Last week’s Style sticks-and-stones blog on nowtoronto.com hinted at Dr. Sketchy’s (www.drsketchy-toronto.com), a regular alt life-drawing class at the Cameron House (408 Queen West) that’s been pulling in a fair share of fashion illustrators. Tonight (Thursday, January 24), organizers launch Sketchy Retro at the Cameron, an anti-art-show exhibiting a year’s worth of work from the event. Doors open at 9 pm.
Just a couple of months into its crafty operation, the Purple Purl (1162 Queen East, 416-463-1162) is already amping up its DIY options. Jewellery designer Michelle Goldfinger has joined the Purple Purl’s Jennifer Campbell and Miko Schechter in their Queen and Jones boutique studio. Log on to margiejewellery.com for a listing of winter-session metalsmithing, glass fusing and beading classes. For Purple Purl class info, visit www.thepurplepurl.com.
Ecoholics and green shoppers who think going earthy means spending big have obviously never flipped through The Little Green Book Of Big Savings. Creator Allison Greenbaum has compiled a portable little paperback packed with coupons for local-, environmental- and fair-trade-sensitive goods and services. In addition to its $4,000 worth of savings, the volume’s packed with green living tips and resources. Visit www.thelittlegreenbook.ca to order a copy online for $20 or to browse a list of local retailers.
Spectacle has finally opened its new Distillery District location (55 Mill, building 53, 416-363-5300, www.spectacle-eyewear.com) on the same strip as Distill, Corktown Design and Vintage Gardener. A raw stone space is modernized with dramatic uplit glass shelves displaying signature eyewear from fab four-eyed labels like ic! Berlin, Paul Smith, Oliver Peoples and Cutler & Gross.