Canada 150+ at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Monday, June 26, 2017






































Join us this Friday, June 30, at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St W from 6 to 9 pm for the opening of our Canada 150+ show! For the entire month of July we are hosting an art and craft show featuring Canadian makers wares inspired by Canada.

After about 4 billion years of geological history, and 14,000 years of human history, we're taking the 150 year anniversary of Confederation as our cue to examine this country through art and craft. Artists and artisans will be showing work inspired by our environment, history and people, experiences of immigration, nature, geography and more.

Find works by:



Emma Smith

Heejin Kim
Amara Strand

Julie Phelps
Carolyn Eady

Krista Hillis
Christine Vonbun

Laura Sultan
Colleen Manestar

Miranda Merchant
Sara Mcintyre

Ele Willoughby
 Kira Varvanina












https://www.etsy.com/shop/sproutspress
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ChristineVonBunhttps://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/minouette

http://www.jool.etsy.com

Vendor Call: Made in Hamilton Market

Friday, June 9, 2017

Made in Hamilton: August 26, 2017

Craftadian attracts thousands of shoppers looking for unique, handmade goods. They are on the lookout for artisans pushing the boundaries of craft, food and design. 


NEW Toronto Island: Craftadian is premiering a new section within the Made in Hamilton Market, a Toronto Island featuring GTA makers. If you want to meet face-to-face with Hamilton and area shoppers, Apply to be included in the Toronto Island section.  






When: Saturday August 26, 2017 10AM - 4PM


Where: McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, ON (free parking) 


What: Made in Hamilton is a unique market that celebrate local artisans in the Hamilton area. This is the 2nd year for Made in Hamilton. New this year they are adding a Toronto Island feature showcasing a few makers in the Toronto and GTA.


Fee: $129 plus HST
Atrium (inside includes 6' table and chair)
Courtyard (outside bring your own 10'x10' tent)


Deadlines: Apply Here; Applications close June 16, 2017


For more information please visit http://www.craftadian.ca





Vendor Call: Handmade Hamilton

Thursday, June 8, 2017



A Holiday Arts and Craft Show at the Staircase Theatre Wants You!
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS SHOW IS June 30, 2017!

When? Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3, 2017
11 am to 5 pm.

Where? The Staircase Café Theatre in the popular Strathcona
neighbourhood of downtown Hamilton.  

What? A one of a kind show that celebrates 32 of the finest local 
makers of art and craft.
Handmade Hamilton celebrates it's 6th year in Hamilton and it's 4th year at the Staircase.


The show is organized by The Staircase Cafe Theatre and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura of GirlCanCreate. Pijuan-Nomura is the founder of Movies and Makers in Toronto, one of the co-founders of Queen and Jackson in Hamilton and is especially interested in bringing together the best creative makers in beautiful vintage buildings. Along with the hospitality of The Staircase Cafe, Handmade Hamilton showcases great makers, local community and good food, all under one roof.

Handmade Hamilton is looking for a variety of makers. Whether you make jewelry, clothes, art, stuffies, zines, buttons…we want you.

Please note that we cannot accept any makers of food or drink due to building health codes.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

The deadline for applications is midnight on June 30, 2017.

All applicants will be notified of participation by July 15, 2017.

Please email all applications to curator
Lisa Pijuan Nomura: handmadehamilton2014@gmail.com

Applicants must submit the following:
Information
• Company Name
* Primary Contact
• Address
• Phone Number
• Email Contact
• Detailed Description of what you create (250 word maximum)
• Price Range of Goods

• 3 to 5 digital images of your work
(please keep files under 500k in JPEG or GIF format.)
These photos might be used for as on screen promotion at the Staircase Theatre. If you have a logo please include that.

• Website Link (Etsy, Shopify, Blog, etc)

• Table Request
6ftx2.5ft table-$185
4ft x 2ft table-$145
Please note that there are 3 separate rooms in the building that will be used for the show. Unfortunately the building is not fully accessible, only partially accessible.

Acceptance
Upon receipt of your application you will receive an email confirmation.
We will contact all applicants by email by July 15, 2017.

Payment
Once accepted all vendor payments must be submitted by August 15, 2017. If payment is not received by this date acceptance will be withdrawn. If accepted payment info will be sent out along with your acceptance letter.

Cancellation
Once accepted into Handmade Hamilton and your payment has been submitted, your participation fee is non-refundable.

