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What you’ve heard is true. I am co-curating an exhibition outside of the Freedom space. But wait, just hear me out! It’s all in the spirit of collaboration, I swear!


Socks (2010). Cotton, embroidery thread, lurex. Mended by Grant Heaps. Photographed by Danijela Pruginic.


FOR KEEPS is an exhibition of ordinary objects made extraordinary by the efforts their owners have made to recognize, save, store, and repair – and our own desire to assign value and meaning in a disposable society. Some of the objects contributed include a 1920s dress, ripped open for an emergency delivery (and subsequently restitched), and a decaying teddy bear passed down and loved through generations. Oh, and socks.

If you come out for the opening reception, you’ll certainly be seeing some familiar Freedom faces. The reception will be thrown by WORN Fashion Journal, the independent fashion publication that you’ve seen on Freedom’s shelves. It will involve a mending circle, where everyone is welcome to bring personal items that are in need of repair and finally learn how to mend them. Sarah Ottewell, whose super cozy mittens, leggings and blankets are available at Freedom, will be one of our Mending Gurus of the night. If you came during her Designer Saturday session at Freedom two summers ago, you’d know how good of a teacher she is! Plus, Lisa Conway will perform later on in the night. You remember her from that one time in the summer when her and the rest of The Owle Bird crew played a magical set in our backyard, right??

This project also introduced me to fantastic new people! My co-captain is Jen Anisef, the gal behind the Toronto Craft Alert. The exhibition is presented by City of Craft 2010 and will still be running during the weekend of the fair. Needless to say, the Freedom crew and I hope for this to be the start of many more exciting collaborations with Jen and Becky!

FOR KEEPS features work by and contribution from Serene Daoud, Becky Johnson, Leah Buckareff, Angela Turner, Jacqueline Lawson, Mary Kroetsch, Alison L. Pearce and Grant Heaps. It also features photography by Danijela Pruginic.


Exhibition runs through Dec 21, 2010 at Cream Tangerine Gallery, 1087 Queen St W, Toronto

Opening Reception on Thursday, Dec 9 / 7-9pm mending circle / 10 pm L-CON


Not to worry, this doesn’t mean that I’m neglecting Freedom’s programming. Indeed, the next night, Dec 10, is the opening reception for Paperback Nobodies No More. The deadline for the submissions is TOMORROW and the details of the party will be officially released soon after. But, ummm… spoiler, Beekeepers Society will be playing at the party. You didn’t hear it from me.

Two awesome opening receptions, one night after another. Yes, of course you can handle it!!!

See you soon! -Marsya


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Our June exhibition opening was a huge success and we thank everyone for coming out to celebrate the work of Gillian Goerz and Wilfred Wong. On June 17th, Freedom quickly filled up with excited supporters of the two emerging artists. Refreshments, laughs, and live music by The Owle Bird, were thoroughly enjoyed. You can check out their works at Freedom until July 11th.

Thank you for your continuing support!

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