One of a Kind Press Breakfast - dining on delicious artisan crepes and fresh fruit with Lindsay, Jennifer, and Emilija. We had so much fun chatting that I didn't get to meet the other bloggers that were there, and I had to race through the show! But I did snap some shots of some booths that caught my eye - in case you were thinking of going.
Chari Cohon's booth - I wish I had time for more. Her lovely textured white ceramics with the vibrant insides stopped me in my tracks. These were cups I believe but her vases were lovely as well, and her booth was a vision of white.
Hand & Shadow. Her scarves were sooo lovely... if I didn't already have a hundred I would definitely have gotten one of hers. In fact, I still might! They look batiked but she tells me the designs are actually bleached in so they are wash and wear. Georgie is at booth E-38, in the Craft Community section, where she was nominated by the Emily Carr School. And she is so cute!
Shuyu Lu, whose textile art was my favourite and most unique thing I saw all day. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Harbourfront Centre's Studio and has a BD in Textile from OCAD. These delicate pieces are screen-printed with two separate designs and put together in an embroidery hood, before being hand-embroidered. In addition to the workmanship, her art is whimsical and colourful, and is full of local Toronto references. The garbage strike is one of my favourites, although I also love the one with the streetcar. Definitely don't miss her stuff - Booth E - 29.
Hugo Didier, and his Not Made in China porcelain collection. The cups and mugs came in every shape and size and the poutine cups look just like the styrofoam cups I used to get my Deluxe poutine in... mmmmmmm.... poutine........
Lyne Levesque of Drummond NB, they are serious works of art, all woven by hand on a big loom the slow and methodical way. Her card is photocopied, she has no website, and I am pretty sure her husband was working the booth. So if you are looking for a small crafts person with unique, high-quality, and affordable goods, you have to stop by booth J-23 - and not just because she is from New Brunswick!
C Comme Ca on Bess's English Muffin Blog this week and was thrilled to stumble on her stuff at the show! Bess highlighted her felt bowls, which are lovely, but I was dying for one of those gorgeous wallets. And the laptop and iPhone cases are amazing and really sturdy. She is at booth K-40.