It is my prediction that these slippers will get picked up and admired more than any other item at our Spring Fashion Extravaganza. Footwear is a rare thing at markets and craft fairs, but more importantly, these gorgeous slippers are just begging to be touched, the grain of the leather felt, the simple design, along with the craftsmanship, remarked upon. Because seriously, don’t they look like the most comfortable things ever?
Hubley Leatherworks will be with us on March 15th for our fashion marketplace. Visit them in the Melody Bar.
We’re always looking for vendors with something a little different, and when we came across Simone Collins and her lovely collection, we were completely charmed. The variety of images of animals, flowers, etc. mixed with other traditional jewellery elements, such as beads, make for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that can be full of personal meaning for the wearer.
Visit Stray and Linger at our Spring Fashion Extravaganza in the Melody Bar.
Despite what some people say about what you wear not mattering, we all know that’s not true. First impressions, whether we like it or not, account for a great deal in our society. We also know that fashion, while it can be an easy way to fit in, is also the best way to make yourself stand out. And the very best fashion is made up of items that push boundaries to reveal the wearer’s personality. Caitlin Rose McMahon hones in on that fact with her fantastical floral headpieces. She knows that it takes a certain kind of person, a brave, self-assured woman, someone willing to be stared at – and admired – to pull off her work. And oh, what glorious work it is.
Visit Caitlin in the Melody Bar at our Spring Fashion Extravaganza on March 15th to find out if you want to tell the world who you really are. Continue reading
I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m not much of a fan of wire-wrapped jewellery. Curating markets, I see a LOT of the stuff and, after a while, very little of it stands out as unique. That was until Nataly Rotbart’s application showed up in my email. Her gorgeous, intricate pieces took my breath away, and I was particularly enamoured with the technique of flattened wires to create shapes such as petals or leaves.
Her work has a great sense of whimsy with fun touches of nature such as lizards, flowers and curling vines.
Don’t miss Nataly at our March 15th Spring Fashion Extravaganza at the Gladstone Hotel. She’ll be in the Melody Bar selling her fabulous work.
Spring is still a couple of weeks away, but wouldn’t it be nice to get a head start (and get rid of those winter blahs) with a gorgeous piece of wearable art that also puts a skip in your step?
The amazing nunofelted pieces by Elina Ten of 3D Art Design Studio are sure to turn heads, each unique and original and inspired by nature. Something from Elina’s booth should definitely be on your “want” list.
Visit Elina in the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar at our March 15th Spring Fashion Extravaganza.
I first discovered The Corsage Project back in my days as a crafter. I was moving and was shutting down my handmade purse business, but I had a huge pile of inventory – mostly cute little evening bags – and had no idea what to do with them. I was delighted to come across The Corsage Project and the great work they do outfitting under-privileged teens for their prom, and was even more delighted when they happily accepted my donation. Most crafters share the sentiment of wanting the things they create to go to people who will love and appreciate them, and I hope the graduating class of 2006 carried my bags with pride.
At a market centred around fashion, it seemed appropriate to team up with a charity partner that also helped young women to look their best on such an important day, and we’re happy to have The Corsage Project taking part in our March 15th Spring Fashion Extravaganza at the Gladstone Hotel.
We will be donating 40% of admission profits to The Corsage Project to help with the great work they do. Volunteers from the organization will also be on hand in the Melody Bar to provide information and accept donations.
We’re now accepting applications for our March 15th Spring Fashion Extravaganza.
This event is all about fashion and is open to creators of clothing, jewellery and accessories only.
We have scheduled this event to take place a week before Toronto Fashion Week and will be promoting outside of the usual craft fair community by targeting fashion and general media as a great event for anyone wanting to update their Spring wardrobe with new and exciting local artisan-made pieces.
As such, we are looking for new and unique items, especially stuff that we haven’t see before – the more individual your goods, the better chance there is of getting in.
To accommodate vendors who need more space, we have added a couple of larger “premium” sized spots that will permit additional racks or furniture. These spots are limited, and first preference will go to garment vendors. Please read the FAQ before completing your application to find out more about these spaces.
The application is now online, we look forward to working with you.
A brief digression, if you don’t mind.
Toronto Indie Arts Market was created, in part, to give our parent company, Stained Pages Press, a place to sell the books we publish. So we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you all to the launch for the first issue of our bi-annual Canadian literary food journal.
We’re having a party to celebrate the launch of our first issue!
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, 7pm
The Rhino Restaurant & Bar (skylight room)
1249 Queen Street West
Tasty nibbles, fab beer, plus selected readings from the first issue by contributors Dorianne Emmerton, David Huebert and others.
Copies of Issue #1 will be available for purchase.
More info at The Stained Pages Press website.
Happy New Year from everyone at Toronto Indie Arts Market!
Thank you to all the vendors, customers, artisans and supporters who took part in Toronto Indie Arts Market in 2013. We’re looking forward to a great series of events in 2014 and can’t wait to get started. (Our first vendor call starts on January 15th!)
Best wishes to everyone for a safe, healthy and prosperous year! Let’s make 2014 the Year of the Local Artisan by supporting creativity in all its forms!