Questions/Contact Information
Contact Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at handmadehamilton2014@gmail.com with any questions.



Vendor Call - Canada 150

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


July 1- 30, 2017: Opening Canada Day, 6 - 9 PM

Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery
906 Queen St W, Toronto 

The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery is curating a group art and craft show to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday! 4.2 billion years of geological history, 14,000 years or so of human history, but the century and a half since Confederation gives us a reason to investigate our country.
Submissions sought which express Canada, its geography, history, people, wildlife, quirks, politics and what Canada means to you.
The show is open to all media! We welcome submissions from artists who think of themselves more as handmakers and craftspeople including but not limitted to sewists, quilters, textile makers, toy makers, clothing designers, jewellery makers, ceramicists, potters, woodworkers, and more, as well as fine artists.
Celebrations and critiques of Canada are equally welcome. Art is a means of expression whether about #Canada150 or #Resist150. This is a juried show but we encourage you to apply!

This application is open to all Toronto artists and handmakers,
with preference given to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team. 
We especially encourage our team members to apply!
Application closes June 14th, so apply now! Click the image above (or go here) to go to an embedded form, if those don't work for you try this link instead:

Vendor Call: Etsy Markets at Evergreen Brick Works

Tuesday, May 30, 2017



Etsy Markets at Evergreen Brick Works Vendor Call!!! 
(I know some of you have been waiting for this!)

Etsy will be popping up at Evergreen Brick Works for two markets this summer. Apply below for this great opportunity to reach a ready-made audience who cares deeply for locally crafted wares.

Market Dates:
Evergreen Sunday Market on Sunday, July 30; 10:00am - 3:00pm.
Evergreen’s Summer Nights Event (previously known as Pizza Night) on Wednesday, August 23; 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Application:

Details can be found in the application.

This is a lovely venue and a lovely market, and just to be crystal clear, this is run by Etsy Canada! This is not our event, but we happy to pass on this opportunity to you! Cheers!




WUNDERKAMMER: The Cabinet of Curiosity Show Opening!

Monday, May 15, 2017


Thank you to all the artists, friends, family and fans who came to see our Opening for WUNDERKAMMER: the Cabinet of Curiosity show this Saturday!

If you very unable to make our Opening, you can see the show from now until May 28th. 
Show hours are:
Tuesdays: 11 am - 4 pm
Wednesdays through Sundays: noon to 6 pm


The Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St W



Etsy: Made in Canada - September 23rd 2017 - Application now open!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017



Applications are now being accepted! Don't miss out on one of the biggest and funnest one day shows of the year! Apply now! Click the link below! Applications close June 18th! Don't be late!

WUNDERKAMMER at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Thursday, May 4, 2017


The Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St W,  is very proud to be presenting our first group art show, WUNDERKAMMER: The Cabinet of Curiosities from May 11 to 28. This art - or science art - show, is inspired by the Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosity, the immense, eccentric, encyclopedic natural history collections gathered by collectors since the Renaissance. Cabinets of Curiosities featured treasured zoological, botanical, anatomical, fossil and gem specimen, collected by early citizen scientists. WUNDERKAMMER features original sculptures, drawings, hand-bound books, prints, paintings, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, generative and multimedia specimen of natural and unnatural history on all scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. We are featuring the work of local artists:


István Aggott HönschErin Candela
Gavin CanningAndrée Chénier
Carolyn EadyLeslie Fruman
Monika MillarHeather Ibbott
Colleen ManestarPeggy Muddles
Teodora OprisChristine Strait-Gardner
Tosca Teran Rovena Tey
Lauren Vartanian Ele Willoughby



Explore our curiousity cabinet of wildlife biology, mathematics, chemistry, mycology, micro and cellular biology, marine biology, entomology, botany, and fantastical lifeforms through the lens of art.

Join us Saturday, May 13, 6:00 pm to 10:00 for our Opening! FOLLOW THE LINK TO RSVP

Last call - Vendor Calls for Two shows!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today, Sunday April 30th, is your last day to apply for the
Bees (& the Birds) Art Show & Craft Market!



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Tomorrow Monday May 1st is your last day to apply to
The Midsummer Market @ The Campbell House



Workshops Workshops Workshops!

Monday, April 24, 2017

We have some fun events coming up in the gallery!!


