KIBORO

Maker Spotlight

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There’s so much to love about the children line KIBORO. For starters, it’s the absolute cutest brand on the planet. But what’s even more appealing is the fact that KIBORO creates environmentally conscious products, while also constantly improving sustainability in fashion. Deconstructing existing textiles and materials, KIBORO births new and beautiful heirloom clothing for little ones.

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The Rare Creature

Maker Spotlight

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Knitting isn’t always associated with “modern,” but luckily that’s where The Rare Creature comes in. Lisa Li has created the ultimate one stop shop for timeless and modern designs, yarn, and kits for every knitter!

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Calhoun & Co.

Maker Spotlight

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We have a lot of love for Calhoun & Co., a small business that designs whimsical and lighthearted home goods with the intention of spreading a more coziness and kindness in your home. Meet Kerry, the “good at naps” creator below!

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Red House

Maker Spotlight + Giveaway

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Red House is a collaborative business between husband and wife duo, Matt and Britt. After taking the bold step of quitting their not-quite-fulfilling careers, they embarked on a new adventure making durable, minimalist handcrafted bags and leather and textile goods.

We’ve teamed up with Matt and Britt to give away one of their swoonworthy book bags! To enter, follow Redhouse on Instagram and tag a friend in our giveaway post. The winner will be chosen on Monday, November 14th!

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Kordal Knitwear

Maker Spotlight + Giveaway

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Kordal Knitwear is a textile brand by designer Mandy Kordal, a Brooklyn entrepreneur whose mission is to create garments in an ethical manner by fairly paying workers, designing garments that are not trend focused, and using natural fibers when possible.

These knits will keep you warm all winter long, and Kordal has agreed to graciously giveaway one of their popular seed stitch hats! To enter, follow Kordal on Instagram and tag a friend in our giveaway post. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 9th!

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Amelie Mancini

Studio Visit

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We have been avid fans of Amelie Mancini for a long time. Some of us were first introduced to her early baseball work, Left Field Cards, while for the rest, it was love at first sight during a recent Renegade Fair. During our last visit to New York, we had the opportunity to stop by Amelie’s studio in Ridgewood, Queens. The brightly colored paintings, rustic setting, and perfect light made for a picturesque afternoon. We took far too many photos, and made secret plans to move in without Amelie’s permission. Take a look at our visual journal and interview with Amelie!

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Getting Retail Ready For Your Favorite Indie Store

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“We’ve been described as Martha Stewart meets David Lynch” says Michael Levy creative director of Paxton Gate, a curiosities store and San Francisco institution with a predilection for the bizarre side of nature. For Andrea and Oscar of Biological Jewels, it was the store of their dreams.

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Starling Brood

Maker Spotlight

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We’re ending our day with some serene images by Starling Brood. The story of Starling Brood goes back to 2010, when Mihaeko began working with singer Björk to design a series of new musical instruments for Björk’s Biophilia. Mihaeko found a deep affinity with the project seeking to explore nature through art. Having designed and hand-built unique wooden harps that would tour the world, Mihaeko finally turned her attention toward more intimate explorations. She left her home in Brooklyn for a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. We’re thrilled that Mihaeko will be heading back to New York and joining us for our Holiday Fair tomorrow and Sunday!

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In the Studio: BU-KIN, Erika Barratt, and Alyssa Leanne Hoppe

016-2015RCF-AH-EB-BB-studio visit-8042We have a three-part studio visit to share today, and it’s a real beauty! The ladies of BU-KIN, Erika Barratt Design, and Alyssa Leanne Hoppe (Bracken), all craft in the same workplace in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We first met Laura of BU-KIN and Erika at last year’s New York Holiday Fair – and as you can imagine, their shared booth was a woodland-inspired dream! And Alyssa shared her talents with us by hosting DIY workshops at our Brooklyn Fair. Laura and Erika Barratt will be joining us this weekend for our New York Fair, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store!

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

LAURA: It comes from my maiden name ” Buchen” and ode to my family and the creative upbringing that I had in Lancaster PA.

ERIKA: I use my name that I was born with. There was a lot of back and forth in the beginning trying to decide on a name for the business and nothing seemed right. What I do is so personal to me that it felt right to use my name and maintain the personal connection to each piece. My last name in particular is important to me because of my close relationship with my grandparents and their influence.

