I am not going to lie to you, I am very happy January and February are over! I am not a winter person – at all – so longer, sunnier days, and the thought of spring to come (even if it is still about 2 months away for us here in the north), is enough to perk me up, and reinvigorate my spirit!
This March is a busy one, busy with so many wonderful Made by Meag events: an Open House, Workshops, the start of Show Season with Toronto Comicon, guest vendor with Handmade in the North Auction, speaking at The Art Gallery’s Insight 20/20 event, we cannot forget Captain Marvel – yup, I have my ticket for opening night (and an amazing Cutie Cake by Milk & Water ordered as a snack!), add on top of that a great feature in The Walleye’s Arts and Culture Magazine, and yeah, March is shaping up to be a pretty great time
So let’s start with the first week – not only will I be squeeing with glee as I await my 7pm showing of Captain Marvel, but on Thursday, March 7th I am also hosting another open house at my Workshop Studio. Come by anytime between 11-5pm, check out the space, ask any questions you may have about workshops (you can even sign up!), and grab a pencil case, wallet, snack bag, or pouch while you’re there!
Over March Break, Dahl and the boys are heading to Manitoba to visit some Botterill family, and I will be taking full advantage of the empty house and sewing like a fiend finishing up stock for Toronto Comicon. I’ll be heading down (driving!), and I am so very excited – not just because this is my first show of the year, but because it means I get to be reunited with Rachel, and all my con friends! I’ve been busy working on new styles to bring down, and I really can’t wait to show them off!
Right after I’m back from Toronto Comicon, I’ll be participating in my first Handmade in the North (HMITN) Auction as a guest vendor. HMITN brings together a diverse community of Canadian artists and hold monthly themed auctions of beautiful, hand crafted items. March will be ‘Going Green’ and I am very much looking forward to participating. Keep an eye out for some of the items I’ll have up for auction, and be sure to join the group Handmade in the North Auction Group so you don’t miss your opportunity to bid, and to be introduced to all the other amazing Canadian artists.
If March wasn’t busy enough, I am thrilled to be a part of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s first ever Insight 20/20 event taking place on March 28, 7pm at the Sleeping Giant Brewery.
Taken right from the Event Description: “Thunder Bay Art Gallery is thrilled to present Insight 20/20, an exciting new speaker series highlighting the creative arts in Thunder Bay.
Presenters have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to share their insights on how living in Thunder Bay has influenced their creative practice.
Featuring: Meagan Botterill, Betty Carpick, Nancy Freeborn, Zoe Gordon, Maelyn Hurley, Merk, Andrea Mulligan, Laura Paxton, and Aaron Veldstra.
Join us at Sleeping Giant Brewery as we share with you more about the many creative endeavours that make our community an exceptional place to live.”
March & April Workshops
I am very excited about the upcoming March and April Workshops. The recently released Coneflower Crossbody by Blue Calla Patterns is a unique, fun sew that is perfect for on-the-go and makes a great gift! In March I am also offering the first full-weekend workshop with the Belle Traveller by Swoon Patterns. This bag is one of my favourites as it is a truly satisfying sew. With numerous exterior pockets, piping, gusset zipper, drop in lining, and an inset bottom, this bag is full of new techniques that are sure to bring your bag making up a notch or two!
In April I am starting off the month with my first Open Sew Day! Bring your current WIPs or something new, your machine, and come and spend some time social sewing! If you are trying out a new bag, wallet or pouch pattern, I’ll be there to answer any questions you may have. You can join me for the whole day, or book in for a 2 hour time slot.
Along with the Open Sew, we will be doing a one day class for the Manhattan Crossbody Bag by Emmaline Bags and the Minimalist Wallet by Noodlehead. These two sews are great for the beginner, and each pattern comes with two sizes for you to choose from.
I am very happy to have Stephanie Paxton from The Bratty Bookbinder into the studio twice in April to run some pretty amazing Book Binding workshops. Come try your hand at a Loaded Box Card, or an Upcycled File Folder Journal and let your creativity soar!
Make sure to check out more of Stephanie’s work by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and checking out her Etsy Shop.
I am very excited about all the upcoming workshops! Each class is unique and there is always something new and fun to learn. The Workshop Studio accommodates 8 students at a time, so be sure to register early to secure your spot. You can register by sending me a message through Facebook, Instagram, or email – all of which can be found on the website’s contact page. You can also find more information about each workshop, and workshops in general, on the Workshops page.
Payment is due at time of registration for all workshops in order to secure your spot. For more information on Workshop Policies, see the Workshops page
Ah yes, March has definitely filled up with some pretty amazing events. Along with all the fun Made by Meag events and workshops, March also brings Spring. And right now, I am very much looking forward to Spring!