3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco Begins This Weekend!!

We are at it again! This time, we’re taking over the Bay with the help of over 250 of the nation’s top indie-craft, art, design and DIY talents!

It’s the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco and it begins THIS weekend at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion!! FREE-TO-ATTEND, the event runs from 11am – 7pm on Saturday + Sunday and features many exciting features like…

CRAFT WORKSHOPS + DEMONSTRATIONS with such fantastic groups as Etsy, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, St. Anthony Foundation, Accessorize with Toys, ScrapSF and the Scout Books Art Market coordinated by Portland-based Pinball Publishing!

Not to miss! A rocking performance by everyone’s favorite Troglodyte jug-band Thee Hobo Gobbelins on Sunday at 2pm

Don’t forget about the free-to-use MagBooth or to stop by our Info Booth to pick up a free issue of 7×7 Magazine or Juxtapoz Magazine and sign up for one of our free-to-enter raffles!

SEE YOU THERE!

Things We Love: Uppercase Magazine

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As you might imagine, we like pretty things here at Renegade. So you can guess how much we enjoy Uppercase Magazine, which is basically a hundred pages of pretty every month. We find constant inspiration in their great designer profiles, pop culture roundups, and just general awesomeness. And good news! We now carry Uppercase at Renegade Handmade! Find it in store or online here. Not gonna lie, I’m totally picking up a copy of each issue today. Hooray!

Mad About Mad Men

Here are Renegade, we’re far from immune to the latest pop culture phenomenons. Case in point: We (and, alright, by “we” I mostly mean Sarah and myself) are currently quite enamored with Mad Men. How can we resist that big 60s hair, to-die-for dresses, not to mention the smoking, drinking, philandering and occasional pat on the butt from the boss. To celebrate the return of Mad Men this past Sunday, we present to you handmade picks for each of our favorite characters. So pour yourself an Old Fashioned, sit back and enjoy.

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Don Draper, the guy we all love to hate. As the eternal man in the gray flannel suit, we thought it fitting to choose for Don two of the dapperest items we’ve got in the store right now–this Prix-Prix wallet made from a vintage necktie (one Don himself would probably wear) and a set of postage stamp cufflinks from Foxglove Accessories. Both are perfect for the morning meeting in the boardroom followed by an evening of drinking and carousing. Those Madison Avenue guys, that’s how they do it.

(P.S. I also can’t help but share this clip to Jon Hamm on TV last week. Fast forward to minute 2 and hear a great bit about M.C. Hammer.)

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I will tell you that when Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was coming together at the end of last season, nothing made me happier than seeing Joan Holloway walk back through that office door. Nobody know the inner workings of an office (or a executive, for that matter) than Joan. In honor of her unique qualities we selected a beautiful Fleurette Vase from Stephanie Kao (Joan could use a replacement, remember?). Plus, this Brass Pencil Necklace from Gold Teeth Brooklyn is an almost perfect twin for that long gold one Joan is always wearing. Pair it with a slinky red poly-blend dress and you’re good to go, Miss Holloway.

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Watching Peggy go from timid new secretary to confident working gal has been one of my favorite storylines on the show. We figured this Typewriter Print from Memo was a good choice to represent her secretarial past (though she advanced through the ranks enough to have Olive, one of her own) and this Soy Wax Candle from Milton + Margie in the swingin’ 60s mushroom mug would look right at home in Peggy’s mod NYC apartment.

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No Mad Men collection would be complete without a nod to that power-couple in the making, Pete and Trudy Campbell. With the good-looking (and power hungry) Pete making a place for himself at the new agency and the ever-bubbly Trudy ready to entertain the crap out of whoever needs to be entertained in order to get her man that promotion, it’s only a matter of time between the two of them become the next King and Queen of the country club. (Oh wait, they’re also kind of crazy. I forgot. But look at that apartment!). For Pete and Trudy, we thought these Laser Cut Prints by Molly M Designs would be just the thing for their always stylish home. Can’t you just imagine them framed next to those weird giaraffe wall hangings by the front door?

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Will Betty actually go to Reno and divorce Don?! And marry that politician guy, Henry Francis? And become Betty Francis?! We’re on pins and needles over here to find out! Poor, maligned Betty with her rapidly increasing drinking habit and the eternal reproach to the kids to “Go watch TV”. For Betty we chose this Pony Brooch from Smitten Kitten (remember her horse-riding much-younger crush??) and, in honor of the “Birdie” nickname that Don had for her, this set of Birdcage Rubber Stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop.

