Hi, my name is Adrienne and l'm the designer and owner behind ReFluff. I created this company to satisfy the need for eco friendly products that have a fine made by hand quality and that are made from combining new textiles with up-cycled material and notions. I currently reside and run my business in Toronto Canada and share my studio space with my Husband who is a screen printer and my cat Sterling that we rescued from a shelter.
I have been sewing since the age of 6, am formally educated and trained in fashion design, tailoring and costume design, have been fortunate to make costumes for the performing arts (ballet, theatre, opera) as well as the film industry. Both of my grandmothers were sewers along with my mother so I grew up surrounded by textiles and creative sewers.
Over the years l have worked with a vast assortment of rare exotic fabrics all the way down to hand woven organic cotton and have always loved taking odd parings and working with them to create a symbiotic combination. I don't believe that a type of fabric is limited to a singular purpose. This belief carries over to my interest in up-cycling / rescuing textiles that have been deemed useless and giving them a new function and lease on life. I tend to look for the opportunities and possibilities vs the flaws.
It's my policy that every ReFluff product must contain at least 50% upcycled content and when possible be combined with organic or sustainable material. I'm currently using RPET thread which is made from plastic bottles but behaves like a cotton/poly thread. The up cycled content in my products come from various sources such as: fabric swatches, second hand clothing, interior furnishing items as well as designer offcuts that would normally be sent to landfill but are perfectly viable. Too much textile waste currently resides in our landfills and l'm proud to be redirecting some into new and useful items.
I'm very much looking forward to the future of my business. I have plans of developing my own textile prints and working with my husband to print them in house, creating new products and bringing them to market, and hunting down new off-cut sources. I would love to open a brick and mortar in a few years so l can be on site to engage and interact with my customers, and to offer classes for those who want to learn to sew. I will always be in debt to Etsy for this opportunity and how it allowed me to sell my products in a creative market place without the huge overhead. It's been a fantastic journey so far and l very much look forward to the future and where it takes my business.
Mike studied art and film at the University of Central Florida, received a B.A. degree in 1996. He has taught art classes and workshops at various schools and community centers for the City of Orlando and Toronto for more than fifteen years, and his paintings have been exhibited in the Orlando Museum of Art and several galleries in Palm Beach Countyand in Toronto. His art is influenced by animation, Warhol, Picasso, life experiences and film. http://mikegoodge.wix.com/artist
Kristi was born in the northern woods of Prince George, BC. She has adventured in many places across Canada but currently resides in the beautiful Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto. She is a puppeteer, puppetbuilder, floral designer/botanical artist and most importantly mum. She is the Creative Director of her own company Anarkiti which is an outlet for her creative chaos. She is also the Creative Director of 81 & 3/4 Studio which showcases the handmade talents of her wonderful friends. She always has something interesting happening in her life.
aka Kiki the Clown, aka Bella Hoops, has forever been involved in the arts. She was born into a family of musicians and first stepped onto the stage at the age of 2!
Now an actor, singer and dancer, she began her acting career studying Musical Theatre in Edmonton, where she attended Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts. She spent 5 years in Edmonton performing in children’s musicals, touring shows across Alberta and B.C., and performing in the Edmonton Street Performers Festival. Isabella has spent many summers traveling across Canada touring with the Fringe Festival, both as an actor and a busker.
Since moving to Toronto in 2008, Isabella has found a home amidst the growing circus community as she pursues her career as an actor and playwright. She wrote and produced the critically acclaimed show, The Cat of Kensington, for the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival and Everlasting Slumber with Hercinia Arts for the 2012 London Fringe Festival and 2013 Hamilton Fringe Festival.
For the past 5 years Isabella Hoops has been running her own Entertainment company and has been performing and teaching hula hooping all across Canada. Performing in both French and English, as well as in Europe and the Middle East. In 2015 she won the CanSpin Award for best hula hooper of the year!
She is a diverse circus performer: from fire performing, to wonderful LED light shows, to clowning and kids entertainment. Isabella Hoops does it all!
Isabella has earned a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performance acting. Her skills all come together to create the perfect combination for exciting, entertaining and astonishing kids and adults alike at a variety of events!
Kimberley Howe is a multi-faceted artist and arts administrator who has
fallen in love with “art that moves”. After completing the Humber Puppetry
Intensive, she began teaching “art that moves” workshops for children and
families, puppeteering in parades, and making all manner of moving art.
