a show of hands (noun) :
an indication of approval, volunteering, support, etc.
on the part of a group of persons, usually made
by each assenting person raising his or her hand.
WHAT IS SHOW OF HANDS ALL ABOUT?
Founded in the summer of 2013 by Chicago-based design company, OrangeBeautiful, SHOW of HANDS was created to be more than just another craft show. It's a commitment to independent design. It's the presentation of high-caliber work in a professional way. It's the understanding that craft can be couture and handmade can be high-end.
The overarching goal of SHOW of HANDS is to fill a void in the world of art fairs, handmade marketplaces and craft shows. OrangeBeautiful plays the role of curator, organizer & promoter in its execution of this professional and highly-anticipated event.
WHY ON EARTH ARE WE DOING THIS?
After participating in numerous craft fairs and trade shows over the past 10+ years, OrangeBeautiful's owner, Emily Wentz finally turned her dreams of hosting her own show into reality. In just five short years, SHOW of HANDS has grown from a tiny seed of an idea to a highly-anticipated event where some of the most talented, innovative and hard-working makers & designers sell their work and promote their brand.
With each show, we are focused on promoting, encouraging & supporting independent designers by showcasing their work in a high-end, professional setting... and on a large scale: Our very first show in 2013 brought in 3,000+ shoppers, while our most-recent Holiday Show had an attendance of nearly 7,000 people in 2 1/2 days!
WHEN IS THE SHOW BEING HELD?
Our Holiday Shows take place in mid-November each year. In 2015, we added a Spring Show to our roster, which is held in late April / early May. Please head back to the homepage for more information on upcoming events.
WHERE WILL THE SHOW TAKE PLACE?
Our 2013 & 2014 winter shows took place in the Showroom at the Ravenswood Event Center. Our 2015 Spring Show marked not only our growth into a semi-annual event (one in May 2015, followed by our winter/holiday show in November 2015), but also marked our exciting move to a new show location: Artifact Events!
Located just a few blocks north of SHOW of HANDS' previous location, Artifact Events (aka Architectural Artifacts) is both an event space and an upscale architectural salvage warehouse, filled with amazing finds from around the world. It is a space unlike anywhere you've ever been, and we're ecstatic to be able to host our show in such an incredible venue.*Find out more about our amazing venue HERE.
WHAT TYPES OF VENDORS ARE IN THE SHOW?
The list of vendors from our most recent show includes stationery designers, illustrators, printers, ceramicists, woodworkers, textile workers, clothing + accessories designers, soap makers, jewelry designers, and confectioners - just to name a few!
Products sold have included letterpress papergoods, gig posters, limited edition screenprints, decorative frames, ceramic vessels, enamel jewelry, women's clothing, handbags, leather goods, vegan soaps, pillows, kids' clothing, fair trade textiles, gourmet toffee and so much more!
we look forward to seeing you at our next show!
CLICK HERE to see the LIST OF VENDORS FROM OUR MOST-RECENT SHOW!
*and be sure to SAVE the DATE for our next event: SHOW of HANDS Spring • April 26-28, 2019