TheOliveSparrow

Good Handmade Goods & Supplies -- Made by You or Me

Toronto, Canada · 1266 Sales

TheOliveSparrow

Good Handmade Goods & Supplies -- Made by You or Me

Toronto, Canada 1266 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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(293)

Announcement   Hello, welcome to the Olive Sparrow. Please comon’ in. How wonderful, that you are visiting. Please take all the time you need to look around. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. …

Ahh.. you would like to know more about me, I’m very happy to share with you.

The Olive Sparrow is me, Monika Aebischer, life-long artist and creator. I was born and raised in Switzerland until 1987, at which time I left for Canada to learn English, fell in love with the country and decided to stay.

When you purchase one of my treasures, you not only get an object of beauty, but also part of me and my diverse experience of over 30 years of working with my hands.

The Olive Sparrow shop features good hand-made goods, my soul work. I also work as a painter of mixed-media fine art (www.monikaaebischer.com). However, working with my hands and textiles is another aspect of mine and through the Olive Sparrow I live my dream of creating and using all of my accumulated skills.

The focus of this shop is Waldorf inspired dolls, called The Olive Sparrow Children, clothes for them and supplies so that you can make your own high-quality hand-made goods.

All my Olive Sparrow children are one of a kind creations and I won’t duplicate them. Every so often you might find a listing for a custom doll, although I keep those very limited to ensure that my full creativity finds its outlet through this store.

Enjoy your look around!

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 27, 2017

Hello, welcome to the Olive Sparrow. Please comon’ in. How wonderful, that you are visiting. Please take all the time you need to look around. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. …

Ahh.. you would like to know more about me, I’m very happy to share with you.

The Olive Sparrow is me, Monika Aebischer, life-long artist and creator. I was born and raised in Switzerland until 1987, at which time I left for Canada to learn English, fell in love with the country and decided to stay.

When you purchase one of my treasures, you not only get an object of beauty, but also part of me and my diverse experience of over 30 years of working with my hands.

The Olive Sparrow shop features good hand-made goods, my soul work. I also work as a painter of mixed-media fine art (www.monikaaebischer.com). However, working with my hands and textiles is another aspect of mine and through the Olive Sparrow I live my dream of creating and using all of my accumulated skills.

The focus of this shop is Waldorf inspired dolls, called The Olive Sparrow Children, clothes for them and supplies so that you can make your own high-quality hand-made goods.

All my Olive Sparrow children are one of a kind creations and I won’t duplicate them. Every so often you might find a listing for a custom doll, although I keep those very limited to ensure that my full creativity finds its outlet through this store.

Enjoy your look around!

Monika Aebischer

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Monika Aebischer

18 Micron Wool Roving - 50 grams (1.75 oz) - Lace
$3.37
Spiral Felting Needle - 38 gauge and 40 gauge
$1.59
Thread for LaibYala Doll Skin
$2.27
Dyed Batt - Mountain Sheep - 27 micron
$1.89
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Kim Dallaire

Kim Dallaire on Apr 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It's a flower cape for Mother Nature!

Jami

Jami on Apr 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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About

These Hands

The Olive Sparrow is me, Monika Aebischer, I am a life-long artist and creator.

Born in Switzerland in late sixties. Immigrated to Canada in 1987. Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) honours (1999); awarded Governor General’s Medal and Ontario College of Art and Design Medal.

Monika Aebischer has been creating with her hands for over 30 years. Growing up in Switzerland she received a foundation curriculum of 8 years in needlework – sewing, knitting, mending, basketry, embroidery, etc.. Combining these skills with studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (Honours, Governor Generals Award 1999) – her focus was in textiles, paper making and sculpture – her work is very unique. Monika is an artist with extensive technical knowledge in a wide range of techniques. She has managed her art studio in down town Toronto since 1997.

Awards, Scholarships & Grants
2003 Elected to Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) (member for 8 years)
2002 Best Graduate Booth Design—Uniquely Ontario (Toronto International Gift Fair)
1999 Governor General’s Medal—Printmaking (OCAD).
1999 Ontario College of Art & Design Medal—Printmaking
1999 M. Joan Chalmers Scholarship—Printmaking (OCAD)
1999 Dr. Eugene A Poggetto Scholarship—Printmaking (OCAD)
1999 Intermediate/Advanced Papermaking Award—Handmade Paper (OCAD)
1999 Diana Myers Book Award—Bookarts (OCAD)
1999 Peacock’s Hardware Prize—Surface Design (OCAD)
1999 Dr. Eugene A. Poggetto Award—Printmaking (OCAD)
1999 George A. Reid Award—Printmaking (OCAD)
1996 Advanced Printmaking Award, OCAD Printmaking department—Award for Proficiency in Contemporary Papermaking
Publications

Maclean’s Magazine, 25 March, 2013 – Waldorf-inspired Dolls
FiberArts Magazine, March/April 2008
Show Catalogue, Town Square Gallery Solo Show, Monika Aebischer – New Work, 2007

Miscellaneous
Owner and creator at The Olive Sparrow – maker of Waldorf inspired dolls, wet-felted goods, hand-dyed play silks and sewn items.
Juror, OKWA (Organization of Kingston Women Artist), 2009
Workshops at Meta4 Gallery, Port Perry, ON
Demonstration and “Play date” to Art Guild of Scarborough
Hosted “Play date” for members of SCA (Society of Canadian Artists)
Demonstration to SCA members at Arts and Letters Club (Topic: Working with Liquid Wax on Paper),
Workshops at Studio Six, Markham (Workshops included: Paste Papers; The Zen of Multi Media Collage)
Lectured to OCAD Material Arts and Design students, on the topic of preparing thesis body of work

