Thursday, November 15, 2018

Vendor Profile #3: Gordon Leverton - Artist

What does your creative process look like?

Because my subject matter largely consists of buildings and straight edges, I draw a grid onto the canvas with pencil and use a ruler to sketch out the drawing. I then block in the colour until i've covered most of the canvas - that way I can tell if the composition is working and whether I need to change certain colours. Then, i continue the long process of layering the paint until the painting is complete.

What inspires you to create the work that you do?

In my neighbourhood there are many alleys and laneways, which afford a unique view of people's houses. I love the angles of sunrooms, fences, back additions etc and how they co-exist with their surroundings. 

What are some of your favourite podcasts to listen to when you create?

Anything from sports radio (when i want my brain to turn off) to This American Life or Democracy Now. My current fave is I Don't Even Own a Television, which is a podcast about bad books. There's also a great WKRP podcast called 
Hold My Order Terrible Dresser, which is about so much more than the 70's TV show WKRP in Cincinatti and has an ex-Hamiltoian as co-host.

What are your favourite books?

I can't shut up about books and music. Besides the classics, I have to say that Angela Flournoy's The Turner House, HHhH by Laurent Binet and anything by Roberto Bolano are my current favourites. 

And music! Currently loving much of the African soul and disco re-issues coming out lately. Also a big spot in my heart for roots reggae. I DJ at the Lounge at Casbah on the last Wednesdays of the month and you'll find me behind the counter at Epic Books on Locke St!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Vendor Profile #2: This and That Design Co.

Tell us about your creative work and what we can expect to see at Handmade Hamilton. 

We will have a variety of different travel and makeup bags in our fall/winter prints. They're each lined with a water resistant lining and are all fully machine washable. We're a mother-daughter team, so we like to choose prints that a wide variety of ages will love.

What does your creative process look like?

Everything is made in our home studio, here in Hamilton. We also like to source all of our notions, fabric, etc as locally as possible. Sydney cuts out all of our fabrics and lining, then the bags get sewn mainly by Marlene.

What inspires you to create the work that you do?

The handmade creators around us and all around the world! The main reason we started this business was because we we're so inspired by all of the makers around us and wanted to be apart of the community. We're also super inspired by the amazing collections that our favourite fabric designers release. 

What are some of your favourite podcasts or music to listen to when you create?

Sydney loves to listen to podcasts when she creates and when she drives (and she spends a lot of time in the car). She loves The Lady Gang, Dear Handmade Life, How I Built This, Off the Vine and Girl Boss Radio. When working in our studio, you can usually find the pair of us listening to One Republic, Mumford and Sons or Coldplay. We also watch a lot of Gilmore Girls while making.

What are your favourite films?
Sydney loves The Town, Clueless, The Intern and The Accountant (to name a few). Marlene loves the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and we both love the Harry Potter movies and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (and quote it often!) 

Do you have a quote that keeps you going when  you get discouraged?
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style." - Maya Angelou

If you have any advice for any emerging artisans what would it be?
To create wholeheartedly and find something you love, so you can be confident about selling it to the world. If you believe in what you create and love it, then other people will also love it. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Vendor Profile #1: All Sorts Press

For the next few weeks we will be posting vendor profiles. At Handmade Hamilton we believe that the magic of local markets is meeting the people who create all of the beautiful things. Makers spend a lot of time creating and scheming to present the final products that you will see at the Market! We have asked them a handful of questions and we hope that you enjoy learning more about some of Hamilton's finest makers! - Lisa

Tell us about your creative work and what we can expect to see at Handmade Hamilton. 

I specialize in letterpress printing and make small printed matter using my antique press; cards, notebooks, prints, and calendars! I often print from printing plates of my illustrations, hand-set type, or lino carvings using bright colours and patterns, and simple heartfelt messages.

What does your creative process look like?

Everything is printed, folded, assembled, etc, by hand! My machines are old and human-powered, so the work is labour-intensive but the end result is worth it. Once a design is settled, I mix my ink by eye, apply it to the press and print from either a custom printing plate or hand-set type. Only one colour can be printed at a time, so that means cleaning the press and doing a completely new set-up for each colour of each print. I feed each sheet into the press by hand as my food maintains the press momentum with a treadle. 

What inspires you to create the work that you do?

Ultimately I've always been inspired creatively by nature, but in the past fews years I've been embracing brighter and bolder patterns and colours. When it comes to printing, I'm just straight-up obsessed (haha) - everything about the medium is inspiring - the machines, the ink, the paper, the tools, I love it all! :)

What are some of your favourite podcasts or music to listen to when you create?

