Maker Spotlight: Studio KMO

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We can’t wait to set our sights on Studio KMO’s maps in person at our Austin Fair. All you Austin locals out there, be sure to stop by and view your city through Karen’s hard work. Check out some of the city mapcuts she’s created on her Etsy shop, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Announcing West Elm Pop-Up with Coterie Market in Austin!

CM_RenegadePopup_Flyer_4We 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!

 

Austin Applications Close This Week!

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If you’ve wanted to showcase your handmade goods at our Austin Spring Fair, now’s your chance! Applications close this Friday (March 13th) so get your goods in gear and head over to our website to apply! Want to participate on a different level? We are always looking for artisanal food makers, workshop hosts, installation artists and more! You can learn more on our Participate page.

Applications Open Now: London Spring, Austin Spring, Brooklyn Pop-Ups!

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The first Fair of 2015 is going to be a brilliant one, Renegade Craft Fair is heading across the pond for Springtime. Held on April 11 – 12 at the Old Truman Brewery in London, this new addition will be the first of two UK events in 2015. Want to participate? Applications are open from February 13th – March 6th; get the full details about the Fair here.

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In May, RCF will be changing scenery and heading to the east side of Austin. On May 16 – 17, you can find our indoor/outdoor Spring event at Fair Market. Applications to participate are open from February 13th – March 13th; find more details about the Fair here.

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In June, RCF will be setting up shop for a month-long Pop-Up series at East River State Park in Brooklyn. New Yorkers will be able to shop a curated selection of modern, handmade goods from New York and beyond every Saturday from June 6th – 27th. Want to be a part of this awesome new series? Applications are open from February 13th – March 20th; find more details about the Pop-Ups here.

New Year, New Website, New City, New Tour!

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Renegade Craft Fair is back and we’re celebrating by debuting our new website and 2015 Tour! We’ve got a revamped look for 2015, including a sparkling new website featuring more intuitive navigating, designed by Aeolidia and Meg Lewis, and updated logos, designed by LAND. Have some free time? Spend some of it checking out the Renegade Craft Fair website.

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A couple of big things you may have noticed is that we’ve expanded fully into the Northwest! Seattle has been our top requested city for years and we cannot wait to venture the entire West Coast from July to August!

Here’s a summary of what we’ve got planned for you all: In 2015, Renegade Craft Fair will host a variety of events throughout the US and abroad: 8 Spring/Summer Flagship Fairs, 7 Holiday Edition Fairs, 2 Wholesale Markets (San Francisco and Brooklyn), and 4 one-day Pop-Up events in Brooklyn during the month of June. Check out the entire schedule here!

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Here are the venues we’ll be at in 2015! [photos by Fair Market | Renegade Craft | Brooklyn Expo Center]

The first Fair of 2015 is going to be a brilliant one, Renegade Craft Fair is heading across the pond for Springtime. Held on April 11 – 12 at the Old Truman Brewery in London, this new addition will be the first of two UK events in 2015. Want to participate? Applications are open from February 13th – March 6th; get the full details about the Fair here.

In May, RCF will be changing scenery and heading to the east side of Austin. On May 16 – 17, you can find our indoor/outdoor Spring event at Fair Market. Applications to participate are open from February 13th – March 13th; find more details about the Fair here.

In June, RCF will be setting up shop for a month-long Pop-Up series at East River State Park in Brooklyn. New Yorkers will be able to shop a curated selection of modern, handmade goods from New York and beyond every Saturday from June 6th – 27th. Want to be a part of this awesome new series? Applications are open from February 13th – March 20th; find more details about the Pop-Ups here.

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If you’re new to Renegade Craft Fair, take a look at what we’re all about. We’ve recently updated our Mission + Values, and we’d love for you to take a look.

Renegade Craft Fair’s Mission is to showcase the very best of independent handmade craft in a vibrant and lively marketplace which both reflects and shines a light on the work of today’s modern makers. RCF strives to keep their events approachable and relevant to emergent and established makers alike, focusing on the highest quality and newest voices. Renegade’s aim is to act as entrepreneurial incubator, community gathering space, and festive celebration of all things handmade.

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We hope you’ve had a great start to 2015, and we’ll be in touch again with more exciting news and features soon!

Austin Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!

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Hey Ya’ll! We are so excited that our Austin Holiday Market starts tomorrow just in time for Small Business Saturday! You can find the Renegade Craft Fair at the Palmer Events Center tomorrow, November 29 – Sunday, November 30, 2014. Come out and Shop Small with our curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers of outstanding handmade goods, plus workshops and more! From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, men’s accessories and goods, to children’s toys and accessories, art prints, housewares and much more.

Browse this year’s line up of 100+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Question the Answer | Teysha | Umbrella Collective | Row 2: American Native Goods | ETCH Studio | Foreverland Goods | Row 3: Sourpuss Knits | Slumlove Sweater Company

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. RSVP here to join us upstairs at the Palmer Events Center (where the Craft Fair is also taking place) on Saturday, November 29 (6:00-8:00pm).

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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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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!