Keiko Brodeur is the talented artist behind Small Adventure, a line of illustrated paper goods and one of a kind treasures made in Los Angeles. Keiko designed all of the printed maps for our winter tour this year, so if you visited any of our fairs this season, you’re already familiar with her work! If you are new to Small Adventure, you’re in for a treat – Keiko’s charming and detailed illustrations show off her curiosity about the world around her.
Small Adventure is an apt name for Keiko’s company – all her designs inspire a sense of awe about the great outdoors. Her illustrations range from landscapes to individual animals and wildlife; her new range of cards all feature beautiful scenes from varied locales. While Keiko takes her inspiration from around the globe, each piece of art she creates is unified by her unique style.
Small Adventure cards and prints are a great gift for adventurers and naturalists alike. This set of cards is inspired by the things you’ll bring on your outdoor adventures and voyages.
The Small Adventure shop also features some one of a kind pieces, like these birdcall necklaces from the Audubon Society that Keiko hand paints with a tiny bird – no two are exactly alike! A great gift for a birdwatcher.
Keiko was kind enough to offer us a glimpse into her studio where she creates her work (as well as packing and shipping out online orders!) You can start to get a hint about what inspires Keiko’s work just by looking at her collections – so many animals, including her own sweet kitty above.
Shop Small Adventure‘s range of prints and stationery at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see what she’s been working on, and get a peek behind the scenes!
Today we’re excited to share a glimpse into the studio of jewelry designer Hannah Ferrara, who will be bringing her line of handmade jewelry, Another Feather, to Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Chicago this weekend! Her photos are decidedly summery, and transport us back to a moment in the most beautiful week of summer.
Each piece of Another Feather jewelry is hand crafted by Asheville-based maker and artist Hannah Ferrara. Inspired by her travels, the mountains she lives near, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, her line includes simple everyday adornments, as well as one of a kind metal made jewelry. She uses traditional metal smithing techniques and tools to craft each item, using recycled metals from sustainable sources, combined with the occasional natural object or repurposed vintage parts.
Each piece of jewelry is made with care and given special attention to detail, embracing natural imperfections of the hand at work. Hannah lives and works out of her Asheville studio, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Hannah’s studio is just as beautiful as the jewelry she creates within it. Her artful eye extends into the decor, as you can see from her creative reuse of vintage pieces and natural elements. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes shots of Hannah at work!
Find Another Feather at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and see this beautiful work in person! In the meantime, follow her on Instagram and check out her blog to get a peek at what Hannah is working on this week, and what she’ll be bringing to the show.
Today’s Maker Spotlight features a creative Chicago partnership that has been flourishing since 2003! Donovan and Kathy run two successful ventures that are interwoven into one stationery super-business: 16 Sparrows and the Letter Writers Alliance (both will be joining us for our Chicago Winter Market). 16 Sparrows was their original business, and the idea for the Letter Writers Alliance came from their experiences selling their work at Renegade!
“We’d be vending at fairs, and people kept picking up our stationery, stating that they were the only ones who wrote letters anymore. A light bulb just went off for us: what if we could connect these people who participate in this solitary art so they don’t feel like the only ones? That is when we decided to start the L.W.A., creating what we see as a specialized branch of 16 Sparrows. While they both revolve around mail and letters, 16 Sparrows is for the cynical paper lover who needs unique greeting cards and the L.W.A. is geared toward letter writers and mail artists.”
Membership to the Alliance gets you a fancy badge, member card, and access to the online clubhouse where you gain access to free downloads, new pen pals, and exclusive L.W.A. goods. The L.W.A. uses the Internet to corral letter lovers and inspire them to step away from the computer and sit down with a pen and paper. Their newest letter writing programs, Initiative Response and I.R. Ops, involve completing postal tasks for award badges and honorary titles. They also host letter writing socials and teach workshops, which are free and open to the public, members and non-members alike.
Kathy and Donovan have been working on the business for ten years now, so they’ve become attuned to the best ways of collaborating on projects. Donovan shares this insight:
“Kathy works on the tech end and I’m more the production end, but we both do a little bit of everything. Both of us create designs for the shops. If one of us has an idea for a product, then the other is the art director. We live in Chicago, Illinois and are lucky enough to live about a 5 minute walk apart. This makes our collaboration and production easier on our schedules.”
Looking to write more letters this holiday season? Letter Writers Alliance and 16 Sparrows will be bringing their stationery and snail mail supplies to Renegade’s Winter Market in Chicago, December 7th and 8th at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. You can follow the Letter Writers Alliance on Twitter, and follow both Kathy and Donovan on Instagram to see what they’re creating during the run up to our Chicago fair!
Today’s maker spotlight features Sarah Mimo, an artist from our Chicago line-up who uses laser-cutting in a creative new way to make beautifully intricate clocks!
Raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Sarah Mimo has been a Brooklyn-based artist and designer for the past six years. Sarah began designing clock faces after traveling through London and Prague in the Summer of 2010 where she was struck by the ornate beauty of Europe’s public clocks.
All of Sarah’s clocks are laser cut, hand finished, and assembled with love and care by the artist. We’re excited to have Sarah Mimo as a participating artist in our Chicago Winter Market this weekend! Follow her on Instagram or Facebook to see what she’s creating to bring to Renegade! Visit her booth at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on Dec. 7 + 8 to see these intricate time pieces in person.