Costume and Set Design
1999 Prop design and production for “Thieving”, a Riot House Production at Tim Simms Playhouse (Second City)
1997 Set design and production for “Thieving”, a Riot House Production for Summer Works Theatre Festival in Toronto, On
1996 Historical costumes and set designed and produced for “Tribute 1764”, an Ontario tourist Board and Dale Barnes Production at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons, Midland, On
1995 Historical Costumes designed and manufactured for “Officers 1893”, a Dale Barnes Production staged at the Marine Museum, CNE, Toronto, Canada (Officer jackets, Victorian gowns)

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Last updated on September 13, 2011
The Olive Sparrow is Monika Aebischer, life-long artist and creator. When you purchase one of my treasures, you not only get an object of beauty, but also part of me and my diverse experience of 30 years of working with my hands.

I have been making dolls since the 1980’s, not always Waldorf Inspired dolls, but traditional Swiss fabric dolls which are the same as Waldorf dolls in body, with a different way of making a head.

The Olive Sparrow Children are beautiful, high-quality cloth dolls based on Waldorf values such as high quality workmanship, materials and nurturing design.

They are created with the best materials available in the market, ECO-100 certified skin fabrics in 100% Cotton from Switzerland, the cleanest green eco wool from Canada and wonderfully soft up-cycled and new natural fabrics for the clothes. Each seam is sewn twice to allow for fierce loving of the little soul joining your family. The hair is hand knotted and the dresses are sewn with french seams to allow for little hands pulling and tugging when playing.

The play silks are dyed with low-impact dyes in a wonderful, realistic to nature way in softly and mysteriously graduated colours.

Pricing of my goods is based on sustainability for both the artist and the receiver of the item. Quality work is my prime objective, not volume of merchandise. I can imagine nothing more beautiful than a child building a bond with an Olive Sparrow Child that will last through hours and hours of play and will still engage that little human child as an adult. This kind of workmanship takes a lot of time and fine, detailed work, all produced in Canada.

Check out my blog at:

http://theolivesparrow.typepad.com/

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Payment
Paypal is preferred. If you are local and wish to pick up the goods in person, I also accept VISA and Mastercard over the phone.
Shipping
All goods are shipped from TORONTO, CANADA.
All goods listed are ready for packaging and shipping within 2 days of order placed (weekends and holidays add a few extra days), as soon as the payment clears they are on their way.
Shipping quotes are for the most cost effective means of transport.

I will only ship to your Paypal listed addresses. Please ensure that these addresses are up to date

International customers: Please inquire for exact shipping costs to your destination, there are so many variables and we prefer to quote exact amount. Please note, that you are responsible for any duties and fees your country might charge. Also, delivery times might vary substantially based on customs procedures (add 2 – 3 weeks for a package to clear customs).

If you would like to have shipping insurance, tracking, etc. additional charges will apply. Please let me know and I will be happy to add those via a quote for total cost of shipment.

I am not responsible for lost packages where insurance was not requested.

Local Customers: If you choose to pick up your goods from me directly, I will refund you the shipping cost at the time of pick-up in cash.
Refunds and Exchanges
Your complete satisfaction with any item made by my hands is of the utmost importance to me. If you have any concerns regarding the quality or workmanship of our goods please contact us immediately after the receipt of the item.

Sorry I do not offer refunds on items that have been paid for if the buyer simply changes their mind about the purchase. 


I will offer a replacement item for any item that turns up damaged. If this happens I need to be notified within 4 days of receiving the package (and not having been played with). When I receive the damaged item back I will replace the item as soon as possible with another similar item (we would have some communication on the replacement with photos of the suggested replacement), of the same size and value, or you might choose a store credit. Please note that I will not refund shipping cost (or return cost).
Additional policies and FAQs
I do very limited custom orders; I will place a spot for a custom doll in my shop when I am able to work on them. Please check my blog for an announcement.

Pricing of all Olive Sparrow Goods is based on sustainability for both the artist and the receiver of the item. Quality work is my prime objective, not volume of merchandise. I can imagine nothing more beautiful than a child building a bond with an Olive Sparrow Child that will last through hours and hours of play and will still engage that little human child as an adult. This kind of workman ship takes a lot of time and fine, detailed work, and being produced in Canada must be able to sustain an artists’ life here.

Guarantee:
Your Olive Sparrow Child is guaranteed against defects in the workmanship and materials for 1 year. Please contact the Olive Sparrow at info [!at] theolivesparrow.com should you have any concerns.

We also offer doll doctor services, please contact me for information.

Olive Sparrow Child Care instructions:
Your child will want to take his/her doll along on many adventures and you might be fearful that it will loose its clean appearance. This does happen, however it is also an adult concern, not one of the child. If you see it necessary, try to do a spot removal before giving it a whole bath. Long hair should be braided before washing, to keep it from matting. When you submerge the doll into water, it will take many days to dry. Please mention that to your child, as they might miss their friend.

It is always preferable to spot clean only with a damp towel, with none or very little mild low-suds soap, DO NOT RUB. In a true emergency, partial immersion in mildly soapy, cool water should help, no agitation, and lie flat and face-up on a towel to dry.

To renew the dolls face add new blush from time to time. (Each doll is shipped with a bit of blush on a piece of linen). To make your own doll-blush, take a scrap of cloth and rub it with a red, pink and brownish crayon and then rub the cloth on the cheeks. It will look a little dark at first, but after a day or two it will soften.