170Maud.jpgMaud Has Done it Again. By Jim Ireland.

My fondest memory of working for James Ireland Design Inc. was when Jim would come downstairs, where all the junior designers sat, perch in a chair and talk to us about music, tell us stories of his... more

On September 22 I got on the Queen streetcar heading west. I was not at all sure of what to expect from the evening. PDA (Public Displays of Affection) for Edmond Place Community Design Exhibition was opening that night at the Gladstone Hotel. I was invited to attend by my friend and colleague, Marco Jacob, who had a piece in the exhibit. "PDA for Edmond Place is an exploration in community engaged design," read the invitation.

194 Dowling Avenue used to be a roominghouse in Parkdale. The Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC), a social agency in Parkdale, has redeveloped the... more

150IMG_3761.JPGFriday night at Avenue Road and Eglinton Michelle and went to check out a store specializing in local handcrafts. When we were walking home we looked up to see hundreds of birds along all the wires above us making an awful lot of noise. Everyone... more

140PlayfulFish_JosephChigangaidze.jpgPlayful Fish, Joseph Chigangaidze

Once again I find myself in the car with my mom blasting along the country roads of the Eastern Townships. This time we... more

Dear Crafty Citizen,

Thank you for applying to City of Craft 2010.  We are sorry... more


It is a dreary, overcast, drizzly day. I am off with my mom and my dear friend Kimberley to have dinner with friends, Sandy and Ian Mackie. Sandy and Ian are both Ontario artisans who create wood furniture and woodland products and I have been... more

Standing in the scorching summer heat with the rest of Toronto, waiting for the ferry to the island, I think back to the events that lead me to this day.

Months ago I went for an evening stroll along Danforth and saw in a store front the most incredible assemblage art. I stood there for a long time. Each individual piece stared back—deploringly. Disturbed creatures made from old things found. Some, insect-like in their protruberences, looked as though they would creep, slowly away. The more unsettling were the human figures—woeful, pleading, sad—begging passersby to free them from... more

Why am I so infatuated with sock monkeys? Because every time I look at them they make me smile. Sometimes they even make me laugh.

It all started one day when I decided that the perfect gift for my boyfriend, at the time, (we'll call him Mr.X) would be a sock monkey – at our age we really have everything we need and anything we want is too damn expensive.

My first attempt was less than spectacular. Following instructions I found online and using a pair of itchy wool work socks I ended up with an over-stuffed,

rigid, sock monkey whose nose was... more

Happy Birthday Mom!

47ABC_10.JPGIllustration by Vlasta van Kampen for ABC/123: The Canadian Alphabet and Counting Book

In my last blog I wrote about my favourite of my mom's books ABC/123: The Canadian... more