She regularly puppeteers giant festival puppets at locations such as the
ROM, the AGO, the Toronto Reference Library, and the TIFF Lightbox. She
has worked with arts groups such as Shadowland Theatre, Clay and Paper
Theatre, Puppetmongers Theatre, Arts 4 All, Jumblies, Puppet Allsorts,
the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the Artichoke Heart Collective, and
she participates annually in Culture Days.
Born in a century-old log cabin in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, surrounded by a community rich with artifacts of the early pioneers and settlers, I grew up with the heart of a dreamer, the spirit of an explorer and a rather wild and untameable imagination.
Since childhood, I've had a deep love for nature, botany and horticulture: helping my parents raise and harvest vegetables for our meals, cultivating my own wildflower gardens, and on to greenhouse tending, landscape gardening and into a career in floral design.
Well over 10 years of the hustle, bustle and creative whirl of the floral industry was coming to a slow down for me, the retirement of the main designer that I was working with was imminent.I had been a part of some pretty spectacular productions, floral splendor well worth writing home about, and I was feeling ready to move into something new.
In February 2008 I opened my Curious Oddities shop on Etsy, selling vintage finds, handmade cards and jewelry, shipping all over the world. In my youth, my father was a scrimshaw artist and glass sandblaster/ engraver so I had grown up with full access to his studio, making many pieces of my own and becoming comfortable with all sorts of tools and mediums.
Not long after opening my Etsy shop, the floral designer that I was working for retired. I took on 3 shifts a week at a floral studio and began focusing more seriously on Curious Oddities, selling at small shows around town and listing on line. Business grew, shows were successful and by 20I0 I had begun selling through a few shops in town as well as through more and larger shows. My floral job ended and I began working a regular few days a week at a leather shop.
About a year later I took that terrifying last step and I have been focusing on Curious Oddities full time ever since, though I do still indulge in a little floral design work here and there- just can't resist the flowers!
It's a grand adventure, absolutely full of challenges and I'm always changing and growing as the business changes and grows
Currently I have my studio in Dundas, Ontario where I feel ever so lucky to be able to spend my days with my 3 cats creating, curating, and sharing the things that I love with the rest of the world.
Stacey Laureyssens began as a glamour make-up artist working in film and photograph as well as at MAC Cosmetics. Certified in all levels of artistry by MAC she has the opportunity to work on fashion shows like DSquared and the International Indian Film Academy Awards.
She ran away with the circus in 2013 and not only has specialized in makeup for other performers but she also is an internationally recognized clown with multiple awards for face painting and has trained with some of the best balloon artists in the world. She recently returned from China where she did makeup for exceptional circus artist there and also performed as Empress Cherry Sunday.
Lindsay grew up on PEI and brought with her a small town love of the arts community and a bit of salt in her veins. An Ontarian for 20+ years, she lives in Pickering and works in Toronto. Owner of Knitty Little Secret, established in 2005, Lindsay lovingly creates handmade knitted accessories, as well as chemical free skin care products. She focuses on creating products free of harsh and heavy chemicals that are affordable and available for all income levels. Her skin care products are created in small batches to ensure quality, and loves to work with her clients to ensure they receive a product they love and can feel good about.
I discovered the joy of making something by hand when my mother taught me to cross stitch as a young adult. Since then I have dabbled in quilting and teddybear making, finally arriving here at Pikelet workshop. I love making things for children.
All my products are heavily scrutinized by my ten year old daughter, and if they pass her very high standards I know I am on to something.
(Robin’s a very eclectic being that spends quite a lot of time wandering about in her imagination, from whence she builds things and tells stories.)
I’ve been making toys & art forever. A graduate of OCAD and numerous art classes & workshops, I’ve been an illustrator, mural painter, photographer, sculptor & writer, also a wine maker, baker & race horse groom.
RoRo Art: I make toys, puppets & clothing, for sale at arts & craft shows. I’m joining forces with Kristi Ann Holt of Anarkiti to do more shows as ROROKITI!
Puppetry: co-founder of Unraku Studio (with Kristi!) & organizer / stage manager for Puppet Allsorts. I build custom puppets, produce & perform original shows, and work as a freelance puppeteer, performing at live shows, festivals and events, on television and in music videos.
Teaching: I teach many art classes, art camps & workshops including puppet building & performing, illustration, origami, masks, sculpture & art entrepreneurship!