The Awesome Toronto winner this month is David Carey of LoveCRAFT T.O. Winner’s Q&A:
1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?
Thank you! It’s not everyday that someone hands you a paper bag full of money and says “go forth and make your City more awesome”. We feel really lucky to live in Toronto and can’t wait to marginally increase our collective awesomeness quotient.
LoveCRAFT T.O. is a roaming vending machine that will sell handmade art and craftwork. A vintage cigarette machine will be rescued, transformed, and filled with art. For just $5 or $10, patrons will be able to purchase unique work from local designers, artists, artisans, and craft-makers. LoveCRAFT will spend about 2 months in each location, continuing to travel around various locations in the City.
2) When do you think you’ll have the project actually selling art? Any ideas on the initial venue?
LoveCRAFT is inspired by a similar project in Pittsburgh (the “Craft-o-tron”!), so our first step will be to connect with them for their advice. We hope to be up and running by Summer 2013. There’s still a lot of work to be done before we can consider artist submissions. First, we have to secure the machine so we know details on sizing, selection, etc. We’re also looking forward to enlisting some community partners.
The Catering & Events Manager at The Gladstone was nice enough to offer us their space for the launch of LoveCRAFT. We think that’s perfect, since that’s where our Awesome Foundation grant was awarded. After The Gladstone, we’ll likely venture outside of west end. We want to make sure that LoveCRAFT T.O. roams all throughout the City, both within arts/craft hubs and beyond.
3) I’m an artist / art lover and I’d like to be a part of your project! Were can I follow your work, and how can I get in touch?
In the meantime, people can start following our new Twitter feed @LoveCRAFT_TO. Soon we’ll also have a Facebook account so people can start getting in touch then. Stay tuned!