Friday, April 12, 2019

Meraki Spring Artisan Show in Nottawa Ontario Easter Weekend April 20th 2019

If you are looking for a family/girlfriend (FUN) experience on Easter weekend, look no further than the Meraki Artisan Show in Nottawa Ontario on April 20th!  

While you could fill your day with activities such as kite flying, hiking, nibbling on hot cross buns, hiding chocolate or wearing your finest pastel kissed hat - this artisan show will be one to remember!  

Founder Sherri

Founder Michelle

Q&A with Meraki Founders Sherri and Michelle!!!

Q: When did you fall in love with design?

S:  Fell in love with design at a young age....maybe 5 years old when my Mum taught me sewing and crochet.

M:  As long as I can remember I've been admiring the accent jewelry people were wearing.  Every piece tells a story but it wasn't until I got into my mid 20s that I started to create my own pieces. Add in some interest in the healing arts, (sacred) geometry and numerology.....

Q:  Describe your creative work?

S:  My knitwear is usually multi-functional - a scarf can be worn as a wrap - dress it up or dress it down.  My jewelry is an attempt to honor antique and vintage pieces by rescuing damaged bits and reworking them into a modern whimsical design.

M:  It's all a blend of stone energies enhanced by the power of numbers and a hint of personal style (hopefully) appealing to the eye.

Q:  Coffee or Tea?

S:  Tea. 

M:  ☕☕ Always coffee!

Q: What is the perfect cake?

S:  The perfect cake is one shared with amazing friends after a delicious meal and a fabulous wine.

M:  A no-calorie chocolate shared with great friends!  Ha Ha!

Q:  What advice would you give new art business people?

S:  Be you.  Don't compare yourself to others...Just do you and never give up your passion.

M:  Follow your passion.  It's all a learning process.

Q: Favorite Artists/Designers?

S:  Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Kaffe Fassett, Frida Kahlo and Camille Claudel

M:  Nature.  Susan Seddon Boulet. 

Q:  How did you meet each other?

S:  Haha!  I bought a wrap at a show....then ordered another. We clicked!

M:  I believe at a show.  Sherri bought a bracelet but solid connections formed after a custom order.

Q:  How did Meraki come to life?

S:  After many visits and discussions over coffee and tea, we realized between us we could tackle our own show...curated and artisan only.

M:  Over a number of visits and chats that led into talking about lack of 'artisan only' shows in the area (at the time) - a small joking comment...."Maybe we should do one." - Followed by a thoughtful pause and here we are - into our 3rd year!

Q:  If you were about to host a dinner party, which 10 people would you invite?

S:  My Mum, Neil Young, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Michelle, Salvador Dali, Janis Joplin, A handsome singing guitar playing Scotsman and Irving Penn.

M:  Trick question. I'm an introvert! LOL!  So many possibilities:  Would have to go with my parents, Hubby (obviously) and my closest the mix are great storytellers, musicians and travellers. What's better?

Q:  Why should someone attend Meraki Market?

S:  This is Meraki's 3rd year!  I feel in that short time we have brought together a beautiful community of very talented Artisans.  It's amazing how much local talent we have in the Georgian Triangle and outlying areas.  Many visitors to our shows come back for the next show and the one after that and so on.  Visitors to a Meraki event will find unique handcrafted pieces and makers who are passionate not only for what they do but also passionate about their community. 

M:  Meraki is a growing community of Artisans/Makers.  People coming to Meraki are supporting local.  Handcrafted.  Small businesses are connecting with others thus strengthening the ties of community all the while indulging in OOAK (one of a kind) to decorate some aspect of their lives. 

Spring is definitely in the air. The robins have returned and the trees are starting to bud. It's time to refresh both our selves and our homes.
30 Artisans/Makers/Creators have been busy putting their all into bringing the finest selection of handcrafted work.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
10 AM – 4 PM

Admission is FREE!*

Celebrate Spring with a curated collection of incredibly talented local Artisans, Makers & Creators.

*****Spring Treat Bags for our first 100 visitors*****

Our guest GTHS will be on hand with information about the worthy cause and excepting your thoughtful donations.

*Admission is FREE - Georgian Triangle Humane Society is the charity we partner with and volunteers will be on hand greeting visitors and graciously accepting donations of animal food, blankets, paper products such as tissue and paper towels. Monitory donations are always welcome as well. Past shows have been very successful for the GTHS.

List of Featured Artisans:

Moonshine Mama`s -
Abbey's Sweet Treats ( Abbey's Sweet Treats )
Beards and the bees
Crooked Tree -
Pure & Lavish Soaps
Dancing Frog Studio ( Dancing Frog Studios )
Nancy & Mike R - homemade jams/jellies
Georgian Jewelry creations
Deezine ( DEEZINE Upcycled Clothing )
Taylor Made Designs ( TaylorMade Designs (Tracy Taylor) )
For Me First ( )
Macramé Magic
Germinate ( )
By Sherri Ann ( By Sherri Ann )
Tree Crows in a Tree Woodworking -
Wrightridge Farms - maple syrup & products
Spirited Earth ( Spiritedearthdesigns )
Teal Tree Glass Designs ( Tealtree glass designs )
Dirty Leather Work (Dirty Leather Work )
Creekside Solar Garden Lights( Creekside Solar )
2outsidethe box - 2OutsidetheBox
Wing it by William - bird houses, small decorative houses
Wool & Silk Inspirations ( Janet's. Wool & Silk inspirations )
Henna Creations - Henna Creations
Blingers and Thingers - Blingers and Thingers
Two Acre Farm - Two Acre Farm
Artisan By The Bay - alcohol ink on ceramic tiles, trivets & coasters
Willow Tree Collectables - Lavender eye pillows handstamped with fun words.

Food Truck on site too!!! YUM!!!

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About Patti Friday:

I am an Artist who carries a camera and I help people feel better with my wellness business. Instagram: @pattifridaywellness

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