Thank You, Austin

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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?

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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:

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Row 1: @saritatheresa | @kayteejs | @onalimbcreative Row 2: @lulunono | @clairesommersbuck |@mrs.lawsongoods | Row 3: @amberelea | @shorttailshop | @akulakreative

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!

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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!

Stay tuned for news and updates regarding our 2015 Spring/Summer Tour. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!

Big Thanks Austin, Fair Market, Our Sponsors, and Our Friends:

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Kick Off Your Weekend at Renegade Craft Fair Austin!

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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:

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We’ve got something for everyone at this Spring Fair! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Spring.
Check out the full ROSTER to catch a glimpse!
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If your stomach starts growlin’ or you want to cool off, grab a drink and sample some of Austin’s finest fare from these lovely foodies:
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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!

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Loot Vintage Rentals
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MUSIC + ENTERTAINMENT

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:

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Want more handmade in your life? Learn more about Makers behind their craft in our
Maker Spotlights and re-pin your favorite Makers from our Pinterest board.
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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.For those visiting Austin, take a look at our handy Eats + Treats Map to help you explore this awesome city. Feel free to add in some of your favorite haunts, too!

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/RCF2015unnamed

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!

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

 

Maker Spotlight: Ele Story

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Happy Friday! We’re here to dole out some adorableness and feature Ele Story! This whimsical clothing line will be at our Austin Fair this weekend!
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Judy Jou is the woman behind Ele Story. With a passion to design cute and sweet things, she could not wait to design clothes for her daughter.  Judy love dresses and thinks kids are little versions of adults and they should be dressed well.  For Judy, designing for children means more freedom and fun, because it allows her to mix bold prints together in a wonderful way. FallJacket_Snow_HighTeaWeb
 The name “Ele Story” was inspired by a song in Chinese Judy’s mother sang to her as a child, about a little elephant who is encouraged to be proud of her long nose because it is what makes her who she is.  The clothing line celebrates the uniqueness of every child as they grow up and discover who they are. Pinafore_RiseAShine_web
As a former costume designer, Judy does a lot of research before putting anything to paper.  Judy spends the bulk of her time taking in images that she finds and then spend time doodling and drawing out silhouettes. Both the fabric and Judy’s inspiration informs how she decides to move forward with a piece. Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 2.59.52 PM
At the end of production, Judy takes time stepping back and viewing the collection as a whole, making sure cohesion and fluidity is felt, similar to dressing characters on the stage. SwingJacket_Rain_Web

We’re so thrilled to have Ele Story at our Austin Fair this weekend. Check the entire collection online and stay up to date on Facebook and Instagram. See ya’ll tomorrow!

Austin Eats + Treats Map

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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

Maker Spotlight: Amber E Lea

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We’re gawking over jewelry designer and ceramicist, Amber E Lea today! Amber will be bringing her designs to our West Elm Pop-Up tomorrow and our Austin Fair this weekend!

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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.singlestriperings

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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.ringdish

Both the color palette and textures of Amber’s work are largely influenced by her time spent in the high deserts of New Mexico. Amber translates the intrinsic and extrinsic beauty of the four classic elements, earth, water, air and fire, into each clay piece.
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 All hand-sculpted porcelain jewelry pieces are paired with fine metals. Once in awhile, Amber throws in the occasional leather or fiber element to keep things interesting. The raw porcelain’s integrity and durability is preserved through a series of high temperature firings in her kiln.firingupclose

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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.

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We can’t wait to buy all of Amber’s designs at our Pop-Up tomorrow and Austin Fair this weekend! Check out her collection and Etsy shop, plus stay up to date on Instagram.

Maker Spotlight: Pastrana Studio

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Who doesn’t want to spend time on a Monday looking at gorgeous wooden wares? And by gorgeous, we mean G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! Today we’re focusing our eyes on the modern, minimalist designs of Pastrana Studio. The husband and wife duo behind Pastrana will be bringing their wares to the West Elm Pop-Up on May 14th, and our Austin Fair this weekend at Fair Market!
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 Born and raised Texans, Julian and Kate created Pastrana Studio out of their appreciation for well-made goods and hard work. The things that they are inspired by and enjoy most are evident in their design and product creation. They not only consider design when creating a product, but functionality as well, stressing the idea of creating for a purpose. For Julian and Kate, knowing that others will be able to use Pastrana Studio pieces in their homes to create their own memorable moments is the reason they put more time and care into focusing on each detail. From the selection of the materials they use to the craftsmanship of each piece, Julian and Kate’s process allows for them to create quality heirloom products that not only will be enjoyed, but passed down for generations to come and continue the story.
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While Julian and Kate handle different aspects of the business – the force between these two can be strongly felt in the finished product. Julian handles the construction aspect of the process which includes milling the wood, joinery of the pieces, grinding, and shaping to its final form. Kate handles the finishing phases which include an extensive sanding process, and several coasts of their oil-based finish.
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Both Julian and Kate have equal contribution in the design concepts, sketch up drawings, and prototype critiques for their products, breaking up the physical labor in the shop with photo-shoots, marketing, and packaging for shipments. After spending a long time working on prototyping and designing last year, Pastrana Studio launched an online shop in September while both had full time jobs. Julian is still a firefighter/paramedic, but just this month, Kate has started doing Pastrana Studio full time.
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Pastrana Studio finds beauty in the wabi sabi nature of their medium. Julian and Kate don’t try to disguise a crack or knot in a piece of wood they’re working with – but rather find beauty in the uniqueness and incorporate it into their finished design.
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They allow the wood to speak for itself, to tell its own story. For some creatives, allowing the natural medium of their craft to tell its own story might be challenging. But for Julian and Kate, that challenge can be the best inspiration, gifting them a launching point to start their design.stool1 (1 of 1) copy
Through the continuing revolution within the Maker movement, Pastrana Studio stands out by using high quality hardwoods, refined designs, and master craftsmanship. pastranastudio_servingboard (1 of 1) copy
 We absolutely cannot wait to set our eyes on Pastrana Studio’s wooden wares at our Austin Fair and West Elm Pop-Up this weekend! Watch out, ya’ll, there might be some brawling over that plant stand! Check out the Pastrana Studio website, and spend some hours gawking away at their Instagram. See you soon!

Maker Spotlight: Betty Alida

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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We are so thrilled to have Jennifer and Betty Alida join us at our West Elm Pop-Up and Austin Fair next weekend! Visit the Betty Alida website and follow on Instagram to stay up to date!

Austin Sneak Peek!

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We are counting down the days until our Austin Fair! Less than two weeks until we head over to East Austin and settle in at Fair Market. Join us on May 16 + 17, for our free handmade extravaganza! Open from 11am – 6pm each day, this Fair will feature a curated selection of today’s finest independent Makers, interactive workshops, food and drinks, fun times and more!

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.

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ROW 1: KRISTEN SAKSA JUEN | SNOW FLOWER PAPER CO | PASTRANA STUDIO | ROW 2: HATTON HENRY | WILD AIR & CO. | FOXWARES CERAMICS | ROW 3: TONI POINT | JANIKA JEWELRY | THE GOOD HIPPIE

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!

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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.

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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 #RenegadeAustin 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 or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Mother’s Day Ideas with Coterie Market

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve teamed up with Austin’s Coterie Market to help simplify gift-giving this holiday! This Mother’s Day, we recommend personalizing with your gift while still taking it easy on yourself. Key to it all? The perfect vessel.
1. Anchor your gift with a gorgeous pouch or bag, like one of these from Bunglo. Mom can use this as a clutch, a purse catch-all, a travel case, and other useful ways.
2. Order a few of her favorite things from local, independent, online retailers and keep it simple for yourself! Find her favorite chocolates, preserves, or tea. Treat your mom to some therapeutic bath salts, beauty products or soap. Plus, make it personal by framing an treasured old family photo or pairing the pouch with Mom’s favorite blooms. Here are some of our favorite finds:
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Mother’s Day card by Stationery Bakery | Bath Salts by Cure Handmade | Chocolate Truffles by Tailor Made Treats | Tea by Cat Spring Tea | Preserves by Confituras
3. Prepare your hairdo to receive Mama’s loving bear hug when you present her gift at brunch and pat yourself on the back for supporting local artisans while making her special day!
If by chance you fall behind and don’t have time to send dearest Mom her gift in time, don’t fret! Stop by our West Elm Pop-Up with Coterie Market on May 14th, and join us for our Austin Fair on May 16+17 for some belated handmade goodness – Mom will love her handmade gifts, whenever she gets them!

Maker Spotlight: Est Wst Collective

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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.Photo_RKTQ_RKBBBL203

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.

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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. Collective Salijar Walk

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.
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“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. IMG_8698 IMG_8891

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. IMG_87199

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. RKBBBL203_Topi

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.