Maker Spotlight: Cocoruto

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Now that Summer is charging full steam ahead, it’s inevitable that some of us will be donning sunburns on our shoulders. So when we come across beauty products such as Cocoruto, we start planning ahead. Cocoruto will be bringing their handmade body products to our final Brooklyn Pop-Up this Saturday at East River State Park. IMG_7528 edit

Cocoruto is a line of 100% natural skincare products, handcrafted from plant-based ingredients. Extremely effective, and very gentle, all of their products are formulated to nourish and hydrate your skin. Cocoruto sources organic, fair trade, and local ingredients, carefully selecting herbs and essential oils that are safe for a wide variety of skin types.

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Caroline Hall is the creator behind Cocoruto and has been determined to formulate products for all skin types, particularly sensitive skin. Caroline is an apparel designer by trade, but soon found her passion for making natural products shortly after her second daughter was born. She has eczema and food allergies, and her skin is easily irritated. Caroline’s own sensitive skin made it difficult to find skincare products that work for her.

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Caroline believes in using only the most nourishing and essential ingredients in each product. Essential oils are also carefully selected for their healing/therapeutic properties, and not just for their beautiful aromas. All Cocoruto products are made by hand in small batches. Recently, Caroline has expanded her line to include beeswax candles. Burning beeswax candles purifies indoor air by releasing negative ions that bind to toxins. Plus, Caroline uses wax from a local beekeeper. We absolutely love the smell of honey that fills the air when beexwax candles burn, so we are particularly excited about this extension in the Cocoruto line.

IMG_7564 editWe cannot wait to see Caroline and her Cocoruto products again at our Brooklyn Pop-Ups! This Saturday is our last one so be sure to stop by East River State Park to say hello! You can find Cocoruto online here:

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Maker Spotlight: Ironwood Design

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We’ve had such a pleasure hanging out with makers every Saturday this month, and it’s sad to think we won’t be meeting with our friends in Brooklyn for awhile after our final Pop-Up. We’ve loved getting to know Ironwood, as they’ve set up shop each weekend, and this Saturday with be their (and our) final Pop-Up with RCF!

IMG_2274Ironwood creates beautiful, functional homeware and furniture inspired by innovative simplicity and daily use. Their commitment is to design and build vibrant, useful pieces of art that can be passed down in families for generations.

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Designers Bay and Josiah Jackson founded Ironwood Designs in 2012. Their studio and workshop are located in Bristol, Vermont where they design and build all of their furniture and homeware collections.

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From an early age, Bay was immersed in many facets of Danforth Pewter, her family business. This gave her both a sense of appreciation for handcrafted works of art that could be broadly available as well as a desire to make handmade goods. With a fine arts degree, Bay gained exposure to a variety of media and opportunities to discover her true creative inspiration, the juxtaposition of elements worn by age and the simplicity of modern lines.

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Josiah was raised in and around a family of fine artists. He started traveling the world in search of beautiful places, inspiration that has given him the motivation to design and build in a way that brings the natural world into daily life. His ability to observe the material world through sculpture and home building has refined Ironwood’s handmade aesthetic and craftsmanship.

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Bay and Josiah’s process is very collaborative. Bay will come up with the design concepts, paints or sketches them out and then we meet up and go over the ideas, Jo will contribute to the design and come up with the proportions and general size.  Jo is a very skilled woodworker and takes the design concepts from the paper sketch to reality.  Bay then will help with the sanding, painting and finishing aspects.  Being located in rural Vermont near two wonderful saw mills has made Jo’s love of wood very attainable.  The duo enjoys the synergistic balance between honoring the beauty of the wood and their obsession with color and the design element that brings to the piece.

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Both Bay and Josiah come from families of artists and makers and have been making with their hands for as long as they can remember. Their work is strongly influenced by their travels throughout the years to New Zealand, Australia, Ghana, Sweden in their aesthetic visions as well as their style of a simple life.
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One of the best parts of getting to know these makers is how they go about their daily life. In 2006 they built their house in Vermont. It’s a small off the grid home where raising chickens, sheep and pigs is an every day part of life. With their 3 kids, they run an Art and Adventure summer camp at their house and studio called Apple Yard Arts. How amazing is that?!

