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11 . 11 . 2019

Beautiful Adornments: Get to know these One of a Kind makers

The One of a Kind Holiday Show will feature a treasure trove of adornments from amazingly talented jewelry makers. We talked to four of them to find out more about their work and inspiration. Check out what they said and get to know them in person at this year's Holiday show. Abacus Row Detailed and meticulously crafted by artist Christine Trac, every piece of her jewelry is designed for the… Read More

11 . 04 . 2019

Edible Art Forms: Get to know these One of a Kind makers

At this year's Holiday show, creativity not only comes in all shapes and sizes but also tastes! We asked three new One of a Kind Show makers some questions to get to know them a little better before we meet them in person in December. Sugoi Sweets Sugoi means amazing or awesome in Japanese. And amazing these Sugoi Sweets are. Artist Elle Lei makes artisanal colorful chocolates and confections… Read More

10 . 18 . 2019

Creating New Out of Old: Get to know these One of a Kind Makers

Isn't it great when you can take obsolete items from the past and repurpose them into something completely new and original in form and function? These One of a Kind makers, all new to the show, do just that. We asked them some questions to get to know them a little better before we meet them in person in December. Boites De La Paix Montreal duo Anne Lapierre and Bruno Chouinard of Boites De La… Read More

10 . 04 . 2019

19th Year! Holiday Show returns to The Mart this December

19 Years – over which many things have changed. The show has grown in size (doubled!), bringing more talent to Chicago shoppers each year, it even moved from 8th to the 7th floor (you may have not even noticed). But one thing that has always remained is the love and passion for handmade work that our shoppers and makers alike bring to the show each year. ❤️This December, we are bringing back… Read More

04 . 22 . 2019

Get to Know… Wendi Winkler of Urban Chemist

The idea behind Fast Mary’s Bloody Mary Enhancer came from owner Wendi Winkler, a chemist, who developed the product while working as a bartender in Wisconsin. One of a Kind: What is Fast Mary's Bloody Mary enhancer?Wendi: It's a dill-inspired, craft blend of seasonings that are enjoyed in a Bloody Mary. Fast Mary's contains no MSG, it is gluten-free and naturally-vegan. It's a versatile… Read More

04 . 12 . 2019

Get to Know… Maria and Veronica of Maria Castelli

Maria and Veronica are the mother-daughter duo behind leather handbag company Maria Castelli. Together, they meticulously craft each bag in a small NYC workshop using top grain leathers and high-quality skins from the best tanneries in the world. One of a Kind: Please tell us about your beautiful handbags. Maria: Our handbags are thoughtfully designed and carefully made so that they last for… Read More

04 . 03 . 2019

Get to Know… Jennifer O’Meara

Jennifer O’Meara pioneered digital photographic printmaking in 1991 by experimenting with and successfully adapting Iris 3047 printers for use in fine art printmaking. Her studio was third of its kind devoted to printing with the Iris 3047, and the first devoted to the work of a single artist. One of a Kind: Can you tell us more about your photography and the process? Jennifer: Although I’ve… Read More

03 . 25 . 2019

Get to Know… Jennifer Akese-Burney

Akeyse Stylelines designer Jennifer Akese-Burney incorporates colorful African prints with western silhouettes to create wonderfully vibrant modern apparel. One of a Kind: How would you describe your work. Jennifer: My work is basically wearable art, which fuses a classic bold silhouette and a taste of avant garde, with a focus on fit and functionality. For my fabric jewelry, I sew cutout… Read More

03 . 20 . 2019

Get to Know… Rebekah Vinyard

Austin-based jewelry artist Rebekah Vinyard is inspired by architecture, simple geometric shapes and ancient relics and symbols. Her pieces always manage to make a statement while remaining effortlessly wearable. One of a Kind: We are so happy you are making your debut at the Spring show. What are you bringing for our shoppers? Rebekah: I'll be bringing my whole line including my newest… Read More

02 . 22 . 2019

Spring is coming: April 26 – 28

Grab your shopping bags, the Spring edition of One of a Kind Show is coming to the Mart at the end of April. The show will feature about 350 makers, of which about 150 are new to the show. With so much exceptional work to shop from, plan on a fun filled day (or two!) at the show. And when you get tired and need to re-energize, kick back at our Patio Cafe and enjoy great food, drinks and live… Read More

11 . 28 . 2018

10 Shoppers Dish on Why They Attend

The 18th annual Holiday Show opens NEXT WEEK. Our One of a Kind Show regulars will surely be here!  We asked them why the Show is special to them, here are 10 responses.  Notice some themes? "Best show in Chicago! So many wonderful vendors. Live entertainment, yummy food, easy parking and entry!" ... Lisa Coen"I always find gifts that are so unexpected for my family. It's never… Read More

11 . 26 . 2018

What’s New?

A lot at the upcoming 18th annual Holiday Show!  Close to 150 exhibiting artists are first-timers to One of a Kind.  Check out the complete list here and enjoy this peek at just a few the goodies they'll be bringing! Joyful handmade ceramics from SOFT Studio (above) will add a pop of color and sunshine to your home this winter! EB creates the perfect understated… Read More

11 . 19 . 2018

Get to Know… Debbie Wood of No Denial Foods

Debbie Wood makes treats that are, first and foremost, delicious and rich but at the same time, made with simple and nutritious ingredients that happen to be grain-free, gluten-free and low in sugar. One of a Kind:  Welcome to the One of  a Kind Show!  What will you be bringing in December? Debbie:  This is a very exciting show for us because we are launching a new "gifting"… Read More

11 . 12 . 2018

Get to Know… Nicole Maslowski of Maslo Jewelry

Based in Richmond, VA, Nicole Maslowski designs jewelry that is both minimal and bold.  She's also an animal lover--donating a portion of Maslo's sales to Pets for Vets. One of a Kind:  Tells us about Maslo Jewelry. Nicole:  I like to combine industrial materials such as copper and brass with geometric shapes and asymmetry to create classic statement pieces.  My pieces… Read More

11 . 05 . 2018

Get to Know… Mary Hamby of Twenty Two West

Mary Hamby uses the classic techniques of weaving, ceramics and woodworking to create fiber jewelry and modern art. One of a Kind:  Tell us about your work. Mary:  I am a full time artist working out of my studio in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The name of my business comes from a place that inspires me--the address of the home where I grew up in Greenville, South… Read More

10 . 26 . 2018

Get to Know… Ashley Chiang of Paper Liberated

Paper Liberated's Ashley Chiang manipulates colorful strips of paper turning them into intricate masterpieces. One of a Kind:  Tell us about your work. Ashley:  When you buy a three dimensional piece of art you are investing in the experience it brings.  It is never just one view point but many and this is true for the 3D aspects of paper quilling.  Changing light and paint… Read More

10 . 23 . 2018

Get to Know… Aron Fischer of Facture Goods

New One of a Kind Show artist Aron Fischer works with hardwoods, clay and metals to create small batch kitchen-wares, utensils and provisions. One of a Kind:  Tell us about your work. Aron:  I love to combine different materials in interesting and unexpected ways.  I have a "primitive modern" aesthetic and by creating pieces that are somewhat rough and crude, I am able to… Read More

10 . 05 . 2018

Art on theMART — now through December!

Projections will be running each Wednesday - Sunday at dusk from now through the end of the year. The dazzling public art display launched at the end of September and turned the city’s iconic Merchandise Mart into a 2.5-acre art canvas. With 34 projectors totaling almost one million lumens projected on the building façade, this is the largest permanent projection system in… Read More