a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Natural Linen Beaver Tea Towel

Sparrow Avenue, Natural Linen Beaver Tea Towel
The Natural Linen Beaver Tea Towels are a huge favourite for those who are already preparing for the Holiday Season. Not only are they functional but they're cute, Canadain, easy to wrap and light-weight to send to family and friends far away. In fact, my little Beaver lives as far away as Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, let alone the U.S.A and across Canada.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Preparing to Print

Sparrow Avenue, Natural Linen Moose Tea Towel
It will be a week of printing tea towels. Now that the threat of high humidity has passed, I can now print without the fear of the photo emulsion lifting...not a good thing as it damages the image and calls for some tedious fixing. I have spent the last number of days stock piling "blanks" so that I would be ready.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada 2016

Etsy Made in Canada, 2016
What a blast! 

The Etsy Made in Canada show was on the 24th all across Canada. Here in the6 (Toronto) I was amongst the 140 exhibitors at the MaRS Discovery District. A big thank you to all the organizers volunteers and last but certainly not least, all the people who came out to support handmade and vintage. 

This is the East Atrium but the show extended into the Central and West Atrium as well with lots of beautiful light as you can see. This picture doesn't really show how dense the traffic became, only because I could only take a picture when it wasn't busy. But the location in the centre of town with all the other activities going on that day, made for a very well attended show.

Sparrow Avenue at  Etsy Made in Canada 2016
A big thank you once again to 416 Hustlers, and the Toronto Etsy Street Team.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tomorrow at the Toronto Etsy Made in Canada Show

Sparrow Avenue at the Toronto Etsy Made in Canada Show
The big day is tomorrow. I hope everyone is excited to come as I am to be there. don't forget: I am in the East Atrium table 116

 Also, I will have the very popular Cottage Tea Towels there. These towels were a great hit in Haliburton where they sold out! So make sure you drop by to get yours as cottage season isn't over yet.

See you at

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mark your Calendars: Etsy Made in Canada

Sparrow Avenue @ Etsy Made in Canada
If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have seen some of the images from the preview for the Toronto Etsy Made in Canada.
Of course I did post them last week. But the show, the real show, is coming up fast: on Saturday 24! Do come to the MaRS Centre 101 College St., between 10:00a.m. and 6:00 p.m. You will find me in the: 
EAST ATRIUM table 116

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Quiet Work

Sparrow Avenue, Moose Petite Pouch
During the day I like to prepare items to work on in the early morning hours while everyone is asleep. It is quiet work. So during the day I construct the pouches; put in the zippers and sew the panels together. Then in the early morning I will turn these right-side-out in preparation of the sealing of them and then the pressing. Nothing happens quickly; there are always stages to go through.

Autumn Solstice
is upon us.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Sparrow Avenue: de-constructing the Pencil Pouch

There is a production line that happens whenever large numbers of items are being made. Each panel is individually cut including the muslin linings. It is all assembled in such a way that each part can easily be accessed and sewn together. This past summer I set up my work station outside. It is pretty special to be able to take my work outside.