Toronto's Hottest New Designer: You!
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Toronto’s Hottest New Designer: You!

2006_06_30Vanessa.jpgIf the new fall stuff trickling into Urban Outfitters isn’t turning your crank, there is an alternative to those hip, quirky t-shirts that you love so much: make your own!
Sure, you can get some stencils and spray paint and hope for the best, but that might be a disaster. A better alternative may be to pay a visit to one of the places around town running screenprinting workshops. That way, you can create new things that look professional and awesome and make all your friends jealous.
Popfuel is a membership-supported screenprinting studio that offers beginner workshops on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. The cost is $150, and includes supplies to make 3 t-shirts and 50 posters. If you love it, you can apply the fee towards a year-long membership (access to the studio is 24 hours a day!).
The Craft Studio at Harbourfront also runs one-day workshops. The next two are August 21 and September 3, and cost $145. You’ll have to bring your own t-shirts (or dresses or underwear) to this one, and you’ll be able to print somewhere between four and six items. Call 416 973-4952 to register.
Peach Beserk’s next two classes are on August 6 and August 20. For $179, you’ll get 2 yards of fabric, a t-shirt, and nine fun-filled hours of arty goodness. For $29, you can take your screen home and print forever. Once you’ve taken the class, you can rent studio time for $15/hour.
All three workshops require bringing your own designs to print (if you don’t identify as an artist, you may wish to spend an afternoon at the Reference Library with a loaded-up copy card).