There were a remarkable number of artisans from Montreal, though that doesn't surprise me: Montreal is a hotbed for the arts.
(And for those readers not in Ottawa: there are other Signatures shows across the country. Take a look.)
I have attended this show for many years, but there was definitely a sense of artisans (even the tried-and-true return vendors) trying out new things. Let's take a look at my picks for Best in Show:
|Amazing dyed wood bowl, by The Turning Point|
|Revamped men's blazer by Musky|
|Skirt made from remnants, by Musky|
|Incredible knitwork by Olga Saras.|
|My favourite artist of the night: Olga Cuttell of Ola Design.|
|Inspired recycled lamps by Tat.|
|Another recycled glass lamp by Tat.|
|A regular and a favourite: pearls by the girls at Ted Devine Jewellers.|
|Nut-free, taste-tacular truffles by Temptation Truffles (right here from Ottawa!)|
|Actually wearable and cute kidswear from Weeurban.com|
|Everything Embody makes, I covet.|
|Outstanding vest and skirt by Embody.|
For those people shopping for tiny things or stocking stuffers, you'll likely find your best price point amongst the food vendors, who were primarily the usual suspects. But this is one of those shows where I like to indulge myself and say, "Forget the holiday gifts; I'm gettin' myself something pretty!" It's also a fantastic show for bringing your mate along, and showing him/her what you covet...then eppear to wander away and not notice that your sweetie has lingered behind, doing a quick transaction and getting you that special scarf/dress/necklace/painting.
The show runs through the whole weekend, and is right downtown at the Ottawa Convention Centre. It's just large enough to feel like you need a map to keep track, and just small enough that you run out of steam at the last booth.
I think this may have been the best Signatures show yet. Some incredible new artisans, some oldies with new ideas, and generally about a dozen things I will be pining after for days.