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IN THIS ISSUE... Just in time for Canada’s 148th birthday, the latest issue of One of a Kind Magazine will travel to the nation’s capital and visit a few of our veteran and emerging makers working in Ottawa today. 4 6 14 24 32 42 44 48
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PATTI’S PICKS THE LOCAL MAKERS A FAMILY AFFAIR TAKING IT SLOW PIECING IT TOGETHER WHEN IN OTTAWA MAKE/DO: CRAFTING EYEWEAR ONE OF A KIND CALENDAR
Let us know what you think! Send us a note at email@example.com Contributors: The One of a Kind Show Team; Editor: Janice Leung Special thanks: Brian Gallucci
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PATTI’S PICKS Quince and rosemary jelly from Beverley McClare’s Tangled Garden. It is a staple in my cupboard! In each issue, One of a Kind Show Director, Patti Stewart will share one of her favourite purchases from the Show.
PHOTO: MARK BURSTYN
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Inner City Birdhouse by Dominic Coballe & Chrystale Ladouceur, N-Product Read their STORY on page 24
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Flatten bottle cheese plate by Lloyd Proulx, Flattened Wine Bottles Read their STORY on page 32
Painting by Gordon Harrison
Big sixer by Will Ficner, Wilboro
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Necklace by Jen Butson, Darling and Dapper Coming Soon at One of a Kind Online
Candle by Emily Arbour, Campy Home
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Rings by Ted, Car Devine Fine Jewe
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Silk ties by Nadine de Lange, de Lange silk Accessories for Men Buy Now at One of a Kind Online
Fabric birdhouse by Amberlea Williams, Hereness + Thereness
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rol and Jake Devine, wellery
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Brownies by Carolina Foresti, Carolinaâ€™s Box of Goodness Buy Now at One of a Kind Online
Hashtag marquee sign by Scott Adamson, Gaslight Electric Sign Co.
Striped scarf by Cathy Landry, Tangente Buy Now at One of a Kind Online Summer 2015 11
Coasters by Dan Falla VersaTile Buy Now at One of a
Baby shoes by Aly Marcotte-Willison, Little Yeti Shoes
Beard oil by Andrew R Dapper Beard Oil Co
Switch plate by Jesse Kaunisviita and Gabriela Warrior Renaud, Third Son Laserwork Coming Soon at One of a Kind Online
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Necklace by Melissa Paterson, Little Black Dog Design Buy Now at One of a Kind Online
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Beer mustard by Sara Pishva, Top Shelf Preserves
Come see them at the 2015 One of a Kind Christmas Show (Nov 26 to Dec 6)
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Can you tell us a bit a Jewellery? How about you Fairmont Chateau Laurier?
Ted has been making jewellery, usi sterling silverâ€Śmostly incorporating precious gems since 1971. He was a co-op craft store called 54 Â˝ Ge selling his works on the Terrace of the Ottawa Christmas Craft Show Show.
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In 1976, the shop moved and turne ing more quality craftspeople to its a partner in the home and busines all moved into the big castle, becom Chateau Laurier Hotel.
Our shop ran for several more year ally morphed into what we are tod being a quality gift shop featuring 1 an works by the most talented cra representing Ontario and Quebec). metal artists and complement thei blown glass, silk and wood. We c tunate to have Tracey Cavanagh b ily, managing our shop for the las our Shopkeeper Extraordinaire! To Devine Fine Jewellery and we cou with a more perfect fit.
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What is it like running a handmade business with your family? In 2012, Jake Devine (the eldest son) joined his Ted in the workshop full time. Both Jake and Sullivan have helped out with small parts of the process since they were old enough to want to earn extra money! After attending college and managing a restaurant, Jake returned home to work. We were thrilled. Jake and Ted have been collaborating more and more lately. Ted is passing his skills over to Jake who adds his fresh ideas into the design of the pieces. Every couple of days, I have to put on my black and white striped referee shirt and don a whistle around my neck as they do not always see eye to eye, but the end result is always something special.
