Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Etsy Awards Canada

Etsy Awards Canada

Celebrate the best of Canadian creativity
Calling all artists, designers, makers, doers, and dreamers: Enter an item from your Etsy shop for a chance to win the Community's Choice Grand Prize of $10,000 or one of five $1000 cash prizes for category winners. Enter by April 28, 2016.
Categories: Art & Illustration and Paper Goods, Home & Living,
Fashion & Accessories, Kids & Baby and New Talent
You know TEST is a fan of supporting our Newbie sellers! So, if you are new to Etsy, get out there and apply in the New Talent category! You can apply in any and all categories which apply to your listings. So, do it!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

April 2016 #TESTaroundtown

Find our talented Toronto Etsy Street Team members selling their handmade and vintage wares in person when you shop locally at these April 2016 events in Toronto, Pickering, Mississauga, and Hamilton:

Event Date & time Location TEST Shop(s)
MAKE IT! Fair Sat. Apr. 9
Bowmore P.S.
80 Bowmore Rd
Toronto, ON
Lynn's Lids
East End Expo Sun. Apr. 10
Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd
Pickering, ON
Namaste Freund
Green Living Show Apr. 15-17
Fri. 12pm–9pm
Sat. 10am-8pm
Sun. 10am-6pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building
255 Front St. W
Toronto, ON
Rong Designs
The Mamas & the Papas Craft Show  Sat. Apr. 16
First United Church
151 Lakeshore Rd. W
Mississauga, ON
Namaste Freund
Makeology Spring Craft FairSat. Apr. 16
The Cotton Factory
270 Sherman Ave N
Hamilton, ON
Art That Moves
Erin McMom
Kiriki Press
Light & Paper
Pikelet Workshop
Sprouts Press Designs
Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair Sat. Apr. 30
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Ln
Grimsby, ON
Sprouts Press Designs

Are you a T.E.S.T. member with a May 2016 event to add to our listings? Drop Lynn a line through her shop Lynn's Lids, with the Etsy Local event link to the event, along with your shop link. (No Etsy Local event for your show? Go ahead and create one with all of the details at

Thursday, March 24, 2016

T.E.S.T. Interview: NeverwaresOnEtsy

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 92nd in our series and is with Never Poplar of NeverwaresOnEtsy.  

I think I’ll start off by asking who/what informs your aesthetic. Your website and work evoke a sort of William S Burroughs’ Naked Lunch met Terry Gilliam’s Brazil; a sort of future retro, if you will. Would you call yourself a Luddite?

I adore machinery, and taking things apart to see what makes them tick, literally. ;) I'm inspired primarily by the detail of craftsmanship I find inside. If you open up a pocket watch from the early 1900s you'll not only find a fantastic set of intricate movements, you'll also find elaborate engravings on most of the pieces. I like to find these pieces, make them into something wearable, and show off all the work that went into creating them. I am definitely not a Luddite. I adore technology and the chances for progression that it affords society.  

Tell us more about Neverwares. Where are you from and does this influence your work, how did you get started taking apart typewriters? ;)

I was born and raised here in Toronto, Canada. I don't think it really influences my work at all, except that maybe our disposable western society provided a lot of junk for me to experiment with. I got my start taking things apart when I was a young teen. I'd find old broken electronics out on the street and wanted to see what was inside. I then moved on to analogue machines such as typewriters and broken watches.  

You refer to yourself as a metalsmith. A majority of your work employs found objects; gears, type-keys, buttons, watch parts. How do you curate the items used in your work, where does the metalsmithing take place (do you make your own findings, settings? Do you hand form the rings used?) Tell us about your process.

My process begins with each new machine I acquire. I have a wide variety of sources including friends, antique stores, yard sales, ebay, etc. I'm always on the look out for broken bits to transform. The most joyful part of the entire journey for me from machine to finished jewelry pieces is the disassembly, the discovery. I adore opening things up and discovering the workmanship inside, whether it be the mechanisms in an old typewriter, or the intricate engraving inside a 1920s pocket watch, I see the beauty and potential in all of it.

