This week I had the opportunity to explore the One of a Kind Show here in Toronto which is running through Sunday, April 1st at Exhibition Place. The One of a Kind Show is held twice a year – once in the spring, and once before Christmas. I’ve only ever been to the show once, and it was a few years ago, so this was something a little bit new for me and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I really enjoyed my time exploring (so much so I went back on a second day), and I can see why it a spring tradition for many people in the Greater Toronto Area to attend the show.
If you don’t have the opportunity to attend I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from the show to share with you. Most of the artists have websites, so I’ll include them to you can take a look at more of their work. If you’re heading to the show this weekend I hope you’ll take a peek at the below to help you plan which of the many booths to explore (I’ve included the booth numbers).
Kerry Walford (Booth P-27) is an artist specializing in oil painting. The cute little ‘Bird with red Scarf’ above are $120 and I was rather tempted by them. She has prints and note cards available with her work as well if an oil original is outside your budget. www.kerrywalford.com
Pebble Art of Nova Scotia (Booth L-31) is created by Sharon Nowlan. All of the pebbles are collected on the beaches near her home. The picture above, entitled ‘Spring’ is $119 (my apologies for the photo which doesn’t do her work justice) pebbleart.ca Pebble Art on Etsy
Mara Minuzzo (Booth I-36) is an artist whose work I’ve seen before (most recently at The Artist Project). Her art blocks of Play Mobile figurines never fail to make me smile. ($35). Her art blocks of mid-century furniture items are great, and her paintings of people and scenery are wonderful . maraminuzzo.com Blue Trike on Etsy
MoonRox (Booth Q-32) is jewelry and accessories made by Monique Chan. I love the colours and the combination of the metal and cord. The lovely entwined bracelets above are $65. moonrox.ca Moonrox on Etsy
She Smiled and Ran (Booth N-44) is a contemporary jewelry line created by Annie Tung. The Wave ring ($320) above fits over two fingers, and made me wish my birthday hadn’t just passed. shesmiledandran.com
Nicole Tarasick (Booth G-35) creates handmade screen printed items. The Canadian airport codes were what first drew my attention to her booth, and I love that what she had displayed all had a distinct Canadian angle. Small pillow: $65, Large: $95 (both with feather fill) Nicoletarasick.com Nicole Tarasick on Etsy
Bookhou (Booth K-09) had a number of different products featured, but it was their textiles that drew my eye. I love these tea towels ($16) and the Moose onesie ($25) made me smile. Bookhou.com Bookhou on Etsy
Jenna Rose (Booth I-16) is a textile studio where all the designs are initially hand drawn by Jenna Fenwick before being screen printed using water-based pigments. I honestly couldn’t tell you which of Jenna’s designs I liked the best – they’re all gorgeous. Blankets $98, Tea towels $15, Pillows $60. Jennarose.ca Jenna Rose on Etsy
Avril Loreti (Booth L-05) is a textile designer whose use of vibrant colour and pattern is amazing. The tea towels above are $25 and I can’t decide which of them I like best (I keep changing my mind). Avrilloreti.com Avril Loreti on Etsy
I’m going to give your scrolling finger a rest and end this post here. I’ll post some more favorites later, but in the meantime, if you’re heading to the One of a Kind show this weekend make sure you visit the booths of the artist above, or take a peak at their websites.