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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / looking for a ffffound invitation... on: March 01, 2009 01:06:24 PM
hi all,

i recently had some images of mine turn up on this photo bookmarking website called fffound which looks kind of interesting. but it's still in beta and you need an invite to sign up.

if you happen to have an invite kicking around, i will send you a snail mail special surprise in exchange (just to keep things crafty).

feel free to message me if this appeals to you.
2  CANADA / Ontario / Craft Toronto photo pool on Flickr on: January 05, 2008 08:57:32 PM
Hey Toronto!

In an effort to create some wide open places for Toronto crafters to intermingle, we City of Craft folks have launched the Craft Toronto Photo Pool on Flickr.

Feel free to post any and all of your crafty creations there (but no promotional materials, please.) There are also discussion features, so dive in!

The group can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/crafttoronto/

And don't worry, you don't need a pro account to contribute. And crafters from the entire environs of Toronto are welcome to join and contribute. Images from this pool may also be pulled for  profiling on the Toronto Craft Alert.
3  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Cosie for house in Toronto?????? on: October 18, 2007 11:11:28 AM
there is also some similarly-minded work here:
http://www.knittingsite.org/index.html

and, streetknit is working with these folks to construct a knitted house in one day at our upcoming city of craft event in toronto on december 1st.

they are looking for volunteers to help with construction/knitting if anyone is interested. You can read more about that here:
http://torontocraftalert.blogspot.com/2007/10/volunteerstreetknit-needs-knitters-for.html

love,

becky
4  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Toronto Church of Craft on: May 11, 2007 02:53:13 PM
leah could give you an "official" answer but here's what i say...

first, this is from the website (to give a sense of their mandate)
Quote
We're a small (and growing) grassroots crafty collective rebelling against the culture of mass production. Not only are the things we create our own, but in this glossy, fabricated world, the simple act of creation is transcendent (i.e., we make things because it makes us happy).

but on more practical terms, the church meets monthly (or almost monthly) to either do unstructured craft-ons (ie. bring something to work on and we'll make our crafts while hanging out) or to have someone teach a specific skill (spinning, bookbinding, crochet...)

all these gatherings are free but donation of money for materials supplied, or donation of materials themselves are always accepted.

it's also pretty laid back and fun.

this next month's meeting is an unusual one because leah is away on tour in europe with her band and we (she, jen anisef and myself) wanted to do this craftchat thing ever since we got back from pittsburgh a month and a half ago.

does that help? if not, fell free to ask more questions.

becky
5  CANADA / Ontario / CraftChat T.O. - May 27, 2007 on: May 08, 2007 11:25:20 AM
To all Toronto Makers & Craft enthusiasts:

You are invited to *CraftChat T.O.*, an informal gathering of people interested in talking about the state of craft, design and DIY culture in Toronto & beyond.  Consider this to be a stitch n bitch of the mind (?) though feel free to bring stuff to keep your hands busy, of course.

This call to gather was inspired by a recent trip by Becky (Good Catch Craft Fairs, The Sweetie Pie Press), Jen (Toronto Craft Alert) & Leah (Church of Craft, Coldsnap Bindery) to Pittsburgh for Craft Congress 2007, a meeting of crafty minds from North America & Britain (read more about it here). One really interesting thing that came up was how the craft scene/community/culture differs so much from place to place, in terms of people's motivations for participating, how it is perceived by the larger
community, and on many other levels.  Which begs the question, what's up with craft in T.O.????  What are we doing here? Why are we doing it? Are we doing it differently than others? Could we be doing it better? Could we be having more fun? And who is this 'we', anyhow?

Also, we will have materials on hand from the Craft Congress & will be happy to answer any questions about that gathering as well.

If you'd like to participate in CraftChat T.O. (or come hang out & eavesdrop), taking place on *Sunday May 27th at 2pm*, please *RSVP* to torontocraftalert@gmail.com *by May 18th*. Once we've got an idea of how many people want to attend, we'll announce the venue.

Looking forward to this,

Becky, Leah & Jen
6  CANADA / Ontario / Toronto Church of Craft on: May 08, 2007 11:06:27 AM
hi all,

i have encountered some mild confusion on these boards about the church of craft in toronto. this is understandable since leah has not been able to update the webspage since 2004.

but guess what? that has all changed! i've managed to get in there and make some updates. more will come steadily but for now, there is info up for next month.
http://www.churchofcraft.org/doors/toronto/index.html

you can also sign up for the mailing list here to be kept alerted to craft-ons and other such happenings:
http://www.churchofcraft.org/doors/toronto/mailinglist.html

in craft,

becky
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: a question about essential oil spray on: May 03, 2007 10:45:24 AM
thanks for all your awesome insights, crafties!

i went without alcohol this time but will try a splash of the sauce for my next potion!

becky
8  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Downtown Toronto Crafty Mini-Collective? on: April 29, 2007 05:52:45 PM
Quote from: sweetie pie press
the best way to find out about those monthly happenings is to join the mailing list here:
http://www.churchofcraft.org/doors/toronto/mailinglist.html

sigh... did that months and months ago, and not a single message.
.

based on their wp it doesn't look like they've done anything sice 2004...

#1) whoa, that's weird. i just went to a craft-on last weekend and i got the email for that.

#2) the webpage is way out of date. apparently, it is run out of new york and not updated on that end. that is why leah started the facebook group. in spite of the out-of-dateness of the webpage, the mailing list should work (you may want to check your spam filters, however. those can filter out mailing list messages). but the church is still quite active.

becky
9  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Downtown Toronto Crafty Mini-Collective? on: April 29, 2007 08:45:30 AM
anyone interested in this might also like the church of craft. most of the craft-ons sound pretty similar to this kind of meet-up - they usually go back and forth between a bring-your-own-craft meet-up and meetings where someone teaches a craft. and, of course, it's all free or by donation.

the best way to find out about those monthly happenings is to join the mailing list here:
http://www.churchofcraft.org/doors/toronto/mailinglist.html

or (if you're into that sort of thing) the facebook group here:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2257162084

yours in craft,

becky
10  CANADA / Ontario / Re: The Clothing Show Toronto on: April 28, 2007 04:17:11 PM
what did you decide pixiefashions?

i am vending there for the first time this spring - sharing a booth with allison of papersnake jewellery.

come say hi if you are there. and if not, i am happy to report on our experiences.

becky
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