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!

 

 

 

 

 

In the Studio: Stowe Provisions

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Our final studio visit in Austin was  Stowe Provisions.  Mark Howard and Mark Stowe are the craftsmen behind the leather company.  We were welcomed in by their hospitality, southern charm, and of course, their sweet dog.
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We started SP [Stowe Provisions] in 2003 during SXSW.  I’d been dabbling at leatherwork for a while and Howie, who I’ve known since grade 2, was in town for SXSW and we just decided to form an actual business and pursue it more fully.  The aesthetic started out of a lack of options available in the retail market at the time.  In 2003 there weren’t really other people creating quality handmade leather goods for anyone but conservative ranchers and cowboys.   So I started making things that i wanted to wear, and people started buying them from me.    
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We pursued it as a business because we really enjoy the work, and the idea of being independent, self-sufficient… all those things that appeal to an entrepreneur and/or creative person.
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We start by selecting American veg-tanned hides in the appropriate size/weight/condition for the product in mind.  All pieces/shapes/etc are sized and cut out by hand.  From here every piece is a little bit different.  Most of our work is embossed in some way and that is usually the next step.  Stamps are pressed in with a shop-press or stamped in by striking with a hammer.  
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After embossing some pieces are dyed first, others painted.  All painting and dying is done by hand as well.  During this phase there is also a lot of “conditioning” the leather at various points before and after dying.  Oiling, sanding, physically softening.  Finally, hardware is attached and the product is tagged and packaged if pre-ordered.
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We took some time away from the business for most of 2009 to early 2013.  And the reason for the relaunch was actually very similar to the original beginning.  While there are A LOT more brands of handmade leather goods on the market currently, we struggle to find pieces that are interesting and show a level of thought and craftsmanship that set them apart and make them seem worth owning.
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The Renegade Gang was absolutely amazed by the quality and craftsmanship of the goods Stowe Provisions created.
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Stowe and Howie’s advice to makers out there?  Make work you believe in and get to know your market.  We couldn’t say it better.
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Thank you Stowe Provisions, for giving us the opportunity to tour your workshop and get to know you and your craft.  Learn more about Stowe Provisions and visit their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You, Austin!

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Thank you, Austin and SXSW!  Last weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition at the Palmer Events Center was one of our best Austin shows yet!  Over 200 talented makers showcased their work for excited shoppers and SXSW attendees.

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DJs No Kid$ and Babefool kept the atmosphere lively as visitors perused each booth.  We saw lots of smiles in the photo ops areas where The Confetti Committee set up a whimsical cactus backdrop and Jakprints hosted a slow motion video booth.

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It was a pleasure to see so many happy shoppers buying handmade during SXSW!

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If you attended our 2014 Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW please fill out our survey!  It only takes a minute.

Stay tuned for official dates on our other upcoming Spring + Summer Renegade Craft Fairs.  And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay updated on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!

Big thanks to you, Austin, and our sponsors!

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Maker Spotlight: Stitch Prism

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Today we are featuring Stitch Prism, a jewelry and aerium designer in West Philadelphia.  The designer, KellyAnne Mifflin, created Stitch Prism after making jewelry out of metals and objects found on the street for herself and her friends.  Since then, the business has evolved into kids classes and workshops, craft shows throughout Philadelphia and now an e-commerce site.  We are so happy that Stitch Prism is traveling all the way from Philadelphia to join our Austin Market!

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The name, Stitch Prism, is meant to evoke thoughts about color, light, shape, weaving, and connecting – elements and ideas that inspire KellyAnne’s designs.  We absolutely love the interesting shape and textural combinations featured in Stitch Prism’s jewelry.

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KellyAnne’s beautifully arranged aeriums consist of airplants, lichens, mosses, and woodland elements carefully curated and housed in glass containers.  Each hanging garden is unique unto itself, and creates a natural statement in your home.

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IMG_8480We are so excited that Stitch Prism is joining us tomorrow through Saturday at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin!  Check out KellyAnne’s unique jewelry and aeriums in person and show the Philadelphia native some of that southern hospitality!  Visit the Stitch Prism website, Facebook, and Etsy page to see all of her work and updates.  See you all tomorrow in Austin!