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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
Shop 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.
Today we’re showcasing Metropolitan Craft, an architectural model company run by Laurence Srinivasan in San Francisco. Each piece is a to-scale model of a Bay Area landmark, a perfect for SF natives or folks who left the city earlier than they would have liked.
Laurence describes his project this way:
“In a way the Sutro Tower is like an undiscovered landmark of San Francisco. I think people have mainly perceived it as background industrial blight. However, this tower is quite elegant, it’s also the tallest structure in the Bay Area. Once I started selling the Sutro Tower [model], I discovered there was a widespread fondness for it! We’ve expanded now to offer the Container Cranes of Oakland as a table top sculpture… showing a little love to the East Bay.”
The wood is finished before lasercutting, then etched and scored by the laser to render the details. The result is a beautifully designed tribute to the architectural symbols of San Francisco.
Find Metropolitan Craft at Renegade Holiday Market in San Francisco this weekend at the Concourse Exhibition Center!
For our first SF Maker Spotlight of the holiday season, we’d like to introduce you to Forest & Waves, an offbeat collection of prints, cards, and linen goods. Forest & Waves was created by Edward Juan, who lives and surfs in Vancouver, British Columbia. His sense of humor and distinct style is woven throughout each piece, and will certainly be enjoyed by the people of San Francisco when they encounter his work at the Renegade Holiday Market in SF.
Despite being based in Vancouver, there’s a lot of California love running through the Forest and Waves collection. Take this California print for example, which covers many of the state’s landmarks and special places.
Follow Forest & Waves on twitter, instagram, or facebook to get a peek at what Ed will be bringing to Renegade SF! If you live in the Bay Area, come by the show this weekend and check out his work in person.
Margins is the work of Jeremy Rendina, an artist and printmaking living and working in South Pasadena. You may recognize his moon calendars from previous Renegade Craft Fairs; his silkscreen printed poster of the moon cycles of each month has been a popular feature of many of our fairs. We’re excited to have Margins as a participant in our Winter Market in Los Angeles this weekend!
All the prints, cards, and posters in the Margins collection are printed by hand, which provides a richness of ink that is unmatched by digitally printed images. Jeremy is dedicated to using the finest materials, and in his own words, he 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 of which we belong.” Margins is a unique company in that it draws on the natural world and numerous spiritual traditions, while respecting those places and traditions through his production choices.
Margins offers letterpressed cards and posters in addition to their screenprints. These astrological sign cards are richly detailed, and would make a lovely birthday card for any time of the year.
This snowflake card is another Margins creation, collaged from scans of snow crystal micro photographs taken in the 1920s by Vermont farmer, Wilson Bentley. Individual snowflakes were caught on black velvet and photographed before melting to create a delightfully detailed holiday card.
Above you’ll see a peek into the Margins studio in South Pasadena. Those vintage moon posters provide inspiration year-round.
Shop Margins wide selection of prints, calendars, and cards this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles! Visit the Margins website, and follow Margins on Facebook to see what he’ll be bringing to the show.