What is one of your favourite customer stories you can share with our readers? We have so many interesting stories about our customers. They trust us to work on their most treasured pieces of jewellery, and because of this relationship, we generally end up being great friends with our clients. We feel very luck to have the opportunity to meet so many incredible people over the years. This really is one of the greatest bonuses of our job! One good story is of a groom who came into the shop around 10:30am on a Saturday morning. This would have been in about 1984 or so. His wedding band was far too big for him and he needed it for his wedding later that day. Ted rushed home to his workshop, which was 45 minutes away, cleaned Summer 2015 17
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up the ring, sized it, and had it back to the Chateau in time for the fellow’s 3pm wedding! As I write this, it occurs to me that I do have many funny, touching and beautiful stories to tell about all the wonderful people we have met and created pieces for!
Finally, describe a perfect summer weekend at Ottawa? The beautiful thing about Ottawa is that everything is within an hour’s drive. We tend to split our time between the city centre and the outlining communities. The Westboro-Hintonburg area on a Saturday morning is something special. Grabbing a coffee at many of the cafes or walking down the strip with all the wonderful shops is a must! And it’s only blocks from the Ottawa River, with many parks and a great beach! Friday afternoons the patio at the Cheshire Cat (in rural Carp) is a great spot to grab a local beer and relax with their awesome staff. It really is worth the short drive. The Cat is a cozy little pub in a 100 year old school house, complete with great music, and a woodstove to keep warm if you visit in the winter. When we are downtown a walk along the canal cannot be beaten. You’re steps away from the Byward market where you can walk the isles with fresh produce, lunch at many of the hundreds of restaurants, or just sit and people watch for the afternoon. We also love to go for dinner at Frasers Café, on the corner of Springfield and Beechwood, in the New Edinburgh area. Locally owned, Ross and Simon Fraser prepare the most amazing food, using local ingredients. Try the kitchen surprise when you visit! In Ottawa, you can find yourself outside the city in a very short time; I think that’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t matter what weekend it is, or what it is you like to do, our Ottawa community has it. Being someone that lives here, I promise a weekend in Ottawa will be something you never thought it was.
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Can you give us a quick intro about yourself and your company, N-Product?
Ottawa. We’re among other creative tenants of woodworkers, designers and tech startups.
We are a husband and wife duo living and dreaming in Ottawa. We are also practitioners of the Slow Goods movement.
It’s a great opportunity to experience creative collisions at random moments of the day.
I (Dom) was born in South Vietnam and lived in India, before moving to Ottawa, Canada at a young age. I was working as a designer and creative director for design agencies, global consumer brands, NGOs and government agencies before starting N-Product.
In recent years, many interesting makers and designers doing really cool things have emerged from Ottawa, why do you think that is?
My wife, Chrstale was born and raised in Ottawa. Before N-Product, she was working in politics, associations and public service.
We love N-Product’s byline, “Slow Goods Made in Canada”, can you tell us a bit more about it? For us, it speaks to the process of giving objects or designs mindfulness and choosing a sustainable method of production.
Ottawa has been always an incubator of creativity, but we’ve lost a lot of people to other creative centres around the world. What we have noticed in the past few years, lots of people have returned and some have even chose to stay to build the creative class. Ottawans also have an extra chip on our shoulders, we like to think of ourselves as the little grey concrete sibling to the flashier Montreal and Toronto ;)
What are some of your favourite hangouts in Ottawa?
We love the term Slow Goods, we even added it to Wikipedia!
We love: Art Is In Bakery and Beyond the Pale. We loved them before, even more so since their our new neighbours!
We heard you recently moved into a new studio space, how has it been?
Some other favourites include: The Manx on Elgin Nepean Point The Elmdale House Tavern
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PIECING IT TOGETHER From salvaged window frames to used wine bottles, Diane, Lloyd and Tyler Proulx celebrate the art of recycling. Photo & Story: Janice Leung
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Can you tell us a bit about Out of Ruins? Hi, my name is Diane! It all started when my youngest son was in university and needed a part time job. My friends really encouraged me to try selling my art at craft shows. Together he and I did a few outdoor craft shows and BOOM a business was born. It did not take much longer before my husband and oldest son were also involved. The interest in my art was amazing and 13 years later it continues to be in demand. I am doing more custom work but am happy to create pieces for new collectors.
