Boro-Sashiko Stitching May 26th, 3:00pm -6:00pm


Boro Sashiko is a type of Japanese textile that has been mended and made decorative by way of patterned stitching. It is a way to reinforce the material by way of fabric patches layered with embroidery. Bring something you’d like mended and give it new life (e.g. moth eaten sweater or scarf, worn out jeans, shirts with threadbare elbows)

Sau Fann Lee - Hand Made Hand Me Downs

Sau Fann Lee – Fabric Arts

Sau Fann Lee is a bit of a hoarder, but more importantly  a mom of two, trying to tame these tendencies, holding onto too many sentimental and pretty things and none more sentimental than the tiny, cute, whimsical, soft and colourful clothes that her  kids have outgrown. She  began making quilts for her  family as a way to capture the milestones and memories that each happy colour and pattern evoked. As her  kids grew and as more and more was acquired, worn, passed down and outgrown, the more those heaps of old clothes grew into small mountains. Soon, she  had more quilts/throws/blankets in our home than she  had beds, sofas and comfy chairs!  She  had to do something with all of them, and then she  couldn’t stop. No joke.

saufannResponding to the massive amounts of waste that we generate in our everyday lives, she is interested in up-cycling materials that we would otherwise throw out or giveaway, transforming them into something surprising and new, creating unique, functional and beautiful pieces that tell a story, maybe your story.


Register for Creative Workshops Sat. Nov. 18th, 2017

What is it?

The Corktown Community Creations Workshops are your opportunity to experiment with expressive arts therapy, basic jewelry composition, and fabric arts. Our intimate “hands on” art sessions are guided by our collaborative group of artists and designed for participants ages 8 and upwards. Each session is 2 hours long and consists of 3 – 40 minute workshops.

Who are the Collaborative Artists?

  • Georgia Fullerton- Full Fine Art
  • Erin Ademoglu – Twisted Metal In Motion
  • Sylvia Welsh – Collaboration Curators

What’s in it for you?

At completion of the 2 hour creative session each participants will take home:

  1. An expressive piece of personalized art on canvas paper or board. (40 minutes)
  2. A piece of convertible up-cycled jewelry. (40 minutes )
  3. An improvisational piece of fabric art . (40 minutes)

 How much does it cost?

Each session is $45.00 per participant, inclusive of all materials.

Cash payment accepted at the door.

When is it ?

Saturday, November,  18th, 2017

Session A: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Session B: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Session C: 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Application Submission Open until September , 2016

sewThe 2 Hands Create event curated market place is just  around the corner along with summer.

School is wrapping up and end of semester fashion shows, and exhibitions  are almost finished. So for all those procrastinators  and emerging artists we are thinking of you.

The application process will remain open  until September, 2016.

I know I won’t see any submissions for the energy harvesting dress that charges your phone , but  this is a great opportunity for all those emerging artists who are looking for inspiration and support to carry the them through the summer.

So all those emerging artists who are just wrapping up the school year, it’s your  chance to apply. We still have a few spaces to fill, so hurry.

There are three more weeks to get your shit together and apply.

Follow the link to apply 2 Hands Create !

Post Script: I attended Digifest at the Corus Queens Quay where I saw the prototype energy harvesting dress.


Call For Artists Application Launch March 30th, 2016

The original business framework of Studio Visuals,  the gallery was based on renting the whole 700 square feet of space to a single artist. That type of buisness model is no longer sustainable in the era of the online store and this morphed economy. Regardless of technology, market research shows that people are still very much interested in  products which they can touch &  feel.  Inspired by other arts marketplaces in the downtown core  who boast of waiting list of artists, we feel there is capacity and a market  for artists to interact in a actual physical space in a  community.  Studio Visuals is  the brick  and mortar space where2 Hands market space  will be  held.The garage door will open again in the summer and fall of 2016 for  2 Hands Create.

