I hope all my American friends had a great Turkey Day! Thanks to your holiday yesterday, I was able to take the day off work to visit the One of a Kind Christmas Show. This year I received a Media invitation to a preview breakfast and the show. Media?! So cool.
There SO MUCH great stuff to see so in case you are planning on attending I’m going to give you a run-down of my favourites, which I’ve broken down into four overall categories: 1. Canadiana, 2. Textiles, 3. Art, 4. Kid Stuff. If you aren’t in the Toronto area, I’ve provided links to all the artisans websites and/or Etsy shops so be sure to check them out!
All the artisans at the One of a Kind show are Canadians, but some really take their national pride to heart and the result are some unique pieces–identity apparel co.(website)
Identity’s brand is based on the ideals of the Canadian identity. Designed for the sophisticated male, they have an awesome collection of wool pillows, tees, bags, and hats bearing images of the queen, antlers, moose, beavers, geese, etc. If I was decorating a man cave, a few of their plaid wool pillows would be on the top of my list.
Nicole is a graphic designer and screen-printer whose work I first spotted at IDS 2011 (review here). Her pillows and textiles feature Canadian airport codes and images such as the Great Lakes. I’ve had my eye on a YYZ pillow for more than a year and I finally got one!
freshly printed (website)
Freshly Printed is a Toronto-based company producing household textiles, with a focus on environmentally conscious materials and production methods. Their hand drawn then screen-printed products feature nostalgic images of flora, fauna, cottage life, and icons like Canadian geese. This was just one of several booths who crafted lovely tea towels and napkins, it was hard to walk away empty handed.
vicki carruthers (website)
Vicki’s acrylic works are bright, energetic, and feature idyllic Canadian landscapes. Reminiscent of the Group of Seven, her stylized work drew me in and made me smile
I don’t know if it was just me, but there were a LOT of tea towels this year. I’m not complaining, I love them, but it took a lot of self-control not to buy them all up!
avril loreti – modern home (website)
Taking inspiration from antique market excursions, art and design history, icons and concepts cherished in our collective experience, Avril’s collection features playful patterns, and bright bold colours, perfect for the modern home. I desperately wanted one of her 72″ graphic table runners but sadly my dining table is a smidge too long.
tissage magély weaving (facebook)
The gorgeous muted colours and timeless stripes of the handwoven blankets made by Tisasage Magély Weaving were a real hit for me. Made in Drummond, NB., this family run business creates blankets, placemats and tea towels using traditional looms. For my friends in Ottawa, they will also be at the Originals Ottawa Christmans Craft sale from December 6 to December 16, 2012.
Bookhu has a shopfront on Dundas St. West in Toronto which is filled with multidisciplinary works in wood, ceramics, and textile. The booth at the show mostly showcased their bags, fold-over clutches, and tea towels, all of natural handmade materials. The designs and colours are just so laid-back chic.
kailey hawthorn (Etsy shop)
Kailey Hawthorn is a super sweet girl hailing from Kitchener. Her colourful and fun booth was packed with pillow, stockings, clocks, and upholstered benches in vibrant, bold, and trendy fabrics. Kailey sells all her work on Etsy so be sure to check out her affordable home decor items. What really piqued my interest were the upholstered ottomans and benches (crafted jointly be Kailey and her father) at really reasonable prices. If I had hadn’t been carrying five bags already I would have left with the black and white hounds tooth ottoman (above, bottom right)!
Ok, that’s it for my picks – part 1.
The show runs from today to December 2nd, so you have ten more days to pop in for a visit. Give yourself at least 3-4 hours to browse the booths of all 800 artisans. It took me about 3 hours to get through the show and to be honest I skipped almost all of the jewelry, clothing, and food vendors.