Walk us through how you put together one of your window frame pieces? Each and every window design takes a different amount of time. First we cut the glass, then layer pieces of glass onto each other to create dimension and carefully place the item into a special glass firing kiln. The kiln firing takes approximately 24 hours. Some glass art projects take one firing others can take two or three firings. (Hydro loves us). Once the piece has been assembled in the wooden frame then it is off to be â€˜hooked, priced, baggedâ€™ and ready to be displayed at our next craft show.
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We recycle all scrapes of glass and create unique glass pieces. Check the website for our magical spheres.
We know your flattened wine bottle cheeseboards are very popular, can you tell us what inspired the creation of this product? Wine bottle cheeseboards are my husbands special item. It’s an old fire pit trick refined to be much more successful. Imagine how much you can reduce landfill sites if the bottles of wine previously enjoyed are re-purposed into great cheeseboards. To add to that, we get hundreds of cases of vodka bottles and create amazing drinking glasses. This is recycling at its best.
What are your plans for the summer? When summer arrives I keep my fingers crossed for non rainy weekends with no intense heat! We rarely get our wish but as we head out to Muskoka, and Toronto, we are always amazed at the fantastic support of craft show patrons who ignore the weather and come to enjoy the vast amount of creativity in one location.
Lastly, what do you love best about living in Ottawa? If you have never been to Ottawa it is hard to believe what a pretty city this is. The Parliament buildings are amazing, the waterways, the bike paths and the Gatineau Hills. Skiing is 40 minutes away as is mountain biking, and the ability to drive anywhere is a short amount of time is a gift. This is a wonderful city that has culture, special events like Bluesfest, our own hockey team and an easy way of life. Finally, the nations capital certainly knows how to rock Canada Day. Not to be missed in your lifetime.
“We are always amazed at the fantastic support of craft show patrons who ignore the weather and come to enjoy the vast amount of creativity in one location.”
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WHEN IN OTTAWA
The Whalesbone 430 Bank St, Ottawa, O www.thewhalesbone.c
Supply and Demand 1335 Wellington St W, K1Y 3B7 www.supplyanddeman
El Camino 380 Elgin St, Ottawa, O www.eatelcamino.com
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Allium Restaurant 87 Holland Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 0Y1 www.alliumrestaurant.com
Boogie + Birdie 256 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9 www.boogieandbirdie. boutiquewindow.com
Urban Craft Market www.urbancraftmarket.com
Goods Shop 201 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7C9 www.goods-shop.ca
Ottawa Makers Market www.facebook.com/ ottawamakersmarket
JV Studios & Boutique 1282-A Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A7 www.shopjvstudios.com
The New Art Festival www.newartfestival.ca For more local businesses, handmade goodies, checkout #support613 Summer 2015 43
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GENIC EYEWEAR HANDMADE EYEGLASSES WORKSHOP The workshop takes place every month at D2 Place in Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. For more information, please visit Genic Eyewear Facebook Page (English information available; contact Emily for further assistance).
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In my travels to Hong Kong earlier this Spring...
I took an eyeglasses making workshop led by local brand, Genic Eyewear. Founded by Emily Tai, she started the â€œMake Your Glassesâ€? workshop in 2013 to help her customers define their signature style and to promote the craftsmanship of handmade eyewear. In the fivehour session, students got to design their own frames, selected their favourite materials, and handcrafted a pair of One of a Kind eyeglasses. Using various tools like the piercing saw and hand files, I carefully formed the frame and the temples of my sunglasses. It was a laborious exercise of patience and precision. It was a bit nerve wrecking at the start of the project as I was trying hard not to cut too close into the template to alter the shape or worst, break the rim of the finished piece. However, after I got used to the process of cutting and filing the acetate, I was able to relax and really enjoyed the class. As I saw my glasses slowly came into shape, I felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Once the cutting and filing were done, the pieces were sent to a professional craftsman to be polished and assembled. And in two weeks time, your own custom eyeglasses are ready for the spotlight! With summer in full swing, I am ready for sunshine and warm weather with a pair of sunnies I can truly call my own!
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Issue 6: The Ottawa Issue