American Native Goods

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Today we are featuring leather accessories from American Native Goods. These fine gentlemen will be bringing their wares to our Austin Holiday Market this weekend at the Palmer Events Center!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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We love getting an inside peek into the American Native Goods workshop and see Bobby and Clayton hard at work!ApronMaterials BeltEdgingLeatherWashers Clayton-Sewing ClaytonRiveting

We can’t wait to meet the Chamberlain Brothers and see American Native Goods in person! Stop by the Palmer Events Center this weekend and say hello at our Austin Holiday Market! You can also see what these brothers are up to on their Instagram.

 

Maker Spotlight: Etch Studio

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We’re doubling up on Austin Maker Spotlights today because there is just so much talent to share! Today we’re loving the jewelry and accessories from ETCH Studio! The gals from ETCH will be bringing their laser cut jewelry and more to our Austin Holiday Market this weekend! So skip the big stores and support Small Business Saturday – your friends and family will thank you!DSC_4783
ETCH Studio was started by architecture students and Texas natives, Zoe Ganch and Mallory Estopinal. Their studies influenced them to create a collection with clean lines and edgy geometry with inspirations pulled from some of the world’s most famous buildings.
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ETCH Studio draws from the beauty of simplicity and executes the idea of “effortless” through their jewelry design. Good design is often about the details, so Zoe and Mallory make sure to zoom into the details of their products, whether it be through the hand-painted gold leaf, material combinations, or intricate etchings on the hard-woods.

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.

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 We can’t wait to snatch up some of ETCH Studio’s jewelry at our Austin Holiday Market this weekend! We’d say we were buying gifts for others, but that might be a lie. Want to stay in the know? Follow ETCH Studio on Facebook and Instagram, and choose your favorites on their website. See you all this weekend!

Maker Spotlight: Gopi Shah Ceramics

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Today we are featuring a new RCF maker, Gopi Shah Ceramics! Gopi will be showcasing her stunning work at our Austin Holiday Market this weekend, and we can’t wait to get our hands on those hands!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.7

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.

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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!

Sprout by HP + Flavorpill Afterparty in Austin!

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Attendees can be among the first to experience Sprout by HP, a new immersive computing platform recently announced by HP. Sprout combines multiple devices – a scanner, depth sensor, hi-resolution camera, projector –  into a single device, allowing users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace, the perfect tool for those looking to make handmade gifts, party favors or decorations this holiday season, or a great gift for the DIY enthusiast among your friends and family. From holiday cards and party invitations to keepsake photo collages, personalized recipe books, ornaments, jewelry and more, Sprout lets you create whatever you can imagine, instantly. Renegade Craft is pleased to announce their partnership with Sprout by HP, the Official Tech Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour.

Sprout by HP and Flavorpill have teamed up to present the official Austin Renegade Craft Fair Afterparty, Meet the Makers. Guests can mingle with fellow creatives and craft fair fans, enjoy complimentary cocktails, and hit the dance floor. RSVP HERE and join us upstairs at the Palmer Events Center (where the Craft Fair is also taking place) on Saturday, November 29 (6:00-8:00pm).

Austin Holiday Market in just one week!

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Hey Ya’ll! We are so excited that our Austin Holiday Market is just around the corner – 1 week to be exact! This year’s Fair will take place at the Palmer Events Center on Saturday, November 29 – Sunday, November 30, 2014, just in time for Small Business Saturday. From 11am – 6pm, you’ll be able to shop our curated selection of today’s modern and innovative indie-craft Makers along with workshops, food and drinks, music, and more!

Give the gift of handmade this holiday season and Shop Small! At the Palmer Events Center, you’ll find an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, children’s toys, apparel and shoes, to natural healthy and beauty products, repurposed lighting and furniture, housewares and much more. Browse this year’s line up of 100+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Expect a festive and lively atmosphere at the Palmer Events Center with holiday shopping and a mixture of interactive activities and free workshops. DJs from Waterloo Records will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. Plus, the venue and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer.

Feeling inspired by all of our Makers’ handmade goods? Get crafty at one of our workshops and make holiday baubles and embroidered cards with Pom Pom Quarterly, or learn how to screen print, wood burn, and build your own bath salts with LeafDistrict.

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Does shopping make you tired? Rest your tired feet and get comfortable in style at the Loot Vintage Rentals and Spruce Upholstery lounge areas. While taking a break, visitors can prop their feet up and rent a book from the Austin Public Library + Recycled Reads and participate in a make-and-take craft workshop.

Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth! Dress up in props, put your smiles on, pose, and bring home a photo to commemorate your Renegade Craft visit!

Once you’ve done all your holiday shopping, head over to our Renegade Craft Gift Adornment station: a one-stop solution for gift-giving. Pick up a gift wrap goodie bag fit with gift tags, toppers, twine, and whatever else you might need to spruce up your holiday gifts.

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Renegade Craft is pleased to announce their partnership with Sprout by HP, the Official Tech Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour. Attendees can be among the first to experience Sprout by HP, a new immersive computing platform recently announced by HP. Sprout combines multiple devices – a scanner, depth sensor, hi-resolution 3Dcamera, projector –  into a single device, allowing users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace, the perfect tool for those looking to make handmade gifts, party favors or decorations this holiday season, or a great gift for the DIY enthusiast among your friends and family. From holiday cards and party invitations to keepsake photo collages, personalized recipe books, ornaments, jewelry and more, Sprout lets you create whatever you can imagine, instantly.

Sprout by HP and Flavorpill have teamed up to present the official Austin Renegade Craft Fair Afterparty, Meet the Makers. Guests can mingle with fellow creatives and craft fair fans, enjoy complimentary cocktails, and hit the dance floor. Mark your calendar and join us at upstairs at the Palmer Events Center (where the Craft Fair is also taking place) on Saturday, November 29 (6:00-8:00pm). You can RSVP here.

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Getting There: The Austin Holiday Market will be held at the Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road. We encourage you to walk, bike, take public transit or grab an Uber to our fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Austin Holiday Market! New users can get up to $25 in Uber credits using the code RCF2014! To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2014. Route directions to the Fair here.

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!

Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco and all Renegade 2014 flagship events.

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

 

Special Thanks to Our Austin Sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Seagrape Bath and Body + Giveaway

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We’re beginning our Austin Maker Spotlights by featuring soap extraordinaire, Seagrape Bath + Body! This Utah maker most recently showcased her products at our New York Holiday Market and we can’t wait to see her again at our Austin Holiday Market on November 29+30! Plus be sure to continue reading for the exciting Giveaway offer!

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Seagrape bath + body is a luxurious line of  soap products created by Maria Vashakidze. Maria’s collection of cold processed soaps, perfumes, massage oils, aftershaves, balms and serums, specialize in all natural handmade aphrodisiac blends and romance products. Maria likes to focus on creating products that allow individuals to surround themselves with things that make them feel happy, sensual and centered.

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Inspired by the beauty found in nature, all of Seagrape’s products are made with oils, butters and botanicals derived from the earth. Synthetic dyes, preservatives, sulfates or chemicals are never used in anything Maria makes. Instead, soaps and products are created with clays, ground herbs, charcoal and spices. Pure essential oils are used to scent the soaps and oils creating unforgettable one-of-a-kind gifts.

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Maria uses traditional cold-process techniques to create Seagrape’s soaps and shampoo bars. Every batch is made lovingly with carefully researched ingredients to ensure that the goodness of the herbs and essential oils is retained.

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The massage oils, balms, perfumes and serums are all made to order to ensure freshness, a long shelf life and quality. Using rich vegetable oils like avocado and jojoba, organic beeswax and luxurious butters, the products not only smell and feel divine, but also work really well. DSC_0026

You can tell how much Maria cares about her work by the quality of ingredients and scents she carefully chooses for each product. What’s more amazing is that she’s listed and described all the ingredients she uses in her ingredient list!DSC_0028


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We can’t wait to stock up on stocking stuffers and holiday gifts from Seagrape Bath + Body at our Austin Holiday Market! Stay up to date with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and stop by the Seagrape booth and say hello!

 

SEAGRAPE INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

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Our makers are in the giving spirit this holiday season! Seagrape Bath + Body is continuing our Renegade Giveaway tradition, offering up their Lavender Gift Set to one lucky winner on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:

– Follow RENEGADE CRAFT and Seagrape on Instagram.

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

– The Giveaway will run from today, November 20 – Tuesday November 25 (midnight PST). The winner will be announced on Wednesday 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!

Austin Holiday Market Roster is Live

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Happy Monday, Everyone! We’re kicking off the week with our newly released Austin November Market Roster! Browse the 100+ makers that will be presenting the best and brightest handmade goods in Austin and beyond HERE.