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Maker Spotlight: Kelly and Co.

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Cheers to wonderful Friday! We are so thrilled to be returning back to Brooklyn for our second installation of our Pop-Up series at East River State Park. Today we’ve got a lovely feature on wood and textile maker, Kelly & Co., who will be bringing their wares to this Saturday’s Pop-Up only – so be sure to stop by!
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Kelly & Co. is a delightful small and sturdy collection of thoughtfully designed handmade goods for the home. This niece and uncle team join forces using their expertise craftsmanship with linen and wood to create products that are sustainable, durable, and beautiful. Erin and Don live in the same tiny town in the hills of Western Massachusetts and have joined together to create Kelly & Co. linen dollsErin designs and stitches simple, sturdy and stylish goods for people and their homes in an earthy palette of sustainable fibers- linen, hemp and waxed cotton among them. A few miles through the woods Don turns heirloom worthy rolling pins on one of his many lathes, using recycled and reclaimed hardwoods.
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Both have been at their chosen crafts for many years- so long that it feels perhaps their crafts chose them. Each will wax poetic about their materials if given the opportunity, and family dinners may find them appreciating the tiny luxuries of working where they live.

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We can’t wait to see this New England duo at our Brooklyn Pop-Up tomorrow! Want to learn more about Kelly and Co? Find them online here:
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Maker Spotlight: Mirdinara Kitchen

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Today we’re featuring the beautiful work coming from Mirdinara Kitchen! These tea towels will be making their way to our Brooklyn Pop-Up this weekend at East River State Park.

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Mirdinara Kitchen is a line of tea towels designed by Dinara Mirtalipova and inspired by her ethnic background and folklore. Dinara is a designer and illustrator whose Uzbekistan roots and love of textiles have infused together to create Mirdinara Kitchen. Growing up in a traditional uzbek family, Dinara was spoiled by her mom’s cooking, dad’s kebobing and both grandma’s baking.

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Dinara believes that cooking together stimulates healthy relationship and brings joy to food making. Kids greatly benefit from being involved in the process of food preparation, as they learn and gain confidence by participating. Through the stories we share about cooking together, Dinara aims to inspire those around to her learn new recipes and explore cooking.

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Dinara is passionate about her work, creating some of the best home textiles out there. Her tea towels or bright, colorful, and folksy, and the best part is they come with a complimentary recipe card! towel mirdinara

We can’t wait to have Mirdinara Kitchen join us at our second Pop-Up at East River State Park in Brooklyn. Take a look at Dinara’s collection and be sure to check her out on Instagram.

Maker Spotlight: Thread & Paper

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Happy Monday, ya’ll! We had a fantastic first Saturday Pop-Up this past weekend and can’t wait to be back for part 2 on June 13th. Thread & Paper will be joining us at East River State Park for our next two Pop-Ups so be sure to buy one of her bags and fill it up with more handmade goodness.
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Thread & Paper is a small Brooklyn company dedicated to slow design and the beauty of handmade. Emily’s bags and accessories achieve both natural beauty and resourcefulness, utilizing organic fabrics, recycled leather, and non-toxic pigments.
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Simplicity, functionality and the beauty of natural materials are the driving forces behind every piece Emily makes. She believes good design is both approachable and attainable for everyone.

We’re currently obsessing over this hand silkscreened black scribble print cross body bag.

Growing up in Vermont and Maine, Emily has always been inspired by New England, both in pattern and color as well as design philosophy. For Emily, there is an ingrained handmade, local and sustainable tradition in New England that she is very grateful to have as part of her personal history.

Although Emily’s home now resides in New York City, she hopes to contribute to this tradition in her own way.
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We can’t wait to have Emily join us for our June 13th and 20th Pop-Ups at East River State Park. Be sure to view the full Thread & Paper catalog online and stay in the know with Emily on Instagram.

Brooklyn Pop-Up: First one kicks off tomorrow!

