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NOOKFEST MAKER PROFILES // AGATA SICZEK OF SIMPLE PANTRY

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a creative side that needed an outlet. I enjoy creating things and working with my hands, but it has been a challenge to find something that I can create, share and be proud of.

For the last few years, cooking has been a huge passion of mine. I desperately wanted to become professionally involved with cooking. However, I struggled with the idea of working in a sweaty kitchen restaurant and making minimum wage. I dabbled with different ideas and projects, and had some amazing experiences along the way. I also met a lot of different people that inspired and influenced me. I knew that if I created something, I wanted it to be simple and easy for others to do it too. I believe that everyone can cook, you don’t need professional training. You just need to know the basic skills and if you’ve got that you can work wonders in your kitchen. That’s why I encourage my customers to have fun and be creative with the jar recipes. Add some fresh ingredients to the recipe, or garnish the finished product with something special for a dish that's sure to impress.

MITCH + LEANNE OF THE NIGHT BAKER

We’re The Night Baker and we make handmade gourmet cookies for delivery. We are a husband and wife baking duo and have been delivering all around Toronto to satisfy cookie cravings while spreading the #cookielove.

AIERON MUNRO OF WE GON TAWK APPAREL

So my name is Aieron Munro, and I am the founder/owner of we-gon-tawk apparel. This concept grew from a joke I had with my friends. Whenever we needed to talk, whether it be serious talk, joking, loud or soft exchanges, we would always say to each other, “WE GON TAWK”. I decided to turn this phrase into a platform for freedom of expression, for using one’s voice. I was inspired to use apparel to broadcast my message simply because everyone needs to wear clothes, so why not display a positive message on that clothing – one that is much needed in today’s world. My hope is that people will feel inspired to express themselves, to use their voices.  Our apparel is a reminder to do just that.

#LoveLocal Maker Feature // Jo of Cedar & Vine

I don’t even remember how I got interested in becoming a maker. I feel as if it is just part of who I am. As far back as I can remember I was always conjuring up some little project. I was raised by the most wonderful, creative workaholics. My parents own a steel fabrication shop and being surrounded by their mentality and atmosphere made me fall in love with the feeling of creating things and using that side of my brain to challenge myself. For me, sometimes what I love about it is not so much the creation of the product, it’s the creation of connections and bonds along the way with like-minded makers. Obviously I love the process too, but what good would the process or product be with no one to share it with?

LISA YOUNG OF LISA YOUNG DESIGN

 I create each piece myself in my home studio in Riverdale. A great sense of colour and design has always been my strength and use it to make accessories that are fun, unique and fashionable. The pieces are recreated from old vintage jewelry, watch parts, discarded treasures and other findings. I love being able to give new life to discarded items.

ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER OF ZAKIYYAH LUXURY ORGANICS

I am a kitchen alchemist with a passion for healing and a love of fragrance. My path to crafting beauty products did not start here.  My initial journey started at the Fashion School, which exposed me to the world of beauty and design.  This has served me well in the visual aspect of my line today.

DEBBEY OF FOUR WISHES

Life got busy and my candle making plan went to the wayside. Life also decided to throw a curveball our way. My 23 year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2016 and had brain surgery.

JUNE OF JUNETTIE

My vision is the create items with quality and comfort. I use wools for all of my hand knit products. Wools are comfortable to wear and keep you cozy. I am super happy with the decision and my ideas for the winter 2018 collection are running wild. I am knitting and creating like crazy and I cannot wait to show it off, but until then I hope my shoppers love my cozy designs.

TELECIA KNIGHT OF ASILI NATURALS

A year ago, I would have described myself as shy and conservative but running my own business opened up facets of my personality that I wasn’t aware of.  I am creative and artistic…who knew?

My business commits itself to providing all-natural skincare made by me with simple, toxic free ingredients.