|Artist Julia McNeely|
|Leila Cools' Fused Glass Pendants|
This year The Collective show is bolder and bigger.
We're featuring more artists and artisans and have formed new partnerships.
You'll see work by fine artists, photographers, printers and artisans who design with textiles, knits, wood, clay and glass.
Among those artisans is Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl. She travels the Ontario countryside in search of mason jars, old tins and apothecary bottles for the flowers for her Queen West store. Now she'll be displaying her flower arrangements at The Collective.
On Saturday December 10 we will be holding an open house so you can meet some of the show's exhibitors.
As part of the expanded show, we will be hosting an all-day letterpress event on Sunday December 11. It's known in the trade as a wayzgoose. The printers will gather to feature their handmade cards, original prints and paper goods and to demonstrate how they are made.
We're also mindful that it's the season for sharing. Throughout the 12-day show various artists and artisans will be decorating a chair, which we will auction at the end. All proceeds will be in support of Sketch, a Toronto group that provides arts training and opportunities for homeless and impoverished youth. (www.sketch.ca)
Keep checking the show blog. We will provide you with show updates and everything you need to choose handmade this holiday season.