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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

It’s that time again! Arm yourselves with sunglasses and some water and check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend. It’s a scorcher out there! The show seems a bit smaller this year, perhaps due to the construction at city hall, and they’re not using the full lawn area, but still quite a bit to see. It’s on Fri. and Sat. from 10:30am – 7:30pm. and Sun. from 10:30am. – 6:30pm. I had the chance to run through quickly today and here are a few things that caught my eye (sorry, I gravitate towards the plush and sewn).

The Fierce Bunnies by Sonja Ahlers are incredibly cute,  handsewn bunnies made from deconstructed vintage sweaters. They go through an intricate process and nothing goes to waste! They seem calm and quiet, but somehow I feel I don’t want to wake these bunnies. You can see more of Sonja’s work on her website:  I’ve also seen her work before at the Magic Pony shop and bunnies are also available on her etsy store.

I also liked the animal busts at the Felt Factory by Sabine Alpers. All the animals are all patiently needle felted from wool.

And one of our blog favourites, Amanda Ho of Denture Thief Productions is also at the show. She has many of the items we’ve featured previously plus new elephants! Love the embroidery details on all the elephants, making them each unique. She also has a new website so check out her stuff:

Wish I had more time to spend at the show, but hope this little preview leads you to check out all the artists there! ~ Lurgs

City of Craft 2010 edition

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The line before we decided to join it...

The lure of a swag bag couldn’t keep these girls from sleeping in on a Saturday morning…we staked out at Starbucks across the road to scope out the #s before we made our way over. It was hilarious to watch people come into Starbucks and also make their own observations about the lineup and when to lineup. Lurgs could’ve easily been #1! But it really made no difference as long as we were 2 of the 100.

Screen-printed pinwheel design! Love!

Unfortunately with my luck, I did not get one of the lucky random bags with the extra surprises in them that I read on their blog. Boooo! But I love love the sturdy canvas screenprinted bag and am using it right now as I type.

Gimme, gimme, gimme!

We spent a good amount of time over at Denture Thief Productions, one of our local favs (see: here). She has new cameo pins with all one of a kind characters. Swoon! No wonder we didn’t make progress beyond her table for a good while. When I have more $ to spare, I’m going to buy one of her embroidered artworks. Love!

Seriously right? THE darling place to be that weekend!

50 vendors had their wares for sale. I love the Theatre Gallery’s set up. There were about 7 vendors when you first walked in from the main street, then you walked into an entrance way leading to the upstairs of the theatre space, where you then went down the stairs to the remaining vendors. Real cozy and intimate handmade haven.

Just to highlight a few of my(our) favs. Bespoke Uprising does beautiful hand printed textile goods. We were in love with her Burlesque teatowels, even more so when she told us she used to work at a Burlesque place so they were a bit of a tribute to that time! I couldn’t think of anybody who would appreciate tea towels with this design, so I’m going to have to eventually buy these for myself. At least she sells them on her Etsy shop so I know it’s not the end of the world that I missed out on buying them.

Beside Herself had these fantastic wooden switchblades that had working parts. Well, obviously couldn’t cut, but the blade came out. The bigger versions had different painted designs, while the necklace ones were smaller and etched. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the necklace versions on hand that day, but I shall get my grubby mitts on of them one day! Etsy shop here.

Petit Flaneur sells hand-crafted children’s products (mobiles, clocks, pins, earrings etc.). Aren’t those wooden tags in the pic below amazing and beautiful? The photos don’t really do them justice. I think these were a hot item that weekend. I snapped up a set for my friend’s newborn. They’re made with non-toxic paint! I also scored a sweet quirky radish pin (her last one)! Such a lovely lady who also had the cutest little helpers that day.

I have been a fan of Pin Pals ever since I saw their sweet goods in a shop in Montreal. I love cross stitch things, so their stuff was right up my alley. Lucky for me and you, they also have an Etsy shop where you can snap up their lovely work. If you’re in Toronto, they also sell their goods at Magic Pony.  The girls at Pin Pals craft all sorts of neat things like cross-stitched earrings, pins, , barrettes, necklaces, buttons, paper puppets with fun characters like “Minou Mondain”, stuffed dolls, cards…Wow! I was really smitten by the dolls. They had the coolest lace stockings designed on them.

My favourite magazine, Frankie, all the ways from Australia, showcased LOCAL talent (yay!) Lee Meszaros‘ amazing merit badges and THIS is how I first heard of her. Then I think the “cat was out of the bag” (hahaha…) and from then on she was in a bit of treasuries and making Etsy FP. Full of idioms, wonderful artwork and careful stitching, these are truly handcrafted items! Now you can actually wear what you are proudly for the world to see. Reward someone you know for “being the best thing since sliced bread” or “making lemons out of lemonade” (amongst many things). Shop here.

It was a fun day out full of cool finds and inspiration. Sorry we couldn’t feature all the fine crafters who were present. Thanks to the City of Craft organizers and their hard work!

~ YY

City of Craft – Dec. 18th & 19th

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Even though we didn’t get in as vendors this year (sob sob), I’m hoping to check out the City of Craft sale this weekend! 50 unique craftsters will be there showcasing their fine work at the Theatre Centre (Queen & Dovercourt). The sale runs from Sat. 11am- 6pm. and Sun. 11am. – 5pm.  and there’s a $2 admission. The first 100 shoppers each day can score a swag bag (I’ll see if I can wake up that early).  Denture Thief Productions and Shannon Gerard will be present so I already know it will be worth it! Click here for details.

I had a scare last month when I thought my skull pin from Denture Thief (click here for a refresher) had fallen off my jacket, lost to me forever. But I was so relieved to find it at the bottom of a bag. Some kind soul must have chucked it in where I’d put down my stuff.  Thanks secret skull saviour! Can’t wait to see what new things Denture Thief has in store. ~ Lurgs

AT.AW. at upART

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Eric of AT.AW. will be showing at Gladstone Hotel’s upArt show from Friday, Oct. 29th – Sunday, Oct. 31st.  There’s an opening reception on Thurs. Oct. 28th from 7-10pm. Here’s some of there work from  a previous post. There’s a $5 admission fee :( but worth checking out, he’s going to unleash a new art toy! And looks like there will also be other interesting artists present.

**Also spotted, some of Denture Thief’s plush toys and Shannon Gerard’s Plustaches available at the Drake General Store. Great place to browse for interesting things!

Denture Thief Productions

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

YY: Lurgs scored us some complimentary tickets for the One of a Kind Spring Show at the Direct Energy building so we figured we’d go and check it out and I immediately thought: blog! opportunity. I’m not really in the market for anything, particularly at the OOAK show where it’s notorious for breaking the wallet. However, it’s always nice to look around and find inspiring ideas! We made our way from end to end, marking off any designers we liked so we could visit them again. One particular “rising star” caught our eye at her little booth.

Denture Thief Productions starring Amanda Ho!

She had a very nice helper (and great salesman), Jay, who had loads of sweet things to say about the artist. I’m a big sucker for embroidery. And tweed/herringbone. And skulls! So combined altogether = LOVE! Also, great colour combinations.

Lurgs: Amanda Ho’s work was definitely one of the high-lights of the show for us. Check out these detailed embroidered pieces. The pillow (above) was exquisite, but just for display as it took her a week to complete!

The embroidery carries on to some of her stuffed dolls. Just love the texture and design of these monkeys and bats.

Lurgs: We both scored skull pins and a stuffed doll each! Mine (hairy in underwear) is sitting at my desk as we speak. He makes me happy every day and all who pass wish that they too, have an underweared creature to hang out with.

YY: I love my skull pin! My stuffed doll (the embroidered “oney” because he’s a bunny shaped as a one) is on my bed.

Lurgs: Her attention to detail even carries into the bags we carried our loot away with!

We totally recommend Denture Thief and as you can see, we’re huge fans! After all, we did go back to the booth THREE times during our OOAK adventure. You can read more about her work here. If you would like more information please contact Amanda at: She’s very laidback and sweet!