Our Favorite (3) photos from RCF 2012!

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Geez! What an amazing 2012! We have NEVER been more excited about the fairs and all of the amazing attendees and vendors involved. It was a difficult task, but out of the thousands of photos we took in 2012 we each chose three that represented our favorite moments this past year.

 

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One of my favorite new things we’re doing at the fairs is having artists create one of a kind installations to make the atmosphere at the fairs even more dynamic and awesome.  So I was really excited to see all of the beautiful photos that came from Sayuri’s Jellyfish installation at the RCF Chicago Holiday Market.  If you’re on Instagram, check out the hashtags #urbanaquarium and #sayurisworld to see more magical photos of the Jellies.

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Another one of our installations made my top three favorite photos for 2012, featuring a giant owl chalkboard made by Class Attire for the RCF Brooklyn Holiday Market.  It was awesome and fun to have, and people loved interacting with it and making their mark at the fair.  We hope to see more of these in Renegade’s future!

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This photo shows Stephanie Ritten of the SF State University Student Textiles Guild making a beautiful woven scarf on a loom they brought out to the RCF SF Holiday Market for demonstrations.  It was so fun to watch her, and really inspired me to see her weaving something right on the spot using that beautiful wooden loom (all decked out with lights to boot!).

 

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I LOVE everything that Nourishing Notes makes, and I love even more that the makers behind these food-inspired notes + tea towels are some of the warmest, smiliest folks I’ve ever met. I ran into the Nourishing Notes team at a restaurant recently (not a surprise that they are fans of great food!), and even outside of the realm of Renegade, they were so sweet and fun to talk to. I love reminders of what a small and great world this is, and the Nourishing Notes team makes it easy to remember that.

ella

I am always a sucker for the younger crafters and makers among us, and Ella Grzeca is such a savvy entrepreneur, I had to include her in my favorite photos. I have purchased one of her limited edition prints for a few fairs in a row now, and I’m always so excited to see what she’s making. Her dad Dan Grzeca might have a little more experience, but Ella’s a major up-and-comer, that’s for sure.

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This photo combines vintage wares and Christmas, two of my favorite things. I loved the Winkeland booth at the Los Angeles Holiday Market, and majorly coveted one of their wreaths made from repurposed ornaments. I didn’t come home with one this time, but there’s always next year.

 

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skyline

It was so exciting this year to finally host our first ever Brooklyn Holiday Market.  I don’t know which part made me more happy, the incredible Manhattan skyline backdrop, or the customize-able chalkboard skyline specially made for the affair by Class Attire.

truman

The Old Truman Brewery is definitely one of my favorite RCF venues.  This photo is special to me as it features both the massive crowds which fill Brick Lane constantly as well as our awesome moths banner, the installation of which (atop a 20 ft ladder in a throng of people) is the only part of my job which is truly terrifying.

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I don’t know what to say except that being immortalized on your own hand thrown and painted ceramic mug can pretty much make your day. Special thanks to Lerf Ewe.

 

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Not only a great cause, but a cute pup!  What’s not to love about this smushed-face fido.  If only all the fairs could have dogs walking around. (The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue)

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I loved these crazy, seemingly tedious cutouts from Rosie + the Boys.  She actual cut her sign for her display the night before – how insane is that.  And as everyone should know, I love mushrooms.  Anything with mushrooms always captures my attention.

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Thanks to their participation at the Chicago Holiday Sale, I got to know a little about the Rebuilding Exchange.  Their job training and workshops sound so cool, that I’ll be sure check them out in the New Year.  If only I had known about them before!

 

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victory

I love when we capture attendees and artists making a $$$ transaction, an attendee having a nice conversation with a vendor, and in this case someone grabbing a business card. Business cards are a small but integral part of a vendors success during and beyond the fair! One of my favorite things (if not my very favorite thing) about being involved with RCF is knowing that we (the Renegade crew) can be a part of these amazing artist’s small business stories. (I also love The Victory Garden of Tomorrow’s work featured in this picture!)

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We decided to challenge ourselves this year to make our info booth, and the overall look of the fair more handmade in 2012. Our info booth featured hand painted signs, and merch collaborations with RCF Artists (not to mention our merchandise was all 100% American made). This year it was a rustic, Americana theme…hard to top…wonder what we’ll end up doing next year? We also asked artists to create installations throughout the fairs, and we got into making some decorations and installations of our own. This handpainted sign features some of the libation selections for our 2012 Chicago Holiday Sale. MMMM mulled wine!

