Chalarosi Canada is a passion-driven business with a purpose. Founder and owner Janet Pereira’s entrepreneurship journey began when her son Jack was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disorder at only a few weeks of age. Now nearly 11, young Jack is living with Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a disorder that has altered Janet’s life’s path completely.
Rita has always loved creating, and at a very young age Rita found her passion for visual art. Art class was always her favorite in school, and she comes from a creative family. Rita believes that she inherited her talent from her father, who created beautiful mixed media art with tiny slivers of wood. Handmade was in her blood, and her passion for it continues today.
Hello! My name is Megan and I am the creator behind Little Button Club.
I've always been artistic and loved making things. When I was younger I would make all of my gifts for Christmas, and to this day I still create most of my gifts. As a kid it was of course because I couldn't afford to buy gifts for my parents, but now I see it as a chance to show my family and friends how much they mean to me by spending time creating something for them by hand. My Dad sketches, my Mom knits, and my sister is a photographer— in other words, I come from a pretty talented & supportive family.
Hi I’m Jill, the mom part of the mother-daughter team that is A Peace of the Beach. My daughter Tessa and I each play different roles in our partnership. I find I’m the creative workhorse, as I go on daily adventures down to the lakeshore to gather driftwood. The best days to gather driftwood are right after the biggest storms, which draw a new wave of pieces from Lake Ontario. Tessa’s role is more focused on the artistic and technical input regarding the quality of the tables.
When your creative spark has dulled, it's hard to accomplish much of anything. As a small business owner, you rely on your spark more than most. It's what keeps innovation pumping, inspiration fresh and your business moving forward. If your spark needs a nudge, here are three amazing books to help reignite it and inspire your creative self.
Caitlin Taguibao is an artist with the PATCH Project, an initiative which partners with artists to transform unused public spaces into galleries for all to enjoy. At this year's NookFEST Community Arts and Music Festival, Caitlin will be creating a mural piece on the back wall of 2000 Danforth Avenue.
Stephanie Boutari is an artist with the PATCH Project, an initiative which partners with artists to transform unused public spaces into galleries for all to enjoy. At this year's NookFEST COmmunity Arts and Music Festival Stephanie will be creating a mural piece on the back of 2038 Danforth Avenue, home of the Nooks DANFORTH.
I’m an artist and educator. Art is what I do! I’m making art, teaching it, or thinking about it. I think art is powerful and fun. I don’t know how not to Art! I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University, and a Bachelor of Education from York University with a fine arts focus. Currently I’m completing a Masters of Fine Arts at York University.
Hey! My name is Alicia Zofia and I am a self-taught artist specializing in watercolour painting. My style can be described as a unique combination of realism with an abstract sense of colour. Although I mainly paint with watercolours, I have an irrefutable passion for all things colourful and creative, and I love to play and experiment with all forms of artistic expression!
I only recently moved to Toronto and I feel so grateful that I was able to become involved with the NOOKS community this summer. I travel and move around a lot, so having the opportunity to connect with like-minded artists and artisans so quickly after relocating to a new city has been amazing and inspiring. I have had a difficult time remaining sedentary up until this point in my life, and although a nomadic sort of lifestyle has served me well by stimulating new artistic inspiration and prompting me to focus more on self-development and self-love, I can’t stop dreaming of finally having a more permanent place to paint, create, and call home. Who knows, maybe Toronto is that place of my dreams!
All of my designs are inspired by mantras, which are quotes from some of my most favourite books and each collection (jewelry season) is inspired by the book those quotes come from. I began with Alice in Wonderland (which is where my flamingo logo comes from) and and I just finished off The Alchemist for my Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Each collection has cohesive elements from the novel. For example, Alice in Wonderland was filled with light, innocent and loving stones like Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Chrysocholla, Citrine, Amethyst with accent elements like hearts, teapots and charms with other whimsical elements. The Alchemist was filled with circular elements and tassels to compliment the plot of the novel with warm, adventurous stones like Sunstone, Turquoise, Citrine, Labradorite and Amazonite.
Interestingly enough I never dreamed of selling my art as a business. It blossomed from a hobby into a small little business because of the feedback and support of family and friends. I have 2 boys and have been lucky enough to dedicate my time to raising them. Now that they are more independent, I have more time to work on my art. With the piles of art growing around the house, a friend encouraged me to contact a local store to see if they would be interested in selling some of my pieces and that is where Anita Shiels Art started.
Fast forward to 2017. I remember macrame from being a child of the 70’s and 80’s. We had some in our home as well, and so when my mom asked me to make her some plant hangers, I was up for the challenge. I taught myself a few knots (thank you YouTube) and from there I was hooked.
I started making wall hangings and plant hangers, and opened my Etsy shop in 2017. Soon I started making necklaces for myself. They were fun little projects that I enjoyed making and wearing. When people started asking me about them, I knew I was onto something. Now I mostly make fiber jewellery.
My “small business” began after this first year of art school. I created a body of work for a local summer craft show I’d been attending since childhood. I produced a range of craft items but primarily pen and ink watercolour drawings. Most of them featured girls and women (and dogs) facing away, communicating relationships between subjects with body language and subtle gestures in natural environments. The subject matter of my drawings appealed to the cottage show clientele, but this style also really made me happy, and that was clear in the paintings. The mood they conveyed was tangible and nostalgic. My first show went really well, and while I loved to produce at my own peaceful pace, I also loved seeing people admire my work, ask me questions and enjoy the space I created.
Spiro Spero Designs creates Lucite jewelry for the modern muse. Based on our personal collections of vintage prints and ephemera, Spiro Spero breathes new life into iconic imagery by creating whimsical statement jewelry using laser cut Lucite charms. The line includes Lucite brooches, rings, charm necklaces, and chokers. Our current collection is inspired by the iconography of pin-up girls and is a tribute to powerful women.