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Mariel Gonzalez in Little Portugal

Where did you grow up? 

Brampton, just outside of Toronto.

What brought you to Toronto?

I moved here when I was 18 to go to university.

What do you do for a living?

I make things and paint things! I design accessories using leather and fur and other natural fabrics.

How did you get started?

I have been making things since as far back as I can remember. I would sell bags and silkscreened t shirts all throughout university to a few different shops in Toronto under the label Tadaa. I started Isak & Inger about 2 years ago after I left my job making mascots. First with a few shops in Toronto, The Future of Francis Watson, Virginia Johnson and Model Citizen, and then expanded into the more stores in Canada, the US and now Japan.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

Most of my friends live here, it’s a close walk to the park and a short bike ride to my studio.

What’s the last treasure you found?

My apartment.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

I would have a big dinner party at my house with my friends and lots of wine and all kinds of food but especially roasted beets!

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

I would fly my sister from Berlin and my BFF from Tokyo and we would stay up all night girl talking!

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Hokoyo by Thomas Mapfumo

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

Better pizza!

See Mariel’s work – Isak & Inger

© 2012 Arden Wray