Happy New Year!

“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”

LIVE BY THESE MYSTIC WORDS! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!

(We’ll be closed New Years Day! See ya’ll in 2011!!!)


California Holiday RCF Round-Up!

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!

Browse work by all of our RCF Holiday LA artists HERE!! And check out our complete FLICKR Photo Set!

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!

Have your own little virtual San Fran Holiday RCF by browsing the artist line-up! Check out PHOTOS from the Fair!!

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!!

2nd Annual RCF Holiday Sale in San Francisco is THIS Weekend!!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in San Francisco – THIS WEEKEND at the Concourse Exhibition Center (620 7th St.) from 11am-7pm!!

With over 200 of the nation’s finest indie-craft talents on site selling their amazing handmade wares, a free-to-use photo-booth provided by the Magnolia Photobooth Co., and terrific hands-on workshops led by Kelly Malone of IndieMart, The Museum of Craft+Design (in collaboration with FLAX Art & Design), the Scarving Artists (from St. Anthony Foundation), and ScrapSF – the Bay Area is in for one craft-tastic event!!

CLICK HERE for all the info!!

See you this weekend!!

RCF Holiday Sale Chicago 2010 Thanks + Re-Cap!

BIG THANKS to all the vendors and shoppers that made the 2010 RCF Holiday Sale in Chicago such a huge hit!!

People came from all over the Midwest and beyond to sell and shop for the BEST handmade gifts to give (and keep!) this holiday season!

Check out our photo gallery from the Fair – HERE!

Both new + familiar faces, local artists + out-of-towners brought the goods!

Just a handful of highlights included (clockwise from top-left) Austin-based designer Leah Duncan, Chicago’s own ceramic-extraordinaire SODA by Amy, lovely letterpress ladies oneCANOEtwo, brand-spanking new ceramics collective Maker & Maker, the ghoulishly gorgeous jewelry of Lillian Crowe, incredible hand-thrown lamps from rondaruby + (below image, bottom left) darling handmade housewares duo uncommon!!

We’ve also got to give BIG THANKS to our volunteers, the staff of the magnificent Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (top right), our chummy and adorable Holiday Trolley (bottom right) driver, the DJs from CHIRP and Reckless Records, bartenders, food vendors (Black Dog Gelato, Flying Saucer, MANA Food Bar, TipsyCake and Treat Restaurant), the Magnolia Photo Booth Co. team, workshop participants (top left) AND everyone else that made this event so terrific!!

Happy Holidays Chicago!! We, as always, had a blast!!

Now – onto warmer weather out West for our back-to-back LA + San Fran Holiday Sales!!

Gift Guide No. 3: Renegade Gang Favorites

Okay, let’s not kid ourselves. Asking the Renegade Gang to pick our favorites for this gift guide is a little unfair. It’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. But we persevered, buckled down, and managed to pick just ONE item apiece for the gift guide. It wasn’t easy, but we did it. Enjoy!

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(Clockwise from top left)

Madelon’s Pick: Dreamcatcher by Land-Rich, $90.

Sue’s Pick: Porcelain Deer Figurines by BROOKLYNrehab, $24.

Sarah’s Pick: Military Blanket Hot Water Bottle by Smitten Kitten, $45.

Kevin’s Pick: American Sign Language Print by Billy Craven, $25.

Ali’s Pick: Hand-painted Vintage Purse by Blue Sky Complex, $90.

Danny’s Pick: Magnetic Fields Poster by Mike Perry, $28.

Giant Clothespin of Wonder

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.

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(Via Cup of Jo.)