Judy Filion creates mixed media art on canvas, birch panels and a variety of papers. "After 30 years of not following my passion to create I was introduced to Intuitive Painting. I have been hooked ever since! Painting encourages me to let go, to feel, to allow things to just happen. Not only is it something to help keep me busy but it is therapy as well, in a good mood it will even make me more happy, in a bad mood and it will always help me feel better"
When asked which item she has the most fun creating, Judy says, "I don't have one item but the part of the process I love is starting. I can really get lost in the process of developing the first layers, using my fingers and mark making. It is always fun being hands on (literally) and seeing how things progress. I do find that at different times certain images will appear. I'm inspired by Nature so butterflies, flowers, birds and dragonflies show up quite often. I've been pleased when images, faces and spirits appear!"
Judy lives ina one-bedroom apartment, so her dining room has become her studio. While creating, she sometimes listens to music. She finds the quiet to be nice as well. Judy is inspired by "the great outdoors" as well as other artists on social media.
When asked what's the most difficult part of the process, Judy says, "Finishing ... knowing when it's done. Also believing that you ARE good enough and someone will love your work." Memorable responses she's had to her work have been when others have referred to her as an artist and have given her constructive feedback.
When not creating, Judy walks her dog, Delilah, gardens, cooks, knits and works.You can buy her work at 110 Douro Street or from My Passion on Facebook. You can also meet her and buy her pieces at The Artisan Fair on Dec 9th, 2018 at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough between 10 am and 2 pm.
15-year old Naomi says, "I create Slime. I also travel the world to find wild dragon eggs. For serious. A dragon took my leg once, but it grew back. Just kidding. No legs were lost and I don't travel the world looking for dragon eggs. I do make slime and I decorate eggs to look like they belong to dragons.
Its a joint effort with my mom. She does a lot of sourcing the materials."
"It all started one Easter, years ago, when I was but a youngster. We hard boiled eggs to decorate. I asked my mom if there was another way to decorate eggs without boiling to keep them. Sure enough, she said we could hollow out the eggs, soak them in a watery bleach solution, let them dry, and we can decorate them. Those eggs will keep without going bad. Years later, we still decorate eggs.Then TV shows and movies inspired us to make dragon eggs. Our original eggs were chicken and goose eggs. We now have turned to paper mache eggs. the paper mache eggs are more durable; they can be dropped without breaking. No more yolk on us.
With the slim -- it's always been a Halloween party activity. Now the slime is an internet sensation. We decided to follow the hipsters, and sell our own slime. Our slime isn't gooey, or sticky. The texture is a perfect mixture of elastoviscosity."
When asked which item she has the most fun creating, Naomi says, "Dragon Eggs, definitely eggs. Now that I think about it. AHHHHHHH. A dragon egg take days to make. So it depends on the time. Slime gets created in minutes. Also, it depends on the creative urge. Do I want to paper mache, paint, gem, or do I want to slime. Dragon eggs require many materials, whereas slime only needs three materials and the glitter."
"I tend to use many spirals in creating the dragon eggs. I also tend to go with the flow of the glue . Sometimes I have an image I'd like to put on the egg, but the glue doesn't want to co-operate. Sometimes, there is a crack in the egg, just go with gluing the crack and take the idea from there.
Not all dragons are from volcanoes, I have water dragon eggs, ice dragon eggs, garden dragon eggs, kitchen dragon eggs, junk yard dragon eggs."
"Just down the street from us there is a cave with a wise old dragon. He lets me create the eggs there. But he doesn't like the slime too much. So I make the slime in our kitchen. The inspiration comes from everywhere. I noticed a t-shirt with a diamond pattern. I thought, hey, that would make a good dragon egg. Also, a turtle was crossing the trail, and the pattern on the turtle shell, another great inspiration."
When asked what's the most difficult part of the process, Naomi says, "For the eggs -- it's got to be the paper mache. It's such a long process. Waiting for the paper mache to dry, another difficult process.
With the slime, the colour changing slime is the difficult one. The slime has to be at the right temperature to change. Until the slime reaches the perfect temperature, it will not change colour. In that case, a bowl of warm water speeds that process along."
When asked what her favourite piece of work that she's created is, Naomi responds, "The Chaos Egg Series. Glue, gems, splotches of paint. Those eggs are always the first to be sold. There is no planning, no care, its just how the glue, gems and paint come together.