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Our first Brooklyn Pop-Up starts tomorrow! This free handmade extravaganza will take place alongside Smorgasburg at East River State Park and will feature a collection of truly awesome indie Makers, interactive activities and more! Checkout the rundown for our June 6th Pop-Up below:

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We’ve got something for everyone at these Pop-Ups! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Spring and Summer.
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We’ve got you covered for an inspiring Saturday of shopping handmade, and having good times! Start the day off right, by grabbing a bite at Smorgasburg, then check out the talent around Renegade, pick up a custom drawing or note, and don’t forget to strike a pose in our free photo booth to commemorate your visit. Here are tomorrow’s Special Features:

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ROW 1: HUMMUSBIRD | ALOHA PICNIC | AKANE OGURA STUDIO | ROW 2: LEAN TO LIGHTS | A SPACE STUDIO | HILL AND VELEZ  ROW 3: BIRDIEOTT | CORWOOD HANDMADE | ASHBAHIAN DESIGN
Getting There: East River State Park is located on the Williamsburg Waterfront at 90 Kent Avenue, between N 7th and N 8th Streets in Brooklyn. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.
Uber is sponsoring rides for our Brooklyn Pop-Ups! 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.
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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 #RenegadeBrooklyn 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, check out our Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

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Big Thanks to Our Brooklyn Sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Rabbit and Dragon

Happy Tuesday, ya’ll! Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Personally, we could’ve gone for a second holiday weekend again! That being said, I am thrilled that we’re kicking off features for our Brooklyn Pop-Ups. Today I have the pleasure of spotlighting Rabbit and Dragon. The design team will be bringing their work to our very first Pop-Up this Saturday, June 6 at East River State Park. Get ready to feast your eyes!

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Rabbit and Dragon was founded by ceramicist, Mariko Tanaka & designer, Izzy Lezcano in 2013, and is a multi-disciplinary studio where they handcraft all of their designs ranging from textiles, 3D paper models, candles and ceramics. Their design aesthetic is clean, modern and functional, and their philosophy is to create one-of-a-kind, high quality works.

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Rabbit and Dragon balances form and function with a unique and playful aesthetic. Mariko Tanaka makes her ceramics using hand-building, wheel, or slip casting techniques to create her pieces. Izzy Lezcano works with a combination of paper and textiles, mixing hand printing and dyeing techniques along with fine art digital prints.
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Rabbit and Dragon evolved from Mariko and Izzy working at the same design firm in NYC. Their shared tastes in minimalist designs bonded them together, and soon they began to create a collection of products that they themselves would want – things that were beautiful and unique, but that they couldn’t really find anywhere else.

Mariko grew up in Texas, the West Coast and Japan, drawing influences from the mix of cultures. She first worked with clay her first semester in college and fell in love with the medium. “What I love about working with the clay, is that the process begins with coercing a very soft, malleable material and yet the output can be this very clean geometric, smooth or refined object. I take inspiration from Japanese design philosophy that embodies simplicity, asymmetry, and subtlety in creating works and find the understated and minimalistic pieces are most beautiful. Presently I’m focused on creating a bright modern feel that are functional. I’m also very excited about my newest ceramic mini cheese boards, which I’ve started mixing dark and white clays bodies to create a natural clay patterned effect. All the pieces are hand-built so you can see and feel the tactile quality of each piece come to life.” 

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Izzy has been living and working in NYC for the past 4 years, originally from the UK, where she studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. This combination of design, nature and art, allows her to draw inspiration from a range of creative fields. Since living in NYC she has found much inspiration from the surroundings, be it in the local architecture of Greenpoint, the iconic water towers or the leaves of the local street trees. She works with a combination of paper and textiles, mixing hand printing and dyeing techniques along with fine art digital prints. Her work ranges from paper prints to indigo dyed cushions, each one handmade in Brooklyn.