ALYSSA: My sister-in-law/best friend/buisness partner, Laura Christenson, came up with the name for our fresh flower jewelry business, Bracken. Bracken is a genus of large ferns. We have good memories of taking hikes, and exploring the west coast redwoods where a lot of these type of ferns live.

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft?

LAURA: I always had so many hobbies and crafts sewing, painting, knitting , perfume making…etc. But, when I moved to NY and had a tiny apartment I realized my crafts needed to get smaller! I was always interested in working with leather and I had a friend who had a baby boy and I wanted to make a special gift for her. I created my first baby shoe and I called it “The Timmy” . It really did start as a hobby or project and then it grew from there. Friends wanted booties, then their friends wanted booties and orders just kept coming in. I continued to experiment and learn the craft of shoe making and it just grew into BU-KIN.

ERIKA: I have always been a maker and was always drawn to textile seven at a young age. My grandmothers and mothers all sewed and my mother made all of our clothes and even painted on them. We had drawers and drawers of fabric that I would pull out and play with and make little outfits for all of my dolls and creatures. In college I was in the Fiber Art program at Arizona State. I fell completely in love with all aspects of fibers and from there I just haven’t stopped. I love the ability textiles have to tell a story and it has just always been the perfect medium for me.

ALYSSA: I started crafting and creating moments and spaces from a really young age. Studying graphic design and fine art in college and then working at Anthropologie designing window and interior spaces helped refined my craft and taught me a lot of new skills that helped jumpstart my career as a prop stylist and floral designer.

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Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

LAURA: I have a day job as well as running BU-KIN. All of my free time or extra time goes into my business. When I first started and was making all of the shoes by myself I was working long hours at my job and every evening and weekend would be filled with shoe making. I wouldn’t say it is sacrifice … I think it is just how I am made. I always need to be making and creating and this is what is fulfilling to me. Sometimes it gets hard because I feel overwhelmed with managing two jobs but overall it is something really special and I am so proud of where it stands today.

ERIKA: I don’t really feel like I have sacrificed anything(maybe some sleep and sanity along the way at certain times ) or have any regrets. I have definitely have had to miss out on some fun things here and there if I have a deadline or a lot of work that I have to finish but it is really what I want to be doing and I feel grateful to be able to so it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.

ALYSSA: Sacrificing your security of a full time job with another company is a really scaring thing, but I am so happy I took the leap. There are really tough times and really fruitful times and you just have to have faith that the hard work you are putting into your business with pay off in the end.

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What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

LAURA: I had a dream of selling in ABC carpet & home one day, it was my goal, something to work towards. When I was finally ready to start wholesaling they were my second account! I had to keep pinching myself, I still am so proud to be selling there.

ERIKA: I started collaborating with West Elm a few years ago and just finished designing my 3rd ornament collection for them for 2016. It has been so great to work with them and has taken me down this path of making ornaments that I have loved doing. And Renegade Craft Fair is always fun! 

ALYSSA: Ideating a concept and seeing it come to life in tangible form is always really exciting to me and makes me feel proud.

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Where do you want your business to be in 5 years?

LAURA: I would love for BU-KIN to branch out more and be able to expand my line of gifts for babies and children. Maybe also expand into handbags and accessories for women.

ERIKA: I would like to have a line of holiday décor and home products and a book of patterns & recipes.

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What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

LAURA: I was a a fashion designer before starting my line. I had experience in design, pattern making, construction and manufacturing. I was able to save so much money by doing a lot of the work myself. I make all my patterns and samples and tech packs. I am able to easily work with my Amish leather makers because I understand the making of the shoes. The business side… thats where I was lost! That took many long nights of research.

ERIKA: As far as the making part, I learned those skills growing up, in school and teaching myself. I had friends and family with their own businesses so I learned from them and the rest just a lot of late night Google searches. I have had a lot of different jobs prior to this that were all very different from one another. When you run your own business there are so many components and there are skills I learned in all of those jobs that help me on a day- to- day basis in some way, big or small.

ALYSSA: I am a learner, so knowing and enjoying the process of how to research and teach yourself has been really helpful.