With the Slime -- people of all ages like the feel of the slime. It doesn't feel, act, or look like SNOT. People love the colour-changing slime -- it's so different. But the slime is a difficult one to produce. We encourage the slime to change colour by keeping it warm. Once it gets to its new home- it doesn't always behave.
The Glow-in-the-Dark Slime! That is a great hit.
With the dragon eggs. Its nice when people pick up the eggs, and tell us what kind of dragon they think it might be from."
"At the moment I am the youngest vendor. I started as a vendor at craft sales when I was 12 years old. I am now 15 years old. I will be using the profit of these sales toward my post secondary education."
When not creating, Naomi says she is "going to school, doing homework, playing on the computer, or doing some camping." You can meet Naomi Day at Mark Street United Church on Sept 1st, between 10 and 2.
Robert Holdforth creates bird and wild fowl pictures on wood plates. "Many years ago, 1986 I made a rocking horse for my first grandchild, from there I got into carving birds for competitions."
Most of my creations come from bird books. Humming birds are the most difficult, so many layering of colours
Meet Robert at The Artisan Fair on May 5th between 10am and 2pm at 90 Hunter St East in Peterborough!
Over the years Jane Karjala has enjoyed creating a variety of pieces of work from sewing to woodwork, painting and making candles. Last year she started using reclaimed wood and barn boards.
"I really enjoy custom orders, they are a one of a kind piece, and at times came be very challenging."
Meet Jane on May 5th at The Artisan Fair (90 Hunter St East in Peterborough), from 10am - 2 pm!
Nicole Kusia Gozdzi designs and create a variety of trendy and functional medical bags for various medical professionals around the world. "I have had the pleasure of working alongside hundreds of individuals within the health-care community by creating an array of handmade bags ranging from: stethoscope bags, scrub pocket organizers, insulated EpiPen/medicine pouches, medical-patterned pouches, lanyards etc!
I like to add small touches to some of my bags: hand-sewing little silver-tone or gold-tone medical charms (ECG/EKG heart beat charm, stethoscope charms) to my pouches. OR anatomical heart embroidery patches!"
"All my love and experience for sewing bags was initiated and inspired by my one and only Super-Grandma - the patient perfectionist, as I like to call her. I was fortunate enough to spend a few years of my adulthood with my extended family in my parents’ native country of Poland. It is there, where I was taught the tips & tricks of sewing, spending long hours in my grandma’s sewing HAVEN (her third-story attic living space). In a short span of time I found myself surrounded by a countless amount of bags I had created for myself. It was through the encouragement of my close family and friends who found my creations beautiful enough to share with others, that I thought to myself “I could start selling these.” I was inspired. Ideas started flowing out of my head and into my sewing machine. So here I am, three years later - sewing like my grandma taught me.... and since then gaining a bit of my own experience and tricks;) My little sewing business taking off on the Etsy platform as of October 2016.
My initial passion for sewing started with creating simple handbags and clutches, but shortly after it transformed into medically-inspired bags. Having spent 7 years in a medical setting myself, I came to notice what medical professionals like AND need. I also have a very large friend and family-base of nurses, doctors, vet techs, PTs, etc. in my life and listening to the various requests from them- is what has led me down this wonderful path.
My goal is to not only bring some colour and fun into a medical professional's daily work-life (or school-life), I also try to help them (or you?!) be more ORGANIZED! Because how good does it feel to be organized AND look good doing it!?"
"I absolutely LOVE creating my stethoscope bags. I have now created over 200 stethoscope bags, and not ONE is the same!!!! Which is one of the reasons why I still get so excited about making them.
Sometimes I could call myself a bit 'indecisive' (when it comes to fabric colours and patterns) but I look at it as a good thing! :) Why? Because thanks to this indecisiveness, I am easily able to create a pure one-of-a-kind stethoscope bag for my customers. It makes it that much more special to me to offer a bag that no one else has on this world:) Isn't that cool though? I love it:)"
"I pursue a variety of colour schemes. Ranging from light tones to dark. I’m very much attracted to abstract-like patterns, watercolours, pastels, anything floral/botanical. I especially love the animal-themed patterns! I'm an avid dog-person, but I'm also a huge all-around animal-lover – love them all – and because of that I tend to surround myself with a lot of animal-patterned pouches in my work.
For my dog-themed stethoscope bags - I like to donate $5 CAD for every purchase, to my local animal shelter (Animal Love Foundation of London, Ontario). So that always makes me happy when I see an order for a dog-stethoscope bag!"
"I work from home and am lucky enough to have a room dedicated solely to my sewing- my own little sewing haven as my Grandmother would call it. :) My sewing machine sits next to a big window, in order to let in the light & sun as I work- a big factor for me – without it, work can be slow - but I still hustle. :)
I always have music playing in the background while I work. I keep current with a variety of new music, especially in the indie/alternative genre. I love discovering new artists & depending on my mood- I love playing some classic Nina Simone or Otis Redding. I try to keep my atmosphere lively and inspiring.
Nicole says that when not creating, "You will either find me out walking my frenchie, Inka, or 'working'. I am not one to sit and ‘relax’. My relaxing time would consist of something partly ‘active’. Something like: painting. I have only recently found a little side 'passion' of mine- which makes me that much more excited about it because I'm slowly bringing it INTO my byKusia creations. I paint random abstract patterned designs with acrylic paint. I started to paint because I initially wanted to add some of my own colours to my 'Thank You' cards & business cards, and that’s what lead me to paint and design my own patterns on blank canvas fabrics! (Cutting them up and finally sewing them into bags.) So I have (and will have) some byKusia pouches designed and painted by me!
If I'm not working on something byKusia (or painting my thank you cards), I'm either researching and browsing trends and inspirational pattern/textile/colour schemes. I'm also a huge 'DIY'er'. I love DIY projects for the home, for ex. I had a lot of fun making a yarn wall hanger art piece, which is now hanging in my living room and I can't be more proud of it:)
I LOVE rummaging through used or thrift-stores and refurbishing furniture (dressers, tables, lamps, ANYTHING). I sometimes participate in local online-auctions. & have acquired some pretty cool vintage items. I also love painting planters for all my houseplants. Basically, anything that would require some painting- whether it’s just a touch-up or make-over- I'm interested! :P
But when I actually find some down-time for myself (which is quite rare these days), I'm switching between reading business and crafting books to fictional & biographical books. I also like to listen to a variety of podcasts. The only time you will see me sitting on the couch watching TV is because my boyfriend and doggo are missing me! Although, even that does not last long- I'm the go-go-kinda person & I wouldn't want it any other way!"
"My inspirations flow from a variety of sources with one being the social media platforms like Pinterest. However, a major and really great source of inspiration (& a favourite of mine) are my beloved customers. Communicating and sharing ideas and designs is what gets my creative juices flowing! So I'm really thankful to my customers, people, friends, and colleagues!
Although my main focus are my medically-inspired accessories, I still find myself veering off the road and getting distracted with creating some classic handbag/clutches/make-up bags (like the ‘old days’ of my sewing days;) ). So you’ll still find a variety of sizes and styles of makeup bags within my work. I can't help it- I see something and if an inspiration pops into my head, I can't get it out until I create it. :)"
"I would have to say the most difficult part of my entire little 'byKusia world'- would have to be the juggling between my creative time and the business aspect of it.
Running and owning a small HANDMADE business is ... a world of its own. I'm also a bit new to it all and because of that I admit that it can be difficult. However, that definitely does not mean I don't enjoy it. I LOVE everything about it. Without my awesome customers and fans (and more seriously: my partner; my biggest supporter and motivator) - I don't think I'd physically and mentally be able to do it. Nothing worth doing is easy or quick, but if you have people- or something- in it that allows you to enjoy it, then I believe that’s what brings you both happiness and success. A fantastic SUPPORT system!
I definitely have more than one piece that I have fell in love with making. It would be very difficult for me to choose just one.
My favourite pieces to create are the spontaneous and impulsive creations of mine. Sometimes- I enter a zone of: ‘I see a fabric and I need to use it RIGHT NOW’. Usually I don't even know WHAT I'm going to create, but I know it's going to be fantastic.
I love shopping through the random fabric scrap selections of Fabricland, and picking out some super funky, thick tapestry-like linen fabric. Something so ‘out-of the ordinary’ that I don't think most people would even look at it, let alone pick it up. So I like bringing in something 'odd' or atypical & making it into a useful beautiful 'thing'. :)
My most recent impulsive creation using my tapestry-like linens with women's face-I was way too excited about creating!"