Thursday April 27th - 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Etsy Newbie Bootcamp with Ele; Captain of the Toronto Etsy Street Team


Complementing our wonderful blog series "Etsy Newbies Bootcamp" we are happy to present an in-person 90 minute bootcamp! If you are new to Etsy, or thinking about opening an Etsy shop, then this is the workshop for you!

Tickets on Universe here:



Saturday April 28th - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Miniature cupcake pendant/ring workshop with CandiWare!


Come join us for a miniature making workshop with Candice of Candiware
We'll be making miniature cupcakes out of polymer clay! Good for kids of all ages and adults! Participants will make and keep a cupcake ring or pendant!

Friday May 5th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Craft & Cocktails with Emma of Landfill Designs!

Whats better than crafting with friends? Crafting with friends with cocktails! Bring your unfinished project or make your own map pendant! Either way grab a glass and join the fun!
Tickets on Universe here:

Saturday May 6th & 7th
The first pop-up of May!
Check back here for full vendor list!

Vendor call: Evergreen Brick Works

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Evergreen Brick Works are recruiting artisan vendors for both their weekend markets this season. Saturday is the famers market with 6 full-time artisan vendor spots, and Sunday is a much more food-and-artisan focused market with 15 spots for full-time or rotating artisan vendors each week.

The Saturday Farmers market:
Every weekend from May 6 to November 4, 2017
Hours 8:00am – 1:00pm.
3 Full-time (only) openings available
Full-Season Cost: $1243.20

The Sunday Artisan Marketplace and Beer Garden:
Every weekend from May 7 – November 5, 2017
Hours 10:00am – 3:00pm
Multiple full-time and rotational openings available (date dependent)
Daily Cost: $88.50 (discounts available on seasonal, bi-weekly and monthly commitments)

Prospective vendors should contact publicmarkets@evergreen.ca with the subject header: “ETSY VENDOR INTERESTED”. We will follow up with vendors who are a good fit for the market community.

Also, they will be hosting an Etsy sponsored market on Sunday July 30th, open exclusively to Etsy sellers (more to come on that soon!)

3rd Annual Bees & {the Birds} Show at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

http://www.artthatmoves.ca/2017/04/bees-the-birds-art-show-3/

We are very pleased to announce that team leader Christine Pensa of Art That Moves will once again be hosting her Bees {& the Birds} show at the TEST Gallery (Graven Feather Gallery) 906 Queen St. W., Toronto from JUNE 7th to JUNE 20th, 2017!

This year, as with previous shows, 10% of hanging fees go directly to fund the David Suzuki Foundation's bee program. New this year: as well as fine artists and 2D works, the call is open to craftspeople! Please see Art That Moves blog for details and to apply to the show!

Pop-up this weekend! Sat April 8th & Sun April 9th!

Thursday, April 6, 2017



POP UP THIS WEEKEND!
Sat April 8th & Sun April 9th

Featuring the wares of: 

ToneTextiles
Hand-made items for you and your home.



WunderbarSoap
High quality vegan bath and beauty products.




FabriArts
Quality Quilts and Fun Fabric Designs


As well as the wares of; The Toronto Etsy Street Team
Prints, Fabrics, Jewellery, Miniature Foods, and Plushies!

Landfill DesignsMaking something out of Nothinghttps://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LandfillDesigns

Pikelet WorkshopBeautiful Australian design handmade in Canadahttps://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/pikeletworkshop

Minouette

Things from secret minouette places
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/minouette

ThunderpeepIndependent publisher for the adventurous at hearthttps://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/thunderpeep

CandiWare JewelryHandmade Scented Miniature Food Jewelryhttps://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CandiWareJewelry

Art That MovesOM for your home - original art, printmaking & textileshttps://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ArtThatMoves




Etsy Small Business Contest

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Share what makes your Etsy shop one of a kind to enter to win funding to help scale your business. Is it something unique you sell? A memorable story about how you got your start? Or a special approach you have to business? Submit your entry and then champion your business to collect as many votes as possible. There’s a different story behind every shop on Etsy, and the world is just waiting to hear yours. It's up to YOU!
Deadline to create your entry and collect votes is 11:59:59pm EST on April 6, 2017. Most votes wins  $13,000 CAD (for Canadian sellers outside Quebec). First runner-up wins $4,000 CAD.

Find out more and apply here.

