Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s preeminent series of events showcasing the best and brightest talents from the modern Maker community. It’s a weekend-long celebration of DIY culture; a thoughtfully curated marketplace where shoppers and micro-entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.
RCF was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2003, creating a platform for the underground DIY community to stake a place in the design market on their own terms. 12 years later in 2015, RCF is still the largest and most far-reaching indie-craft fair out there, attracting over 325,000 attendees across 22 events in 8 cities. We currently produce Fairs in Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; and London, UK.
We are constantly on the lookout for bright new talent, and couldn’t be more proud of our reputation as a resource for advancing independent artisan and craft businesses. Read what people are saying about Renegade.
MISSION + VALUES
Our Mission is to showcase the very best of independent handmade craft in a vibrant and lively marketplace which both reflects and shines a light on the work of today’s modern Makers. We strive to keep our events approachable and relevant to emergent and established Makers alike, focusing on the highest quality and newest voices. Renegade’s aim is to act as entrepreneurial incubator, community gathering space, and festive celebration of all things handmade.
DIY SPIRIT | Collective empowerment through creative initiative
COMMUNITY | Authentic and thoughtful connections and relationships are essential for personal and creative growth
EXPERIENCE | Handpicked Good Times
The first Renegade Craft Fair launched during the fall of 2003 in our hometown of Chicago, IL. RCF was founded for a very simple reason: there weren’t any curated, well-run events for the burgeoning DIY craft community. Our founders were Makers themselves, and had been looking for an event to participate in that appealed to emerging and established artisans alike, with a simple and affordable application process and easy participation. At the time, existing events were highly focused on fine arts + crafts, but didn’t have the kind of direction and versatility needed to fill the DIY niche. So in true DIY fashion, the RCF was launched!
Since then, our DIY craft fair concept has taken off and blossomed into the network of events that RCF is today. We are proud to have helped pioneer the way for the indie-craft movement to flourish, shape where it stands today, and grow with it into the future.
Everything at our Fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the most talented and current Makers in indie craft and design. This effort begins with care in selecting our vendors who make handcrafted goods that range from unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, bespoke apparel and accessories, natural beauty products, re-purposed lighting and furniture, housewares, affordable art and much more.
Beyond the array of talented vendors at our Fairs, we strive to provide a selection of local artisanal food and drink, original art installations, interactive workshops, great music, and good vibes. For a closer look at what kinds of Makers and Artisans we’ve had at past Fairs check out our Roster Archive to find your favorite Vendors from 2014.
The Renegade Gang
Each Renegade Craft Fair is juried and coordinated in-house by our small yet mighty staff. We’re a friendly and creative group who have a love for all things handcrafted and independently designed.
Co-Founder + Director
Susie Co-Founded the Renegade Craft Fair in 2003, and currently acts as Director of the company, overseeing the big picture and direction of RCF. She is constantly striving to make each fair as dynamic, well executed, and as awesome as can be. RCF is the realization of a dream for Susie, combining her love of art, craft, and design with her knack for small business in support of the local economy.
Director of Development
Mat helps take RCF to new heights and has been instrumental in helping grow RCF over the years. He forms creative partnerships with our Sponsors, who are invaluable to our success. In addition, he designs and prints all of our screen-printed, limited-edition posters to commemorate each fair.
Director of Production
Justin works closely with our venues and oversees production of all events, making sure everything goes off without a hitch. With a passion for detail, he spends many hours organizing and coordinating the nuts & bolts that go into every fair.
Julia helps run the day-to-day operations of our office and manage the work flow of all the planning that goes into our Fairs. She has a strong background in non-profit management and a true love for the arts. Since she can remember, she has always loved sewing, knitting and just being generally crafty. She is excited to bring her operations experience to RCF and work amongst you fine, creative folks!
Curatorial + Design Associate
With 5+ years experience jurying, curating and helping organize RCF, Madelon Juliano is still amazed and excited by all of the talent and hard work she witnesses throughout the Fair. Before joining the Renegade Craft Fair, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies. In 2015, she hopes to make more art, eat slower, and get over her fear of caves.
Media + Marketing Manager
Hollin coordinates all the details that go into the media and marketing campaigns for each fair – from managing the blog and social media, to assisting in art direction and photographing the fairs. She is passionate about these creative endeavors and strives to brighten the spotlight on both RCF and its awesome participants. When not at the fairs, Hollin spends most of her time with her small dog, Molly, and much larger cat, Weasley.
Rachel is one of the jurors of each fair, and helps ensure we have the very best Makers at RCF. She handles communication with our vendors, combining her love for community and obsession with creativity. She enjoys seeing the array of talent that comes Renegade’s way!
Rachal (Duggan) has a background in non-profit operations, environmental advocacy and illustration, which is a perfect mix of organization, social consciousness and creativity! Duggan loves supporting artists and Makers throughout every step of the process. When she’s not in the office, you can find her drawing, biking or spooning her lovely pooch, Buddy.
Jenny combines a love for media and design with a strong stake in supporting local artists and economies. She brings this balance to her role as an Operations Assistant at RCF, whether that means helming behind-the-scenes web work, jumping in to prepare decorations and packing lists, or tying up any loose ends left before the Fairs. She came to Renegade as a longtime fan of RCF, and an amateur DIY-er always looking for ways to improve her surroundings, finding inspiration from the talented makers and team that make Renegade a success.
Despina’s Virgoan hyper-organizational skills are right at home at RCF in her role as the Production Associate, managing rental orders and making sure permits and the like are up to date and accounted for! Before her adventures with Renegade, she was a Vendor at the past five Chicago Summer Renegades with her chalkboard & stationery company, Mimeo. She loves the creative energy and output that each and every Vendor brings to the Fairs, and is always excited to see the RCF team’s hard work come to fruition at each Fair. When she’s not working with RCF, you can find her riding a bike around, or most-likely eating ice cream on a porch somewhere in Chicago.