"I've been blessed with receiving many, many amazing reactions, responses, messages, and words! It literally makes my heart sing.
There have been a few customers that I've had such fantastic communicating experiences - that we joke and say we are like Etsy pen pals- because some are all over the world- probably never able to meet in person. You’d be surprised to learn how many people out there share the same values and problems as you! It’s really reassuring and heart warming.
I'm a very open and easy-going person. I love this developing market of handmade platforms, like Etsy, for the ability to chat one-on-one with your customers- something you can't get with the larger box-store companies. So if I can be my casual self, crack some jokes here and there- then I will! & I get very positive feedback from my customers- & this is what allows me and motivates me to continue to do what I love!!!!
We all know how important reviews are when you are selling items - no matter if you are a small business or a ‘big box-store’ company. So when I receive a notification from Etsy, Facebook, or my Gmail, my heart skips a beat before I read it. I love when my customers share photos of their new byKusia piece. For someone to leave a star rating is so awesome- but when people actually take their time to write me something- it's what makes me smile and want to dance! A few of my favourites:
Olivia: 'I could not be any happier with my purchase! I purchased this item for my sister who works as a medical assistant. Needless to say she LOVED everything about this pouch Christmas morning. Working with Nicole was so easy. She gave me many options for fabric colors and bag charms. She worked hard to make sure that we were both happy with every detail about the pouch. I will definitely be buying from Nicole again. The personalized notes inside the package really set this apart. Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase from this shop! I highly recommend customizing a pouch with Nicole! :)'
Lexie: ‘She does amazing, quality work! Great communication and delivers fast.’
Christine: ‘Beautiful, carefully made piece. Came with handwritten note from seller - you can tell she loves what she does ! Thank you !’
A: The pouch is the perfect size for my stethoscope and other things I need for nursing school. I’m in love with the design.’
Diedre: ‘Purchased the EKG stethoscope bag - it is everything I wanted and more!!! The craftsmanship is impeccable-it is so well-made and the attention paid to detail is impressive. The design of the bag makes it easy to store and transport my stethoscope, badge, pens, etc. (it also fits nicely in a binder for transport to school). The best part of my purchase was working with Nicole--She got my bag to me in the states quickly; it was beautifully packaged and I even received an extra goody! The customer care/service is top-notch!!! I will definitely be back to see her new designs, and to possibly collaborate on a custom bag :)’
Stacie: ‘Absolutely adorable! I use it everyday for all my nursing supplies and it's very helpful to keep everything located in one place!’
P: ‘Loved! I gave it as a gift for my friend who is going into to her nursing program and she was obsessed! The pouch also has a some padding inside to protect your stethoscope which I was happy about. The item was shipped on time as well! Thank You!’
Stephanie: ‘Love my stethoscope bag! It's a lot more plush and sturdy than I was expecting which is great for work. It hold all of my stuff (scissors, tape, pens, and other medical supplies) really well. Oh and it's super cute!!!’"
I sell solely via Etsy (byKusia). I myself am a big Etsy shopper. It's absolutely fantastic for finding super one-of-a-kind but also QUALITY products for yourself and every special-someone in your life. It's a wonderful community that I am proud to be a part of.
I regularly post to my Instagram account: @bykuusia (two u's in there) & Pinterest: @bykusia.
I do have a Facebooke page (@byKusia) - but I am not as active on it as Instagram and Pinterest. ;)
I have in the works: my own website- so stay tuned:) www.bykusia.com (*under construction).
Meet Nicole on May 5th at 90 Hunter St East between 10 am and 2 pm!
Adeline Pinet makes "speciality bath bombs, round bath bombs, sugar scrubs, whipped body lotions, lotion bars, toilet freshener sprays, and more!"
"My mother (Lynda) and I have always enjoyed baths, growing up she would always buy bath salts or the oil beads to use, and when bath fizzies and bombs came out we would buy them as gifts for one another. Then one day my mom Lynda came up with the idea to try making some, we enjoyed making them together and started experimenting with other things. Once we perfected and tweaked recipes to our liking we decided to make our products available for others to enjoy as well."
