Saturday, February 25, 2017

Vendor Call: Artisan Market on the Mews



Applications are open for The Regent Park Artisan Market on the Mews Mother's Day market on Sunday May 14th. This exciting market is the perfect place to bring Mom after brunch or treat her to an afternoon out.

Sunday, May 14th - 11am to 3pm
The Mews - Regent Park Blvd
deadline to apply April 14th
10x10 space with 8' table - $30/vendor

For more information or to apply contact Heather Lloyd directly at
hlloyd@danielscorp.com or 416.591.2944

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

T.E.S.T. Interview: BZMW

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 110th in our series and is with Brett Willemson of BZMW.  


How long have you been painting?

I've been painting since I was a child, but only in 2016 did I start doing it as more of a regular hobby. I probably paint once a month now. I live in a really small apartment so doing a painting takes a lot of effort. I have to cover up much of my living room with a drop cloth which makes my apartment pretty much unusable for the weekend.  

Do you have any artistic training or education?

Other than taking a few art classes in high school I have no artistic training. A lot of trial and error and youtube has helped me figure out a lot of things like how to mix paint, what different types of paints are good at, and most importantly for me: What is a painting "Medium"  

What made you decide to open an Etsy shop?

I never really intended to get to the point where I had an Etsy shop but eventually I noticed that I had a bunch of unsold painting sitting in my bedroom so I decided that one of the best ways to sell them would be to drop them on something like Etsy.  

Have you had any challenges in opening your shop? Anything you’ve learned so far that would be helpful for others starting out as Etsy sellers?

I haven't really had any huge troubles with my shop, getting those first sales is difficult but def possible. I would recommend also having an Instagram or Twitter account to get a bit more exposure of your pieces.

Do you sell your paintings in person or at markets at all, or only on Etsy?

I prefer selling paintings in person, there's just so much more connection when you can see and hold the painting. I have yet to attend any markets but have been looking to attend one, I just need to find one that's appropriate for my work.  



Anything else you want to add about yourself or your shop?

I mentioned instagram before. Checkout my instagram! @bzmwillemsen







Interviewed by Kayla and Aline of Slabstract in Toronto, February 5, 2017.





T.E.S.T. Interview: Slabstract

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 109th in our series and is with Kayla Patchett and Aline Taillefer of Slabstract.

How long have you and your partner been creating pieces?

We have been painting and creating since 2013. We decided to take an abstract art class through the TDSB and haven't stopped since. It hasn't been until recently that we've really begun to create pieces for others. We participated in the Etsy Resolutions program in January 2016 and opened up shop.  

Do either you or your partner have any training or education related to your store?

Aline has a university degree in business which was super helpful in opening and running our shop. I have been painting and taking school and extra-curricular art classes since I was a child. Aside from these courses, we don't have formal training but trial and error seems to be working out well for us.  

Why did you choose Etsy and do you sell anywhere else?

We both have shopped on Etsy and love the idea of supporting local people in the cool stuff that they make. It seemed like a great choice and somewhere our abstract and wood creations could fit in.  

Have you had any challenges in opening your shop? Anything you've learned that you'd like to share with others starting out?

Opening the shop itself was quite easy - especially with Etsy's help. Getting your first sales and customer base is challenging with so many other talented people selling their pieces as well, but we've realized you just have to jump in and start somewhere. So far we have a few sales, however, we are working hard to get known so that people will seek our shop out and start purchasing.  

Do you sell your pieces in person or at markets?

In December we entered two craft shows and started selling our pieces in person. Being able to see & touch a piece and have a conversation with the buyer has definitely led to more sales. We've also gotten a lot of feedback that way, which is lovely.  

Do you have a workshop or do you create out of your home?

Our dream is to have a permanent workshop! Right now, we create out of our homes, which are both very small apartments - it takes over! We have definitely spent many weekends with one of our living rooms covered in a drop cloth; it's not something that can be done here or there. It's a commitment for sure, since we need to finish to get our living spaces back!  

Anything else you want to add about you and your partner or your shop?

Through our shop we are hoping to bridge our love of abstract art and woodworking. The wood is especially important to us as it's a reminder of our childhoods and ties to small northern Ontario towns.

You can check out more on instagram @slabstract and keep an eye for Kayla and Aline at Toronto's spring craft shows!






Interviewed by Brett Willemsen of BZMW in Toronto on Feb 5, 2017.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Call for volunteers: Mentors for Girls' Hackathon


The "Hack for Craft" Hackathon for girls ages 10-13, Sunday March 26th 2017, 1-4pm, is seeking volunteer mentors for the participating girls. The focus of this hackathon is on arts, crafts, handmade goods and local artisans.

Details of the event are found here. Email: info@makertechschool.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This weekend! Saturday & Sunday! C'mon down!!



Join us for the 1st Toronto Etsy Street Team
pop-up show!!

Just in time for Valentines Day!
Saturday February 11th & Sunday the 12th
 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In our amazing gallery at 906 Queen Street West

Featuring the amazing wares of :

Terra Soap Co - Natural handcrafted Vegan Soaps & Skincare Products.

FoldIT Creations - Original Handmade Origami Jewelry

Clayshapes Pottery - Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Purple Lilia Amigurumi - Amigurumi Crocheted Toys and Plush

PaperTurns - Handmade greeting cards for all occasions

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PaperTurns

Coven SK - COVEN by Sonia Kang CASTING OF MAGIC, METAL & GEMSTONES

Thursday, February 2, 2017

VINTAGE & RETRO VENDOR CALL: Fab '40s Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site - June 18, 2017 - 12-4pm

Hey all you vintage & retro Etsy shop owners, this is a vendor call for a fun show happening at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site on June 18, 2017.

The event is called Fab '40s Day! They are looking for vintage/retro vendors with the 40s theme in mind. You are even encouraged to dress 40s style if you'd like, there's going to be a costume contest for attendees - so fun! Wear your best pin up outfit and victory rolls or bring your sweetheart.

Tables are FREE and the event is June 18th, 2017 from 12-4pm. It's going to be a day filled with live band, swing dance demos, fashion presentations with Q&As, and tours of the historic 1940s cottage with samples of wartime recipes.

It's going to be swell!

If this event sounds like it's up your alley, please contact:
Lori Zuppinger

Lori.Zuppinger@toronto.ca
Program Officer at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
416-396-2819





Toronto Etsy Street Team Valentines Weekend Pop-up Show!



Join us for the 1st Toronto Etsy Street Team
pop-up show!!

Just in time for Valentines Day!
Saturday February 11th & Sunday the 12th
 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In our amazing gallery at 906 Queen Street West

Treats will be available and amazing presents for your loved ones (or for yourself, we won't judge!)

Featuring the amazing wares of :

Terra Soap Co - Natural handcrafted Vegan Soaps & Skincare Products.

FoldIT Creations - Original Handmade Origami Jewelry

Clayshapes Pottery - Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Purple Lilia Amigurumi - Amigurumi Crocheted Toys and Plush


PaperTurns - Handmade greeting cards for all occasions

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PaperTurns

Coven SK - COVEN by Sonia Kang CASTING OF MAGIC, METAL & GEMSTONES

AND MORE!

Come out and see us!
You won't be disappointed!

And if you're interested in a being a vendor for future pop ups, or running a workshops or looking for an event space, check us out! Links in our blog:

http://torontoetsystreetteam.blogspot.ca/2017/01/whats-new-for-2017-super-big-awesome.html


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