Music for chill studio nights lately has been a mix of Charlotte Day Wilson, Jennifer Castle, Stephen Steinbrink, João Gilberto.

Instagram: @allsortspress

Monday, November 5, 2018

Getting ready for our upcoming show! Looking forward to welcoming some returning vendors and meeting the new ones! It's going to be great! Have a look at our vendor list here!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

CALL FOR VENDORS: Handmade Hamilton Holiday Show 2018!

A Holiday Arts and Craft Show at the Staircase Theatre Wants You!

When? Saturday December 8 and Sunday December 9, 2018
11 am to 5 pm.

Where? The Staircase Café Theatre in the popular Strathcona
 neighbourhood of downtown Hamilton.  

What? A one of a kind show that celebrates 32 of the finest local 
makers of art and craft.

Handmade Hamilton celebrates it's 6th year in Hamilton and it's 4th year at the Staircase.

The show is organized by The Staircase Cafe  Theatre and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura of GirlCanCreate.  Pijuan-Nomura is the founder of Movies and Makers in Toronto, one of the co-founders of Queen and Jackson in Hamilton and is especially interested in bringing together the best creative makers in beautiful vintage buildings.  Along with the hospitality of The Staircase Cafe, Handmade Hamilton showcases great makers, local community and good food, all under one roof.

Handmade Hamilton is looking for a variety of makers. Whether you make jewelry, clothes, art, stuffies, zines, buttons…we want you.

Please note that we cannot accept any makers of food or drink due to building health codes.


The deadline for applications is midnight on June 15, 2018.

All applicants will be notified of participation by July 1, 2018.

Please email all applications to curator 
Lisa Pijuan Nomura:

Applicants must submit the following:
• Company Name
*  Primary Contact
• Address
• Phone Number
• Email Contact
• Detailed Description of what you create (250 word maximum)
• Price Range of Goods

• 3 to 5 digital images of your work
(please keep files under 500k in JPEG or GIF format.)
These photos might be used for as on screen promotion at the Staircase Theatre. If you have a logo please include that.

• Website Link (Etsy, Shopify, Blog, etc)

• Table Request
6ftx2.5ft table-$185
4ft x 2ft table-$145
Please note that there are 3 separate rooms in the building that 
will be used for the show. Unfortunately the building is not fully 
accessible, only partially accessible.

Upon receipt of your application you will receive an email confirmation.
We will contact all applicants by email by July 1, 2018.

Once accepted all vendor payments must be submitted by August 1, 2018. If payment is not received by this date acceptance will be withdrawn. If accepted payment info will be sent out along with your acceptance letter.

Once accepted into Handmade Hamilton and your payment has been submitted, your participation fee is non-refundable.

Questions/Contact Information
Contact Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at with any questions.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Vendor Profile: Vintage Acorn

 Instagram: @vintageacorn 

Tell us a bit about Vintage Acorn?

Vintage Acorn’s beginnings were humble and small; two sisters stumbled into the wild world of jewellery making when they set out to create earrings from a few beloved vintage fabrics. Multiple trips to textile stores and estate auctions later they had more pairs than they could ever possibly wear. Thus, Vintage Acorn was born. By filling a need, we found our niche. With ingenuity in our heads and pliers in our hands, we expanded to include necklaces and hand-painted pieces, drawing inspiration from street blogs, antique stores, and the markets of our travels. Each collection focuses on a different theme, element, or idea, all of which speak to imaginative souls and lovers of simple design.
Handmade jewellery inspired by geometric shapes, vintage florals, late night chats and hidden markets. Each collection, comprised of hand-painted wooden earrings and necklaces, fabric covered button earrings, and gold and antique brass metals, focuses on a different theme, element, or idea, all of which speak to imaginative souls and lovers of simple design.
What is some of the music and movies that inspire you?
Music: The Head and the Heart, Bear's Den 
Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Little Miss Sunshine

Friday, November 17, 2017

Vendor Profile: Redhead Weaver

Redhead Weaver

I am a Canadian artist and craftsperson. I have been weaving since 2005 and love it with all my heart. I love to create and explore textiles and try to create as much as I can while balancing another business called Really Great Goods.

I make my woven goods on a traditional table loom that lives in my front room and make tapestries on a variety of frame looms. Weaving is a very labour and time intensive craft that has been around since man created cloth. I feel very proud to keep the craft alive. All of my pieces are unique as I am always exploring and experimenting and like to vary each piece I make. That makes each of my pieces one of a kind and made with love and good vibrations.

As a lover and practitioner of energy healing, I put great love and loving energy into my work. Some pieces even include healing crystals. These pieces are extra special and have been made with the intention of creating a blissful space in your home or office. Let them bring you happiness and peace.