Maker Spotlight: Margins

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Hello Everyone! We hope you had an awesome and relaxing Labor Day weekend, we sure did. Our biggest fair of the year, The Chicago Summer Market is coming up this weekend, so to kick the week off we’re featuring print company, Margins.

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Jeremy Rendina is the designer and printer behind Margins, a print company that focuses on the natural world for inspiration, printing processes, and sustainability practices. He produces original and archival serigraphs, letterpress, and Giclée prints. One of his most popular prints and “giftable” items is his beautiful Moon Calendar.

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Drawing on the natural world and numerous spiritual traditions, Margin’s line of calendars, cards, and prints seek to enhance the one’s interior space. It’s Jeremy’s desire as a designer to provide conscious design in an elegant way, which is accessible to all.
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Margins makes every effort to work in accordance with sustainable printing practices that support the well-being of all living creatures and the greater ecological system. Their vibrant inks are water and soy based, and they also work with indigenous communities, using Fair Trade and tree-free papers when possible. 

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The elements play a central part in Jeremy’s printmaking process. He collaborates with the world around him to create unique one of a kind prints. Recently moving his studio to Ojai, within the Los Padres National Forest, Jeremy has been able to apply many unique methods to his work process. His cyanotype prints are exposed in the sun and rinsed with ocean water and some of his silkscreen and lithographic prints use pigments from the earth which are used in color mixing and various open air drying methods are used to achieve the desired texture and color.
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We are big fans of Jeremy’s work and we can’t wait for all of you to see Margins at our Chicago Summer Market this weekend! Take a look at all of the paper good beauty at the Margins website and be sure to stop by Jeremy’s booth on Division St.!


Maker Spotlight: Territory Design

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Today we’re thrilled to be featuring Chicago maker, Territory Design in our Maker Spotlight series. Territory Design will be joining us at our Chicago Summer Market on September 6+7!

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Territory Design is an emerging textile and craft collective founded by Rebecca Crall. Territory Design is deeply inspired by traditional textile culture, the natural dye process, and sustainable and ethical production methods. Through working in developing regions of the world for almost 15 years, Rebecca has been able to observe and connect with inspiring and creative communities that continue to work with their craft in traditional ways.

Currently, Rebecca is working with some of these communities to design textiles which Territory Design uses to create beautiful home products and accessories. You can learn more about their craft collective with these communities here.

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For our Renegade Fair in Chicago, Rebecca will be showcasing home and personal accessories crafted from handwoven and vintage textiles that are sourced from her weaving cooperatives that are then transformed into pillows, bags, and other accessories in her studio.

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All of Territory Design’s collection is entirely handcrafted starting with the natural dye-process, to the weaving of the cloth and the final assembly in their Chicago studio. Only natural fibers including hemp, linen, cotton, wool and silk are used in Rebecca’s collection, which we can’t help but love and appreciate.Batik Pillow on couch

The batik pillow pictured above is crafted from a one of a kind vintage textile from Indonesia. Using a indigo resist-dyed cotton, Rebecca took pieces of a larger textile and made these striking lumbar pillows.

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These fabrics were created in conjunction with Hmong weavers in northern Thailand and then constructed in Rebecca’s Chicago studio. These pieces showcase the back strap loom hemp weaving which the Hmong are famous for in addition to an incredible, embroidered appliqué with indigo dyed tassels as an embellishment. All crafted and put together to tell the story of the Hmong in The Territory Design studio.

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The batik deep indigo pillows use fabrics from one of the last groups in Thailand using this type of resist-dyeing process. The fabrics were designed by Territory, in collaboration with this weaving and dying group and combine traditional and modern patterning.

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Maker Spotlight: Natalie Joy

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today we’re featuring the jewelry of Natalie Joy! Natalie will be joining us at our Chicago Summer Market on September 6+7 and we can’t wait to see her work in person!

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Natalie Joy Miller began creating her jewelry collection in 2010 inside her walk-in closet. After spending 5 years managing a large-scale jewelry production company, the desire to create her own jewelry line grew naturally.

