Reminder to any Canadian sewing profe…
The next meeting of the Canadian Professional Sewing Association (CPSA) will be Saturday December 9th, 1 pm, in Toronto, at Ryerson University, Room S150 (entrance off Gould Street between Yonge and Church).
If you would like more information about this non-profit association, please visit the web site: www.canadiansewing.com
I am a fibre artist with a backgound in quiltmaking. I live in Calgary and would love to have some peers to exchange ideas on wearable art garments. My specialty are jackets and vests. I won the award of excellence in Wear Art from CQA in 1998.Toronto has access to so many resources. I will be teaching in Waterloo and Barrie in April...can you recommend a must see place to go for unusual supplies, closures, fabrics? Where is a good place to market my jackets? Currently sell in gallery in Wpg. ,Edmonton, Bragg Creek. Appreciated any help or advice you can give.
*Pat, the CPSA does have members as far west as even BC, if you would like to join. We keep in touch via email and newsletters if they can not attend meetings in person. It is a wonderful forum of peers who share creative and business ideas.When in Waterloo, you may consider visiting Ottawa Street in Hamilton for fabric stores. I haven't been there myself in a while, so unfortunately I don't remember the names of the stores.In Toronto, you should try to visit Queen Street West, west of Spadina. There are gazillions of littles stores stocking everything imaginable. Even those with grotty-looking exteriors hold treasure-chests of neat stuff - new, old and vintage. Best advice is to wear comfortable walking shoes and meander to your heart's content.Some ideas for marketing your jackets:- start your own internet web site- the One-of-a-Kind Gift Show, held in Toronto twice a year. Booths are costly but if you have loads of inventory, will give you exposure to large retail market- Toronto will be host to the 12th Uniquely Ontario trade show, February 16 – 21, 2000, to be held at the National Trade Centre as the showcase for the Toronto Spring Gift Show. You may be a bit late for the spring show, but I think they have them twice a year and may even have a Western version. They cater to wholesalers and you may be able to make bulk sales from this show. Contact: Impact Communication Ltd. 1-800-672-0103 [email protected]
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