Floral Cocktails


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Hey everyone, Hollin here! This month we’re blushing over the Spring weather, bright colors, and blooming flowers popping up around us. Our director, Susie and I thought it’d be especially fun to craft some floral cocktails! So set your alarm to 5 p.m., because this drink is refreshing and light, perfect for spending time outside in the extra daylight this season!

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Colors Playlist


With flowers blossoming, and the skies changing, we’ve been inspired by the colors brought by the transitioning seasons. Need some new tunes while you work? Check out our Color Playlist on Spotify, which hopefully inspires you to see and feel color differently. Have a listen here

Crafty Entrepreneurs

RCF Headquarters


We were so excited to be able to team up with the Latin School of Chicago for a second year as a part of their Crafty Entrepreneurs project. A group of students visited RCF headquarters after visiting many other local crafty businesses including our friends over at Busy Beaver Button Company and Lillstreet Art Center.


We sat down and discussed the history of Renegade, DIY craft and the Maker movement as a whole and guided each student on their quest to outline their own crafty businesses! We shared wisdom surrounding our Maker qualifications, successful branding, booth set-ups, best business practices, and a few handy steps on how to take a crafty hobby to the next level. These students had some incredibly creative ideas to bring to the table, which gave us the warm & fuzzies for the future and progression of the handmade movement!


We love to see young students taking an interest in RCF and the DIY ethos we all contribute to as the Maker community! Thank you, Crafty Entrepreneurs, for stopping by and inspiring us- we know we’ll see you at a Chicago Fair soon!

Spring Cleaning Playlist


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Guts & Glory

Feature Spotlight

We are so excited to introduce and showcase our off-the-wall, talented, and inspiring designers who designed and produced the new 2016 Renegade website, Guts & Glory. We are grateful for their hard work and in awe of their vision and expertise. Take a behind-the-scenes peek into the lives of the ingenious founders and brains that started this lively, thoughtful and innovative operation!


Photo by Alanna Hale

We have been together for 5 years and working together for even longer than that. We met while working in NYC at an innovation company and we eventually quit our jobs to start our own design studio called Guts & Glory. After 10 years in New York we left the city and eventually landed in Oakland.

Raised high on the bluffs of Mendocino, California, Faun spent her childhood scaling cliffs and swimming in the Pacific. Always one to swim against the current, she dreamt of becoming the first female tycoon on Wall Street or an undercover agent in the CIA. While she would come close to the latter by receiving a certification as a private detective, it was her seminal drawing “Whale Swimming” at age 7 that would catapult her towards a career as a creative thinker and later gain her acceptance to Yale’s MFA Design program.

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Meet Crystal

Staff Interview

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We’ve got some exciting news! Our RCF Gang has grown a little, and we’re thrilled to have Crystal, our new operations manager join our staff. Crystal will be taking over our Instagram feed today and you’ll be able to see RCF + Chicago in her eyes. Learn more about her and what she does below.

Who are you?

Hey, I’m Crystal! My background is in operations management and event planning, primarily with non-profits. I look forward to all of the behind-the-scenes with Renegade and making sure everything runs smoothly as the new Operations Manager.

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Tool Tote Giveaway with Canvas Corp!

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Have you seen our new RCF holiday totes? We absolutely love them and it’s all thanks to our friends at Canvas Corp! To celebrate this season they are giving away one of their new designer tool totes! For all of you out there who might need a little extra help carrying tools and supplies around, this is for you! Post a photo of your new holiday RCF tote on Instagram using #canvascorptooltote and tell us “What would you store in your Canvas Corp Tool Tote?” Giveaway ends midnight (PST) on December 20th. Good luck and Happy Holidays, friends!

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Staff Interview


If ya’ll saw a vivacious angel getting it done at our San Francisco Fair last weekend, chances are, you saw Despina – meet our new Production Associate! Despina will be taking over our Instagram account today while she explores Portland, Oregon with some of our crew. In the mean time, get to know the girl who’s making our Fairs full of fun and good vibes!

Who are you?  Hey, Despina here! I’m the Production Associate at Renegade, I help our fairs run smoothly behind the scenes. I’m a virgo who loves a cool breeze and some good cheese.
Where are you from? I’ve been in Chicago for 6 years, and I love it. The city is full of creative energy, amazing people, and some excellent backyards. I love sharing hot tips for visiting Chi, so if you need any, just holler! I grew up in FLA, where I learned the importance of maxin’ and relaxin’. And sunscreen.

room When did you learn about RCF? I’ve been a vendor at the last 5 September fairs in Chicago- I make and sell chalkboards in interesting shapes with my small biz, Mimeo General . I’ve known about Renegade since my college days at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Fibers program- It was a small department that taught me the importance of the handmade movement in our culture. When I moved to Chicago in 2009, I made it my first priority to show at Renegade.. the rest is history.


Why did you want to work for RCF? I really enjoyed being at all the Renegade events in Chicago and getting to know the wide array of vendors. When I saw there was a position available that let me behind the scenes and utilize my obsessive organizational skills- I jumped at it!

What are some of your favorite things? Jeff Goldblum is probably my favorite thing. I’m also in love with my new backpack from Buluchu that I got from last weekend’s San Francisco fair might be a close second.

What else do you do besides RCF? First, and foremost, I’m a Beyonce enthusiast & historian. I love binding books and teaching others how to do it too. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with creating large scale weavings made with industrial materials, like mop strands and climbing rope.

weavingWhat is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  Well, I’m a pretty open book.. but I’m not going to sit here and pretend that you know that I love the show True Blood. Because I love the show True Blood. RIP Terry Bellefleur, you beautiful man.


The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities… My podcast app- I’m a big fan of The Read, Call Your Girlfriend, & Comedy Bang Bang to name a few.

Current food obsession… Have you heard about Yonanas ? I love Yonanas. It’s a machine that makes froyo out of frozen bananas. This is not a paid advertisement for Yonanas. It’s just a food processor I can believe in.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)… I eternally love Seinfeld. But that’s too obvious… let’s talk about the future, and HOW EXCITED I AM for the new Wet Hot American Summer reboot on Netflix to come out. Nobody call me on July 31.. I’ll be busy..

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)… Strange Magic by ELO, Come and Get Your Love by Redbone are never not stuck in my head

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city… Oh brother, hmmm. I can say we are a group who really love a good meal. My favorite would have to be Foreign Cinema in SF, It’s so so so good.


