Sweater Drive at City of Craft: donate a sweater, help the homeless!

Today's the day citizens! City of Craft opens this evening at 6:00 pm!  
Whether you come Friday (6:00 - 10:00 pm) or Saturday (11:00 am - 6:00 pm) or Sunday (11:00 am to 5:00 pm), please plan to bring an old sweater (or 3) to donate to a great cause!

Local eco-accessories designer Nathalie-Roze Fischer is running a Sweater-Drive during City of Craft.

Please bring in your cozy old sweaters, and she'll morph them into Toques, Neck-warmers & Mitts to be donated to local shelters & homeless programs. And, if you like, you can help cut & sew these items during the show. Nathalie-Roze will be doing some production on-site, and you can get hands-on (if you like) or maybe sign up to volunteer at upcoming sewing parties.
NOTE: Warm winter-weight sweaters (ideally, wool) are best, please. Also, since most donations are given to men, partnering agencies have requested mainly low-key colours/patterns.

This Make & Donate Upcycling initiative is part of The Lennie Project, a series of deliberate acts of kindness aimed at helping Toronto's most vulnerable ~ inspired by the big-heartedness of Nathalie-Roze's uncle (Lennie) who died of cancer last year.
Please give to this amazing project!

Questions? Contact N-R at: info@nathalie-roze.com
Twitter: @NRandCo  Facebook: http://on.fb.me/oJ7VEg
See you at City of Craft!


Workshops at City of Craft!

Citizens! City of Craft is mere days away and along with the dozens of wonderful vendors with handmade goodies you'll love, we will once again be hosting some great workshops in the Craft Lab. 

This year, the workshops will be 'pay what you can' to help cover the cost of supplies, but for a few dollars and a bit of time, you'll learn a new craft and be able to take home what you make. Amazing!

Be sure to leave time during your City of Craft experience for one of these fantastic workshops.

Here is this year's line up:

Paper Marbling – Saturday 12:00 pm to 1:00pm

Participants of this workshop will be able to experience the joy of paper marbling in all it’s swirly glory.

Instructors: The OCAD U Student Press exists to foster critical engagement through publishing in the OCAD U community. It has grown into a body that publishes stellar work across all disciplines, organizes talks and events, facilitates workshops, and continues to evolve. 


Collage Pinback Button Making - Saturday 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Make a pinback button using various collage material such as magazines, vintage textbooks and postcards from City of Craft's past.

Instructor: Marta Ryczko is the Craft Lab Coordinator at City of Craft. She is also also a designer, illustrator and zine maker.  She recently completed a creative challenge where she designed something every day for 1000 days!

Book Binding – Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In this workshop participants will learn how to bind a button hole book using up-cycled City of Craft postcards from previous years.

Instructor: Shannon Gerard writes and draws books, crochets (a lot), make prints, and produces large-scale installations incorporating stop-motion animation and wheat paste.


Brush Lettering Workshop – Sunday 12:00 pm to 1:00pm

This City of Craft workshop will focus on brush calligraphy. We'll cover how to control the brush, and learn all the basic strokes of the alphabet. If time permits we will play some word games with your new found skill.

Instructor: KyleGallant is a letterer, designer, and co-founder of Ligatures, a typographic interest group in Toronto. From lettering workshops to movie screenings, Ligatures was built on creating a sense of community amongst YYZ creatives through sharing of information and resources. 


Handmade Paper Button Making Sunday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Participants will be able to press 1 inch pinback buttons using a wide variety of handmade papers created by Paperhouse Studio.

Intructors: With some cast iron and a whole lot of love, Emily Cook and Flora Shum opened Paperhouse Studio in 2013. Paperhouse is a hand papermaking facility in Toronto with dreams to share and explore this versatile medium with innovative research and teaching.

See you there citizens!


Volunteers needed for City of Craft!

Photo by Becca Gilgan

It's that time of year! City of Craft is coming up and we're looking for volunteers to help make our favourite Toronto craft show a reality.

