It’s time to celebrate!! I can’t believe it, my business is turning 5 years old on Tuesday November 21, 2017 & I’d like to celebrate a little by giving away an Aurous Mug in appreciation for all the amazing support I’ve received from so many people over the years.
All you have to do is SHARE, LIKE OR COMMENT on my post. Click HERE to find the post. I’ll be calling the winner on Tuesday Nov. 21 at 5pm! Thank you everyone!!
Also, there are so many terrific events taking place here in Halifax in the coming weeks & I’m excited to be a part of a couple this year. Below are some links to where you can find my handmade goods this holiday season & a few other exciting things.
Craft NS Designer Show – – – This Friday – Sunday!
November 17-19, 2017
CUNARD EVENT CENTRE at Pier 23
961 Marginal Road, Halifax
Friday, 10am to 9pm
Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Halifax Crafters Society’s Winter Market – – – The amazing Born in the North designed the HCS poster this year & there will be tote bags available for purchase at the show!!
The Winter Market will take place on Friday December 1st from 5-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday December 2nd & 3rd from 10am-5pm at the Olympic Centre. Admission is free!
The Local Wishlist
Friends of Inspiration are asking for the public’s support in our crowdfunding campaign https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/save-inspirations-studio/ and for leads on potential partner agencies and funding opportunities. Their campaign will raise funds for rent and studio supplies so the members can continue to access a creative space, generate income and maintain a sense of meaning and purpose.
As one member told them, “Inspirations saved my life.”
Inspirations Studio helps low-income women learn to craft ceramic goods and develop business skills, so they can earn supplemental income. Through the process, the Studio works to facilitate the recovery of self-esteem, respect, and dignity, and create a community of entrepreneurs. Inspirations was first established in 1994 as a craft collective for under-housed women in a converted church at 761 Queen West. When the 761 Community Development Corporation closed in 2001, Inspirations was taken on by Sistering, which secured funding through the Toronto Enterprise Fund. In 2016, the program lost its status as a social enterprise. In short, the enterprise model demanded a more production-oriented approach and ultimately conflicted with the women’s individual creative expression, the program’s focus on entrepreneurial skill building, and the challenges of securing full-time employment as a craftsperson. Bridge funding provided by the United Way will run out at the end of 2017.
Friends of Inspirations Studio is an informal group dedicated to promoting the work and goals of Inspirations Studio. We are members of the Toronto arts, financial, and business communities, who believe in social enterprise as a means of lifting women out of poverty, and artistic expression as a means of nourishing well-being.
Inspirations Studio is a one-of-a-kind program and has provided scores of women with a lifeline for 23 years. It would be a tragedy to let it come to an end in such a short time. Thank you for your support and for spreading the word. For more information, please contact: Friends of Inspirations, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crafted Dish…
For National Clay Week this year a very special and talented group of artists and professionals put together this amazing book, The Crafted Dish!…The idea is to combine amazing recipes, artists and their ceramic work in one book & then to top it off, the funds are being donated to a food charity…thanks to all the super talented people who volunteered their time to this project! Carole Epp Musing About Mud. You can order books here or you can pick one up from me at the Craft NS show this weekend or at Halifax Crafters Society’s winter market Dec. 1, 2, 3.
Thanks for taking a moment to browse my newsletter – hope to see you out and about this holiday season.