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Recently, Izzy and Mariko collaborated to create a new line of beautiful dinnerware plates made by imprinting one of Izzy’s hand cut lino print of botanical design onto clay, which Rabbit and Dragon will present at our Pop-Up!
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We cannot wait to have Rabbit and Dragon join us at our Pop-Ups this Saturday at East River State Park! If you’re just as excited as we are, take a look at Rabbit and Dragon’s online shop and keep up to date with them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Brooklyn Pop-Ups Sneak Peek

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We’re counting down the days until our new series of Pop-Ups in Brooklyn begins! Find RCF every Saturday this June at the East River State Park, alongside SmorgasburgHeld on June 6 + 13 + 20 + 27, the free-to-attend Pop-Ups will be open 11am – 6pm each day and will feature a curated selection of today’s finest modern Makers from New York and beyond.

At our Saturday Pop-Ups, you’ll find an ample assortment of outstanding handmade goods, perfect for sprucing things up this Summer and finding gifts for upcoming graduations, Summer weddings, housewarmings, birthdays 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 the Pop-Ups. Check out the entire lineup of 275+ talented Makers, food and drink, activities and more here.

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ROW 1: HUMMUSBIRD | ALOHA PICNIC | AKANE OGURA STUDIO | ROW 2: LEAN TO LIGHTS | A SPACE STUDIO | HILL AND VELEZ  ROW 3:BIRDIEOTT | CORWOOD HANDMADE | ASHBAHIAN DESIGN

Expect a fun and lively atmosphere at the RCF Pop-Ups with shopping, interactive activities, and food-hopping at Smorgasburg. Attendees will have the chance to interact, influence and receive work from artist Lauren Simkin Berke, as she dispenses drawings, hand-lettered notes, and transcriptions among the crowd. At the June 27th Pop-Up,Melissa Diaz, invites attendees to enter and explore an interactive hut, where you can weave and blend your own creations onto the hut using crafty materials. Martha Stewart and partner Simply Juices will be handing out complimentary orange juice and lemonade at the June 20th Pop-Up, so be sure to stop by and cool off with their refreshing drinks! If your stomach starts growlin’, swing over to Smorgasburg and grab a bite.

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: East River State Park is located on the Williamsburg Waterfront at 90 Kent Avenue, between N 7th and N 8th Streets in Brooklyn. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.
Uber is sponsoring rides for our Brooklyn Pop-Ups! 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.
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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 #RenegadeBrooklyn 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.

The Renegade Craft Fair Thanks its Brooklyn Sponsors:

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The Brooklyn Pop-Up Roster is Live!

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Row 1: Hummusbird | Aloha Picnic | Akane Ogura Studio | Row 2: Lean To Lights | A Space Studio | Hill and Velez  Row 3: BirdieOtt | Corwood Handmade | Ashbahian Design

This next event is going to be a blast! Our Brooklyn Pop-Up Roster is officially live and it’s massive! Check out the Makers and start picking out your favorites. We just have to say, we’re in love with so many. Who are you looking forward to meeting at our Saturday Pop-Ups this June?

Maker Spotlight: Little Bear Pots

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We’re doubling up on our Maker Spotlight features today, mostly because there’s so much amazing talent in Brooklyn that we just can’t help it! Today we’re featuring the incredible work of Little Bear Pots. Is it just us, or is there just an amazing variety of ceramic talent out there?! Little Bear Pots will be joining us tomorrow and Sunday for our Brooklyn Summer Market at 50 Kent. Get excited, ya’ll! It’s going to be an awesome weekend.DSCN1719

Little Bear Pots is collection of ceramic adventures by Lindsey Schneider. Filmmaker by day, potter by night, Lindsey crafts beautifully painted pots and dishes in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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For Lindsey, making ceramics is all about small, repetitive movements, and she find the process soothing in its slowness and deliberateness. 

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Every piece from Little Bear Pots starts as a ball of stoneware clay, ranging from dark brown speckled clay body to a bright burgundy clay called Brooklyn Red.

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Lindsey finds a lot of inspiration in tramp art and Eastern European and African textiles, and loves when patterns and textures combine in interesting, tactile ways. We can definitely see the influence these textiles and art have had in Lindsey’s painted and glazed pots. DSCN1739
There is a lot of unpredictability in the process of making pottery and always a surprise when you unload a kiln. Lindsey loves this about the process and how it imprints on each item a little reminder that it’s handmade.

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We can’t wait to see (and shop) Lindsey’s Little Bear Pots this weekend at 50 Kent! Be sure to stop by from 11-6 Saturday and Sunday to shop handmade at our Brooklyn Summer Market. If you want to feast your eyes on more beautiful ceramics, check out the Little Bear Pots website and follow Lindsey on Instagram

The Brooklyn Summer Market Eats + Treats Map

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Our Brooklyn Summer Market Eats + Treats Map is here! Browse the recommendations using the embedded map below or click on it for a full view and to contribute some of your favorites as well!

Maker Spotlight: ABJ Glassworks

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Happy Friday, Everyone! Today we’re thrilled to be featuring ABJ Glassworks! ABJ Glassworks will be bringing their lovely designs to our Brooklyn Summer Market tomorrow and Sunday at 50 Kent!

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ABJ Glassworks was started by Ashley-Bram-Johnson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With degrees in Art History and Anthropology, Ashley began working to create whimsical and modern pieces for the home using traditional stained glass techniques.

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Ashley finds most of her inspiration in the natural world. Often she will have a backlog of ideas, and is inspired by the nuances of light throughout the day and the changing of the seasons.

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For Ashley, the hardest part is deciding what designs to make first. Her inspirations turn into sketches with some suggested dimensions in her old black and white notebook.

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Once Ashley decides to add a piece to the ABJ Glassworks line, she carefully crafts samples to finalize the ideal size and shape. With the collection in place, Ashley then photographs each product, something that she considers to be one of the most fun parts of her business. Browsing through her collection, we love the way Ashley captures her products and presents them in a lifestyle setting. It definitely makes us want some pieces in our home!

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Each product is made with concern for the environment, using eco-friendly techniques, non-toxic flux, and lead-free silver alloy solder, creating pieces for the person who appreciates beauty, functionality and the natural world.

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If you want to see some of the products Ashley will be bringing to our Brooklyn Summer Market, check out her website! You can also follow ABJ Glassworks on Instagram and Twitter. We can’t wait to see you all this weekend at 50 Kent!

 

Maker Spotlight: Owlkill Studio

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Today we’re featuring the beautiful work from New York maker, Owlkill Studio.  We’ve been fans of Owlkill Studio and can’t wait to see their work again in Brooklyn this weekend!

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Owlkill Studio is owned and operated by Adelia Sugarman. It’s primarily a one-woman venture, though Adelia collaborates with her mother on some woodworking and sewing projects. The name comes from the Owlkill River, which runs through the woods behind Adelia’s parents’ property in rural upstate NY where she grew up.

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Adelia believes strongly in local sustainability and supporting small businesses. As much as possible, she finds locally sourced, vintage or discarded materials to use in creating our wares. Each item is thoughtfully and carefully sourced and crafted one by one in her studio in upstate NY.Owlkill Studio 6Owlkill Studio 4

Owlkill Studio’s simple utilitarian design aesthetic attracts a lot of fans. We love these leather and brass key fobs, especially because they’re designed to stand the test of time!

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Adelia is constantly inspired by the materials she finds; their cutting boards and marble + wood cheese boards are made entirely from salvaged and reclaimed materials, and each piece of jewelry features a vintage element as the main component of the piece. Adelia loves the fact that these materials lived another life before being re-appropriated into something new. We couldn’t agree more!

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The Owlkill Studio space is in the corner of a big old industrial building that’s been home to many different production processes over the years. With a lot of renovation and careful design, Adelia has turned her studio into a beautiful space. Such wonderful natural light and perfect studio plants!

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We can’t wait to see more of Owlkill’s latest collection of products at our Brooklyn Summer Market this upcoming weekend! Be sure to visit the Owlkill Studio website as well as shop their products on Etsy. You can also stay up to date with Adelia on Facebook and Instagram.  See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: Lean to Lights

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today we’re thrilled to kick off our Brooklyn Maker Spotlight series with Lean to Lights. These gorgeous hanging lights are being showcased at our Brooklyn Summer Market this upcoming weekend!

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Lean to Lights was inspired by one’s desire to escape to nature, with tents and canopies in tow, and rest under the stars. Noah Burton, the designer behind these paper light structures, wanted to design a similar experience for the home, bringing the grand and rustic relationship between the humble tent and nature’s infinite landscape. The lanterns evoke such a strong sense of glowing tents planted underneath a blanket of the night sky.

