Little Garage Shop

Maker Spotlight

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Thomas and Noel are the gentlemen behind the wonderful Portland brand Little Garage Shop. “U.S. made, Portland made, and garage made,” Thomas and Noel pride themselves on their craft. Each product is thoughtfully designed and created by the pair, and the two have taken the spirit of the garage to heart: “While some may see the garage as a space to fill, we see it as a space for possibilities – at the ready for inspiration to strike.”

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Laurs Kemp

Maker Spotlight

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Laurs Kemp is one of those special fashion designers we only dream about meeting in person! Hailing from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, and now designing full time in Portland, Oregon, Laurs blends her love of vintage fashion with her stronger love of film and feminism in a heavenly capsule collection.

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Maker Spotlight: Hatton Henry

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Today is the big day folks! Our Portland Fair kicks off today and we are so thrilled to be back in this glorious city! Some of our favorite people are joining us to share their handmade goods with Oregonians, one being Hatton Henry. Look out for the smiling face behind these bags! hattonhenry + july studio-2

Hatton Henry is a line of leather goods by Vanessa Vaught.  Each bag is hand crafted in their Houston, Texas studio.  Due to the nature of working with natural materials, each colorway is limited and often one of a kind. hattonhenry + july studio-3 hattonhenry + july studio-4

Vanessa recently moved Hatton Henry into a beautiful studio space in order to expand her line and be able to create more beautiful things for her lovely customers!  Hatton Henry has always strived to continually grow their collection, always having new bag and accessory designs and have even dabbled in home goods as a compliment to Vanessa’s boyfriend’s company Eridu Modern (midcentury modern furniture and design).

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 The Hatton Henry shop is the namesake of two true American entrepreneurs, George Hatton Vaught and George Henry Vaught (Vanessa’s Grandpa). Better known to the saddle making world as G.H. Vaught & Son, they produced saddles, harnesses, men’s belts, and more out of their Rockwall, Texas based leather workshop for over 100 years.

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We love how Vanessa has continued her family’s tradition of creating high quality leather goods in Texas, using her own modern and artistic aesthetic.hattonhenry + july studio-9

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We love Vanessa’s work and also Vanessa herself! She always brings a beam of sunshine to all of our fairs and we cannot wait to hang out with her (and all of you!) in Portland! You can find Hatton Henry online here:
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Portland Fair Kicks Off This Weekend!

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Our Portland Fair kicks off this weekend at Rejuvenation in SE Portland! From 11am – 6pm each day, this free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, treats, and more!
Check out our rundown below:
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We’ve got something for everyone at this Fair! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Summer.
Check out the full ROSTER to catch a glimpse!

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If your stomach starts growlin’ or you want to cool off, you can chomp on some artisanal goodies or stop in the cafe! Plus, there will be a bar on-site serving up refreshing and boozy drinks to keep you cool and hydrated!

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We’ve got you covered for an awesome weekend with an array of things to do from interactive sculpture installations and vintage trailers, to aura photography readings. Just take a look for yourself!

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ROW 1: CARAVAN PACIFIC | ASHWARE STUDIO | CAULDRON | ROW 2: GOLDEN DINOSAUR STUDIO | CONSIDER THE WLDFLWRS  | ROW 3: MEG A. MYERS | LOOM ROOM | PORTLAND APOTHECARY

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Getting There:Rejuvenation is located at the corner of Grand Ave. and Taylor St. at 1100 Southeast Grand Avenue. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2015.

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Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadePortland to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Maker Spotlight: Minoux Jewelry

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We can’t wait till our Portland Fair this weekend at Rejuvenation! There are so many talented Makers headed to SE Portland, plus Lost Girls Vintage and Portland Flea will be sharing their curated found goods from all over the country. Needless to say, it’s going to be a grand weekend! Today we’re featuring Minoux Jewelry. Learn more about this maker and gawk and these gorgeous pieces.

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Minoux jewelry was founded by Portland artist, Kristen Robison. Minoux is all about melding a love of style with a commitment to thoughtful consumption. Kristen creates classic, refined and meaningful pieces that make you feel good because you look great wearing them and you know they’re made by happy hands.

Details are important to Kristen, and she takes great care in every stage of making the jewelry. From concept and design, to execution and final presentation, Kristen is dedicated to product integrity. Minoux jewelry will last, even through all the daily wears and outfit changes, because let’s face it, these pieces go with everything!

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Each piece is handmade using recycled sterling silver, bronze and gold wherever possible. Minoux is an environmentally-conscious studio, and practices this philosophy by choosing recycled metals, using less-toxic chemical alternatives for metal-smithing, and using recycled paper and packing materials.

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The newest Minoux collection is the first time Kristen has created a line using the lost wax casting method. In this process, Kristen carves a design out of a special hard wax, using the wax model to create a single exact copy in metal.

Once Kristen had made the metal prototype, she wears it around in daily life, to make sure it’s comfortable, and to see if there are any design tweaks that would make it wear or look better. Kristen’s perfectionism produces flawless jewelry that is not only beautiful, but also comfortable to wear everyday. Changes are made until Kristen creates that perfect prototype.

Once a prototype has been approved, the final version is used to make a master mold, so that copies can be made. And in some ways, that’s just the start of the process! After a copy is cast from the master, the surface of the piece comes out quite porous and rough. At this stage, you almost wouldn’t even recognize it as jewelry. To bring the jewelry to the high shine that you see in a finished piece, imperfections are first ground off, then the entire piece is hand-sanded, then it spends about 24 hours in a mechanical tumbler to smooth the surface, and then comes the final hand-polish.

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Lost wax casting allows for a huge range of creativity, and Kristen feels like she’s just begun to understand both the limits and the possibilities of the process. Archeological evidence shows that people have been using a process like this to make metal objects as long as 5000 years ago, and Kristen appreciates feeling connected to an ancient method of human expression and creation.
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Minoux Jewelry is timeless in its design. The pieces are simple to be worn daily – yet retain a very special quality that makes the wearer feel significant.Minoux1

We can’t wait to meet Kristen and buy up all these Minoux Jewelry pieces at our Portland Fair this weekend. You can find Minoux Jewelry online here:

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Maker Spotlight: VitrifiedStudio

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Gorgeous things are constantly popping up in Portland. The city is chock full of so many talented artists and Makers, one of them being VitrifiedStudio. These pieces will be making their way to our Portland Fair alongside Rejuvenation and the Sunday Emporium this weekend!

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VitrifiedStudio is a small home-based ceramics studio located in Portland, Oregon. Started in 2011 by Shelley Martin, VitrifiedStudio was a dream of Shelley’s while in architecture school. brown canister set

All of VitrifiedStudio wares are all limited production, high quality studio ceramics hand thrown and designed in Shelley’s backyard studio. These handmade studio ceramics are an alternative to the high volume mass produced repetitive work you find in other studios, workshops, and factories.

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Shelley understands the importance of not only handmade, but the importance of artisan and locally made objects, which is why Shelley and her partner chose Portland to put down their roots. Portland thrives on local, artisan culture and Shelley’s work thrives off of the city’s surroundings.herb bottles on sand 2

VitrifiedStudio vessels are utilitarian yet dramatic. The simple shapes of each jar or cup are complimented with deep glazes or contrasting lines. While Shelley’s palette is mostly neutral, the soft blues, greens, and browns of her pieces reflect Portland’s landscape so strongly.four brown cups

Each piece is unique, considered, and made only using Shelley’s hands, the pottery wheel, a few simple tools, clay, food safe / lead free glazes and natural cork stoppers. Just as Shelley’s craftsmanship evolves, so does her work and each piece tells a story.
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The clay used is either colored stoneware or a white porcelain, hand glazed and fired in Shelley’s electric kiln to 2100-2200 degrees in her backyard studio.  Shelley loves being a part of the continuing tradition of pottery and ceramics that has been going on for thousands of years.throwing with lily

Don’t you just love that calm scene of Shelley in her studio with her cute pup? We can’t wait to meet VitrifiedStudio and see all of the ceramic vessels in person at our Portland Fair. You can find VitrifiedStudio online here:

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Maker Spotlight: Loom Room

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Today we are thrilled to be featuring Loom Room by Jackie Thomson. Jackie will be bringing her woven rugs to our Portland Fair this weekend at Rejuvenation!

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Jackie Thomson is a Portland creative with a love of textiles. She weaves rugs and other textiles in her studio, Loom Room, a name Jackie’s husband created when they moved in. The Loom Room is in Jackie’s attic, where she spends most of her early morning designing and hand-weaving her rugs before the Summer sun becomes too hot.

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Jackie started weaving in 2003 while in college studying for a BFA in Graphic Design. She got her start in the creative industry working as an illustrator. These days, she uses her illustration background to develop her weaving designs. All rug designs are original to LOOM ROOM textiles. The vibrant community in the Pacific Northwest continues to inspire and encourage her work.

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This Summer, Jackie has been busy hand weaving a summer collection to debut at our Renegade Craft Fair in Portland this year. Everything in her studio is handwoven with 100% USA Wool.

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For the new Summer collection Jackie has created two main rug designs, named after her most loved Portland places (The Hawthorne Rug, and the Tabor Summer), with different color ways, and a series of pillows that are adapted from the rug designs. What’s even better is, just for RCF, Jackie is expanding this collection to include some smaller table rugs, and coasters! We cannot wait to see!!!!

 

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We cannot wait to meet Jackie and see all the gorgeous Loom Room goods at our Portland Fair this weekend! You can find Loom Room online here:

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Portland Fair Sneak Peek!

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We are counting down the days until we return to Rejuvenation in beautiful Portland! Join us on July 25 + 26 for our free celebration of handmade craft.  Open from 11 am – 6 pm each day this Fair will feature a curated selection of today’s finest independent modern Makers, vintage wares from across the country, interactive activities, and more.

At our Portland Fair, you’ll find an ample assortment of outstanding handmade goods, a perfect Summer gift-giving solution for upcoming weddings, birthdays, housewarmings and more. Illustrated paper goods, jewelry, children’s accessories and toys, pet products, natural beauty collections, clothing, and housewares are just some of the categories present at this year’s Portland Fair. Check out this year’s line up of 200 talented Makers, food and drink, activities and more here.

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ROW 1: CARAVAN PACIFIC | ASHWARE STUDIO | CAULDRON | ROW 2: GOLDEN DINOSAUR STUDIO | CONSIDER THE WLDFLWRS | SMALL SUTURE | ROW 3: MEG A. MYERS | LOOM ROOM | PORTLAND APOTHECARY

We’ll be having a blast outside Rejuvenation’s Grand Avenue location with plenty of shopping and more! North Carolina artist Angela Eastman will have some of her signature steel sculpture installations on display. Those on the hunt for some vintage treasures can meet with the lovely Kyla and Sarah of Lost Girls Vintage and shop their trailer full of found and selected goods from around the country.

Feeling snacky? Grab some tacos from Taqueria La Merced, plus sample some of the finest food and treats from artisanal vendors such as P.o.p. Candy Co.Sage and Sea Farms, StrongwaterWei Kitchen and many more! We won’t judge if you end up going home with multiple goodie bags and jars of deliciousness.

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Getting There: Rejuvenation is located at the corner of Grand Ave. and Taylor St. at 1100 Southeast Grand Avenue. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2015.

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Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadePortland to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

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Our Portland Roster is Live!

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Row 1: Caravan Pacific | Ashware Studio | Cauldron | Row 2: Golden Dinosaur Studio | Consider the Wldflwrs | Small Suture | Row 3: Meg A. Myers Design | Loom Room | Portland Apothecary

Our Portland Roster is live! Take a look the 200+ makers who will be making their way to Rejuvenation in SE Portland. Pick your favorite folks, this is gonna be a mighty fine Fair!

Maker Spotlight: Matchbox Studio

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 Happy Friday, everyone! We’re thrilled to be featuring Portland jewelry designer, Matchbox Studio. We can’t wait to see these pieces in person at our Portland Mini Market this Saturday and Sunday!

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Matchbox Studio was born out of the designs of Megan McKean and Agnieszka Zoltowski. Two designers with their own individually unique styles and techniques began to artfully blend their love of making with deep attention to create something new. Matchbox Studio is the result of jubilant play in the studio, and delight in the processes of creativity and construction. Each piece is handmade in their lovely workshop in Portland, OR. 

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The design duo balances one another in every aspect from design to day-to-day business tasks, and this constant striking of balance between their aesthetics and proclivities is what makes their work and brand special. Megan loves to play with form, while Agnieszka is obsessed with color palettes. 

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The current collection combines traditional metal smithing techniques with peyote stitch, a highly intricate bead weaving technique found in historic Native American beadwork often used to decorate items used in peyote ceremonies. Each bead is meticulously added one by one to create a fabric that is then sewn to the piece.

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Megan and Agnieszka are full of ideas, finding inspiration everywhere. Most recently they look to their industrial neighborhood in Portland where their space is filled with plants and open windows and nature fills their studio. The joy that Megan and Agnieszka feel from what surrounds them is infused into every piece they craft.

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We cannot wait to see the beautiful new collection Matchbox Studio will be showcasing at our first-ever Portland Mini Market starting tomorrow! Browse their full line on their website and be sure to follow them on Instagram! See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: Grey Paw

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Today we are featuring Portland Makers, Grey Paw Design! Founded in 2011, Grey Paw works diligently to create pet accessories with a focus on modern design and quality craftsmanship.

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Grey Paw’s philosophy combines a design approach with a strong commitment to hand-crafted goods. From dog beds and collars, to rope leashes, every product is designed, dyed, cut, and sewn in their Portland studio.

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We are crazy about these roll-up camp mats featuring gorgeous Pendleton fabrics to keep your pets stylish and comfortable.

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What is perhaps one of the best features about Grey Paw is their true love of animals and their desire to contribute to a world that respects and protects them. Every year, Grey Paw donates a portion of their internet sales to a rotating list of local and national pet relief organizations. Buying your pet an accessory from Grey Paw not only benefits your dog with an awesome Southwestern collar, but it also helps dogs and cats in need.
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We are so excited to shop Grey Paw Designs at our Portland Mini Market this weekend! Get a glimpse of all they have to offer on their website, etsy, and be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter as well.

Maker Spotlight: Pigeon Toe

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Today we’re so happy to be featuring Portland ceramicist extraordinaire, Pigeon Toe. In honor of our first steps into the Northwest, we’ve invited Pigeon Toe as well as a couple other Portland vendors who will be guest-posting on our Instagram account starting today until our Portland Mini Market this Saturday and Sunday! Follow us on Instagram to see the inner workings of Pigeon Toe’s studio, process, as well as some of their favorite Portland haunts. We’ve been told they have some grand plans in store for our followers.

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After settling on art as her life’s focus in first grade, Lisa Jones, creator of Pigeon Toe, spent her adolescence exploring a variety of art mediums from painting to video installation before settling into product design with the founding of Pigeon Toe in 2009. Steering clear from the excess of mass-produced products, Lisa formed Pigeon Toe with a vision to create uniquely beautiful objects that incorporate and celebrate the extensive history of handcrafts.

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Realizing that understanding materials on an intimate level leads to refined and imaginative objects, Lisa’s work under Pigeon Toe has evolved with her own artistic enrichment and hands-on study of new techniques and mediums. This growth is fostered through relationships with other esteemed craftspeople, with a focus on building community through shared learning opportunities and love of making.

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Lisa continually finds a fresh perspective through innovative material combinations, harking back to an era where artisans not only create, but inspire. We are constantly inspired by Lisa’s unique take on ceramic jewelry, such as her breathtaking Twined Quill Necklace.lg_arc_bangles_model

Pigeon Toe is a new perspective on the beauty inherent in every day. It is an exploration of the aesthetic potential of objects that populate and create our lives. Every piece from Pigeon Toe runs through a process of imagination and insight. It is then shaped through skilled hands; every form and mark placed with intent and purpose.

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Pigeon Toe accentuates function and redefines form. We think Pigeon Toe’s adage is not only true but perfectly fitting.Twinedquill_model

Lisa was kind enough to offer a glimpse into her incredible studio in Portland. We are amazed by the expansion of her artistic vision and are so happy about her success!

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We are so thrilled to have Pigeon Toe join us at our first ever Mini Market in Portland! The talent and quality of homemade goods that has reached out to this fair has been truly remarkable. Please join us this weekend at Rejuvenation from 12-6pm both days. In the meantime, browse the Pigeon Toe website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see a Day In the Life of Pigeon Toe!

Maker Spotlight: The Granite


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Today we are so thrilled to be featuring Portland makers, The GraniteThe Granite is an emerging female-owned and operated creative studio and workshop with evolving focus and inspiration. Meg Drinkwater and Megan Perry started as friends who came together to explore their common interests in design.  In 2013, Meg and Megan began to explore various art mediums, such as folded paper projects and soon began designing objects for the home.

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Meg and Megan’s backgrounds in interior design, metalsmithing and ceramics have provided a perfect foundation for artistic collaboration as well as a wealth of knowledge and materials the duo utilizes to design and create a wide spectrum of usable home accessories.

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The Granite was formally introduced in 2014 and currently focuses on designing and creating functional objects for the home with a special interest in lighting.  

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Currently Meg and Megan lend their attention to slip cast ceramics but are set to expand their material focus with groundwork laid for a textile project and other collaborations. We can’t wait to see what these two create next!
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With each new design project The Granite’s goal is to investigate the interaction that exists between objects, interior space and the individual.
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From mold making, cleaning up the porcelain, to hand-painting each vase, this team does everything by hand in their Portland studio.
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We love the colorful patterns The Granite paints onto their vases. The modern vessel is elevated into a more playful and unique piece.
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We cannot wait to see these beautiful pieces in person at our Portland Mini Market this weekend! If you want to see some of the variety The Granite will be bringing, check out their website and browse their beautiful Instagram feed.

Maker Spotlight: Year Round Co.

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Happy Monday, Everyone! Today we are featuring Washington Makers, Year Round Co.  We are so excited to meet the duo behind these bags at our Portland Mini Market this upcoming weekend! Founded by Scott and Jacqui Scoggin, Year Round Co. is a creative studio located in Tacoma, WA producing thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted items.

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Jacqui and Scott met in design school and after graduating went straight to work as in-house graphic designers for prominent Seattle companies. In 2008 they left their day jobs behind to run their own business full time. With 10 years of experience in the field of graphic design, they spend half their time designing and half making handmade goods, while still finding time to get out into nature with their dog Nico.

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The variety of patterns they offer is outstanding. From traditional folk-inspired patterns, to abstract brushstrokes, we can’t help but want a bag in each color and pattern they offer!

Every product Year Round Co. makes starts with a blank piece of canvas. The canvas is cut, then screen-printed with Scott and Jacqui’s beautiful patterns.

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After each canvas piece is printed, they are sewn, then fashioned with leather and hardware accessories to complete the bag.  The best part about this is that all of this is done in-house in their studio. Year Round Co.’s bags draw you in with interesting pattern details, yet still remain classic and modern enough for everyday use. YRCO_8

If you have a chance, watch their process video that shows all the steps of making a Year Round Co. bag.  There’s something so calming and peaceful about this video and it only takes a minute of your time!

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We are so excited to try on a Year Round Co. bag in person at our Portland Mini Market this weekend! To get a glimpse of what will be at the Mini Market, browse their shop and keep up to date on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  We can’t wait to see you all in Portland!

Portland Mini Market Sneak Peek!

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Hello, Everyone! Our first-ever Portland Mini Market is taking place in just one week! Join us Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 10, 2014 outside Rejuvenation to shop handmade, plus workshops, music, and more! Our free mini market will take place outdoors on SE 6th St. (between SE Salmon and SE Taylor) surrounding Rejuvenation’s SE Grand store.

A condensed version of the bi-annual fairs, our mini market will be an exceptional one-off event offering up local goods and amazing festivities. The outdoor mini market will be open 12pm – 6pm each day and will feature a curated selection of today’s best and brightest independent Makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond!

Spend your weekend with us shopping local and handmade! There will be a variety of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from natural skincare, stationery, clothing and jewelry, to ceramics, housewares and much more. Browse this year’s line up of 60+ talented makers, artisan food vendors, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Blu Skillet Ironware | Pigeon Toe | Make It Good | Row 2: Year Round Co. | Beedy | Row 3:Machete | The Granite | Jess Flegel Handmade

Expect a lively atmosphere at the fair, appropriate for all ages.  The venue will be decorated with art installations by Renegade Craft. Shoppers will browse the finest independent makers such as, Combed ThunderCradle, and Herbivore Botanicals. Want something more interactive? Connect with the plant nerds and wildcrafters fromPortland Apothecary and make your own mini pinata with Red Circle Crafts.

In an effort to connect with and support small business growth, we’ve teamed up with The Business Outreach Program (BOP) at Portland State University. BOP helps local small businesses, including emerging, minority and women-owned businesses, achieve their potential while providing students with opportunities for community based learning. We are so thrilled to have BOP offering their expertise and services at our Mini Market!

Getting There: Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. You can route directions to SE 6th Street (between SE Salmon and SE Taylor) here.

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About Rejuvenation: Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1977, Rejuvenation serves as a general store of functional and beautiful goods for home improvement projects that add real value to homes, buildings and projects. From classic American-crafted lighting and timeless hardware to useful house parts and home goods, Rejuvenation’s high-quality products are inspired by history, designed for modern consumers and made to last. Throughout its history, Rejuvenation has provided home improvement resources, products, and education to home and business owners who restore and rejuvenate their homes and communities. A member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. family of brands, Rejuvenation sells its products by catalog; at retail stores in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif.; and via the company’s website, www.rejuvenation.com.

Want to see what our Makers are up to before the Mini Market? Check out #RenegadeCraftFair #RCFMiniMarket #RCFMiniPDX for RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!  

For more details, check out the RCF Portland Mini Market page, Facebook event, or visit our Pinterest for current and previous rosters. You can even get a closer look at some of our vendors in the Maker Spotlight series.  See you all in Portland on August 9+10!

 

Special Thanks to Our Portland sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Combed Thunder

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Today we are so thrilled to be featuring Portland maker, Combed Thunder. We cannot wait to see these wall weavings in person at our Portland Mini Market on August 9+10 outside Rejuvenation! If these weavings look familiar to you, it’s because we featured Combed Thunder in our flyers!

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Combed Thunder was born of Natalie Novak’s desire to share her love of weaving by making small but complete pieces that are accessible to everyone and at home anywhere.

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In 2012, Natalie Novak stumbled upon a little weaving school in Damascus, Oregon. Being enthralled with southwestern weaving and wanting to learn the techniques herself, Natalie began to meet with a group of weavers at a little 1800s school house in Damascus. Since Natalie’s beginnings as a weaver, she has collected 3 looms at home, including a large upright loom in the Navajo style. She continues to weave with others in Damascus, sharing in the extraordinary wealth of knowledge she’s collected from her teachers and fellow weavers.combed thunder-rcf-4

 Natalie’s style of weaving draws from traditional indigenous motifs with a modern edge. We love the variety of colors and patterns Natalie designs on her loom. Although sometimes a sketch is drawn out first, many of Combed Thunder designs are created right on the loom as if its second nature to her.

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We are so thrilled that Natalie will be bringing a collection of her Combed Thunder weavings to our first-ever Portland Mini Market!  Be sure to check out her website as well a preview all her weavings on Etsy.  If you want to stay up to date on Natalie and her creations, follow her in Instagram!

Maker Spotlight: Blu Skillet Ironware

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With our first-ever venture into Portland right around the corner, we’re beginning our Maker Spotlights for our Mini Market!  Today we’re featuring Blue Skillet Ironware.

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Patrick Maher, artist and blacksmith, and Caryn Badgett, painter, began making things together that were both beautiful and useful around the home. They found they shared a similar aesthetic in designing and creating objects  – whether it was gifts or things they needed around the house, Patrick and Caryn soon began making more things together as a hobby.  Their iron pan was the inspiration and beginning product for Blu Skillet Ironware.

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Blu Skillet creates iron pans, that are forged rather than cast. This makes the pans lighter and easier to handle, as well as less porous and quicker to season. They can take high temperatures and they can go from stove top, to oven, to table.  The blue color is a product of heat treatment, which forms a protective layer of blue iron oxide on polished steel. It is a natural rust deterrent, and combined with organic virgin coconut oil, provides an excellent preseasoned surface – making the pans nonstick and ready to use. They’re iron pans and therefore reactive, so they won’t stay blue – they’ll darken and patina as you cook and season them, and their polished finish will continue to contribute to an easily maintained nonstick surface.

4_bluskilletwares Each pan and product Blu Skillet creates can take a long time and a lot of effort, however, Patrick and Caryn’s diligent and careful work on every product produces incredible results. Blu Skillet takes raw material and gives it form and a purpose, and soon after that, a new home. 
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Patrick and Caryn kindly gave us a sneak peek into their metal and iron shop and we couldn’t be more amazed!
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Every pan is skillfully hammered by Patrick in their Seattle workshop.  Caryn carefully adds the final finishing touches to create a one-of-kind long-lasting skillet. 8_bluskilletstduio 9_bluskilletstudio

After researching and testing out their pans, Patrick and Caryn found that blue steel pans aren’t just beautiful, and lighter, they’re also great for searing and caramelizing.  They believe that there is something so satisfying and wonderful about cooking dinner in a pan that is made by hand. We can’t help but agree and hope to test out their skillets ourselves!10_bluskilletstudio

Currently, Blu Skillet produces about 20 pans per week, which are either sold through their online shop, out of their studio directly, or at their local farmers market. We’re thrilled that Patrick and Caryn chose our Portland Mini Market to showcase their iron pans to the handmade community. 11_bluskilletstudio

We are so excited to have Blu Skillet Ironware join our Mini Market for our first venture into Portland!  Browse the Blu Skillet store for their full line of products, plus follow them on facebook and instagram to stay up to date!  See you all in Portland soon!