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.

Maker Spotlight: Beast + Babe

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With our LA Holiday Market being at the very pet friendly Grand Park, we are thrilled to be featuring Beast and Babe! These pet accessories will be at our Holiday Market this weekend!
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Kelsie Macray started Beast and Babe with her best friend and dog pal, Yogi. Their mission was simply to create a leash that reflected their relationship: modern, wild, and full of good vibes.

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Sourcing the very best of artisan and vintage fabrics from around the world, Kelsie collected her fabrics and paired them with acid-washed solid brass hardware and handcrafted a truly one-of-a-kind dog leash that is beautiful and well made. Each collar and leash is made by hand at the Beast and Babe studio in Santa Monica, California.

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Beast and Babe aims to capture that elusive magic between stillness and story, vintage and modern, beasts and babes; while respecting their philosophy that life is about the journey and true beauty has to come from the inside out. Whether from American sourced denim or a vintage blanket from the Bambara tribe of West Africa, Beast and Babe select their materials consciously to respect.

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Don’t you just love the color detail that the acid wash process leaves on the brass hardware?The Luv Me some Honey Collar

Kelsie is passionate not only about what she crafts, but also about animals and how awesome they truly are. Beast and Babe has partnered with an non-profit called Peace Animals. With every item sold, Beast and Babe contributes to providing medical treatment for fleas, ticks, worms and mange, to a homeless or neglected animal in Mexico.

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We cannot wait to outfit our dogs (and our staff sure has a lot of them!) with these colorful collars and leashes! Check out the Beast and Babe website  and Instagram, and be sure to check out Yogi, he might just win cutest dog one day. And of course, bring your pooch to Grand Park to shop handmade at our LA Holiday Market this weekend!  See you all there!

Maker Spotlight: Made For Each Other

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Today we are featuring the stunning work of Made For Each Other (We Are MFEO). The duo will be selling their wooden wares at our LA Holiday Market this weekend at the sunny Grand Park in Downtown LA. Be sure to stop by, because it is our last fair of the year!

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M.F.E.O. is a small design-based business launched by Aaron and Claire Van Holland.  With a love of mid-century modern and a shared interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle, the couple decided to create their home living collection.

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Claire moved from her hometown in Michigan to Los Angeles and after several years working in digital media, she could no longer ignore the growing desire to express her creative side. A variety of handcrafting courses led Claire to her preferred medium of choice, metal – which is currently inspired by font treatments and symmetry.

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Aaron learned the value of hand-craftsmanship at an early age. Growing up on the family farm in Oregon imparted a resilient work ethic while century old barns and rusty farm machinery formed his appreciation for utilitarian design.

MFEO - Monolith Process step 3bStars quickly aligned for the new venture when Aaron’s grandfather offered them his dilapidated century old barn as a material resource. M.F.E.O. was born, a joint effort to handcraft sustainably sourced materials into timeless pieces for the home. The family barn is still featured in many of M.F.E.O.’s designs.

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M.F.E.O. has created an expansive collection of wood and metal goods, ranging from furniture pieces and geometric mirrors, to lighting fixtures, serveware and so much more! Many of Aaron and Claire’s products are crafted out of salvaged wood, and are inspired by nature’s finest monuments. We love seeing how Oregon’s Haystack Rock’s influenced the design duo’s Monolith Bookends.
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We’ve had our eye on this Jungalow plant hanger which was a collaboration between M.F.E.O. x Justina Blakeney for some time now. We can’t wait to see it in person!MFEO_DTF_Color_2_sm

We are so thrilled Made For Each Other will be joining us at Grand Park for our LA Holiday Market this weekend! Be sure to check out all of their pristinely designed products on their website and stop by their booth to say hello! Plus, follow them on Instagram and Twitter to stay in the know. See you all soon!!!


