Etsy’s Made in Canada Market is Popping Up in 37 Cities Across Canada
What kind of goodies could you take home? We rounded up a few of our favourite Etsy makers.
One day, 37 cities, hundreds of makers and over a hundred thousand shoppers eager to get their hands on hand-crafted goods. On Saturday, September 29, Etsy’s Made in Canada market will celebrate its fifth year, and become the country’s largest national pop-up to date. From Sackville, New Brunswick to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory—and just about every Canadian city in between—Etsy makers and shoppers will come together to celebrate community, creativity and our country’s growing maker movement.
We rounded up a small sample of the makers you might meet:
THE MAKER: Ali Harrison
Back in 2012, Ali Harrison was looking to make her Aunt a Christmas gift. She decided to try her hand at paper cutting, and found herself instantly falling for the detail-oriented craft. Despite having no formal arts training, Ali quit her administrative job at the University of Toronto and opened Light + Paper on Etsy, where she began selling her hand-cut papercuttings fulltime. A few short years later, and Ali now has a studio, a lasercutter and 422 five-star Etsy reviews.
THE MAKER: Robin Fitzsimons
Robin Fitzsimons—the maker, designer, and founder of Fitzy—is a strong supporter of Slow Fashion movement. Her line of modern, handmade leather goods advocate for the ideal that less, but with a better approach to design and ethical manufacturing processes, is more. Fitzy products are made in a Toronto studio using high quality hard wearing materials so that they don’t just stand the test of time—they get better with age.
THE MAKER: Claire Manning
Toronto-based illustrator and designer Claire Manning has a bright, whimsical style that oozes joy. Her curiosity brought her to try screen printing at a one-day course, and she has been screen printing her vibrant illustrations on pillow cases, tea towels and tote bags ever since. You’ll notice a couple of trends across her work: food, animals, mixed drinks and plant life. If it’s something that brings happiness, Claire has illustrated it.