At the end of July, I experienced my first round of Market Collective in cooperation with Alden of Burnt Toast Studios-and it was quite the event.
For those who don't know Market Collective is a regularly run artisan market; showcasing musicians, visual artists, and other figures representing locally produced items. July 21 market MC's fifth anniversary, and instead of taking place in Kensington, it was held at the Mewata Armouries downtown. This was a pretty interesting mix for me, as the armouries are where I spent many a night parading during my time in the army reserves. It goes without saying that seeing it filled with flowy shirts, dreads, and organic produce was quite the flip from my usual experiences in the past!
It was wonderful seeing all the diverse creations fellow Calgary artists had to offer, and visitors gave wonderful feedback, although sadly there weren't quite as many event patrons due to the competition of the popular Sun and Salsa Festival.
I was very excited to debut my shirts, and got some great ideas from the comments visitors made as well. Some of the suggestions have already begun and have shown promise at my weekly booth at Sunnyside Hillhurst market on Sundays.
Here's to the next event and another great week for everyone :)
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