When The Makers Nation was founded (just over a year ago) we had a dream of bringing makers together from all practices and walks of life to unite in the common goal of skill sharing and learning – with delicious snacks and cocktails of course! One of the core pillars to that vision was the Meet + Make, a jam-packed DIY day full of unique ways to enable makers to mingle and learn new skills together. We’re excited to announce that our first Meet + Make is happening this Sunday, September 28th.

Hosted at the creative hub MakeWorks at College and Dufferin; we have put together a comprehensive schedule of fun and informative activities taught by amazing Toronto makers. We’ll also have a delicious lunch provided by vegan butcher YamChops with a talk from the founders of BRIKA, coffee from Queen West hotspot R Squared and a fun sip n’ share happy hour with cocktails!

Participants in the Meet + Make can choose their morning and afternoon sessions from six workshops taught by Toronto’s top makers. The best part? Use the discount code SUBSCRIBER and get the entire day for just $75 when you register. Thanks for sticking with us throughout our first year.

Want to know more about what’s in store? Here’s a look at the amazing crafters, DIYers and makers that will be sharing their awesome skills at Meet + Make.

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Wood Carving with Marissa Maislan & Michelle Organ of The Shop

Friends since childhood, these two creatives united with one goal in mind – to create an inclusive workspace for makers to create projects in.  The resulting space is minimal and clean, and has tools for woodworking as well as ceramics facilities. The Shop owners plan to add a metal shop and jewelry fabrication studio to their roster. As the space has grown in popularity, their workshops have frequently sold out, especially those that pertain to domestic items such as wooden spoons and DIY cutting boards.  Having their shop under the same roof as MakeWorks and MakeLab creates an exciting conversation between traditional crafts and contemporary, technology-based invention, but also inspires makers to explore facilities outside of their usual comfort zone.

At Meet + Make: The Shop will be teaching the art of wood carving.  During this class, you will be shown all the steps involved with wood carving, including choosing the right hand tool as well as understanding wood grain.

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3D-Printing Jonathan Moneta & Jacquelyn van Kampen of MAKELAB

MAKELAB is a rapid prototyping lab for advertising agencies. Focusing on 3D printing, laser cutting, and interactive technologies they are made up of a team of industrial designers, hackers, and artists who bring rather crazy marketing ideas into reality. MAKELAB boasts ten consumer-grade fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers and provides one-on-one training sessions, which lead to being 100% 3D-printing certified. MAKELAB has been involved in a number of creative initiatives throughout the city including a collaboration with the ROM where they had 500 guests design and print Mesopotamian city blocks, and a partnership with Partisan Projects and Norm Li Architectural Graphics during NXNE to create a 3D vision of the future of Toronto.

At Meet + Make: MAKELAB will be teaching an intro to 3D-printing course which will include designing and printing a mini succulent pot. Participants will get a certification to use the MakeLab 3D printers, so they can continue to design and create after the event.

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English Paper Piecing Kaye Prince of Miss Print

A librarian by day, expert crafter and quilter Kaye Prince is a self described “designer, stitcher, and maker of all things handmade and crafty”.  Kaye’s earliest experience as a maker was when her grandmother taught her the ins and outs of a sewing machine at age five. Together, they would sew Barbie clothes and miniature quilts from old sample books.  Many years later she now runs successful Etsy and Craftsy stores selling her quilts and patterns and creates beautiful custom pieces on demand.  You can find tutorials on how to make some of her custom patterns as well as periodical give-aways and useful how-to’s on her popular blog Miss Print.

At Meet + Make: Kaye will be teaching the timeless skill of English Paper Piecing, a hand piecing technique used to build a quilt block or even an entire quilt.

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Silk Screening with Kingi Carpenter of Peach Berserk

A 25-year veteran of Queen West retail, Kingi Carpenter began screen printing and designing her vibrant garments in the 1980’s. The resulting creation was her company Peach Berserk, named after a lipstick shade in Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex & The Single Girl. Now at a more westerly studio location, Peach Berserk, dabbles heavily in custom work and silk-screening workshops. Kingi has taught over 7,000 people to silkscreen, and has published a how-to DVD and a guidebook for crafters.

At Meet + Make: Kingi will be teaching the art of Silk Screening, participants will be walked through the entire process and will walk away with their own print!

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Book Binding with Amy Borkwood of Nightjar Books

Amy Borkwood is an illustrator and photographer is the creative force behind Nightjar Books. Her unique, hand bound pieces are designed for crafting and journaling and are perfect for capturing creative ideas and inspirations. Amy retails her work on handmade online stores BRIKA and Etsy, while Society6 hosts her photographic prints.  She Said Boom and the YMCA have hosted her zine making courses and she has contributed to the “Let’s Talk About Sex” and Ontario Works zines.

At the Meet + Make: Amy will teach a comprehensive bookbinding course featuring Japanese Paper Place products. Participants will walk away with their own self-bound book! instagrampost

Instagram 101 with Sabrina Doyle of Canadian Geographic

As the Social Media Editor at Canadian Geographic, Sabrina Doyle has a keen idea of what makes a captivating Instagram photo. She’s a trained science writer who has traveled 14 countries over 3 continents and has worked for several other publications, sometimes in the capacity of photographer, which can also been seen on her site.

At the Meet + Make: Sabrina will be teaching Instagram 101, which will take participants through a step by step of how to effectively photograph and edit their product or an object of their choice. Perfect for those who want to use Instagram as a tool to promote their maker initiatives.

Sound like fun? We hope you’ll join us! You can register here and use the discount code SUBSCRIBER on individual registrations and receive a full-day of making for $75.