Gord Smith‘s place is an art gallery in its own right, but after coffee this afternoon, he introduced me to another place he likes, right across the street.
View from my chair in Gord’s living room. The “Open Cube” steel piece is a new one.
Carlaw Avenue, between Queen Street and Gerrard is a great strip to explore on foot, full of art and maker spaces. From the outside, you might not guess, so you have to open doors and go inside.
RAWspace is a good example. It is where Alyshaalex makes and sells her unique jewellery … wearable sculptures, really … and it is much more because you can make your own jewellery there, too. Equipment, tools and supplies are all there, and workshops teach you how to use them. Engaged couples are making their own rings, but you can make any piece of jewellery you can imagine, even cast metal.
The small store frontage disguises a surprisingly spacious, deep space, full of carefully chosen pieces of art glass, textile pieces, wall art, and of course, jewellery. I was delighted to see my friend Nora Wales Floré incense on display. Karen Bell is a friend, too. She designed Nora’s labels. Everything at RAWspace said “quality” to me. Some small Gord Smith pieces are on display … little gems, in good company.
From left: Gord, Alysha, Rochelle (Alysha’s mother) and me. Nice place, friendly people.