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oneofak1nd MAGAZINE

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I am constantly blown away by the diverse backgrounds and interests of our One of a Kind exhibitors. It should come as no surprise that many of them do pursue many creative practices (they sew, they sculpt, they draw, they really do it all!). Over the years, I have also met artisans who are engineers, teachers, financial planners ... there is even a house OJ in the mix! Inspired by this variety, multifaceted is the theme underscoring the second issue of the One of a Kind Magazine. To kick things off, we go on location with Studio Liscious. Patrick and Mara have been working on building a multifunctional workspace so that the two of them can create individually and collectively. We visit the studio to see the final results. From there, we turn to our Show Director, Patti Stewart as she puts into action the "made by hand" mandate her show is best known for. In her photo diary, Patti recounts her Tomato Fest weekend where she and her family got together to make tomato sauce from scratch. We then meet Jenna and Jeff Fenwick. As many of you One of a Kind visitors know, Jenna is the designer of the popular textile studio Jenna Rose. Last Spring, she and her husband also became the owner of a local cheese business, Back Forty Artisan Cheese. Special thanks to Jenna for providing us with some breathtaking images, and for sharing a delectable recipe we cannot wait to try! Lastly, we talk to Anna Michener of Tapochki on her musical project, the Dalai Mama. From hobbies to side projects, career choices to career changes, we hope you will enjoy looking into the multifacted lives of our One of a Kind exhibitors. We also want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for sending in your feedback and suggestions about our inaugural issue. We love hearing from you. As always, you can let us know your thoughts and comments by emailing us at janice@oneofakindshow.com. Janice Leung Editor, One of a Kind Magazine Cover Image: Courtesy of Jenna Fenwick All photos included in this publication are courtesy of the artisans and owners, unless otherwise noted.


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PATTI'S PICKS

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TAKING SIDES

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ON LOCATION: STUDIO LISCIOUS

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LIQUID GOLD

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SAY CHEESE

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MELODY MAKER

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ONE OF A KIND RECOMMENDS

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STUDIO STORIES READ

ONE OF A KIND CALENDAR

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK DROP US A NOTE AT JANICE@ONEOFAKINDSHOW.COM CONTRIBUTORS: THE ONE OF A KIND SHOW TEAM; EDITOR: JANICE LEUNG

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In each issue, One of a Kind Show Director, Patti Stewart will share one of her favourite purchases from the Show. Photo: Janice Leung


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Can you tell us a little bit about the shared studio workshop? Mara and I designed and built our new studio/workshop ourselves, from start to finish. In designing the building we needed to incorporate all the different disciplines we work with, both in our collaborative work as well as our individual work. We started out many years ago collaborating on home accessories and furniture but are now also exploring our own independent work with Mara pursuing painting and myself pursuing fine art photography. Out of necessity our woodworking shop takes up the largest space in the building but we also created a painting studio for Mara. There is a room that does double duty as my photography production studio as well as a stock and packing area for dealing with our online Etsy orders. A small showroom/office area is also part of the design. Besides planning and designing the building we also did every aspect of the construction work ourselves with the exception of pouring the concrete floor. We even installed the standing seam metal roof-in the month of January! We were extremely lucky that at the time we needed to do it there was a mild, dry spell that lasted just long enough for us to get it all installed without totally freezing or having to constantly shovel snow off the roof. I even installed our radiant floor heating system with tubing embedded in the concrete and plumbing for the water heater. The hook up is so complicated it looks like an art installation. Some of the things we love about our new studio are the abundance of natural light as well as the natural birch veneer we clad all the interior walls with, especially after years of rented industrial woodworking spaces with concrete block walls and zero natural light. Of course, we're also very lucky to have a studio space right on our Caledon property and to be working at home in a quiet, beautiful area.

What about the vintage airstream trailer? Our vintage 1972 Airstream was a chance buy on eBay a few years ago-we made only one bid, thinking we'd be quickly outbid but we unexpectedly won the auction! Patrick drove down to Maryland to pick it up and drove it back here through a blizzard. We've been working on refurbishing and renovating it ever since. We added new flooring and curtains, a new upholstered banquette, and are midway thru re-doing the bathroom. We absolutely love it and enjoy taking it on several camping trips to various Ontario Parks every year. The longest trip we've taken in it was to the Florida Keys three years ago and are now planning a spring road trip to Austin, Texas with a pit stop in Memphis to see Graceland (Mara is a big Elvis fan). Our trips are great family time with our now 13 year old son, but they also give us much inspiration and subject matter for our work.


