Maker Spotlight: Pup Tart Handmade

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Happy Friday, everyone! Today we’re featuring Pup Tart Handmade, a London-based textile brand dedicated to creating awesome products for your furry pets and your home. We’re so excited to have Pup Tart join us for our London Fair kicking off tomorrow! Hannah’s bringing some brand new fruit and cactus printed housewares, so keep your eyes open at our Fair!
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Pup Tart was founded by Hannah and her Norfolk Terrier mixed dog, Indy. This adorable duo set out to create hip dog accessories, that were practical, beautiful, and also affordable. The success of Pup Tart led to an expansion of products, including home goods that complement Hannah’s pet accessories.tuti fruti teatowel

Pup Tart is truly a handmade collection – everything is designed, printed, and sewn by Hannah herself, including the fabrics and papers. Hannah tie dyes, marbles, and block prints to create bright, colorful patterns and designs to freshen up your home.

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Hannah has such a great eye for color when it comes to her marbling. The swirls of neon pink, electric blues, and shimmering golds blend seamlessly together, yet maintain their bold originality. If you visit the Pup Tart blog, Hannah even has a tutorial on how you can marble yourself! tote multi glitter bow

Meet Indy, Hannah’s adorable pooch, and partner in crime. Indy is the model and inspiration behind the brand. Just look at that handsome face!Midnight Glitter Multi glitter clutch 1 copy

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We can’t wait to see Pup Tart Handmade’s bright and colorful booth pop up at our London Fair this weekend! Be sure to check out the Pup Tart Etsy shop, and follow Hannah and Indy’s adventures on Instagram



Maker Spotlight: Girae Rigira


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With our London Fair just around the corner, we’re so excited to be featuring this adorable apparel Maker, Girae Rigira.
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Girae Rigira is an Italian clothing line founded by Germana Bargoni, who has become a passionate textile archeologist. Germana digs up and retrieves long-forgotten precious remnants of fabric and cloth that have been resting quietly in abandoned warehouses and old storage rooms for 30 to 50 years.

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Her search for precious fabrics leads her through Italy, Europe, and the United States to find miles and miles of textiles waiting to be repurposed into something new and beautiful.

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What emerges from Germana’s expeditions, is the ancient story told through texture, brightly colored fabrics, and unique patterns. These stories inspire retro yet timeless fantasies that Germana pieces together by crafting unique items and often, given the preciousness of her collection, turning them into one-of-a-kind rare gems: dresses, shirts, blouses, bowling pants…

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Every item is handmade and hand-stitched by Germana in her Bologna workshop. In each article of clothing, a fragment of a colorful, elegant and unique past is given fresh life, and a new story can be told.

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Germana crafts unique one-of-a-kind pieces that are sometimes inspired by the decade of fashion the textile was created, or reinvented into a bolder, modern parcel of clothing. Girae Rigira understands the cyclical world of fashion and embraces the ever-turning wheel.

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We love seeing into Germana’s Italian workspace, full of deep, dramatic color and light. unnamedunnamed-1We are thrilled to have Germana bring her line of clothing to our London Fair this weekend, April 11+12, at the Old Truman Brewery. Her pieces are perfect statements for Spring, don’t you think? Before the weekend hits, check out the Girae Rigira website, pre-shop her Etsy store, and follow Germana on Facebook and Instagram. See you soon!

 

Maker Spotlight: OH NO Rachio!

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Today we are thrilled to be featuring jack-of-all-trades Maker, OH NO Rachio! This shop will be bringing handmade home goods to our London Fair this weekend! Can you believe it’s already here?!
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OH NO Rachio! was founded by Rachel Basinger, a London based designer and maker. Rachel has created a shop that is not only beautifully curated, but also a lovely collection of stationery, trinkets and housewares that will brighten up your home!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Recently Rachel has been working on collections that focus around daily affirmations. These motivational mottos have been integrated into her brand new notebooks, prints, ceramics and totes.

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Rachel understands how fast life moves, and describes why she’s started this new collection: “In a world were everything moves at a million miles an hour, we barely get a moment to stop and think, so the idea behind these products is to give people a daily reminder that, as long as we’re kind, and brave with our dreams, we take time to do good and help one another the world will be a much nicer place. Enjoy the simple things and don’t take life to seriously!” All of these items are hand-illustrated and designed by Rachel herself, and we love how much care she puts into her work.Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

Taking a little peek into Rachel’s studio is like seeing her shop come to life. The bright light and plants make this space so inviting!
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One of our favorite products Rachel stocks, is her succulent planter kits. She enjoys scouring specialist plant nurseries and succulent varieties, as well as propagating baby succulents from her own collection to make sure she’s got an array of beautiful and healthy plants. Rachel’s a self-proclaimed lover of succulents, so be sure to stop by her booth and get tips on how to care for your new plant babies!

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At our London Fair, Rachel will be showcasing her new collection of completely hand thrown porcelain planters that she’s spent the last 20 weeks making! Her planters are a labor of love, and a reflection for her devotion to her plants. These pots require several drying and glazing stages as well as three firings before they are complete! 
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Maker Spotlight: Nylon Sky

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Today we’re kicking off the weekend in style with Nylon Sky. These jewelry designers will be bringing their statement pieces to our London Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery.

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The designers behind Nylon Sky list architecture as a major inspiration for the forms throughout their collections, with references to Japanese and Egyptian elements in their designs. While, a hint of bygone eras and glitz and glamour movements can be subtly seen through the sharply cut metallic pieces.

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Contrasting materials such as natural wood sit next to shiny brass and glimmering Perspex, creating a unique balance of textures.

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Nylon Sky was kind enough to provide us with a sneak peek of their studio, and what happens behind the scenes. Take a look for yourself!

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We are so thrilled to have Nylon Sky join us for a Spring extravaganza at our London Fair. Be sure to browse their entire collection and follow them on Instagram. Happy weekend and see you all soon!



Maker Spotlight: Clare Nicolson

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Spring is definitely in the air, and so we thought we’d feature one of our cheeriest Makers, Clare Nicolson! Clare will be bringing her textiles, prints, and stationery to our London Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery. Want to spruce up your home? Now’s your chance!

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The Clare Nicolson began her line of work in 2004 and has been creating textiles, home accessories and stationery ever since. Clare’s designs are heavily influenced by vintage textiles and beautiful patterned paper and ephemera.

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Clare is a collector of all things vintage. Her home is filled with ceramics, tea sets, linen, and bric-a-brac which all inspire her work. Clare’s textiles combine digital printing with vintage fabrics to create extra special products which are all printed and manufactured in the UK. Clare Nicolson FOUR

Clare starts out creating her prints by making collages, both with paper, cards and digitally cutting and pasting. Channeling in her love for color, Clare mixes her impeccable palette with unique shapes and patterns.

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Recently, Clare has been drawn to the plants that surround her, and she’s decided to put them in her work. We’re so excited that Clare will be launching her brand new plant-themed prints at our very own Renegade Craft Fair!

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Clare’s blog, Full Time Fiesta, is jam-packed with bold and bright DIY ideas to decorate your house. We highly suggest you take a look and try some of these ideas out for yourself!Clare Nicolson TWOWe’re so thrilled to have Clare Nicolson join us once again at our London Fair! Get some Spring vibes over on her website, and follow her gorgeous Instagram feed. See you all soon!

 

Maker Spotlight: StolenForm

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Today we’re thrilled to be featuring UK Maker, StolenForm. The design team will be selling their ceramic wares once again at our London Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery.

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Molding time-honored traditions of British craftsmanship with contemporary design practice, StolenForm specializes in recasting iconic urban features into striking decorative products. StolenForm’s designers, Christian and Ali, spent years journeying through London’s metropolis, finding inspiration in the urban environment. Their discoveries led them to notice the ubiquitous and foundational features of the city that are so often overlooked: a brick, a manhole cover over a drain or piece of piping could be reclaimed and elevated to a new level of function and aesthetic value.

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StolenForm works with a variety of skilled mold makers and ceramicists based in the heart of the English Midlands, a region steeped in a history of craftsmanship. Each item is individually handmade with precision using traditional mold-making and slip-casting techniques.

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Ali and Christian’s love for the understated, yet necessary infrastructure of the city is seen in every piece they make. One of our favorites of StolenForm’s collection is the Pipe Egg Cup, a perfect example of an understated, yet complex and intriguing structure. What is found commonly in our urban water systems, now takes center stage on the table, thanks to StolenForm’s appreciation of the design.

The clay used in production is a smooth white earthenware body, which is fired at an intensely high heat, transforming the material into a rigid and hardwearing ceramic state. A variety of transparent and color glaze is then sprayed onto the surface of the product, achieving a consistency of coverage that rivals alternative pouring techniques.

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StolenForm is part of an ever growing movement to revive England’s once thriving ceramic design industry, championing the unique traditions of the practice and bringing them into vibrant contemporary context.
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We are so excited to have StolenForm join us for our London Fair this April! You can preview their line of work on their website, as well as follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Maker Spotlight: Scout Editions

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Today we are featuring the whimsical Scout Editions, who will be showcasing their paper goods and giftables at our London Spring Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery.

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Wai and Pui are the brother and sister duo behind Scout Editions. Both being keen travelers, lovers of art, design, and fashion, Wai and Pui put their talents together to create establish a unique brand in 2013. The two love storytelling and folklore so they decided to create a space packed with stories. The idea of an item having a story of its very own be it from the past or the present, making it the perfect collectable and gift.

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Every item on Scout Editions online is either created exclusively by Wai and Pui, designed in collaboration with artists, or carefully sourced items that have been found curiously charming from near and far. They wanted Scout Editions to be a place for inspiration and an alternative place to buy gifts. After browsing their website, we can’t help but find plenty of gift items for mom, dad, siblings and more!

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At present they’re creating new editions and are currently working on some exciting collaborative projects which will be launched in the coming months.They’re always on the look out for interesting stories and folklore. Scout Editions has also been developing their own range of paper goods, and we can’t wait to see more!

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Scout Editions’ subjects range from adorable birds, Japanese curiosities, architectural gems, cultural icons, and more. We absolutely love the brightness and color that Wai and Pui put into every design. Each item is available as part of a limited edition run or for a limited time only, therefore catch them while you can!

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We are so excited to have Wai and Pui bring Scout Editions once again to our London Fair. Scout Editions is a real labour of love, to keep up to date with new editions and see what these two are up to, check out their Instagram feed. See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: East Wick

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It’s officially Fair season! The beginning of this season brings one of our favorite things: featuring Makers we’re falling in love with. This year, London is kicking off our Spring/Summer season and since it’s still a little snowy and chilly here in Chicago, we’re featuring a hot new Maker, East Wick.
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East Wick candles and melt bars are hand poured in small batches, all from Roxi’s little kitchen in East London. Simplicity is their mantra, using all natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and a blend of paraben-free fragrance oils and essential oils to create luxury scents. The best part? East Wick is vegan friendly, and their packaging is minimal, recyclable and reusable.
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Roxi has always loved candles but, her asthma could never handle some of the overpowering scents, and the smoke from the flame. Once she discovered soy wax, she became dead set in creating a candle she could love.
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Roxi’s love of monochrome is beautifully combined with simple shapes and lines in her product design. She has also strived to keep her packaging and branding gender-neutral.
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East Wick believes that candles are things that everyone can enjoy, which is absolutely true! Small and large jar candles
We cannot wait to smell all of East Wick’s candles and scents at our London Spring Fair this April! Take a look at the East Wick website and pick out your favorites now. It will be far too easy to buy one of each! In the meantime, learn more about this Maker and see behind the scenes on their Instagram.

New Year, New Website, New City, New Tour!

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Renegade Craft Fair is back and we’re celebrating by debuting our new website and 2015 Tour! We’ve got a revamped look for 2015, including a sparkling new website featuring more intuitive navigating, designed by Aeolidia and Meg Lewis, and updated logos, designed by LAND. Have some free time? Spend some of it checking out the Renegade Craft Fair website.

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A couple of big things you may have noticed is that we’ve expanded fully into the Northwest! Seattle has been our top requested city for years and we cannot wait to venture the entire West Coast from July to August!

Here’s a summary of what we’ve got planned for you all: In 2015, Renegade Craft Fair will host a variety of events throughout the US and abroad: 8 Spring/Summer Flagship Fairs, 7 Holiday Edition Fairs, 2 Wholesale Markets (San Francisco and Brooklyn), and 4 one-day Pop-Up events in Brooklyn during the month of June. Check out the entire schedule here!

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Here are the venues we’ll be at in 2015! [photos by Fair Market | Renegade Craft | Brooklyn Expo Center]

The first Fair of 2015 is going to be a brilliant one, Renegade Craft Fair is heading across the pond for Springtime. Held on April 11 – 12 at the Old Truman Brewery in London, this new addition will be the first of two UK events in 2015. Want to participate? Applications are open from February 13th – March 6th; get the full details about the Fair here.

In May, RCF will be changing scenery and heading to the east side of Austin. On May 16 – 17, you can find our indoor/outdoor Spring event at Fair Market. Applications to participate are open from February 13th – March 13th; find more details about the Fair here.

In June, RCF will be setting up shop for a month-long Pop-Up series at East River State Park in Brooklyn. New Yorkers will be able to shop a curated selection of modern, handmade goods from New York and beyond every Saturday from June 6th – 27th. Want to be a part of this awesome new series? Applications are open from February 13th – March 20th; find more details about the Pop-Ups here.

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If you’re new to Renegade Craft Fair, take a look at what we’re all about. We’ve recently updated our Mission + Values, and we’d love for you to take a look.

Renegade Craft Fair’s 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. RCF strives to keep their 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.

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We hope you’ve had a great start to 2015, and we’ll be in touch again with more exciting news and features soon!

Maker Spotlight: LTHR Supply

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Happy Friday, ya’ll! We are thrilled that our LA Holiday Market is just a day away, and with that being said, we are featuring an awesome leather goods, maker LTHR Supply!
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LTHR Supply is a lifestyle brand created by Jeremy Szechenyi and comprises of a highly curated selection of goods made with shared principles of design, functionality, and quality. What started out as a leather goods brand has developed into a larger collection of everyday goods from high-end American-made timepieces, to soon-to-be skincare line. These items are carefully crafted and created from timeless, sensible materials.
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LTHR Supply believes the greatest style is simplicity. They strive to find balance between simple, modern designs that have a vintage sensibility.

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Designing for those who choose quality over quantity; LTHR Supply creates for those who need their life accessories to work hard and look great.

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Jeremy hard to create aesthetic designs that are not only modern but also made to last, using the fewest amount of parts and pieces to achieve the desired result. Where product trends are often loud, ever-changing, and complicated, LTHR Supply chooses to remain quiet, timeless, and classic. We will be seeing these guys around for a long time.

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We are glad LTHR Supply is joining us in sunny LA for our final Holiday Market of the year! Be sure to browse their website and follow them on Instagram to stay up to date with this ever-growing brand.