The Collaboration Curators experience of last summer’s pop up shops at Studio Visuals were the catalysts for  2 Hands Create. experiment. Last  summer’s Pop Up Shops expectations of heavy foot trafficked escapades were dashed by the corporate and city planners of the Pan Am Games. While the Pan Am games sounded like a great foot traffic magnet, things did not work out as planned. The cement barriers and chain link fence materialized to keep the athletes from escaping  and  prevented city visitors from exploring Queen Street East between Sumach and River.  Corktown businesses, who had readied themselves for the dilluge of shoppers  were all foiled. It was lonely on our little strip of  Toronto.  All the foot traffic was  diverted into the Distillery District. By the time  the barriers were gone, a cold and windy Autumn was upon us. Not discouraged, the garage door opened for a one day event, the Autumn Light Creative Collective and low and behold the foot traffic appeared. The energy from the neighbourhood and artists was encouraging, supportive and an inspirational stepping stone to 2 Hands Create..  It is the next experiment, taking us on the path to  identifying  a sustainable arts business framework in this new economy.

2 Hands Create. will be looking for emerging and seasoned artists, makers creators and designers from Toronto who would like to submit applications to become a part of our curated market place. We will choose 8 -16 artists & designers to creatively merchandise  and sell Fashion , Fashion Accessories, Home Decor, New Media, Paintings and Drawings created  by your 2 Hands.

If you are an  artist, maker, designer or  creator, we invite you to come together to network, collaborate, encourage, inspire,  support each other &  interact with the community. Explore our call and  apply to participate in our seasonal bricks and mortar  curated arts market space.

The call for artists  will launch on the 2 Hands Create   website  on March 30th , 2016.

The garage door will open again.




Berlin Fashion Week Capriole Collection

3D Printing Trending in Art, Fashion & Science

[quote =]The revolution has begun. It is like a child in front of your eyes growing and changing each day. You can’t see the growth, it is incremental, but one day the child will be fully mature and there will be little or no inclination of the past.[/quote]

MIT Technology Review lists 3D printing or as one of top ten technology trends for 2013. Regardless of the benefits, nothing new comes without challenge and resistance. The challenges lie in quality control, intellectual property questions, environmental concerns related to the toxicity, sustainability and recyclability of the materials. I am not sure whether the decentralization of production is considered a pro or a con, I guess that depends upon whether  your a budding creative individual or a manufacturing monolith. The benefits include growing creative class, decreased time to production, crowd sharing and problem solving in the refinement of design A ideally creates  new business models for artists similar to giclee printing, which released the artist from the shackles of the galleries and the need to  print in volume. Individuals artists, designers, industrial engineers and hobbyists are using 3D to create everything from shoes, dresses, jewellery and art to robohands, ears, guns and cars.

If you are really into the technology side of things  you could buy a previous generation Makerbot and build a 3D printer which can produce the parts to build another 3D printer. Ok, being a raised by a seamstress, I am so not doing that, but I would want to make some funky custom shirts that fit my boobs. I can never get anything over the counter to fit my boobs, not sure what is happening  in the boob department of fashion houses these days, but I digress.

To make my funky shirt, I would definitely need some creative minds to assist with design,  fitting and production. A fashion designer for sure, a technology brain for the 3D printing component and maybe an industrial engineer to really get the custom fit on the boobs. A good choice of a flexible material to print would be required. You can print in a variety of material titanium might be good for support, but not so good in the comfort area. Nylon, rubber, some type of  supple polymer would work.

Essentially the funky shirt would be drawn in a 3 dimensional format using computer aided design(CAD) software. The CAD  software would create layers from the 3D elements of the design. The layers would be digitized and sent to the printer, which is equipped with the supple material in a powder form. The printer prints the layers microns thin,  sucessivelly into a tray. Dependant upon the powdered materials, an assortment of  binding methods including heat, laser or chemical are used to bind the layers. As each layer is printed the tray lowers and the next layer is printed.

I do have a sewing machine, I make my own jewellery and occassionaly create my own art,  but not sure if I would want all the lasers and powders required to print a custom boob blouse in my house The clean up on this job could be a challenge How do you dispose of the excess? Would I need to wear gloves? In my case I think 3D printing it’s best left to the professionals.

Iris Van Herpen, 24 year old fashion designer, partnered with Stratasys Ltd and  unveiled her nature inspired  “Wilderness Embodies” 3D printed shoes at Fashion Week  in Paris and her “Capriole” dress collection in Berlin. Designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti created 3D-printed nylon fabric for Dita Von Teese‘s  realy see thorugh dress. Nike has cut the production to time, using 3D technology to create the Vapor Laser Talon football shoes. Jim Kor, a Canadian engineer  in  collaboration with RedEye, has 3D printed an ecologically-minded, 10-foot Urbee car: Read more: The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. Transylvanian artist Ioan Florea inspired by nano technology created 8′ x 10′ canvases of 3D printed art.

