Maker Spotlight: Spacio Terreno

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Another lovely Monday here at Renegade Craft! Today we’re stoked about featuring a Brooklyn bespoke design company, Spacio Terreno! Husband and wife duo, Patricio Andrade, and Isabel Becerra, will be bringing their goods to our Brooklyn Fair in just a couple weeks at the Brooklyn Expo Center! We can’t wait!

Spacio Terreno is a design workshop founded in 2010. They strive to create a balance between intuition and rationalism to bring to life emotional and functional objects. Their current range of products include a concrete housewares line and bespoke handmade jewelry, all made in their Brooklyn Studio. This year Spacio Terreno has been debuting various products they have been developing for the past several months in their native countries in South America.
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Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?
We wanted a name that defines where we are in this universe and the space we currently occupy. We are based in Brooklyn NY and are inspired by our roots in South America.
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The Fumador furniture line is all flatpack and features naturally treated sole leather and a variety of wood species.

When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
Pat and Isa both attended Pratt Institute, Pat majored in Architecture and Isa majored in Interior Design. So designing furniture and housewares was natural and was something we both loved. We started working in this field immediately after getting married in Cuenca, Ecuador and visiting Machu Pichuu on our Honeymoon in 2012.
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
We know how to learn quickly and we know how to work hard, that’s about the only experience we had in business.
What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
Our beautiful daughter Salome made us realize that life is to short to build other peoples dreams. We decided to start working our own.
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Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
Since 2012 we have been working on Spacio Terreno on our spare time, so we’ve had many late nights. We decided to work on on Spacio Terreno full time after our daughter Salome was born.
Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?
The safety of a consistent pay check from an office job, no regrets everything always works out.
What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
Our RumiGami line that was picked up by Steven Alan in 2014 was featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine for Best of Home for their 2014 Holiday Issue.
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What are some inspirations for your work?
South American artisanal techniques. Hand Loomed Alpaca textiles, barro negro, toquilla weaving, and furniture among others.
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How does the city you live in influence your work?
Patricio was born and raised in Brooklyn and every aspect of the city influence his work especially the cities work ethic. Isa moved here to attend Pratt Institute and she’s been here since, she in love with the creative vibes the city has.
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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
We like to design and make things we want use in our own home, the price point matters a lot.
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Thank you Spacio Terreno for sharing your insight! We can’t wait to see these beautiful objects at our Brooklyn Fair September 12+13! In the meantime, find Spacio Terreno online here:

Brooklyn Fair Sneak Peek!

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We can’t wait to be back in Brooklyn! Our Fair is arriving at the lovely Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint on September 12 + 13. The free-to-attend event will be open 11am – 6pm each day, featuring a thoughtfully curated selection of today’s finest independent Makers, a mixture of artisanal food stalls, interactive activities, DIY workshops and more.In addition to the popular weekend Fair, we are debuting an exclusive Wholesale Marketfor buyers and shop owners, Friday, September 11th from 12pm – 5pm at the Brooklyn Expo Center! The aim in hosting Wholesale Markets is to reinvent the wholesale buying and selling experience. Many of our emergent designers cannot be found at other trade shows, and the atmosphere will feel relaxed, festive, and lively – staying in line with the vibe RCF creates at all of their events. Buyers and Makers will have the chance to interact, exchange line sheets, establish wholesale accounts, and get exclusive price analysis from SKUE. Are you a buyer or shop owner interested in attending? RSVP here!

For those interested in our Brooklyn Fair, you will find an ample assortment of outstanding handmade goods, a perfect gift-giving solution for back-to-school goers, housewarmings and more. Illustrated paper goods, jewelry, children’s accessories and toys, pet products, natural beauty collections, clothing, and housewares are just some of the categories present at this year’s Brooklyn Fair. Check out this year’s line up of 200+ talented Makers, food and drink, activities and more here.

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ROW 1: LEIF | A HEIRLOOM | EVERMORE PAPER CO. | ROW 2: WORLEY’S LIGHTING | BEACH BONES JEWELRY |CORDILLERA | ROW 3: SPACIO TERRENO | BOLE ROAD TEXTILES | VOGAS BARCELONA

Expect a fun and lively atmosphere at the Brooklyn Expo Center with shopping, interactive activities, creative inspiration, and more. All of you cycling enthusiasts will want to visit with Schwinn, who will be out and about, in partnership with Momentum Magazine and People For Bikes, raffling bikes, accessories, and music downloads to lucky attendees. FedEx will have a Shipping Station on-site, where attendees and Makers can enjoy simple, flat rate shipping for their one-of-a-kind goods.

