Maker Spotlight: Jill Bliss

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Jill Bliss is an artist and illustrator living and painting in the Pacific Northwest. She recently left her longtime home in Portland, OR, and moved to a more remote location, to create art and live in a more natural setting. Her work lends itself perfectly to capturing the tiny natural details that could be lost in an urban environment.

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe Jill lives on the same planet as the rest of us. Then again, take a look at a typical daily view in Jill’s neck of the woods:

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Luckily for us, Jill’s more far flung experience has led to one of her most prolific periods as an artist. She’ll have lots of new artworks to share, as well as some collaborative projects, that have led to a new journal filled with her drawings.

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Viewing Jill’s Instagram feed provides some insight into her beautiful world – she is inspired by even the tiniest forms of beauty around her. Her keen eye picks up on the most interesting textures and color combinations to create lush microclimates, many of which evolve into paintings.

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Find Jill’s paintings, prints, cards, and journals for sale at Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Follow her on Instagram to get a daily peek into her life, and visit her website to see more of her work!

Maker Spotlight: Materials + Process

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Today we’re featuring Materials + Process, a collection of handmade leather goods and accessories designed and crafted in San Francisco. Created by Christine Marcelino, a San Francisco based industrial designer, Materials + Process began with Christine’s penchant for new materials and sustainable processes and has grown into a collection of beautiful objects that will last a lifetime. We’re excited to have Materials + Process joining us again for Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco!

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The results of Christine’s obsession with using the finest quality materials are inarguably beautiful – each piece has a simple charm that is achieved by using the most beautiful and practical materials.

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Since each piece is crafted by hand, you know that these leather goods are built for a lifetime of use. The simple branded logo creates a non-intrusive reminder of the maker, even their logo is artfully crafted. We love the quotes they use to entice shoppers: “For all those finding their frontier, may they go there in style.”

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Shop Materials + Process at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Check out their website and blog to learn more about their process and their inspiration.

Maker Spotlight: Spark + Pepper

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San Francisco jewelry designer Meredith Peck will be joining us at Renegade SF this weekend with her beautiful line of rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings called Spark + Pepper. Meredith’s jewelry is elegant, and features mythological creatures and symbols that lend an air of mystery.

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Many pieces in the Spark + Pepper collection were made by carving the designs in wax then casting them in recycled precious metals. This process creates the bolder statement pieces like the Ouroboros Earrings and the Sun and Moon Necklace.

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Meredith’s workshop is equally fascinating – from the chaos of her jewelers’ bench emerges the delicate and detailed pieces that make her line unique. Catching a glimpse into her sketchbook reveals more about her influences, and shows her love for fluid lines and textures. The third photo below shows a bit of the lost wax casting process, it’s hard to believe that these bold designs were initially formed from such a malleable material!

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6133c2520f4e11e3beda22000ae80e87_7Shop Spark + Pepper at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in San Francisco! You can follow Spark + Pepper on Instagram to see what she’s bringing to the show, and RSVP for the event here. Come down to the Concourse Exhibition Center right at 11 to get first pick of Spark + Pepper’s one of a kind jewelry.

Maker Spotlight: Metropolitan Craft

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Today we’re showcasing Metropolitan Craft, an architectural model company run by Laurence Srinivasan in San Francisco. Each piece is a to-scale model of a Bay Area landmark, a perfect for SF natives or folks who left the city earlier than they would have liked.

Laurence describes his project this way:

“In a way the Sutro Tower is like an undiscovered landmark of San Francisco. I think people have mainly perceived it as background industrial blight. However, this tower is quite elegant, it’s also the tallest structure in the Bay Area. Once I started selling the Sutro Tower [model], I discovered there was a widespread fondness for it! We’ve expanded now to offer the Container Cranes of Oakland as a table top sculpture… showing a little love to the East Bay.”

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The wood is finished before lasercutting, then etched and scored by the laser to render the details. The result is a beautifully designed tribute to the architectural symbols of San Francisco.

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Find Metropolitan Craft at Renegade Holiday Market in San Francisco this weekend at the Concourse Exhibition Center!

Maker Spotlight: Forest & Waves

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For our first SF Maker Spotlight of the holiday season, we’d like to introduce you to Forest & Waves, an offbeat collection of prints, cards, and linen goods. Forest & Waves was created by Edward Juan, who lives and surfs in Vancouver, British Columbia. His sense of humor and distinct style is woven throughout each piece, and will certainly be enjoyed by the people of San Francisco when they encounter his work at the Renegade Holiday Market in SF.

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Despite being based in Vancouver, there’s a lot of California love running through the Forest and Waves collection. Take this California print for example, which covers many of the state’s landmarks and special places.

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Follow Forest & Waves on twitter, instagram, or facebook to get a peek at what Ed will be bringing to Renegade SF! If you live in the Bay Area, come by the show this weekend and check out his work in person.

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Maker Spotlight: Margins

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Margins is the work of Jeremy Rendina, an artist and printmaking living and working in South Pasadena. You may recognize his moon calendars from previous Renegade Craft Fairs; his silkscreen printed poster of the moon cycles of each month has been a popular feature of many of our fairs. We’re excited to have Margins as a participant in our Winter Market in Los Angeles this weekend!

