You may be familiar with Toronto’s two One of a Kind Shows. The pre-holiday show is spectacular, but my favourite of the two is the Spring show, under way now through Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Direct Energy Centre. Over the years I’ve found beautiful “made in Canada” works there including Out of Ruins fusion glass art for my kitchen window (which hides my neighbour’s gas meter and wipes clean – perfect in the kitchen), and my much complimented pink coat (Coats by Mary Ellen – fabulous Italian wool, handmade in Toronto).
This year I scouted for interesting storage and organizing pieces. Forgive me if all of the following pieces don’t fit tidily in that category. It’s easy to get distracted not only by the whimsy and beauty on offer, but by the incredible personalities behind the work.
First, let me celebrate my friend and celebrated cartoonist, Cathy Thorne, who is exhibiting for the first time. You will probably recognize her drawings and witty summaries of what many of us think but don’t say out loud. Check out everydaypeoplecartoons.com and prepare to be amused! List makers will love this one!
From Sol Designs, meet “fold-a-bol”. Flat packed felt folds into interesting shapes. Make a statement storing change, tokens, jewelry, and more.
From Eeva of Mummi Designs. Importing fabrics such as Marimekko from Finland, Eeva perfectly crafts fabric bins, travel pouches and tissue box covers to brighten any space.
…and beautiful bags, too!
The Saltbox Shoppe from Kincardine, Ontario recycles ceiling tin and door hardware into robust storied storage hooks.
Stunning industrial furniture from Quebec’s Philippe Pallafray with a mix of open and closed storage. Fabulously functional entrance piece for your loft.
For truly smart art, check out this top from North Vancouver’s Dahlia Drive. Shopping thrift stores, Wendy Van Riesen takes old sheers and saris and then applies prints to create one of a kind works. Recycling at its best. Pleated pants are statement pieces.
Short on space for accessories? Consider these beauties from Helen Palermo of Bella Blooms. Finely crafted leather flowers come beautifully boxed (and you know how much organizers love boxes!), and affix to pins, clips, and bows, which are all included. Add flower power to your belt, boots and coats, or wear them around your neck or in your hair. Elegant and efficient! Don’t tell my niece – she’s getting one for her birthday to match her tres belle blue eyes.
In honour of Earth Day tomorrow, and because of how darn cute they are, consider these adorable sheep dryer balls from Lynn’s Lids. Add three or more to your dryer to absorb moisture which improves drying time, and keeps the load lofted for more even drying.
Last but not least, I had to comment on the custom crafted storage Toronto based, OCAD trained, Michelle Galletta of Kiriki Press had made to show off her embroidery kit critters. Now that I have two cats I appreciate how fitting the display is.
I hope you get a chance to enjoy the show!