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Every step to create these unique lights is done in Noah’s Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY studio. From cutting and forming the brass hardware, to designing, building, and soldering the frames, each and every light has been executed by Noah’s skilled hands.

Each light is formed with sections of apple mulberry paper, which Noah carefully wraps so that the paper hugs the custom wire frame, creating an exquisite and ethereal glowing lantern.

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Lean to Lights paper lanterns are uniquely set apart by Noah’s perspective and self-taught design aesthetics. Without traditional design education, Noah’s work is playfully idiosyncratic and all of his lights remain true to his artistic sensibilities. Every lantern has his characteristic fingerprint.

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Maker Spotlight: Caru Skincare Co.

COMBOpackOur last Maker Spotlight for the Brooklyn Mini Market is featuring the New York company, Caru Skincare Co.  Follow us on Instagram to catch the Caru Skincare Co. guest posts!  Caru Skincare is Dominique Caron’s company that is devoted to creating healthy, natural, and biologically sound products.  Dominique and her team promise a skincare line with no mystery ingredients, nothing artificial, and no compromises.

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Caru Skincare was founded in 2012, launching one year later, setting out to create a line that would be everything Dominique herself would want in a skincare line: pure botanical ingredients and sustainable packaging.

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Every product is made in small, handcrafted batches in a Queens, NY studio.  Caru Skincare Co. takes great care in handling each product in-house, even hand packaging each product and verifying quality control.  We love the scents and combinations Caru Skincare dreams up!  Not only is their branding beautiful, their soaps are, too!

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Caru Skincare Co. takes great pains to be completely transparent with their customers, offering a comprehensive Ingredient List on their website, explaining some of their process and decisions to source only organic and sustainable ingredients for their products.

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What is so clever and fantastic about Caru Skincare’s packaging is that it’s made out of seed paper!  Their paper is imbedded with the highest quality mixture of wildflower seeds, sprouting anything from Siberian Wallflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Forget-Me-Nots and Lilacs!  You can learn all about their packaging and how to sprout your seed paper here.

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Can’t wait to see you all in Brooklyn tomorrow.  Get ready to brunch and shop handmade! 

 

 

Maker Spotlight: Amelie Mancini

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Happy Friday, Everyone! Today we are featuring Amelie Mancini and her incredibly crafted wooden objects and hand-printed textiles. We are so excited to have Amelie join us for our Brooklyn Mini Market this Sunday!  Amelie is guest-posting on our Instagram today so be sure to check it out and get an inside peak in her NY studio.AMarrowboard

Amelie is a jack-of-all-trades Maker currently specializing in hand-carved wooden objects and linoleum block-printed textiles. AMportrait

All of Amelie’s work, be it woodworking, printing on fabric or paper and painting, is completed in her Brooklyn studio. The bright colors juxtaposed with the dark wood in her studio portrays a playful creativity that inspires Amelie’s work.  
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The extraordinary skill in her hands are exhibited in the detail of every grooved spoon and fine lines in her illustrations.  We cannot wait to get our hands on one of her cactus tote bags or tea towels!

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Amelie primarily harvests walnut wood and carves sharply detailed arrows into the handles of her spoons and cutting boards. Tastemakers from Design*Sponge to Dwell and Real Simple have featured Amelie’s work.
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We are so excited to have Amelie Mancini showcase her work at our first-ever Mini Market in Brooklyn.  Browse all of her products on her website, and make sure you follow her stunning instagram feed to see her work in progress!AMstudio
Looking forward to seeing you all in Brooklyn this weekend!

Maker Spotlight: Bush Smarts

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Today we have a very special treat.  Not only are we featuring Bush Smarts in our Maker Spotlight series, Bush Smarts will also be guest-posting on our Instagram account today!  From today to the Brooklyn Mini Market on Sunday, we will be inviting NY Makers to guest-post on our Instagram.  Follow us to find out who will be posting next!  We cannot wait to learn more about the Makers and see NY through their eyes.

