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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.

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.

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!

NOOKFEST ARTIST PROFILES // CAITLIN TAGUIBAO

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.

NOOKFEST ARTIST PROFILE // STEPHANIE BOUTARI

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. 

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.

NOOKFEST ARTIST PROFILES // ARTIST NAZ RAHBAR OF ARTCAVE

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.

NOOKFEST MUSICIAN PROFILES // MARKY MONDAY

Marky Monday is known to fans as the new age Fred Penner, Mr. Dressup, and Mr. Rogers all combined in one.

Marky Monday is a children’s character created and performed by Mark William Pezzelato. Mark began working with children in 2001 as a professional drum and guitar teacher. Eventually his teaching evolved into creating songs and entertaining. By 2011 Mark was performing in festivals and private parties as Disney’s Mad Hatter, turning heads wherever he went with his unique approach, creating original songs on the spot to entertain audiences of all ages.

AVE OF AVE MARIABELL DESIGNS

Ave Mariabell Designs is a series of minimalist, city skyline designs. The designs unite people together by celebrating cities that we love, and cities that have changed our lives. You can take a piece of the city you love home with you, whether it is a large-scale wall decal, canvas print or gift item. Inspired by the minimalism, geometry and colour palette of the traditional shoji screen, Ave Mariabell's city skylines look fabulous in a Scandinavian or Japanese inspired home. 

JANEVA OF JANEVA FAIRCLOTH

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. 

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.

RACHEL LYON OF FORGED BY NATURE

My son and I would often visit the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. It was warm, beautiful and a great place to spend cold days. I grew to love the butterflies and plants; I started to learn more and more about the creatures that lived in the sanctuary. Their Latin names, their regions and their distinctive traits were fascinating to me.

Fast forward two years, I am now giving new life to creatures that have completed their life cycle and hopefully teaching others the importance of pollinators. The butterflies I use are sourced through the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory or from conservatories around the globe that are imported through their respective wildlife protection agencies. I source the imported butterflies ethically with the help of a retired science high-school teacher, who has many years experience in dealing with importing.