Feliz Sale in Austin


Today we thought we’d do something special and share with you a Pop-Up sale that’s happening in Austin this weekend. Our pals at Feliz are hosting some of Austin’s finest at their first Spring Sale at the Palm Door on May 3rd. Feliz is an intimate one day pop-up sale hosted by Jenny Mulder (previous owner of Sister Coffee) and Laura Uhlir (owner of Olive) in Austin, TX. Together, they work to bring the finest independent designers and makers together with Austin’s creative community. This sale brings an opportunity for Austinites to meet and chat with each talented designer, as well as coffee, fresh mangos, and mezcal cocktails to welcome Spring.
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Feliz started 3 years ago and Laura and Jenny took over last Fall and have since forged a bond in friendship. Laura and Jenny grew excited by the number of creative and ambitions young women in Austin and put would put together workshops in front of the Sister Coffee trailer. The creative combo of the shop, coffee trailer, and artist studios was totally magical and forged their Feliz partnership.
Jenny and Laura will be bringing a few of their Austin pals’ wares to our Spring Fair on May 16+17! Some of the makers to look forward to include:

feliz11 feliz33Austin is full of handmade goodness this May! Stop by the Feliz Spring Sale on May 3rd and then join both of us at the Renegade Craft Fair on May 16+17!



Staff Interview


It’s been too long since we introduced you to some of our staff members. You may have noticed two bright-eyed newbies during our Holiday Fairs and we thought we’d introduce you to these new faces. Today you’ll meet Jenny Miller, and get a peek into her daily life when she takes over our Instagram feed. Jenny will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

Hi! Jenny here, and I joined Team Renegade last September. As the Operations Assistant, I get up to all kinds of trouble with a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into maintaining and building out our website. I bring a media-arts background, with a focus in editing and some minor web work to my position at Renegade and a strong political stake in supporting independent Makers and stimulating local economies. You can usually find me hangin’ on the internet.

Where are you from?

My earliest years had me traipsing around the beltway, on the Virginia side of the DC Metro area, developing a penchant for the cozier nooks and crannies of the city, rather than the tourism it tends to attract. I then spent four years tucked away in Northeast, OH at the utopic Oberlin College where I spent my time studying lots of books, lots of movies, a little movie-making while on the side editing the arts section of our Alt newspaper, The Grape and making tons of tofu with the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA). I was wooed by the midwest which landed me in Chicago. Now that I’m in the Windy City, you can find me bouncing back-and-forth between my home in Humboldt Park and work in Pilsen. Most of the time just trying to swallow all of the information that comes with moving to a new space and finding my place in the crowd.

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When did you learn about RCF?

I first learned of the Renegade Craft Fair when my Brooklyn-based sister and expert city-guide, tipped me off to it in 2011 when we attended the Fair in Mccarren Park in Brooklyn. At the time, I was living and working mere blocks away as an assistant programming intern at UnionDocs in Williamsburg for the Summer, a formative experience for me in working within an intimate team setting and appreciating the power of DIY and small film communities.

I was struck by how vibrant, and distinct the offerings were as I circled the Mccarren Park track browsing at the Fair. My sister and I cheesed out but couldn’t resist buying matching sister constellation necklaces from Julie Nolan. I also loaded up on lots of cards from Colpa Press’s Carissa Potter who still makes some of my favorite print work ever. These purchases both left an indelible sense of charm and respect for RCF as a leader in DIY craft, and I left feeling a real sense of kinship with the vibes at the Fair. I continued following the organization from afar, mostly through social media which led me to see a job posting last year that came about at just the right time.

I started with RCF in the Fall after finishing up working with the visionaries over at The Dissolve, as their Web Producer almost straight out of college. After learning that my great memories from the Fairs in Brooklyn stemmed from an organization based in my new hometown, I was definitely excited at the prospect of joining the team, and certainly feel grateful to be here!

Talismen from Feminist Crafting with Jennifer Reeder

What do you like about working with RCF?

I like working with Renegade because of the personal, and intimate experience of working in a small team, and the tangible reward of the hard work that goes into each Fair. I think that everyone on staff brings a lot of talent and passion to their position and it really is exciting to see everything coalesce and come together at the culmination of each Fair.  I think that the care, mutual respect, and teamwork of the staff makes a big difference in making RCF happen, and also just makes this a really special place to come to work every day.

What are some of your favorite things?

Some of my favorite finds from RCF Makers include my Rill Rill marble necklace, my Pigeon Toe Ceramics stacking thimble cup, my ZOLA  jewelry // objects ring dish, and my Fait La Force quilt.

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Other current / less object-related favorites include:

Books: Everything and anything written by Lorrie Moore, Claudia Rankine, or George Saunders.

TV: Six Feet Under, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Transparent + Enlightened

Movies: The Future, The Act of Killing, + The First Wives Club

Podcasts: StartUp, Call yr Girlfriend + Slate Gabfests (XX, Political, Culture)

Music: Buke and Gase, Hundred Waters, + Sleater-Kinney

What else do you do besides RCF?  

I spend a lot of time going to movies, reading, hanging on the internet, and when trying to not kill my eyes from too much screen-time, experiencing all this grand city has to offer.

Some of my favorite neighborhood spots include Quimby’s for their awesome zine and comics offerings, Bang Bang Pies for a quick bite and good cup of coffee, and Tusk a small-yet-full-of-inspiration shop that I feel lucky to have just a few blocks from my house that has a great selection of handmade jewelry, cool home and print wares, and a supreme, yet select mix of vintage and contemporary clothes that I am always coveting.

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My most productive activities on the side of RCF have me co-programming a documentary film series with a fantastic group of local movers and shakers, RUN OF LIFE co-presented with The Nightingale Microcinema where I also chill with the programming board sometimes.

I also dabble in jewelry work on and off in collaboration with my sister, Jocelyn Miller. Now I primarily just run our website and do some of the design brainstorm but you can check us out here. She’ll be selling some wares at the Brooklyn Pop-ups this year, so check out her talent if you’re in Brooklyn this June!

What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I can’t drive. Love that transit lifestyle and relying on my two differently sized monster feet. Also my family has a big dolphin thing. Looking for obscure dolphin-themed apparel or accessories? I’ve got ’em.

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My Podcasts app, a good book, or magazine, and melatonin for my unpredictable sleep troubles. #realtalk

Current food obsession…

Nori Rice Crispies from Fat Rice. The greatest pleasure for someone like myself obsessed with the salty-sweet combos.