Toronto Etsy Street Team 8th Annual Mid-Summer Market

Monday, March 20, 2017



The Toronto Etsy Street Team are hosting our 8th annual Midsummer Market - handmade & vintage! This promises to be our best show yet!

Our awesome team members will be selling at the amazingly fabulous Campbell House Museum on the corner of Queen & University! 

The Campbell House Museum: http://www.campbellhousemuseum.ca/

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

Applications open until May 1st, 2017. No exceptions!
https://www.cognitoforms.com/TorontoEtsyStreetTeam/MidsummerMarket2017AtCampbellHouse

Toronto Etsy Street Team - Pop Shows

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Hello all!

The dates have been selected for all the Pop-up Shows for this year happening in our awesome gallery on West Queen West! March to Xmas, we'll be popping up all year long!

Facebook events have been created for every single show, so for real, they're happening!!
https://www.facebook.com/pg/TorontoEtsyTeam/events/

If you're interested in being a part of one of the pop ups as a vendor please use the below link to apply!
https://www.cognitoforms.com/TorontoEtsyStreetTeam/TESTGalleryPopUpSeriesApplication

Hope to see you all there!

LOVE YOUR BODY Show at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery are curating an art and craft show on the theme of positive body image and embracing your own form!


August 4 - 20, 2017: Opening August 5, 6 - 9 pm

Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery

906 Queen St W, Toronto

The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery is curating a group art and craft show, about the human form, positive body image and embracing your own form. The show is open to all media! We welcome submissions from artists who think of themselves more as handmakers and craftspeople including but not limitted to sewists, quilters, textile makers, toy makers, clothing designers, jewellery makers, ceramicists, potters, woodworkers, and more, as well as fine artists.


This is a juried show but we encourage you to apply!

Artists will be charged a hanging fee of $50. The Toronto Etsy Street Team will retain a 10% fee to cover any processing fees of any sales and then all proceeds of art sales will go directly to the artist.

This application is open to Toronto artists and handmakers, with preference given to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team. We especially encourage our team members to apply!

The DEADLINE is May 30, 2017. THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. Don't miss it. APPLY HERE!

Consignment Call-out!

Hi everyone.

As you must already be aware we have taken over the lease of an amazing gallery space at 906 Queen St West in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood.

We are so completely in love with it!




Starting in Spring we will to carve out a consignment corner for Team Members. This is a great opportunity to get your product into the retail environment in a super trendy and busy part of town.

We are offering super reasonable terms and will rotate the stock every 8 weeks or so, giving new makers regular opportunities to get involved. The store will be divided into categories much like our craft shows are ie. homewares, fashion and accessories, kids and baby products, bath and beauty and paper products. 

Jen from Pikelet Workshop will be handling the consignment stock so please send her an email if you're interested in signing up!

jen@pikeletworkshop.com

And if you haven't been in to visit the gallery yet get to it!

WUNDERKAMMER: Cabinets of Curiosity Art Show at Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery are curating a science art show inspired by the eccentric, encyclopedic, natural history collections gathered since the Renaissance.

Cabinets of Curiosities featured treasured zoological, botanical, anatomical, fossil and gem specimen. Art and craft work depicting these specimen, cabinets of curiosity and the wonder of natural history are sought. Artists are encouraged to consider how their art might be displayed in ways which allude to the wunderkammer.

Artists will be charged a hanging fee of $50. The Toronto Etsy Street Team will retain a 10% fee to cover any processing fees of any sales and then all proceeds of art sales will go directly to the artist.

This application is open to Toronto artists and handmakers, in all media, with preference given to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team. We especially encourage our team members to apply!

READ MORE AND APPLY HERE.

Also, we're very excited to announce a series of planned art shows on our newly revamped Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery page. We will be opening up more applications soon.

Craft Swap!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time for some Crafty Spring Cleaning!


That is it's time to overhaul your craft drawers - you know all those supplies you bought, having every intention of using, but just never found the time (or inspiration) or maybe you just have lot's of extra pieces that you didn't end up using on your last project... whatever the story, we're here to help with it!

Bring us your new or gently used craft supplies, books - anything a fellow crafter could make use of and swap them for some new-to-you supplies.

The Swap will be happening on Saturday March 18th from noon to 6pm at the Gallery, and we'll have the Gallery open from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th so you can drop off your old items ahead of time (we won't be accepting anything on the day of the show)

Join the facebook event page to stay in touch with all the details and feel free to share pics of your swap items!


