Etsy: Made in Canada Day 2015 at MaRS is coming this Saturday!

This Saturday, September 26 is Etsy: Made in Canada Day! There are Etsy pop-up markets across the country so if you are not in the Toronto area, please check here for one near you.

Etsy: Made in Canada at MaRS 2015

If you are in Toronto, I hope to see you at the MaRS building. Regarding layout, this year they learned from the wedged in crowds that came last year, and the layout is significantly different, and very well spaced. There are NO vendors in the glass box in the NW corner of the building (at University and College) this year. The area that the rest of us were in only holds 40 vendors this year and the rest of us (another 100+!) are UP THE STAIRS and spaced along the entire length of the building, all the way to Elizabeth St. In fact, I am at the easternmost edge of the layout, so I heartily encourage you to walk the entire length of the building and check out everyone. The building runs along College St along the entire block from University Ave on the west to Elizabeth St on the east. The entrance is at University Ave (just south of College), and I am at the other end near Mercatto and Elizabeth St. Please note: the Elizabeth St entrance is not accessible. Here’s a glimpse at the entire building layout so you can see what I mean. (You can click for a slightly larger image, but I really shrank the original just to give an idea of the layout.)

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And here’s a closer look at the easternmost edge of the layout – table 135 with the red box is me (click for larger):

Lynn's Lids at EtsyMICToronto 2015

I’ve featured these fellow artisans in the past who will be there:

I’m not sure about the other pop-up markets across Canada, but ours is giving out swag bags to the first 100 people in line. Last year there were people lined up from 7am, so if you want one of the swag bags, which look awesome, get up early! Go to the Facebook event and scroll down to see some of the amazing swag donated by the talented vendors. Seriously, the vendors were all saying that we wanted to figure out how to get a swag bag (not possible) at the meet-up the other night! I donated some of these tiny felted baubles, but not 100:

And if you want a sneak peek at all of the vendors, check out the Look Book:

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Fellow Etsy: Made in Canada vendor: Filthy Rebena

I met half of the Filthy Rebena Vintage team last week at a Toronto Etsy Street Team meet-up on a stunning late afternoon in Riverdale Park. Darlene and Natalie are vintage vendors. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for Etsy: Made in Canada at the MaRS Discovery District this Saturday, September 26 (10am-6pm)! You will find Filthy Rebena at table 40, which is in the MPR Foyer.

NOTE: This year at Etsy:Made in Canada, there is a significantly different layout and they are using the entire length of the building, so the MPR Foyer is the first foyer up the stairs. The glass box that was so crowded last year is not in use. The area that the rest of us were in only has 40 vendors in it this year and the other 100+ of us are up the stairs and further east. I will post a map in a day or two.

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Filthy Rebena Vintage

Products: Vintage clothing, upcycled swag, jewelry, housewares and reasons to ogle.

Price Range: $20 – $50

How did this all begin?
Filthy Rebena’s co-owners met in October 2010 working together as vintage wardrobe stylists on a high-volume photography shoot. There was no awkward chit-chat. The energy felt right. To put it simply, the stylists became instant friends.

For a year the stylists worked closely alongside each other. Days were spent together steaming, prepping and photographing vintage clothing. The stylists communicated quite a bit about designers, fabrics and online style blogs. There was a lot of fighting and wrestling mannequins. Mainly, the photography studio was filled with the stylists laughter. They had laughing fits often – which typically revolved around 1980’s styles, adventures of pillaging the vending machine and mocking each others tastes in clothing.

After a year of growing a strong sisterhood, the company had a mass layoff. The stylists found themselves out of jobs. They were upset, blue and broke. The only thing they had to show for themselves was their massive collection of vintage clothing.

That’s when the stylists decided they would sell off their own collection in hopes of having a little bit of money in their pockets. Once late night in November 2011, the stylists came across Etsy and decided to create a shop.

What inspired you to do this work?
Nostalgia and hope for a better future. To get away from the corporate world and do good things in the fashion industry.

What is your passion?
We have a passion for art, fashion and being good to the planet. Filthy Rebena is brilliant because we are able to express ourselves while having a conscience. Not only are our garments trendy – but reclaimed. Customers and staff can feel positive about the company and what we are trying to do.

What inspires new products?
Fashion is cyclical The past keeps reoccurring through a “new” trend in one way or another. We love to keep vintage relevant to the times so we pick our vintage with the current runway shows in mind. We think it’s cool to make something that is old new again.

What’s the most challenging part of your work?
It can be hard letting go of a garment that you’ve become emotionally attached to. Easier said than done.

What’s the most fun part of your work?
Treasure hunting! We love feeling like a pirate and venturing to unknown areas in search of treasures. It is just as satisfying to then be able to share our treasures with our customer base.