Combining painting, woodworking, and photography, the creations from Studio Liscious have always been collaborative and multidisciplinary. Are there any disciplines or other mediums you want to explore? Even though we already feel like we have a lot on the go with all our different disciplines, we still find ourselves inspired to work with yet more mediums. Mara wants to get back into textile design and working with fabrics for our product design work and Etsy online shop. I would really love to find the time to experiment with sculpture work using concrete and metal. I like to incorporate sculptural elements in my furniture pieces already, but I'd also like to create sculpture from a purely fine art perspective. Come see Patrick and Mara at The Artist Project 2013 (February 21 to 24), 2013 One of a Kind Spring Show (March 27 to 31) and 2013 One of a Kind Christmas Show (November 28 to December 8).

For more info about Patrick, Mara and their collaborative work, visit: www.studioliscious.etsy.com

www.patricklajoie.com

www.maraminuzzo.com


LIQUID GOLD Each September, One of a Kind Show Director Patti Stewart and her family get together to make their own tomato sauce from scratch (a long-time family tradition of her brother-in-law, John). Rumour has it that the homemade sauce is so good, it has been dubbed "liquid gold". We regret we won't be able to provide a taste test, but last fall, we did the next best thing and asked Patti to capture some images from her Tomato Fest Weekend for the One of a Kind Magazine.

Image & Story: Patti Stewart

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It is 7:30am and Tomoato Fest is on! We start with with 22 bus first steps to making homemade sauce are to blanch and to care them into pieces, and put them through the spremipomodoro (a I leaving just the juice and pulp.


hels of roma tomatoes from a local farmer. To ensure quality, the fully examine the tomatoes for any bad spots. From there, we cut so know as the tomato squeezer) to remove the skin and seeds,


A One of a Kind Production: I have to get One of a Kind in ther One of a Kind aprons from 1996! What's cooking? The tomatoE sauce thickens.


路e somewhere! Here, my daughter Hannah and I are donning our ~s are boiling down, while Hannah is on stirring duty as the


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lhe sterolized jars get prepared with fresh basil from the


The sweet taste of success: Finally, at the end of our 13 hour de; with a huge outdoor, candlelit feast! We prepare a wonderful me of our hard work!


ty (and 250 jars of tomato sauce later), Tomato Fest concludes al using the homemade sauce we made, and savour the taste


SAY CHEESE In the Spring of 2012, One of a Kind exhibitor Jenna Fenwick and her husband Jeff moved to Lanark Highlands in Eastern Ontario and took over Back Forty Artisan Cheese-a local favourite-to fully embrace the artisanal lifestyle by running not one but two handmade businesses. On these pages, discover how their passion to create things have led this husband and wife team to find meaningful self employment.

Photos: Jenna Fenwick

Story: Janice Leung


Can you give us a quick introduction? We are a young couple who moved to the country last spring after many years pursuing our passions, creating a sustainable homestead, and running two bu

Can you tell us more about Back Forty Artisan Cheese?

Back Forty was founded in 2000 by James Keith and his late wife Liz Harker 01 spring of 2012 we took over the business as well as the cheese facility and ho ponds. After apprenticing with the previous owner last winter, developing the s that have made Back Forty a favorite among cheese lovers and chefs across C

All of our cheeses are made with raw sheep's milk. The current varieties incluc traditional style feta, Madawaska, a white rind cheese with a creamy exterior lc


of downtown living. Tucked back between a forest and a field we are sinesses making artisan cheese and handcrafted textiles.

n a sheep farm in the Lanark Highlands, where it still resides today. In the me, which sit on the small farm surrounded by trees, fields, and a few small kills and learning the recipes, we have continued to make the four cheeses lntario. je: Bonnechere, a semi firm cheese with a torched rind, Flower Station, a and chalky center, and Highland Blue, a natural rind blue cheese.