"We really have fun thinking of new ideas and making our speciality bath bombs. The ones I enjoy making the most are the Unicorn and new Mermaid Cupcake bath bombs. A lot of work goes into making them but each piece is made differently and its fun to assemble the final pieces to create a whole bath bomb. From the bath bomb bases and whipped bubble frosting to the finishing soap additions, all come together to make a fun, sparkly, and colourful creation which smells great too!"
"We like to create things that are cute and trendy. Right now unicorns and mermaids are very popular and we absolutely love both the themes."
"All of our products are made right from home. I have an office with my workspace and computer desk dedicated to labelling and packaging and storing all the finished products on my display shelves until they are brought to other stores or sold from our online store."
"I am definitely the type of person who has the television playing all day while I'm at home. I do like the background noise and listening to my current favourite Netflix shows (Riverdale and Dynasty). However, if my significant other is using the television I like putting on my headphones and jamming out to my iTunes playlist. A lot of my inspiration comes from things I already enjoy like Hello Kitty, Skulls, and food. For example, my friend inspired me to make the Unicorn Cupcake Bath Bombs after she had her daughters first birthday in a unicorn theme with cake and cupcakes."
"It can be difficult to make a lot of the product in a short time, custom orders can be tricky when I don't have all of the items in stock at home and need to make batches of our specialty bath bombs. So, when people place orders I have a 2-3 day turn-around time to make them and enough time for the bath bombs to dry before packaging and sending them off.
I think our newest creations become my favourite because each time me and my mom think of something new, we try to come up with something different and pretty and the outcome turns out great! I'm impressed with how much we improve each time and It's a fun and exciting hobby me and my mom like to do together.
We receive a lot of compliments from kids who loved using our bath bombs. The best part of what we do is when we run into customers and their kids happily express how our bombs turn colours and make the bath water a pretty colour. Or, how our products look and smell so good they just want to eat them! (Please don't)"
"Our products are made with top quality ingredients and materials. We ensure to list all ingredients on our product labels for you to look out for any possible allergies you may have. We take pride in using only cosmetic safe ingredients, colours, glitters, fragrances, and essential oils.
Lynda Loo Bath products are available online at www.LyndaLooBath.com. Our products are also carried in four store locations in south-western Ontario. Kindred Expressions in London. Epiphany in Aylmer. Dutton Casual Corner in Dutton. And The Window Shop in Port Stanley. We also like to do craft shows in different areas of ontario including areas around Cobourg where most of my family including my mom lives."
"A lot of my time spent is with my family, of course, I have my wonderful partner Tyler who is a big supporter of my hobby and does his best to help me out whenever I need him (including making a few bath bombs himself, haha). We have a 10-month-old son together, and we love taking him and our dog out for walks. My professional career is a graphic designer and I also enjoy working on marketing and creating advertising for Lynda Loo Bath Products and other projects on the computer as well. Also, me and my spouse love summer, so we plan on doing a lot of camping and fishing activities with our son when the weather gets nicer!"
Meet Adeline on May 5, 10-2 at 90 Hunter Street East in Peterborough!
Valla Reid creates crystal and gemstone jewellery as well as mobiles. She was always giving people healing gemstones so naturally, she decided to make jewellery. She has the most fun creating custom pieces, and the themes she pursues in her jewellery- and mobile-making are love, 7 Chakra, mind ease, fertility, peave, harmony and grounding.
When people tell her that her piece made them feel better, Valla finds that to be memorable.
Valla says, "I handcraft every piece with healing, intent, love and infuse with reiki."
Valla, a mother of "two beautiful girls" and a hair stylist of 31 years, loves cooking and getting out into nature. You can buy her creations in Madoc at Fringe Hair and Healing as well as Ravens Cache. Meet her on May 5th at The Artisan Fair, 10-2 (90 Hunter St East)!
"My primary focus is on my art sketches such as portraits. However, that is not the only thing. I also create one of a kind hair accessories. I got started in grade 11 when my teacher told me that I had great potential as an artist. After that, I started focusing all my spare time into drawing and it become a great passion. As for the hair accessories, it started when I was creating a cosplay costume, and I could not find the hair piece that I wanted, so I decided I would do it myself, and I had a lot of fun doing it, so I decided to just carrying on doing so."
