As mentioned in my last post, Julie, her cute baby son and I recently spent a lovely afternoon together in Toronto's Kensington Market, during which she introduced me to a shop that has now become a firm favourite -- Kid Icarus -- located at 205 Augusta, on the east side just north of Dundas, across from that little park.
While I've seen it before, I'd never been inside because I mistakenly thought it was a place that sold things specifically for children. While there are goods in this shop that would certainly appeal to kids, this combination retail area and screen-printing space is geared towards those who enjoy making things and lovers of handmade items.
I was totally taken by the amazing assortment of books and kits for makers, including instructions and supplies for diy stamp carving, origami, indigo dying, sewing, knitting and so much more!
According to their website, Kid Icarus is "Dedicated to finding the best in independent contemporary craft, with a focus on paper products, Kid Icarus takes pride in representing locally made items with the highest quality standards. The store is full of Canadian handmade goods from Vancouver to Halifax, and everything in between, with the majority of products coming from the neigbourhoods that make up the Greater Toronto Area."
They also offer all kinds of unique greeting cards and an assortment of fun gifts ...
↑ We really liked these crocheted cacti ↑
The retail part is only half of the concept though, as the back half of the shop is dedicated to screen-printing posters and prints.
If you're in Toronto, you may have recently seen the great poster for the Field Trip Music Festival that happened a couple of weeks ago -- it was created by the artists at Kid Icarus.
Many of their great looking prints, including the Field Trip poster, are available for sale in the shop.
If you like bright colours, making things, and/or are looking for an attractive handmade gift, you should check this wonderful shop out.
Maybe you'll go this weekend -- don't forget the market's summertime car-free Pedestrian Sundays! The weather's expected to be perfect for it.
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