April 30, 2007
Do you still have anything you wrote as a kid? A poem? A book report?
A diary?

What's it done for you lately? Sat in a box?

Come read it out loud. In front of people. And hear other people's funny, sad, and/or embarrassing things they wrote as children.
Monday, April 30, 2007. 8:00 PM. Upstairs at The Victory Cafe. 581 Markham.

Friday, April 20, 2007

weekend roundup

All kindsa crafty happening this weekend....

Pick up supplies, techniques & ideas for your
sewing, needlework, paperarts & beading projects at the Creativ Festival happening at the International Centre in Missisauga from today till Sunday (20-22).

Saturday you can swing by the April Showers Craft Fair at Good Catch between noon&5 for a shop and a chat.

Start your Earth Day off right with crafts & sunshine in Dufferin Grove Park hosted by the Toronto Church of Craft (Sun 1pm-5pm).

Craft, booze & boogie the last moments of your weekend away at Spins & Needles at the Gladstone (8pm onwards). Don't forget to bring donations of handknitted sweaters, mittens, socks and hats for the StreetKnit Project.

vendors sought for the union


The following is a note from Maggie at the Union:

The Union Yoga Center in Cabbagetown would like to host a monthly, bi-monthly or weekly craft event on Saturdays from May-October. It is located at 242 Carlton Street, at Parliament and Carlton, at street level, with a big beautiful storefront window and lots of street traffic all day, all summer.

The space is available to ambitious crafters who fit this theme: environmentally friendly processes, functional products, and anything that relates to health or yoga or civic awareness. I would eventually like to do retail at the Union, and will find out what works over the summer. I am not interested in selling anything brand new or mass produced. A dream come true would be an artisan making indie yoga stuff....

Contact Maggie or visit .

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

oogle, consume & get schooled at sheridan

Via Akimbo:

Sheridan spring events

Arts Open House & Crafts Sale; Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29; 10 am to 5 pm.

Sheridan's popular Arts Open House showcases our talented students through exhibitions, film screenings and demonstrations. Programs featured include Crafts and Design: Glass, Textiles, Furniture and Ceramics; BAA Animation; BAA Illustration, Interior Design, Art Fundamentals, and Art & Art History.An important part of this weekend event is the annual Alumni and Student Crafts Sale where wonderful Sheridan created work may be purchased.Info: 905-845-9430 ext. 2368.

Free admission and parking.

Independent Studio Workshops in Glass, Ceramics, Furniture and Textiles May 7 - June 15

The Crafts and Design Program at Sheridan College is offering Independent Studio Workshops in Glass, Ceramics, Furniture and Textiles May 7 - June 15. In this self directed program, students will have access to the studio of their choice to engage in personal work and will also have the benefit of the presence of full-time studio academic staff to help guide projects through to completion. Applicants will be considered through personal interviews and the presentation of a portfolio.

Fees: $300 per week for studio access (maximum of 7 weeks), studio availability - Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Additional fees to be individually determined at time of interview.
for more information or call 905-845-9430 x2765.

Sheridan College School of Animation, Arts & Design
1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON, L6H 2L1

CNE arts & crafts pavillion - your feedback, please

TCA reader Lara is wondering if anyone has sold their crafts in the Arts and Crafts Pavillion at the CNE. She's curious what it's like to sell there, and would like to know about the general quality of goods on offer - i.e. can you expect to find mostly trash or treasures?

Please leave your comments on this post, or if you prefer to remain anonymous-ish , email your feedback here. Thanks!

cloth that shook the world

This looks REALLY interesting...


Cloth that shook the world Textime Museum of Canada

May 2 to October 7, 2007
Curated by Max Allen
Opening reception: May 2, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, remarks at 6:45 pm
Cloth is at the heart of history – locally, nationally and globally. Textiles triggered the Industrial Revolution, shaped the national independence of India, and are vital to the economic power of China.
Cloth That Shook The World tells twenty stories, each with textiles setting the stage for change. Featuring headlines such as Starving Textile Workers Go On Rampages and Destroy 21 Mills, Gandhi Vows to Back Indian Weavers, Ban On Traditional Dress Sparks Revolution, and Dying Aral Sea Called Worst Environmental Disaster – Welcome to cloth as front page news!

An evocative addition to Cloth That Shook The World is Factory, a 30-minute film by the prominent Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-jen. To make this dream-like “documentary” Chen invited a group of women to return to the derelict Lien Fu garment factory – where they had worked for over two decades before losing their jobs. In the 1990s Taiwan’s manufacturing industries began to move abroad to other areas with cheaper labour, and the owners of the garment factory closed the plant, refusing to pay retirement pensions and severance benefits. The film evokes a sense of time stopped and time flowing, reflecting the experiences of textile workers worldwide, overwhelmed by the tornado of change.

Many of the textiles in Cloth That Shook The World were made to travel far and wide, as part of the risky worlds of commerce and profit. Others reflect the political and cultural conflicts in which they played a central role, often resulting in starvation, riots and change.

wayzgoose book arts show

April 28, 2007 • 10 am - 5 pm

wayzgoose 2007
Artwork by Michelle Teitsma

The 29th Annual gathering of private press printers, wood engravers, bookbinders, printmakers, paper makers, paper marblers, and many more book artists. Admission is free!

Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON. L3M 1Y1

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

call for vendors for jazz and blues fest in the 'shwa

Jessica wrote regarding a marketplace opp at the Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival:

We are looking for artists and crafters who make their own pieces for the Artisan’s Alley on Saturday August 11, 2007. It is an all day event, and over 5,000 people attend. This is a great opportunity for your readers to sell their crafts.

Jessica Chung
Eclipse Concerts & Events

queen west art crawl call for artists


Artscape is accepting submissions for the

September 15 - 16, 2007

A great opportunity to show and sell your work in the


Early-Bird Deadline for Applications: May 18, 2007

Artscape is accepting submissions from visual artists, artisans and craftspeople who wish to participate in the Outdoor Art Show + Sale taking place Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th, 2007 as part of the annual Queen West Art Crawl.

The annual Outdoor Art Show + Sale attracts over 15,000 people and provides a great opportunity for artists to sell their work, expand their contact list and network with other artists in a completely unique exhibition environment at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Artists interested in participating should visit the Artscape website at for the full Call for Submissions and Artist Application Form.

For questions regarding the Outdoor Art Show + Sale please contact:

The Queen West Art Crawl is an annual festival celebrating Toronto's Queen Street West and is organized by Artscape in association with the arts, business and residential communities of Queen Street West. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Artscape is a Toronto-based not-for-profit enterprise engaged in culture-led regeneration. Artscape's work encompasses building creative places, developing creative districts and clusters and cultivating cities on a local, national and international level.

Monday, April 16, 2007

crafters need vitamin d too!

A little spring optimism from Toronto Church of Craft:

vitamin D church of craft

I'm going to think positively about getting some sun and working with my hands - to stay warm - on Sunday, April 22 in Dufferin Grove Park and maybe the univeral weather being-things will hear me. Isn't that what the hokey 'Secret' is all about?? Let's all do it!

I believe the 22nd is also Earth Day so let's make stuff in nature - between 1pm and 5pm. Treats will be provided.

Also, if you happen to have a Facebook account -and judging by the people that've found me there, many of you probably do - I've set up a Church of Craft group to help me out where the official Church of Craft website can't (ie. stay current).

keep warm in craft, Leah

freedom clothing re-opening party

Freedom Clothing Party

Start Time:
Friday, April 27, 2007 at 8:00pm

End Time:
Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 3:00am

939 Bloor St. W. (west of Ossington)


Featuring Art by: Cameron North, Daphne M.V.P, Marielle Gonzalez, and Blair

AFTER PARTY next door @ the Concord Cafe w/ DJ's:
Geoff Snack & Milennium Falcon

2007 OCAD printmaking thesis show

OCAD Printmaking thesis show

April 18 to 29, 2007
Opening: April 19, 6 to 9 pm

Work by Nik Dudukovic, Katherine Dynes, Carole Ellams, Kaitlin Gates, Salina Kwan, Jae h Lee, Gideon Naf, Loree Ovens, Johnathan Panczyszyn, Ashley Readings, Pablo Rios, Colin B Rogers, Ruta Emilija Tribinevicius, Amanda White, and Chris Wong. Curated by Paul Dempsey.

Gallery 1313
1313 Queen Street West
, Toronto, ON


spring knitting workshops at americo original

Two classes coming up at Queen West Argentinian yarn haven Americo Original:

americo orginal info

Hi everyone,

Spring has finally arrived and so has our summer collection of deliciously soft cotton, silk, llama and merino wool in a dazzling selection of fresh colours. It’s time to get started on a new seasonal project! As always, classes are free and drop-in, so no need to register but space is limited, so be sure to arrive early to guarantee a spot.

Quick & Easy Cotton Hoodie

spring hoodie americo original

Why make an ordinary scarf? Create this original hooded shrug and learn to knit at the same time! It’s a great beginner project but open to anyone who just wants to knit up an awesome little piece for spring. You will learn how to cast-on, cast-off, knit, purl and join seams invisibly. Best of all, you'll walk out wearing your project!

4 hours (2 two-hour sessions)
Sunday April 29, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday May 6, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Materials only

Cozy Cotton Raglan

cotton raglan americo original

This project launches us into spring and summer. It’s simple, quick…and impossibly soft! Create this cozy cotton raglan sweater while customizing it for your length and size – make it short, long or even as a dress. You will be learning the most sensible approach to creating raglan sleeves, which can be applied to any project you make in the future. At the same time, we will be introducing the "kitchener rib" cast-on and cast-off method in order to create a more professional ribbed edging.

Skill level: This project is suited to anyone who is already comfortable with casting-on, casting off, knit and purl stitch.