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MEET JENNA ROSE • Jenna Fenwick has a BFA from NSCAD • Jenna Rose, her studio focusing on handmade & sustainable textile was founded in 2006 • Before moving to Lanark Highlands, she was a part of The Beehive, a craft & urban homesteading collective based in Hamilton, Ontario • She exhibited at her first One of a Kind Show in the Spring of 2007 SAY HI TO JENNA AT THE 2013 ONE OF A KIND SPRING SHOW & SALE


Do you have any background in cheese making? How did you get started on this? We don't have a background in cheese making, but quality food has always been a big part of our lives. For the past few years Jeff had been toying with the idea of combining his management experience with his passion for food and starting up a business of his own. When he left his corporate position last year, hearing of the sale of Back Forty couldn't have come at a better time. With a long time passion for slow food and a desire for a change in lifestyle, the move to the country and the purchase of Back Forty was the perfect fit. We're creating our own little homestead, where we grow and preserve our own food, spend an abundant amount of time outdoors, and both do very hands-on work that we care about.

Are there any similarities or differences running your textile studio and the cheese business? The two businesses are surprisingly similar. They are both handmade products that we make and sell on our own. We are very involved with the product from start to finish, from the sourcing of the raw materials, to the making, packaging, marketing, and selling. Both businesses follow a fairly similar structure. Even setting up at the farmers market is much like setting up at summer craft shows. I would say the biggest difference with the cheese is that it has both an aging time and shelf life, which means inventory and schedules are less flexible and have to be planned far in advance. Being made with raw milk, each batch has to age at least 60 days. Some of our cheeses age longer than three months, and once they are ripe they are best consumed within a specific time frame.


HIGHLAND BLUE FETTUCCINIWITH CREMIN! MUSHROOMS & BASIL SERVES 2

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150g fettuccini, dry 1tbsp vegetable oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 100g Highland Blue Cheese 2/ 3 c. chicken or vegetable stock 4 large cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 handful basil, chopped pepper, to taste

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Cook pasta according to directions. In a medium size fry pan, heat oil on medium-low. Add minced garlic and cook for a couple minutes. Add cheese and stock to fry pan. Simmer on low, stirring continuously and scraping bottom of pan until cheese is melted. Add mushrooms and continue stirring and simmering for another 5-10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened. Mix in basil and pepper. Serve on fettuccini noodles. Enjoy!

Can you tell us more about the recipe? From May to October we sell our cheese every Saturday at the farmers market in Carp. One of the joys of doing this is hearing what people like to pair with the cheese or the recipes they like to make with them. One of our customers told us about a pasta sauce she had been making with our Highland Blue. This is our version of her recipe. It's a mild blue cheese with a nice buttery flavor, and when melted it tends to become even milder, so even non blue cheese lovers are likely to still enjoy this yummy dish.

For more info, please visit: Back Forty Artisan Cheese www.artisancheese.ca Jenna Rose www.jennarose.ca


MELODY MAKER


In addition to being a small business owner, One of a Kind exhibitor Anna Michener is also in a band, the Dalai Mamas with three of her friends. Described on their Facebook page as "4 mamas with 4 string instruments with more than 4 children", the group meets once a week to jam and to expose to their children the joy of music. We speak to Anna about her musical project. Photo: The Dalal Mamas

Story: Janice Leung

Can you give us a quick intra about your band, the Dalai Mamas? The four members of the Dalai Mamas are: Peg Dunnem on banjo. She is a mother of two boys and is in charge of education programming at Gallery Stratford, a local non-profit gallery. Sara Bradford on guitar and lead vocals. She has two children, a daughter and son and is a registered holistic nutritionist. Becky Hill on cello and back-up vocals. She is a mom to two boys and works for the Perth County District Health Unit. And then there is me, Anna Michener. I play fiddle and back up vocals. Mother to two boys and owner of Tapochki, a little slipper company.

How did the band get started? What kind of music do you play? All of us, at some point in our lives, have studied music, but for various reasons had stopped playing. We wanted to pick up our instruments again and we thought the best way to do this would be to start up jam sessions. We loved it so much that we decided to meet every week and thus became the Dalai Mamas! We play a range of styles from traditional Appalachian to alt country to contemporary folk music. If there is not an arrangement for a song we would like to play, we work out our parts over a series of jam sessions until we have something we are happy with. Two of our favourite covers are: You're Not Coming Home Tonight by First Aid Kit and The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright.

You had mentioned that whenever the band get together, you want to include your children in the process, can you talk a bit more about this? We realize that playing together is a great way to expose our children to music in a way that felt natural and non-intrusive. My oldest son asked me to explain what harmony is to him the other day and I know it is because he has been seeing us sing and play on a regular basis. Our jam sessions can be quite chaotic because we have so many children running around. Sometimes we can only work on one song in one session, but when one of the kids sidles up to us while we are playing and sings along it is totally worth it! For more info, visit the band's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheDalaiMamas


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