Craftivism and the Coronavirus

Friday, April 3, 2020

Some of the masks made by Adrienne of refluff for donation. (See here)

How are you doing? We hope you are healthy, sheltering in place, and practising physical distancing if you have to go out. Many of you might have a lot on your plate right now with extra worries and perhaps extra childcare or new remote working or job loss to figure out. Doing your part to stay home to keep you and your families safe is enough. Some of you are able to keep handmaking during the lockdown and we're proud to see TEST folks putting their skills to work for the greater good.

Many of our community are sewists and who jumped at the chance to do something to help the community at large at this time of crisis. Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital) has put out a call for hand-sewn masks:

"Calling all sewists! Do you sew or know someone who does? To keep our community healthy and safe, Michael Garron Hospital is issuing a challenge to all east end sewists to collectively make 1,000 masks a week. We want to see all east enders wearing a fabric mask when they need to be within six feet of other people, especially vulnerable populations and the elderly. Find out how you can help:
https://www.mghf.ca/mgh1000masks"
 If you're able to help you can download simple instructions here or here and you can find answers from MGH at this link.

Makers using their skills, precious time and fabric stashes to help out: we see you and thank you. A smattering of posts from our local handmakers:



I'll be forever grateful to the midwives that looked after my pregnancies and births of my children. They were one of the first to come to mind when thinking about who I can extend a call to during this time. The midwives are still on call 24/7 and though the appointments have been reduced to lessen the risk of exposure, some patients still have to have their in-person checkups. Again, the handmade masks are only in place as a last resort measure and won't fully stop any viruses from spreading without proper use but it does help save the mandated surgical masks for frontline healthcare workers. These will be donated to my local midwifery clinic for the admin and staff so that the valuable resources can be saved for the midwives when they need to have direct contact with their clients. . . . . . #handmade #handmademasks #masks #facemasks #covid19 #healthcareworkers #midwives #torontomidwives #stayhome #makermovement #makesomething
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And making masks is not the only thing makers are doing to help the larger community! Are you offering free tutorials for those suddenly trying to homeschool their kids or grown-ups for cabin fever? Sharing recipes for those who are stress baking? Sharing your art to help people decompress a bit? Let us know below and we would be happy to share!

Take care everyone!

Update on 2020 plans

Monday, March 16, 2020




Dear Toronto Etsy Team,

We hope you’re all doing well, and staying safe and healthy. We wanted to give you a little update on our 2020 plans. Our first concern this year was that our volunteer team was understaffed, but now the coronavirus pandemic is everyone's biggest concern. The current best advice to keep communities safe is to avoid large gatherings and the safety of our community is the most important thing. We have not yet made any announcements or vendor calls for 2020. We have decided that we will not host our annual Spring Marketplace this year

We have yet to make a decision about other yearly events. It may be that we will not be able to host other events either. We are going to put off that decision as long as we can. With time we will be able to make better informed decisions. We exist as a team to help members connect with each other and shoppers, and to help grow local handmade and vintage Etsy sellers’ businesses, so we want to be hosting our events! But, if we need to take a hiatus, we will.

We’re going to use this break to regroup. We’re going to post some job descriptions soon of volunteer posts we’re hoping to fill for the future. We hope you’ll have a look and consider taking part so we’re able to come back stronger with great events in the future!

We know that this is a challenging time for artists, makers and small business people, and that missing markets means a financial hit. Please feel welcome to join online conversations and connect with our team; we can commiserate, brainstorm or just be a community support line while you practise social distancing. The most active online team communications at this time are on our private FB group. 

With best wishes from the Toronto Etsy Street Team leaders! 
Take care!


TESTy Gifts for Your Valentine!

Friday, January 31, 2020


For all your Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day) needs, TEST has got you covered. Find expressions of love from the romantic, to naughty to friendship variety, from your favourite handmade and local sellers!