If shopping makes you hungry, don’t fret! You’ll get to feast at a selection of local food stalls: An Artistic TasteCurry Station, Jessy’s Pastries, Kimchi Smoke, and La Crepe Cest Ci Bon, as well as sample from artisanal food vendors.

Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and pose pretty with friends and family. You can also sit down and get a hand drawn portrait courtesy of The Doodlebooth!

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Getting There: The Brooklyn Expo Center is located at 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2015.

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Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeBrooklyn to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

 

Maker Spotlight: Mariem

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We can’t get enough of Mariem! Karla López Rivera is the designer behind Mariem shoes and we are so so so so excited to have her join us at our Brooklyn Fair coming up on September 12+13 at the Brooklyn Expo Center!

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Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

There are two important factor behind that decision. Mariem is part of my name but only my close family knows or uses it. It’s also not extremely connected to any place/culture in particular as oppose to my known name, Karla López Rivera. Mariem, the footwear project, is born from personal interest but it is not about its main designer it is more about the concept. Mariem can be anyone that agrees with the ethos and aesthetics and should grow to be its own entity separated from me.

When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

I studied furniture first and when I learned the upholstery part of it I realized I spent way more time in the sewing room than the heavy machine studio. My thesis ended up being about merging furniture with fashion with some interchangeable ‘upholstery clothing’. I though footwear was the perfect combination of processes between the rigidity of furniture and the malleability of apparel. I ended falling in love working with a smaller scale and with how shoes connect so magically with the user. Footwear, historical, social, and culturally, is fascinating to me.

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Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

It is important not to jump steps- is one of the things I’ve learned. For example, you should definitely not be in major trade shows before acquiring some traction and don’t start contacting buyers if your production isn’t tried and trued.

Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

I’ve sacrificed the desire to live in my place of origin close to my family. But I don’t regret it, I have hope that in the future I’ll be able to establish a studio over there.

What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

Delivering to the first store and making that first brick and mortar sale was pretty exciting!

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How does the city you live in influence your work?

Shoemaking has been a dying industry since the 1960’s in the US but there is an interesting revival that is creeping in! New York is one of those few places. There are still resources here for shoe making and a vibrant community of designers as well as makers. Some of us are in constant communication and sharing skills, machinery, experiences, contacts, etc. It has been key to keep Mariem alive and going.

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What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

I never thought there was another option for me. But I think that is because both of my parents own their small businesses and I grew up like that is the normal. I do still work for other designers and enjoy it as well.

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What are some inspirations for your work?

One of the most important driving factors behind Mariem is that it is able to be fabricated in the US regardless if its at my own studio or later in a bigger factory. For that to be feasible you have to know what resources are around first and design accordingly. So I would say Mariem is very ‘technical’ inspired first, aesthetically second. We always try to keep it clean and fresh. Warm but minimal like Agnes Martin.

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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

Meet as many people as you possibly can in your field. Some of those relationships end up being invaluable at a personal and business level in a very genuine and organic way.

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Thank you, Karla, for letting us get to know you and your work a little better! You can try on Mariem shoes at our Brooklyn Fair coming up in just a couple of weeks and you can find them online here:

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Maker Spotlight: Don’t Worry Baby

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Today we’re getting our good vibes from Don’t Worry Baby! Stephanie and Alice are the designers behind these hand dyed clothing and scarves and we can’t wait to hang out with these two in Brooklyn (they just seem like a lot of fun). Get ready, NY! Our Brooklyn Fair is headed your way soon!

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Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

Don’t Worry Baby started with so many “what if’s” ­ what if we rented a studio? What if we made our own brand? When we got to the naming part, The Beach Boys’ song was in heavy rotation on our Spotify. As soon as we considered it as a name, it just stuck. It’s playful and memorable and more than a brand name: it’s a motto. It makes an object, like a scarf, a reminder to be positive and present.

When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

We needed a creative outlet! We realized, when we met and became roommates last year, that we had shared hobbies ­ dyeing fabric and sewing. We had each studied design in different ways ­ graphic design and design history. We also geeked out over the same brands and the same aesthetic ­ we saw the potential right away.

Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

It’s all learning at this stage: revising our sewing patterns, tightening our color palette and realizing that less is more. Just because we try a pattern or a particular color doesn’t mean we have to be married to it. We allow ourselves constant editing and don’t think of mistakes as time wasted. We say “Don’t worry, baby!!” a lot, when in the studio. It’s silly but honestly, so helpful.

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Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

Social life! Just kidding, but only sort of ­ we both have full time jobs and have to maximize our weekend hours. We try to get lots of studio time in and pretty much have a running “biz meeting” whenever both of us are home. The “what if” conversations never stop!

What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

Seeing our clothing and jewelry on our friends, not just each other, is so rewarding. Also realizing that we’ve created a “look” that others recognize as Don’t Worry Baby. For some reason hearing other people describe what you’ve created makes it feel so real!

What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

Life is short!! We had thought about doing this on our own for so many years and had never started. When we met and started talking about it, we realized it was totes meant to be.

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How does the city you live in influence your work?

In Brooklyn, we’re surrounded by so many similar sized handmade, start­up brands. It could be discouraging, to feel like we’re new kids in a big school. When it comes down to it, though, we’ve realized we can be huge fans of other brands out there and make our own, unique things. You just have to get your ideas out of your head and into physical form.

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What are some inspirations for your work?

We wanted an alternative to fast fashion and excessive, mindless shopping. We had both learned to sew when we were kids and realized that super simple clothing, that we had made ourselves, were what we liked wearing the most. We both dreamed of this tiny closet of hardworking, minimal clothes.

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

Define deadlines and stick to them. It doesn’t suck the fun out of it; it pushes you to be productive. When we have less time, we make more confident decisions.

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Thank you Stephanie and Alice for sharing with us! Be sure to say hello to these gal pals at our Brooklyn Fair coming up in just a couple weeks! In the meantime, you can find Don’t Worry Baby online here:

Maker Spotlight: The Sea Pink

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Happy Monday, Everyone! If you’re feeling a bit down or tired that you’re starting the work week again, we’ve got just the thing for you – a big dose of electric color and sunshine from The Seapink! These two illustrators will be bringing their paper goods to our Brooklyn Fair on September 12th and 13th at the Brooklyn Expo Center!

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Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

The Seapink consists of Boyoun Kim and Sue Jean Ko. We spent a lot of time to create our business name when we decided to collaborate on a new stationery line, in the beginning of 2015. We looked up some words in the dictionary. Accidentally, we found the word ‘seapink’. It’s the name of seacoast pink flower. We both love SEA and PINK, so it is just perfect for both of us.

When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

We both studied Illustration at School of Visual Arts in New York City. When we were in school, we took various printmaking classes, such as etching, silkscreen, and letterpress. In our school’s printshop, the atmosphere was vibrant and full of energy with students. And immediately, we just started to dig into silk screening and fell in love with it. It is a huge time consuming job, but it is so fun and makes us never want to stop once we start. We enjoy the process of making images, and crafting by hand. We all have passion for printing, and love silkscreen printing using colorful inks. We loved making hand-screened greeting cards, art prints, dish towels, and tote bags.

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What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

We worked at the different company in South Korea before coming to U.S.A. Sue Jean worked designing cute textiles for a line of baby products, and Boyoun worked for education contents for children. It was a quite stable life, but we always wanted to work for us, not for others. We wanted create something our own things.That’s why we came here to study and focus on art.

What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

Some people think that we live in the digital world, so they don’t write hand-writing card anymore. But we always feel happy that when people bought our greeting cards sharing their love, friendship and celebrate their valuable feelings and memories.

Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

Our basis is art, and running a small business is whole different thing. We didn’t know very well about finance and management things when we started. We were so worried about everything and so stressed out all the time. But we are still leaning that we can’t control perfectly, and mistakes can always happen. We began to accept ‘fear of failing’ and let them go.

Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

We both live apart from our family in South Korea. Very lonely, and feel homesick sometimes. It’s a really heart-breaking life. Sue Jean’s parents hope she’ll return to South Korea after 1-2 years. However, we love our job here and want to succeed, and overcome the early difficulties we had in business and managed to smoothly. We both love our family, so we want make them proud of us.

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We still can’t believe that we are bosses, because it’s not over one year. We feel we raise our little cute baby whose name is Seapink.

What are some inspirations for your work?

Everything around us. Also, Sue Jean love collect vintage children’s book illustrations. And Boyoun love traveling, walking around in the city, and going to museum.

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How does the city you live in influence your work?

Living in New York City with great galleries, museums, shops, restaurants and especially our wonderful artist friends not only opens our minds but also improves our works. We love to get out of the studio for inspiration sometimes.

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

We enjoy whatever we do. Do what you love, and enjoy mistakes!
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We can’t wait to spend time with the lovely ladies of The Seapink at our Brooklyn Fair! You can find The Seapink online here:

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