Sculptors, artists and jewelry designers make up the list of must-see makers.
Immerse yourself in the culture of craft at the 2022 One of a Kind show, running November 24 to December 4 at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. These must-see booths are at the top of our list!
MORRIS WAZNEY, BOOTH F-22
At this year’s One of a Kind show, be sure not to miss the work of Morris Wazney. Informed and incredibly detailed, Wazney’s bronze castings are works of art that fuse a realistic sculptural style with creative concepts. Among her collections, everyday objects, like a banana, alongside a surrealist statue of a gramophone attached to a human spine.
MT PROSPECT STUDIO, BOOTH Q-29
Mt Prospect is the creative practice of Jenny Santos, a second generation Filipino-Canadian artist based in Niagara. Her ceramic objects are formed into subtle, changing curves and textures with references to growth processes in nature. Though her work features stunning display pieces, many serve functional purposes, including fruit bowls, plant pots and candleholders.
UPPDOO Inc., BOOTH I-06
Ricky Shi’s handbags and accessories are designed with originality and quality in mind. The Toronto-based designer founded Uppdoo in 2012 and has grown the brand to include artwork, jewellery, home goods and accessories. But, his line of handbags is the undeniable flagship of the brand – featuring vintage-inspired designs with genuine Italian leather and fine hardware.
BOTANICAL ART BY DIANE DE ROO, BOOTH D-19
From her own backyard, artist Diane De Roo finds inspiration for her extraordinary wall hangings. That’s because the art itself is grown in De Roo’s Okanagan Valley garden. Cut into razor-thin slices, vegetables, herbs and flowers are dried, pressed and cast into the curiosity-provoking decorative art and décor pieces.
MINI-CINEMA LIGHTBOXES, BOOTH G-29
Montreal-based artist and cinematographer Hugo Cantin uses vintage film stock (and an apparent love of movies) to create his beautiful abstract works. Linear and colourful, the found film is illuminated with LEDs framed in wood or metal lightboxes. By splicing at selected scenes and playing with colour, Cantin creates a second take on the narrative. Other works take digitized film keyframes which are then reassembled into psychedelic patterns and superimposed on Plexiglas.
VERONIQUE ROY JWLS, BOOTH F-56
Everything design-related inspires Montreal’s Véronique Roy including architecture and urban landscapes. Her eponymous studio creates minimal jewellery pieces with precious metals and natural stones, each a treasure that Roy selects for their beauty, uniqueness and colour. The elegant collections, which range from stacking rings to engagement rings, necklaces and cuffs have a strong yet delicate nature.
TUNGAA DESIGN, Booth N-22
Ever try to find the perfect, pared-down tote or purse — Tungaa’s tactile felt bags are just the ticket. Designer Tungaa Johnstone crafts environmentally friendly and cruelty-free wool felt pieces. The hand-crafted bags pay close attention to the details that make the difference. From their backpacks to totes and organizers, the collections are sure to be everyday staples.
OZ & ELLA, Booth K-25
Oz & Ella’s designs by Kelly Kan are the next gen in teething necklaces. These stylish pieces would make any new mom (and teething baby) very happy. Style isn’t just for the sleep-deprived set — anyone can wear these light and tactile pieces that blend a unique modern take on the statement necklace with a well-honed aesthetic. The collection boasts unique, asymmetrical designs and playful takes on colour and pattern — the terrazzo one is our favourite, of course.