Maker Spotlight: Melissa Weiss Pottery

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Today we have the pleasure of featuring Melissa Weiss Pottery! Melissa will be bringing her beautiful pottery to our Chicago Holiday Market tomorrow and Sunday!IMG_4650
Melissa Weiss is a North Carolina potter and is the definition of a true handmade maker. Each pot contains clay that Melissa’s digs up from her land in Arkansas. From there, she drives to clay back to her studio in Ashville where she makes a clay body incorporating the wild clay.
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Melissa makes a variety of ash and celadon glazes and fire the pots in a gas reduction kiln.  Not only is Melissa’s pottery handmade and one-of-a-kind, it is also functional and food safe.IMG_3926IMG_5536
Melissa’s inspirations are deeply rooted in her childhood memories of spending time at her grandmother’s house. The house was filled with smells, sounds and colors she can recall to this day for the life they possessed. Melissa make pots to belong in these memories; Dishes to celebrate family and tradition, utilitarian objects rustic, useful, simple and beautiful to be granted a place at her grandmother’s table for Sunday dinner. IMG_5549
Melissa’s childhood memories infused with her passion for african tribal art and her deep love for pottery have come together to produce such a unique mix of rustic yet breathtaking pieces. IMG_5145
We are so glad Melissa Weiss will be joining us in Chicago for our Holiday Market this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center! Inspire yourself at Melissa’s website and be sure to say hello to her in person. You can also see what Melissa is up to on Instagram. See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: HANK by Henry

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Today we are so excited to feature Portland maker, Hank by Henry. These chopsticks and wooden accessories will be heading to Chicago this weekend for our Chicago Holiday Market at the Bridgeport Art Center! SONY DSC
HANK by Henry is a collaborative effort between designer Allison Henry and chef Edward Ross. After what began as a happy accident during another project in the winter of 2012 Allison launched a small collection of wildly painted chopsticks and began selling them at local craft shows.
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Allison’s mission soon became clear and it wasn’t long before Ed joined in. In the name of culinary culture, the two of them have since been bringing people together one brightly painted chopstick at a time.SONY DSCAllison and Ed are obsessed with creating unique and beautiful chopsticks in their Portland, Oregon studio. HANK by Henry puts a lot of energy into supporting local and sustainable practices, unlike the traditional imported chopsticks which are cheaply made and loaded with chemicals.

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HANK by Henry chopsticks are made to stand the test of time, and although they do look like works of art one shouldn’t use – they are meant to be used daily. Their quality and beauty is what makes them stand out. We can’t get enough of the copper leaf elements and the polished feel of the wood.SONY DSC

HANK by Henry chopsticks are made by hands – not machines. They are crafted in pairs with untreated hard woods, such as Cherry and Walnut, known for their durability and resistance to warping or absorbing liquids. HANK-by-Henry-handmade-chopsticks
They are finished with five grains of sanding to achieve a smooth surface for eating and carefully finished with oil and bee’s wax for protection. We can attest to the smooth surface of these chopsticks, having touched them at our Renegade San Francisco Holiday Market, they are perfectly shaped and formed! Each pair is then meticulously painted with understated details. Unique in their style, they are small objects of usable art.
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 We are so thrilled that HANK by Henry is breaking ground in Chicago for our Holiday Market this weekend! Take a look at their collection to see the assortment of chopsticks, sets, and hair sticks they have to offer – you’ll want them all! Plus, follow HANK by Henry on Instagram to get an inside peek into their lives and how these gorgeous chopsticks are made.  See you all in a couple of days!

 

Studio Visit: Lemon bird Preserves, Recipes + GIVEAWAY

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We have a super awesome Studio Visit to share with you today – A couple of months ago we stopped by the Lemon Bird kitchen to say hello to our pal, Amy Deaver. Lemon Bird will be selling their jams and preserves at our LA Holiday Market on December 13+14 at the beautiful Grand Park in Downtown LA. We loved seeing where Amy and her team craft and package their delicious jams and preserves. Plus, we’ve got a couple great recipes and a giveaway coming your way, too!031-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9801

Lemon Bird Preserves is an artisan food company tucked away in the beautiful mountains of Wrightwood, California. Lemon Bird was formed when Amy traveled to the South of France on a family vacation and rediscovered a love of canning and jam making. Almost a decade later, and Lemon Bird remains one of the most creative jam companies around!

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Amy creates handcrafted jams and pickles using local, pesticide free fruit from family farms. The jams and pickles are made with all natural ingredients and feature the best seasonal produce from the Southern California region.

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Amy’s passion is transforming locally grown, farm fresh fruit into an artisan product while supporting local farmers.

