a show of hands (noun) :

an indication of approval, disapproval, volunteering, 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 Hamma Martin finally turned her dreams of hosting her own show into reality.  Now, nearing the end of its 3rd year, SHOW of HANDS has grown from a tiny seed of an idea to a highly-anticipated event where some of the most talented, innovative + hard-working designers from in and around the Chicago area will be selling their work. 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 (2015) had an attendance of nearly 6,000 people in 2 1/2 days!

WHEN IS THE SHOW BEING HELD?

Our Holiday Shows take place the weekend before Thanksgiving each year.  And, in 2015, we launched a Spring Show, to be held each 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: Architectural Artifacts!

Located just a few blocks north of SHOW of HANDS' previous location, 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 Holiday Show's 2016 location HERE.

WHAT TYPES OF VENDORS ARE IN THE SHOW?

The list of vendors from our 2015 Holiday Show includes stationery designers, illustrators, printers, ceramicists, woodworkers, textile workers, clothing + accessories designers, soap makers, jewelry designers, and two different glass blowers - just to name a few!

Products sold 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 and much, much more!

Real. Soaps at SoH Spring 2015

Real. Soaps at SoH Spring 2015

Earth Cadets at SoH Spring 2015

Earth Cadets at SoH Spring 2015

Lily Dawson at SoH Spring 2015

Lily Dawson at SoH Spring 2015

Kali Clothing at SoH Spring 2015

Kali Clothing at SoH Spring 2015

we look forward to seeing you at the show!


CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF HOLIDAY 2016 VENDORS!