In the Studio: A&K Woodworking & Design

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While in Austin we had the pleasure of stopping by the A&K Woodworking and Design studio.  Amanda and Khiem teamed up with The Maker Co-op at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition this year.  We were so excited to talk to Amanda and Khiem in person and see where their incredible wood furniture and accessories were created.
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A&K was started in April 2013 after we moved from Boston, MA to Austin, TX. We both graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where we studied woodworking and photography. We moved to Austin because it is a place full of opportunities for artists. The people who live in this beautiful city know the importance of supporting the arts and local businesses. We are inspired by the architecture around us and the mix of mid-century modern and Japanese design.
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Our pieces are handcrafted with great attention to detail. We believe in using oils and finishes that protect the wood while enhancing the natural beauty.  Quality is our focus, we strive to make pieces that will last life times.
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When it comes to our process it definitely varies a bit between custom furniture for clients and our own designs. In many cases we begin by creating our design, planning costs, taking a trip to the lumber yard, milling the wood, and finally hand-crafting the piece. A lot of time is spent planning the piece and its construction before beginning.

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Khiem is working for A&K full-time while Amanda is working for both A&K and has a small part-time job on the side. We currently sell smaller home goods such as cutting boards, mini lanterns, and coasters in addition to our larger furniture pieces.

AKWoodandDesign-5376A few tips and suggestions for potential makers would be to keep making! It’s important to continue practicing your craft. In addition to making, be sure to document your work! Having your work documented helps to show potential clients what you have been creating. Join groups! For us, joining The Maker Co-op here in Austin, TX, helped us to have a group of artists who are in the same boat as us. It is important to have people to turn to who will help you as you embark on your small business journey.

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Thank you, Amanda and Khiem, for letting the Renegade Craft Gang tour your amazing workshop!  Be sure to check out The Maker Co-op as well as A&K Woodworking and Design, plus their blog, facebook, twitter and instagram!

In the Studio: Fox + Brie

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During our trip to Austin for our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition, we had the opportunity to stop by and visit a few of our Makers.  Our first stop was the Fox & Brie studio in North Austin.  Jess Decelle, who has been a part of our Austin Markets in the past, graciously gave us a tour of her studio and talked about her beginnings and the inspiration for Fox & Brie.
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When putting together a collection, I try to offer a variety of different patterns that work well together but are still interesting enough to stand out individually. I’m always on the hunt for unique prints and eye-catching color combinations that lend a modern twist to the idea of the Southern gentleman.
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Every aspect of Fox & Brie is created in my home studio–sewing patterns, packaging, graphic design. From the first cut to the final stitch, each item is made with my own two hands, allowing me complete control over quality and construction.

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As a child, when asked by well-meaning adults what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered politely, “I just want to make neat things and go on lots of adventures.” It’s taken 27 years and two college degrees to realize that I just need to create useful, beautiful things for people to enjoy. I began Fox & Brie as a side project while working on my MA in Advertising. As an art director, most of my days were spent staring at a computer screen; so, I began to fill my nights with tangible projects and odd little creations. After graduation I behaved accordingly and worked as a designer for a short time, but missed the simple, tactile act of creating something with my own two hands. Finally realizing that my naive childhood wish was a possibility, I took a chance and started out on an adventure.

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I began working full-time as Fox & Brie in March 2012, constantly trying to improve my methods, seeking out unique vintage & dead-stock fabrics, and looking for new opportunities & sources of inspiration. It’s been an incredible experience, filled with long nights of work, a lot of trial & error, and an amazing sense of fulfillment that I never really expected to feel in my lifetime.

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Sometimes, it’s going to be the worst. You’re going to face exhaustion, self-doubt, failures, naysayers, and every other problem you didn’t even know existed. Some days you may look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What am I even doing here?”

Keep going. It means you’re on the right track.

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If you are so afraid of failure that you never take risks, the best you can hope for is mediocrity. Failure is essential to creativity. Embrace your mistakes as a chance to grow, learn what doesn’t work and then find out what does. Become an expert at your craft and continue to experiment with new techniques & designs. Each time you overcome an obstacle, you will grow stronger and more confident in your
abilities and in yourself. Yes, sometimes owning a creative business is the worst, but it is also the most rewarding, fulfilling, fantastic experience of my life and it has made me a better person in spite of myself.

Just keep going.

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Thank you, Jess for letting us spend the afternoon with you over at Fox & Brie!  Take a look at the Fox & Brie website, and visit her blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep updated with Fox & Brie!