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What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

LAURA: I was working at the same company for 10 years and I wanted to try something on my own. I realized that I had orders piling up and my evenings and weekends were filled with shoe making, all of this and I was really only giving it 10% of my time. I decided to quit my job and give BU-KIN 100% of my time and see where I could take it. I since now have taken another job full time but the year off that I had was so important in starting my business and learned so much and really was able to focus on and turn my hobby into a running, profitable business.

ERIKA: In some ways it kind of just happened and I sort of eased into it. I was working in Philadelphia at the Anthropologie Home Office and then my partner and I moved to New York. I started to do freelance work for Anthropologie while I figured out what was next and then that led to other projects and I started to really enjoy the flexibility of freelance life and being my own boss in that way. After doing that for a few years and some part time work mixed with freelancing I decided I wanted to build my own brand and business and just focus on that.

ALYSSA: I really wanted to have the flexibility to work on the different styles of work I do. I didn’t want to just do prop styling, or just do floral design. I also really enjoy being able to create my own schedule.

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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

LAURA: Don’t stop, Don’t give up when it gets hard. Keep going.

ERIKA: Just keep going even if you feel like you don’t know what you are doing! Also having a good support system of other makers is so helpful, especially when it comes to the business side of it.

ALYSSA: Never be afraid to reach out to other people in or out of your field for advice. It is so helpful to build a support group of like minded people.

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What are some inspirations for your work?

LAURA: I try to keep things classic, I am always looking at vintage shops and flea markets for interesting finds.

ERIKA: I have always been inspired by the past, the lost arts and anything with a story behind it. My favorite things to do are to go searching for things. Whether they are sea treasures on the beach, flea markets or old dusty barns. I get inspired by beautiful materials, I like to just collect and from there things just start to appear and take form.

ALYSSA: I try and seek inspiration that is completely opposite of the work I do because it helps me look at things differently to give me a new perspective.

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If you could learn any other craft, what would it be?

LAURA: I think I would like to get more into ceramics!

ERIKA: I would love to work with metal or wood sometime. It is so different than what I work with now and I always have so many ideas I would love to see come to life in that medium.

ALYSSA: I would love to learn how to weld!

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When you do get free time, how do you like to spend it?

LAURA: Making things for myself! I love love love being in my studio and experimenting with different leathers, right now I am working on a leather fringe jacket! and I make quite a few leather bags for myself.

ERIKA: I like to bake, embroider, crochet and do pottery. I live right by Prospect Park and love to go there. I love to play music even though I don’t do it that often anymore. I have an accordion that I pull out only a few times of year – usually right before the holidays. Every year it is my New Years resolution to pick it back up again – maybe next year is the year!

ALYSSA: I really love being out in nature so anytime I have enough free time and can drive out of the city and get to the mountains, I try and do so.

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How does the city you live in influence your work?

LAURA: I am inspired by the people I meet in the city. I am inspired by the streets and all the shops. It is always evolving, always new things to see.

ERIKA: The energy of the city is contagious. Although sometimes city living can be tough I really love living here. Being surrounded by so much energy really keeps me going and is really inspiring.

ALYSSA: New York is so saturated with incredibly talented creatives that it is really inspiring but I also try and seek inspiration outside of my city just to keep ideas fresh.

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What is your favorite part of your studio/workspace?

LAURA: I love my studio space, it is my little haven, all of my favorite tools and and things are there. My studio is a place where I can create and have space to create. I also love the ladies that I share my studio with, it is so inspiring to see what they are working on and I love the community that we have. I also love the big windows!

ERIKA: The wall of windows and all the natural light! I had a studio for two years without windows and while it was nice and felt very cozy now that I have the light I don’t think I can go back! I also love the community of all the artists on our floor.

ALYSSA: I love the windows in our studio. They give so much natural light that is helpful when designing and shooting. Its also really inspiring sharing a space with Erika and Laura. Its like having coworkers again and it is so nice to have friends to bounce ideas off of.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft and entrepreneurship?

LAURA: The freedom, the right to choose you own path. To be able to really create something that is 100% what you want it to be.

ERIKA: What makes it worthwhile is being able to share these special moments with people, or seeing some happiness in someone when they receive something. Receiving a simple little note or message from someone saying how much they love something or how much something they received meant to them means the world and that makes every ounce of hard work completely worth it.

