2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin Recap

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We’re back from the 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin, and all we can say is THANK YOU! We had a blast meeting all the awesome vendors, booth buddies, and Austinites who made the fair a ton of fun. Austin, you just may have won our hearts.

We wish we could feature each and every awesome aspect of the fair, but we had to pick and choose some highlights. If you just can’t get enough Austin RCF (and who could?), be sure to check out our artist page to find that one vendor with that one piece that you thought was amazing, and see all of our photos on our Austin RCF Flickr set.

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Austin, you are weird + awesome. Don’t ever change.
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Vendors, you knocked our socks off with your beautiful + clever booth set-ups. Clockwise from top left: Millions of People Happy, Andrew Le (complete with DIY letterpress!), and Little Things Studio (l), Maryink (r).
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Did we mention the abundance of AWESOME handmade crafts? Clockwise from top left: Love Jules Leather, Circa Ceramics, and The Bocket Store.
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There was no shortage of interactive workshop fun! Clockwise from top left: Renegade’s own friendship bracelet making workshop, Public School’s rad vintage baseball card photo op, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s origami workshop.
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Did you see Mat Daly’s excellent RCF poster? Get your own right here!
Thanks to the staff at the Palmer Events Center, and our wonderful Fair Sponsors at Readymade, Lunabar, Waterloo Records, + the Austin Chronicle for a fabulous weekend!

And don’t forget to check out our artist page and Austin RCF Flickr set!

In short, WE LOVE YOU, AUSTIN! See you in November!!

Thank You, Austin!

2nd Annual RCF Austin

The 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin was a rollicking good time! Thanks to our WONDERFUL artists, sponsors, attendees, and friends. We’ll give you a full wrap-up in the next few days, but in the meantime, check out our RCF Austin Flickr photostream for a glimpse of the fair. THANK YOU, Austin, and happy trails!

2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin begins Saturday!!!

We are thrilled to kick off the Renegade Craft Fair season with the

2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Austin!

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Have you checked out the artist list yet? Yee-haw!

Find your favorite artists, get crafty at our workshops, listen to some sweet jams, and have a photobooth photo taken all in one whirlwind weekend!

Find out all you need to know and more about this weekend’s Austin RCF right here!

See you at the Fair!

Crafter Spotlight: Arte Y Chocolate

You know the phrase “that looks good enough to eat”? Well, good news: the chocolates from Austin vendors Arte y Chocolate is art that IS good enough to eat.  With work as beautiful as it is scrumptious, Arte y Chocolate is one booth that’s sure to have a LOT of traffic at the Austin RCF.

Krystal Craig and Lila Browne  started Arte y Chocolate in 2005. They wanted to create healthier choice (organic and natural ingredient products) to produce artisan chocolates. As two creative foodies, their combined backgrounds and talents spur their artistic chocolate making.


It is not like the movie “Chocolat”, with its Johnny Depp and its magic. It is a lot of hard, skilled work that did take some time to develop. They want to make people happy through chocolate, as it makes them happy. (Ed. note: Um, us too. Us too.)


Okay, ready for the seriously mouth-watering part? For the RCF Austin, Krystal + Lila are making these flavors…

blackberry | salted caramel | gianduja | dark chocolate & cacao nib | salted peanut butter & honey | caramel pink peppercorn | coffee crunch | salted toffee almond | spicy walnut caramel clusters | chocolate dipped mexican snickerdoodle | chocolate-covered kettle corn

For real, good enough to eat.

Crafter Spotlight: Miss Natalie + Canoe

 

Miss Natalie Design + Canoe

What sparked you to start your own business(s)?

I launched Miss Natalie as an outlet for my pattern design work. I wanted to get back to working with my hands and away from the computer. I had been working on larger wallpaper designs, but wanted something smaller and more practical to produce, so I started with handkerchiefs.

Canoe is a new venture that was born out of necessity–my husband’s closets were overflowing with vintage American workwear. We kept finding beautiful old boots and heritage flannels that we couldn’t pass up. Before we knew it, we have a guest room filled with clothing and boots, so Canoe was hatched.

a selection of our hand tooled leather key chains for Canoe

 

What local folks inspire you right now?

So many people, really. Austin is full of folks following their passions, be it design, music, or farming. I’ve been lucky enough to become good friends with a ton of talented people–Leah Duncan, Abby Powell of Abby Try Again, Caroline Colom Vasquez of Paloma’s Nest, and Mary Kathryn Paynter of Loretta Flower, just to name a few. I also teach graphic design, so I’m constantly inspired by my students as well.

Teacher’s Pet apple box

 

What are your favorite materials to work with, and why?

Wood and leather. I started wood burning a while ago, but just last year began working with leather. From cowboy boots to horse saddles, people here are really serious about their leather work. I’m still just learning, which makes it really exciting. Mistakes often turn into happy accidents.

Process shots of tooling leather

What’s been the biggest challenge for you with your business?
Time! Isn’t this everyone’s biggest challenge? I wish there were more days in the week to get everything done I want to do. I’m learning to delegate and bring in help for production work, which has freed me up to design and experiment more in the studio.

Thank-You Natalie! You’re super cool!

We carry some of Miss Natalie’s lovely work in our Brick + Mortar shop and our Online Store! Expect to see more this Summer!