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Over the past four years inspiration has been derived from Natalie’s time in the Pacific Northwest as well as the moon, stars, rivers, thunder, highways, mountains, fables, and family traditions.

We are obsessed with Natalie’s crescent moon ring and love how it frames the finger.

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MODEL PIC 1Every piece is handmade in her Portland, OR studio using both unique and traditional metalworking techniques. By mixing clean lines and shapes with melted silver studs and natural materials such as bee’s wings, volcanic ash, and rough-hewn diamonds the Natalie Joy line is both organic and refined. 

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We’re so thrilled to have Natalie Joy Jewelry join us in our hometown for the Chicago Summer Market September 6+7! You can view Natalie’s entire collection on her website, as well as follow her on Instagram. See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: The Object Enthusiast

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With our flagship Chicago Summer Market right around the corner, we’re starting up our Maker Spotlight series with Nebraskan ceramicist, The Object Enthusiast.  If you’ve never heard of The Object Enthusiast, or the artist behind these incredible ceramics, then you’re in for a treat!
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Emily Reinhardt is the designer and ceramicist behind The Object Enthusiast. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Emily strives to channel her love of ceramics to create good and thoughtful work. The Object Enthusiast is a collection of modern heirlooms and treasures, with an air of pricelessness and functionality.

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Portland Mini Market Starts Tomorrow!

 

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The Renegade Craft Fair Portland Mini Market Starts Tomorrow!

We are so thrilled to be hosting our first-ever Portland Mini Market tomorrow! Join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 2014 outside Rejuvenation. From 12-6pm you’ll be able to shop our curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Find us outside on SE 6th St. (between SE Salmon and SE Taylor) surrounding Rejuvenation’s SE Grand store.

Spend your weekend with us shopping local and handmade! There will be a variety of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from natural skincare, stationery, clothing and jewelry, to ceramics, housewares and much more. Browse this year’s line up of 60+ talented makers, artisan food vendors, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Blu Skillet Ironware | Pigeon Toe | Make It Good | Row 2: Year Round Co. | Beedy | Row 3:Machete | The Granite | Jess Flegel Handmade

Expect a lively atmosphere at the fair, appropriate for all ages.  The venue will be decorated with art installations by Renegade Craft. Shoppers will browse the finest independent makers such as, Combed ThunderRevolution Design HouseCradle, and Herbivore Botanicals. Want something more interactive? Connect with the plant nerds and wildcrafters from Portland Apothecary and make your own mini pinata with Red Circle Crafts.

In an effort to connect with and support small business growth, we’ve teamed up with The Business Outreach Program (BOP) at Portland State University. BOP helps local small businesses, including emerging, minority and women-owned businesses, achieve their potential while providing students with opportunities for community based learning. We are so thrilled to have BOP offering their expertise and services at our Mini Market!

Getting There: Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. You can route directions to SE 6th Street (between SE Salmon and SE Taylor) here.

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About Rejuvenation: Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1977, Rejuvenation serves as a general store of functional and beautiful goods for home improvement projects that add real value to homes, buildings and projects. From classic American-crafted lighting and timeless hardware to useful house parts and home goods, Rejuvenation’s high-quality products are inspired by history, designed for modern consumers and made to last. Throughout its history, Rejuvenation has provided home improvement resources, products, and education to home and business owners who restore and rejuvenate their homes and communities. A member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. family of brands, Rejuvenation sells its products by catalog; at retail stores in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif.; and via the company’s website, www.rejuvenation.com.

Want to see what our Makers are up to before the Mini Market? Check out #RenegadeCraftFair #RCFMiniMarket #RCFMiniPDX for RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

For more details, check out the RCF Portland Mini Market page, Facebook event, or visit our Pinterest for current and previous rosters. You can even get a closer look at some of our vendors in the Maker Spotlight series.  See you all in Portland on August 9+10!