"The thing I have the most fun creating is some of my all time favorite characters from various TV shows and Movies. I love doing my own rendition of them, and how they appear to me. With my drawings, I really don't follow a theme. Most the time, it is just what I feel like drawing that day or if I am watching a movie, I will pick a significant object or person. With my hair pieces, most of them are based on the sea and sea critters, like mermaids!"
"I have an art room in my house, that is solely dedicated to my work, that my wonderful husband made for me instead of making himself a man cave! It was quite the surprise! Most of the time, I will be watching TV or a movie while working on a piece, However, I like to mix it up from time to time, and listen to some music."
"The most difficult part of the process for me is almost the whole thing. I am such an OCD perfectionist, that if the small detail isn't correct I will sit there for hours fixing it til it is to my liking. "
"My favorite drawing that I have done Is one that I call "Until the last petal falls". It is a representation of how my life used to be, and it speaks to me on many levels.
My favorite hair accessory is a cross between the little mermaid and beauty and the beast, which happen to be my two favorite disney movies."
"When I am not creating.... I am still creating, as I make my own cosplay costumes so I can attend Comic Con and Fan Exxpo each year. I also refuse to wear the same costume two days in a row, so I create a different one for every day!"
Stephanie's work can be bought online at her Etsy shop. Meet her at The ARtisan Fair on May 5th, 10 - 2 at 90 Hunter St East in Peterborough!
Hayley creates pagan and spiritual jewelry, wire wrapped adornments like tiaras, circlets and cuffs, wooden runes, wands, walking staves, curio coffers and cloaks.
"I have always had the creative touch, the ability to create jewelry for friends and family. I follow a Pagan path, and decided to combine my faith with jewelry. I love nature, and the woods call to me, so I began working with wood to create wands, walking staves and runes. I decided last year to do what I love as my business."
WHenn asked what she has the most fun creating, Hayley says, "I love wire wrapping, and I am still perfecting my ability. My favorite item to work on are wire masks." The jewellery Hayley makes is "uniquely pagan and spiritual". "No pagan is the same as another pagan, and as such I try to make pieces that call to anyone." Hayley crafts all of her items at home. "Each piece is crafted with love and intent, and charged by the moon."
Most of the time when working at home, Hayley has music on. it could be an upbeat playlist, or a soothing nature sounds playlist. When asked where she gets her inspiration, Hayley says, "My path and different views inspire me. Nature and the celestial bodies move me."
For Hayley, the most difficult part of the process is running out of specific pieces.
Her Beltane mask won an artisan contest at an event, and is her all-time favourite item that she has created.
Her business, Mystic Moon Blessings, is on Facebook. "I am a single mother of 2 young girls, so my day is filled with taking care of my kids, housecare, and some form of crafting."
Meet Hayley at The Artisan Fair on May 5th at 90 Hunter St East, between 10 and 2!
Alicia creates one of a kind wire wrapped stone jewellery. The tree of life pendant is her signature peice. Her love for creating is what motivated her to start her own business. She started making wire jewellery after she graduated from high school. "I have always been an artsy person and once I started wire wrapping I couldn't stop."
She has the most fun creating her stone tree of life pendants. "No two are alike and I can twist the branches to reflect a certain message."
When note creating, Alicia works full time as an administrative assistant within the Ontario Public Service. The theme she pursues in her work is nature. "The tree theme and leaf earrings scream tree lover. The tree of life also has a special meaning in almost every culture."
"I mainly work in my house in the living room while watching TV. My art is also very portable so I create during long car rides and art shows. I get my insperation from alot of diffrent things. Usually ideas just xome to me when I am looking outside enjoying the day."
When asked what the most difficult part of the process is, Alicia says, "Trying not to jab yourself or have wire flying everywhere."
"My favorite most meaningful peice I have ever created is a pink Morganite stone with gold wire tree of life pendant. That was the last peice I made with my beloved cat of 14 years on my lap before she passed. I picked that stone at random not knowing it would be the last one, and its a healing stone for grief."
"I am always expanding my texhniques and trying to learn new things. Everything I make is one of a kind and made with love."
You can buy Alicia's work from her Etsy shop at etsy.ca/shop/AliciasDesignsCA
And, meet her on May 5th at The Artisan Fair, 10am - 2 pm (90 Hunter St East in Peterborough)!