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IMG_6878So we got full confirmation that I’ll be part of the Artists Alley at Fan Expo in Toronto this Labour Day weekend! I haven’t been back since 2012 but had a great time at Comic Con this March. (Fan Expo is much bigger and busier, so I have to expect that it will be quite a bit more tiring) I will be sticking to pretty much only the stuffies since space is so limited. While most will be my usual range of plush curiosities, I’m also indulging myself with making some fanart bears. I’ve been loving the Marvel movie Avengers and couldn’t resist making a few Winter Soldier versions of Bucky Barnes. (there is a whole thing in the fandom about Bucky Bear) The few I brought with me all got snatched up at Comic Con, so I’ve been working on a some more for Fan Expo. (and putting a few of them up in the Etsy shop as well) This is one that I just finished and I especially love his face. The base bear was a limited edition one, so it isn’t surprising that he’s so nice, but the outfit and arm prosthetic turned out really well too. I’ve got a few more one-off pieces that are underway too (I want to have at least one in honour of Agent Carter star Haley Atwell, who is one of the guests) and have been hunting some bits and pieces for them. When you find yourself saying things like, ”Look! I just found the cutest mini sub-machine gun!” you start to wonder if you’re heading down the right path in life…

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IMG_6706I’ll be away from the store this Saturday and Sunday and vending at the Oxford Ren Fest. It’s great to have a full scale Renaissance festival so close! (it’s at the Woodstock Fair grounds) There will be a great range of acts and even real jousting! The store will still be open, but if you want to talk to me, you’ll have to come out to the faire.

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I’m going to be back in Toronto this Sunday for Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frostbite. It’s free to attend so stop in, 11-8, and check out the amazing range of strange goods! Just remember to drop me an email or phone if you are interested in masks or any of the Steampunk supplies since I’ll only be bringing those by request.
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On November 22 and 23rd, I’m going to be in Kitchener City Hall as part of the Altekrea show. I’m bringing the stuffies, the steampunk jewellery and a few other things I’ve been working on. There is going to be quite a mix of artists and I’m looking forward to it since I missed the festivities last year.
They’ve given us, the participating artist, an opportunity to talk about our works in advance on their blog and I’ve put together a short post discussing my favourite, recent creation, the Batterfly. (I know I shouldn’t have favourites, and I do love then all, but some just have that extra spark) Check it out and I hope to see you there!
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I don’t often get into shows in Toronto, mainly since the length TBOTB_toronto2014halloween-web of the drive makes it difficult to go back and forth but I will in town for Bazaar of the Bizarre on October 12th. I love that it is one where we can come in, set-up, do the show and break down all in one day! We’ll be right downtown at 6 Noble street. The Pia Bouman Ballet school. It’ll be open to the public from 11am to 8pm. While the bulk of what I’ll have with me will be the mutant stuffies and Steampunk pretties, there will also be some masks along, since it’s so close to Halloween. The gallery will be open as usual but of course, I won’t be available to talk about framing. If you are in Toronto and want to stop by, feel free to let me know if there is anything specific you want me to bring along. Especially important to talk to me in advance about masks since I’ll only have a few samples with me. I also won’t be bringing any of the Steampunk supplies to put out, but can certainly make sure to have special requests available for pick-up.

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Culture Days are happening this weekend and I’ll be taking part in the “Artisans in the Tent” right here in Shakespeare, tomorrow the 27th. It’s at the Perth County Visitor information centre, right as you come into town. (the Best Little Pork Shop is in the same driveway) The gallery will still be open and we are close enough that if anyone wants to do some framing, I can make it back to the store! (but it would be best to let me know in advance, if you’re planning on swinging by)

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One of the things we really wanted to have done Exif_JPEG_PICTURE in time for the Medieval show last weekend was a period suitable outfit for Dad. I’ve had a selection of mixable pieces for myself but we were starting from scratch with him. Mother was working like a fiend on the sewing machine to get it finished in time but succeeded. We’re describing the finished look as a “merchant with aspirations”. Considering that my outfits are not quite as high end as his we figured that his character is reaping the rewards of our labour and moving into the middle class while his hard-working daughter still dresses mostly like a peasant. We’d done well, finding the fabrics so the shirt is a fine linen and the pants/hat are a mid-weight wool. The brocade that makes up img_5909 the tunic is also not too heavy and close enough to period that we were really happy with it. We’ve got some plans for additions to the costume, but a few of them will take a while to get done. I’d like to incorporate more aspects of the mutant stuffies. For now, all he had was this itty bitty demon bear, accenting his hat.

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