From December 5-8, over 600 artisans will peddle their handmade wares at the Merchandise Mart for Chicago’s 13th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale. The event's unique accessories, sculptures, paintings, and more are perfect for checking off holiday gift lists. See a preview from three of our favorite participants below. For more information and tickets: oneofakindshowchicago.com.
Green aqua quartz and red garnet chandelier earrings, $118.
Who: Kim Bloomberg Designs Where: Booth EP22 What: Jewelry designer Kim Bloomberg handcrafts each piece in her Chicago studio, but her most recent collection took inspiration from the other side of the world. Bloomberg’s grandmother—an Auschwitz survivor—had hidden her jewelry collection in her home during World War II. The designer recently stumbled across the collection and brought it back to Chicago, taking inspiration from the cherished accessories for her own jewelry line.
Marina Towers by Don Widmer.
Who: Lion of Bali Where: Booth EP11 What: Artist Don Widmer is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to creating and using paper: he makes hand-bound journals, letterpress holiday cards, and—new this year—large paper pulp paintings. Using pigmented paper as a type of ‘paint,’ he embeds it into a sheet of handmade paper. His grayscale pulp paintings of the Chicago skyline and Marina Towers reflect an eerie beauty onto the city in the form of modern art.
Up North by Lisa Bick.
Who: Lisa Bick Where: Booth 1131 What: Washington, DC native Lisa Bick comes to the One of a Kind Show from her current home of Zionsville, Indiana. Her works might seem like two-dimensional paintings at first, but upon closer inspection one finds that the surfaces are not entirely smooth. Using a process called encaustic painting, Bick incorporates natural beeswax to create veins of texture into paintings and photographs that run the gamut from literal to abstract.