Fellow Artisan: Mikafleur Design (Leslieville Flea)

My neighbour from the October Leslieville Flea with the amazing terrariums and planters will be at the Flea in a week, check out Mika’s work below, and in person next Sunday 10am-4pm at the Leslieville Flea in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).

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Mikafleur Design

Product: unique & creative planters in Mika’s hand-made pottery, Orchid Kokedamas, air plants hanging planters, terrariums, and of course hand-made pottery such as tea pots, cups, mugs and etc.

Price range: $5-100

Mika Sato was born in Hiroshima, Japan, and grew up surrounding by the bounty of nature that both nurtured and inspired her. In her youth, Mika studied the ancient floral art of Ikebaha, and this has profoundly influenced her design aesthetic over the last twenty-five years.
Mika moved to Canada in 1997 and has spent time travelling and learning new styles and techniques in Europe, South East Asia, and North America.
In 2010 she decided to pursue her interest in pottery through classes with recognized Toronto and Japanese potters. Most recently, she has been working independently at a local studio and has been creatively excited by her use of natural materials such as shells, seeds, corals, etc.
she combine her pottery and floral design together creating unique planters, Kokedamas, terrariums, etc.

Find Mikafleur Design on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Fellow Artisan: Papermuse Designs (Leslieville Flea)

Next week I’m at the Leslieville Flea, and my fantastic Crafternoon Tea neighbour, Natalie, will be there with her super cool notebooks. Check it out!
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Papermuse Designs

Products: Funky, retro-inspired notebooks and journals from upcycled items like vinyl records, maps, children’s books, and other interesting materials.

Price Range: $9 to $60

How did this all begin?
I’ve always loved books, paper and journaling, so I was naturally curious when I came across a bookbinding/papermaking class 10+ years ago. I registered for the class, instantly fell in love with bookbinding and haven’t looked back since.

I’m a huge music lover, so when I figured out how to cut vinyl records and transform them into notebooks, it was a breakthrough moment. I knew I was onto something special when everyone reacted so positively to them. They’re now my signature product.

I’m always on the lookout for interesting materials that can be upcycled into notebooks. So many things inspire me: Movie posters, beautiful paper, art galleries, eclectic shops, bookstores, and especially Pinterest!

I also love teaching workshops to people who are curious about bookbinding, but aren’t convinced they have the skills to make a notebook from scratch. (I always prove them wrong.)

Papermuse Designs can be found on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their blog.

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