One of the things I love about Toronto is that we are embracing alternative currencies, such as bartering items and time. You may be familiar with and using Freecycle (and if you’re not, click here ) which is widely used throughout North America. If you are in Toronto, you probably also know about Swapsity which I spoke about in conjunction with the LiveGreen Toronto Festival a while back.
Here’s something new to Toronto, although it’s been spreading through the world over the past couple years:
Toronto Trade School is a place where people agree to host workshops at various locations around the city and instead of being paid in cash, they have a list of items or skills that they would like students to bring. There is a HUGE variety of workshops available, and this is only the first time it’s being tried out! The classes will be held Sept 29 – Oct 3. More Info Here.
I’m already signed up to attend the Intro to Bookmaking class which looks very exciting!
I am sitting out on teaching a class, at least this time around, because I will be participating in Culture Days which is also that weekend. Here’s the link for the all-ages handsewing program I’ll be doing at Wise Daughters’. We’ll be making brooches. Like this little guy. For FREE!!!
I’ve been keeping everyone in suspense (or trying to) about my new path, and I’m finally ready to share! On Wednesday evening I put my new work on display at Café Novo which is just up the street from me: 1986 Bloor St W. The owner and staff are always friendly and they are the only café in the area with a high chair! D and I like to go there when we need a (fair trade, organic) treat and a break. So here’s what I’ve been up to:
My fabric story art, on the back wall. Each piece comes with a story, usually written on the back and displayed here under/beside.
Close-up of Morning picture
Back of Morning picture
Each picture is made using rescued fabric scraps. It has been a lot of fun incorporating other non-fabric elements too. These blinds are made using newspaper strapping.
Another awesome local artist is also on display at Novo. My fuzzy picture really does not do justice to his work. It is beautiful and complex, and you want to look at it for hours to discover all the little hidden details: