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. For our final week we’re spending time with Susie Daly, the creator and architect behind Renegade Craft! She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!
Who are you?
I’m Susie Daly, Co-Founder and Director of the Renegade Craft Fair! I am a sort of accidental entrepreneur, having started RCF just for fun over a decade ago now. I loved doing it so much, I decided to dedicate my life to it, and haven’t looked back ever since. I love the feeling of having a vision and being able to put that into action and bring that vision to life. And I feel so fortunate to have so many people along for the ride! It’s been nothing but a great adventure, where I get to explore the world, meet so many awesome and creative people, help support great endeavors, and just watch it all unfold.
Where are you from?
I’m from a town outside of Chicago called Western Springs. After a brief stint in college where I lived in Northern California for a year, I moved to Chicago and lived there for a bunch of years. Then I got the itch to move to the country, so I currently live in a small town in Michigan called Saugatuck. I live there with my husband and two cats in a log cabin, it’s pretty dreamy.
When did you create RCF?
I started RCF back in 2003, because I basically just thought it would be fun to sell my own crafts at an open air market or fair, but I didn’t find an event that I felt like was a good fit for me. So in true DIY spirit, along with an old friend of mine, we decided to start a fair of our own that brought DIY makers together in one place for a weekend. It was such an exciting experience that we decided to make it an annual thing…and then I took the fair to several cities after that, making Renegade what it is today.
What are some of your favorite things?
I have several pieces from Make It Good that I’ve gathered over the years, and still have on a regular rotation. I love my hand amulet necklace from Datter Industries, and get so many compliments on it. I also love my Shelter purses, and get tons of compliments on those as well. And I always have a nice soap in the shower, currently I’m using Pink Clay (blood orange + geranium) by Herbivore Botanicals.
What else do you do besides RCF?
I love the great outdoors, so I try to go hiking in the woods or go to the beach whenever I can. I practice Yoga, an am particularly interested in Ashtanga Yoga. I love to travel, and that is a big part of my life. And I love to just chill out when I’m at home in Michigan – sit by a fire, sip cocktails, binge on tv shows.
What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?
I have two pretty obscure musical talents – I can beat box pretty well, and I can also play the didgeridoo pretty well. Go figure! Also, I am pretty proud of the fact that I do a pretty awesome clam bake – cooking a feast in the sand with lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes, corn – the works!
The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…
My swimsuit. Usually we try to stay at a house or hotel that has a hot tub and/or swimming pool – or we’re lucky enough to be visiting a city that has a swimming hole, so we can take a dip and get refreshed. It’s a great way to have fun and unwind after running around and setting-up or running the fair all day.
Current food obsession…
I could eat pizza everyday, especially real Italian style pizza. My favorite has arugula and fresh parmesan cheese on top.
Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…
I’m currently in between shows, I need some suggestions of what to get obsessed with next! My favorite shows of all time are Lost, Twin Peaks, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, American Horror Story, Fargo, Battlestar Galactica…and Dateline.
What song has been stuck in your head this week…
You can pretty much guarantee that I will listen to Philip Glass at some point during my week. His music has an almost trance-like, meditative quality that really helps me focus and feel inspired at the same time.
Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…
I would have to agree with Mat that Marlowe & Sons in Brooklyn is a pretty special place, but I think my favorite meal was at Deetjen’s in Big Sur. We stopped there on a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles on one craft fair trip, and it just has the coziest atmosphere, on top of having amazing food.