ALYSSA: I love that every day is different!

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What a gorgeous space! Clear your calendars because this weekend you should be spending all your time at our New York Holiday Fair. If you just can’t wait, you can find all the images from this Studio Visit in our Flickr album, and find all these gals online here:

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Erika Barratt Design@erikabarratt

Alyssa Leane Hoppe | Bracken Floral@alyssaleanne @brackenfloral

Luez Design and Play

Maker Spotlight

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Luez Design and Play truly offers the cutest kids’ toys and decorations. Laura Rodriguez is the designer behind this collection of aesthetically pleasing children’s goods. We can’t wait to see little tots going nuts at our New York Fair this weekend!

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Cecil and Merl

Maker Spotlight

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We’re celebrating the holidays with bitter crafter extraordinaires, Cecil and Merl. They will have the perfect holiday gift options for you at our New York Fair this weekend!

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Ashware Studio

In The Studio

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Last year we had the chance to visit the Ashware Studio up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. When we got there, Megumi hard at work wrapping and packaging her ceramics. The surprise part of our trip was that ceramicists, Michiko Shimada and Beetle & Flor also share the same space. Talk about a triple bonus! After getting a good look around we had the chance to speak with Megumi about her art and living in Brooklyn.

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purlBknit

Maker Spotlight

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We’re so happy it’s Friday and most importantly we are only 1 week away from our New York Holiday Fair! To celebrate we’re featuring a new Maker with serious style, Purl B Knit.

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Raville

Maker Spotlight

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How adorable are these mini figurines from Raville? Since we can’t decide which is cutest, we may just have to buy multiples at our New York Fair next week. Raville is Junghwa Park’s brand new collection of ceramics and illustrations and we cannot wait to see more.

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JOLN

Maker Spotlight

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Everyone could use a good jacket, and right now we’re swooning over this anorak by JOLN. Not only is this jacket just about perfect, but Joln also makes amazing men’s AND women’s wear. You can snag all of these at our New York Holiday Fair (and a few more upcoming Fairs) next weekend!

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Proper Assembly

Maker Spotlight

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Who doesn’t love a well-designed bag? If that person is out there, we don’t want to meet them. Becky started Proper Assembly with one of her closest friends, Nate- who also is their brilliant photographer, website designer, and general marketing guru.  Proper Assembly is making their way to our New York Fair and boy we cannot wait to meet these bags (and their Makers) in person!

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Elizabeth Benotti

Maker Spotlight

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New York truly has some of the best ceramic artists around, and Elizabeth Benotti is no exception! Her pieces will be available at our New York Holiday Fair in just a couple of weeks!

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Adam J. Kurtz

Maker Spotlight

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We needed some sunshine this Monday morning and nothing makes us smile like Adam J. Kurtz. These perfect giftable items will be at the AdamJK booth all weekend long at our New York Holiday Fair. Rejoice!

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Maker Spotlight: Faden

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Today felt like a necessary day for cozy knits and chunky wools. Faden has these plus stunning wood-clustered necklaces! We suggest you start setting aside some money now, because two weeks from tomorrow our New York Holiday Fair hits Manhattan and it’s going to be epic! Meet Frankie Faden and learn all about her craft:
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Have you always been passionate about design?

I come from a family of makers and was encouraged to make from a young age. My sister, who is also a maker and artist, is my biggest support and inspiration. I think its important to feel connected to your community and environment and that physically making objects, preforming and perfecting a craft, can ground you in a way, not only in space, but also to an earned sense of value in the world.

When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

I used to sew a lot, but when I was in university, I had a very long commute. So I taught myself to knit so that I could make in transit. I started making jewelry recently as a way to expand past knitwear (which is also my other day job). I’ve recently been interested in natural dye processes and incorporating that into my work.

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What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

I am attracted to clean, minimal aesthetics and am interested in helping to create simple wardrobe and home additions that will add to your life and last throughout the years. Some of the items that I make come in multiples, but items like the rugs are each truly unique and are built organically with no set pattern, so in buying one you know that you are the only person who has that design.

How does the city you live in influence your work?

