Maker Spotlight: Stitch Prism

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Today we are featuring Stitch Prism, a jewelry and aerium designer in West Philadelphia.  The designer, KellyAnne Mifflin, created Stitch Prism after making jewelry out of metals and objects found on the street for herself and her friends.  Since then, the business has evolved into kids classes and workshops, craft shows throughout Philadelphia and now an e-commerce site.  We are so happy that Stitch Prism is traveling all the way from Philadelphia to join our Austin Market!

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The name, Stitch Prism, is meant to evoke thoughts about color, light, shape, weaving, and connecting – elements and ideas that inspire KellyAnne’s designs.  We absolutely love the interesting shape and textural combinations featured in Stitch Prism’s jewelry.

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KellyAnne’s beautifully arranged aeriums consist of airplants, lichens, mosses, and woodland elements carefully curated and housed in glass containers.  Each hanging garden is unique unto itself, and creates a natural statement in your home.

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IMG_8480We are so excited that Stitch Prism is joining us tomorrow through Saturday at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin!  Check out KellyAnne’s unique jewelry and aeriums in person and show the Philadelphia native some of that southern hospitality!  Visit the Stitch Prism website, Facebook, and Etsy page to see all of her work and updates.  See you all tomorrow in Austin!

 

Maker Spotlight: Loyal Stricklin

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 11.36.15 AM Today we are featuring Alabama Maker, Loyal Stricklin.  Michael Stricklin began crafting accessories as a response to poorly made accessories he had seen in the market.  It was his mission to create high quality lifestyle goods that are not only long-lasting, but would also age and patina beautifully with every use. Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 11.36.59 AM We first fell in love with Loyal Stricklin after discovering his Aviator Mug, the perfect traveling coffee accessory one could ask for.  But with every product  that has been added to the Loyal Stricklin lifestyle line, from Horween leather tote bags to wallets, we’ve fallen in love more and more. Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 11.42.56 AMScreen Shot 2014-02-24 at 11.42.20 AM The attention to detail and quality of goods produced by Loyal Stricklin is unparalleled.  Loyal Stricklin does not cut corners and sources the highest quality materials such as Horween Chromexcel leather, and Japanese brass hardware.  We love how this unisex Shackle Bracelet is the epitome of simplicity yet exhibits richness. Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 11.36.50 AM Loyal Stricklin crafts everything in their Alabama studio and believes strongly in American made products as well as small batch production, ensuring the highest quality as well as providing a personal connection with each item made.  Just like Renegade Craft Fair, Loyal Stricklin believes that handmade items “just have that little extra personal touch that sets them above the rest.” EME_4717EME_4718 The photos on the Loyal Stricklin Instagram feed are stunning visual representations of products, inspirations, and the culture and nature of Michael Strickin’s travels. Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 11.36.26 AM We are so thrilled to have Loyal Stricklin join us at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin!  Get yourself acquainted with all of the products on their website, Twitter, Instagram and come out to our Fair in just 3 days!

Maker Spotlight: Doc Elliot

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Today we are featuring Doc Elliot, a small, independently owned operation in Austin, TX with a passion for men’s grooming and quality, natural ingredients.  Courtney Morgan started Doc Elliot when her obsession with pomades led her to experiment with natural ingredients creating a product that still contained the shine and hold of traditional pomades without all the chemicals.

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Doc Elliot offers healthier, natural alternatives to styling products containing petroleum and mineral oil ingredients.  They have expanded their product line, offering the same quality ingredients, such as jojoba and argan oil, in all Doc Elliott grooming essentials.  We can’t talk about Doc Elliot without mentioning their incredible packaging.  Their line of grooming products invokes past memories of vintage apothecaries with a modern twist.  Doc Elliot provides the absolute perfect gift options for any man in your life from their Beard Care Combo to the Grooming Essentials Sample Kit.  Buying gifts for that impossible man, just got a lot easier.

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Doc Elliot’s attention to detail and perfectionism has led to a line of products that is not only natural, but works! Each product contains a customized proprietary blend of all natural ingredients to suit the needs of every individual.  From their best selling Beard Balm and Mustache Sculpt to their Classic Bay Rum Shaving essentials, Doc Elliot is the source for all of your grooming and styling needs.  Their statement says it all:  ”Hand crafted and carefully cultivated to nourish and protect your perfect pomp’s, bountiful beards and meticulously sculpted mustaches.”

