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Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice: Part 1

If you’ve read any of my DIY posts before, you know that I love a craft that is equal parts fun, eco-friendly and practical. This particular tutorial just so happens to hit the sweet spot that intersects all three!

Everyone knows that there is a lot of waste associated with gift giving. It includes everything, from excessive packaging, to duplicates, and things we’ll never use. By taking old fabric scraps that would otherwise gather dust, you can make a gift bag that is memorable, customizable AND reusable. It’s the perfect way to be crafty during the holiday season! Click the Read More link to see 3 ways you can make a gift that keeps on giving for the holidays. Continue reading

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The Bicycle Opera Project has released their tour dates for summer 2017 at long last! To see their full tour schedule, click here. As part of my ongoing collaboration with BOP I got to sit down with the cast and discuss the ins and outs of an opera company that tours on two wheels. Click the Read More link to see our discussion on polyglot performances, the garment industry, and how these artists find inspiration in day to day life.

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For the longest time I’ve been seeing these beautiful hand-made wall hangings all over the internet. Not only did I think this would be a super fun DIY to create a really original piece of home decor, I figured I could devise a way to use up my old knitting project scraps. So, I started looking into how I could make one myself. As it turns out, the web has ample resources for hand weaving. Most sites suggest starting with what is called a ‘lap loom’. There are a few different types within that category; some use notches and others just use small demarcation lines to show where the yarns should go. The more I researched, the more expansive the world of weaving became.

That’s why I decided to amalgamate a bunch of resources into what I’m calling the Lap Loom Guide For Dummies. Based on all my research, this tutorial will give you step by step instructions for the easiest ever lap loom project if you’re a newbie like me!

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Julie Riemersma is a Toronto based fashion photographer who shoots everything from editorials to commercial spreads, and her own art photography. We met about a year ago through some mutual friends in the fashion industry, and I got Julie to shoot my SS18 Lookbook right here in Toronto. As with all of her work, the results were gorgeous. I got to chat with Julie about the perks and pitfalls of creative work, her everyday inspiration and Toronto’s distinct style. Click through to read more!

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I receive emails proposing different events and collaborative opportunities on a regular basis. But this January I was contacted about something that stood out as an idea I could really get behind.

A Toronto based opera company called The Bicycle Opera Project would be running a production called _SWEAT_ this summer. The piece is based on sweatshop workers who are struggling to form a union with dreams of a better life. The company itself is incredibly innovative. Each summer they launch a new production, touring by bicycle. Their aim is to make opera more accessible. They sing in English and present contemporary material. Their idea was to partner with a Toronto based ethical clothing company to create a cross-promotion.

As a constant supporter and member of Fashion Revolution, I was sold. Fashion Revolution is a global organization that aims to make the fashion industry more sustainable and ethical by valuing people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.

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