And with that, we’re off to our riding lesson.

Craft Crush: Mariko of Calico

This week, we’re crushing on Calico, a sweet line of bags & pouches made from vintage fabrics. Mariko, the brains behind Calico, kindly gave us a little glimpse into her world, and discusses the inspiring qualities of friendship bracelets, feed sacks, and Bon Jovi.

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When did you first start crafting?

I always loved art classes in school, and my mom used to do flower arranging, so I often went to the craft store with her. I remember that I liked making stuffed animals from “handmade stuffed animal kits” and I sure made a decent looking Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I was probably about 10 years old at the time.

I also think back to those times (early 90′s!!!) and remember making braided bracelets and learning to knit. I never liked sewing back then, but somehow I ended up going to fashion design college in Tokyo and making a line of hand sewn accessories!

What is the story behind your business name?

Simply, I have a “calico” cat which I really love and “calico” is also a type of unbleached woven cotton fabric, originating in India. It was often printed with many different colors, and that is why the name became used for the cats, as well.

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What is your creative process?

My inspiration comes from the antique feed sacks that I find. My initial idea was to make tote bags with feed sacks, so that each one would be totally unique and special, but I soon found that many of the feed sacks were damaged or stained, so only some parts would be useable. This forced me to look at the bags as source material for many different products, and sometimes a sack that is mostly destroyed will have one little corner that is perfect for a coin purse. Making these products takes time to source the material, and then find the best way to use the material in a way that has good design qualities, and still has the character of the original print. I also use vintage inspired new fabrics for some products, and with those it is a matter of choosing patterns and color combinations that fit with my vintage aesthetic.

Do you have a best seller?

I think the best seller is the small Japanese coin purses. They are small, affordable, and available in both vintage and new fabrics.

Are you working on anything new that you’re particularly excited about?

Yes, I am working on key fobs and silkscreened totes right now. The key fobs are fun because I have to stamp the leather by hand and that means I have to do a lot of hammering into a piece of wood to get the stamp looking right! The silk screened totes are cool because it is an opportunity for me to let the influence of so many wonderful feedsack designs come out in an original design, and it will be a fun and simple product.

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Who are your favorite artists and designers?

Samantha Hahn – Illustrator
Freitag
Tim Burton
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What’s a typical working day for you?

After having breakfast with my husband, he goes to his recording studio by vespa, and I start cleaning our house, taking care of our cats and my fire escape garden and all other chores. I usually have an early lunch around 11:30 (my metabolism is fast!), and then start working from around noon till 8-ish.

Can you tell us something silly about yourself?

I like listening to classic rock radio while sewing, and sometime sing along to “You Give Love a Bad Name” and that gives me more energy to keep sewing!

(Photos by Yuki Wakamaki)
Thanks, Mariko! See more beautiful Calico goodies here & here.

Renegade Handmade is Turning 3!!!

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The Renegade Handmade piñata, in all of its tissue-paper glory.

Amidst all the excitement surrounding the West Coast Craft Fairs, we’ve got a little excitement brewing right here at Renegade Handmade. This Saturday, we’ll be celebrating the THIRD ANNIVERSARY of the brick + mortar shop! We’ve got all kinds of awesomeness planned for you to thank you for three GREAT years!

+ SWAG BAGS! Yes, that’s right, a present for YOU! This Saturday (July 31), the first 20 people to spend $20 at the shop (in-store only, sorry) will get a super-rad swag bag filled with goodies from some of our favorite artists. Erica Weiner earrings? Perhaps. Awesome stationery from Rubina? Just maybe. The cutest bandit-masked bird stickers ever from Sloe Gin Fizz? You didn’t hear it from me, but it seems likely. Seriously, you will not want to miss your chance for one of these babies.

+ SALE SALE SALE! All day Saturday, the ENTIRE SHOP will be 15% off! Yes, everything. Not in Chicago? Don’t worry, all this week, the ENTIRE ONLINE SHOP is 15% off! We love you that much, truly.

+ SECRET SAVINGS! Keep track of our birthday celebration on Facebook and Twitter, and you just might find a secret sale for you. Shh, mum’s the word.

+ SWEETS! An owl cake? An owl piñata? Yes + yes.

We hope to see you this Saturday!!

