Karyn Valino | the workroom

Karyn Valino


My degree is actually from Ryerson’s Media Arts program, where I majored in photography. My first creative loves were paper, bookbinding, photography and collage. Along the way, I also took woodworking, stained glass and neon signmaking classes. It wasn’t until I was working in New York City that I discovered sewing and immediately fell in love with making my own clothes.
Maisy | the workroom


Our dearest shop dog who saw us through the workroom’s first nine years. We could not have built such a welcoming space without her sweet guidance and company. We miss her sweet face every day.


Andrew Cloutier | the workroom

Andrew Cloutier

Graphic Designer

I enjoy working on our houses, immersing myself in nature, riding my bike, making things out of wood, and designing stuff. A part of my heart lives permanently in British Columbia and I try to visit it as often as possible.

Alexis Da Silva Powell | the workroom

Alexis Da Silva Powell

My earliest making memory is obsessively weaving construction paper. So obsessively, in fact, that I quickly ran out of construction paper and took to shredding any paper I could get my tiny hands on. Always one to encourage my creative pursuits, my mom allowed me to paint wall-sized murals in the kitchen and on the windows looking out into our backyard — worms were my speciality.
Carolanne Graham | the workroom

Carolanne Graham


My education is in English Literature and Librarianship and sewing obsessions started early for me. I suffered devastation in Grade 7 Home Economics when my teacher gave me an A- on a very complicated hot dog pillow. I made 9 more cushions before I got the A grade I thought I deserved (and before the teacher refused to mark any more pillows!).
Ignacia Ibarra Black | the workroom

Ignacia Ibarra Black

Making stuff is in my family; we are a clan of creatives. We are painters, artists, seamstresses, knitters, fibre artists, photographers, crafters and makers of every sort of thing. I never lacked for inspiration or encouragement, and pursued every creative curiosity, since I was small.
Annie Lum | the workroom

Annie Lum

My background includes a diploma in pattern drafting and clothing construction from George Brown. I also have a BDes from OCAD where I majored in industrial design and minored in material art & design. The latter included ceramics, woodworking and weaving.

Johanna Masko | the workroom

Johanna Masko


I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, but my crafty education comes directly from Mom!! She sewed, knitted, macraméed, embroidered — you name it!

When I’m not at the workroom, I’m a mother and wife, plus stitching, designing and sewing as much as humanly possible.

Leo S

My great-uncle Moshe was a tailor. When he first came to Canada he sewed pockets on an assembly line for Harry Rosen. He taught me how to construct a welt pocket and that set off my admiration for technique and precision. I inherited Moshe’s scissors and they are my most beloved tools.
Joanna Schleimer | the workroom

Joanna Schleimer


Joanna Schleimer is a hand weaver using fine, natural materials to create delicate, personal and nostalgic textiles.  Her studio work focuses on embedding imagery within cloth, exploring both additive and subtractive processes, both on and off the loom. She is particularly interested in memories and feelings that are evoked from meaningful garments and heirloom objects.