So many art- and style-boosting events are reserving spots at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, 416-531-4635), you've got to wonder where the hotel stashes all its guests. This weekend (Friday, April 28, to Sunday, April 30) OBJECToronto checks into the second floor with its annual exhibition and sale of contemporary arts, crafts and design work. Over 20 artists show off sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and textiles. The opening reception starts at 6 pm on Friday. Admission throughout the weekend is $5.
Spring classes are in full swing at Sew Be It Studio (2156 Yonge, 481-7784), and there are still a few chances to get in on some warm-weather stitching and serging. Newbie sewers can sign up for five-week beginners' classes starting up throughout May and June ($225). And log on to www.sewbeitstudio.com/camps for info on summer camp options to occupy your eight-to-16-year-old budding couturier.
Toronto-transplant designer and OCAD grad Cody Cochrane has set up a T-shirt shop in Glasgow, Scotland. Back home shoppers can log on to andylovesyou.com to check out and PayPal-purchase the Andy line of illustrated Ts she produces with partner Ana Cruzalegui . The collection is named for Molly Ringwald's Pretty In Pink character and features line illustrations of other famous Andys (Warhol) and 80s icons (Joan Jett and Debbie Harry).
Our biggest birthday wishes go out to designer Annie Thompson , celebrating 25 bold years in the local fashion biz. A lot of homegrown talents abandon the fashionista struggle, but Thompson has stitched together a successful career by incorporating her artistic flair into coveted limited-edition clothing collections and patchworky accessories. Fans filled up the Mod Club on April 26 for a look back at her quarter-century of couturing. Check out fresh designs at her studio shop at 674 Queen West (416-703-383). www.anniethompson.ca .