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BRYR CLOGS. OMG. Let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions. My number one resolution is to save enough money to buy a pair of these babies in 2013. When we saw their application we all freaked out. Beautiful work, great booth and a nice photo!

 

We love our artists, attendees and followers so very much. We can’t thank you enough for such an amazing 2012. Here’s to…dare we say it…an EVEN BETTER 2013!!!!

THANK YOU and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Love, Susie, Mat, Sarah, Justin & Madelon

 

 

Thank You + Happy Holidays from Renegade

As we wrap up the 2012 season, we are all kinds of thankful for such a cozy + wonderful season of Holiday Markets. From Brooklyn to San Francisco and all points in between, we were thrilled by the talented makers, enthusiastic crowds, and all-around great energy of each fair.
THANK YOU to each and every one of you who made 2012 such an awesome year.

We’ve put a few of our favorite snaps from the fair in the collage above, please add to our #renegadecraftfair pool via Instagram if you’d like – we love to see your perspective!

Don’t miss out on some of the best pictures and makers from each fair!
Brooklyn Holiday Market: pictures + makers
Austin Holiday Market: pictures + makers
Chicago Holiday Market: pictures + makers
Los Angeles Holiday Market: pictures + makers
San Francisco Holiday Market: pictures + makers

We can’t wait to catch up with you all in 2013, but in the meantime, here’s to days that are merry + bright.

Happiest holidays from The Renegade Gang!

Renegade Recap: 4th Annual San Francisco Holiday Market!

We are still smiling ear to ear over last weekend’s 4th Annual San Francisco Holiday Market. Maybe because it’s our last fair of the year, maybe because it’s our 50th (!!) fair overall, and maybe because it was such a warm, wonderful, and special fair. Our money’s on that last one. We were blown away by our talented makers, thrilled by the enthusiastic (and record-breaking!) crowds, and all-around wowed by the scale, vibe, and feel of the fair. We’ve put a few of our favorite snaps from the fair below, and please add to our #renegadecraftfair and #renegade sf pools via Instagram if you’d like – we love to see your perspective!

What a way to end a fantastic year of fantastic fairs. We’ll have a proper year-end wrap up in the next few days, but in the meantime, here’s to days that are merry + bright.

RCF San Francisco Holiday Market is THIS WEEKEND!

We’re wrapping up a great year of craft fairs with the 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market on December 15 + 16,  2012! We’ll return to the cozy Concourse Exhibition Center (620 7th Street) from 11am-6pm both days, where you’ll find 250+ of today’s very best indie crafters, exciting interactive workshops, music, food, booze + plenty more at our free to attend market!
As always, we’ve got a vast collection of today’s best + brightest indie makers from the Bay Area and beyond! You can see the full line-up here! Check out the official map for the fair to get a lay of the land and find your favorite makers!

Strolling among the carefully curated booths at the SF Holiday Market, you’ll see some of the very best in contemporary handmade crafts and interactive activities. In addition to the maker booths, you’ll find the Concourse Exhibition Center itself decked out with installations and bespoke decor by Laselab, Jordan Versluis, and Danielle O’Malley. The Oakland Museum of California will bring their custom-made mobile museum to the fair as part of their ongoing we/customize interactive exhibit. San Francisco’s own Workshop will also be on-hand leading a variety of camp-inspired make-and-take workshops all weekend. And before you leave, you can take some time at RCF’s own DIY Gift Wrap Station and wrap your gifts using paper and stamps by Yellow Owl Workshop.

Add to all that a free-to-use photobooth from Magnolia Photobooth Co., some excellent shopping music from San Francisco’s best DJs, and some tasty food and drinks, and you’ve found the very best spot to get your holiday shopping done!  It’ll be a festive handmade holiday in San Francisco.Have you seen Mat Daly’s 2012 RCF Holiday Tour poster? It’s a beaut! We’ll be selling these posters, along with all kinds of great holiday goodies, at the RCF Info Booth.

Need directions? Not sure if credit cards are accepted? Check out our San Francisco Holiday FAQ for answers to every little question!

