CRAFT TORONTO PICS: Booger on "Sheepskin" by very_lame
Ahhh...post-swap creations. From the Craft Toronto photo pool on Flickr. You can join, too!
Ahhh...post-swap creations. From the Craft Toronto photo pool on Flickr. You can join, too!
[Plus letterpress rental available - see bottom of listing for info]
Intro. to Letterpress
April 6 from
Learn the basics of printing 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, gift tags, and quick prints. In this introduction class participants will learn to print from a combination of wood type, metal type, and metal cuts. This is a great workshop to take if you have an inkling that you might like to get your own press.
Cost $ 55.00+GST plus supply fee of $10.00.
Sun. April 20 & 27,
This intensive two day workshop picks up where the Intro. class ended. Participants will learn about composing, using furniture, locking up a form and registration. Each participant will create a small two colour edition of their own unique letterpress printed Broadsides
Participants should have 'Letterpress Printing Intro.' or have discussed their previous experience with the instructor.
Workshop price for the 2 days is $150.00+GST plus a $15.00 supply fee.
6 Wednesdays starting May 21 from .
Relief printmaking is a popular form of printing because it can be done very simply and inexpensively if you are just a hobbyist or a beginner. In these hands-on sessions participants, will explore creating images with some traditional and non-traditional supplies We will also learn about tools used for creating these "plates", types of papers, inks, and methods of hand printing. Students will have created a portfolio of prints by the end of the session.
$140.00+GST plus $20.00 supply fee.
Book Binding 101
8 Tuesdays starting April 1 from
In this set of 8 workshops participants will learn about bookbinding terminology, tools, supplies and create a variety of book forms (concertinas, stab bound, single page, pamphlet, hardcover, experimental, etc.). Students will learn about the book structure and the importance of the papers that are used. Methods of embellishment for books will also be taught.
Cost $ 186.00* plus $20.00 supply fee
Progressions in Paper
4 Wednesdays starting April 16 from
Four days of playing with paper! In this series we will explore the world of paper and methods of decorating them Participants will try paste papers, orizome marbling, relief, washes and glazes and momigami. The resulting papers are , sturdy, unique and perfect for bookbinding, scrapbook projects, cards, collage and so much more!
Cost $72.08 plus $20.00 supply fee
Sunday May 4 from
Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses paper to create a 'painting'. Washi (known as rice paper) of varying colours, weights and textures are torn in small pieces and collaged to create an image that looks very much like a watercolour painting! Participants will learn about washi and why it is used, create their own 'painting', and frame it in a traditional Japanese style.
Cost $ 55.00+GST plus $15.00 supply fee.
Makes a great Mother'sDay gift!
Thursday March 27, April 24, May 29 & June 26, from
Drop in for an informal gathering at the studio. Bring your book projects to work on, chat, trade information, share stories, opinions, ideas, meet people and have some tea.
Please call ahead to book a chair.
Studio rental for printing letterpress on the Vandercook SP15 is available.
$35.00 for the first two hours/session
$10.00 for each additional hour/session
Add $20.00/hour if you need assistance and/or technical help.
A minimum of two hours must be booked per session.
Included; black rubber based ink, access to available wood type, metal type and cuts, furniture, leading, chase, clean up supplies.
A deposit of 50%of the workshop cost (before 5% GST) is required upon registration to guarantee a space in the workshop. We will contact you by telephone or e-mail to confirm your registration. Remainder of payment plus GST on the total workshop cost is due on the first day of the workshop. Supply fees are payable to the instructor in cash at the workshop.
Cancellations are allowed up to three days before the date of the workshop and a cancellation fee of $15.00 will be charged. After that time, no refunds will be given.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop if there is insufficient participation and in this case all fees will be refunded to the participants.
For more information contact Akemi.
Payment is by cash, cheque., VISA or MC.. Registration and deposit may be mailed to
KOZO c/o Akemi Nishidera,
Please do not forget to include your name, e-mail, telephone number and the name and date of the workshops you wish to register in!
*Cheques should be made out to Akemi Nishidera.
Please DO NOT put cash in the mail!
Registration should be mailed to
All workshops held at the studio located at
It's cold, and it's going to snow again but we must forge ahead and anticipate the warm days to come… So, what I'm saying is that we should all come together with some tea and needles – of varying sizes and material and make stuff!
