A 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
We 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!
Today we are featuring Alabama Maker, Loyal Stricklin. Michael Stricklin began crafting accessories as a response to poorly made accessories he had seen in the market. It was his mission to create high quality lifestyle goods that are not only long-lasting, but would also age and patina beautifully with every use. We first fell in love with Loyal Stricklin after discovering his Aviator Mug, the perfect traveling coffee accessory one could ask for. But with every product that has been added to the Loyal Stricklin lifestyle line, from Horween leather tote bags to wallets, we’ve fallen in love more and more. The attention to detail and quality of goods produced by Loyal Stricklin is unparalleled. Loyal Stricklin does not cut corners and sources the highest quality materials such as Horween Chromexcel leather, and Japanese brass hardware. We love how this unisex Shackle Bracelet is the epitome of simplicity yet exhibits richness. Loyal Stricklin crafts everything in their Alabama studio and believes strongly in American made products as well as small batch production, ensuring the highest quality as well as providing a personal connection with each item made. Just like Renegade Craft Fair, Loyal Stricklin believes that handmade items “just have that little extra personal touch that sets them above the rest.” The photos on the Loyal Stricklin Instagram feed are stunning visual representations of products, inspirations, and the culture and nature of Michael Strickin’s travels. We are so thrilled to have Loyal Stricklin join us at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin! Get yourself acquainted with all of the products on their website, Twitter, Instagram and come out to our Fair in just 3 days!
SXSW Fashion is serious business, which makes packing for SXSW a near impossible feat. If you’re struggling with what to wear during SXSW, the Makers from our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition have got you covered! It was so much fun pairing together eclectic pieces and necessities for our SXSW Roundup. Starting from the left: the rainbow polka dot shirt is from Totally Blown Clothing. The tie-dye scarf, a SXSW must-have, is from Late Sunday Afternoon. Accessorize yourself with a 2 Step Puff Necklace from Cheek-ie and triangle earrings from MapleXO. Keep your eyes protected from the bright sun with the Bradbury wood sunglasses from Sire’s Eyewear. With all the walking that is involved at SXSW you definitely want to have your essentials on you but don’t want to carry anything too bulky or heavy, that’s where Rais Case comes in with their southwestern Vida fanny pack. And just like that, you’ve got a great look for SXSW!
Clothing and accessories aren’t the only thing you have to think about while trailing the streets from one concert to the next. Protect yourself from the Texas heat with Sam Wish deodorant and smell fresh all day with Sea Grape’s roll-on perfume. Staying hydrated is the most important thing to remember during festival days, so add a handy flask and a pop of color to your ensemble with Bush Smart’s hip flask. And speaking of staying hydrated, keep Tchoup Industries’ Happy Hour Key Ring attached to you at all times to keep the party going. We hope this helps you determine your SXSW essentials! Be sure to check out these Makers as well as the other 200+ Makers at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition next week!
Today we are featuring Doc Elliot, a small, independently owned operation in Austin, TX with a passion for men’s grooming and quality, natural ingredients. Courtney Morgan started Doc Elliot when her obsession with pomades led her to experiment with natural ingredients creating a product that still contained the shine and hold of traditional pomades without all the chemicals.
Doc Elliot offers healthier, natural alternatives to styling products containing petroleum and mineral oil ingredients. They have expanded their product line, offering the same quality ingredients, such as jojoba and argan oil, in all Doc Elliott grooming essentials. We can’t talk about Doc Elliot without mentioning their incredible packaging. Their line of grooming products invokes past memories of vintage apothecaries with a modern twist. Doc Elliot provides the absolute perfect gift options for any man in your life from their Beard Care Combo to the Grooming Essentials Sample Kit. Buying gifts for that impossible man, just got a lot easier.
Here at Renegade Craft we are always looking for fresh, new talents to bring to our annual fairs. Today we are featuring a brand new Maker to our fairs, R.Keen. Regina Waters is the jewelry designer behind R.Keen and we are so excited to share her unique line of jewelry with you. Although she is new to Renegade Craft Fair, Regina has always been a maker at heart. Her family would sew and create traditional crafts that were an extension of their tribal heritage, such as Kiowa dolls and dresses to sell at craft fairs.
Each unique piece of jewelry is made from rawhide leather, which Regina hand paints, staying true to the essential materials and methods American Indians have traditionally used. We love how Regina infuses different tribal identities and design elements from her three different tribes, Otoe-Missouria, Kiowa and Cherokee, creating a fresh look on traditional Native American patterns and designs.
Regina uses her cultural identity to guide color and design, blending traditional methods with modern ideas and elements that are unique to traditional Native American jewelry. We can’t get enough of R.Keen’s flawless color combinations and creative patterns.
The R.Keen website is still in the works so in the meantime, explore her Instagram feed and Flickr page, then come to Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin to be one of the first to buy R.Keen Jewelry!
Today we’re featuring Massachusetts’ Maker, The Bower Studio. Vincent Frano and Isa Wang are the minds behind the exquisitely designed and crafted soaps, salves, and illustrated gifts. Educated in fine arts, illustration, and herbalism, The Bower Studio strives to bring both beauty and utility to their line of products.
Vincent and Isa’s partnership began in 2011, with molded curiosity soaps like these robin eggs and bird skull soaps. Their appreciation for design is perfectly captured in the intricate detail of the ivory skull and the characteristic speckles of the robin’s eggs.
