Friday, January 30, 2009

Welcome Wise Daughters!

Wise Daughters Craft Market: A collection of local art and handicrafts

Wise Daughters Craft Market: Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

Mary Breen, Owner of the Wise Daughters Craft Market

Wise Daughters Craft Market
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

3079B Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5P 1Z9
(on Quebec Ave, just south of Dundas)

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!

Neil Ross

1 comment:

Olga said...

"Hello to old friends and to all the new people who have joined the Wise Daughters email list!

On opening day, January 31, it was wonderful to have the company of so many artists whose work is in the shop. And my heartfelt appreciation to members
of the community who came out in droves to show their support. Check out photos on the Junction arts and parenting blogs: and

Now that the opening flurry of activity is over, it's time to get crafty!

This Thursday, February 5 is the first weekly Sit 'n' Stitch Night from 7 - 9 pm. Bring whatever you're into: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery... It's free!

Then Sunday, February 8, make lovely greeting cards with Rhonda Nolan( She'll be back Tuesday, February 17 to help you express yourself through journaling with paint.

And as an alternative to the same old Valentine's Day wining and dining, on Saturday, February 14, come swap some stories with the incredible Morgan Jones-Phillips, who will cap the evening with a performance of The Emergency
Monologues. Many thanks to Morgan's band Endsville ( for the fabulous live music on opening day.

To brighten this dullest of months, Katherine Flynn will be here Saturday, February 21 to teach you how to make a gorgeous double strand woven tigertail necklace.

Full details for all February workshops are below.

Workshops take place in the spacious and bright lower gallery of Wise Daughters, at 3079B Dundas West (facing Quebec Ave just south of Crema Café).

Please pre-register by calling 416-761-1555 or dropping in.

Sunday, Feb 8, 1:30 - 3:30

Workshop leader: Rhonda Nolan
Make 2 styles of cards using the finest papers and embellishments - perfect for Valentine's or any occasion.
Fee $45, includes all materials.

Storytelling...Ideas to Stage
Saturday, Feb 14, 5:30 - 7:00 plus evening performance
Workshop leader: Morgan Jones-Phillips
Learn to turn stories from your own life into theatre. It's as easy as talking about your day, but a lot more fun! Absolutely no acting experience or talent required.
After the workshop, participants will be invited to share stories. This will be the warm-up act to a performance of Morgan's hit one-man show, The Emergency Monologues (, about life as a Toronto paramedic.
Fee $60, includes show.

Show only $10 - come at 8:00 to cheer on the workshop participants, or at 9:00 for just the Emergency Monologues.

Journal with Paint
Tuesday, Feb 17, 7:00 - 9:00

Workshop leader: Rhonda Nolan
Learn how to journal with fluid paint. It's about expressing yourself - making a mark, not a pretty picture. No artistic experience necessary.
Fee $90, includes journal and all materials.

Beaded Necklace
Saturday, Feb 21, 1:30 - 3:30

Workshop leader: Katherine Flynn of bumblebee jewelry
Make a beautiful double strand woven tigertail necklace using crystals, pearls, charlottes, glass chips and more.
Fee $65 includes all materials.

Wise Daughters Sit 'n' Stitch

Every Thursday from 7 - 9 pm.

Drop in to knit, needlepoint, crochet or whatever you like to do, in the company of other crafty people! No charge.

Mary Breen
Wise Daughters Craft Market
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops