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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This hand-printed tea towel from Milkhaus is reminiscent of a snowy day. Perfect for curling up with a tray of cocoa and cookies.
Worker B will be selling their raw varietal honey – all sourced from select beekeepers chosen for their dedication to sustainable relationships with honeybees.
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?
Seasonal cookbooks from Pinch and Dash will make menu-planning easy, and the photos will have your mouth watering.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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!
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!
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.
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.
Thank you, Austin! Last weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair at the Palmer Events Center was one of our best shows yet! Over 100 talented indie makers shared their work with excited shoppers on Black Friday weekend.
Local DJs from Waterloo Records kept the atmosphere lively and shoppers relaxed in the vintage lounge area created by Loot Vintage Rentals while perusing the newest edition of Citygram Magazine. As always, we saw lots of smiles in the in the free photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.
(Shoppers perusing Son of a Sailor‘s offerings)
(clockwise from top left: Sourpuss Knits, Make ATX, Doc Elliott, and Rhyno Clayworks)
It was a pleasure to see so many happy shoppers buying handmade on Small Business Saturday!
(Card from Sophie Roach)
Big thanks to you, Austin, and our sponsors!
The 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Austin will be held at the Palmer Events Center this weekend, November 30 and December 1st, 2013! This free-to-attend fair will be held from 11am – 6pm each day, and will feature a curated selection of today’s best and brightest indie makers from the Lone Star State and beyond.
Shop small on Small Business Saturday and join us in buying handmade gifts and supporting indie artists. Shoppers will find a wide variety of incredible handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics and stationery, to posters, housewares, plush objects and more. Browse this year’s line-up of 100+ talented makers here.
Local DJs from Waterloo Records will be spinning jams all weekend to keep the atmosphere lively as shoppers peruse each booth. Kick back and check things off your gift list while relaxing in the vintage lounge area, created for Renegade shoppers by Loot Vintage Rentals. Renegade visitors are invited to take a photo to commemorate their indie shopping experience in the free photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co. Over at the bar, Barefoot Wine is on-site sampling 5 different varietals of wine and bubbly all weekend long!
We encourage visitors to walk, bike or take public transportation to the Fair. There are several bus routes with stops nearby the Palmer Events Center, including the 5, 10, 29, 30, 110, 450 + 484. Parking is available at the Palmer Events Center for $7.
Check out our Austin FAQ
page for answers to all your queries. We hope you’ll join us in supporting local artists this weekend; visit Renegade Craft Fair and enjoy the indie-craft shopping experience!
Special thanks to our Austin sponsors:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Sweet Kiddo Co. specializes in cool patterned kids clothing, but their mini-cowls were too cute not to share.
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!
We’re excited to share another awesome local maker who will be selling their distinctive goods at Renegade Austin – Manready Mercantile!
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.
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!