“Silhouettes and Signals”: A Danielle Meder Fashion Lecture at The Drake

Akin Collective Member Danielle Meder!



How has sex, politics, money, youth, class and even taste shaped the silhouette? In a special performative lecture combining live fashion sketching on the iPad, fashion illustrator Danielle Meder presents a talk delving into the makings of fashion trends just before the official kick-off of World MasterCard Fashion Week.
Danielle Meder is a fashion illustrator specializing in live runway sketching and exquisite designer paper dolls. Sketching at fashion weeks in New York, Paris and London, using both traditional and digital media, she has developed a spontaneous, elegant style in the tradition of Joe Eula and Kenneth Paul Block. Her live runway sketches have appeared in Women's Wear Daily and FLARE, and she has been photographed in the act of drawing at fashion shows by The Sartorialist and The New York Times. Her paper dolls have been commissioned by New York Magazine, Bloomingdale's, and The Hudson's Bay Company.
  • Venue: The Drake Hotel- Underground. 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto.
  • Cover: $10
  • Time: March 16, 2014, 2 p.m.
- See more at: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2014/3/16/silhouettes-and-signals-danielle-meder-fash-talk/#sthash.5BlqHz1w.dpuf

Call For Vendors: Dundas West Street Festival, June 8

Hello friends & fellow makers of beautiful things!

I have been asked by the Dundas West BIA (Business Improvement Association) to organize a ‘handmade market’ to hit the streets as part of the first ever Dundas West Fest, taking place on June 8th 2013.

The Dundas West Fest is a one-day street festival that will shut down Dundas St. West from Lansdowne St. to Roxton Rd, just east of Ossington. The festival will run from 11am–10pm, offering a full day of music, art, kids’ activities, food & drink, extended patios, shopping and more!

The location is prime. This neighbourhood has become a pretty hip hub offering some of the city’s best in art and design, as well as tons of great vintage shops, a bunch of trendy and delicious brunch spots, and, most importantly, an awesome community that genuinely appreciates and supports locally made goods and independently run businesses like ours!

My goal is to bring together a group of unique but complimentary makers, creators and entrepreneurs for a day-long street market called:
By Hand.
With Heart.
I am reaching out to you because I believe that you have a sharp brand and well executed product that I know you stand behind with pride and passion. The focus is on showcasing local talent and unique, high-quality, handcrafted items, with the goal of giving you great brand exposure and the capacity for exponential sales!

Here are your options:
A.    10 x 10 ft space  = $125.00
B.    5 x 10 ft space  = $75.00                 
* You are responsible for the set up and display of your items (including tables, chairs, tents, etc.)
* You are responsible for the sales of your items.  
* You are obligated to participate in the full duration of the event (11am-10pm)
* The event will run rain or shine!

On top of what the BIA is already committed to doing, I will provide promotion and advertising via multiple social media platforms. In addition to this, vendors are encouraged to promote within their own networks to let your fans know where they can find your goods!

Also, if you know of other vendors who might be interested in participating, please share!

Time is of the essence here as I have had to move very quickly to put this plan into action.  I ask that you do the same and get back to me with your interest ASAP.  Spaces are limited and some are already taken!  Please don't hesitate to direct any questions and concerns my way.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Alessandra Cardarelli

P.S. I am working on developing a monthly market that will take place at a top secret and totally awesome Dundas West location throughout the summer... so what I’m saying is, this street market is just the start of something wonderful!