Meet Melodie Kwan of Killside Krafts!

Melodie has been partaking in crafty endeavours ever since she can remember: From hand-sewing dolls, making decks of playing cards (yes, she cut and drew all 52 cards by hand!) and greeting cards for friends and family, to periscopes to spy on neighbourhood kids. She took an extended leave from the world of craft while at the mercy of higher education. Four years ago, while preparing for a weekend in Guelph, she realized she needed a new bag -- and the only solution was to make it herself. And hence Melodie and craft were reunited, and have been inseparable ever since. Her current projects include making impromptu paper puppets from wrapping paper, sewing, photography, and bookbinding. She is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG).

What's one thing that really inspires you and your work these days?
Anything strange and unexpected -- from a piece of trash on the sidewalk to fine art at the AGO. Or trashed up High School Musical wrapping paper.

What do you like to craft for yourself or for close friends and family only?
I love making custom bags, greeting cards and planners/books for friends and family. Occasionally, I’ll make clothes.

What's your favorite thing about toronto?
Music, food, culture, community.

How do you deal with cold, cold winter nights?
I hide under a really warm down comforter. It's the cold, cold winter mornings that are difficult.

Heart = organ or emotion?
The scientist in me says it’s an organ; a really important organ.

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