AMANDA BERNARD OF BITTER GOLD NAILS

I developed Bitter Gold after I realized there was a gap in the market in nail serums. Bitter Gold contains three unique features: it strengthens nails, heals dry skin and tastes bitter— the bitter ingredient I use holds the Guinness World Record for the bitterest tasting ingredient. This clear, odorless nail serum also contains all the ingredients you want on your nails such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Silica and Biotin.

KYLIE JOHNSON OF FORMER FIBRES

I love nature - Preserving our earth is important to me. If I’m not at my regular 9-5 or making pet beds, you’ll find me camping at an Ontario Park. I have given up single-use plastic, and try to live a zero waste lifestyle. I am still learning but enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, and love my reusable straw. I have also brought my passion of Zero waste into my businesses. Everything I have gets used into something else, like our scraps of fabric and thread get made into cat toys and doggy poop bags.

LEE ANN GARRETT OF FRESH TWIST

Ten years ago I created my first designs, a line of hand knit, newborn hats based on fruit, vegetable and sports themes. The hats were a resounding success and as word-of-mouth spread so did demand. My designs now include knit baby accessories, tea cosies and women's felt hats. These are available at juried craft shows, specialty boutiques, online and now The Nooks Danforth!

I was reluctant at first to turn my knitting hobby into a business but finally decided to take it to the next level. I quit my day job, and after several years I now run my own business, Fresh Twist.

KENDRA ELIZABETH OF DEEP WINTER JEWELLERY

When I think of handmade I think of the tiny imperfections that make a piece of jewellery “art”, as opposed to “a product”. Those imperfections, whether intentional or not, are what make the jewel unique. You can feel a piece of the creator within the item.

JILL AND TESSA OF A PEACE OF THE BEACH

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. 

MAKERS GIVE BACK // LAURINDA LEE OF KIND KARMA COMPANY

Kind Karma Company was created around giving back! We are a social enterprise that employs at-risk and transitioning homeless youth in Toronto to handcraft quality jewellery. In addition to receiving hourly wages, proceeds from all sales are returned to our youth employees to support their individual goals such as funding post-secondary education, securing permanent housing, or helping with courses for personal and professional development.

MAKERS GIVE BACK // VALERIE RODRIGO-BIBB

How do you give back?

I currently volunteer for City Street Outreach providing food, clothing and assistance to the homeless, street-involved youth, seniors, new immigrants, single mothers and individual/families in need and/or living in poverty.

I also volunteer at the Scarborough Bluffs Community Association as a Board member serving the Birchcliff, Cliffside and Cliffcrest communities. I help to organize and lead community building events and centralize and unite the community under a single banner.

ANGIE HENDERSON OF FRECKLE FACE JEWELLERY

My work is an extension of who I am. I am inspired by current fashion trends but try to take those trends from something that would only be worn on the runway to something that can be worn in everyday life and enjoyed for seasons to come. I appreciate and am influenced by a variety of fashion styles and that results in a variety for my customers and something for everyone. 

AMBER OF PINK LEMON DECOR

After almost a decade in corporate telecommunications I made the tough decision to walk away from my successful career and focus on my family. I loved my job however always felt something was missing. There was no creative outlet in my day-to-day and that was something I craved. I have always been a DIY’er and loved anything that would get my hands dirty. hat is where Pink Lemon came in.

NOOKFEST MAKER PROFILES // ASJA OF AZATORIUM

I learned how to cross stitch at an early age of about six, explained to me by my amazing grandma. A few years ago I decided to pick it up again to make a birthday present for a friend and haven’t stopped since. It is a process driven by nostalgia and this hunger to make the old craft new again. My goal is to make the cross stitch art modern and fun again!