Avocado Toast with lots of cilantro. Screw the haters.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

Feeling all sorts of emotions about rounding out the last season of Mad Men, and gearing up for the new season of Louie. Also am just overcome with relief and joy with Better Call Saul’s debut, as a Breaking Bad devotee. Thanks to VG for pulling it off. Also Transparent. It’s everything.

Recently finished The First Bad Man by Miranda July which blew my mind, and now re-learning the concept of empathy, and what it means to be emotional with Mac Mclelland’s Irritable Hearts.

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…

Yoga – Janelle Monae + Xtalk – Hundred Waters

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

It’s a toss up between two of my favorite NYC spots.

Russ + Daughters, both the shop and the cafe. Their smoked salmon is unparalleled, and the chocolate babka is the stuff of my dreams.

Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I am comparing every pie I ever eat to Rooftop Red, and Cherry Jones. Also he’s got a stellar instagram.


Happy Holidays from the Renegade Gang!

What an incredible year! 2014 has shaped up to be one of our best years yet, and our Holiday tour was a complete success! Just like many of our makers, some of us have had to put the holidays on hold to busily prep for the fairs. Now that the season is over, we’re going overboard on holiday traditions, and thought we’d share some of our favorite things, movies, recipes and more. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

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SUSIE: One old tradition of mine was that my dad would take me to see the holiday windows at Marshall Field’s in downtown Chicago, in all their festive animatronic glory 🙂

And a couple new ones – Mat and I always make a point to go to the Christkindl Market in Chicago for some festive times. We pick up a few new ornaments each year, eat potato pancakes, and sip mulled wine. We also go to the movies in Christmas night, which is a newer tradition I totally love.

MAT: The year The Godfather part lll came out we decided to, as a family, go see it after dinner on Xmas evening. Since then we’ve continued this tradition whenever my family are together for Xmas. Not just to go to the movies, but to go see a movie which is neither Holiday themed or appropriate for children (unless there is a “Middle Earth” option). Susie and I make a point of heading to the cinema Xmas night as well, this year will most likely be Hobbit, or else The Babadook. It’s somehow the most relaxing way to end the holiday, a total brain escape.


SUSIE: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

MAT: Bad Santa



1 egg white
1 tsp. cold water
1 lb. pecan halves
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Beat egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff. Add pecans and mix
until nuts are coated. Mix next three ingredients in a bowl. Add nuts to
coat. Bake in a buttered jellyroll pan at 225 degrees for 1 hour. Stir
every 15 minutes.



This mulled wine is traditionally served at our Chicago Holiday Market!

1 (1.5) liter bottle of Cabernet
1 Orange Peel
1 Cinnamon stick (broken up)
6 Whole Cloves
1 Whole Nutmeg
1⁄4 cup brown sugar

Pour wine and brown sugar into a slow cooker. Wrap orange peel, cinnamon
stick halves, cloves, and nutmeg in cheesecloth. Add to slow cooker. Cover
and cook on high for 2 to 2.5 hours. Discard spice bag; ladle into
glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice. Each batch will make about 7 6oz. glasses. Multiply the recipe for larger batches!


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My Mom and Sister and I would go into dahntahn Pixburgh to see the Christmas displays at Gimble’s, Hornes, and Kaufmann’s all of which are extinct department stores that we used to love. Sometimes we would ride the incline too.  Check out the amazing video.  Your Pittsburgh equivalent to the Ventra pass will get you free rides on this bad-boy!

FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE: Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas


My family received an original Nintendo for Christmas in the 90’s, I think after it was cool to have one. We still bust it out every holiday at home and play together. My favorite game is Dr. Mario, and I am pretty good at it. We also make copious amounts of Christmas cookies, which I can’t find any pictures as it seems my Mom has done a good job hiding how gluttonous and disgusting we are around the holidays. I grew up using a vintage cookie press that my mom would make beautiful almond mini Christmas trees with. They are by far the best tasting creation in the world!

FAVORITE MOVIE: White Christmas  and Muppet Family Christmas



2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
green food coloring and sprinkles of your choice!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut the shortening in until it resembles course crumbs.
  3. Measure the egg and add enough water to make 1/4 cup, beat together. Add egg and vanilla to crumb mixture; mix well. Add food coloring.
  4. Put through the cookie press onto cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 -12 minutes or until very light brown and set.

I truly believe anything made with almond extract is much better the next day, so try to wait to eat these delicious babies if you can until the next morning for breakfast with coffee :).

This recipe really does work best for a cookie press, but you could use for drop cookies too!

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The Dolnicks make a special trip to Candy Cane Lane in Milwaukee where cars line up and drive through the most amazingly decorated houses; afterwords we make a special trip to…. Dunkin Donuts.  The only time we were ever allowed to go 🙂

And you guessed it, every Christmas Eve the fam goes out for Chinese Food where we inevitably see tons of familiar faces participating in the same tradition. 



Each year me and my brother and dad would draw/make all of our holiday decorations. Our house and windows were full of weird hand drawn creations of rudolf, santa and xmas trees. It was really fun and creative and we’d always have a great time doing it. 

FAVORITE MOVIE: Christmas Comes But Once a Year

I collected super old holiday cartoons on VHS and would watch them over and over. The below was one of my favs!!!


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Here’s a picture of me and my Uncle Tim. He was Santa Claus every year in this little shack in my neighborhood. I was initially confused by him dressing up as Santa, but he explained that his was Santa’s Helper and that I had a direct line through him to the real Santa. I was probably taking advantage of that in this picture.

The Juliano’s always make a big Rigatoni dinner on Christmas Eve. My dad is the cook in the family and spends a few days stewing the meat and sauce. The smell in the house is so tempting and lunch the day before Christmas Eve is usually a baguette that we all rip off of and dip into the simmering Rigatoni sauce. We get to open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always pajamas. I don’t think I’ve ever bought my own pajamas for this reason. I’m pajama rich.



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Growing up I’d spend a lot of Christmases either at home in California or with Mom’s side of the family in Hawaii. The Brodeur Family would usually watch a Christmas movie every night up until Christmas. I don’t think we had 25 Christmas movies we enjoyed, but we watched as many as we could: White Christmas, Home Alone 1 & 2, Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, Die Hard, you name it. On Christmas Eve we would all open one Christmas gift, one at a time. One year, my dad was having so much fun he had us open up all the gifts on Christmas Eve. In my old neighborhood, a row of houses had large billboard-type wood signs and each house would display the lyrics to “Joy to the World.” From as early as we could read, until the last year we celebrated Christmas at the old house, my sister and I would sing along to those billboards without fail. I think that is my mom’s favorite holiday memory because we would harmonize (she was a choir teacher). 

When celebrating with the extended family on my mom’s side, us 8 cousins would usually put on a weird skit or do something crazy together. One year it was recreating the Sisters scene from White Christmas. It was embarrassing to say the least.

In my own home I try to incorporate both old and new traditions. I watch as many delightful holiday movies as I can, as well as binging on holiday episodes from my favorite TV shows, to a newer tradition, which is baking cinnamon rolls on Christmas Day and making my husband’s family’s wassail! It’s so good!

FAVORITE MOVIE: White Christmas and Scrooged

FAVORITE TV SHOW EPISODE: Community – “Regional Holiday Music”

12 cups apple juice
1 cup orange juice
6 cups pineapple juice
12 oz. apricot nectar
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. cloves
 Stir all ingredients in large pot.  Heat slowly till simmering.  Continue for one hour.  Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves.  Serve HOT.


We always make Christmas cookies on Christmas eve, to put out by the fireplace for Santa (my dad) to eat. We eat some too. We use the cheesy plastic cookie cutters, and we usually we make lots of holly leaves and Stars. Then we open gifts from our extended family, Aunts and Uncles, and any family friends who gave us gifts—saving the nuclear fam Christmas giving for Christmas day.

We have a lot of personalized ornaments and we always hang those on Christmas eve too now that my sister and I don’t live in the house, so that we can all do it together. On the eve of Christmas we also crown our tree with the angel, which we always have to put on with a broom, and Jocelyn, my sister does the honors, because she is the most dexterous usually but sometimes we can’t get it on straight and we’re okay with that.

She and I also would always sleep in her room on Christmas Eve because we were too excited to sleep and wanted to talk, and speculate if we heard sleigh bells and hoof steps on the roof. We still do this every year, minus the speculation. 

Then Christmas morning we honor my dad’s jewish family by indulging in lox and bagels and drink my mom’s homemade homemade hot cocoa with way too many marshmallows before we open gifts, and we always, always start with the stockings. In the afternoon we snack on my favorite holiday sweet treat, Petit Fours, from a local german bakery called Heidelberg that’s been open since I was born. We also always listen to Handel’s Messiah, and Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on repeat ALL DAY.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Home Alone 2 Lost in New York


Happy Holidays to you all! We hope you have a restful week and a Happy New Year. See you in 2015!

Renegade Handcrafted CB2 Holiday Collection

renegadehandcraftedIt’s always exciting getting mail. What’s even more exciting is seeing the Renegade Handcrafted Collection in the CB2 catalog! Browse the catalog online and be sure to pick up something handcrafted for your house this holiday season!


Support Team Sue Loves You

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Long-time Renegade Craft maker, Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf was diagnosed with colon cancer in April of 2014.  A collective of 15 celebrated American artists have teamed up to design limited edition tote bags for the Team Sue Loves You campaign as a means to support Sue during her ongoing battle. The intention of the project is to raise awareness for colon cancer and support Sue as she recovers.

The tote bags go on sale November 1, 2014 through the Team Sue Loves You website. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, as they their support during her treatment via Philly Patient Ride has been paramount to her recovery. Each of the 15 tote bag designs draw inspiration from Sue’s brave journey with the disease and resounding message of “listen to your body.”

 We send our love to Sue as well as our support as she continues to recover. For more information, email teamsuelovesyou@gmail.com or visit www.teamsuelovesyou.com to purchase one of these tote bags or donate to the cause. You can also stay up to date on Sue’s progress on Instagram.

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About Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf

Giant Dwarf is a Philadelphia-based independent design house created by Sue Eggen, inspired by early 20th century rhinestone performance-wear & floral hair adornments. Since 2003, Giant Dwarf has grabbed the attention of national media, design blogs and celebrities such as The New York Times, The Today Show, Design Sponge, Tavi Gevinson and Kat Von D.

Sue Eggen is a self-taught artist from New Orleans, LA. She migrated to Portland, OR in 2000, but now lives with her husband, Nathaniel & their feline companions in Philadelphia, PA. She has been battling colon cancer since April 2014, yet is expected to make a full recovery thanks to early detection of the disease which she attributes to “listening to her body.”

Calling for Attendance Counters for the 2014 RCF Holiday Tour


photo by Beth Priddy Photography

Renegade needs your help! We are looking for folks to help us work as attendance counters for our US Holiday Market Tour! The job requires you to be on your feet and keep track of who comes into the Fair, and pays $10/hour. We need counters for both days of each Fair and interested folks should send an email to info@renegadecraft.com with (NAME OF CITY Counter) in the subject line, indicating which city you want to volunteer for.

Our Holiday Market Schedule is:
San Francisco November 8 + 9
New York City November 15 + 16
Austin November 29 + 30
Chicago December 6 + 7
Los Angeles December 13 + 14

Let us know which Fair and whats days you are available, if you can work the entire day or a half-shift, your name, and a good way to get in touch with you.

Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Summit


Martha Stewart Living is hosting the American Made 2014 Summit this November 7+8 in New York City and Renegade Craft fans get a special discount on tickets!

The two day event will be held at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters and will feature a kickoff cocktail party with Martha to celebrate and meet the ten 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners. On Friday from 6pm-9m, you’re invited to network with editors, bloggers, and fellow entrepreneurs, and get crafty with DIY tutorials and food sampling! On Saturday, from 8am-6pm, sit in on inspirational talks hosted by Martha Stewart and more than 15 industry experts and entrepreneurs, plus more DIY tutorials, food, a chance to shop an assortment of products from the American Made Market and so much more!

If you happen to be in New York on November 7+8, head over to americanmade.marthastewart.com and use the promo code CELEBRATEMAKERS to receive a 20% discount on tickets.

Renegade Craft Fair +AIGA Chicago Small Talks

AIGA Chicago Small Talks + Renegade from Remollo on Vimeo.

We were thrilled to be invited to AIGA Chicago’s Small Talks series and present what we do here at Renegade Craft Fair. We absolutely love this video recap Remollo shot of the event and wanted to share it with you all!


Staff Interview


We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. For our final week we’re spending time with Susie Daly, the creator and architect behind Renegade Craft! She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

I’m Susie Daly, Co-Founder and Director of the Renegade Craft Fair! I am a sort of accidental entrepreneur, having started RCF just for fun over a decade ago now. I loved doing it so much, I decided to dedicate my life to it, and haven’t looked back ever since. I love the feeling of having a vision and being able to put that into action and bring that vision to life. And I feel so fortunate to have so many people along for the ride! It’s been nothing but a great adventure, where I get to explore the world, meet so many awesome and creative people, help support great endeavors, and just watch it all unfold.


Where are you from?

I’m from a town outside of Chicago called Western Springs. After a brief stint in college where I lived in Northern California for a year, I moved to Chicago and lived there for a bunch of years. Then I got the itch to move to the country, so I currently live in a small town in Michigan called Saugatuck. I live there with my husband and two cats in a log cabin, it’s pretty dreamy.


When did you create RCF?

I started RCF back in 2003, because I basically just thought it would be fun to sell my own crafts at an open air market or fair, but I didn’t find an event that I felt like was a good fit for me. So in true DIY spirit, along with an old friend of mine, we decided to start a fair of our own that brought DIY makers together in one place for a weekend. It was such an exciting experience that we decided to make it an annual thing…and then I took the fair to several cities after that, making Renegade what it is today.


What are some of your favorite things?

I have several pieces from Make It Good that I’ve gathered over the years, and still have on a regular rotation. I love my hand amulet necklace from Datter Industries, and get so many compliments on it. I also love my Shelter purses, and get tons of compliments on those as well. And I always have a nice soap in the shower, currently I’m using Pink Clay (blood orange + geranium) by Herbivore Botanicals.

What else do you do besides RCF?  

I love the great outdoors, so I try to go hiking in the woods or go to the beach whenever I can. I practice Yoga, an am particularly interested in Ashtanga Yoga. I love to travel, and that is a big part of my life. And I love to just chill out when I’m at home in Michigan – sit by a fire, sip cocktails, binge on tv shows.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I have two pretty obscure musical talents – I can beat box pretty well, and I can also play the didgeridoo pretty well. Go figure! Also, I am pretty proud of the fact that I do a pretty awesome clam bake – cooking a feast in the sand with lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes, corn – the works!


The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My swimsuit. Usually we try to stay at a house or hotel that has a hot tub and/or swimming pool – or we’re lucky enough to be visiting a city that has a swimming hole, so we can take a dip and get refreshed. It’s a great way to have fun and unwind after running around and setting-up or running the fair all day.


Current food obsession… 

I could eat pizza everyday, especially real Italian style pizza. My favorite has arugula and fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

I’m currently in between shows, I need some suggestions of what to get obsessed with next! My favorite shows of all time are Lost, Twin Peaks, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, American Horror Story, Fargo, Battlestar Galactica…and Dateline.

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

You can pretty much guarantee that I will listen to Philip Glass at some point during my week. His music has an almost trance-like, meditative quality that really helps me focus and feel inspired at the same time.


Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

I would have to agree with Mat that Marlowe & Sons in Brooklyn is a pretty special place, but I think my favorite meal was at Deetjen’s in Big Sur. We stopped there on a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles on one craft fair trip, and it just has the coziest atmosphere, on top of having amazing food.



Staff Interview

We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Mat Daly. He will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  I am Mat Daly. I’m RCF”s Director of Development, Poster designer, screen printer, AND Susie Daly’s husband.  My role for the fairs has grown a lot over the last decade but currently I work on building relationships between Renegade and it’s sponsors, partners and business friends.  These relationships help us keep the fairs free to attend as well as keeping our maker booth fees affordable as can be. Also, since the beginning I’ve been producing limited edition screen printed posters for Renegade.  I used to do a different poster for each fair, but we’ve grown so much and are in so many new cities, I’m only able to make 2 per year for our different event seasons.
Where are you from?
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a house on a dead-end street which backed up on some woods.  I spent a lot of time in the woods then. I think there are sub-divisions there now which is too bad. I did a lot of skateboarding and played in a few bands with my friends in high school. Music became a big part of my life and I spent all of my twenties and some of my thirties working on records, playing shows and  the like, mostly holding it down with waiter/barista jobs and/or going to school.  I studied creative writing at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and somehow luckily ended up really falling into printmaking and painting. Writing poems never came easily to me. In 1998 my band Hurl broke up and I found myself moving to Chicago with some bandmates to start a new group called Taking Pictures. Given my new printmaking bend I thought I’d reached out to my pal Jay Ryan from The Bird Machine to see if he needed any help. Jay had screen printed some posters for Hurl shows and I was hoping he’d teach me some basics.  I ended up printing for Jay for about 8 years. Eventually, I started focusing more on producing my own posters and prints from my own shop in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood.  It was during this time, 2003, that Susie approached me about making the first RCF poster.

When did you learn about RCF?

I was working as a waiter at this cafe that Susie frequented. She and a friend were putting together what would be the first ever Renegade Craft Fair.  Susie knew I designed posters and asked me if I’d be interested.  I definitely had a crush on her so I was super excited for this to be the best poster I had ever made in my life. Apparently, it was, because she and I are married now! I didn’t tell her at the time that I had originally designed the poster to say “Renegade Crafts Festival” and that it had gone to press, and the first color was down before I thought to double-check her email.   8 o
Why did you want to work for RCF?
Renegade makes me feel good to be a part of. I love the diverse community of makers and the opportunity to see such great work and good ideas all come together.  I’ve been to almost every fair at this point, both as a vendor, selling prints or handmade woodland clocks Susie and I made together, as well as part of the team running the shows.  I’ve always felt a real positive energy surrounding the events and it’s incredible to be able to work towards something that makes people so happy.  Plus, the gang here is pretty awesome!

What are some of your favorite things?

Two thing-things, both gifts from my wife.  My Seagull guitar and my 40th birthday present, a hand numbered / forged felling axe I’m giving a custom paint job.
Also. . .  Susie Daly, active volcanos, dense jungle, outer space, the deep ocean, thunderstorms, dark chocolate anything, Axl and Gabel (our goofball cats), spending time with family and friends, campfires, live music.

What else do you do besides RCF? 

In my free time I try to make time for my art practice which brings me a ton of happiness.  I like to sit around and figure out classic rock songs on guitar or write some of my own from time to time.  Susie and I both love adventuring around just about anywhere so we try to get out into the world as much as possible and experience new places. We moved to the woods in Michigan a few years ago, still have lots of dune forest to explore.  A lot of my art work is born from photography which I love to experiment with. My new obsession is nighttime long exposure pictures.


What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  
I am pretty easily startled if snuck up upon.  Also, I cannot blow a bubblegum bubble and have never juggled successfully.

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…
My Munie Designs backpack.  

Current food obsession… 
These brownies.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…
Watching Caprica now following our epic Battlestar binge. Kroll Show is a fave. TV is the new movies.

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…
When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin 

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…
VERY HARD TO CHOOSE…  I will saaaaaayyyyy…. Marlowe and Sons in Brooklyn. It’s like the captain’s quarters of a delicious ship someone parked under a bridge.  I love it.

Staff Interview: Sarah

We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Sarah Wert. She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?

Hey there, I’m Sarah. I am Assistant Vendor Coordinator here at RCF. I handle the administrative details that go into planning these things! I help jury and make the roster pages. I love design and craft so working closely with makers has been amazing! 

Where are you from?

I grew up in and around Kansas City. If you want to know which side, Kansas and Missouri! I was born in Lawrence, Kansas and spent the first half of my childhood out there on the great plaines. Later I moved to the Missouri side of Kansas City and lived in Brookside. Now I live in Chicago in Logan Square and I absolutely love it here. The food is amazing and it feels like a small town in a big city. 

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When did you learn about RCF?

I learned about RCF when I was a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was really interested in functional art making and I heard some buzz about RCF. I found the design aesthetic of all the makers really appealing and decided I wanted to support the indie craft movement. So in 2006 I volunteered at the info booth. I also have several friends who have been vendors in RCF at various times and would work at their booths. A year ago, last August I was driving back from a road trip in Canada and got the e-blast that RCF was hiring! I quickly got my application together and the rest is history. We have the best team ever and it is so much fun working with them.

Why did you want to work for RCF?

I wanted to work for RCF because I have loved being a volunteer and an attendee. It’s my favorite place to shop and the travel is so much fun! It’s really inspiring when I spend my days jurying and being a part of a team that helps small businesses grow. 

What are some of your favorite things?

My current favorite things are all from the West Coast Fairs. I brought home an amazing mirror and dish from Meg A. Meyers. I have two new necklaces one from Rill Rill and the other from Alyson Iwamoto. I just got this amazing leather wallet from Sun Nation at the Portland Mini Market. And I absolutely love my facial kit and lip balm from Herbivore Botanicals

What else do you do besides RCF?

I mostly love cooking and hanging out with my cats! I often make my own clothes because I love textiles and am very particular about patterns. I have a wonder lust for different types of crafting. Currently I am making luggage tags out of vintage post cards. It will be something else soon! On my days off I Iove to listen to records and read but at night I switch to t.v. I am also very serious about travel. I love it! So when I am not traveling I am day dreaming about it.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?

I used to be a competitive fencer and I play the ukelele. 

Current food obsession… 

Bahn Mi Sandiwches + Izakaya style Japanese food

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

Halt and Catch Fire

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…

Dreams by the Cranberries 

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Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

Tartine in San Francisco

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Staff Interview

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We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Justin Rathell. If you’ve seen a guy with a ponytail running around our fairs and mastering the load-in / load-out routine, then you’ve seen Justin. He will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

I consider myself something of a round peg in a square hole.  I like writing and playing music.  I like the woods, the deep woods.  I’m a closeted recluse and pretend to have a lot say.  I’m the Associate Director.  Once I made a $10 bet with a middle-school chum that I would own a Porsche 911 one day.  I intend to pay her if that doesn’t happen.  Maybe I can pull up in my new Hennessey Venom GT to pay my debt.  Yeah, I like sports cars too!

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starved rock hikingWhere are you from?

I’m originally from Bethel Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I love the old steel-town, but I also love my current home in Bridgeport, the best Chicago neighborhood.

classy concert goersWhen did you learn about RCF?

I met Susie when she was starting it with her former partner back in 2003, and I’ve known Mat for over 20 years now.  He and I are both Pittsburgh ex-pats.  I started helping out in any way I could, from DJing, to manning table and chair rental depots, to assisting with other set-up needs until I was hired full-time in the fall of 2010 as the new Production Coordinator.

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Why did you want to work for RCF?

I wanted to work with friends and really love the vibes at Renegade.  Such a great community with so much talent!

What are some of your favorite things?

I love BDJ Craftworks as I too am interested in wood working and really appreciate Brian’s attention to detail.  There a so many others, that I’ll stick with just one.  No current favorite music or books, but I love, love Vampire’s Kiss with Nick Cage.  I know.  It’s not current, but I’m just trying to find more converts.  As far as eating when we’re on the road, I really dig Isa in Williamsburg.  It’s so comfy there that everything tastes better.  I swear!

SantequilaWhat else do you do besides RCF?  

I am in band, three in fact.  I make stuff from wood once in a while and I like taking pictures of mushrooms.  I used to draw fonts before I had ever heard the word font.  Cooking is something I only truly enjoy if it involves fire, wood, and smoke.  I’m really good at untangling delicate necklaces and parallel parking.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I died once.  No special notes from the other side unfortunately.

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My knife.

a site to beholdCurrent food obsession… 

All the quote/unquote throw-away parts of the animal.  So much pleasure in texture, feel, and flavor I never knew before.

Current TV Show you’re binging…

Boardwalk Empire was a recent favorite, but I only got through the first season because a friend shared the DVD with me.  I’ll have to find later seasons somehow since I don’t have HBO.  I also loved Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert.  Mushmouth and that theme song, OHH how great!!!!

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

It’s almost always Mr. Sandman by the Chordettes.

Jeanna in Venice

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Staff Interview

MAD - Me

We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Madelon Juliano.  She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

Hello! I’m Madelon, I am the gal that handles Curatorial Endeavors here at RCF. I curate the booths, help jury and set up + design our decorations at the fairs. I’ve also helped coordinate our new series of Mini Renegade’s and have been designing/painting our maps this year. It’s been a blast!

MAD - Map DesigningWhere are you from?

I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah (I miss the mountains so much!). I moved to Chicago in 2005 to go to the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. When I started school I was making paintings and pen and ink drawings and little comic books, which led me to book making, which then led me to fibers and materials studies.

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When did you learn about RCF?

I had heard about Renegade in school and had always wanted to attend, but typically went home for the Summer and would miss it. In 2009, my boyfriend was working for Mat Daly in his printmaking studio, and asked me to help pack prints. After helping Mat, he suggested that I volunteer for his wife, Susie (who founded Renegade), so I volunteered at the info booth at the 2009 Chicago Summer RCF and the rest is history!

Why did you want to work for RCF?

When I volunteered, I really enjoyed the experience. Susie hired me at the little shop we had at the time, Renegade Handmade. Along with Susie, I did a lot of the buying for the store at the fairs. It was and still is such a wonderful feeling to be part of a support system for so many growing businesses. I think I’m addicted.

What are some of your favorite things?

Purchased from the fair? My rings that I never take off. Nikki MontoyaDatter IndustriesSpecies by the Thousands, my necklace that I never take off, made byCities in Dust. My green jacket made by Gina Di Giralamo, and my Uzi NYC dress, which is the best travel dress ever. And my Make It Good skirt which I’ve had forever and still fits perfectly. I spend way too much money at the fairs! But it’s always so nice to get a compliment on something I’m wearing and know that it’s one of a kind. The money spent is worth it.

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I also love my dog, Ted. And my family.

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What else do you do besides RCF?  

I’ve been really into making tiny baskets as of late. I’m pretty sure I’m not doing it right, but I like the end result so I’m not too concerned. That’s kind of my M.O. with art making anyway, I love building on mistakes and figuring out how things are made without using the internet. Sometimes it’s necessary to follow instructions but I find the result so much more interesting when you bend the rules a little bit. I also paint, rock climb, and I love cooking.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?

I love giving stick and poke tattoos.

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My lucky travel charms; a crescent moon necklace by Dollybird, which has a signet pendant attached to it that was my namesakes. And a tiny leather pouch full of little talismans that I carry around in my purse.

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Current food obsession… 

If I’m craving something I can’t let it go. Today I am craving a burger, because it’s burger Tuesday at Pleasant House (best burger in Chicago and only on Tuesdays!).

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

I’ve been binge watching Frasier on Netflix. It’s so dorky. But my favorite show of all time is probably The Sopranos.

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…

This song is ALWAYS in my head > Michael McDonald What a Fool Believes 

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

One of the best parts of traveling with RCF is the food. This is very hard. I think I love Justine’s in Austin, TX the most. Austin has some truly excellent bars and restaurants.

Staff Interview: Libby


We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Libby Alexander.  She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?

I am RCF’s Special Features Coordinator. I help organize the food, workshop, installation, and entertainment parts of the fair. I started off in marketing/operations and I was the Vendor Coordinator for a spell, too. After years planning my own pop-ups and tiny street fests in Chicago, it’s pretty great to work on a large-scale event that supports small businesses all over the US and in London.

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Where are you from?

I grew up in Springfield, IL the Land of Lincoln!

When did you learn about RCF?

I participated in the first Renegade Craft Fair in 2003. My friend Leah and I shared a booth. I sold notebooks and altered vintage handbags. At the time, I worked at a bookbindery and I sneakily used their equipment and scraps to make the notebooks.

Why did you want to work for RCF?

Working here was a goal of mine. RCF is a rare opportunity for an event producer because the company isn’t beholden to a board or agency. Susie invited my vintage market to pop-up inside of the Chicago summer flagship in 2012. Joining RCF as a real deal staff member evolved from that opportunity.

libby_rcfpicks Margins – Rinse – Hidden Folk – Make It Good

What are some of your favorite things?

RCF purchases:
Hidden Folk Oil
Rinse Lavender Spray
Margins Moon Calendar
Pommes Frites Candle (not pictured)
Make it Good Leggings

Regular life favorites:
Bread and butter
Hulu Plus

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What else do you do besides RCF?

Once a week, I host trivia and word games at a senior living facility in my neighborhood. It’s a treat to see my seniors every week. I still work on the vintage market and produce tiny street fests. I like to hunt for vintage and weird decor for my house at thrifts, markets, and shops.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?

I originally joined Facebook, so I could play Scrabulous with my favorite food blogger. link: http://smittenkitchen.com/

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My iPhone, so I can keep up with work!

Current food obsession…

Frozen plums.

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Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

Currently, Sherlock and Community (thanks Hollin!). Always, true crime and I totally watch the Bachelor.

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

“Pass that Dutch” by Missy Elliott link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv_5yuOS1Hc

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

During my first trip to Austin, Justin grilled everyone a feast then we played an epic game of Jenga. link: http://instagram.com/p/ZW5iIpS1X6/?modal=true



Staff Interview

471066_10100602746433166_513928560_o We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with our third most recent hire, Rachel Dolnick. Check out her Etsy Favorites on the Renegade Craft Fair Etsy Page.  She will also be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today! photo-3

Who are you? 
Heyyy! I’m Rachel, RCF’s Vendor Coordinator.  After years of participating in craft shows and continuously seeking them out, I feel so lucky to have landed a job that lets me meet makers and provide the very best fair experience.
Where are you from?
Born + raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until College brought me to Colorado for a few years before finishing up at UW Madison. A brief jaunt to Tel Aviv for a photography internship, but have been in Madison ever since.  I join the gang in Chicago a few times a month, but otherwise work from home.
When did you learn about RCF?
Being so close to the Chicago Fairs, for the last 8 years or so my friends and I would always make a weekend out of it hitting up the fair + exploring the city.
Why did you want to work for RCF?
I joined the gang in January and couldn’t be happier about being part of such a downright awesome organization.  I spend my days jurying applications and seeing the crazy amount of maker talent that comes our way, communicating with vendors, contributing  in planning fairs, and attending shows around the country… hello, dream job!

What are some of your favorite things?

Some of my favorite Renegade scores include: My first RCF poster by Mat Daly, a zip tote by Milkhaus Design, perfume by Long Winter Soap Co, bracelet by Oceanne, moonstone ring by Lindsay Lewis Jewely, arch necklace by Thorn & Wynn, and my everyday coffee mug by Toast Ceramics.
What else do you do besides RCF? 
I dabble between all sorts of crafts including making jewelry and stop motion videos of road trips and friends’ weddings/babies.  I’ve also been co-organizing a craft fair in Madison for the past 4 years which keeps me plenty busy!
What song has been stuck in your head this week…
It’s between Jessica Lea Mayfield’s We’ve Never Lied and Sharon Van Etten’s Peace Signs.  Neither are bad songs to have stuck in your head 😉
Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…
After our recent Chicago Mini Market, the gang went to Davanti Enoteca and I’m pretty sure I never stopped saying how delicious it was!


Staff Interview


We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed.

This week we’re spending time with our second most recent hire, Hollin Brodeur.  You can see some her of ETSY FAVORITES on our new RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR ETSY PAGE!  She will also be guest-gramming on Instagram all day today!

Who are you?   Hello! I’m Hollin and I’m Renegade’s Media and Marketing Manager. At RCF, I manage our advertising, social media accounts, photography at the fairs, and our blog.  So, basically I’m kind of interviewing myself… Recently, I’ve expanded my role collaborating in art direction, which I absolutely love.  Academically, I studied English but also have a background in photography and fashion design. Since pretty much always, I would draw, sew, craft, and collect all sorts of things. It’s been so amazing being a part of the RCF team!