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All the prints, cards, and posters in the Margins collection are printed by hand, which provides a richness of ink that is unmatched by digitally printed images. Jeremy is dedicated to using the finest materials, and in his own words, he makes “every effort to work in accordance with sustainable printing practices that support the well-being of all living creatures and the greater ecological system of which we belong.” Margins is a unique company in that it draws on the natural world and numerous spiritual traditions, while respecting those places and traditions through his production choices.

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Margins offers letterpressed cards and posters in addition to their screenprints. These astrological sign cards are richly detailed, and would make a lovely birthday card for any time of the year.

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This snowflake card is another Margins creation, collaged from scans of snow crystal micro photographs taken in the 1920s by Vermont farmer, Wilson Bentley. Individual snowflakes were caught on black velvet and photographed before melting to create a delightfully detailed holiday card.

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Above you’ll see a peek into the Margins studio in South Pasadena. Those vintage moon posters provide inspiration year-round.

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Shop Margins wide selection of prints, calendars, and cards this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles! Visit the Margins website, and follow Margins on Facebook to see what he’ll be bringing to the show.

Maker Spotlight: Year One Surf Co.

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We’re excited to have Year One Surf Co. as vendors at our Los Angeles fair this weekend! This uniquely Californian company works as hard as they play, and they’re finding success at blending their passion for surfing with an artistic approach to crafting surfboards.

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Year One Surf Co. was created by Tyler Frome and Andrew Luttrell, two friends since grade school who have always shared a love of adventure. Together, they create unique, highly functional wooden surfboards which are handcrafted through every step of the process. They pair beautiful reclaimed lumber with personalized designs to create one of a kind functional works of art to be ridden for generations.

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Getting a peek behind the scenes at Year One shows the intense fabrication process for each board – they treat each new piece as a unique opportunity to create a work of art, built to the specifications of the individual surfer. The results are beautiful in and of themselves, and each completed board compliments and captures the beauty of the California Coast.

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Find Year One Surf Co. at Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Los Angeles this weekend, and visit their website and blog to see more of what they’ll be bringing to the fair.

Maker Spotlight: Pommes Frites Candle Co.

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Today we are happy to feature Pommes Frites Candle Co., a Los Angeles based company that makes some of the best candles around! Run by Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger, Pommes Frites Candle Co. has participated in Renegade Craft Fair many times, and we’ve had the privilege to follow along as their company has grown. We’re excited to have them back again as vendors in this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles!

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Pommes Frites was started by Kristen in Austin, TX in 2008. While Tom was always happy to help behind the scenes, he came on board officially in 2013. Kristen brings over 15 years of candle making experience to the table, having poured her first candle at the age of 12. Each candle is handmade with care in their downtown LA studio – the candles are hand-poured with Pommes Frites’ unique blend of 100% domestically grown soy wax and fine fragrance oils, and hand finished with their simple apothecary labels. Their commitment to using the finest ingredients means that these candles burn extra clean, an added bonus to a sweet-smelling treat.

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What started small has grown into quite a successful business! Pommes Frites candles are carried in over 60 shops across the US, including West Elm and Steven Alan. Pommes Frites has won over many a discerning nose with their scents, which include seasonal specialties like Spruce, Spiced Pumpkin, and “Mistletoe Special” – you’ll need to smell that one for yourself to understand it’s magic.

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You can shop Pommes Frites’ candles this weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Los Angeles! Until then, browse their online shop, and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see what they’ve got in store for this weekend’s fair.

Los Angeles Roundup – Artisanal Food

Browsing through the list of vendors for our upcoming Winter Market in Los Angeles has our stomachs growling! We have tons of artisanal food vendors participating in this event, and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the flavors and treats you’ll be able to taste this weekend.

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Lemon Bird Preserves, a Southern California favorite, will be on hand selling their jams, preserves, and pickles.

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Z Confections will be selling their highly addictive salted caramel corn, as well as sample packs of their other popular flavors.

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We’re happy to invite P.O.P. Candy Co. back to our LA fair. They’ll be selling their deliciously all-natural butter crunch – better get to their booth early, as they often sell out of their most popular flavors before the weekend is over!

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Beautiful Briny Sea will be joining the fun with their multitudes of flavored sea salts. We’re betting that lots of dudes would love to receive this campfire salt in their stocking!

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Pernicious Pickling Co. covers all the basic pickle types, and some oddball combinations. Ginger spice carrots sound like an amazing addition to a winter salad or veggie sandwich.

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Coldwater Canyon Provisions creates hand-crafted jams from the finest California pesticide-free or Certified Organic produce from family farms. We can’t wait to try some of their blackberry jam on a piece of buttered toast.

Feeling hungry yet? Stop by our 4th Annual Winter Market this weekend at Los Angeles State Historic Park to try these delicious offerings – plus the many food trucks who will be selling savory and sweet treats all weekend long.

 

Maker Spotlight: Small Adventure

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Keiko Brodeur is the talented artist behind Small Adventure, a line of illustrated paper goods and one of a kind treasures made in Los Angeles. Keiko designed all of the printed maps for our winter tour this year, so if you visited any of our fairs this season, you’re already familiar with her work! If you are new to Small Adventure, you’re in for a treat – Keiko’s charming and detailed illustrations show off her curiosity about the world around her.

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Small Adventure is an apt name for Keiko’s company – all her designs inspire a sense of awe about the great outdoors. Her illustrations range from landscapes to individual animals and wildlife; her new range of cards all feature beautiful scenes from varied locales. While Keiko takes her inspiration from around the globe, each piece of art she creates is unified by her unique style.