Here's how it works:


  • clean out your craft closets and shelves and set aside all the items you are no longer using, that another craft enthusiast will be able to use
  • bundle up your items into packages worth approximately $5 in either a clear baggie, box or elastic (if they are not already packaged items. Your items MUST be bundled beforehand. We won’t bundle them for you. We have the final say on the worth of your bundles and we also have the right to reject any of your items. We will have a freebie table that you can leave these items on if you don’t want to take them home with you.These items will be free for the taking on swap day.
  • each bundle will be worth 1 ticket. You will receive a receipt for your drop off, which you will have to present on swap day to receive your tickets, so don’t lose the receipt!
  • your items must be dropped off BEFORE the swap. We’ll have the Gallery open on Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th between 4pm and 6pm for you to drop off your items. 
  • There is a $5.00 fee to participate in the swap to cover the cost of the use of the Gallery space for the day.
  • on Saturday March 18 the swap will open at 12 noon and participants will be let in on a first come basis, we do anticipate a line up and we can only allow a certain amount of people at a time. Bring your own shopping bags and exchange your tickets for new-to-you supplies. If there are still lot’s of supplies leftover we will open the swap to non-participants in the last 2 hours, for a $10 charge worth 10 tickets.


Types of items we’ll be accepting (but not limited to): beads and bead findings, paint (up to half empty),  pens/pencils/markers, paint brushes, books on art/crafting, decorative papers, sketch pads/books, paper crafts, crafting tools, fabric, textiles, sewing tools, batting, wood, wax, gift boxes, unused packaging, mannequins/busts, frames.

We will accept larger, more expensive pieces for more than 1 ticket


Vendor Call: Toronto Spring Festival

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Spring Boutique Call for artists and designers

Toronto Spring Festival
March 18, 2017, noon-6:00 pm
192 Spadina AvenueSubmission deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Submission fee: None

Greet spring with essentials; a curated boutique of stories, design objects and experiences that equip you for the arrival of spring.
Submission categories:
Greens: flower, plants & seeds
Vessels, with the following materials: cement, copper, wood, paper, ceramic, fiber, glass
Illustrations: greeting cards, posters, stories, painted eggs
Edibles: baked goods
Herbs: detox, cleansing
Fill out the form to apply and press 'submit', and send us two pictures to the email address below that best represents the experience and/or product you are offering in the boutique. Successful applicants will be notified no later than March 7th, 2017.
For questions and sample of work contact: sara@tospringfestival.com
For more info visit: tospringfestival.com

Vendor call: Spring MRKT



The MRKT is a public shopping event produced by The Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs. 

Open to members of the community, The MRKT features up to 50 vendors including fashion, beauty, art, handmade goods, home décor, food merchants, live entertainment, on stage demonstrations, and much more.

The MRKT is west Toronto’s largest holiday destination for local shopping enthusiasts.

This April, Holiday Inn Yorkdale Toronto, will host The MRKT. Vendor spaces are now available for the two-day event.

*** Please read the vendor package before filling out an application ***

1) View Vendor package here ---> https://goo.gl/Ojqd72
2) Apply online here ----> https://goo.gl/forms/984PJlNFcuB1jigi2

Email: TheMRKTTo@gmail.com Instagram: @TorontoCreativeEntrepreneurs
 

Vendor Call: Scarborough Museum Celebrate Canada 150


Celebrate Canada 150!!
Scarborough Museum
Saturday July 1, 2017
10 – 5 pm

Join Scarborough Museum's Canada Day Celebrations!

Inviting all interested vendors who create one-of-a-kind artisan items!  

Scarborough Museum brings the past and present together with local artisans, square dancing, Canada Day cake, and hands-on arts and crafts. This event attracts thousands! Additional activities take place in the park, making this a fun, high traffic, family-friendly celebration!

Tables are free!  This outdoor event runs rain or shine.

Interested vendors may contact:

Elaine Kemp
Museum Coordinator
Scarborough Museum
416-397-7632


The museum is located in Thomson Memorial Park, 1007 Brimley Road
(just north of Lawrence Avenue, on the east side of Brimley)

Vendor Call: Artisan Market on the Mews

Saturday, February 25, 2017



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

T.E.S.T. Interview: BZMW

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.
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