 

 


Theme ~ DIY

the misanthrope specialty co. ~ Unflattering Portraits

sublime stitching ~ Craftopia Embroidery Patterns

medium control ~ Wood Camera Coasters

sweetie pie press ~ City of Craft Pins

the weekend store ~ Letterpress Necklace

viva greetings ~ Wrapping Paper

sunshine and carousels ~ Let’s Get Crafty Necklace

make shop live ~ Pin Cushion Ring

paste shirts ~ Shadow Rabbit Tee

melissa borrell design ~ Pop-Out Earrings

McCheeks Mayhem ~ Ceramic Planter

christine sharp-crowe ~ I Heart Handmade Book Print

paloma’s nest ~ Custom Ceramic Letters

petite pensieri ~ Crayon Roll-Up Case

my zoetrope ~ Paper Art Doll

nepenthe’s bathtime ~ Knitty Gritty Soap

vrooooom press ~ Make Some Damn… Print

hello-lucky ~ Hay Pitchfork Tee

twinkie chan ~ Sticker Pack

the button florist ~ Handmade Button Packs

corky ~ Wood Camera Necklace

loyalty and blood ~ Tool Necklace

reigrüche studio ~ Sewing Machine Painting

handmade julz ~ Button Accessory

RCF Insider Tips ~ What to Do the Day of the Fairs

PHEW! It’s all happening! With the Austin RCF right around the corner (whoa whoa whoa!) and the rest of the summer fairs following close behind, we thought we’d share our RCF Day of the fair tips with ya’ll so you’re hydrated, happy and (not) hungry!

Coffee and breakfast
Intelligentsia Coffee
Caffeeeiiiiinnnnneee, we neeeeeed you!
While we usually have vendors selling coffee at our events, these vendors, like you, need to set up. Make sure you’re caffeinated prior to the fair, just in case they aren’t set up right when you get there. That is, of course, if you enjoy the delicious coffee. We certainly do. Breakfast, or some sort of pre-fair snack is also very important. (Thanks Mom!)

Load-in
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These tents don’t fill themselves! Make loading in easier on yourself!
The Renegade Craft Fair does not supply dollies or handcarts the day of the fair. If you have friends that are also participating, consider helping each other load in and out. This will reduce traffic, stress, and most importantly, save time! You do not have to check in at the info booth, however, we’ll have maps waiting for you to make it easy to find your spot! If you’re renting tables/chairs from us, they will either be placed in your booth (depending on which fair you’re participating in) or at a designated location for pick-up. Make sure you know when your load in time is, and that you’re vendor kit-savvy prior to the fair.

Booth Savvy
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What good are friends if they can’t help you at the fair?
The booth partner is key to your success. A friend, or volunteer that you know has a great attitude, is good at simple math, can lift up to 50 lbs, and can rep your lovely work as if it was their own is crucial at the fairs. Make sure that you schedule breaks for food, restrooms, and best of all shopping!

Your booth is a pop-up shop for your work. Make sure your booth display(s) are sturdy, your signage is visible, and please don’t creep into your neighbor’s space. If you’re outdoors and you’ve brought your own tent, be sure it’s weighted down to prevent wind from carrying your canopy to an off-the-map location (how will anybody find you that way?).

Weather!
Spincycle Yarns
 

Hydration is so hot right now.
If you’re participating in an outdoor event, do not leave the comfort of your home/hotel/van without the following: Sunscreen, more water than you think you’ll need, hats, and appropriate clothing (i.e don’t wear a leather dress in L.A. when it’s 85 degrees and sunny…not that someone on our staff has ever made that mistake…ahem). Indoor fairs, of course, are not nearly as formidable. Just make sure you have clothing options if it gets too hot/cold.

Payment Methods
Cleo Dee's
Let people know you take credit cards! People love not using cash!
Do you have enough cash for change? Do you have the square app (i-phone/i-pad required)? The square app allows you to accept credit cards at the fair! Cool! If you don’t have the fancy schmancy i-phone or i-pad, a good old invoice pad or “knuckle buster” credit card “machine” does the trick!

Sales
Frowning, cell phone + computer obsessing, and ignoring people are turn- offs for customers (and wholesalers!). The fair can be exhausting, but try to think of it as an opportunity to test the market for your work! What’s selling? What isn’t? How can my booth + work evolve next time? It’s never too late to go back to the drawing board!

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Craft friendship is the best kind of friendship.
Finally, be communicative, and nice with your neighbors and organizers. If there is a problem that you or your boothmate cannot solve then feel free to make your way to the info booth for help (we’re happy to)! If you just want to say “hello” then expect one of the Renegade Gang to be around at some point to do just that!

Thanks for reading! We’re so excited to see you all at the fairs!

*Handmade fist pump*

Crafter Spotlight: Erico Studio & Homako


Studio Erico by Erica Ellis


 

About Studio Erico’s Inspiration –>

I’ve been immersed in Japanese culture my whole life and have been folding little cranes since I was small.  The crane has been my main inspiration.  When I was a kid it took me 3 years to fold 1,000 paper cranes.  Now that I’ve started making little earrings out of them, I can fold 1,000 in about a month.  Pretty crazy.  I love it and enjoy it. I find myself making them all the time and leaving them in restaurants and various places.  Hoping that someone will enjoy it and keep it.


Homako by Yoko Minemura Vega

About Homako’s Inspiration –>

My inspiration comes from simple things.  Candy, cartoons, umbrellas, clouds, forests, and old ladies in vintage clothes.  I usually watch Japanese cartoons while i work and snack on candy to give me energy!  I work from my apartment where i personally stitch, sew, cut, and ship every one of my creations all over the world.  My dream would be to visit some faraway country and happen to see someone wearing my jewelry.  I am also known to wear a rabbit mask a lot.