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Small Adventure cards and prints are a great gift for adventurers and naturalists alike. This set of cards is inspired by the things you’ll bring on your outdoor adventures and voyages.

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The Small Adventure shop also features some one of a kind pieces, like these birdcall necklaces from the Audubon Society that Keiko hand paints with a tiny bird – no two are exactly alike! A great gift for a birdwatcher.

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Keiko was kind enough to offer us a glimpse into her studio where she creates her work (as well as packing and shipping out online orders!) You can start to get a hint about what inspires Keiko’s work just by looking at her collections – so many animals, including her own sweet kitty above.

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Shop Small Adventure‘s range of prints and stationery at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see what she’s been working on, and get a peek behind the scenes!

Maker Spotlight: Another Feather

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Today we’re excited to share a glimpse into the studio of jewelry designer Hannah Ferrara, who will be bringing her line of handmade jewelry, Another Feather, to Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Chicago this weekend! Her photos are decidedly summery, and transport us back to a moment in the most beautiful week of summer.

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Each piece of Another Feather jewelry is hand crafted by Asheville-based maker and artist Hannah Ferrara. Inspired by her travels, the mountains she lives near, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, her line includes simple everyday adornments, as well as one of a kind metal made jewelry. She uses traditional metal smithing techniques and tools to craft each item, using recycled metals from sustainable sources, combined with the occasional natural object or repurposed vintage parts.

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Each piece of jewelry is made with care and given special attention to detail, embracing natural imperfections of the hand at work. Hannah lives and works out of her Asheville studio, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

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Hannah’s studio is just as beautiful as the jewelry she creates within it. Her artful eye extends into the decor, as you can see from her creative reuse of vintage pieces and natural elements. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes shots of Hannah at work!

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Find Another Feather at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and see this beautiful work in person! In the meantime, follow her on Instagram and check out her blog to get a peek at what Hannah is working on this week, and what she’ll be bringing to the show.

Chicago Roundup – Holiday Kitchen

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While Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have passed, there’s lots more time for winter celebrations in 2013. We’ve rounded up a few finds from our vendors from our Chicago fair (which is coming up this weekend!) who will help you get your home ready for entertaining loved ones all December long. The print above is from Nourishing Notes – a good reminder for the season when everyone seems to end up spending time in the kitchen.

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This hand-printed tea towel from Milkhaus is reminiscent of a snowy day. Perfect for curling up with a tray of cocoa and cookies.

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Worker B will be selling their raw varietal honey – all sourced from select beekeepers chosen for their dedication to sustainable relationships with honeybees.

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PieBox makes reusable raw pine pastry carriers that are handcrafted in Chicago. Perhaps you could use one to bring a delicious apple pie to your next holiday feast?

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Seasonal cookbooks from Pinch and Dash will make menu-planning easy, and the photos will have your mouth watering.

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Have you ever tried Lavender Sea Salt? Beautiful Briny Sea makes ten varieties of flavored sea salts – we really want to try their “Magical Unicorn” flavor – smoked paprika, lemon, garlic, rosemary, celery seed and pure ocean salt, and it kind of looks like rainbow funfetti!

Find all this and more at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, December 7 + 8, 2013 at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.

 

 

Maker Spotlight: 16 Sparrows and the Letter Writers Alliance

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Today’s Maker Spotlight features a creative Chicago partnership that has been flourishing since 2003! Donovan and Kathy run two successful ventures that are interwoven into one stationery super-business: 16 Sparrows and the Letter Writers Alliance (both will be joining us for our Chicago Winter Market). 16 Sparrows was their original business, and the idea for the Letter Writers Alliance came from their experiences selling their work at Renegade!

“We’d be vending at fairs, and people kept picking up our stationery, stating that they were the only ones who wrote letters anymore. A light bulb just went off for us: what if we could connect these people who participate in this solitary art so they don’t feel like the only ones? That is when we decided to start the L.W.A., creating what we see as a specialized branch of 16 Sparrows. While they both revolve around mail and letters, 16 Sparrows is for the cynical paper lover who needs unique greeting cards and the L.W.A. is geared toward letter writers and mail artists.”

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Membership to the Alliance gets you a fancy badge, member card, and access to the online clubhouse where you gain access to free downloads, new pen pals, and exclusive L.W.A. goods. The L.W.A. uses the Internet to corral letter lovers and inspire them to step away from the computer and sit down with a pen and paper. Their newest letter writing programs, Initiative Response and I.R. Ops, involve completing postal tasks for award badges and honorary titles. They also host letter writing socials and teach workshops, which are free and open to the public, members and non-members alike.

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Kathy and Donovan have been working on the business for ten years now, so they’ve become attuned to the best ways of collaborating on projects. Donovan shares this insight:

“Kathy works on the tech end and I’m more the production end, but we both do a little bit of everything. Both of us create designs for the shops. If one of us has an idea for a product, then the other is the art director. We live in Chicago, Illinois and are lucky enough to live about a 5 minute walk apart. This makes our collaboration and production easier on our schedules.”

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Looking to write more letters this holiday season? Letter Writers Alliance and 16 Sparrows will be bringing their stationery and snail mail supplies to Renegade’s Winter Market in Chicago, December 7th and 8th at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. You can follow the Letter Writers Alliance on Twitter, and follow both Kathy and Donovan on Instagram to see what they’re creating during the run up to our Chicago fair!

