Toronto Makes: DesignTO

Purchase Tickets to Workshops:

Workshop 1: Needle Felting Workshop with Contrabotanic
Workshop 2: Leather Notebook Workshop with Fitzy
Workshop 3: Jewellery Making Workshop with Michelle Ross

Reserve FREE Tickets to Toronto Makes Panel Hosted by Randi Bergman:

Coolican & Co., Filo Timo, Hollis + Morris and Mason Studio

Makejoy presents

Toronto Makes at DesignTO

Workshop Series + Maker Panel

Thursday, January 23, 2020 
Kimpton Saint George Hotel, 280 Bloor St W, Toronto


Get makin’ in the Kimpton Saint George Hotels Northern Suite, high above Bloor Street West, among original works by local artists and the most inspiring interior. Choose from three different workshops hosted by beloved female makers who are all featured in the book Toronto Makes by Randi Bergman. 

Relax in contemporary, beautiful surroundings while you learn to make your very own crafted object, guided through each step. Enjoy sweets and bites from local makers, including an elevated cocktail by Spirit of York + Sloane Tea. Take home your own copy of Toronto Makes, signed by the author.

Choose from as many workshops as you like. Priced per person, per workshop and includes all materials, refreshments and your own signed copy of Toronto Makes!

Contrabotanic [Workshop 1] — 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of needle felting and how to apply those techniques to create your own felt cactus. Great for beginners, participants will take home the proper tools and knowledge on how to transform wool into three-dimensional sculptures. Led by the creative behind Contrabotanic, Amanda Perumal will share her tips gained from her background in textiles and years of practice. Materials included: felting needles, foam block, wool roving (assorted colours), clay pot.

Fitzy [Workshop 2]  4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn the basics of hand sewing leather, the different types of leather, the most common leather working techniques, and the names of a few of Fitzy's favourite local suppliers. Make your own hand stitched leather notebook cover from one of three leather colours: Nude, Caramel or Black. This notebook cover can also double as a passport cover. Custom monogram included. Once you’ve learned the basics of hand sewing you’ll be able to make your simple bags, wallets, and more! Notebooks are included with this workshop.

Michelle Ross [Workshop 3]  — 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Michelle Ross will share how her design process started and how it differs from many jewelers. Though her artistry has evolved, her process begins in the same way: with sourcing, searching and manipulating materials. The nature of materials, whether natural or man-made, directly influence the final design. She works with the drape, rigidity and movement of materials and their characteristics to help design each piece. This practice comes from her training in textiles and fashion design where the fibers or fabric used directly affects the quality, fit and feel of the piece. We want you to touch it, feel it and interact with it.

At this workshop, you will learn basic techniques through the use of vintage and antique components of your choosing. Once you've chosen the pieces that inspire you most, you can then create a unique pendant necklace or keychain.

$125 per person per workshop

Includes all materials, refreshments and your own signed copy of Toronto Makes! Cocktails provided by Sprit of York.

All materials included. No experience is necessary. Space is very limited. 




Toronto Makes Panel hosted by Randi Bergman 

Join us for a beautiful evening as we celebrate Toronto makers and design. The Kimpton Saint George Hotel hosts Toronto Makes: a panel organized by Makejoy to celebrate Randi Bergman’s new book, Toronto Makes: the things we love and the people who make them. 

Author Randi Bergman speaks with a selection of Toronto’s most engaging interior makers and Mason Studio, the interior design firm behind Kimpton Saint George Hotel. Discover insights from Mason Studio and how they incorporated the work of local makers—such as Hollis+Morris and ceramicist Talia Silva—into the hotel’s interior design. Coolican & Company, FILO TIMO and Hollis+Morris share insights on their respective businesses, production, and the challenges of sourcing materials.

Host: Randi Bergman

Coolican & Co
Filo Timo
Hollis & Morris
Mason Studio 

A selection of ceramics by Talia Silva will displayed.

Enjoy a complimentary social beverage by Spirit of York and a sweet treat crafted by local makers before the panel starts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Book signing to follow talk.