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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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.

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!