Special thanks to our sponsors + friends!

Hashtag Sneak Peek: San Francisco Holiday Market

Our makers are a-making for this weekend’s 4th Annual RCF San Francisco Holiday Market! From the glimpses we’ve been getting via #renegadecraftfair, it looks like we’re all in for a treat. Here are a few of our favorite sneak peeks:

ISWAS+WILLBE (booth 159)

Pommes Frites (booth 105)

rachel t robinson art + craft (booth 32)

Salt and Pipper (booth 58)

Zelma Rose Handmade Goods (booth 105)

Renegade Recap: 3rd Annual Los Angeles Holiday Market!

We kicked off the West Coast leg of our 2012 RCF holiday tour with the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Los Angeles on December 8 + 9, 2012 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park!  Hundreds of today’s best indie crafters and thousands of shoppers (a record-breaking number of ‘em!) joined us for hands-on workshops, music, food trucks, booze + oh so much more.

We were blown away by the talent of a curated collection of some of today’s best + brightest indie makers from Los Angeles and beyond. You can see the line-up here! Check out the official map of the fair here!

The whole affair really felt like a cozy craft village, and walking through all the booths was an inspirational and festive time. Visitors made great use of Renegade’s own DIY Gift Wrap Station and made their handmade gifts even fancier with stamps by Yellow Owl Workshop! LA’s four-legged friends got a boost at the Second Acts Animal Rescue Booth

And we can’t forget the food! Some of LA’s best food trucks were serving tasty bites all weekend, including Greasy Wiener, Brasil KissLudo TruckGreen TruckPalazzolo Truck, and India Jones Chow Truck. Libations were available for purchase at our bar. Add a free-to-use photobooth by Magnolia Photobooth Co. (check out Saturday’s snaps here and Sunday’s here!) and some sweet shopping jams by KXLU, and it was a great way to spend a weekend!

T H A N K   Y O U, LOS ANGELES!

Special thanks to our Sponsors + Friends!

RCF Los Angeles Holiday Market is THIS WEEKEND!

We’re kicking off the West Coast leg of our 2012 RCF holiday tour with the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Los Angeles on December 8 + 9, 2012 from10am-5pm each day at the Los Angeles State Historic Park! Get ready for hundreds of today’s best indie crafters, hands-on workshops, music, food trucks, booze + oh so much more at this free-to-atttend handmade holiday marketplace.

As always, we’ll be presenting a curated collection of some of today’s best + brightest indie makers from Los Angeles and beyond. You can see the line-up here! Check out the official map of the fair here!

You’ll love the cozy craft village that is the LA Holiday Market, and walking through all the booths is sure to be an inspirational and festive time. If you’re feeling crafty yourself, you can hang out at Renegade’s own DIY Gift Wrap Station and make your handmade gifts even fancier with stamps by Yellow Owl Workshop! Help out LA’s four-legged friends at the Second Acts Animal Rescue Booth. Add a free-to-use photobooth by Magnolia Photobooth Co. and some sweet shopping jams by KXLU, and it’ll be a great way to spend a weekend!

Don’t forget sweet and savory treats from some of LA’s best food trucks, including Crispy Waffle & FriteGreasy WienerBrasil KissLudo TruckGreen TruckPalazzolo Truck, and India Jones Chow Truck, and libations available for purchase at our bar.Have you seen Mat Daly’s 2012 RCF Holiday Tour poster? It’s a beaut! We’ll be selling these posters, along with all kinds of great holiday goodies, at the RCF Info Booth.

Need directions? Not sure if credit cards are accepted? Check out our Los Angeles Holiday FAQfor answers to every little question!

Special thanks to our sponsors + friends!

LA Holiday Market Sneak Peeks

We are basically Instagram-obsessed (do you follow us? We’re @RenegadeCraft). With the magic of the hashtag, we are able to get all kinds of exciting glimpses into what’s in store for this weekend’s 3rd Annual Los Angeles Holiday Market. Here’s a little sneak peek at what some of our talented makers have waiting for you. (And don’t forget to add #renegadecraftfair to your RCF-related posts!)

Sweet business card holder idea from Ann Shen (booth 131).

Power tool process shot by Misha Ashton Photography (booth 90).