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We are so excited to have Doc Elliot joining us for our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin! In just one week, you’ll be able to try these products for yourself.  Check out their website to see all their products, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep updated on all things Doc Elliot.

 

 

Maker Spotlight: Throne Watches

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Today we’re featuring a Brooklyn-based watch company, Throne Watches.  The idea of Throne Watches was conceived by 6 “tinkering friends,” all of whom share the common bond of taking things apart, seeing how they work, and putting them back together.  With a keen eye for detail and high quality craftsmanship, each vintage watch is restored and made new with handmade leather bands in their Brooklyn, NY workshop.
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We absolutely love their mission of rescuing beautiful watches and re-working them into the modern age. “In the age of computers and smart phones, the romanticism of wearing a watch has fallen to the wayside; Throne Watches is here to revive it.”
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Each watch is paired with a hand-stitched Horween leather strap, mixing a classic accessory with “handsome ruggedness.”
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Throne Watches applies their refined taste to search out timelessly stylish watch faces.  With their skilled hands, these watches are updated with the perfect shade of leather, ultimately saving them from thrift stores and junk drawers.  There is such a large variety of watches available on their website, it’s impossible to not find five favorites immediately!
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Throne Watches will be showcasing their fine watches at our Austin Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in one week!  In the meantime, check out the Throne Watches blog and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Maker Spotlight: R.Keen

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Here at Renegade Craft we are always looking for fresh, new talents to bring to our annual fairs.  Today we are featuring a brand new Maker to our fairs, R.Keen.  Regina Waters is the jewelry designer behind R.Keen and we are so excited to share her unique line of jewelry with you.  Although she is new to Renegade Craft Fair, Regina has always been a maker at heart.  Her family would sew and create traditional crafts that were an extension of their tribal heritage, such as Kiowa dolls and dresses to sell at craft fairs.

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Each unique piece of jewelry is made from rawhide leather, which Regina hand paints, staying true to the essential materials and methods American Indians have traditionally used.  We love how Regina infuses different tribal identities and design elements from her three different tribes, Otoe-Missouria, Kiowa and Cherokee, creating a fresh look on traditional Native American patterns and designs.

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Regina uses her cultural identity to guide color and design, blending traditional methods with modern ideas and elements that are unique to traditional Native American jewelry. We can’t get enough of R.Keen’s flawless color combinations and creative patterns.

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The R.Keen website is still in the works so in the meantime, explore her Instagram feed and Flickr page, then come to Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin to be one of the first to buy R.Keen Jewelry!

Maker Spotlight: The Bower Studio

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Today we’re featuring Massachusetts’ Maker, The Bower Studio.  Vincent Frano and Isa Wang are the minds behind the exquisitely designed and crafted soaps, salves, and illustrated gifts.  Educated in fine arts, illustration, and herbalism, The Bower Studio strives to bring both beauty and utility to their line of products.

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Vincent and Isa’s partnership began in 2011, with molded curiosity soaps like these robin eggs and bird skull soaps.  Their appreciation for design is perfectly captured in the intricate detail of the ivory skull and the characteristic speckles of the robin’s eggs.

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The Bee Project, started by The Bower Studio in 2013, is a line of cards and prints in which 100% of the profits go directly to The Honey Bee Health Research Project, raising awareness about the myriad of obstacles honey bees face today.  The illustrated bees, such as the one depicted on this card, is not only an example of affection The Bower Studio has for nature, but also a reminder of the beauty and necessity bees offer to our world.

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The Bower Studio remains true to their handmade aesthetic.  From designing and illustrating logos and labels, to creating soap molds and packaging, Vincent and Isa’s passion for their work can be seen in the variety of soaps they create.  Not only are these products well-designed and aromatic, they are created by a genuine herbalist – so you know that there are amazing benefits to these soaps as well!  We are particularly excited about their line of herbal soaps and salves, such as the Goat Milk + Red Clover Soap.

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The Bower Studio took its inspiration and namesake from the bower bird, an Australian bird known for collecting feathers, shells, and berries to embellish its nests.  The name is quite fitting, as The Bower Studio looks to nature and the Cabinet of Curiosity as their source of inspiration and herbal insight.

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We are so overjoyed that The Bower Studio will be presenting their exquisitely crafted soaps, salves, and illustrated work at The Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin from March 13-15.  Visit The Bower Studio’s website and blog for their full line of products and come to our Austin March Market to see their Amethyst Crystal Soap with your own eyes!

