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!