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Three Hamilton women makers to check out this summer

If you’re looking to shop #HamOnt all-year-round, but don’t know where to start, these Hamilton women craft an array of options.

With the help of Jacqueline Hunter, show director for Craftadian’s Made in Hamilton market, we unearthed some beautiful, Hamilton-made goodies that will turn you into a fan and supporter of these talented women makers.

Part of Hunter’s mandate is to identify makers who are sharing small-batch, Canadian-made creations, and it’s something she’s passionate about.

“I especially love discovering new, local area makers and supporting their designs,” Hunter said. “I’m able to give them a platform to meet with their community face-to-face, which they would otherwise never be able to do because they’re on such a small scale.”

The fact that these businesses are Hamilton-owned is also an inspiration to her and a driving force behind the annual Made in Hamilton market, now in its third year. The makers on show carry a variety of items from jewellery and skincare to clothing, leather goods, edibles, and stationery — all with designs that reflect their expression.

Find these #HamOnt women along with a curated selection of more than 80 makers at Craftadian’s Made in Hamilton market this month on Saturday, August 17th at McMaster Innovation Park from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission runs for $5/adult with a portion donated to Hamilton’s Food4Kids. Be sure to visit craftadian.ca for details!

Patisserie Meringue

Born and raised in Hamilton, Sandy You’s eye-catching baked goods exude an air of clean, classic fun. One look and you’ll most likely want to purchase multiple boxes of Sandy’s delicious macarons (don’t say we didn’t warn you).

“My biggest inspiration is being able to put a smile on my customer’s face — plus all the love and passion for handmade is priceless,” says the owner. This sweet tooth bakes to Post Malone and Billie Ellish.

Former Fibres

Zero waste is all the rage in our consumerist world and maker Kylie Johnson of Former Fibres reuses scraps of fabric and thread to hand make her eco-friendly pet beds. What started as a Christmas gift for her dad has grown into a small business working the handmade market scene. In fact, Johnson loves being part of the Hamilton maker community going on to say “I’ve never met such a supportive and encouraging group of like-minded people.”

A Canadian at heart, The Barenaked Ladies and The Tragically Hip give this maker all the energy she needs to sew her orders into the wee hours of the night.

Couth & Nail

Artisan Tara Dyke creates handcrafted jewellery for the curious of heart, like the encapsulated crystal necklace, one of her bestsellers. She calls her creations “a wearable curiosity cabinet.”

Her macabre designs are inspired by all things strange and beautiful with materials that are ethically and responsibly sourced, ensuring a unique and individualized product. Psychedelic sounds, Motown and Glam-rock are Dyke’s playlist go-tos that put her in the perfect headspace to create.

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