Sew Wild Canada was created by Renee, who decided to pass down the sewing skills she had learned from her mother to her daughter. Renee started by teaching her how to make baby quilts, then expanded to dog bandanas and then eco-friendly utensil wraps for adults and kids. The pair began selling their items on Etsy. As the business grew, Renee’s daughter got a full time job and mom took over the business as owner, CEO, and seamstress of Sew Wild Canada.
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.
Dave Burns of Lake Wood Design has always loved creating. In fact, he made a career out of it; he worked in renovations for 30 years. However, his first love was grade 9 woodworking class. It was there that he made his first table, a piece which he still owns today.
Many, many, years ago when I was in Grade 9, I built my first table out of mahogany for my Mom. Today, I still have that table even after my Mom has since passed. The table has withstood the test of time and the memory has been shared across generations. When I started crafting that table, I fell in love with woodworking.
The Knit and Stitch Sisters are four ladies who meet once a week to knit (and crochet) and ......yup, you guessed it, bitch! We fondly refer to ourselves as the 3 Knitting Bitches and 1 Happy Hooker. I like to think that makes us sound way more interesting than four women who sit around and make things out of string. Wouldn't you agree? Plus, it’s way snappier.
What do we bitch about, you ask? Everything— literally! The price of yarn, the state of the world, and how we had to sneak another 50 balls of yarn into the house because you never know when you might need it, right? A few of us have even resorted to having it delivered to the door( is that such a bad thing, really?)!
Julia Jackson is the creative behind handmade business Foreversonflowersandmore. She creates forever silk floral arrangements, wreaths, wall, tabletop decor and unique seasonal home decor pieces. A maker who creates everything with love, Julia sees her craft as both therapy and passion. It’s not hard to see why: Foreversonflowersandmore began after the loss of her five year old son. After her oldest son’s death, Julia was drowning in her grief and creating became her outlet. She started making as a form of grief therapy which continues today. In memory of her son, Foreversonflowers was born. Her son is her inspiration. His love of Sunflowers even inspired her company name, ForeverSONflowers. Her big heart and loving way continues to drive her handmade business, offering customers more than just decor to beautify their space.
Alicia of Alicia’s Designs is a Toronto-based jewellery artist specializing in wire wrapped gemstone pieces. Self taught, Alicia says she’s always been a creative person but fell in love with jewellery making soon after trying it. She began Alicia’s Designs in her last year of high school, and started wire wrapping a few years later in 2015. In the beginning she says it was more of a hobby, but quickly became a full-fledged business.
I have been crafting with my mama all my life. It’s something that we do together, attending workshops and craft shows. We have dabbled in many mediums over the years, many of which I have been able to apply to my current work in clay. I’ve been making all my life, it’s just who I am.
I began working in clay following a major shift in my life. After my son was born, I caught a virus which caused my body to go haywire. I developed overactive nerves resulting in chronic pain and brain fog. Because of this my life changed completely, but it’s also what lead me to pottery. I took a two day workshop at the Art School of Peterborough with a mom friend of mine, and I was hooked!
In Iran, where I am from, there is a centuries-old culture of creativity and handcrafted arts and decor. I owned my own shop and sold Persian carpets and tablecloths until I met and married my Canadian wife, Allison. In fact, Mohsen Wood Craft is the product of a beautiful love story. In 2007 after surviving cancer, Allison decided she would travel to the gorgeous country of Iran for a fresh start. We met in the local bazaar where I sold Persian carpets. We hit it off and the rest is history! Four years of long distance later, I finally made it to Canada in 2011. When I moved to Canada I needed to retrain. I chose woodworking and cabinetmaking because it allowed me to continue to be creative while earning a living. Mohsen Wood Craft has been in the works ever since. With a focus on local and sustainable craftsmanship, I make tables, cutting boards and other wood products in my home shop using new and reclaimed local hardwoods.