Who We Are
Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s premier network of events serving the DIY craft community. RCF was the first event of its kind when it was founded in 2003, and 11 years later we are still the largest and most far-reaching with 14 annual events in Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Portland, OR; London, UK. On average, our events are attended by over 250,000 people annually, and hundreds of craft-based businesses have been launched successfully out of the fairs.
RCF was founded for a very simple reason: there simply wasn’t a curated, well-run event for DIY-ers. Our founders had been looking for an event to participate in, but existing events were highly focused on fine arts + crafts. After launching the first Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago in the fall of 2003, the DIY craft fair concept took off immediately has since spread to the major network of events that it is today. 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 the press is saying about us.
About the Events
Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the best and brightest in indie craft and design. This begins with our vendors, featuring products ranging from cutting-edge fashion and jewelry design to sophisticated ceramics and housewares, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, screen-printed art, paper goods, and more.
Beyond our vendors, you will find local artisanal food and drink, original art installations created just for the fair by hand-selected artists, interactive workshops, great music, good vibes and more.
Each Renegade Craft Fair is coordinated and juried in-house by our small but mighty staff. We’re a friendly and creative group who have a love for all things handcrafted and independently designed.
Susie co-founded RCF in 2003, and today she oversees the big picture of the Renegade Craft Fair, 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.
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.
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 the office and markets. 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!
As one of the jurors and curators of each of our events, and as an artist herself, Madelon has a great love and appreciation for all of the RCF makers and participants. She strives to think up new ways to make each fair an unparalleled experience for attendees and participants alike, and rounds up artists and creative types to work with to achieve that goal.
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) acts as a juror and all around coordinator for RCF. With a background in illustration and operations, she has the perfect mix of creativity and organization. Rachal loves seeing what amazing products and inspiring ideas makers come up with and sharing them with the world!
Hollin coordinates all the details that go into the media and marketing campaigns for each fair. She is passionate about creative endeavors and strives to brighten the spotlight on both RCF and its wonderful makers and participants.