Once I have all the pieces apart the clean-up begins. Depending on the state of the machine when I receive it this part of the process can be quite time consuming. I have become very proficient in the removing of rust and machine oil. Then comes the design portion, where I lay everything out on my work bench in front of me and move pieces around until I find a pleasing configuration. I find I use my metalsmithing skills throughout the entire process. I have hundreds of hand tools and know how to use them all. I adore cold connections and use rivets to join many things together. As well, I often saw out of metal the pieces I imagine in my mind.

Is Neverwares a full time gig for you, or do you also have a day job? If so, what do you do?

I am thrilled that Neverwares has become my full time job. I recently completed an entrepreneurial course here in Toronto and wrote my business plan. With that clarity in mind I am able to fill in the gaps between creativity and business acumen.
Where do you see Neverwares in the next 5 years, what's in store for your fans?

Design wise, in the next 5 years I see an expansion of my men's line Machine Age. My goal is to marry my goldsmithing skills with my love of old machinery to create timeless heirloom quality pieces. Neverwares' mission is to invoke a sense of nostalgia and to showcase the exceptional craftsmanship of vintage machinery by giving people a wearable piece of history. I intend to continue to fulfill that mission.

Check out more of Michelle's work in her NeverwaresOnEtsy Shop! 

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016 You can find Neverwares at the Bazaar of the Bizarre
11am - 8pm
Pia Bouman School
 6 Noble street, Toronto

You can also keep up to date with her here: 
Website: neverwares
Facebook: neverwares
Instagram: @neverwares

Interviewed by Tosca of Nanopod, March 22, 2016 in Toronto.

Make Something - 10 Springy Easter DIY Projects

I think we're all a bit thrown by how early Easter is this year, including the planet. Brrrr. What a day!

Let's ignore old man winter outside and make like it's Spring inside. I've rounded up some of my favourite Easter DIY projects so we can all spend the long weekend making fabulous Easter goodies.

Maybe Spring will return when we emerge on the other side, covered in cotton balls and glitter!

Here we go...

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

And there you have it. Hope these projects help to brighten your days over the Easter break.
Hoppity hop to it and don't make yourself sick on all that lovely chocolate.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Toronto Urban Collective's Spring Equinox Pop-Up Market Ticket Giveaway!

 Toronto Urban Collective's Spring Equinox Pop-Up Market event is this Sunday at 99 Sudbury. They've created a promotion for the first 250 guests to use the promo code TEST online will have free entry into the event!

Here are the instructions to use the promocode:

1. Click here
(event ticketing website)

2. Select quantities

3. Press “Register”
4. Enter the coupon code: TEST

5. Press “Apply”

6. Press “Secure Checkout”

Vendor call: TorontoArtBlast

Hello Artists! 

My name is Carolyn Quan and I am an award-winning artist and Founder/Producer of the Toronto Art Blast. I am happy to announce that Toronto now has its first city-wide artist open studio and exhibition event and I invite all of you to register for the event and be a part of what will be an exciting and inspiring month of July for both artists and the art-loving and art-buying public. 

Final deadline for artist registration is April 1. 

It all begins at ArtScape Wychwood Barns on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at our festive Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition and is followed by 3 inspiring weekends of artist open studios and exhibitions throughout East and West Toronto (including North Toronto), Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough

Artists do not need to have their own working art studio to participate. Alternative exhibition venues such as community centers, yoga and dance studios, garages, friend's houses, backyard patios, galleries, restaurants and more are all possibilities. Artists must secure their own show space. We also have rental spaces available for those of you who don't have suitable show space. 

Please visit our website for all of the details and to register. 

Please join us on Facebook - and Twitter (#torontoartblast, #TAB) -

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll be happy to help. 

We'd love to have you on board!

Creatively yours, Carolyn Quan

Carolyn Quan
Founder, Producer/Artist

Vendor call: ReBash


ReBash is Toronto's Raddest Wedding Market taking place one day only at 99 Sudbury in the Glass Factory and Lounge in Toronto on Sunday May 15, 2016 11am-5pm.
Our market features local vendors selling handmade, vintage or gently used wedding and party props and decor. The event will also feature a curated selection of photographers, sweets vendors and event designers and planners. 

For more information or to apply to the show visit:

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