Education

Owen Johnson
FEATURED MEMBER

Owen was born and grew up in the southeastern coastal area of Melbourne, Australia. His earliest training was as a designer and draftsperson.He recently been made the act head of the Glass studio at Sheridan College.

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Current Workshop

MAKING IT WORK: Defining Business Goals and Individual Success for Professional Crafts People
Presented by Gillian E. Batcher

 

WEB 7363

Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Daily break from 1-2pm

Registration fees

Members: $100 plus tax
Non-members: $140 plus tax
Full or Partial Workshop Fee Waiver: 2 available (Fee Waivers are for those for whom paying the full price would create a hardship.)

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In this informative, personalized, and productive two-day workshop you will define your business goals with achievable markers at the 1, 3 and 5 year stages. Gillian will teach you strategies to move from goal to reality. Through fun, skill building exercises, you will learn how to promote two very different yet equally important areas– yourself and your work. Come away from this workshop with a complete set of business tools – an elevator pitch, a promotional plan for your creative business, the know-how to price your work, and a clear pathway through the murky waters of social media and online promotion.

Gillian will help you strategize and manage your expectations and empower you to build your passion and skills into a viable and marketable business.

 

Gillian E. Batcher owns Jewel Envy, a collaborative jewellery studio located in the west end of Toronto where she designs and makes jewellery marketed under the label PASH Jewellery Design. Her studio is multi-purpose with a retail front, workspace for trained goldsmiths, and teaching facilities for the public. The space has a focus on creating community with a supportive infrastructure of mentorship and business guidance. She has written business curriculum and taught at OCAD University and George Brown College.

Gillian is an active member in the craft community and has served two terms (2010-2014) on the board for the Metal Arts Guild of Canada as well as participated in the planning and execution of the SNAG conference when it was held in Toronto in 2013. She works with students through internship programs and frequently provides new graduates from jewellery programs business start-up advice. She has participated in numerous art shows and exhibitions in North America and has been the recipient of various awards for both technical and artistic achievement. 

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Full or Partial Fee-waiver 

In order to keep the class accessible to a broad range of participants, a limited number of spots are made available at a reduced rate. If you are interested in a full or partial fee-waiver, please contact Kate Jackson, Programs Manager, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A committee will review the applications and fee waiver recipients will be notified on March 8, 2019.

Donation

It takes a community to keep this class accessible to a broad range of participants. If you would like to donate money towards creating a spot for someone who cannot afford the full ticket price, please use the donation selection below, or contact Kate Jackson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line MAKING IT WORK DONATION. Donations can be given by anyone, whether attending the workshop or not. The money will be used to support additional full and partial fee waiver tickets.

 

Past Workshops

Merchandising and Visual Marketing

Thursday April 27, 2017
6-9pm
Free for Craft Ontario Members

 

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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

SOUVENIR OWNER DANIELLE SUPPADanielle Suppa
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
6-9pm
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. 

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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.