Celebrate the culture of craft at One of a Kind Show March 30 to April 3 (2022), Enercare Centre, Toronto’s Exhibition Place
One of a Kind’s 2022 spring show makes a splash with 350 booths, carrying everything from homewares to fine jewellery. Curated under the banner of Flourish, there is an underlying theme of personal growth and self-care. After a tough couple years, now is definitely the time to celebrate personal growth and new beginnings, exemplified by some of the makers in the show, several who started up their creative practices during the pandemic. Talking to the artisans and interacting with their creations first-hand adds so much to the story and intent behind your next set of mugs, or painting, or gift for a loved one. Shopping in-person, locally and from small-goods creators has never looked or felt better. Some of the makers on our must-see list for One of a Kind (Spring 2022) include.
1. Celina K Studio, Booth L-19
The ceramic works of Celina Kang appear both precise and organic. Beautifully minimal in their palette and forms, each one has a textural beauty that’s finer than most. Her work spans from sculptural vases to more practical plates and mugs. Kang is a ceramic artist and interior designer with a keen eye for nature’s beauty. By focussing on elements of nature (minerals, particles, and clay), she crafts timeless pieces you’ll want to pass down.
2. Jackie Lee, Secret Planet Print Shop, Booth B-29
This Toronto-based print shop is coming out with a wide range of fun, whimsical prints. Graphic and colourful, these pieces are a unique and affordable way to add some local artwork to your home. With a bricks and mortar shop on the Danforth, the print shop is the brainchild of Jackie Lee, a local printmaker and screen printer. Every art print, card and t-shirt is of her design, many with themes of travel, future/space, and, everyone’s favourite…cats.
3. Yudith Abecassis, house & honey, Booth K-59
House & honey’s polymer-clay earrings hit all the right notes this season. In a soft palette of pastels and muted jewel tones, the pieces are sculptural and bold. With statement earrings still on the radar, these dangly options are handcrafted in small-batches with quality materials. The jewellery and accessories made by this woman-positive company create a unique contemporary mix of traditional clay in fun, modern shapes.
4. Romy Schill, Revolution Wool Company, Booth G-52
Based in Wallenstein, Ontario, this homegrown company produces beautiful and ethical wool pieces of heirloom quality. Celebrating the natural thermoregulation properties of wool, along with its durability and comfort, these simple pieces would fit into any décor. You’ll find blankets but also luxurious finds such as wool pillows and mattress pads. A family-run business that celebrates the land and the animals themselves, the Revolution Wool Company has our vote for tactile and eye-appealing wool goods.
5. Wendy Taylor, Tree Nuggets, Booth H-22
An early childhood educator based in Verona, Ontario, Wendy Taylor crafts wood toys and blocks with natural beauty. Graphic and eye appealing, the pieces can even be appreciated as sculpture, enticing both children and adults to play. Using natural cues like rainbows and beehives, their appeal is instant. With a goal to create open-ended toys to spark the imagination, Taylor makes blocks in several finishes using woods sourced in Ontario and finished in eco-friendly oils and beeswax. Many sets are complemented by colourful gems to catch the light just so.