One of a Kind Show and Renegade… All in One Weekend!

Reported by Sarah Moore

I am pretty darn lucky… living near Chicago is pretty much the best deal around. I am about 40 miles NW of the city. I can get there in under an hour, but I don’t have to cope with city life every day. The parking alone would do me in. Chicago has a wonderful craft and arts community; last weekend was chock full of fun crafty stuffs to do…

Last Friday my buddy and fellow CC reporter Martha Bonneau and I went to the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart. The Mart is an interesting place, lots of nooks and crannies to hide exhibitors in. Unfortunately I don’t think it always makes for the best show space. Expensive parking, difficult space to navigate, and while this show touted “one of a kind” we saw a lot we has seen before.

Of course we managed to find some wonderfulness in the bunch… here’s a sampling of what we loved, and thought was truly One of a Kind. b Be sure to visit these nice crafty folks. Buy handmade this holiday!

The Mullanium Jewelry and Songbird Collection is amazing in person. Capturing the detail of these birds on film is almost impossible, as each piece is unique and fully detailed. Created from found objects, these are individual works of art, a perfect gift for the antiquity appreciator.

Yes… it’s a baby bird… get it? cute right?

Kiku Handmade creates these tiles, trivets and jewelry pieces with a unique process of silkscreening within fused glass! Be sure to visit their Etsy Site to view available jewelry items… Love these designs and colors!

Alisa Miller created this interesting jewelry. I love the circles… it’s industrial and delicate at the same time!

Funny Story, Jen Hopwood of My Perennial is not only super talented, but she also went to my High School! She was also on the Martha Stewart Show, so now I am now only one degree from Martha! The world of craft is small and wonderful!

I love these snap on embellishments… she sells t-shirts and headbands with snaps. Cool! Visit Jen’s website to see all her wonderfulness.

Emmy Star Brown had Craft Critique Facebook Fan Page readers to thank for helping her source the best deals on clear glass ornaments. Here is what she did with them! Lovely!

Oh how we love when Art and Craft collide! Thanks to Dolan Geiman we can show you these wonderful items… We think it’s great when an artist offers artwork in multiple price ranges. These small pieces were priced for any budget! Plus Dolan is fascinating, he had so much to share about the world of craft/marketing.

I have been a spy of Little Korboose for some time now. Who can resist a well executed robot doodle? I love these melamine plates and trays. They also make totes and T’s for tots!

Last but certainly not least… my fave, a kooky couple of kids from Indiana. Kellee and Matt of OveRduE InduStrIes have a library card for a business card. They make these awesome bound journals from vintage books. The journals contain select (wonderful) pages from said book, and lots of blank sheets too.

We loved how they have a library pocket in the front of the book that’s card is stamped with the day your book was made, and the day you bought it!

Kellee and Matt are also into collage and they use ALL the pages from the books they dismantle for the journals in other projects… like the cool brooches below.

Ok… in retrospect there was a lot of great stuff at this show… but it was a huge show! Our favorite section was the Etsy Pavilion… many of these artists were found there. We also loved to see sponsors Janome and ReadyMade Magazine had teamed up to craft on site! We love to see crafting AT a craft show. We don’t think it’s done nearly enough!

Stay tuned for more of my Crafty Chicago weekend tomorrow! I have so many shots of Renegade to show off! Boy, I have lots of editing to do! and btw… does anyone else dislike the new blogger photo upload process as much as we do? We are in a big hurry to move this site to WordPress!

Have great weekend!

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4 Responses to One of a Kind Show and Renegade… All in One Weekend!

  1. Katy Lunsford December 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Thank you for sharing what seems to have been a wonderful time. I can’t wait to check out all of the sites you listed! All the Best to You.

  2. *reyanna klein* December 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    This looks SO cool! Those vintage books into journals… wow! I’m definitely taking a look into Overdue Industries. Thanks so much for sharing this with us! 😀

  3. susanscraps December 14, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    love those tiles and plates etc from kiku handmade. Any tutorials anywhere on how to do that technique??

  4. stampingtoescape December 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    I live in Chicago, and I WISH I had gone to the One of a Kind show. I went a couple of years ago, and it was so crowded and so overwhelming that I turned down a chance to go this year. Next year, I’ll have to take the plunge again. Lots of great stuff in your photos.