F E A T U R E D ~ ImagineNations

We’re digging on these globes made by, ImagineNations. Wendy Gold is a Bay Area artist who will be showcasing at the upcoming RCF in San Francisco. We love to travel, and love vintage globes – so these will be a treat for us to see at the fair. We might even need one for our new office!

 

 

 

Wendy says she’s committed to making beautiful new worlds, imagined and real, with vintage globes at the core and recycled materials on the surface.  She was initially inspired by a beautiful globe she saw at the Alameda Flea Market, and loved the idea of using a canvas with inherent commentary in unexpected ways.

Wendy works out of her North Bay studio with her dog “Slim” by her side as “Worldwide” Creative Director.  Check out all of her amazing globes on her website!

F E A T U R E D ~ The Poetry Store

Today’s Featured Artist Series is dedicated to the inspiring work of The Poetry Store, who will be writing poems on the spot for attendees at the upcoming RCF in San Francisco!

Here’s how it works ~ Visit The Poetry Store booth and tell Silvi what you want your poem to be about, who you want it to be for, pick your paper, and in 3 minutes or less, she’ll have it for you, typed on her red royal typewriter!

 

How does she do it?  What inspires her? Here’s what she had to say about that:

I got into the craft business because it just felt like what I needed to do–I am a creative person, with lots of ideas, who loves working with my hands; I thrive off of meeting new people and hearing their stories; I desire a good challenge (which actually happens with every poem i write! because it teaches me something; and I have a need for work that’s always changing and evolving, so, here I am, making a living as a poet!

My creative influences include birds, typewriters, old things most people find useless, the moon (especially in daylight), death, Dean Young’s poetry, my students (who average about 85 years old), risk, bunnies, squirrels, jellyfish, string, a desire to understand, a desire to dream, a willingness to fail, a willingness to succeed.”

You can view some of her poems on her website. Below is one of my favorites – can’t wait to have one of my own!

 

 

F E A T U R E D – Brainstorm Print and Design


 

 

What lit the fire under your belly and made you start your business?

The fire was really a desire to never have a boss. We don’t like being told what to do or how to do it. Right from graduating college, we knew we enjoyed working together and collaborating on ideas. It was very natural. We’d be making artwork together regardless if we had started the company or not. Everything just makes sense this way.

American Atlas – The Northeast, American Atlas – The Midwest

What is your favorite part about Renegade and other craft fairs like it?

We have a lot of things we love about Renegade and the other craft fairs. We love the community of artists that we get to be a part of. We have made so many friends at these shows, both vendors and customers. Being surrounded by artists who love what they do AND being able to actually meet our customers on a beautiful weekend? Nothing better! Everyone is always in a fantastic, positive mood. Also the opportunity to travel and get our work in front of a real crowd of people. Nothing beats seeing a reaction to a piece in person and a screen print looks so much better when you are holding it as opposed to on a computer screen.

Drying Rack + Screen printing ink

Who inspires you right now in your community?

 

Anyone who is fearlessly doing what they love and making it. All the craft fair vendors. Every poster designer out there. Anybody passionately reaching for a goal. Entrepreneurs. Go-getters. In our immediate community, we are so glad to be a part of a group of up and coming artists who are all working in and showing at places like the Masthead Print Studio & Gallery, Part Time Studios, Space 1026, the Art Star Gallery & Boutique and the Print Center. Having all this local talent really keeps you going.

 

 

Jason mixing printing ink

 

Why silkscreen instead of digital for you personally?

Process, process, process! It feels so gratifying to create artwork the old fashioned way. It’s like cooking. The food is always better when you know it was made from scratch, with love. Nothing against digital printing, we do not shy away from our generation and the technology available, but really putting your heart into pulling great prints is extremely satisfying. We have control over every detail from mixing the ink to pulling the screen. It’s labor intensive but the finished product is always worth it.

Thank you so much for being a part of Renegade, Brainstorm! We love your work! Be sure to check them out July 9th + 10th at RCF San Francisco!
Speaking of San Francisco, check out the west coast print below! Super rad.

 

 

 

 

 

Ladylike

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A celebration of all things ladylike to be found at the
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco.

{Lace gloves not required.}

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Clockwise-ish from top left.

Corset Jewelry Dish by Raquel Masri ~ Party Necklace by Cursive Design ~ Knit Cupcake by goodbyebluemonday ~ Be Nice Doily by Kristin Petiford ~ Bath Salt by ByNieves ~ Flutter By Globe by ImagineNations ~ Journal by Jen Hewett ~ Pretty in Pink Pocket Mirror by elloh ~ A Woman’s Work by Glass Cathedrals ~ Thank You Darling Note by Paper Pastries ~ Lady Cat Portrait by Berkley Illustration ~ Mini Bow Ring by Homako ~ Leaf Earrings by Victoria Bekerman ~ Teapot by dahlhaus ceramics

Check out all of our wonderful San Francisco artists here!

Thank You, Brooklyn!

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The 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn was a great time! A little rain + cold (it’s June, right? Sheesh!) didn’t stop the crowds from coming out on Saturday, and we had sunshine and good times on Sunday. To all of our WONDERFUL artists, sponsors, attendees, and friends, you really made this an amazing fair. Thank you so much. We’ll give you a full wrap-up in the next few days, but in the meantime, check out our RCF Brooklyn Flickr photostream for a glimpse of the fair.

 

THANK YOU, Brooklyn, we love you!

7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn begins Saturday!

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We couldn’t be more excited to head back to Brooklyn for the

7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn!

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Our artist line-up is a sight to see. Find your favorites before the Fair!

At the Fair, get crafty with hands-on workshops, enter to win AMAZING prizes in our free raffle, play it serious or silly in the photobooth, and above all, HAVE FUN!

Get the full scoop on the Fair right here!

See you at the Fair!