Maker Spotlight: Sarah Mimo

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Today’s maker spotlight features Sarah Mimo, an artist from our Chicago line-up who uses laser-cutting in a creative new way to make beautifully intricate clocks! Sarah Mimo Clocks

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Raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Sarah Mimo has been a Brooklyn-based artist and designer for the past six years. Sarah began designing clock faces after traveling through London and Prague in the Summer of 2010 where she was struck by the ornate beauty of Europe’s public clocks.

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All of Sarah’s clocks are laser cut, hand finished, and assembled with love and care by the artist. We’re excited to have Sarah Mimo as a participating artist in our Chicago Winter Market this weekend! Follow her on Instagram or Facebook to see what she’s creating to bring to Renegade! Visit her booth at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on Dec. 7 + 8 to see these intricate time pieces in person.

Maker Spotlight: Keeper Goods

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We’re excited to have Keeper Goods as a vendor at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Austin! Their lovely lasercut boot keepers help to keep your boots looking brand new, not flopped over and creased. This simple storage helper will preserve vintage and new boots alike, and look great in an entryway or closet – so pretty! Keeper Goods aims to help us care for and cherish our day-to-day items that carry valuable memories of moments, people and places.

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Phyllis Chu, the maker behind Keeper Goods, has expanded her line of goods to include beautiful lasercut stationery, as well as gorgeously detailed purses. Visit her booth at Renegade Austin this weekend to see more of her work!

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Maker Spotlight: Fox & Brie

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Dapper Austinites, take note: Fox & Brie will be selling their line of handcrafted menswear at Renegade Austin! Specializing in bow ties, neckties, pocket squares, and other men’s accessories, all of their items are carefully designed and made with high-quality, natural fibers—no poly-blends here! All of their ties are made with a variety of new & vintage fabrics collected from all over the world.

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Follow Fox & Brie on Instagram to see snaps of new designs, and photos of their ties at weddings all over the United States. Need a new tie for next year’s wedding season? Looking for a gift for that well-dressed man in your life? Find Fox & Brie’s booth at the Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!

Austin Roundup – Knits

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Even though it’s one of the warmest cities on our craft fair tour, Austin has a surprising number of talented knitters! Check out these three favorites, all of whom will be selling their wares at Renegade Craft Fair in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center.

The graphic knits seen above are from Sourpuss Knits – she nails color and comfort with a stylish edge.

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Sweet Kiddo Co. specializes in cool patterned kids clothing, but their mini-cowls were too cute not to share.

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These super chunky knits from Nessa Vendetta Knits will keep you warm and looking cool all winter long. The hat on the left is a pom pom lover’s dream!

No matter the weather this weekend- stop by our Austin Holiday Market, and check out these talented makers!

 

Maker Spotlight: Manready Mercantile

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We’re excited to share another awesome local maker who will be selling their distinctive goods at Renegade AustinManready Mercantile!

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Created in November of 2012 by Travis Weaver, a small town guy originally from Zephyr, Texas, Manready Mercantile is a small business built on the values of honesty and hard work. Now living in Houston, Travis got his start by making candles in small batches on a stove in his apartment, focusing on a quality product made with all-natural ingredients. He initially developed 20 products and partnered up with his neighbor, Roby Fitzhenry, a graphic designer, who spear-headed label design and overall branding.

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Manready Mercantile goods are unisex, but packaged and branded for men. They give off an outdoorsy, rough and tumble vibe that’s different from anything you’ll find at the mall or the drugstore. In just one year, they’ve grown and developed a secondary “dry goods” line, T.S. Weaver & Co, which is focused on wood, leather, and various textiles. Follow Manready Mercantile on Instagram or Facebook  to see what they’re working on this holiday season, and visit their booth at Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!

Maker Spotlight: Winter Cabin Collection

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Created with harsh winter nights in mind, Winter Cabin Collection is all about hunkering down and hibernating for the winter. This awesome collaboration between Mary Kate McDevitt and Man vs. Ink‘s Fred DiMeglio has resulted in some very cozy decor – banners, pillows, and prints that inspire a long winter’s nap.

Each piece is inspired by cabin living, from their vintage printed postcards and warm woolen pillows to the folksy banners, which are screenprinted with hand-lettered phrases. We’re excited to have Winter Cabin Collection selling their wares at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn!

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Winter Cabin Collection began in 2012 as a collaborative project between Portland friends. While Mary Kate and Fred have since moved to New York, their collaboration continues, and Wanderlust Vintage in Portland will continue to be the exclusive stockist for Winter Cabin Collection over on the West coast. Lucky for New Yorkers, Winter Cabin Collection will be selling their wares at Brooklyn Renegade, including some new additions to the collection, like bandanas and  silkscreen prints on paper.

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A little peek into the Winter Cabin Collection workspace. Each piece is handmade with care, and is part of a very limited edition.

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Want to add one of their pieces to your own cozy cabin? Find Winter Cabin Collection at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn on November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson.

Maker Spotlight: SLANTT

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We’re excited to spotlight another Austin maker who will be sharing her work at our Austin Holiday MarketSLANTT!