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All of Lemon Bird’s jams and pickles are sourced with produce from local farms. The jams and pickles are 100% handmade in their Wrightwood kitchen. 002-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9716
Amy loves being able to pick up her fruit orders directly from the local farm, especially when the fruit is picked that day. All of the fruit used is processed and prepared by Amy and her jamming helpers.034-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9811

Amy crafts her jams in small batches in traditional French copper kettles (which we are in love with, by the way) and each batch typically takes 2-3 days.004-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9720

We can’t wait to stock up on stocking stuffers and holiday gifts from Lemon Bird at our LA Holiday Market! Stay up to date with them on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and INSTAGRAM and stop by the Lemon Bird booth and say hello!

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Amy was kind enough to create two lovely recipes for us and we are so thrilled to share them with you! These appetizers are easy to create from scratch and perfect for your upcoming holiday parties! Or perhaps after seeing all these photos you’ll get hungry and make them now – we won’t judge.

 

Cheese Bites with Lemon Bird Padron Peppers

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This super easy recipe combines homemade candied walnuts, delicious cream cheese and cheddar, and more, plus Lemon Bird’s Pickled Padron Peppers012-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9740lemonbird collage2All this recipe requires is a little mixing of the cheese mixture, forming the cheese into bit-sized balls, refrigerating, and then when you’re ready, roll them into the pecan pieces.
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Download the recipe card here: lemon bird cheese ball recipe

Corn Bread Bites with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Fig Jam

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Amy’s bite-sized corn bread bites combines all good things: goat cheese, prosciutto, and Lemon Bird fig jam! Need we say more??032-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9802033-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9803You can see the perfect way to layer each ingredient on top of one another for the ultimately cute holiday appetizer.
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Want to see larger photos of the process? Take a look at all the images from the Lemon Bird studio visit on our Flickr page.025-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9782 029-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9794

Download the recipe card here: lemon bird corn bread bites recipe

LEMON BIRD INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

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Our makers are in the giving spirit this holiday season! Lemonbird Preserves is continuing our Renegade Giveaway tradition, offering up a gift box to one lucky winner on Instagram. This gift box will include all the Lemon Bird necessities you need to craft up these delicious appetizers:

1 jar Adriatic Fig & Walnut Jam
1 jar Padron Peppers
A tea towel

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:

– Follow RENEGADE CRAFT and LEMON BIRD on Instagram.

– Re-gram the Giveaway Picture and tell us why you want the set (or perhaps who you might be gifting it to) using the hashtag #RenegadeGiveaway.

– The Giveaway will run from today, December 3rd – Tuesday November 9th (midnight PST). The winner will be announced on Wednesday from the #RenegadeGiveaway collection.

– Don’t forget! If your Instagram profile is set to private, we won’t be able to see your re-gram. So make sure your profile is set to public in order to qualify.

Good luck!

Maker Spotlight: Shades of Grey

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Happy Monday, everyone! We are so excited to be featuring some makers headed to our Chicago Holiday Market this weekend. A business we have always admired and adored is Shades of Grey and we love sharing these gorgeous creations with you!
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Attalie Dexter is the Chicago designer behind Shades of Grey. She began her collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry back in 2009, and in 2013 Attalie developed a new line of stunning wall hangings and home wares we are obsessed with!

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Attalie makes everything individually by hand in her studio located in Logan Square. Almost all of her materials and tools are sourced from other small businesses and all of the pieces, both jewelry and home, are made of vintage and natural materials. Sustainability and supporting local and small independent businesses is a cornerstone of how Attalie conducts business and it is something we always admire about many of our makers who strive to do the same.ShadesOfGrey-9 ShadesOfGrey-10

Attalie finds inspirations for her work through a variety of mediums, such as vintage Japanese ceramics, and the interplay between light and shadow.

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Shades of Grey reimagines beauty in simplified natural forms and creates monotone layered textures, which you can see in many of her wall art forms.

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We love this small vignette of Attalie’s inspiration board and the daily inspirations she’s found and collected.

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 We can’t wait to see Attalie’s latest creations at our Chicago Holiday Market this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center! Be sure to see some of the Shades of Grey collection online. We also highly encourage you to follow Attalie on Instagram, her feed is so pretty!

 

American Native Goods

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Today we are featuring leather accessories from American Native Goods. These fine gentlemen will be bringing their wares to our Austin Holiday Market this weekend at the Palmer Events Center!
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American Native Goods was created by brothers, Bobby and Clayton Chamberlain. The Chamberlain Brothers have turned Bobby’s garage into their workshop where they hammer, cut, sew, print, edge, finish, and create a variety of handmade denim and leather goods.

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Seeking out American made materials, Bobby and Clayton source various leathers and selvedge denim to use in making their high quality products. Although they currently live and work in Fayetteville, AR, their roots come from rural Northeast Oklahoma, where cowboys, Indians and Americana have been infused together for generations.

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The Chamberlain Brothers’ latest work is inspired by these roots and includes hand-pulled pattern work that is part of a collaboration with their illustrator friend and fellow Oklahoma native, Natalie Nelson.

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We love getting an inside peek into the American Native Goods workshop and see Bobby and Clayton hard at work!ApronMaterials BeltEdgingLeatherWashers Clayton-Sewing ClaytonRiveting

We can’t wait to meet the Chamberlain Brothers and see American Native Goods in person! Stop by the Palmer Events Center this weekend and say hello at our Austin Holiday Market! You can also see what these brothers are up to on their Instagram.

 

Maker Spotlight: Etch Studio

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We’re doubling up on Austin Maker Spotlights today because there is just so much talent to share! Today we’re loving the jewelry and accessories from ETCH Studio! The gals from ETCH will be bringing their laser cut jewelry and more to our Austin Holiday Market this weekend! So skip the big stores and support Small Business Saturday – your friends and family will thank you!DSC_4783
ETCH Studio was started by architecture students and Texas natives, Zoe Ganch and Mallory Estopinal. Their studies influenced them to create a collection with clean lines and edgy geometry with inspirations pulled from some of the world’s most famous buildings.
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ETCH Studio draws from the beauty of simplicity and executes the idea of “effortless” through their jewelry design. Good design is often about the details, so Zoe and Mallory make sure to zoom into the details of their products, whether it be through the hand-painted gold leaf, material combinations, or intricate etchings on the hard-woods.

Each of ETCH Studio’s designs are laser cut and hand-crafted out of their design studio in Louisiana. First an idea is made tangible through a collaborative sketch, and then it is digitally drafted onto a computer. From there, each piece is laser cut then hand painted and assembled. Their design process for each piece might seem long, but we can tell it’s absolutely worth it.

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 We can’t wait to snatch up some of ETCH Studio’s jewelry at our Austin Holiday Market this weekend! We’d say we were buying gifts for others, but that might be a lie. Want to stay in the know? Follow ETCH Studio on Facebook and Instagram, and choose your favorites on their website. See you all this weekend!

Maker Spotlight: Gopi Shah Ceramics

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Today we are featuring a new RCF maker, Gopi Shah Ceramics! Gopi will be showcasing her stunning work at our Austin Holiday Market this weekend, and we can’t wait to get our hands on those hands!

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Gopi grew up in Los Angeles and recently relocated to Austin, taking a leap of faith transitioning into her dream job of being a full time ceramicist.

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Gopi’s inspiration has come from the built and natural environments around her. Formerly, she worked at an environmental non-profit in LA. Hiking, biking, and visiting National and State Parks have been a part of her life since she was little. Gopi’s love for travel has fueled her inspiration daily, from the African textiles and Indian woodblocks she’s seen around the world, to the nature she walks by every day.

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Working in the arts full time has opened her eyes to inspiration even in everyday objects. A pattern found on a friend’s rug inspired Gopi to create some of the designs in her ceramic cups.

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The collection of handmade ceramics Gopi has created focuses on intricate design work and glazing techniques to showcase her inspirations. Gopi finds being in the studio relaxing and therapeutic. Having patience to craft each piece allows her to slow down and enjoy the process.

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Ceramics is an unusual craft since there are so many steps to creating one vessel. For each piece, the clay is wedged, thrown, dried, trimmed, decorated, bisque-fired, glazed, and then re-fired.7

Gopi loves the unpredictability of the kiln – never quite knowing that finished product will come out. For her, it’s the fun part – the unknown and vast possibilities that can happen in each stage.

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We are in love with Gopi’s love of ceramics and cannot wait to see her work in person at our Austin Holiday Market! Be sure to stop by her booth and say hello. If you have to see more of her work before this weekend (and we don’t blame you) visit her website, etsy shop, and stay inspired with her daily on her Instagram. See you all this weekend for Small Business Saturday!