Craft Smarts

Craft Smarts


Craft Export Readiness and Webinars
Top 3 Things You Must Know to Export Art and Craft

FREE to attend
Please register below

Presented by: Sara Washbush


Do you love it when your work crosses borders, or is it scary and full of unknowns? Lessen that fear with knowledge specifically geared towards artist-entrepreneurs. Craft Ontario’s “Top 3 Things You Must Know to Export Art and Craft” presentation will be followed by a question and answer period as time allows.

- Haliburton: June 13, 6:00 pm, Haliburton School of Art + Design, Register here
- Toronto: September 28, 6:00pm, Craft Ontario's CO Space, Register here

If you are interested in attending and want to make sure you do not miss news of upcoming Craft Ontario learning events, sign up for our Craft is Happening email list here.

 Webinar : Creating Makerts for your Work
June 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Free for Craft Ontario members, $20 for non-members
Presented by: Kim McBrien Evans, Owner of Indigo Dragonfly:
Login details will be emailed to you after registration



Textile creative maven Kim McBrien Evans will rally creative entrepreneurs through a "Creating Markets for Your Work" webinar. What is your story? What parts of your life and your creative process are you willing to share? Kim will talk about her experiences and how to make work that you love and build a community that loves it also. Includes tips for social media.

Merchandising and Visual Marketing
Thursday, July 13, 2017
$25 for Members
$40 for Non-Members
Craft Ontario, CO Space
1106 Queen Street West, Toronto
 Registration Required 



Join us for a 2-hour merchandising and visual marketing intensive led by Danielle Suppa, Owner and Creative Director of Souvenir Studios. Since opening her store in 2015, Danielle has received countless accolades for her fresh and unique take on the creative direction of her retail-gallery space in Toronto's west-end.

Merchandising is an essential skill when selling your work, whether your marketing through your website, social media, a lookbook, or a tradebooth.  If you're interested in an introduction to merchandising, looking for guidance, or simply seeking fresh ideas and inspiration to display your work, Danielle is here to help. Over the course of this workshop, she will share helpful tips, strategies, and insights into thinking about merchandising and visual marketing to help your work stand-out, reach your target customer, and sell your product.

The evening will include hands-on activities, collaborative group discussion, and an informative presentation. 

Facilitator bio

Designer, Owner/Creative Director of SOUVENIR Studios

Merging a lifelong interest in art, craft and design with an education in fashion, Danielle Suppa opened SOUVENIR in 2015 following a successful series of pop up concept shops around Toronto. After graduating from the Fashion Design program at Ryerson University, Danielle spent the bulk of her career with two of Canada’s most prominent retailers, the Hudson’s Bay Company and Joe Fresh, focusing on design, merchandising and trend direction. As Owner & Creative Director of SOUVENIR, Danielle develops and executes the creative concepts, curation and signature merchandising and visual identity for the SOUVENIR brand. Guided by her own personal taste with an eye on directional design found around the globe, Danielle carefully hand picks every piece in the shop and mixes them together by palette, mood and concept. With her design training and experience, Danielle is able to work closely with each designer to hone the shop’s unique product assortment, as well as create SOUVENIR collaborative product and shop exclusives. She is currently developing and expanding the SOUVENIR in house brand, with a series of lifestyle products launching this year. In addition to her work in the shop, Danielle continues to build a diverse design portfolio, developing branding, art direction, graphic, print, textile and product designs for her roster of freelance clients. 

Photos by Lauren Kolyn and courtesy of SOUVENIR Studios.


Autodesk Fusion 360 Workshop
Thursday April 27, 2017
Free for Craft Ontario Members

CO Space
2nd Floor, Craft Ontario
1106 Queen Street West

Join us for an introduction to 3D modelling and printing workshop led by Fusion 360 evangelist and product designer, Paul Sohi. By the end of the session you will have designed and 3D modelled a vase which can be 3D printed.

This is a great workshop for those interested in the possibilities of 3D printing.

  • You will need to bring your own laptop with you.
  • You will need a 64 bit laptop to run this class.
  • Please download, install, and register an account (all free!) with Fusion 360 before attending the class.
  • Beer and pizza will be provided

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What is Fusion 360 ?

Fusion 360 is a 3D design package created by Autodesk for makers hobbyists, start ups, and professionals. It’s a professional and easy to use package, which combines parametric mechanical design with easy to use free form modelling tools. You can easily export your designs made in Fusion 360 and materialize them on a 3D printer or create a slick render of your design, with the help of the built in render engine.


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Craft Export Readiness Project 

Take your work to the international level with our tools and courses!

You get inspiration, strategy, keyword awareness, and the ability to act on must-do steps for going international. Check out these resources:

  • Craft Export Readiness Database and Forum
  • Mentor videos
  • E-learning courses and webinars (coming soon)
  • Regional info sessions April - June, 2017

These resources collectively make up the Craft Export Readiness project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Ask about our Craft Ontario Trained Exporter designation and logo-- another way to brand Canadian makers as export ready. 


e-Learning Courses from WorkinCulture

As a Craft Ontario member, you have access to 50% off on WorkinCulture’s eLearning Program courses. WorkinCulture’s eLearning Program answers identified skills needs across Ontario’s creative community. Craft professionals/makers, as well as craft organizations can benefit from these materials. 


Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.