Three dimensional printing is affecting every major manufacturing industry from aerospace engineering to medicine.  The next generation Replicator 2 by Makerbot sells for around $3000.00, and like a computer, it is coming to a home near you soon.By the way Makerbot was recently aquired for $403M by industrial giant Stratasys. According to Wohler Associates out of Colorado. additive manufacturing or 3 D printing is an industry that was worth 1.2 billion in 2008 and that it could double in size by 2015.

The 3D revolution is a game changer, it will  impact politics, economies, individuals and globalization. The revolution is digitized, and driven by individual creativity. If you are a artistic innovative person, now is your time. Your virtual ideas can become reality.






collage #z

I am looking for about a 2000 square foot space to run a 24 hour collaboration project this summer.

Ideally, it will be an open warehouse space,with electricity, good natural lighting. a bathroom and  in a neighbourhood with some amenities.

This collaborative collage will have a curator, painter, sculpture, musician, poet, photographer, fashion designer and a film maker.  The artists will be a mixture of  fresh  and some seasoned. The theme maybe  social activism environmental sustainability and or social responsibility.  Haven’t fully decided yet

Contact us if you are interested in creating in this collage.


Catch the Essence and Grow

From: Tech Girl <digitalorgasm@hotshower.cum                                                           March 24, 2013       11:52am

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catch the essence and grow

I’m gonna change things

the plants are  watching

access my power button

liquid transformation on boot up

following a pattern


o2, blood and love

pinging  anja

programming  visshuda

pulsing lips

pinching nipple

pounding anahata

growing  chicklet

pressurizing peripherals

prahna on go

power surge is rising

off switch please no

am I sweating?

don’t know

plants caught the essence



Hollis Baptiste as Social Activist

Hollis Baptiste is a mid career, self trained artist, born 1962 in Trinidad, residing and practicing art in Canada since 1972. The scope of work 80’s, 90’s 2000’s  is concerned with social issues. Hollis says, “Its hard work to like my art. You have to be able to conceptualize it intellectually and most folks are not willing to do that.”

In preparation for his upcoming show “i.C.POP RU Pop” Hollis dropped by my studio to pick up some pedestals. ”I’m working with plastic bottles” he says. The pedestals are a little worse for wear.”Got any white paint?’’  he asks. I drag half a can up from the basement.

As an African Canadian artist he walks in the footprints of African American installation artist David Hammons and Junkster artist Lonnie Holey.  He feels it is his duty to illuminate his social concerns and create subversive works, which illustrate issues of human rights, consumerism, gun culture and violence in mainstream media.  I met Hollis Baptiste, a socio-political urban realist in 2003, he exhibited ‘Masks, Faces and Profiles’, a retrospective of his works created in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, at Studio Visual.

He hands me an invite,  “A voodoo doll in the shadows”,  her creepy little silhouette casts a spell. When I enter the gallery, Dionne Simpsons’ live work space,the true image of “i.C.POP RU Pop” is revealed.  A little brown naked baby doll, doused in Santeria blue, attempting to take her first steps with empty chubby plastic bottles screwed onto her feet. The baby doll is the icon of the show.  She is I.C.POP and she wants to know R.U.POP.

Hollis Baptiste’s work raises issues that prevail in the popular culture of the twentieth and the twenty-first century.  Hollis employs both diverse techniques and mediums to convey his message.  In many ways his work illustrates, speaks to and liberates the tormented soul.  The African Diaspora is clearly evident in many of his paintings and discarded bottle sculptures. Baptiste paints images of disfigured countenances, figures with spears and arrows going in many directions, suggesting how defensive and non-trusting a male of African descent maybe of the world around him.

Hollis Baptiste’s works are also reminiscent of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui.  Anatsui finds use for ‘found’ materials in his work; he investigates commerce and how it has affected African and European societies.  Consumption-ism has been integral to international cultures for centuries. Alcohol, among many other goods was the first to be exchanged for trading purposes.  Unfortunately, the African traders involved did not conceive that this corridor would ultimately be the passageway into the slave trade. El Anatsui assembles flattened bottle caps and sleeves that have  colours similar to the colours of fabrics from his communities.   Consumptionism has been woven into the fabric of the lives and peoples of not only Africa, but many other nations as well.