SLANTT is an Austin-based accessories line created by Jennifer Rodgers. While studying at Parsons School of Design, Jennifer focused on furniture design where she discovered her passion for woodworking and an exploring new materials. She has taken that curiosity into her new exploration of sculptural forms in jewelry. Her work is inspired by the clean simplicity and organic aesthetics of Mid-Century Modern design, with an eye on the integrity and structure of geometry.

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A couple photos from Jennifer’s workspace – we can only imagine how fun it would be to visit her workshop and try on all her newest pieces.

Follow SLANTT on Instagram to see what she’s making this season, and find SLANTT at the Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!

Brooklyn Roundup – For the Little Ones

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If you have kids, or if you have loved ones with kids – Renegade is a great place to find unique gifts for the little ones. Check out all the awesome toys and adorable clothes that will be available at Brooklyn Renegade this weekend, November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson!

1. Cotton Poplin Tank Dress from Kallio

2. Day Owl from Noli Noli

3. Plush Alligator Friend from Finkelsteins

4. Wooden Blocks from Seven Acre Toys

5. Cactus Print Pants from Petit Pilou

Maker Spotlight: Billy Wolf

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Billy Wolf: Fine K-9 Coatery is an American heritage dog clothing company founded in 2010. Billy Wolf’s founder created the first coat from a vintage blanket when she found there was nothing in the dog clothing market that suited her (and her pup’s) style. Drawing inspiration from authentic Americana roots, each Billy Wolf product is as exceptional as the dog that wears it. We’re delighted that Billy Wolf will be selling their goods at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn this weekend!

All of Billy Wolf’s products are made from vintage, dead stock, or American made fabrics and finished with salvaged buttons and handmade labels in New York City. Since their goods are made from quality fabric, they provide a durability that stands up to both mild-mannered and rowdy canines alike. By using existing resources and creating long-lasting quality goods, Billy Wolf hopes to contribute to a more sustainable future for both humans and dogs.

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Here’s a few photos from behind the scenes at Billy Wolf – looks like the animals like to be involved in more than just the photo shoots!

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Looking for a gift for your favorite pup? Visit Brooklyn Renegade on November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson where Billy Wolf will be selling their wares. You can RSVP for the Renegade Holiday Market in Brooklyn, and check out a preview of the goods you’ll find there.

Austin Roundup: Create an outfit with Elizabeth Suzann + Bryr

We’re excited to invite Elizabeth Suzann and Bryr, both veteran Renegade sellers, to share their beautiful handmade clothes and clogs at our Austin fair. Their work looks great paired together, so we thought we’d round up three outfits, including jewelry from other talented vendors included in our Austin lineup.

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This sexy Marlena tank (1) picks up an edgy vibe when paired with the Abilene moto boot (3), even more so when paired with gold fan earrings from Love Nail Tree (2).

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The beautifully speckled Marlena dress (1) looks breezy paired with a pop of color from this Son of a Sailor bracelet (2) and a simple braided sandal (3) – perfect for a casual weekend brunch.

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This loose Marlena tank (1) pairs perfectly with the neon orange pop of color on the Annabella sandal (3) from Bryr. The simple clutch from Vaalbara Designs keeps the whole look casual.

Shop all these stylish finds and more at Renegade Craft Fair in Austin, November 30th and December 1st, at the Palmer Events Center!

Maker Spotlight: Paper & Clay

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Paper & Clay is the modern handmade ceramics studio of Memphis, TN artist Brit McDaniel. Her modern pieces are functional and utilitarian, and are inspired by classic mid-century American and Scandinavian designs. Each piece is hand-thrown, glazed and fired with careful attention to detail.

Brit mentioned that she’ll be bringing some special pieces from her Winter collection to Renegade:

“I am really excited to bring my Fall/Winter color palette to Renegade! I’ve settled on a rich dark teal, a deep golden yellow, and a wintery grey. I’ll also have several other popular colors with me including pale mint and a cheery Holiday red!

I’m most excited to bring my Sake sets to Austin this year. They are a new item for my shop and I think they will be a great Holiday gift. The set comes with a decanter and two sake cups. The best part is, the decanter can be used as a bud vase when you aren’t serving up your favorite spirits!”

Follow Paper & Clay on Instagram to see what Brit is making for Renegade – she will be selling her beautiful ceramics at our 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Austin on November 30 + December 1, 2013 at the Palmer Events Center!

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A few peeks into Brit’s studio:mugs in progress

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(photo credit for last photo: Emily Michelle Jones Photography)

 

Brooklyn Beauty Roundup

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After our maker spotlight with The Greater Goods last week, we thought it would be nice to feature more of the talented makers who will be selling bath and beauty products at Brooklyn Renegade! Many of our makers use all natural products, like these organic vegan soaps from Brooklyn Soapworks.

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Caru’s organic facial toners are natural inside and out – even their packaging is sustainable!CIRQUE2

Cirque’s 3-free nail polishes come in dozens of colors – way more than just basic red.Southern Hospitality Feet

Southern Hospitality specializes in pampering your feet – they know that even the daintiest Southern belle sometimes has feet that are barking like dogs.

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Lavender is known to calm the senses, and these lavender bath salts from Violet & Lark are no exception.
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Forager‘s perfumes are handcrafted in Brooklyn, and are designed for women who prefer natural scents.

