After a chaotic (but super-fun!) Christmas season, we’re ready to get back to a simpler, more orderly way of life here at Renegade HQ. So Things Organized Neatly is providing lots of much-needed inspiration. Ahhhh. (Found via Black Eiffel.)
Many Merry Thanks to everyone who helped make our trip to California such a GREAT success!! We are so ecstatic to know that thousands upon thousands of folks will be giving a handmade gift this holiday season – how terrific is that?!
Here’s a quick little re-cap of our two weekends out West!
We’d like to personally thank whoever performed the perfect-weather dance in LA just in time for our arrival! Was it you?!
The weekend and the park couldn’t have been more lovely for our 1st ever Holiday Sale in Los Angeles!! In addition to the over 150 indie-craft talents on site that weekend, attendees could participate in hands-on workshops hosted by ReForm School, Urban Craft Center and Hands-On 3rd, listen to indie-jams from KXLU, pop in the Magnolia Photobooth Co. and grab a bite to eat from some of LA’s best independent food trucks!
Highlights included (clockwise from top-left) the always magnificent rope jewelry and textile creations of Tanya Aguiñiga, tiny topiary and terrariums – both faux and real – from Little Bit and TerriPlanty (center), the bicycle-powered sewing machine created by Frau Fiber, gorgeous ceramic jars and dishes from Eri Sugimoto and the clever and colorful papergoods of ever-delightful Krank Press!
We just love our new San Fran Holiday Sale venue – the cozy and colorful Concourse Exhibition Center! Over ten thousand holiday shoppers came through, going gaga over handmade gifts and spreading the indie-craft cheer!
With over 250 artists to fawn over, shoppers also took the opportunity to get involved with free workshops organized by ScrapSF and The Museum of Craft+Design (in collaboration with FLAX Art & Design), pop in the the free-to-use photobooth provided by Magnolia Photobooth Co., and flip through a free issue of 7×7 Magazine!!
Just a handful of highlights include (clockwise from top-left) the foodie inspired illustrations of Drywell Art, the leather ornaments hand tooled on site by Miss Natalie, the plethora of custom jewelry creations from Amy Olson, the 3-D psychedelic screenprints from John Howard (one of the nicest guys around!), charming one-of-a-kind block paintings from RPotter Studio, light-sensitive synthesizers from tech-gurus Magic Echo Music, and splendid illustrations by Caitlin Kuhwald!
And with that, WE CONCLUDE THE RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR 2010 SEASON!!! Can you believe it?! Thank you to all the vendors, attendees and other participants that helped make this our biggest and best year yet!!!
See you in 2011!!
Here at Renegade, we’ve found approx. 58939 uses for wooden clothespins (current favorite use? keeping our “packages to wrap” pile sorted.). But this? This might just be the greatest use of a clothespin EVER. It’s from an awesome installation in Belgium. Oh, the Belgians. So clever.
(Via Cup of Jo.)
Whoa! How awesome is this crocheted coral reef? It’s part of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, a super-cool project & traveling art exhibit that seeks to celebrate “the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.” Read more about this great handmade project here.
The Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Holiday Sale is coming up in just a little over 2 weeks! Whoa! We finally have our Chicago Vendor List up, and a beautiful e-flyer design by the lovely Kate Sutton! Please feel free to drag a flyer/banner off our website to help promote the fair!
In the meantime, here are 5 Artists I’m excited to see:
Artist: Miki and Nora Material: Antique Gold, Checkered Posts
Artist: Neogranny Material: Laser Cut Birch, Hand Painted
Artist: Noble Town Vintage Material: Salvaged Fishspine Chain, Turquoise
Artist: Cursive Design Material: Salvaged Textile, Wood, Glass
Artist: Dores Material: Hand woven Cotton, Gold Vermeil Beads