Maker of Cozy // Mother of Cats
Fibre Arts & Event Coordinating all wrapped up in a cozy little package.
My name is Mazie Bones (or Bishop if you’re fancy), I live in St Catharines, I’m a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, a writer, editor and designer, and a full-fledged yarn addict! I spend most of my time crocheting, playing dungeons and dragons or planning community events for local makers and small business owners!
I have been hosting local events for close to 8 or 9 years in some capacity or another! From writing workshops and poetry readings, to Zine Making Workshops and over 60 markets over the past 2 years!
I started hosting events out of pure neccesity. My business was less than a year old when I decided I wanted to break into the market scene! To my surprise the table fees on some of the events I applied to were hefty investments, that I, a very small business owner didn’t have! I hated how discouraged I felt from the maker community in that moment and I decided that I didn’t want anyone else to feel like they didn’t have a place. New makers and old alike, I created a little market community that was accessible for everyone! My great friend Rob MacNinch from Fine Grind Cafe supplied me with his cafe as a venue, and the markets haven’t stopped since! now I host two or more market dates there a month!
I still only charge $5 for tables at these events because I want to ensure that everyone can afford the market, but at the same time feel like they are buying into the advertising of the event. 100% of the table fees go into advertising for the event and the system has been working great!
Over the past two years the community has grown so much and I have done my best to maintain a “Community over Competition” mentality throughout it all! I hope that whenever I have a conversation with a new maker or a hopeful and aspiring artist that I leave them feeling encouraged, supported and like they have a special place in our market family!
I have used my market platforms to raise funds for a few different animal sanctuaries and charities, and I am so proud for all the hard work this community has done to give back when they can!