What better place to do this than the west end's favorite craft space, The Workroom (
This will be a casual craft-on so bring whatever projects need finishing before the spring. Also, I'd like to throw out a biggish project idea for said spring/summer. That said, anyone with experience or an interest in public art (read: guerilla art/gardening) is welcome to come out and contribute to the discussion.
Our first Crafty Business Question! How exciting…
My question has to do with finaces:
How did you get he capital to start up your business?
Have you recieved and grants or loans and do you have any advice on how to smartly go about doing this? – Serah-Marie
For me, I started my business very, very small. I borrowed $600 from my roomate for a used knitting machine (and this was after I had sold my first sweaters made on a borrowed machine) and set up in my living room. I wasn't even sure I was starting a business, except that I thought it might be possible. So in the very beginning, any financial risks I took were small enough that I could waitress my way out of debt, if need be. I grew by investing back heavily, selling two sweaters and using the money to make 4 more.
I kept a part-time job during the early months of my business, and gradually went down to 3 shifts a week, then 2, then thought, "Ok I'll give it 6 months and see if I can make this business work." And I never went back!
I was young, and my personal expenses were very low. I had no family to support, and worked like crazy on my business. So this approach wouldn't be right for everyone, but it worked for me.
Looking back, I'm very glad I grew slowly. I know now that if I had borrowed tens of thousands to open a store right away, I would have been way in over my head. By making my mistakes small as I went along, I learned and developed my product and my business, and never had any devastating failures.
Over the years, I've had a few expensive expansions. Most of them I financed with my personal credit cards and whatever lines of credit I could get, but always based on my personal credit. I am careful about interest, always trying to get the lowest interest rate, and using my line of credit to pay off my credit card in full each month.
When I opened Fresh Collective in 2003, I learned a lot about financing, in that I got totally overwhelmed! I've always managed to do an expansion in a big burst of energy, then pay off the debt within a year or so, but FC was a way bigger project than any I had taken on. I had big expectations about paying off all the startup costs quickly, and when that wasn't happening I suffered a lot of stress. I eventually took a step back and made some longer term plans about paying it off over several years, with manageable monthly payments and that was a lot more sane.
Although I never got any grants, or business loans (other than on my personal credit), I did get accepted into a version of the SEB program years ago when my business was very young. It's a great government program to help people start businesses. Not only do they provide support in the form of classes and guidance as you set up the business, they provide financial support! Here's a link to one site with info about it http://www.jobskills.org/seb-tn/index.htm.
Thanks for the question. I hope my answer is helpful!
Send your burning crafty biz questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phewph. This craft nerd is still recovering from a marathon weekend of craft & design. Friday night and Saturday was the Crafting New Traditions symposium at Harbourfront Centre (stay tuned for Lucie’s commentary on this event). This necessitated a design cram session on Sunday to catch the Interior Design Show and Come Up to My Room at the
Here is a little photodoc of my Sunday travels. Click on the flickr badge at the bottom to see more.
There was no end to the cleverness in Motherbrand’s Souvenir Shop room – like this Twig Warmer by Caroline Arsenault. Rumour has it that the SS will remain at the
My souvenir of the day was an embroidered and illustrated Merit Badge by Lee Meszaros, celebrating my ability to “Draw a Blank”. Pictured here on top of a super lovely quilt by the super speedy Claire Milne.
From the Craft Toronto photo pool. You can join, too!
TCA reader Su-Ying Lee thought some of you might be interested in this call for submissions:
I know many crafty types are multi-talented....
Call for Submissions – Short Video/film
For screenings at Camera Bar March 18th & April 29th
Kino05 – a collective of artists working in film and video, invite you to join us by submitting work for upcoming screenings at Camera Bar,
Call for Submissions – Short Video/Film Work
-Length: 1-10 minutes maximum; there is no restriction on theme or genre
-Submit your video for consideration to :
or drop off to the same address, bottom mail box
include your full name, telephone, mailing address, email contact information and the title of your work
* To have your work returned to you, please include a postage-paid envelope with your address
*If you wish to send your work digitally, please contact email@example.com for instructions*
-If selected for screening you will be contacted via email.