Where are you from? Originally I’m from Riverside, CA where (fun fact) Breaking Bad was set to take place before changing locations to New Mexico – so there’s that.  Due to my hatred of extreme heat, after high school I went up to the great Northwest and lived in Seattle and Portland for a few years before making my way over to Montreal. Two years ago I found myself back in very sunny California.  I still despise the heat but some aspects of LA are growing on me.. hollinbrodeur-9668 When did you learn about RCF? I first heard about Renegade Craft through my sister, Keiko. She owns a stationery company and I would help assist at her booths at the LA and SF shows. It soon became a bi-annual tradition and I did my best to never miss a fair. Working with Keiko at the Renegade fairs was always so fulfilling, and I learned a lot through watching her work, while also building a community of friends and makers we look forward to seeing at each fair. When an opportunity came to work for Renegade last February, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this wonderful community.

Why did you want to work for RCF? After going to a lot of craft fairs in California, the Northwest, and even Montreal, RCF is my favorite craft fair beyond a doubt. The collection of makers, the fun vibes, the traveling – all of these things became such an integral part of my life each year that I wanted to be involved with it all the time. Plus, I’m very lucky that my position combines photography, writing, art direction, and looking at awesome things all day – so really, what more could I ask for? hollinbrodeur-9635 What are some of your favorite things? A lot of my most favorite possessions are things I’ve bought from a Renegade Craft Fair. Some of my favorites are an apron from the amazing I Am Gorgeous Inside, a traveling mug from Loyal Stricklin, and a dress by Rebe that my sister and I currently time-share (she has custody right now). And I can’t help but buy at least a few candles from PF Candle Co. each fair.  Some of my other favorite things in life are my husband and my two pets, Molly and Weasley, trying new food places with my sister, plus collecting cookbooks and watching way too much TV. hollinbrodeur-9687

Apron by I Am Gorgeous Inside | Travel Mug by Loyal Stricklin | Card by Small Adventure | Candle by PF Candle Co. | Necklace by Alyson Iwamoto

hollinbrodeur-9654 What else do you do besides RCF?   I do some photography on the side as well as dreaming to one day own a business of some sorts: either a cafe/bakery or a home shop, or both. In the meantime, I love to bake and fry up doughnuts once in a while. hollinbrodeur-9656 What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?   Growing up, I wanted to be a movie director and screenwriter.  I cut up a plastic milk jug, and drew buttons on it, creating a “camera” I’d film my pretend movies on. I think it was a really pathetic sight to see because a few years later my parents bought me a real video camera.

Current food obsession…  All of it.

Current TV Show you’re binging… I’ve been on an HBO kick, recently finishing True Detective, Veep, and Silicon Valley – the fact that I have to wait till who knows how long for new episodes is incredibly depressing. So for now, I’ve been re-watching episodes of Sherlock.

What song has been stuck in your head this week…Tune-Yards has been my summer soundtrack as of late. When it gets to be over 100 degrees outside, “Water Fountain” starts playing in my head.

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city… So far, I’ve only technically traveled with the RCF Gang to Austin – to which my favorite eating spot is Uchiko. When traveling the west coast fairs with my sister, my favorite go-to places are Tartine and Baco Mercat. hollinbrodeur-9671


Staff Interview


2014 is shaping up to be a year of expansion and exciting changes! We added a new city to our tour, launched a new series of Mini Markets, and the RCF team has grown! We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each month you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed.

So, for today, meet Julia Kepler, our newest member of the RCF Gang.  You can see some her of Etsy Favorites on our new Renegade Craft Fair Etsy Page!  She will also be guest-gramming on Instagram all day today!

Who are you?  

Hi! I am Julia, and I am the new RCF Operations Manager. I have a strong background in non-profit management, but have an enduring love of the arts and truly enjoy working with artisans. Since I can remember, I have always loved sewing, knitting and just doing anything crafty. I am excited to bring my operations experience to RCF and work amongst you fine, creative folks!

Where are you from?

I have moved around a bit, so in short, I grew up in Lexington, KY but spent most of my high school years in Florida.  I then went to college in Ohio and ended up moving to Chicago on a whim with a friend after graduating. We didn’t have jobs and only had enough money for a security deposit and one month’s rent. So, that was 5.5 years ago and I am still here makin’ it happen!

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A glimpse of Julia’s home

When did you learn about RCF?

I first heard about Renegade shortly after I had moved to Chicago, and knew friends who had participated as makers during the Chicago seasons. I had picked up knitting a few years prior to moving to the city, and loved working on projects in my free time.  I never really thought I would sell my knits, but I saw it as a challenge to make it into Renegade, as I knew it was highly revered in the craft world. I began selling under the name High Hope Knits at smaller, local craft shows, and it was such a good feeling to have people want to purchase the goods I was making, I just kept at it (plus what Chicagoan doesn’t need a warm, stylish scarf for Chi winters??). I began really pumping up my production, and got into the winter and summer Renegade markets for Chicago a few years in a row- and it was really exciting for me! I really loved everyone I was able to work with and the vibe that Renegade brought to the craft world.

jmk knits

Why did you want to work for RCF?

I wanted to work for RCF because I enjoy the environment the fair creates: space for community based artists to work independently and creatively to sell their works through the craft market outlet. Also, the position aligned well with what I had been working on in my professional career path, and as a lover of the market and crafters, it seemed like a great fit!

What are some of your favorite things?

One of my favorite Renegade Craft Fair purchases is a bag from Appetite. It’s roomy, with bright southwestern colors and patterns, making it transition well from season to season. Other general favorite things include my dog, Clementine; my cat, Max; my soon to be hubby, Matt; knitting; micheladas; sandwiches, and tacos. You can see where my priorities are!


Bag from Appetite

What else do you do besides RCF?  

I do knit a lot, but I slow down in the summer to enjoy Chicago when it’s not snowing.  I also work on other events and projects, usually involving art, with my lovely group of friends throughout the city.

What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I still have two baby teeth! Eeek.

Mat Daly + RCF On Grey’s Anatomy!

Okay, file this one under “totally awesome.” An eagle-eyed fan of Renegade spotted not one but TWO of Mat Daly’s awesome Renegade Craft Fair posters on last night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Whoa whoa whoa! Peep more of Mat’s work (seriously you guys, it’s really cool stuff) here and here.

Hey-O, McSteamy!