I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest and moved to Brooklyn 6 years. Where I am from and where I am now have great influences on what I make and how I make it. Growing up in Oregon gave me an appreciation for craft and process and the time and space to create. Being in Brooklyn gives me the energy of the city and the opportunity for a diverse range of inspirations. I find it a constant challenge to live slowly in a fast place, but its that contrast that drives me to make. It requires an extra bit of intention.

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What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
I worked in non-profit for a number of years when I was younger and that definitely taught me how to accomplish a lot with a small budget and a lot of effort. Then through working in the fashion industry, I realized that I love working with my hands, and how much I need as a person, to make, not just design.

What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

I think I’ve always been my own boss – even when working for someone else. Right now I also have full time day job, I do live in NYC – it’s quite expensive. But I can’t help it, I’m not satisfied by the singularity most jobs offer – so I spend most of the rest of my time creating a work place that matches my interests and challenges me.

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What are some inspirations for your work?

I am inspired by simple shapes and forms, by sculpture and architecture, foliage and cacti, and by nature’s color palette. If you want to follow along, check out my pinterest @studiofaden

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

I’m not sure if I’m far enough along to be handing out advice – but I’ll tell you, I have been doing this a long while and although it’s not always been the breadwinner, it’s always made me happy.

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Can’t get enough? We can’t either. Keep November 14+15 open for our New York Fair, and find all things Faden online here:

Maker Spotlight: Julie Robinson

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We’re crazy for Julie Robinson! Julie is the designer behind these knotted fabric necklaces and addicted to every piece. You’ll definitely want to pick one up at our New York Holiday Fair coming up in just a few weeks!

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Totally! I was (am) just a passionate person in general. Anything that needed to be made or imagined, I wanted to be a part of.

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

I used to aspire to be an animator, but I always spent more time thinking about what my characters wore than what they did. I took a bunch of youth art classes one summer and ended up taking a fashion illustration class after my first choice (digital illustration) was cancelled. I started to realize that fashion was a way better fit for me than animation.

I got my mom to start teaching me how to sew so I could make my own cosplay costumes but soon I wanted to make ALL of my clothes.

I went to Parsons for fashion design and have been working as a designer ever since.

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What do you think sets your designs  apart from others?

I consider myself a fashion designer who makes jewelry and I think that makes my approach a little different. My jewelry doesn’t really sparkle or shine, but it still makes a really bold statement.

What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

My boss at the design firm I work at has been really supportive of me. As soon as I told her about Renegade and what I was making we started talking about what my goals were.

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What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

I grew up with my mother working from home writing databases and I’ve been a freelancer most of my professional life, so it’s not a new concept for me.

I like having a thing that is mine to shape. I think it makes me better at my day job and my day job makes me better at this.

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What are some inspirations for your work?

Japanese dying techniques, nautical knots, robots, and my Girl Gang

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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

Set tangible goals, make lots of lists, stop procrastinating.

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Can’t wait to see more of Julie’s work? We understand. Check out Julie Robinson online here:

Maker Spotlight: Dorotea Ceramics

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We’re kicking off our New York Maker Spotlights with some beautiful vessels by Dorotea Ceramics. Carolina Silva is the artist behind Dorotea and will be bringing her pieces to our New York Holiday Fair November 14+15. We are so excited!IMG_2011

Where did your business name come from?

Dorotea is my daughter’s name. Is there an interesting history behind? When I was brainstorming for names and could not decide on any, it was my mother’s suggestion.

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

As an artist I was working with clay, making large-scale sculptures. After my daughter was born I was more limited in time and space but still wanted to work with clay so very instinctively it derived to tableware and functional or decorative objects that incorporate hand drawing and are one of a kind but were smaller in scale.

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What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

My background as an artist. Not having been taught as a ceramist allows me a lot of freedom and openness towards the possibilities of what can be made and how and I am more interested in the uniqueness of the object than in the perfection of a craft.

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Have you had any major failures?

If after putting a lot of time and effort in a piece it breaks it always feels like failure but I have also learned to understand that its fragility is also part of the nature and beauty of the medium.

Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, do you have any regrets?

I cannot dedicate so much time to my artwork now, it is hard for me to find the balance and it is getting harder and harder to separate one from the other, it is all mingling in the studio but I am embracing that.

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What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

It is always when people come to the studio and appreciate the work. Having that interaction is very beautiful.

How does the city you live in influence your work?