 

 

 

Maker Spotlight: Coyote Alert Co.

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We are kicking off our 2014 Spring season by featuring a Lone Star State Maker, Coyote Alert Co., created by Zach Terrell in Denton, TX.  This one-man-show started out as a t-shirt company back in 2007  featuring “fun and distinct” designs for young adults.  Since then, Coyote Alert has progressed into a full line of clothing and accessories, and we love them all!

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Coyote Alert Co. recently debuted a line of leather accessories ranging from wallets to keychains.  We love the rugged, utilitarian design and richness of the leather.  The Natural Leather Keychain and Essential Slim Wallet are a couple of our favorite items, and since the leather accessories at Coyote Alert are hand-stitched, they are made to last.

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From the product photography capturing the details of Terrell’s work, to the branding and design of his hand-printed tags and t-shirts, we could spend hours gazing at this website!

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Terrell was inspired by his grandfather who always made things with his own hands.  The WWII veteran is a personal hero of Terrell’s and has inspired him to craft products using the same tools.  Everything from design to production to fulfillment is done by Terrell himself.

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We are so thrilled to have Coyote Alert Co. join us at Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin this March!  Check out Coyote Alert’s website, blog, and Instagram to see the  full line of products as well as inspirations and travels.

 

 

 

 

 

Maker Spotlight: Jill Bliss

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Jill Bliss is an artist and illustrator living and painting in the Pacific Northwest. She recently left her longtime home in Portland, OR, and moved to a more remote location, to create art and live in a more natural setting. Her work lends itself perfectly to capturing the tiny natural details that could be lost in an urban environment.

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe Jill lives on the same planet as the rest of us. Then again, take a look at a typical daily view in Jill’s neck of the woods:

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Luckily for us, Jill’s more far flung experience has led to one of her most prolific periods as an artist. She’ll have lots of new artworks to share, as well as some collaborative projects, that have led to a new journal filled with her drawings.

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Viewing Jill’s Instagram feed provides some insight into her beautiful world – she is inspired by even the tiniest forms of beauty around her. Her keen eye picks up on the most interesting textures and color combinations to create lush microclimates, many of which evolve into paintings.

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Find Jill’s paintings, prints, cards, and journals for sale at Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Follow her on Instagram to get a daily peek into her life, and visit her website to see more of her work!

Maker Spotlight: Materials + Process

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Today we’re featuring Materials + Process, a collection of handmade leather goods and accessories designed and crafted in San Francisco. Created by Christine Marcelino, a San Francisco based industrial designer, Materials + Process began with Christine’s penchant for new materials and sustainable processes and has grown into a collection of beautiful objects that will last a lifetime. We’re excited to have Materials + Process joining us again for Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco!

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The results of Christine’s obsession with using the finest quality materials are inarguably beautiful – each piece has a simple charm that is achieved by using the most beautiful and practical materials.

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Since each piece is crafted by hand, you know that these leather goods are built for a lifetime of use. The simple branded logo creates a non-intrusive reminder of the maker, even their logo is artfully crafted. We love the quotes they use to entice shoppers: ”For all those finding their frontier, may they go there in style.”

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Shop Materials + Process at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Check out their website and blog to learn more about their process and their inspiration.

Maker Spotlight: Spark + Pepper

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San Francisco jewelry designer Meredith Peck will be joining us at Renegade SF this weekend with her beautiful line of rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings called Spark + Pepper. Meredith’s jewelry is elegant, and features mythological creatures and symbols that lend an air of mystery.

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Many pieces in the Spark + Pepper collection were made by carving the designs in wax then casting them in recycled precious metals. This process creates the bolder statement pieces like the Ouroboros Earrings and the Sun and Moon Necklace.

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Meredith’s workshop is equally fascinating – from the chaos of her jewelers’ bench emerges the delicate and detailed pieces that make her line unique. Catching a glimpse into her sketchbook reveals more about her influences, and shows her love for fluid lines and textures. The third photo below shows a bit of the lost wax casting process, it’s hard to believe that these bold designs were initially formed from such a malleable material!

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6133c2520f4e11e3beda22000ae80e87_7Shop Spark + Pepper at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in San Francisco! You can follow Spark + Pepper on Instagram to see what she’s bringing to the show, and RSVP for the event here. Come down to the Concourse Exhibition Center right at 11 to get first pick of Spark + Pepper’s one of a kind jewelry.