One of a Kind Highlights
Long nights, cold weather, and seasonal foods, decorations, and music stalking you wherever you go: it’s Winter again, or close enough, which means a lot of us are scrambling to make or find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Fortunately (and not at all coincidentally) this is the peak season for craft fairs, markets, and pop-ups, and Torontonians have a lot to choose from.
We’re fans of the One of a Kind Show & Sale here at Raw Finery because we love the wide variety of makers who exhibit there. Each year at the show that promises to bring you “the best in Canadian Handmade” you’ll find everything from unique garments, jewellery, artwork, and home decor to locally produced food and body care items. This year’s show ends on Sunday, December 4, which means you still have a couple of days to head down to Exhibition Place and check things out.
Ben got to visit the Show on on Monday, and these are five of his favourite booths:
Leikey design (OOAK Show profile)
Soft, fuzzy, and full of personality–Keiley Stewart’s handmade stuffies, needle felt sculptures, and accessories take us back to our childhood drawings and picture book illustrations. Keiley’s wee critters are each slightly different but universally cute and would make cherished companions for kids of any age (great tree decorations or stocking stuffers too!). You can watch the artist at work in this video.
Mariclaro Sustainable Design (profile)
Upcycled leather is a more ethical and sustainable way to enjoy all the great properties of leather without adding to the waste our society creates. Cars and airplanes–the technology, history, and sense of journey shape and bear witness to the personality and identity of individuals and even generations. By salvaging leather, seat belts, and other articles from automotive and aircraft “waste”, the team at Mariclaro not only reclaim tonnes of perfectly good materials, they give those materials new life telling stories about where we’ve been.
Creations Li (profile)
Playful, whimsical, precious, clever, practical–there are so many words we could use to describe Wai-Yant Li’s handthrown pottery creations. Decorative and durable, elegantly simple, Li’s menagerie of cute creatures and visitors from some other realm perfectly combine functionality and personality.
The Candi Factory (profile)
“Perfect fit and fun without a filter”: the foundation of Candice Levine’s cheeky (pun intended) underwear-focused fashion business. Sewn right here in Toronto, Candi Factory undies are so hilarious and/or beautiful it seems tragic to cover them up with other clothes. Plus their Show booth is shaped like an old-timey sidewalk shop cart and they package their products in white paper takeout boxes–how cute is that?!
Totally Waisted (profile)
Locally designed and masterfully made, Totally Waisted pieces are a gem in any collection. Katrina Mior blends historical and modern artistry and inspiration to create an impressive range of top-of-the-line corsetry and show-stopping vintage-inspired dresses and accessories.
The One of a Kind Show is on now at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto; open 10am-9pm weekdays and Saturdays, 10am-6pm on Sunday. The event ends December 4.
Do you have a favourite craft fair or a favourite vendor? Are you vending this December, in the GTA or elsewhere? Please let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
Written by Claire Dalmyn and Ben Tang.