The Pacific Northwest is a place where seasons are very defined and I love that. The changes of colors, smells, light and vegetation that happen throughout the year are very inspiring. I pay attention to all the little details, flowers and patterns found in nature here.

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What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

I knew I wanted to work following my free spirit and that it would be hard in many ways, especially being a one person run business. I can be in the studio making things forever but the administrative part of the business is proving to be harder for me, though I try to keep learning!

What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

My need to be creative.

What are some inspirations for your work?

The Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th Century.

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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

To fully enjoy making what you make and listen to your own creative drive rather than to what is dictated by the moment.

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We love Carolina’s work and can’t wait for you to as well (you know, if you don’t already). Mark your calendars for our New York Fair! In the meantime, you can find Dorotea online here:

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Maker Spotlight: SJ Lights

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SJ Lights has been on our mind since we saw the applications. These beautiful lights will be at Renegade Brooklyn this weekend! Samantha Jacober’s lights are made from naturally occurring wood formations, snags and detritus from lightning strikes.  How cool is that?

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

I moved from New York to Los Angeles and started spending much of my time outdoors hiking, camping and exploring my new surroundings. I grew up in the musty forests of Pennsylvania where when a tree falls it decays and is covered in moss. Now in the mountains of California, I was fascinated by the very dry environments where time seemed to stand still. Severe drought conditions causing high levels of tree mortality through out the state. The California Pine lying in beautifully kept formations along the switchback trails, a preserved death, a petrified corpse — I became obsessed with the forms, bringing little pieces home and mounting them in progressions on my walls. I considered the struggle for life that produced the high twists and deep crevices in each piece and how my perception of them shifted depending on the direction of the light.

I’ve also always been scared of the dark.

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Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

I haven’t taken a long trip in a while. But I will soon.

Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

I’ve had a lot. A friend of mine, Ms Hailey Benton Gates said, “the correction must be less intense than the error.” A delicate tweak is often the best way to fix what’s perceived as a big problem. I’ve come to realize that a major failure usually requires a very minor adjustment in order to make it a success.

What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

Making my first sculpture. It was extremely rewarding to see what was in my head become a physical reality. I also love the art shows and the craft fairs. It’s a chance to get out of the studio/my head and share my work with others. Oh and seeing my work in spaces other than my own studio is wonderful.

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How does the city you live in influence your work?

The city makes me want to raise environmental awareness through my sculptures. I hope to show that there is a less ridged and beautiful way of being beyond the cities that most of us live in.

What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

I think working in film production made me take on the “just figure it out” mentality.

What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

I would like to move out of the city and into the wilderness as soon as possible, so I can live in what inspires me most.

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What are some inspirations for your work?

Rachel Sussman

Andy Goldsworthy

All For The Mountain

Thomas Wildfred

Elena Stonaker

James Turrell

Elsa Hansen

Andrew Zuchero

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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

Don’t be a mean boss to yourself.

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We can’t wait to light up our homes with Samantha’s gorgeous fixtures. Our Renegade Craft Fair weekend kicks off tomorrow starting with our Wholesale Market and our Summer Fair starting Saturday. Hope to see you all there! Check out SJ Lights online here:

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Maker Spotlight: Jessie Lazar

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New York continues to generate talented ceramicists and this particular maker is no exception. Today we’re thrilled to be featuring Jessie Lazar. Jessie has hung out with us since our first Pop-Up, and the 20th will be her last appearance at East River State Park.

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Jessie is a born and bred New Yorker that loves working in her own home town. Living in Brooklyn and working in Chelsea, Jessie uses the city to find daily inspirations to infuse her work with local color and aesthetic. From her two hands to the energy she saturates into each piece, Jessie and her work is 100% New York. Even her clay is sourced from upstate New York.

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Many forces drive Jessie’s desire to create. Besides the city in which she lives, Springtime is Jessie’s favorite time to gather inspiration. For Jessie, Spring beholds astounding colors and shapes, perfect forms, and perfect lines – all of which lead Jessie straight to her studio to create.
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tools copyWe can’t wait to stock up on all of Jessie’s ceramics at our 3rd Pop-Up this Saturday. You can find Jessie Lazar here:

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Maker Spotlight: Pink Midnight Jewelry

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Today we are thrilled to be featuring Pink Midnight Jewelry. These pieces will be popping up at our June 6th, 20th, and 27th Brooklyn Pop-Ups at East River State Park!Bracelet

Pink Midnight Jewelry is a limited edition, handmade jewelry line created by Natasha Ryan in Brooklyn, NY. Every piece Natasha creates is an extension of her personal history and finds joy when others feel beautiful wearing the pieces she’s designed.

