I attended the One of a Kind Show on opening day – fabulous!
I hate to admit how long I was there for (6 hours!!) but there were so many great things to see, beautiful things to buy and over 800 talented artisans to meet.
The One of a Kind show first started in 1975 and is the largest consumer craft show in North America. Everything sold at the show is made by hand in North America by Canadian and/or American artisans.
This year’s show had a real ‘bringing back the cottage’ vibe with a lot of natural, organic and re-purposed designs.
Here were some of my favourites.
Tremblay Mills www.peppermilltremblay.com had beautiful salt and pepper mills. Made with original materials (mill on right is made from the banksia nut) and vibrant colours these works of art give a whole new meaning to ‘Seasons’ Greetings!
Cedar Mountain Studios www.cedarmountainstudios.com creates wall art from reclaimed cedar boards. In their backyard studio a team of nine artists, 2 dogs and 1 cat design and build pieces that will make you stop, read, ponder and laugh.
The Identity Apparel Co. http://www.identitytees.ca had a colourful booth. I love Hudson Bay point blankets and Identity has re-purposed them into pillows and totes. Also knapsacks made from 1945 Swiss Army mess hall tents waxed canvas were very cool.
Industry keeps making the same thing over and over expecting a different result from us.
Imagine Woods www.imaginewood.com goal is to create new wooden tools that really work for you… like a curved spatula for round frying pans and one-handed salad tongs. The result is a line of Rock Maple kitchen utensils that are ambidextrous, beautiful, long lasting and most of all, useful. Brilliant!
Wineplanks www.wineplanks.com creates from recycled oak wine barrels unique serving trays, and candle holders.
And I love the undies at The Candi Factory www.candifactory.com. Sweet!
Definitely a show worth checking out.
All images via Modmissy