Volunteers are extremely important to making City of Craft happen. Helping out at  the show is a fun way to support Toronto's awesome craft community.
Some of the tasks volunteers take on include:
- setting up and taking down tables/chairs
- handing out swag bags at the door
- taking admission
- selling official CoC merchandise
- helping out vendors by watching over their tables when they need a washroom/food break
- being generally helpful, friendly and welcoming to City of Craft

So easy! In exchange, volunteers get the chance to be part of a fun creative event and meet great people in Toronto's craft community (and beyond).

To be a volunteer, you must:
- be able to commit to a minimum 3 hour shift during the event (though you are welcome to sign up for more!)
- be a human being :)

Interested? Of course you are! So send a quick e-mail to cocvolunteer[AT]gmail[DOT]com and be sure to mark CoC down in your calendar - December 12, 13 & 14, 2014 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West).

Thanks and see you at City of Craft!

Stay crafty,
CoC Volunteer Coordinator 


Hex Appeal.

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our decor party last night. Want to see what all these hexagons and trianges turn into? you will just have to come out to the big show Saturday.

Pulling Strings Hamilton Library - Tea, Talk, and Tell this Sunday.

City of Craft co-founder Jen Anisef and tune spinner Tara Bursey may have flown the coop to Hamilton, but their ties to Toronto makers remain strong in their new project, Pulling Strings. Along with co-conspirator Thea Haines, Tara and Jen are hosting a Tea, Talk and Tell this Sunday, 11am-12:30pm at Needlework, Hamilton's creative workspace and cute fabric mecca. The event celebrates the launch of the Pulling Strings Reference Library which features textile publications of all stripes including, zines, how to books, artist monographs, and crazy old patterns.

The ladies of Pulling Strings have invited Toronto and Hamilton based textile heroes Anna Zygowski, Jennifer Kaye, Grant Heaps, and Kate Jackson to do a show and tell from their personal textile libraries and talk a bit about their own practice for the event. Also, there will be tea, coffee and treats. Nurse your City of Craft Spring Show shopping hangover at this cozy and FREE event.

If a trek to Hamilton isn't in the cards, you can check out mini textile book reviews on the Pulling Strings blog over here.



Spring Frolic!

Now seems like as good a time as any to introduce Emily Taylor, our designer for the entire year of 2014. This poster is just a small sample of her incredible talent. Aside from being a generally fantastic illustrator and designer, Emily is also a big fan of botanicals (in which realm she is currently cooking up a pretty fantastic project of her own).

It's a great priviledge to have her on board to do our annual design. We are all very lucky to see her work unfold over the year - for us, for others and for herself.

But for now, nothing feels more like spring than witnessing the frolic of spring beasts.

City of Craft Spring
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Trinity St. Paul's United Church
427 Bloor Street West
(one block West of Spadina)
Toronto, ON
(Kids 12 & Under FREE)


Decoration Nation - Come Help us Make Decor on April 23.

Ever wonder how the amazing decorations get made for City of Craft events? Short answer: Kalpna Patel. For the long answer, you can come down to our decor party and have Kalpna boss you around. For this year's spring show, we are working on Kalpna's recent and continuing obsession with hexagonal beehive structures. What better metaphor for spring!
We are extremely happy to be holding this gathering in the new Artscape Youngplace building on Shaw. If anything, this event is a great excuse to check out their space. Their Flex Studios are particularily of interest for artists as they can be rented for super cheap hourly rates (like, a dollar sometimes!)
City of Craft Spring Decor Party
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street (room 109)
Bring your paper scissor! (But don't run with them).


We built this City (of Craft) on Volunteers!

 Photo by Serena McCarroll

Greetings crafty citizens,

Do you love City of Craft? Of course you do! Do you wish you could be a part of such an amazing craft event? Absolutely! And you totally can!

Volunteers are a super important to City of Craft and helping out at our show is a fun way to support Toronto's awesome craft community. The spring show is Saturday, April 26 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and we're looking for volunteers to help out in the following ways:

  • setting up and tearing down tables/chairs before and after the show
  • taking admission
  • helping out vendors by watching over their tables when they need a washroom/food break
  • helping put up decorations and signs
  • being generally helpful, friendly and welcoming to the City of Craft
So easy! In exchange, volunteers get the chance to be part of a fun creative event and meet great people in Toronto's craft community (and beyond).

