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Welcome to York Makers

Our goal at York Makers is to provide Artisans from across York Region, Ontario with opportunities to grow their businesses, showcase their products and gain exposure in the local economy. This goal is achieved by producing juried art markets, facilitating artist led DIY workshops and giving back to the community.

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Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 18:30 409 Mladost District, Sofia Bulgaria +359 2 123 456 +359 2 654 321 shop@zass.con

Please tell us a bit about yourself and one interesting fact.

I’m 24 years old and married to a very supportive husband. I was born in Saskatchewan and will always be a prairie girl at heart. I’ve been making in one form or another since I was a child, from macaroni art to friendship bracelets to scrapbooking and card making and finally fibre arts. I went to school for advertising and marketing as well as event planning and now work full time in the incentive travel industry. My favourite colour is blue which shows up often in my work. I’ve very accident prone and I’m terrified of thunderstorms.

Where do you get inspiration for developing new products?

A lot of my inspiration for new products comes from fashion magazines and Pinterest. I often think what I would wear or like in my home and start from there. Pinterest has been a great tool for finding beautiful colour combinations.

Do you have a favourite item in your store?

Some of my favourite items in my store are the blankets I make because so much time and hard work goes into them. I love working on bigger projects like blankets because there is much more of a sense of satisfaction when it’s complete.

Do you ever make anything for yourself?

When I’m trying out a new pattern design or new stitches I will often keep the tests for myself. This past year I’ve decided to start doing a few bigger projects like sweaters and other garments to expand on my skill and continue to learn new techniques. One of my yarn suppliers sells knitting kits with the yarn and pattern included for larger projects like these so I’ll be keeping those for myself.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love spending time in nature. Whether that is just sitting outside on a nice day, going for a walk/hike, camping or swimming, spending time in nature inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing. I also love to read, specifically chick lit or murder mystery. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors, I can never seem to put his books down.

My husband and I really enjoy watching movies, which has been great since it’s perfect knitting time for me!

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a creative business owner?

I think the most challenging aspect of being a creative business owner is constantly evolving with the times and seasons. Fashion and home style changes so you have to be open to coming up with new styles and designs. You have to be willing to try and fail in order to have that creative breakthrough. There is a lot of trial and error and that can be scary sometimes.

Did you take classes to learn the skills you utilize or are these self taught practices of trial and error?

I first learned to knit from my grandma one summer when she was visiting from Saskatchewan. I didn’t finish the dishcloth while she was visiting and had it half finished until I met my now husband. His nana re-taught me the basics and really sparked my interest in the craft. Most of my knitting and crochet skills are self-taught or have been learned by watching Youtube videos. Many hours of trial and error have gone into creating the products I make and only the best are put out for sale.

Books or Movies?

This is a tough one… I definitely prefer books over movies because there is so much more detail included in the story line but at the same time it gives the reader creative freedom to imagine the characters and the details as they wish. I love movies too but movies based on books that I’ve read often don’t hold up in comparison.

Find all of Krista’s cozy creations at our Made in Canada Market on September 23rd or you can check her out online!

Instagram: @kristakaydesigns

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