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!!

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.)

The 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Chicago is THIS WEEKEND!!

Can you believe that the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Chicago is already here!?! Over 150 of the nation’s best indie-craftspeople will be setting up shop THIS WEEKEND (December 4 + 5) from 11am – 7pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse! Check out the artist line-up HERE!

In addition to all the fabulous shopping you’ll be doing, you must indulge in our extra-special features! DJs from Chicago’s best independent music sources – CHIRP and Reckless Records – will be spinning jams all day long! Magnolia Photobooth Company will have a free-to-use photo booth out for you to use! And you’ll have plenty of delicious food options to choose from – including Flying Saucer, MANA Food Bar, TipsyCake and Treat Restaurant! Not to mention wintertime libations like mulled wine!!

We’ll also be hosting a super-fun and free-to-participate paper ornament making workshop! This is in addition to our ever-popular Info Station where we’ll feature a free-to-enter raffle (prizes furnished by Chronicle Books, Paper Source + Uppercase), free issues of TimeOut Chicago + an extra-special Renegade Holiday photo-op!!

DON’T FORGET: We are providing a free trolley-service to and from the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse and the Do-Division Holiday Walk all weekend long!!

Avoid the parking-limitations around the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk) by parking near Division and taking the free-to-ride Holiday Trolley to the Fair – with several stops along Division Street between Greenview + Levitt!

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

See you THIS weekend!!!

xoxo – Renegade!

Countdown to Chicago Holiday RCF: Jewelry

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

Craft (Life) Crush: Amy Sedaris

Yes, we love Amy Sedaris. Really, who doesn’t? She’s funny, makes cupcakes, has rabbits, and carried on an extensive relationship with an imaginary boyfriend named Ricky. There’s just a lot to love there. And now there’s yet ANOTHER reason to love her — she’s got a new book out called Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. A log cabin out of sausage links? Sign us up.

And did you know? You have a chance to ask Amy your burning questions. She’ll be appearing later this month on the PBS show Need to Know, and she’ll be answering your questions! Go here to ask her anything! You can submit a question through tomorrow, November 4th. Do it!

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Here’s one of our favorite clips from Amy on the Martha Stewart show. If this doesn’t make you laugh, you might be a robot.