You're my everything from MadeinBV
You're my everything card - Made in BV
Pharell Valentine by kokocards

Funny valentines from Naughty Florals
For your co-parent from CarolynDraws

Human ribs Valentine from CreepyChristine
Spider card from rainbow of crazy

Frabric heart bin from luuee
Sweetheart cross stitch kit from Diana Watters Handmade

Origami Heart Earrings from FoldItCreations
Valentine's Day Lingerie from WithLoveLingerie

Best friend or more card from natalieveryb
Sweetheart bra from Jordan de Ruiter

Custom Stamp from OwlPaperGoods
Pink Kimono from HowFetch

JRT Love print from minouette




Vendor Call: Junction Triangle Craft Show

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Are you interested in taking part?

Junction Triangle Craft Show
Perth Avenue Public School, 14 Ruskin Avenue
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Please email junctiontrianglecraftshow@gmail.com for further details!

Thank you for making our 6th Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto a Success!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto, September 28, 2019 (photo: Peter Power)

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make our 6th annual Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto show at MaRS a great sucess!

We welcomed thousands of visitors throughout the day! Thank you very much for shopping local, and supporting Toronto hand-makers and vintage sellers! We hope you enjoyed the show. Are you wanting to find and follow your favourite vendors? Find them in our VENDORS LOOKBOOK!

Vendors and shoppers at Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto 2019 (photo: Peter Power)


Participants in the Maker Bean
3D Printing Workshop
(photo: Peter Power)
atelierNORTH mini mittens workshop
(photo: Peter Power)
 We would like to thank all of our workshop teachers and participants! You are part of want makes our show so special and we love the opportunity to share art, craft and making skills at our events.






Thank you to our show sponsors who help us make this event happen, year after year! We love your engagement with the maker community and are proud to partner with you.

LDH Scissors (photo: P.Power)

Swiftpost (photo: P. Power)

The Maker Bean Cafe (photo: P. Power)










 
Thank you very much to all the vendors who donated goods, and all the visitors who bought tickets for our raffle, allowing us to use this occassion to raise hundreds of dollars for kids with cancer and POGO! Thanks also to all our show staff and volunteers who helped make the show, workshops and raffle run smoothly!

Part of our team at the raffle table! (photo: Peter Power)

Drawing raffle numbers! (photo: Peter Power)

Lastly we want to thank all of our vendors and show organizers! Thank you all for your hard work and for showcasing your beautiful wares at our show. Months of work go into preparing for these shows and we think we have the best vendors around. It's our vendors who make our Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto show!



  





Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto RAFFLE, SHOW DOLLARS & WORKSHOPS

Friday, September 27, 2019


IT'S TOMORROW! ARE YOU EXCITED?

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, September 28th at MaRS Discovery District in the Atrium, at 101 College St (at University Avenue, and the Queen's Park subway) from 10:00 to 6:00! The show is completely FREE for all visitors!

NEW THIS YEAR: The first 20 people to arrive at the large 101 College Street entrance will receive $10 SHOW DOLLARS (good for purchase from vendors at the show, during the show only). These will be handed out when the show opens at 10:00 am.

101 College St entrance for MaRS Discovery District

This entrance will lead you right to our Fashion Annex, and the centre of the show! In there, you can find our TEST & 416Hustler Team Raffle Table, #127. Buy raffle tickets for chances to win free handmade goods and help support or partners POGO Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario for kids with cancer!


The FREE Workshops are held in the Collaboration Centre (marked on the map above, the Collaboration Centre is in the middle of the show, directly south of the Fashion Annex and Security Desk). A few last minute spots have opened up! Check here for a chance to register for a few last FREE Workshop TICKETS!




Winner of the Swiftpost Newbie Bursary Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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

We would like to congratulation Lorraine Tuson, winner of the Swiftpost Newbie Bursary for Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto!  Lorraine combines great, modern surface design in a subtle, sophisticated, neutral colour pallette with her screenprinted eco-friendly fabrics in her housewares collection! Find more in her Lorraine Tuson Etsy shop at table 40 at our Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto show, this Saturday, September 28th, 10 to 6 at MaRS Discovery District.

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


Thanks to all our great new sellers who took part in the competition, and made the jury's job choosing a winner so tough! We're excited to see all the fresh, new talent at this year's Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto show!

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



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