Sunday, May 1, 2016

TEST Midsummer Market



Announcing the glorious vendors for the TEST Midsummer Market!



We have pulled together an amazing array of artisans for our next show at the historic Campbell House Museum on Saturday June 18 between 10 and 6.

There will be goods both indoors and outdoors, demonstrations, workshops and delicious foods to eat, and tours of the museum all day! Admission is free!

Head over to our gorgeous lookbook so you can salivate over handmade delights and start saving your pennies.

You can also keep up to date with TEST activities and vendors on our new Instagram page.
Follow us at @torontoetsystreet

See you at the show!

Make Something - 10 DIY Projects for Mother's Day



So, it's Mother's Day next Sunday. You can take this as a gentle nudge if you have forgotten or not prepared anything yet. Need some ideas? This post will help with that.

Here is a round-up of my favourite Mother's Day DIY projects from the interwebs...



Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

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Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY over here.

Grab the DIY here.


Love your Mama. Brighten her day. Give her some time off and do the damn dishes!

Happy crafting!

Jen

Thursday, April 28, 2016

May 2016 #TESTaroundtown


Find our talented Toronto Etsy Street Team members selling their handmade and vintage wares in person when you shop locally at these May 2016 events in Toronto and St. Catharines:

Event Date & time Location TEST Shop(s)
Crafts for a Cause Sun. May 1
1pm-5pm
Sandman Signature Hotel Toronto Airport
55 Reading Ct
Toronto, ON
attn2detail Designs
Blossom and Bloom May 6–7
Fri. 12pm–8pm
Sat. 10am–4pm
Union Station
65 Front St W
Toronto, ON
HeavenleeDays
Spring HandMade Market May 6–7
Fri. 11am–7pm
Sat. 9am–6pm
13th Street Winery
1776 Fourth Ave
St. Catharines, ON
The ChemistTree
DesignedToLife
Made with Love Sun. May 8
12pm-6pm
Scaccia Restaurant
55 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON
attn2detail Designs
Bellwoods Flea @ Dundas Video Sat. May 14
11am-6pm
Dundas Video
831 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON
HeavenleeDays
Artfest Toronto May 21-23
11am-6pm
Distillery District
55 Mill St
Toronto, ON
Clayshapes
Roncy Flea Sat. May 21
10am-6pm
Emmanuel Howard Park Church
214 Wright Ave
Toronto, ON
Torched Studio
HeavenleeDays
Pedestrian Sunday @ Kensington Market Sun. May 29
12pm-5pm
Fresh Collective
274 Augusta Ave

Toronto, ON
Torched Studio





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
11am-3pm
Bowmore P.S.
80 Bowmore Rd
Toronto, ON
Lynn's Lids
East End Expo Sun. Apr. 10
11am-4pm
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
10am-4pm
First United Church
151 Lakeshore Rd. W
Mississauga, ON
Namaste Freund
Makeology Spring Craft FairSat. Apr. 16
11am-6pm
The Cotton Factory
270 Sherman Ave N
Hamilton, ON
Art That Moves
carolyndraws
Clayshapes
Erin McMom
jarred
Kiriki Press
Light & Paper
Pikelet Workshop
Sprouts Press Designs
Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair Sat. Apr. 30
9am-5pm
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 www.etsy.com/ca/local/.)

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!

Jen


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