-deadline for March 18th screening is March 11th
-deadline for April 29th screening is April 15th
* work submitted by March 10th may be considered for either screening date
Inspired by the Kino motto: "Do well with nothing, do better with little and do it now!" the femmes of Kino05 have decided to do better for videomakers-and to do it right now, by relaunching the Toronto cell of the international Kino movement.
Anyone, no matter their experience level, can submit work to any of our screenings. Submissions are divided into two sections: a fierce and focused grouping of work and the thrillingly risky free-screen where anything—well, almost anything—goes. On our free-screen we're looking to open up a space for strange and sublime experiments, accidents and work-in-progress.
www.kino05.com LAUNCH COMING SOON
The principle members of Kino05 are:
Lauren Di Monte
Create your own Felt Bracelet!
Bring your favorite button and join us for a felting bracelet workshop.
Saturday March 1st , adults welcome.
Ongoing Saturday Art Classes for Children
Ages 8-10 ($35 per class or 5-weeks -- $150 includes materials)
Learn the Ancient Craft of Felting!
$45 per class, includes materials
Felt is the oldest form of fabric known to man. What is Felt? Very simply, felt is matted wool. Wool becomes felt when it is subjected to moisture, heat, and pressure. Hot soapy water makes the wool slippery, and causes tiny scales on the fiber to "open up". The scales prevent the fibers from backing up again after they slide across each other; with agitation, the fibers get hopelessly tangled together. When cooled and dried, the scales close and lock the wool into the tough, durable material we call felt.
Please call to register ASAP as class size is limited
From the Craft Toronto photo pool on Flickr. Join up!
Some more tough guys this round of ask crafty. Help a fellow T.O. crafter out by commenting on this post with your advice. Check out the ask crafty archives here.
x I was wondering if you can help me find a source for epoxy resin and accessories (molds, colours etc.). I have been having trouble finding a store or website that is local. - Betty
x where in Toronto can I get copper or brass foil (extra thin) sheets for embossing. I am looking for 2 ft x 2 ft in size. Loomis has small sizes (9" x 12") packaged in a small container, but I need larger size sheets. Michaels Craft store does not carry this itemany more. - cpace
x I know this has been asked before, but with very few responses from anyonewho's actually done it: Has anyone done the CNE arts and crafts building? I've had a few people tell me they've done really well and will do it thisyear again, but I'm not convinced! Any feedback from someone who's done itwould be greatly appreciated. - Ella
x I'm trying to find a reliable wholesale supplier of silver/metallic fabric/textile, which I want to manufacture t-shirts with, and print artwork on them. I'm looking for a supplier of a fabric which looks flashy, is fairly comfortable to wear and upon which the artwork prints can adhere to with reasonable durability. All I seem to run into are run of the mill, flimsy lames, as opposed to a smooth, shiny, stretchy canvas, fairly thick and coated with silver. I've seen such fabrics before and was very impressed, but now that I want it, I can't find it! It seems as if anytime I search Google and whatnot, I just about always get tons of listings for large textile manufacturers overseas, especially China. I'm looking to distribute my wares basically to small independent stores in the GTA. I live near Kensington Market. - Audrey
Please direct your questions to Laura-Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org[Tip: Specific questions vs. things like "How did you get started?" or "Do you have any advice for someone starting a business?" are more likely to get chosen].
Here's a little bit about our new biz guru to give you a better idea of her background and expertise:
Laura-Jean Bernhardson, aka Laura-Jean the Knitting Queen, has made her living making and selling clothing and jewellery in
Alison's version of Drunkard's Path from the Quilt Sampler Class
Karyn from the workroom wrote to share news about all of the quilt and fabric related action upcoming at her space. I can personally attest to the awesomeness of the quilt sampler class - I am at week five and loving the relaxed vibe, great instruction, tea on tap, and of course access to the best fabric bolts in town....
Quilt-love is growing at the workroom. Our next round of classes is posted on our website and includes the intensive 10 week Quilt Sampler class, Patchwork Table Runner, Quilt-as-you-go Tote Bag and the addictive English Paper Piecing. Of course, there are lots of non-quilting classes like Pencil Skirt, Easy Alterations and Hidden Tab Curtains.
Download the new calendar at http://www.theworkroom.ca.
