Post by Steven Artelle
The dust has barely settled along Somerset, and the rhythms of Chinatown Remixed are still ringing in our ears—you would think this would be the ideal moment for one of the event’s curators to take a well-deserved breather. But Jennifer Stone, who helped transform the Daily Grind Café into an anthropomorphic wonderland only days ago, already is moving on to her next feat of curatorial innovation, as she conjures up the spring edition of the Idle Hands Craft Sale.
Billed as “something for everyone naughty or nice,” Idle Hands is a juried event that brings together a remarkable range of artists, artisans, and wildly original vendors from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and beyond. The much-anticipated biannual sale, which had its inaugural show in 2009, is eagerly anticipated by visitors and vendors alike, thanks to the vision Stone brings to the content, design, and overall vibe of Idle Hands.
Stone has some very clear goals for the event: “Basically keeping people out of the malls and money away from big businesses that do nothing for our community. I want it to be an event where you can talk and ask questions with the person who made what you’re buying.” To that end, Stone was especially interested in including a vintage component this time around, which she hopes will encourage visitors not only to purchase original crafted works, but also adopt a re-use/recycle philosophy, and to buy local, handmade, and up-cycled works. Most of all, Stone wants the sale to inspire people to get ideas and start creating as well.
Some Idle Hands favourites will be back, as well as many new participants. Just to name a few from the treasure trove of vendors, there will be handmade body care products La Fee Des Bois, pottery by Muddy Shine Mines, vintage-inspired artwork Mary Spicer, clothing designs by Twiss & Weber, prints by Todd Stewart, botanicals and textiles by Crown Flora Studios, and urban birdhouses, jewelry, and transmuted city maps by N-Product. The list of eminent vendors goes on, including Lisa Pepper, Eco Equitable, Raymond Biesinger, Housewife Vintage, Salvage, Morningwood, Supayana, and more.
Multiply that creative energy by about forty vendors, and Stone has put together another community-oriented venue where visitors can not only be inspired, but can also meet and talk to the creative individuals at the source of that inspiration.
The spring edition of Idle Hands takes place on Sunday, May 26, at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St. Anthony off Preston). Admission is $3, and the event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can find Idle Hands on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/idle.sale.