Every once in awhile, you’re lucky enough to read a truly honest, heartfelt, and inspiring story about an individual’s journey to finding his or her purpose. Kylee Barnard, founder of Silk Diaries, gave us an open and beautiful look into her life and how she got into natural dyes and silk.
We had the pleasure of taking time out during our Austin set-up to visit Samantha Heligman of Settle Ceramics. Through the years we’ve seen Settle Ceramics grow and change, and we were curious to sit down with Samantha and her too cute for words pups for a conversation about ceramics, small business, and aspiring to be your very best self through your work. Meet Samantha!
It’s very easy to be thankful for so much when one is inspired on a daily basis by folks all are carving a place in the world for their work. Maggie Pate of the newly branded Nåde (formerly Inks + Thread) is one of those artists not easy to forget. In fact, upon stumbling on one of her dress designs on Pinterest ages ago, I was immediately obsessed with her work. So, you can imagine how much joy it brings me that she will be at our Austin Holiday Fair in person this weekend.
It’s a beautiful Monday and it’s all thanks to Canoe Goods! These outstanding leather goods will be at our Austin Fair November 28+29! Shop Small Saturday is a definite must this year! Founded in 2009, Natalie Davis was inspired by vintage workwear, well-worn boots, and Outlaw country music. The Canoe line explores pattern through tooled, carved, burned, and hand dyed leather accessories, from jewelry to home wares. Canoe goods are crafted with a sartorial eye and workhorse materials to last a lifetime, made proudly in the USA.
Our Austin Fair last month was by far our favorite event in that city to date! The new venue, the delicious food, the talented makers, and the Texas energy ya’ll brought made the weekend so much fun! If you want to relive the good times, or if you weren’t able to make it this time around, take a look at our Austin album on Flickr!
Along that same vein, we were thrilled to see the first 2015 fair short film created by our awesome sponsor, ZIIBRA. The team at ZIIBRA will be capturing all of our flagship fairs this year and it was such a delight to see Austin in moving images.
Wow, oh, wow, Austin! What an amazing weekend we spent together! Despite the full spectrum of weather, it was great seeing old friends, meeting new faces, and loving all the handmade wares and good vibes our Makers brought to the Austin Fair this year! Over 140 extraordinarily talented independent Makers showcased their work at Fair Market to Austinites, Texans and travelers from beyond. We got to start our day with delicious iced horchata coffee from Sister Coffee, sample addictive and tasty free cookies from Coterie Market! We couldn’t resist the range of one-of-a-kind handmade products on display from ceramics and wooden furniture to delightful hand-dyed and stitched clothing. We topped each day off with Marco’s Tacos, a handsome hot dog from Frank, and of course, some refreshing cocktails. Did anyone else find it impossible to have just one prickly pear margarita?
We saw a lot of smiles in the open air Magnolia Photo Booth! Fun fact: Those hand painted animal props featured some of the RCF Staff’s very own pets! You can view your photo booth strips from Saturday and Sunday right here.
One of our favorite post-fair activities is combing through the #RenegadeAustin collection of photos. We loved witnessing Makers and shoppers alike, posting about their favorite products, booths and experiences! Here’s some of our favorite moments below:
We always try to top each Fair, and it couldn’t be possible without your feedback! We value your opinions seriously, and always want to improve our Fairs to be the best events you attend each year. If you attended our Austin Fair, please fill out our Attendee Survey or Vendor Survey! It only takes a few minutes, we swear!
Want to relive the good times? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeAustin to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!
Big Thanks Austin, Fair Market, Our Sponsors, and Our Friends:
Our Austin Fair kicks off this weekend! This free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, booze, treats, music and more! Check out our rundown below:
We’ve got you covered for an awesome weekend with an array of things to do from DIY workshops, to custom poems, and gift basket raffles. Take a break in our nifty lounge area, or strike a pose in our free photo booth to commemorate your visit. Just take a look for yourself!
We’ve got some musical talents on-hand this weekend to soundtrack your experience at the Fair. Enjoy some handpicked tunes indoors, or head outside in the late afternoon for some live music:
Uber is sponsoring rides for our Austin 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.
Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #
We’ve created a handy little Google Map with some coffee, eats, and treats spots near our Austin Fair this weekend! We want you Austin locals to take a look and add in your own recommendations! You can add in your own favorites here: Austin Eats + Treats Map
Amber is a ceramic artist turned jewelry maker. Truth be told, Amber E Lea Designs evolved through a series of fortuitous happenstances. Amber worked with clay since she was a kid and hasn’t been able to deny her fascination with its properties. After studying ceramics and arts in college, Amber took a job at a local jewelry making company. Now, years later, she’s a jewelry designer and has started a company specializing in ceramics.
Amber began making jewelry for herself to fill the void of simple yet interesting wearables in the world. At first, Amber was drawn only to the timelessness and versatility of the color white. However, it wasn’t long, until she began creating all kinds of colored porcelains, experimenting with metals and hand painting 22k gold and silver lusters on to the surfaces. These miniature porcelain sculptures have become her passion. For Amber, bringing art into everyday lives is a beautiful and necessary thing.
Amber offered us a little peak into her studio and workspace. We love all the hanging inspiration, and the raw vessels waiting to be fired up in the kiln.
Today we’re thrilled to be featuring Betty Alida! These jewelry pieces will be kicking off our handmade weekend in Austin at our West Elm Pop-Up on May 14th and our Austin Fair May 16+17. Get ready, Austin!
Betty Alida jewelry is designed and handmade in Austin, Texas, by Jennifer Gaewsky. Created in 2014, Jennifer’s line was named after her maternal and paternal grandmothers, Betty and Alida. The designs began as a passion project and stem from a desire to create unique and beautiful pieces with high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship. Jennifer has had a strong love for art and design since childhood, when she first began exploring jewelry construction.
During the day, Jennifer is a pediatric physical therapist – but for her entire life, she has explored all types of craft from pottery to wood working to painting. She spends much of her free time learning and exploring new mediums. For Jennifer, there is something about the limitless aesthetic potential of materials that she finds addicting and she loves to create and uncover that potential. Jennifer created Betty Alida in 2014 in response to this love for making and creating, as many others do.
Jennifer is highly inspired by her surroundings, finding and absorbing inspiration everywhere. The abundance of countless highly talented artists in Austin and the city itself breathes their influence. Jennifer’s multi-colored pendants are actually inspired by the Graffiti park at Castle Hill, a large, dynamic, outdoor art gallery in Austin.
“After I spend all day absorbing inspiration, I process it, synthesize it, and make sense of it when I go for a run. That is my brainstorming time and I tend to do a lot of my rough designing during those runs. Sometimes they come to my when I am sitting in Austin traffic. Next I sketch the design and test it out on the loom. I can’t tell you how many designs look amazing in my head and terrible on the loom. But if it works out, great! And that’s how I have come up with my current designs that I will be bringing to Renegade.”
Jennifer utilizes a simple bead loom that she has grown to love after countless experimentations. Using Japanese Delica seed beads, she carefully selects the colors, creating bright, colorful palettes. Although time-consuming, Jennifer’s attention to detail shines in the colors she chooses. Once the piece is woven, it is secured in a slide bar and chain, giving the designs their unique look.
We’re going to kick off the weekend with a Pop-Up co-hosted with Coterie Market and West Elm at 1011 W 5th St. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78703. On Thursday, May 14, from 4 –8pm, stop in and sample artisanal eats and shop handmade wares from over 20 local Vendors. It’s a great way to jumpstart the weekend a little early while previewing what to look forward to.
At our Austin Fair, you’ll find yourself amongst a large variety of outstanding handmade goods, perfect for sprucing things up this Spring and finding gifts for upcoming graduations, Summer weddings, Father’s Day, holidays and more! Illustrated paper goods, jewelry, children’s apparel and toys, pet accessories, natural beauty products, clothing, and housewares are just some of the categories present at this year’s Austin Fair. Check out this year’s line up of 140+ talented Makers, food and drink, workshops and more here.
Shoppers can expect a fun and lively atmosphere at Fair Market with plenty of shopping, treats and interactive workshops. DJs from Waterloo Records will be on-hand spinning sunny rock, pop, and soul all weekend to soundtrack your experience at the Fair. Cool off and get caffeinated with some iced coffee and iced horchata from Sister Coffee. If your stomach starts growlin’, grab some hot dogs and beer from Frank’s or refreshing agua fresca and tacos from Marco’s Tacos.
Shoppers purchasing artwork and prints can consult with and get hands-on service with framing experts, FrameBridge. If you find yourself feeling a little crafty over the weekend, we invite you to create your own terrarium with Slavonk & Hortus Terraria. Join in the DIY Spirit!
Those needing to rest their tired feet can take comfort in style at the Loot Vintage Rentals lounge area.
Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and snap a few shots with family and friends to commemorate your visit!
Getting There: The Renegade Craft Fair will be held at Fair Market at 1100 East 5th St. Austin, Texas 78702. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.
Uber is sponsoring rides for our Austin 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. To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2015.
Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeAustin to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!
Happy Monday, everyone! We’re kicking off this week by getting to know Est Wst Collective. The guys at Est Wst Collective have been working hard to bring aid to rural areas of Nepal and we want to spread the word on how to help them. You can donate to their fund here.
EST WST Collective was founded by Jhana and Arya Cayton, a brother-sister team with roots in California and Kathmandu. Their bags are made in a small workshop in Nepal using sustainable and handloom textiles sourced directly from their partner weavers. Colors are drawn from nature and tradition, shedding light on the beauty that persists through a nation in transition.
Inspiration for EST WST was born when the siblings returned to Nepal in 2013, where their parents met 35 years earlier. In an effort to support marginalized populations, EST WST utilizes traditional craft, offering a functional product based in authenticity and sustainability.
Jhana and Arya work closely with their partner artisans, alternating time spent in Nepal and Northern California to develop new products, work with their weaver collectives on new designs and examine ways they can decrease their environmental impact while increasing their social impact. The regular travel also maintains the authenticity and balance between Eastern and Western aesthetic.
“We put thought into everything we source, incorporating artisanal craft and sustainable materials to ensure each piece has substance and a story behind it.” Even their hangtags are handmade from a natural plant called loktah, which grows like a weed in the foothills of the Himalayas and provides income for women in remote villages.
Their Himlayan Nettle, which is used extensively throughout the collection is harvested, spun and woven by hand without the use of electricity. Each bag is lined with a waterproof lining made from recycled materials, and a portion of each sale is dedicated to supporting rural populations through clean energy initiatives.
The latest collection, debuting at Renegade’s Austin Fair features a variety of ikats from their collective in India. The designs are all custom made and handwoven using the ancient 12 step process which originated in South Asia.
We are so thrilled to have EST WST Collective join us for our Austin Fair on May 16+17 at Fair Market. For more on their story and to stay up to date on new partnerships and travels, follow their instagram, Facebook or check out their website. EST WST is currently on the ground in Nepal working to bring aid and support to those who have not yet been helped. You can donate to their fund here.
Lindsey started working with clay while taking ceramics courses at UT. Her interest in ceramics stuck after graduating, and Lindsey bought a kiln to begin working on her own ceramics collection. Foxwares Ceramics contains functional and decorative ceramics for the home. From lanterns and coasters, to mugs and tableware, Lindsey’s pieces are not only gorgeously detailed, they are also meant to be used. We’ve got a deep love for ceramics and needless to say, we want one of everything!
Lindsey is often inspired by her travels. She makes an effort to seek out other ceramicists and finds inspiration in the simplicity of the craft and what some artists can do with so little. When she can, Lindsey visits archeological museums to see the some of the traditional pottery on display, taking in how the process and significance has remained steadfast.
Looking at Linsey’s work, you can see that she has adopted some old world techniques, as traditional patterns, textures, and shape shine through some of her pieces. Although some of Lindsey’s designs start from sketches, much of her designs are born on the wheel, letting the organic shape evolve more naturally than if she were to draw on paper.
For Lindsey, the process is all about trial and error. She finds she can only get better from practicing the process start to finish. When something good comes out of the kiln, Lindsey starts making it in production. Out of that repetition comes more learning and new ideas. The more she makes, the more she learns. Lindsey finds the practice of creating ceramics fascinating. While it may be beautifully simple – just earth and fire- it takes a lifetime to master.
Foxwares webshop is still in the works, so you’ll have to buy all the Foxwares Ceramics pieces at our Austin Fair, unless we get to them first! Fall in love with Lindsey’s entire collection on her website, and follow her on Instagram to stay up to date!
Like anything in life, good things are created with hard work, dedication, and love. Today we have the pleasure of featuring Studio KMO, a true master of hard work, dedication, and most importantly, patience. Karen will be bringing your papercutting skills to our Austin Fair at Fair Market on May 16+17.
Studio KMO is the studio artwork of papercutting artist, Karen M. O’Leary. Her modern maps are handcrafted and created with just an x-acto blade and watercolor paper in her Charlotte, North Carolina studio. The first mapcut (a hand cut modern map) was created as part of Karen’s 5th year architecture thesis. Karen’s mapcut was more than just an average map – it was a beautiful, non-typical map, layered with more information than any other. Since then, she quietly worked on these beauties for her own enjoyment.
In October of 2009, Karen listed her NYC mapcut on Etsy, in hopes of earning a few dollars. The images of the delicate streets of New York quickly circulated throughout the online design community and a business was unintentionally created.
Karen’s modern maps are more than a navigational tool, they are collected and treasured by many for the memories and stories they tell. These maps are truly a sight for sore eyes and the immaculate detail within them is a reflection of painstaking work and Karen’s passion for beauty in the smallest things.Karen’s maps are often collected as reminders of where we have been and where we aspire to go. And rightly so, they become heirlooms.
We are so excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Coterie Market and West Elm for a Pop-Up in Austin! On May 14th, join us at West Elm to kick off our Renegade Austin Fair! Shop handmade and sample some delicious artisanal food from Coterie Market! It’s the perfect way to spend a Thursday evening and get some of those Father’s Day, Graduation, Wedding, and Birthday gifts out of the way. We hope to see you there!
Our Austin Fair Roster is officially live! Check out the Makers and start picking out your favorites. We just have to say, we’re in love with every single one. Who are you looking forward to meeting at our Fair this May?
American Native Goods was created by brothers, Bobby and Clayton Chamberlain. The Chamberlain Brothers have turned Bobby’s garage into their workshop where they hammer, cut, sew, print, edge, finish, and create a variety of handmade denim and leather goods.
Seeking out American made materials, Bobby and Clayton source various leathers and selvedge denim to use in making their high quality products. Although they currently live and work in Fayetteville, AR, their roots come from rural Northeast Oklahoma, where cowboys, Indians and Americana have been infused together for generations.
The Chamberlain Brothers’ latest work is inspired by these roots and includes hand-pulled pattern work that is part of a collaboration with their illustrator friend and fellow Oklahoma native, Natalie Nelson.
Each of ETCH Studio’s designs are laser cut and hand-crafted out of their design studio in Louisiana. First an idea is made tangible through a collaborative sketch, and then it is digitally drafted onto a computer. From there, each piece is laser cut then hand painted and assembled. Their design process for each piece might seem long, but we can tell it’s absolutely worth it.
Gopi grew up in Los Angeles and recently relocated to Austin, taking a leap of faith transitioning into her dream job of being a full time ceramicist.
Gopi’s inspiration has come from the built and natural environments around her. Formerly, she worked at an environmental non-profit in LA. Hiking, biking, and visiting National and State Parks have been a part of her life since she was little. Gopi’s love for travel has fueled her inspiration daily, from the African textiles and Indian woodblocks she’s seen around the world, to the nature she walks by every day.
Working in the arts full time has opened her eyes to inspiration even in everyday objects. A pattern found on a friend’s rug inspired Gopi to create some of the designs in her ceramic cups.
The collection of handmade ceramics Gopi has created focuses on intricate design work and glazing techniques to showcase her inspirations. Gopi finds being in the studio relaxing and therapeutic. Having patience to craft each piece allows her to slow down and enjoy the process.
Ceramics is an unusual craft since there are so many steps to creating one vessel. For each piece, the clay is wedged, thrown, dried, trimmed, decorated, bisque-fired, glazed, and then re-fired.
Gopi loves the unpredictability of the kiln – never quite knowing that finished product will come out. For her, it’s the fun part – the unknown and vast possibilities that can happen in each stage.
We are in love with Gopi’s love of ceramics and cannot wait to see her work in person at our Austin Holiday Market! Be sure to stop by her booth and say hello. If you have to see more of her work before this weekend (and we don’t blame you) visit her website, etsy shop, and stay inspired with her daily on her Instagram. See you all this weekend for Small Business Saturday!