Roadtrip to Renegade: I-5 With the Berkleys.

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(Another in our series following some of our favorite crafters as they make the trek to the West Coast Fairs. Today, Ryan and Lucy Berkley of Berkley Illustration share their experiences making the journey from Portland to SoCal and explore what is perhaps the greatest roadside restaurant on I-5… or the world. Go see the Berkley at Renegade Los Angeles RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE! And next weekend you can see their smiling faces at the San Fransisco fair.)

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Portland to Los Angeles: Just under 1000 miles of road.

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We have driven the I-5 many times up and back but for some reason we’d never stopped at Anderson’s Pea Soup before. I’m happy to say that today we mended that gaping hole in our roadside repertoire.

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I think we can all agree that any roadside attraction worth its salt has some kind of board you can put your head through.

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I love how Andersons hasn’t tried to modernize too much. Look at the awesome combo of typefaces!

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Oops. I guess they’re a little modern inside. They have these nice trendy mugs adjacent to their adorable collection of Dutch Fairytale knick-knacks.

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I don’t know if this is legal, but here is the recipe for their pea soup. Please note, as we did, it’s vegan friendly!

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Why is this upside down???? Well, if you turn your computer around you can see the sweet loot we scored. It was too early for soup eating so we grabbed a can to go. Maybe we can share it at Renegade? Bring a spoon! Also, you don’t even realize how cool those cups are. They have a light show inside them!  We’re hoping to feature those after dark later in our adventures.

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We also picked up this very special postcard. We’re going to mail it to the first person who emails us at lucyandryan@gmail.com and tells us their favorite song with “California” in the title. See you again soon!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Thanks for playing!

Roadtrip to Renegade: Sweetie Pie Press in the Heartland

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(Another in our series following some of our favorite crafters as they take to the road headed for the West Coast Fairs. Today, Becky from Sweetie Pie Press explores the finer points of diner cuisine & sidewalk sales right smack dab in the middle of the country.)

woke up in a favourite kansas city motel (we have actually stayed here on almost every tour). the people are nice, but the menu is limited at the adjacent diner. (just kidding; they have more selections of homemade pies than you can shake a stick at.)

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Kansas City, MO

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taken in by the amazing young men at a gallery/shoppe called wonder fair, we made our first foray into the prairie oasis of lawrence, kansas. this is the sweetie pie press’ first ever stop in kansas and i was tickled pink to join the boys for a day-long sidewalk sale. brick buildings, big skies, and like-minded people always put me in good sorts, sleep or no.

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The view over Massachussetts Street. Sidewalk Sale Wonder Fair Lawrence, KS

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Sidewalk Sale Wonder Fair Lawrence, KS

Childhood Craft Corner

Did you know? Renegade Handmade is turning 3 next week! We’ve got all kinds of fun stuff planned for the occasion, including a handmade (of course!) piñata in the shape of a certain Renegade mascot. It’s like camp craft time here at Renegade today, and it’s kind of awesome.

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Trusty intern Keely prepares the newspaper.
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Ali mixes the paste.
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Get ready for the fattest, cutest owl piñata ever!

Roadtrip to Renegade: Sweetie Pie Press Discovers Giant Condiment Bottle

(From our series following crafters as they roadtrip out to the West Coast fairs. In this installment, Becky of Sweetie Pie Press explores the world of novelty condiment bottles.)

we are staying just outside of st. louis, missouri, in southern illinois. while exploring, we happened upon the world’s largest catsup bottle in collinsville, illinois. it made me wonder if there might be a slightly larger ketchup bottle somewhere else.

World’s Largest Bottle of Catsup Collinsville, IL July 14, 2010

St. Louis, MO July 14, 2010 Photo by Reverend Aitor

2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles Begins Saturday!!

We’ve got our sun-screen and shades all packed and ready to go!

The 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles begins this Saturday and we couldn’t be more excited to check out all the crafty wares of these 200+ artists!

Workshops abound at the event, with ReForm School, Tanya Aguiñiga, The Urban Craft Center, Sew LA, ETSY + Threadless each organizing wonderful activities!

We’ll be jamming to tunes provided by KXLU + Amoeba Music all weekend long, signing up people for our free-raffles, getting our photo snapped in the free-to-use photobooth provided by The Magnolia Photobooth Co and be taking lotsa photos like this!

It’s going to be SUPER BIG FUN! See ya there!