This Sunday we've got two special events happening side by side that you won't want to miss...
QUILT SUNDAY - FREE
Sunday February 24,
@ the workroom
Calling all patchworkers and quilters! Join us for a monthly gathering to share our love of all things quilty and to ogle each others' projects (and fabrics). This is a great opportunity to bring out those unfinished objects (UFO's) you've been meaning to work on.
Quilt Sunday is the last Sunday of the month.
BONUS EVENT: CRAFT MATERIALS SWAP,
Brought to you by the workroom and City of
Start your spring cleaning early! Craft supplies of many sorts are welcome, but for this first swap, we have a sense that fibrous stuff will take centre stage (fabric, yarn, textiles...). It's also a give what you can, take what you need kind of set-up so don't worry if your contributions are low. We have a bunch of fabric graciously given to us by Laura-Jean at Fresh Baked Goods that will surely get the wheels rolling.
Leftovers go to local charity groups.
De-stash, re-stash and mingle. What fun!
PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKING FOR THE CREATIVE TYPES:
I am a Toronto-based photographer looking to expand my lifestyle and product portfolio by collaborating with an individual who is in the field of furniture design, pottery, glass blowing or sculpture. I'm looking to photograph the process of creation, some portraits of the business owner and 5-10 product shots . It will require at least a half a day of shooting at your business/studio/workshop location (I suggest during time when it's slowest to avoid interruption and during the day). An amiable agreement will be signed by both parties so that we can use the images produced to help us both in our small business. Shoot dates to be filled are March 15 or 16, or March 22 or 23. Only two spots available. Please send me a brief description of your business, a website link if applicable and your photo. Thank you very much...looking forward on this collaboration.
More images from Donna:
More images from Donna:
Calling all artists, designers and crafters!
Attention design and craft gurus. We are currently looking for artisans to participate in our Spring Craft Show. Please see below for all of the show details.
SpeakEasy’s Spring Craft Show
The SpeakEasy Craft Shows are notorious for bringing Crafters, Artists and Designers together in a unique venue to share their creations with the community. Our vendors are chosen for their unique style, quality and originality of design. Jump on down to the
Show Date: Thursday April 3rd
Submission Deadline: Thursday March 6th
Submission Fee: Free
Participation Fee*: $40.00
Interested in showing your work?
Submitting work for consideration is easy. Show us what you got, and what you want to do.
Email us samples of your work (max. low res JPG files), along with a short bio and a description of the work you will be presenting. Do not send originals!
Please include the following with your submission:
Your Name (and company name if you have one)
Contact Information (Phone, Cell, email)
Website (If you have one)
Email submissions to: David Brown, email@example.com
*Participation Fees are only paid if your work is selected to be part of the show.
All fees are collected on the night of the event.
Sat. March 1, . to .
at The CNIB Conference Centre,
28 top quality dealers
Admission $7. Partial proceeds donated to Cancer & M.S. Societies. Formerly at the
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.
Dear Friends of Vintage:
Once again it is time for the Annual Toronto Vintage Clothing and Textile Show and
This year we have 28 exceptional vendors to showcase their delightful vintage for you.
Looking forward to another year of wonderful treasure finds, something for everyone.
Sincerely, June C. Troy, show promoter
The Naked Sheep is holding a charity knitting event on Sunday February 24th. We will be knitting scarves, hats, mitts, and socks in support of Streetknit. Please join us from for some knitting or crocheting!
This is a great way to use up odds and ends in your stash! Don't have a stash? we will have inexpensive kits to purchase on the day of the event for hats and scarves.
Come and join us for a fun day and a good cause!
We will have some refreshments, or feel free to bring your own!
our Facebook event profile is here:
More info about Streetknit here: http://www.streetknit.ca/
The Naked Sheep Crew
There's something about this simple yet elegant project that suggest spring might be around the corner. Let's hope tea parties are in everyone's near futures with garden parties following closely behind.
From the Craft Toronto photo pool on Flickr. You can join, too!
This March Break, inspire your child's creative spirit with a new experience that is both Artistic and Practical. Learn the creative Art of Needle Craft in a magical working studio in the heart of Toronto.
Join the G. of Gwendolyne Hats and art educator Kathie Young of Phoenix Arts Group for an Introductory course in creative needlework for children. Parents are welcome.
