We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Madelon Juliano. She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!
Who are you?
Hello! I’m Madelon, I am the gal that handles Curatorial Endeavors here at RCF. I curate the booths, help jury and set up + design our decorations at the fairs. I’ve also helped coordinate our new series of Mini Renegade’s and have been designing/painting our maps this year. It’s been a blast!
Where are you from?
I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah (I miss the mountains so much!). I moved to Chicago in 2005 to go to the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. When I started school I was making paintings and pen and ink drawings and little comic books, which led me to book making, which then led me to fibers and materials studies.
When did you learn about RCF?
I had heard about Renegade in school and had always wanted to attend, but typically went home for the Summer and would miss it. In 2009, my boyfriend was working for Mat Daly in his printmaking studio, and asked me to help pack prints. After helping Mat, he suggested that I volunteer for his wife, Susie (who founded Renegade), so I volunteered at the info booth at the 2009 Chicago Summer RCF and the rest is history!
Why did you want to work for RCF?
When I volunteered, I really enjoyed the experience. Susie hired me at the little shop we had at the time, Renegade Handmade. Along with Susie, I did a lot of the buying for the store at the fairs. It was and still is such a wonderful feeling to be part of a support system for so many growing businesses. I think I’m addicted.
What are some of your favorite things?
Purchased from the fair? My rings that I never take off. Nikki Montoya, Datter Industries, Species by the Thousands, my necklace that I never take off, made byCities in Dust. My green jacket made by Gina Di Giralamo, and my Uzi NYC dress, which is the best travel dress ever. And my Make It Good skirt which I’ve had forever and still fits perfectly. I spend way too much money at the fairs! But it’s always so nice to get a compliment on something I’m wearing and know that it’s one of a kind. The money spent is worth it.
I also love my dog, Ted. And my family.
What else do you do besides RCF?
I’ve been really into making tiny baskets as of late. I’m pretty sure I’m not doing it right, but I like the end result so I’m not too concerned. That’s kind of my M.O. with art making anyway, I love building on mistakes and figuring out how things are made without using the internet. Sometimes it’s necessary to follow instructions but I find the result so much more interesting when you bend the rules a little bit. I also paint, rock climb, and I love cooking.
What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?
I love giving stick and poke tattoos.
The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…
My lucky travel charms; a crescent moon necklace by Dollybird, which has a signet pendant attached to it that was my namesakes. And a tiny leather pouch full of little talismans that I carry around in my purse.
Current food obsession…
If I’m craving something I can’t let it go. Today I am craving a burger, because it’s burger Tuesday at Pleasant House (best burger in Chicago and only on Tuesdays!).
Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…
I’ve been binge watching Frasier on Netflix. It’s so dorky. But my favorite show of all time is probably The Sopranos.
What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…
This song is ALWAYS in my head > Michael McDonald What a Fool Believes
Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…
One of the best parts of traveling with RCF is the food. This is very hard. I think I love Justine’s in Austin, TX the most. Austin has some truly excellent bars and restaurants.