Join us for an eventful May Day weekend celebration! Starting Friday May 1, in partnership with the Hamilton and District Labour Council, we invite you and your families to help us celebrate May Day 2015. There will be music, food and drinks. This is a free event.
On Saturday May 2, WAHC will be host to two modern-day crafts people – a knitter and a shoemaker! Have you ever wondered how shoes are made? Or how intricate sweaters are knit? Anna Zygowski of Anna Kari Fine Knitwear and Aimee Burnett of Pedlar Stock Shoes will be demonstrating their craft, showing you their tools, talking about the history of what they do, and generally answering all your questions about knitting, knitting machines and shoemaking! This event is geared for the whole family, and includes kid-friendly activities.
Aimee Burnett was formally educated formally as a graphic designer before learning to shoemake in Toronto from Nasser Vies. As a designer Aimee has worked in Toronto, San Francisco and Berlin before beginning Pedlar Stock with her partner Gabriel Baribeau. Pedlar Stock began in the Spring of 2014 in Simcoe ON and picked up again in January of 2015 in Hamilton. Pedlar Stock’s workspace is located in Casino on Mary St, a collaborative arts space and gallery of which Aimee is a founding member.
Anna Zygowski has a Bachelors in Fashion Design from Ryerson, a Diploma in Textile Design from Sheridan and a Masters of Arts in Fashion Design from Ryerson. She has taught in the textile departments of OCADU and Sheridan College, and currently runs her own fine knitwear business, Anna Kari, designing women’s wear and selling to boutiques locally and internationally. Anna developed a proficiency in machine knitting following a life long interest in mechanical objects and analog technologies.