Thursday, September 30, 2010

Deadly Digs at The Make Den

Finally... After 8 months working and teaching in the cozy little basement at 1207, it was time to take the studio up a notch or two with an awesome new space. The renovations are nearly done, and now we've got big windows, tiffany blue (aka seafoam) walls, new floors and machines and a great patio. The thing I like best about the new studio is that you can reach everything you could ever need to sew with - from any machine. I make no secret of my excitement when I'm teaching. Thread? Why, it's right here mounted on pegboards in easy reach above the machines. Snips? Stuck to the magnets under the pegboard. Scissors and seam-rippers? In cups mounted on the wall. Rolls of elastic and bias tape are mounted on rods to be unrolled as needed. All without moving an inch. Perhaps it's just laziness, but I like to think of it as efficiency. It's just nice to have a place for everything.
Oh! And we'll be serving hot chocolate and baking cookies until midnight for a pre-nuit blanche party on Oct 2nd if anyone would like to come - I'll be there around 9pm with my cherry apron on!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Every one once in a while the DNS ladies come across other super positive, powerful, driven women who love bicycles and the arts. Not often though are they tight, talented rapper's who win almost all the alley cats that they enter. When Sunny D asked if I would do some promo photo's for her I was honoured. Of course I called on my favourite stylist BIG RED, my friends who own ladder's and my manager Kyle K ( who lent me his studio space) to make some "HOT PHOTOGRAPHY". The legs are provided by some great friends who are always down to help (J.Rose, MaMa Jess, Cannibal Vixen, Rachel W & Chanel)

Friday, September 24, 2010


A few weeks ago I shot for Hells Belles and Bordello shoes. I have to say these shoes are the most bad ass beautiful shoes. Only thing Bordello ya' think you could make some sustainable ones in seafoam for us Nightshades.

Working again with the wonderful collective Powder, Pins and Pearls. Stay tuned for their next event on Oct 2nd, 2010 and Nyood "Fashion and Sport".

p.s Spot the tiny bit of Seafoam I just had to add!

Friday, September 17, 2010


A few weeks ago at Western Themed Fake Prom I ran into my dear friend Chris DeCastro and he asked me ever so nicely to come participate in the PUMA+TIFF shoot happening in his space. 10 local up and coming commercial photographer's (Felix Wong, David Gillespie etc) were asked to participate and play paparazzi for an instillation out front the Avenue and Bloor PUMA store. It's up now! Thanks PUMA for the free gear!

Go check it out. Take a pick of yourself kissing me or something.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Moved into a new & exciting artist/activist community house this month. Follow our escapades, musings, & awesome event listings HERE!!!

We're called The Gild... and may or may not have already painted our front door gold. Just sayin.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bonus Pug Picture

I'll buy a beer for the first person who can remember what was on the cover of the program from this night...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

September 2nd was a BLAST!!!! We had a ton of fun, thank you very much for coming out!

Check out John Lee's blog for photos, and there is more about the BikeStyle Tour on the Momentum BikeStyle Tour website.



Thursday, September 2, 2010


IT'S HERE. IT'S HERE. Momentum, The Drake Hotel and the Deadly Nightshades are super stoked to offer up the best Thursday September 2nd, 2010 EVER EVER EVER.

See you at 6:30pm at the gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park for some snakes and the start of the tour.

Swiss Couture Sewing Techniques - Bound Buttonholes and Welt Pockets

Toronto's favorite Sewing School, "The Make Den" is hosting a Swiss Couture Sewing Techniques workshop!!!

The Make Den is very pleased to bring you our first Couture Techniques workshop! "Bound Buttonholes and Welt Pockets" is
a one-day class that will teach you the perfect pocket secrets of a real Swiss Couturier.

Saturday Sept 25th
1207 Bloor St. W
$45~ (Includes materials. 10% off for returning students)

Learn the proper method of marking, cutting and hand stitching a welt pocket so you have perfect edges every time! This is a great workshop for design students and serious seamstresses everywhere who want to improve their sewing skills. Karin Keiner is a professional seamstress, who has worked with a Couture Atelier in Switzerland for the past three years.

email Themakeden@hotmail.com to register!
Places are limited.