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Natasha’s love of sculpture, art deco, sci-fi, desert tones washed over with a brilliant sunset, and photography greatly influences how she designs her jewelry. Each design is forged with the utmost detail and care, with an aesthetic balance of boldness and elegance.

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Natasha loves jewelry that makes a unique statement with ethereal, minimalist designs. Each piece is carefully crafted with semi-precious stones, brass, and gold fill components into geometrically inspired arrangements. Natasha works within a very specific color palette and only uses gemstones that complements her cohesive collection. This strict adherence to color pays off – because not only does each piece complement each other, but we want all of them, too!

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Natasha finds herself an outsider to mainstream fashion, although sometimes she might incorporate certain ideas in her work. Most of the time, Natasha will draw from her own instinct, personal aesthetic, and the colors of her birthplace: the Sonoran Desert.

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Natasha’s favorite part about making jewelry is learning endless new skills in the trade. There are so many different ways to make a piece, from metal-smithing to wax carving. For Natasha, ideas tend to generate as she works on a piece, making each design a unique, stream-of-creative-consciousness that directly infuses Natasha to her jewelry.DSC_7975

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We cannot wait to see these gorgeous pieces at our Brooklyn Pop-Ups starting this Saturday! Be sure to check out the Pink Midnight Jewelry collection and Etsy shop, and see what Natasha’s been up to on Instagram. See ya’ll in just a couple of days!

Maker Spotlight: Hechizo

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Today’s the big day! Our New York Holiday Market is starting today at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. From 11 am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop over 200 vendors and get those Holiday gift lists done early this year. One of our jewelry designers that will be showcasing her work at our fair is Hechizo. We’re looking forward to marveling at these leather and ceramic earrings in person.

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Hechizo is a collection of ceramic jewelry handmade by Hali Emminger in Brooklyn, New York. Roughly translated from Spanish as a spell or magical charm, Hechizo is an exploration of jewelry construction that allows for interaction and adaptability.

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Hali’s earrings are mostly made out of leather and ceramic beads which she forms and hand paints. We love the color combinations and patterns Hali delicately adds to every unique piece of her collection.

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Every item in the collection contains the magic of a material that transforms itself from vulnerably ductile to enduring and utilitarian. Hali loves bringing these balancing energies to ceramics as wearable pieces. Hechizo_process9

We love seeing this inside look into Hali’s jewelry design sketchbook.
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Aren’t these jewelry pieces incredible? Get your hands on them today and tomorrow at the Metropolitan Pavilion during our New York Holiday Market. See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: Erika Barratt

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We are so excited to be featuring this new Renegade maker with you all today! Hailing from New York, Erika Barratt has been crafting up these breathtaking dolls and stuffed animals and will be presenting them at our New York Holiday Market this weekend! You do not want to miss stopping by her booth!
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From a young age, creating has been an integral part of Erika’s life. Her childhood was spent with a group of women makers in a small Midwest town. Through these women Erika learned the things that she still loves most in life, such as harvesting gardens, basket weaving, embroidering, sewing, baking, and more. These women were influential in cultivating Erika’s lifelong appreciation and love for all things handmade.

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Erika relocated to the Arizona desert for school where she was inspired in a completely different way by the landscape and beauty of the Southwest. She received a BFA in fibers and textile arts, falling in love with every aspect of textile processes.

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As you can see by the doll above, Erika’s love for everything fiber and textile is translated into each doll. Every aspect of the doll is meticulously and lovingly stitched and embroidered. Just look at that little ukulele!