Special Thanks to Our Portland sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Matchbox Studio

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 Happy Friday, everyone! We’re thrilled to be featuring Portland jewelry designer, Matchbox Studio. We can’t wait to see these pieces in person at our Portland Mini Market this Saturday and Sunday!

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Matchbox Studio was born out of the designs of Megan McKean and Agnieszka Zoltowski. Two designers with their own individually unique styles and techniques began to artfully blend their love of making with deep attention to create something new. Matchbox Studio is the result of jubilant play in the studio, and delight in the processes of creativity and construction. Each piece is handmade in their lovely workshop in Portland, OR. 

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The design duo balances one another in every aspect from design to day-to-day business tasks, and this constant striking of balance between their aesthetics and proclivities is what makes their work and brand special. Megan loves to play with form, while Agnieszka is obsessed with color palettes. 

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The current collection combines traditional metal smithing techniques with peyote stitch, a highly intricate bead weaving technique found in historic Native American beadwork often used to decorate items used in peyote ceremonies. Each bead is meticulously added one by one to create a fabric that is then sewn to the piece.

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Megan and Agnieszka are full of ideas, finding inspiration everywhere. Most recently they look to their industrial neighborhood in Portland where their space is filled with plants and open windows and nature fills their studio. The joy that Megan and Agnieszka feel from what surrounds them is infused into every piece they craft.

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We cannot wait to see the beautiful new collection Matchbox Studio will be showcasing at our first-ever Portland Mini Market starting tomorrow! Browse their full line on their website and be sure to follow them on Instagram! See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: Grey Paw

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Today we are featuring Portland Makers, Grey Paw Design! Founded in 2011, Grey Paw works diligently to create pet accessories with a focus on modern design and quality craftsmanship.

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Grey Paw’s philosophy combines a design approach with a strong commitment to hand-crafted goods. From dog beds and collars, to rope leashes, every product is designed, dyed, cut, and sewn in their Portland studio.

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We are crazy about these roll-up camp mats featuring gorgeous Pendleton fabrics to keep your pets stylish and comfortable.

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What is perhaps one of the best features about Grey Paw is their true love of animals and their desire to contribute to a world that respects and protects them. Every year, Grey Paw donates a portion of their internet sales to a rotating list of local and national pet relief organizations. Buying your pet an accessory from Grey Paw not only benefits your dog with an awesome Southwestern collar, but it also helps dogs and cats in need.
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We are so excited to shop Grey Paw Designs at our Portland Mini Market this weekend! Get a glimpse of all they have to offer on their website, etsy, and be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter as well.

Maker Spotlight: Pigeon Toe

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Today we’re so happy to be featuring Portland ceramicist extraordinaire, Pigeon Toe. In honor of our first steps into the Northwest, we’ve invited Pigeon Toe as well as a couple other Portland vendors who will be guest-posting on our Instagram account starting today until our Portland Mini Market this Saturday and Sunday! Follow us on Instagram to see the inner workings of Pigeon Toe’s studio, process, as well as some of their favorite Portland haunts. We’ve been told they have some grand plans in store for our followers.

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After settling on art as her life’s focus in first grade, Lisa Jones, creator of Pigeon Toe, spent her adolescence exploring a variety of art mediums from painting to video installation before settling into product design with the founding of Pigeon Toe in 2009. Steering clear from the excess of mass-produced products, Lisa formed Pigeon Toe with a vision to create uniquely beautiful objects that incorporate and celebrate the extensive history of handcrafts.

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Realizing that understanding materials on an intimate level leads to refined and imaginative objects, Lisa’s work under Pigeon Toe has evolved with her own artistic enrichment and hands-on study of new techniques and mediums. This growth is fostered through relationships with other esteemed craftspeople, with a focus on building community through shared learning opportunities and love of making.

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Lisa continually finds a fresh perspective through innovative material combinations, harking back to an era where artisans not only create, but inspire. We are constantly inspired by Lisa’s unique take on ceramic jewelry, such as her breathtaking Twined Quill Necklace.lg_arc_bangles_model

Pigeon Toe is a new perspective on the beauty inherent in every day. It is an exploration of the aesthetic potential of objects that populate and create our lives. Every piece from Pigeon Toe runs through a process of imagination and insight. It is then shaped through skilled hands; every form and mark placed with intent and purpose.

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Pigeon Toe accentuates function and redefines form. We think Pigeon Toe’s adage is not only true but perfectly fitting.Twinedquill_model

Lisa was kind enough to offer a glimpse into her incredible studio in Portland. We are amazed by the expansion of her artistic vision and are so happy about her success!

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We are so thrilled to have Pigeon Toe join us at our first ever Mini Market in Portland! The talent and quality of homemade goods that has reached out to this fair has been truly remarkable. Please join us this weekend at Rejuvenation from 12-6pm both days. In the meantime, browse the Pigeon Toe website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see a Day In the Life of Pigeon Toe!

Maker Spotlight: The Granite

Today we are so thrilled to be featuring Portland makers, The GraniteThe Granite is an emerging female-owned and operated creative studio and workshop with evolving focus and inspiration. Meg Drinkwater and Megan Perry started as friends who came together to explore their common interests in design.  In 2013, Meg and Megan began to explore various art mediums, such as folded paper projects and soon began designing objects for the home.

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Meg and Megan’s backgrounds in interior design, metalsmithing and ceramics have provided a perfect foundation for artistic collaboration as well as a wealth of knowledge and materials the duo utilizes to design and create a wide spectrum of usable home accessories.

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The Granite was formally introduced in 2014 and currently focuses on designing and creating functional objects for the home with a special interest in lighting.  

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Currently Meg and Megan lend their attention to slip cast ceramics but are set to expand their material focus with groundwork laid for a textile project and other collaborations. We can’t wait to see what these two create next!
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With each new design project The Granite’s goal is to investigate the interaction that exists between objects, interior space and the individual.
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From mold making, cleaning up the porcelain, to hand-painting each vase, this team does everything by hand in their Portland studio.
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We love the colorful patterns The Granite paints onto their vases. The modern vessel is elevated into a more playful and unique piece.
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We cannot wait to see these beautiful pieces in person at our Portland Mini Market this weekend! If you want to see some of the variety The Granite will be bringing, check out their website and browse their beautiful Instagram feed.

Maker Spotlight: Year Round Co.

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Happy Monday, Everyone! Today we are featuring Washington Makers, Year Round Co.  We are so excited to meet the duo behind these bags at our Portland Mini Market this upcoming weekend! Founded by Scott and Jacqui Scoggin, Year Round Co. is a creative studio located in Tacoma, WA producing thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted items.

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Jacqui and Scott met in design school and after graduating went straight to work as in-house graphic designers for prominent Seattle companies. In 2008 they left their day jobs behind to run their own business full time. With 10 years of experience in the field of graphic design, they spend half their time designing and half making handmade goods, while still finding time to get out into nature with their dog Nico.

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The variety of patterns they offer is outstanding. From traditional folk-inspired patterns, to abstract brushstrokes, we can’t help but want a bag in each color and pattern they offer!

Every product Year Round Co. makes starts with a blank piece of canvas. The canvas is cut, then screen-printed with Scott and Jacqui’s beautiful patterns.

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After each canvas piece is printed, they are sewn, then fashioned with leather and hardware accessories to complete the bag.  The best part about this is that all of this is done in-house in their studio. Year Round Co.’s bags draw you in with interesting pattern details, yet still remain classic and modern enough for everyday use. YRCO_8

If you have a chance, watch their process video that shows all the steps of making a Year Round Co. bag.  There’s something so calming and peaceful about this video and it only takes a minute of your time!

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We are so excited to try on a Year Round Co. bag in person at our Portland Mini Market this weekend! To get a glimpse of what will be at the Mini Market, browse their shop and keep up to date on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  We can’t wait to see you all in Portland!