We’re excited to have Keeper Goods as a vendor at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Austin! Their lovely lasercut boot keepers help to keep your boots looking brand new, not flopped over and creased. This simple storage helper will preserve vintage and new boots alike, and look great in an entryway or closet – so pretty! Keeper Goods aims to help us care for and cherish our day-to-day items that carry valuable memories of moments, people and places.
Phyllis Chu, the maker behind Keeper Goods, has expanded her line of goods to include beautiful lasercut stationery, as well as gorgeously detailed purses. Visit her booth at Renegade Austin this weekend to see more of her work!
Dapper Austinites, take note: Fox & Brie will be selling their line of handcrafted menswear at Renegade Austin! Specializing in bow ties, neckties, pocket squares, and other men’s accessories, all of their items are carefully designed and made with high-quality, natural fibers—no poly-blends here! All of their ties are made with a variety of new & vintage fabrics collected from all over the world.
Follow Fox & Brie on Instagram to see snaps of new designs, and photos of their ties at weddings all over the United States. Need a new tie for next year’s wedding season? Looking for a gift for that well-dressed man in your life? Find Fox & Brie’s booth at the Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!
We’re excited to share another awesome local maker who will be selling their distinctive goods at Renegade Austin – Manready Mercantile!
Created in November of 2012 by Travis Weaver, a small town guy originally from Zephyr, Texas, Manready Mercantile is a small business built on the values of honesty and hard work. Now living in Houston, Travis got his start by making candles in small batches on a stove in his apartment, focusing on a quality product made with all-natural ingredients. He initially developed 20 products and partnered up with his neighbor, Roby Fitzhenry, a graphic designer, who spear-headed label design and overall branding.
Manready Mercantile goods are unisex, but packaged and branded for men. They give off an outdoorsy, rough and tumble vibe that’s different from anything you’ll find at the mall or the drugstore. In just one year, they’ve grown and developed a secondary “dry goods” line, T.S. Weaver & Co, which is focused on wood, leather, and various textiles. Follow Manready Mercantile on Instagram or Facebook to see what they’re working on this holiday season, and visit their booth at Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!
Created with harsh winter nights in mind, Winter Cabin Collection is all about hunkering down and hibernating for the winter. This awesome collaboration between Mary Kate McDevitt and Man vs. Ink‘s Fred DiMeglio has resulted in some very cozy decor – banners, pillows, and prints that inspire a long winter’s nap.
Each piece is inspired by cabin living, from their vintage printed postcards and warm woolen pillows to the folksy banners, which are screenprinted with hand-lettered phrases. We’re excited to have Winter Cabin Collection selling their wares at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn!
Winter Cabin Collection began in 2012 as a collaborative project between Portland friends. While Mary Kate and Fred have since moved to New York, their collaboration continues, and Wanderlust Vintage in Portland will continue to be the exclusive stockist for Winter Cabin Collection over on the West coast. Lucky for New Yorkers, Winter Cabin Collection will be selling their wares at Brooklyn Renegade, including some new additions to the collection, like bandanas and silkscreen prints on paper.
A little peek into the Winter Cabin Collection workspace. Each piece is handmade with care, and is part of a very limited edition.
Want to add one of their pieces to your own cozy cabin? Find Winter Cabin Collection at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn on November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson.
We’re excited to spotlight another Austin maker who will be sharing her work at our Austin Holiday Market: SLANTT!
SLANTT is an Austin-based accessories line created by Jennifer Rodgers. While studying at Parsons School of Design, Jennifer focused on furniture design where she discovered her passion for woodworking and an exploring new materials. She has taken that curiosity into her new exploration of sculptural forms in jewelry. Her work is inspired by the clean simplicity and organic aesthetics of Mid-Century Modern design, with an eye on the integrity and structure of geometry.
A couple photos from Jennifer’s workspace – we can only imagine how fun it would be to visit her workshop and try on all her newest pieces.
Follow SLANTT on Instagram to see what she’s making this season, and find SLANTT at the Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!
Billy Wolf: Fine K-9 Coatery is an American heritage dog clothing company founded in 2010. Billy Wolf’s founder created the first coat from a vintage blanket when she found there was nothing in the dog clothing market that suited her (and her pup’s) style. Drawing inspiration from authentic Americana roots, each Billy Wolf product is as exceptional as the dog that wears it. We’re delighted that Billy Wolf will be selling their goods at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn this weekend!
All of Billy Wolf’s products are made from vintage, dead stock, or American made fabrics and finished with salvaged buttons and handmade labels in New York City. Since their goods are made from quality fabric, they provide a durability that stands up to both mild-mannered and rowdy canines alike. By using existing resources and creating long-lasting quality goods, Billy Wolf hopes to contribute to a more sustainable future for both humans and dogs.
Here’s a few photos from behind the scenes at Billy Wolf – looks like the animals like to be involved in more than just the photo shoots!
Looking for a gift for your favorite pup? Visit Brooklyn Renegade on November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson where Billy Wolf will be selling their wares. You can RSVP for the Renegade Holiday Market in Brooklyn, and check out a preview of the goods you’ll find there.