The Bee Project, started by The Bower Studio in 2013, is a line of cards and prints in which 100% of the profits go directly to The Honey Bee Health Research Project, raising awareness about the myriad of obstacles honey bees face today. The illustrated bees, such as the one depicted on this card, is not only an example of affection The Bower Studio has for nature, but also a reminder of the beauty and necessity bees offer to our world.
The Bower Studio remains true to their handmade aesthetic. From designing and illustrating logos and labels, to creating soap molds and packaging, Vincent and Isa’s passion for their work can be seen in the variety of soaps they create. Not only are these products well-designed and aromatic, they are created by a genuine herbalist – so you know that there are amazing benefits to these soaps as well! We are particularly excited about their line of herbal soaps and salves, such as the Goat Milk + Red Clover Soap.
The Bower Studio took its inspiration and namesake from the bower bird, an Australian bird known for collecting feathers, shells, and berries to embellish its nests. The name is quite fitting, as The Bower Studio looks to nature and the Cabinet of Curiosity as their source of inspiration and herbal insight.
We are so overjoyed that The Bower Studio will be presenting their exquisitely crafted soaps, salves, and illustrated work at The Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin from March 13-15. Visit The Bower Studio’s website and blog for their full line of products and come to our Austin March Market to see their Amethyst Crystal Soap with your own eyes!
We are kicking off our 2014 Spring season by featuring a Lone Star State Maker, Coyote Alert Co., created by Zach Terrell in Denton, TX. This one-man-show started out as a t-shirt company back in 2007 featuring “fun and distinct” designs for young adults. Since then, Coyote Alert has progressed into a full line of clothing and accessories, and we love them all!
Coyote Alert Co. recently debuted a line of leather accessories ranging from wallets to keychains. We love the rugged, utilitarian design and richness of the leather. The Natural Leather Keychain and Essential Slim Wallet are a couple of our favorite items, and since the leather accessories at Coyote Alert are hand-stitched, they are made to last.
From the product photography capturing the details of Terrell’s work, to the branding and design of his hand-printed tags and t-shirts, we could spend hours gazing at this website!
Terrell was inspired by his grandfather who always made things with his own hands. The WWII veteran is a personal hero of Terrell’s and has inspired him to craft products using the same tools. Everything from design to production to fulfillment is done by Terrell himself.
We are so thrilled to have Coyote Alert Co. join us at Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin this March! Check out Coyote Alert’s website, blog, and Instagram to see the full line of products as well as inspirations and travels.
Dapper Austinites, take note: Fox & Brie will be selling their line of handcrafted menswear at Renegade Austin! Specializing in bow ties, neckties, pocket squares, and other men’s accessories, all of their items are carefully designed and made with high-quality, natural fibers—no poly-blends here! All of their ties are made with a variety of new & vintage fabrics collected from all over the world.
Follow Fox & Brie on Instagram to see snaps of new designs, and photos of their ties at weddings all over the United States. Need a new tie for next year’s wedding season? Looking for a gift for that well-dressed man in your life? Find Fox & Brie’s booth at the Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!
Created in November of 2012 by Travis Weaver, a small town guy originally from Zephyr, Texas, Manready Mercantile is a small business built on the values of honesty and hard work. Now living in Houston, Travis got his start by making candles in small batches on a stove in his apartment, focusing on a quality product made with all-natural ingredients. He initially developed 20 products and partnered up with his neighbor, Roby Fitzhenry, a graphic designer, who spear-headed label design and overall branding.
Manready Mercantile goods are unisex, but packaged and branded for men. They give off an outdoorsy, rough and tumble vibe that’s different from anything you’ll find at the mall or the drugstore. In just one year, they’ve grown and developed a secondary “dry goods” line, T.S. Weaver & Co, which is focused on wood, leather, and various textiles. Follow Manready Mercantile on Instagram or Facebook to see what they’re working on this holiday season, and visit their booth at Renegade Craft Fair’s Winter Market in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center!
Paper & Clay is the modern handmade ceramics studio of Memphis, TN artist Brit McDaniel. Her modern pieces are functional and utilitarian, and are inspired by classic mid-century American and Scandinavian designs. Each piece is hand-thrown, glazed and fired with careful attention to detail.
Brit mentioned that she’ll be bringing some special pieces from her Winter collection to Renegade:
“I am really excited to bring my Fall/Winter color palette to Renegade! I’ve settled on a rich dark teal, a deep golden yellow, and a wintery grey. I’ll also have several other popular colors with me including pale mint and a cheery Holiday red!I’m most excited to bring my Sake sets to Austin this year. They are a new item for my shop and I think they will be a great Holiday gift. The set comes with a decanter and two sake cups. The best part is, the decanter can be used as a bud vase when you aren’t serving up your favorite spirits!”
Follow Paper & Clay on Instagram to see what Brit is making for Renegade – she will be selling her beautiful ceramics at our 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Austin on November 30 + December 1, 2013 at the Palmer Events Center!
A few peeks into Brit’s studio:
(photo credit for last photo: Emily Michelle Jones Photography)
What? Sublime Stitching + Berkley Illustration embroidery pattern = amazing Austin RCF synergy!
P.S. Stay tuned, we’ll be featuring MANY more Austin RCF excitement in the coming weeks – get ready!