4 hours (2 two-hour sessions)
Sunday May 13, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday May 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Materials only

Thursday, April 12, 2007

spins 'n' needles back in town

spins 'n' needles2

Date: Sunday April 22 2007
Time: 8 p.m. onwards
Location: Gladstone Hotel : Art Bar (1214 Queen St. W.)
Cover: $8 before 10 p.m. $10 after
-Kris Steeves (Toronto/ )
-Jap_ + Matic (Toronto/Tempo)

At this installment we also welcome donations of handknitted sweaters, hats, mittens and socks for StreetKnit ( Streetknit is a Toronto initiative that rallies knitters to create items that are distributed to homeless shelters across the city. Yarn and needles will be also be available to get you started.

*About Spins & Needles*
Created in 2005 and based in Ottawa, Spins & Needles is Canada's first established independent monthly event that mixes hip craft projects with DJs spinning funky beats at various bars, galleries and esoteric spaces across the country. Sites have included the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Pop Montreal and the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Other spin-off events include the monthly Disco Bingo night, various workshops, sales and swap meets.

Goals of Spins & Needles: to help build and sustain creative communities and to inspire everyone to be active creators of their lives. For more info or to join the mailing list, e-mail or check out

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

arty party this friday night


Learn more about the Projections Exhibition here.

Friday, April 06, 2007

call for vendors: leslieville tree fest


Dearest Crafty Craft-Maker: Consider this Grove of Considerable Fu-uhn

Artisan Hut!

On Saturday, May 12th 2007 12pm-4pm, join city councilor Paula Fletcher, LEAF ( Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation in Leslie Grove Park in Leslieville for this big old neighbourhood arbour-up!

A family-oriented event that offers a fun-filled way to learn about and celebrate our local urban forests, music, food, story-tellers, kids activities, wonders and spectacles, and local artists will be part of this event. We also wish to invite craft-makers and artisans.

What better day and place to come out and peddle your wares!

Seasoned or unseasoned crafty person, make up a little table to sell your tree toys, idiosyncratic high fashions, doggie-dog sweaters, crocheted pirate booty, chip-bag hand-bags, handmade soap, jewelry, zines, love potions. Brownie points for having a tree or eco-theme. Whatever you think is beautiful, fun and appropriate on such a day.

Table registration is $20. Registration for not-for-profit organizations is free. Table set up is from 10:00am to 11:30am on the day of the festival.

If you require more information or to register, please email sbaker2 AT or phone at 416-338-7185.

Leslie Grove Park is at the corner of Queen St and Jones Ave.

Thank you,

Ryan Kamstra, Coordinator
Toronto Tree Tour Collaborative
LEAF & Toronto Public Space Committee
73 Bathurst St, Suite 305
Toronto, ON
M5V 2P6
Tel 416-413-9244
Cell 647-298-6558


Headlines - Sheridan

*WHAT* HEADlines, a witty and provocative exploration of contemporary news through the medium of illustration

*WHO* The 2007 class of Sheridan College's renowned Bachelor of Applied Arts program in illustration

*WHERE* Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery and Hall, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

*WHEN* Gala opening April 26 from 7pm To 1am, continuing April 27 (5pm
To 11pm) and April 28 (11am To 6pm)

*WHY* To have a great time, sip a craft-brewed ale, and revel in the work of Canada's top young illustrators! (All for FREE)


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

margie grand opening party

A party invite from Michelle of MaRGie Jewellery:

Hello All,

MaRGie Jewellery Studio is finally up and running!!!!

To celebrate we are having a grand opening party next Wednesday April11th from 6:30-9:00. There will be music, yummy snacks and drinks. We'll be doing demonstrations all night to introduce all the classestaught at the studio. See for class times,prices and descriptions.

See [flyer below] for details. No need to RSVP...just show up if you can.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the studio!


Michelle Goldfinger
MaRGie Jewellery Studio
1402 Queen St East
Unit C4
Enter on WEST side of building
(416) 916-6072

Party_Invitation Margie Studio
Click to enlarge in Flickr

CRAFT SHOW: spring stitch'n'kitch

Stitch n Kitch

Check out the following letter & flyer from Erin of
Anatomy of a Skirt:

Hi there!

I thought your readers might like to know about the Spring Stitch'n'Kitsch show that is coming up on April 14th in Waterloo (10am-5pm, at the First United Church on the corner of King and William Streets). The Stitch'n'Kitsch is a collective of about 30 members (two from TO!) who gather to put on fantastic craft shows, chat, and generally have an awesome time. On our website,, you can find out more about our shows, members, and even see a small sneak peek of some of the items at our upcoming sale!


Erin Wilk

Stitch n Kitch

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

2007 motherlode list

we finally updated the toronto-area craft fair list for 2007!!
send us more information (if you have any, or as it becomes available) to fill in some of the 'TBA's

this list builds on michelle's hard work, who compiled the
2006 craft fair list.

the TCA 2007 craft fair list