Have fun learning several stitchery styles. Explore different colours and compositions. Then create a special needle book to carry on those memories.
The classes are project based. So each participant will bring home new skills and the satisfaction of making something with their own hands.
This course builds confidence and develops dexterity. It encourages concentration & focus towards a goal.
No experience necessary
Ages: 8-12, adults welcome.
Dates: March 11, 12 &13 ~ from 10:00 to 12:00 noon daily
$175 for 3 days - 3x 2 hour sessions - fee includes materials
Don't be disappointed. Please register ASAP as class size is limited
This event has also been added to the Toronto Craft Alert Event Calendar. Google Calendar users can add this event to their own calendars by clicking HERE.
Just wanted to drop everyone a line about a show I'll have up this month. It's an exhibition of all the work I've done pertaining to my zine-making practice. In other words, the main component of the show will be original art- mainly drawing- that was eventually put into zine format. In addition to original art, there will be zines and multiples on display and for sale at the opening and throughout the show's run.
The opening will be Friday, February 15th, from . There will be a cash bar with cheap beer, great tunes and lots of yummy snacks. Please try to make it out for a drink!
...AND there will be an after-party of sorts at the Smiling Buddha hosted by Cheap Date DJ's Elaine, Cristine and Matt, who will be spinning 60s garage, punk, soul and rock'n'roll all night long. It should be an awesome time...don't miss out.
Hope to see you all there. See the following info for details...
Zines + Bookworks
Tara Bursey has been making zines for over ten years. She is also a visual artist whose diverse practice encompasses sculpture, installation, drawing, multiples and craft.
For more information, contact:
1. MADE presents Radiant Dark
Third Floor of the
Free Admission, open daily (Sun.12-5), 21th February to 2nd March
Opening Reception (by rsvp) - Wednesday 20th February,
MADE curates and presents an exhibition of modern works by emerging Canadian designers and artists. The exhibition Radiant Dark examines themes of darkness and luxury. The grey February landscape shines with approximately 70 new works of artists, architects, industrial designers and craftspeople exploring options of materials, concepts and theme. Radiant Dark tells a rich story of current Canadian design.
Today’s changing concepts of luxury speak towards value over wealth; personalised experience over exclusivity. Radiant Dark offers designer’s personal explorations of luxury through pattern, decoration, tradition and materials. Wallcoverings span a more traditional paper format to sumptuous felts and experimental tiling (Rollout, Katy Chan, Andree Wejsmann). Furniture and textiles combine texture, quality and attention to detail that lends aesthetic richness (Melanie Zanker, Kelly Palmer, James Fowler).
A number of designers, unafraid to visit the dark side, create moody, ambient lighting covering table lamps to pendants to chandeliers (Tamara Rushlow, Jen Graham, Propellor Design). Others make comment on the decline of natural resources and their increasing luxury (James Wright, Standard Issue, Joe & Josephine). Some continue that conversation with research into sustainable methods, local sourcing and natural materials (Brothers Dressler,608 Design).
Several artists cross disciplines and boundaries, their work becoming more experiential and less a display (Dorkenwald-Spitzer,Todd Falkowsky, molo). All apply integrity of design. Radiant dark is an invitation to visitors to engage with thoughtful and individual design. Many of the makers will be present to discuss their works over the duration of the show.
A visit to the Radiant Dark website contains comprehensive information on designers and their works. http://madedesign.ca/radiantdark
The free public event fulfills MADE’s mission to showcase and make available inspired, functional objects with a compelling selection of current Canadian design. The show will be on view daily from to , Wednesday 20th Feb to Thursday 27th of February (Sunday the 24th Noon-5PM).
For further information contact: Julie Nicholson or Shaun Moore, Tel: 416 607 6384, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. COME UP TO MY ROOM 2008 GLADSTONE HOTEL'S 5TH ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE DESIGN EVENT Friday February 22 -
Thursday February 21
Friday February 22
Saturday February 23
Sunday February 24
OPENING RECEPTION • 2nd Floor
feat. DJ Equinox Forward sponsored by Mill St. Brewery
LoveDESIGN Party 'til late • Ballroom
feat. DJ Version Excursion FREE ADMISSION