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CSI Craftshow

Aurora Simmons

I just wanted to take a moment to talk about the upcoming craft-show at The Center for Social Innovation. I have attended 2 shows at CSI at this point and each one has been really inspiring. If you don't already know, CSI is a co-working space which focuses on socially conscious businesses and ideas that help make our world a better place. When I discovered CSI I was amazed by the number of vivacious and creative people who worked there. When you enter Coffee Pub, you feel a wave of engaging energy. It has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. And you can't help but feel connected to something bigger. 

So far the craft-shows I have attended have been extensions of this great dynamic. I have met interesting people, with unique and exciting ideas, people who are committed to trying to make a better world, in whatever way they can.

It's wonderful to feel like you are in participating in something that brings like-minded people together, and that everyone is on the same page in terms of community-participation, local purchasing and conscious living.

Just to give you a few examples of the wicked artists who will be participating in this show, we have the wonderful Caroline Nevin, of Garnet and Ashes, who makes beautiful mixed media fine art. 

Jennifer Rong who creates amazingly cool reclaimed wood jewellery and housewares,

Mildred Strange, of Bad-Ass Baby, who hand-makes baby wear for the tough baby in your life.

Amanda Covill Hyde of Stitch Noir who crochets beautiful scarfs and wraps.

The big plus around this event is that there is going to also be a bar, and appearances by Cycle Toronto, and The Tool Library which is like the coolest thing ever. There will even be a Secret Santa giveaway which should be super fun.

It's going to be a glorious opportunity for some mindful consumerism ( my new favorite term) during the holiday season when we are all too often ready to scream from the need to be inside malls (malls are horrible are they not?)

The event will take place from 2 PM to 10 PM, at 720 Bathurst St. and there will be much food and congeniality, so come on by after work, see what you can find and meet some awesome people. Plus, this place is literally a 5 minute walk from Bathurst Subway so it's really easy to get to. How could you not go really? You can join the Pop-up page on Facebook to keep up to date.

That's all for now, but I hope to see you there!

If you can't make it, Handmade Revolution and Garnet and Ashes will be sharing a booth at the Local TO Mrkt at 335 Yonge St. just north of Dundas St. on the 13th and 14th from 12 PM to 10 PM so you will still get another chance.

Aurora