A Review of Makeology 2016
This past Saturday, April 16 at The Cotton Factory in Hamilton, Makeology 2016 was a really well-attended event celebrating handmade, local goods and guess who was there? Yours truly! I made my way to Makeology with my partner in crime Dana to experience this creative craft fair.
A Bit of Background on Makeology…
Makeology, which started only 3 years ago was originally an online Facebook group that brought like-minded makers or makeologists together. The community of talented artists ranged from soap makers, to knitters, to card makers, to macrame, to pottery, to so much more! And these are all representations of the crafters next door, or a community of makers that is truly North American. The actual Makeology Fair is a one day event that brings a carefully curated collection of these crafters and makers under one roof. Like most craft shows, every item you find is unique and made with love and therefore is not your typical mass-produced stuff. It’s a great place to buy yourself something special or to find the perfect gift. At the same time you get to support local, small businesses. Win-win!
The Makeology Experience
The Makeology Fair was at The Cotton Factory, Hamilton’s largest creative arts facility that is in what was 1900s industrial building. It is located in the deep part of the city, or lower Hamilton, where honestly I don’t go much. Dana and I were excited to finally check out the space inside the Cotton Factory and we appreciate that the venue is bringing people to this part of the city. Still the surrounding area has some work to do… but the venue certainly provides a ray of hope and optimism. The space inside was very much like something you would see in Toronto, hip and trendy. It lent itself well to the fair and the overall look they were going for.
The lineup to get in to Makeology in the morning, which opened at 11am was long and almost unbearable. I would recommend avoiding this early crowd and coming for the afternoon since the event runs till 6pm. Clearly people were excited about the fair though which is great! I would also advise carpooling with friends since parking was also a bit messy, though free so who is to complain?
Once we entered and took in the beautiful space, we rewarded ourselves for our perseverance with some delicious Durand Coffee who were also serving up Donut Monster to Dana’s excitement! Having a local coffee shop serving up drinks at the fair was definitely a highlight! They even had chairs and tables to sit and enjoy your cup of coffee while planning out what to buy next.
Next up, we checked out all the vendors, admiring their unique creativity and the quality of the handmade goods. The set-up was really impressive and it was easy to cover all of the vendors within reasonable time. We loved the handmade soap vendors and I did buy some lavender soap from Lavami Soap, based in Toronto, and this has to be the best smelling lavender soap I’ve come across! Dana also bought a purse from Bookhou, also out of Toronto, that she had been looking for.
We also enjoyed getting to know other vendors that we would consider buying from in the future like Said the King specializing in very cute, even quirky home ware, like plates with sayings on them like “wipes mouth, kinda”. Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare had gorgeous products we would check out on her Etsy shop. There were so many types of handmade goods, you can check out the full list of vendors on their Makeologists page.
There was also the Makeology photo booth which was very fun and a nice way to capture the memory.
Overall we loved checking out all the unique crafts at Makeology and being inspired too! There is nothing like seeing locally made products that are made with talent and love all under one roof! This was also one of the first events of its kind in the area for spring, so great timing. This was a great event for Hamilton, since usually this type of thing would take place in Toronto. I hope to attend the 2017 Makeology Fair!