Dandy Finds at One of a Kind
Story and select photos by Martha Beach. Other photos courtesy OopsMark and Whiteout Workshop.
A stroll around Toronto’s spring One of a Kind show reveals endless treasures. There are lots of yummy, home-made eatables, nifty designer dresses, and posh, polished furniture. But if you’re looking for a functional hand-crafted gift (for another or yourself!), check out this dandy bike stuff.
OopsMark is a Montreal-based company that aims to design items that will help “cool people do what they do, but better, easier and faster.” Jesse Herbert, the designer, mentioned two products he likes: the Wine Rack, which holds a bottle of wine for sharing (don’t drink and ride: lock it or walk it), and the Yoga Strap for tripods, blankets, mats, or umbrellas. They’re made of thick, sturdy leather and they’re in a good price range ($20-$50). Carry more with less!
Heather Rathbun works out of the Harbourfront Centre’s artist studios in Toronto. Her jewellery is made of metal, and make use of cogs, moving parts, and gears. My favourite is the sprocket necklace which is fully adjustable and features moving gears. While it’s a little out of my price range (small sprocket necklace, $325) it’s definitely the coolest necklace I saw at the show.
Whiteout Workshop focuses on silk-screen prints, buttons and magnets, and hand-printed posters. My favourite design was, of course, the bicycle print t-shirt ($32) and poster ($15). The founder Natasha Paterson works out of her studio in downtown Edmonton.
Don’t forget to check out the Domistyle booth. They have some copies of dandyhorse to give away.
The One of a Kind show is on now at the Direct Energy Centre until Sunday, April 1.