Made Inland Spring 2018

After a lot of work and hustle I managed to make it to Toronto for the bi-annual market, Made Inland  to be a vendor. I was particularly excited for this event since it is fashion specific. It gave me a good taste of the Toronto Fashion Scene and an opportunity to meet some people in the industry. The space is beautiful and so were all the vendors and shoppers!   

 An aerial view of one of the shopping areas.

An aerial view of one of the shopping areas.

For those fashion lovers who want to see the Canadian Industry thrive it is so important to attend, show some love, and support events like these. My yearning to see fashion within Canada thrive globally is very strong, so blessssssss those who purchased some sweet local wares! The support means everything!

 Here I am wearing one of my original dresses and showing off those white cotton OOAK wonders :)

Here I am wearing one of my original dresses and showing off those white cotton OOAK wonders :)

My entire booth display was made with found objects and materials. I thought that was a particularly good way to get my message out on sustainability and my love of all things assemblage.  Here are some details...

 My hand painted, assemblage earrings and a cheeky promo card for an Industry Promotion that was being offered.

My hand painted, assemblage earrings and a cheeky promo card for an Industry Promotion that was being offered.

To the left is a photo of my earring rack from a re-purposed shoe rack I found in the garbage. I just painted it red and flipped it! I felt like a clever little kitten with this. Jewelry display can be quite challenging! I had to specially design the tags for it but what the heck!? Innovation is super key when you are working with whatever you can find. 

 

I had an assemblage shelving system made of scrapwood found on the street and old cinderblocks from a building site for my earring sets and bangles. The blue wood is from an old staircase that was being re-done. There were about 12 pieces and I was incredibly happy to have found them. They are the perfect size for shelves, many of which I have used in my home! 

 Some one of a kind earring sets and bangles that were being sold at the market. 

Some one of a kind earring sets and bangles that were being sold at the market. 

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Over all the experience was a good one. I can't compare it to any markets in Montreal seeing as though I've yet to do one but there was a fairly good turn out of people to support their local designers. Special thanks to Sarah Power for organizing the event and again to all those who came, saw and went. I often feel discouraged with the industry here since it is rare that Canadians who stay within the country access an international stage but it was still heart warming and encouraging to meet some of the people making the local scene happen...vendors AND customers. Well played Toronto and I hope to be back :D