I’m not gonna lie — I spent five hours at Artist’s Alley today at Fan Expo. I loved talking to the vendors, asking them about their work, and just bonding with fellow nerds and crafters. If you’re going to be at the con this weekend, here’s a list of some of my favourite fashion-related vendors that you should check out at Artist’s Alley:
Mad Hatter Designs
Hand-made jewellery by creator Brittany. Based out of Mississauga, ON, she makes pieces out of polymer clay from some of our favourite nerdy pastimes. Check out some of these photos of her booth. If you like what you see, check out her Etsy shop!
I may or may not have recognized this vendor based on the pang of crafter jealousy I felt upon seeing the array of creative and cute wrist warmers — among other goodies! Maria is an artist based out of Guelph, ON, who specializes in crochet work. She tried to keep her wrist warmers to a 2-hour work schedule. Her most popular item are her Iron Man Power Wristies ($45 on her Etsy shop).
Oh My Geekness
This booth is run by creator Jess Firsoff. She specializes in miniature jewellery and is hoping to get into creating props for cosplay soon. So far her Ocarina pieces are the hottest items in her shop (seen in second photo as earrings). If you can’t make it to the con, be sure to take a look at her Etsy shop! She was one of the few vendors catering to men as well as women as seen by her cuff links in the last photo!
Jewellery by Olivia
Based out of Vancouver, BC, Olivia (who was camera-shy) came all the way out to Toronto to share her accessories. Her store’s online presence is unfortunately limited to only Facebook. Her jewellery is a great mix of cute and creepy — including severed arm necklaces made from old Barbies.
Readers, I finally tried on my first corset! All thanks to Heather Jacobsen, the creator of Toronto-based Apollonie. She specializes in corsets, costumes, millinery, dresses, historical costumes, and custom work. The over busts are all custom made for the best fit possible. Her corsets are meticulously made with spring steel boning — meaning they’ll bend but not break. Her feature piece, the Iron Man corset, took her two weeks to complete. Full catalogue and ordering information at the Apollonie website.
There are so many amazing vendors to see, but if you’re short on time and looking for some really great fashion buys, definitely check out these artists. Tons of talent and the prices aren’t too bad!