Mary Breen, Owner of the Wise Daughters Craft Market
WELCOME WISE DAUGHTERS
Mary Breen is opening the Wise Daughters Craft Market in the Junction and the response has been overwhelming. She has been welcomed to the community by bloggers, artists and residents eager to support a new initiative that will feature the work of local artisans and artists. Her two story studio opening Saturday January 31 in the old Pilates Studio on Quebec just south of Dundas promises to be a gathering point for community members of all ages.
She says that a lot of the things at Wise Daughters can inspire you to make them yourself. In a recession people need to make things on their own, especially from found, recycled and repurposed objects. Examples abound at Wise Daughters, from the hanging mobiles of Rhona Jones to the primitive folk art dolls of Paula Rossley whose characters come with biographical information of extraordinary detail. She has two dozen vendors, about two thirds of whom are selling their work on consignment.
Also featured are the works of Junction area artists Rhonda Nolan, Sandra Muscat and potter Cori Sandler. In pride of place is a sewing machine owned by Mary’s mother. Who wanted to be a fashion designer and instead became a bacteriologist at Sick Kid’s Hospital. Mary’s life has also been dedicated to a unique path merging public sector work with an artistic sensibility. She has worked for organizations concerned with at risk youth, labour history and adult literacy. Wise Daughters supports the work of Sketch, offering creative expression to the homeless, and the women’s craft/artisan collective Sistering.
The Craft Market will be open late Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday night is Sit and Stitch night from 7-9pm. Drop in to knit, needlepoint, crochet or whatever. Mary will also be offering a number of public workshops including Storytelling: Ideas to Stage with Morgan Jones-Phillips, Journal with Paint with Rhonda Nolan and Beaded Necklace with Katherine Flynn.
Drop in and welcome Wise Daughters to the Junction. Inspire yourself!