In Baptiste’s “Nu-Pop” project, he has gathered and painted recycled water bottles, made monuments and placed them on portable surfaces.  They are statues on altars, paying homage to first world consumption. The painted blue plastic bottle connected cap to base lined up against the wall are evocative of displaced herd of animals looking for the water that was in the hole  the last time they came to visit.

“Nora Paulin, Curator, Aut Gallery 2009”]Hollis Baptiste exposes the Cult of Bottled Water for the skeleton that it is.  It is not the contents that are being sold, but their containers that make them a marketable commodity.

Water is the main building block of life.  Depending on a person’s weight, the human body can be between 45% to 75% water.  The act of bottling water and distributing it commercially is to put a price-tag on life. The selfish human nature of mankind has transformed water or the lack of water into a gun, a knife or a bomb; capable of assassinating whole communities.

Baptiste’s 2003 “Eat of Me” & ‘Gun Play’ series may be the most poignant of his works which rouse the issue of violence and gun play.He mounted toy guns onto a plate, a toy jeep and even onto Porky Pig’s head.  He continued this theme and experimented with new mediums and printed ‘Uncle Blam’ and ‘Piece Peace’ on silk during a residency at the Open Print House.

A National Post survey conducted in 2003 showed of the 65 homicides committed in Toronto, guns were used in 31 of them.  Findings taken from 2003 murder statistics showed that Black males in Toronto were far more likely to be the victims of gun violence than other groups; they make up 74% of such victims.

From a young age and even as adults, we are constantly bombarded with impressions of violence and we consume ideas of violence.  Of course there is nothing wrong with entertainment, but there is a difference between fiction and reality. When people begin to use violence as a solution to problems, then issues begin to multiply.  As social creatures, we desperately need to be connected to others. Apparently there is a disconnected social circuit between individuals and family members, friends, society and even the world. That disconnect, causes people to strive against one another, not necessarily to get a friendly hello or smile, but just to experience some sort of emotion.  In 2010, community activist continue to be alarmed by the high rate of violence among young black males.

Baptiste has been contemplating the glorification of violence and delivering his sly and ironic anti-gun messages through symbols, words and images since the early 1980’s.  His ‘The Real Big Bang Theory’ 1985 and ‘Big Gun Conspiracy Theory’ are highly reminiscent of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  In the winter of 2005, Hollis’ work caught the eye of art director Keith Burns who was working on the set of John Singleton’s film “Four Brothers” in Hamilton.  Hollis created ‘Eggs Make Money’ 8’x 5′ canvas for the film.  It can be found in the backdrop of the gangster mansion scene. Hollis continued to critique the consumption of violence into 2006 with an opportunity to challenge the message of main stream media. Presenting  “reading between the li(n)e” Studio Visuals  participation in ArcFEST;  Toronto’s now defunct  Social Justice Arts Festival.

Baptiste began using found objects and paints to create his art in the 1990’s.  Baptiste’s city detritus ‘Urban Warriors’ masks are evocative of West African ceremonial masks with their exaggerated and stylized features which express abstract qualities: bulging eyes made from discarded metals, elongated noses of rubber hose, and protruding low set mouths fastened down with copper wire, all heighten their impact. He says, ‘the found objects he uses were scattered on North American soil just like African people scattered around the world.’  The largest of the masks, “Urban Warrior I” were  exhibited at the Art Gallery of Peel and Art Gallery of Mississauga, ‘Tribute to the Art of African Canadians,’ curated by Neville Clarke in 2005

Peter Goddard Visual Art Critic Toronto Star Thurs January 20th, 2005“]Imagine the mating of an Easter Island head with an old Chevy Pickup – it is a blast from arts Dada Past in the 1920’s when the mechanics of life dazzled artist with its newness.  Baptiste’s junk feels fresh and innocent like the unthreatening even passive mechanism of a baby robot.

Hollis is an outsider with a taste for surrealistic and abstract compositions. His depiction and subversive commentary messages the social and political entities of the global community, in which he lives.  The social divide epidemic that affects the billions of people that inhabit the world can have devastating effects.  Issues of this magnitude require an audience dedicated to extinguishing any economic, social and racial reservations that exist.

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