LOOK LOCAL – Ariane Griffiths first entered the maker scene in 2001 while caring for her newborn daughter. She began creating handmade soaps, and quickly found herself experimenting with various craft mediums. Griffiths decided to launch an Etsy shop where she could sell her creations online, but she needed some help getting her e-commerce business off the ground.
When she turned to Etsy Canada for support, Griffiths learned there was not a regional team assigned to her area. One opportunity led to another and suddenly a new business idea was born. Griffiths launched Etsy York Region in 2016, and the organization rebranded to become York Region Handcrafted Maker’s Association one year later. “We have a variety of makers that range from jewelers to potters to painters to seamstresses,” says Griffiths. “We have gardeners, bakers, woodworkers and beekeepers. Our makers use all sorts of different materials to make their handcrafts.”Read More