So if you have 3 hours to spare on April 26, send a short e-mail to cocvolunteer{AT}gmail{DOT}com and be sure to put the date down in your calendar. I'll be in touch with volunteers to tell them how they can get on the schedule and other helpful information.

Thanks and see you at City of Craft!

CoC Volunteer Coordinator


Vendor Lovin' (Trunk Show : February 9th)

In 2 days, our annual Love & Rummage Show will be happening!
Here's a sneak peak of some of the vendors we'll be having, oh can't wait!!!



Snap + Tumble is a letterpress line of small stationary goods designed and hand-printed by Tanya Roberts in her home-studio in Toronto, Ontario. Her specialty is printing original small-sized letterpress cards and artwork in short runs and also offers introductory tabletop letterpress workshops

website : snapandtumble.com
blog : snapandtumble.blogspot.com
shop : snapandtumbleletterpress.bigcartel.com

New cards will be debuting at the Love & Rummage 6 show and are all Valentine-inspired! The Pint-Size flat cards make the perfect hide-and-find love notes. There will also be the Black & Gold series of cards and the freshly printed Rock & Moon cards!



Located in the heart of Parkdale, Noble Street Antiques are all pieces that are handpicked by treasure hunters : Joshua James and Vincent Luk.

website : noblestreetantiques.com
blog : noblestreetantiques.com/blog
instagram : @noblestreetantiques



rcboisjoli is a small design shop in Toronto. Focused on domestic objects, we design function and form to fabricate handsome objects.
Every stage of production is created by us, in shop by hand, from our plaster models to our own silk screened decals, and hand printed textiles.
Inspired by low tech, the old, and by the everyday object we strive to create dynamic and modern wares.

website : www.rcboisjoli.com
shop : www.etsy.com/shop.rcboisjoli



Kid Icarus is a screen print studio and retail shop located within Toronto's beautiful Kensington Market.
Aside the carefully curated selection of handmade items from local and international artists, Kid Icarus' screenprints their own line of greeting cards, gift wrap and original hand printed items. Each piece is designed and printed with quality in mind, resulting in a unique style that fits the aesthetic of the shop and appeals to a variety of customers.

website : kidicarus.ca
location : 205 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
instagram : @kidicarus_store



Good & Best Cookies are made of a mindfully selected group of organic, local and natural ingredients. They are thoughtfully made using a blend of organic sugar and flour, local farm fresh eggs, the award winning butter of Stirling Creamery, sea salt, and of course our special mix of premium chocolate-dark Callebaut and creamy milk. Our cookies are nut free, but not made in a nut or seed free facility.

email : ask@goodandbestcookies.com
phone : 416-720-8273


Portraits by ZEESY POWERS

Watercolour Portraits available live on site by Zeesy Powers. Zeesy Powers (known for projects like I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think of You) will paint your portrait in watercolour while-you-wait. The delayed gratification of waiting for the result is part of the fun, capturing you in a moment without the aid of a mechanical eye. 

website : zeesypowers.com
instagram : @zeesypowers

MORE VENDORS will be at the show, come show your love and support for local artists and handmade wares. Have a great weekend!!!!


Love's Around the Corner (Trunk Show February 9).

Citizens, save the date!

The Love & Rummage Trunk Show 6 is happening Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the workroom. Yes, our sixth year of bring you handmade goods, rummage and cheer for the cold, cold holiday of love. And what better thing to do for your sweetheart than to get him or her something sweet, handmade, local or salvaged?

We are planning a workshop on site, portrait painting, snacks...

More details to come in the very next days, but we just wanted to get everyone stoked. Y'all ready?

Artwork by Andrew Cloutier.



Taking Flight (Ceramics + Animation).

Look at this great video Michelle found of ceramics and animation intermingling beautifully. Happy 2014, citizens. Enjoy!