Rachel Lyon creates jewellery, cards and stamped bags for Paper Hearts Handmade. Right now, she’s donating a portion of her proceeds to help those affected by the Alberta floods.
SDTC: How did you get started creating?
Rachel Lyon: I’ve been doodling since I could hold a pencil, and sewing half my life. My styles of creations have definitely changed over the years but I haven’t ever looked back.
SDTC: What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever made?
RL: I love making my canvas cosmetic pouches. The process is really fun, I carve the stamps by hand out of linoleum, stamp the fabric, and sew up the bags. They’ve been a hit with my customers and friends!
SDTC: What advice would you give to young artists?
RL: Make something unique that you’re truly proud of.
SDTC: What’s the best reaction/story/experience you’ve ever heard in relation to your pieces?
RL: The moment I saw one of my stamped tote bags on someone while out and about on King Street. Stopped me in my tracks.
SDTC: Why should people come to the Flea?
RL: Toronto is full of talented artists, and I think there is something for everyone at the Flea! Plus, who doesn’t love the Gladstone?