Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In downtown Toronto, there is a fantastic complex called 401 Richmond. It's home to lots of non-profits and artist studios ... one of which is the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op in Studio 109. www.textilestudio.ca
They have a whole bunch of workshops... email me if you want to find out about any of them or email the Co-Op email@example.com.. The one I'm thinking about is:
Mixed Media 1
Sharon Epstein: Sharon@textilestudio.ca
8 Weeks: Thursdays 9:30 – 12:30 pm
January 10 – February 28
$270 + $65 material fee
This popular course is designed for those who enjoy experimentation and process. It will include non-toxic print-making processes suitable for work on both paper and fabric. Experimental drawing and traditional print-making techniques will be explored using water-based pigments and dyes. A variety of techniques will be introduced including polychromatic screen-printing, brushwork, mark-making, resists, transfer printing and collage.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Winter has definitely hit Toronto! Yesterday I hibernated as I watched the snow fly by on the horizontal. Lovely Heather was a doll and didn't berate me for being too chicken for leaving my apartment. Thank you!
I don't know if it's normal to have a crush on a blog ... however I feel it's been well established by now that I'm pretty okay with not being normal in the traditional sense.
I love the blog Designsponge.
It's pretty and always has amazing things to check out. It's updated throughout the day. There are different sections too: sneak peaks into peoples studios or home; guides to different citys; mini trends; diy examples; before and after make overs for things like bookcases etc.
A great source... if only to find things that I would love for birthday presents!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
PARTICIPANTS' APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2008
Now in it’s 47th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition [TOAE] is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that takes place on Nathan Phillips Square every July.
As the largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the TOAE offers a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Approximately 500 artists participate and over 100,000 visitors attend the exhibition every year. Side by side, established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative students sell their work directly to the public and make lasting connections with art dealers and collectors.
In 2007, the TOAE presented over $30,000 in cash awards and prizes to participating artists. We welcome applications from artists working in a wide range of traditional and experimental art forms.
Applications can be downloaded from the TOAE website at http://www.torontooutdoorart.org/ or call 416.408.2754 for more information.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2008
For further information, please contact:
TOAE is now on Facebook! To receive updates on the 47th annual exhibition and other related news, please go the webpage.(Please note that you must be a Facebook member to join this group).
Jamie and Linda Turnbull 613-756-5562; 877-476-7141 firstname.lastname@example.org
My parents have been purchasing pottery from Jamie & LindaTurnbull of White Duck Pottery since I was 5 years old. He also used to do ceramic signs in beautiful calligraphy.
Lydia Vanderstaal, Artist/blacksmith & Tim Storey, potter
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Candi Factory is a having a Studio Sale!
December 14th, 5-9pm
Saturday December 15th, noon-5
the candi factory 107 walnut avenuetoronto, ontario 416-504-4915
Super sale on kids clothes, women’s shirts & skirts & even a $5 bin of undies!
Also featuring beautiful jewelry by Buttercup Days & cool clothes by Device
Friday December 14th, 5-9pm
Saturday December 15th, noon-5
the candi factory
107 walnut avenuetoronto, ontario
- Nathalie-Roze & Co, 1015 Queen Street East (at Pape), (416) 792-1699(http://www.nathalie-roze.com/).
This place has not only been my main source of workshops (sewing, jewellery, paper, soapmaking, felting) but it's also an amazing shop filled with Indie designers' wares... this place makes me want to have more disposable income!
The paper card class with Kim Kutner (http://www.kimkutner.com/) gave me the kick start to do my cards. So I highly recommend it.
- The Workroom, 1340 Queen Street West(btw Dufferin & Lansdowne), Tel. (416) 534-5305, http://theworkroom.ca/
take a gander - http://www.flickr.com/photos/theworkroom/The Workroom is one of the newest places in Toronto. I love the concept behind it. Karyn has put together an amazing place that is Toronto’s first sew & craft by the hour space ($7 to sew per hour or $5 if you're a member). She also sells fantastic looking Japanese fabric.
You can get a monthly membership ($20) and it includes:
• a two hour sewing machine rental
• 10% discount on classes
• access to a variety of sewing and craft equipment for a special members’ rate
• access to the workroom library which includes a variety of current and vintage design, art, craft, textile books and magazines
• free wireless internet
• complimentary tea.
There are lots of workshops that are popping up at this place and I will definitely be taking part in some of them http://theworkroom.ca/pdf/the_workroom_calendar.pdf. Classes like:
Wine Bottle Vases (Learn to use a bottle cutter), Sewn Men’s Tie, Sewing Machine Essentials
- Sew Be It Studio 2156 Yonge Street, lower unit, (one block south of Eglinton on the west side of Yonge street)
Sew Be It Studio is a Toronto based company committed to promoting the art of sewing, knitting, theatrical costuming and all the things that creative hands can make.
Their instructors are renowned experts in their industry. They provide all the machines (industrial or domestic), including sergers for the students to use in class, at no extra cost. ( Let's face it, it's not to easy carry the beast around on the subway).
There are classes like: Vintage REVAMP, Sock Knitting 101, Fashion Illustration, *Alteration 101, Lacy Lingerie Workshop, Pattern Making 101 *Bra Making 101 *Pattern Making - Pants *Introduction To Leatherwork *Beading Applique for Beginners *Millinery
Monday, December 10, 2007
I'm constantly in love with the bags that Dayna creates http://naynu.com/
Scott Wilks was there ... I have a piece of his jewellery and still want more
Allison at Papersnake has a bird necklace that I completely covet! http://www.papersnake.ca/
I snagged a beautiful vintage stamp card from Lisa, Girl Can Create http://www.myspace.com/girlcancreate and was amazed by her husband's photography
Christa's Crafty Like a Fox kits made me want to learn how to cross stitch... I mean how often can you find a pattern Margaret Atwood and Debra Harry! http://www.craftylikeafox.ca/
The Mexican wrestling hooded sweatshirts by AKA Clothing, were fantastic! http://www.akaclothing.ca/AKA_Gallery.htm
I've seen these puppets around and can't wait for friends kids to get older so I can give them some... well, maybe for me too. http://banjopuppets.com/
I have more to add but left the business cards at home.
I also have to say I was really impressed at the Victory Cafe's food... simply delectable!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
come and check it out
Sat Dec 8th - 7pm till 12:30
Sun Dec 9th - noon till 5pm
At the Victory Cafe (Upstairs) 581 Markham Street (SW of Bloor and Bathurst) Toronto