What is the most eccentrically glam thing in your collection?
We have an awesome Picasso splash jacket that is quite ghetto-cubist-chic.

What is your number one fashion rule?
Our only rule in fashion is to recycle your clothes.

Where do you wish to be buried and in what?
Certainly want to be buried in a coffin somewhere where pirates will find us. We will have jeweled bangles up to our elbows, so when they pillage us we will make their day. Hopefully they put our skeletons on the bow of their ship so we can sail the seas.

Please share some insight into your creative process.
Babbling to each other generally helps get the creative juices flowing.

What do you do when you’re not creating?
We love having a classic cocktail in a handsome, vintage glass. But, we swear this is rare because creation in always on our minds. It is great to love what you do because you are constantly wanting to do it. There is no dread about going to work.

You can find Filthy Rebena online @filthyrebena on their website, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Etsy shop, Pinterest, and in their brick and mortar shop at 177 Dundas Street in London, ON  Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Drop by and try on a treasure!

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(All images used with permission.)

3 more sleeps until Danforth East Arts Fair 2015!

Danforth East Arts Fair #DECAF15

Just a note to let you know that this weekend is the Danforth East Arts Fair! It’s my neighbourhood art fair and my favourite of the year. I love it because it is family friendly, is put on the by amazing dedicated neighbourhood organization DECA, the friendly attendees and amazing volunteers, and the fact that has around 50 wonderful local handmade artisans and is therefore just the right size for walking the full circuit to see what’s there, and then going back to do your shopping.

It’s held at East Lynn Park (google map here) which is at 1949 Danforth Ave (just west of Woodbine), and it’s this Saturday & Sunday (September 19 & 20) from 10am – 5pm.

To see the full list of exhibitors, check out the deca-arts.com website. The folks who will be there who have also been one of my featured artisans are:

I’ll be in a slightly different spot this year, just south of my usual spot at the top of the hill in booth 64 (beside Clayshapes & Culture Snap and behind Heart’s Haven!). Full list of vendors and their locations is here on Facebook.

Lynn's Lids will be at booth 64 at the Danforth East Arts Fair 2015
I’ll be at booth #64!

Here’s their schedule of events on both Saturday & Sunday (10am-5pm):

Danforth East Arts Fair 2015 events & activities #DECAF15

So come by with the kids and check out the amazing local handmade wares, plus food, live music, and children’s activities!

Fellow artisan: Heart’s Haven

Katie of Heart’s Haven will be joining me (and many, many others!) at 2 upcoming sales: Danforth East Arts Fair at East Lynn Park (just west of Woodbine on the south side of Danforth Ave) on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 from 10am-5pm and at the Etsy: Made in Canada Day at MaRS Discovery District (University & College) on Saturday, September 26 from 10am – 6pm.

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Heart’s Haven

Products: upcycled scarves & cowls, infinity scarves, hand screen printed tote bags, driftwood brooches, embroidered notebooks, coffee cozies

Price Range: $5-$50

How did this all begin?
Great question! Probably as a young child watching my mom sew clothes and quilts. I used to sit on her studio floor and sew buttons onto fabric. I’ve always loved textiles arts, and spent years knitting and sewing for myself and friends. I frequented many craft shows and always wanted to be a part of the Toronto crafting community. It was just a route I needed to take!

What inspires new products?
Anything & everything! I’m inspired by a wide range of things; life experiences, emotions, wildlife, as well as purely visual & tactile stimulation. One of my favourite things is walking through yarn or fabric shops. My most recent collection, “Wanderlust,” is inspired by recent travel experiences to South East Asia & New Zealand.

What makes your work unique and truly your own?
I like to think that my work really encompasses my own personal narrative; that every piece tells a bit of my story.

What’s the most challenging part of your work?
Finding time to immerse myself in it!

What’s the most fun part of your work?
So many aspects are both fun and fulfilling. I love the initial struggle of working out a design and fine tuning my ideas. I love stepping back from a finished piece and feeling proud of what I’ve created. I also love interacting with shoppers & fellow artisans at craft shows; I love being a part of that community and hearing feedback from people about my work.

What do you do when you’re not creating?
I work at a veterinary clinic, spend time with my animals, try to enjoy the great outdoors when I can, and love to immerse myself in a wonderful novel.

What advice do you have for artisans just getting started?
Just do it! Seriously, just get yourself out there. And have fun with it! Make the art/craft you want to make, apply for the shows you want to be in, and interact with your community.

You can find Heart’s Haven on Etsy and on Twitter @yourheartshaven, and do come see her in person at these two fantastic events in the coming weeks!

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(All photos used with permission)