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Erika has now settled in New York with her partner in crime and her little pup Nigel, both who spend their summers with her, treasure hunting at flea markets and taking the backroads. During these adventures, Erika has found inspiration from antique toys and rag dolls; tattered objects imbued with life by the layers of stories from generations of owners who once cherished them. It was here that Erika was inspired and determined to design her own heirlooms with a strong commitment to create an object that is made to last, to be passed down through generations, with carefully sourced materials and antique finds.barratt_erika_sewingmachinedeskdetail

Isn’t Erika Barratt’s work simply stunning? We cannot wait to see the detail of these heirloom dolls and animals at our New York Holiday Market tomorrow and Sunday! If you simply cannot wait until this weekend (and we don’t blame you), check out Erika Barratt’s website, Facebook, and Instagram to see more of her work!

Maker Spotlight: Polaris Books

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Today we are thrilled to be featuring Polaris Books by Scout Dunbar. Polaris Books will be at our New York Holiday Market at the Metropolitan Pavilion this weekend!

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From start to finish these journals are constructed entirely by Scout Dunbar’s hands. Each cover is created with her own original art that she developed in printmaking studios in both Brooklyn, and Ithaca, NY.

Scout is of the belief that the objects we possess and fill our lives with should have sacred and sentimental meaning to us. As creators and consumers we should be thoughtful of the items brought into this world. By creating these objects with this in mind, Polaris Books aims to embed with in each book their own identity and spirit that can hopefully inspire those who interact with them.

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The process for crafting these handmade, hard-covered journals begins with a trip to the printmaking studio. Scout first works to explore different visual and design ideas to be used for the book covers.  The main printmaking process she focuses in is called gum-transfer printing. It allows her to explore color and various ink-application techniques while repeating the initial image. For the more complex cover designs, Scout plays with collage techniques to combine patterns.

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Once the covers are complete the rest of the binding process unfolds. From start to finish the journals are constructed entirely by hand, and because each cover is individually designed and hand-printed, no two books are a-like. The colors and patterns change with every cover made in an effort to craft a variety of designs and styles. Each book has its own identity and spirit.

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Scout currently live in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design in 2011, and has since then been working on a number of drawing and printmaking series. Simultaneously Scout has been focusing on creating handmade journals made with her original hand-pulled prints. image_4
I think it’s safe to say we are already in love with Polaris Books, but can’t wait to view these stunning handmade books in person. Be sure to view Scout’s portfolio featuring many of her books, as well as her etsy shop and Instagram to stay updated. Plus, don’t forget to stop by our New York Holiday Market this weekend in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Pavilion! It’s going to be an incredible show you will not want to miss!

Maker Spotlight: Kertis + GIVEAWAY

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Today we’re kicking off our New York Maker Spotlights with Kertis. We are so excited to have Kertis join us again in New York for our Holiday Market on November 15+16!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kertis is a line of leather goods, accessories, and housewares started by Jessica Kertis Ulrich in 2012. Kertis specializes in hand-painted leather featuring vibrant botanical patterns. Everything is designed and sewn in her studio located in Ridgewood, Queens.

 

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Kertis is inspired by a love of the natural world, a sense of adventure, and nostalgia for times past. Fascinated by early naturalists and explorers and the beautiful illustrations they created to document what they discovered, Jessica began creating the botanical patterns that now appear on her leather goods.

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After careful testing of various leathers, color combinations and patterns, Jessica arrived at the collection of goods she currently sells today. Since then, the Kertis collection has expanded exponentially from leather pouches, to jewelry, and now clothing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A passion for natural history, anthropology, and discovery informs Jessica’s work. Crafted with attention to detail and quality, Jessica looks for unique materials and has an eye for organic textures, geometric patterns, and original prints.

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Over the years, Jessica has grown to love the process and the challenge of making goods with her hands. She hand-paints each piece of leather, then treats it with a special finisher before trimming and finally sewing it into a clutch or a pouch.
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Just like all well-made things, it takes time, but Jessica has found that sitting by the window spending a few hours painting is one of the best parts of the whole process.BTS_Kertis_Desk

We can’t wait to see Jessica’s new line of Kertis leather goods at our New York Holiday Market at the Metropolitan Pavilion! Be sure to browse her stunning website, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Our makers are in the giving spirit this holiday season! KERTIS is continuing our Renegade Giveaway tradition, offering up a Golden Palm Leaf Mini Leather Pouch to one lucky winner on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:

– Follow RENEGADE CRAFT and KERTIS on Instagram.

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

– The Giveaway will run from today, November 5 – Monday November 10 (midnight PST). The winner will be announced on Tuesday 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!