Find all these beauty products and more at the 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Brooklyn on November 23+24 at the  Skylight One Hanson

Maker Spotlight: Etwas Bags

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If you’re a fan of beautifully designed leather goods… well, you’d better sit down. Today we are discovering ETWAS, another talented artisan who will be selling  their work at Renegade Brooklyn on Nov. 23rd and 24th.

ETWAS was founded by Will Lisak in 2009, and has been dedicated to creating expertly crafted leather bags, belts, and accessories ever since. Lisak’s vision for his company  is to create each product within a beautiful, energy independent system. Every part of the production process is meaningful, from the workbenches to their steel tools and copper rivets. Each aspect of the manufacturing process is purposeful and chosen for its durability or low impact on the earth’s limited resources.

In short, Lisak says, “We design everything to be repairable- because things that get ruined are no good.”

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Quality materials and quality workmanship are the cornerstones of ETWAS’ business practices. All their work is created with the best domestic vegetable tanned leather and assembled using time-honored methods. Besides their impeccable craftsmanship, another thing that sets ETWAS apart is their incredible commitment to their customers: they offer free repairs on their bags for life. Here’s what Will Lisak has to say about the craftsmanship of ETWAS bags:

“We use two-needle saddle stitching in a recessed groove for our seams, which is nearly indestructible. Our products are made to stand the test of time and it’s important to me that we stand behind that with a warranty like the ones companies used to offer.”

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Find ETWAS‘ booth at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn on November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson, and be wowed by their beautiful pieces.

Maker Spotlight: The Compartment Store

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Gift Wrap HQ (above) and Kitty Farrow (below) have a fun new collaboration they’ll be bringing to Renegade Craft Fair in London: The Compartment Store!

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The Compartment Store is the collaborative work of Kitty Farrow, a professional bookbinder and bespoke box maker, and Gift Wrap HQ, a gift wrapping business based on the idea of thoughtfulness and making gifts too pretty to open!  The Compartment Store allows them to combine their talents, and create products that reflect both of their interests. The premise is simple: a small store on wheels filled with beautiful paper goods that celebrate just about anything. Their mobile store celebrates the act of gift giving, and encourages intention down to the finest detail.

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Here’s what Vicky and Cat have to say about their collaboration:

“The Compartment Store reflects our love of department stores from the past. By catagorizing and “compartmentalising” our mini department store on wheels, we allow ourselves versatility to make a range of sentimental yet humorous products that suit many different occasions. We also encourage the fair-goers to engage in the shopping experience at our store. Packing purchases in one of our favourite bits!”

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Find The Compartment Store at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery!

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Maker Spotlight – The Greater Goods

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The Greater Goods is a handmade soap company, created by Arian Franz from her studio in Greenpoint. We’re delighted to have The Greater Goods as one of our vendors at our upcoming Brooklyn Fair!

Arian’s philosophy behind The Greater Goods is simple: “Soap is one of those basic staple objects that we come in contact with everyday. There’s a ritual aspect to it’s use. We wake up, lather, rinse, (repeat when necessary!) and then continue to take on the day. I’m interested in bringing light to these daily rituals and making them more satisfying for other people.”  

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All of her work revolves around the idea that handmade things are intrinsically beautiful and valuable. Arian approaches the creation of each new soap with care – each ingredient is chosen for its unique properties.

“There isn’t a more satisfying feeling than cutting a fresh bar of soap. I start off with a theme or a specific purpose I’d like the soap to serve. And then after all the calculating, measuring, mixing and pouring, the finest moment is seeing how it all came together. 

I love slicing the first bar, catching the surprising details in the texture, smelling the blend of the fragrances and feeling the weight of the bar. It feels pretty great, up until I remember that I can’t use it just yet… there’s a six-week curing process before we can enjoy the soap.”

Find The Greater Goods at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn, November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson.

London Roundup – London Pride

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The Renegade Gang is getting very excited for our upcoming trip to London for the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair! We thought it would be fun to round up a few London-centric finds, made by our London vendors! This lovely illustration above is by the talented Holly Francesca.

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This London skyline tape from Cecily Vessey has plenty of uses, and looks great as a way to jazz up your snail mail.

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Pair this London bus necklace from Finest Imaginary with any of the London neighborhood tote bags from Lucy Loves This,  and you’ll have the perfectly accessorized London outfit.

Find work from all these makers at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.

Sneak Preview: London Craft Workshops

Everyone knows that Renegade is a great place to shop handmade – we’ll have over 100+ of the best indie designers gathered at our London fair! Did you also know that Renegade London will feature no less than five craft workshops? We thought we’d offer a sneak preview of some of the things you can learn at Renegade London.

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First up: a hands-on quilting workshop with The Amazings! The Amazings are expert crafters over 50 (most in their 70s and 80s) who collaborate with younger designers to share their craft wisdom. We all remember learning to make things with our parents, grandparents or the patient neighbor next door, and The Amazings want to make sure that this tradition of teaching continues.

In their cosy corner of the show, The Amazings will be teaching the basics of paper-piece quilting. Everyone who stops buy will master the skills to make their own heirloom quilt and also add a patch to the group patchwork project . By the end of the weekend we’ll have a stunning quilt to give away to one lucky Renegade Crafter. And for anyone who’s inspired to get making after the fair, The Amazings are offering an additional free class!

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A. Alicia will be hosting an ornament making workshop, to celebrate the launch of her new book, Make it Your Own! For just £2, participants will get a kit with everything they’ll need to create the ornaments above, including sustainable beechwood balls, eco-acrylics and fair trade organic yarn. She’ll also be selling her new book at a special discounted price for Renegade attendees, so don’t miss the chance to get your copy signed by the author!

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We’re excited to host another talented maker and author, Jane Bull, who will be teaching a workshop on how to create a cute plush project from her new book released by DK London – Crafty Creatures! Check out this snippet from her new book to get a preview of her style.

Make, Thrift, London will be hosting a custom gift wrap printing workshop, where attendees can design and create their own lino stamp to print onto newsprint. A great way to wrap up all the lovely handmade gifts you purchased at Renegade Craft Fair!

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Finally, Mollie Makes, the the UK’s number one magazine about contemporary handmade culture, will partner with Anova Books to offer a cross stitch primer with Sophie Simpson, author of “Storyland Cross Stitch.”

Whether you’re an experienced crafter, or looking to learn something new, Renegade Craft Fair London will celebrate DIY culture all weekend long. Stop by the Old Truman Brewery on November 9th and 10th to see what our makers are selling, and take home your own DIY project from one (or all) of our workshops!

Vendor Tips – What to Keep in Your Booth

Newbie vendors, take note! We’ve been sharing posts every Wednesday in October about preparing for an amazing selling experience at Renegade. We want to empower you to take advantage of the opportunity to grow your business by selling at Renegade, and this series of post delves deeper into some FAQ that we get from vendors.

Renegade Craft Fair weekends are fun and exciting for our vendors, but there are simple things you can do to prepare yourself for challenges you might run into over the fair weekend. Our veteran makers have offered up some advice for you that goes above and beyond the checklist available in your vendor kit.

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Genevieve from Le Petit Elephant has some snack suggestions. She makes sure to bring, “something sweet (chocolate covered almonds), something healthy (edamame and apples), something salty (Trader Joe’s olive oil chips.. yum!), and plenty of water. Just to cover full range of my cravings.”

Genevieve also recommends having a special place to keep business cards you pick up at the fair. “Inevitably business cards get lost in the shuffle once it’s quitting time. So to avoid missing out on a wholesale order or collaborative project because I’ve misplaced their card, I have a notebook where I tape the business card and write down notes about our conversation.”

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Kristen from Pommes Frites suggests creating a craft fair toolbox to keep behind your booth! What’s in her toolbox? “Three or four Square readers, safety pins, clothespins, pens, sharpies, screwdriver and screws, x-acto knife, chalk, scissors, hand sanitizer, duct tape, Advil, and a pack of business cards (in case for some reason I forget my box of business cards. It’s happened).”

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Danni from Oh Hello Friend also has a kit that she brings to every fair! Her handy kit includes: “Scissors, masking tape, band-aids, wet wipes, roll of quarters, extra small change like $1’s and $5’s, small stack of business cards, rubber bands, extra credit card reader, and extra pair of jewelry tools. Nothing too fancy but it’s helpful to have in case we ever forget one of these things.”

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Donovan from 16 Sparrows offers this clever tip: “Bring a yoga mat (or a fancy cushion mat) for standing on [behind the booth]. Face it, you’re going to stand more than you sit; so you may as well make that asphalt or linoleum or concrete a little more forgiving for eight hours.” If you don’t own a yoga mat, at least wear shoes that you can comfortably stand in all day. Donovan also insists on packing,Duct tape & scissors. I always have these and I’m always loaning them out. So useful.”

MaryinkMary’s displays take up lots of space in her Maryink booth, so she keeps it simple, and makes her health a priority: “We really just keep the minimum in our booth since we seem to always be crammed for space. That being said, hand towelettes by Giovanni are my favorite luxury, since hand sanitizer only gets you so far. And we keep as much water as possible!

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Finally, Christopher and Keir from T-We Tea suggest keeping healthy snacks (like carrots and hummus, and some coconut water), plus a little reserve of supplies for unexpected challenges. They never fail to bring, “Zot’s – adhesive dots from Container Store (they fix everything), hot pink duct tape (another fix all, plus it is hot pink), zip ties, and ribbon (to hang signs from anything).”

If you’re a Renegade veteran, what are some things you bring along to make the weekend go smoothly? If you’re a newbie, is there anything extra you’ll be bringing along from the advice above?

Maker Spotlight: considerthewldflwrs

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Today we’re sharing some beautiful work from considerthewldflwrs, created by Emily Howard, a talented artist from Nashville who will be offering her handmade jewelry at Brooklyn Renegade. The simple beauty of her work speaks for itself, but hearing Emily’s description of her process is inspiring:

“My favorite part of the process is in the engineering side. I start with an inspired idea, and then I sketch the composition of the piece. After I have a pretty clear image I explore metals; cutting, soldering, hammering, and sawing in order to produce the design. The discovery happens when I step back and realize the beauty of the formed metal, while finding grace in its imperfect display of my original idea.”

Follow her progress as she gets ready for Renegade Craft Fair’s winter market in Brooklyn – she’s sharing glimpses behind the scenes on her blog and Instagram.

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Emily’s studio houses makers of all kinds, and includes a wood shop, print shop, and motorcycle shop. Workshops and classes are offered on their website to allow these facilities to become a haven for creative entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Visit considerthewldflwrs’ booth at Brooklyn Renegade on November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson to shop her beautiful selection of jewelry.

London Roundup – Moths and Butterflies

HANNA MELINAs we’re curating the fairs, we’ll often notice mini-trends among vendors. This time, we spotted a few great butterfly and moth pieces, perfect for your favorite entomologist! The illustration above is from Hanna Melin, who creates beautiful artworks from her studio in East London.

coo and coThis clutch from Coo and Co. is a perfect blend of bold style and easy sophistication. The hand drawn quality of the insects just adds to the charm of this piece.

ladybird likesFinally, this lady-like necklace from Ladybird Likes pictures butterflies at their most feminine. Check out these winged finds (and much more!) at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.

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Behind the Scenes: London Makers

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As we count down the days until Renegade London, it’s been exciting to see our makers post behind the scenes photos of their Renegade prep on Instagram! We thought it would be fun to share some of those sneak peeks of what our London makers have been working on. Above, Georgia Bosson shares some photos of her freshly screenprinted cards, all stacked and ready to be packaged.

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Mooshpie shared a photo of some product prep – these embroideries are about to get a little color accent!

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Emma Margaret Illustration has been showing the fruits of her screenprinting labors! Check out those piles of prints!

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Amy Worrell has been posting lots of in-progress ceramic projects, like this glazed but not fired bowl.

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Stuffed Nonsense has been sharing lots of her colorful knit projects. So cozy!

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Eclectic Eccentricity Jewelry shared a photo of their space shuttle necklace being assembled – perfect for space cases!

Check out the #renegadecraftfair hash tag on Instagram to see more photos from our makers. Visit Renegade Craft Fair in London on Nov. 9 + 10 to see the finished goods in person!

Tips for Vendors- Designing your Renegade Booth

Newbie vendors, take note! We’re sharing posts every Wednesday in October about preparing for an amazing selling experience at Renegade. We want to empower you to take advantage of the opportunity to grow your business by selling at Renegade, and this series of post delves deeper into some FAQ that we get from vendors.

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Booth design isn’t always the first thing our vendors work on when they are preparing for fairs (we know you’ve gotta make work to sell, too!), but a well thought out booth design can help make for a very successful show. Creating a space that highlights your work, while also communicating vital information (your brand name and your prices), helps to pull shoppers into your booth and gets them engaged with the items you have for sale. The booth featured above is one of our all-time favorites – Something’s Hiding in Here‘s ambitious booth design from Brooklyn Renegade back in 2009!

Some things to remember when designing your booth:

  • What size space do you have to work with? Don’t forget to leave space to enter/exit your booth, and a place to sit down. If you want to create a mock up of your space at home, lay down tape on the floor to get an idea of the measurements of your booth space.
  • Are you sharing a booth? Keep your partner in mind! Discuss your ideas about booth design ahead of time, and take care to share the space in a way that highlights both of your brands. Talk to each other to plan for table or tent rentals, as well as what you might be able to share with each other.
  • Show off your brand! Create signage with your name so that shoppers can find you later. Veteran Renegade seller Kristen from Pommes Frites suggests, “A catchy booth display and clear signs indicating your business name will make it easy for people to find you again.”
  • Is the event indoors or outdoors? Keep the location in mind, and plan accordingly. If the event is outside, think about how your displays will be effected by sun, rain, or wind.
  • How will you transport your displays to the venue? Consider what will fit into your car and can be comfortably carried by one person.
  • Make your prices clear. Some customers are too shy to ask for prices, so consider making a easily visible sign of the prices of your items.
  • Get creative and work with what you have! Use items you already own to create engaging display elements.

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Having a booth at a craft fair offers you the opportunity to set-up your own pop-up shop.  It’s fun to approach setting up your booth as you might set up a retail storefront.  A booth at Renegade provides you with a blank canvas that you can customize with your own furniture, displays, accessories, props, backdrops, decorations and more.

The more creative and well put-together your booth display is, the more eye-catching it will be to attendees looking to soak it all in. Take decorating your booth just as seriously as you would crafting your handmade items.  The end result will be that your set up compliments your work, and helps you to make more sales and draw attention to your brand.

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If you’re looking for booth design inspiration, check out our booth design inspiration board on Pinterest! Or you can browse photos of previous Renegade Craft Fair booths on Flickr – see what catches your eye, and think about how you can incorporate those elements into your own booth design!

Maker Spotlight: Scout Editions

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We’re excited to share another London creative team for our Maker Spotlight series: Scout Editions! Founded by brother and sister, Wai and Pui, Scout Editions collaborates with artists and designers, and also carefully sources items that they have found curiously charming from near and far, from Barcelona, Milan, Oslo to the Far East – Tokyo and Seoul. Each item is available as part of a limited edition run or for a limited time only.

Scout Editions’ blog features creative chats with many of the artists they’ve collaborated with, and provide an insight into the creative minds of people all over the world! Definitely worth a read.

Find the Scout Editions booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery!

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Maker Spotlight: Lucy Driscoll

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While Winter is still many weeks away, Lucy Driscoll‘s work has us looking forward to the colder months. Her beautiful collage work evokes the changing of the seasons, and makes you want to curl up under a woolen blanket with a cup of cocoa.

You can shop Lucy’s work, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram to see what she’s making this week (you might even get a preview of the work she’s making for our London show!). Find her booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.

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