DSC_0417Kevin Sterling and John Davidson are the mountain men behind Bush Smarts.  They found each other through the common love of the wilderness.  Both men wanted outdoor gear that taps into the heritage of bushcraft, yet is also practical in the wild.

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From Merino wool socks and flint steels, to more playful items such as gaming kits and entertaining literature, everything is re-designed in-house to fit the Bush Smarts aesthetic.

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Through a combination of finding obscure and unknown gear, bringing under-appreciated gear into the modern age, to designing and building new gear – these guys at Bush Smarts have got you covered for all your outdoor needs.  Their appreciation for equipment and objects that exceed standards in both form and function make their products truly unique and admired.

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We cannot wait to see all that Bush Smarts has to offer at our first-ever Brookyn Mini Market this Sunday!  Check out their website, facebooktwitter, and instagram, and be sure to follow the Renegade Craft Instagram feed to see exclusive posts by Bush Smarts all day today!

Maker Spotlight: Yardsale Press

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Today we are featuring New Jersey Maker, Yardsale Press.  Bryan Sculthorpe is the illustrator and screen-printer behind these whimsically humorous prints.  Yardsale Press will be selling prints at our Brooklyn Mini Market this Sunday!

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These cheerful prints are meant to brighten up people’s living rooms and add smiles to their faces.  In our opinion, Bryan has definitely succeeded in that department!  We can’t get enough of these charming foodie prints.KeepItTogether72

Bryan’s illustrative style nods to retro advertisements with playful color combinations and patterns.  The “Looking Good” comb print reminds us of vintage ads fused with modern simplicity.

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All of Yardsale Press’ work is fun, silly, and definitely features a lot of puns.  We couldn’t help laugh at these Drinks of the House coasters.

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Make yourself hungry by browsing all of Yardsale Press‘ food-inspired prints on Etsy!  See you all in Brooklyn soon!

Maker Spotlight: xnasozi

 

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Today we are featuring Brooklyn-based maker, Xnasozi.  Conceived of and made in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Xnasozi makes homes and interiors a reflection of the world, fusing together global traditions with urban aesthetics.  The home decor collection strives to fortify existing networks between artisans in Africa. It is about celebrating the legacy of traditional art forms, and their relevance in the homes and lifestyles of the present.  We are so excited that Xnasozi is joining us for our Brooklyn Mini-Market this Sunday!

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Xnasozi uses Bogolan mudcloth, Dutch and African wax prints, West African indigo and other global textiles to create home products with an African flair.

1013713_543145022418393_1914766820_nNasozi Kakembo founded Xnasozi in 2011 as a creative outlet for her love of African art and culture.  Her company name derives from her very own, which is a Ugandan name meaning “something to look up to in praise of.”  Since then, Nasozi’s beautiful home objects have been featured in Apartment Therapy and other tastemaker blogs and magazines.

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For the greater part of a decade, Nasozi worked in the international human rights and social justice fields, meanwhile indulging in African textiles by night.  Her experience in the international social rights fields has shaped Xnasozi into a globally and ethically responsible business with a mission to give back.

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Nasozi sources incredibly vibrant and kaleidoscopic textiles and fibers that produce beautiful statements pieces.  From coasters to pillows and aprons, Xnasozi creates a uniquely boho African flair in the home.  We would love to take home one of those amazing denim aprons!Chevron coasterOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are so excited to have Xnasozi join us for our Brooklyn Mini Market this Sunday!  Browse all the amazing textiles on Nasozi’s website and Etsy, and follow her on Instagram to get a sneak peek into her life.

Maker Spotlight: Zoet Bathlatier

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Happy Monday, Everyone!  Today we are so excited to bring the works of Zoet Bathlatier to our Maker Spotlight series.  Zoet Bathlatier is a small-batch candle, bath and body care company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.  Ilka Evans is the creator behind Zoet Bathlatier and has taken extra care in handcrafting products with artisan quality and natural ingredients.  You’ll be able to find this line of natural bath and body care at our first-ever Brooklyn Mini Market this Sunday!

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Zoet, is a Dutch word meaning: sweet, soft, gentle and fresh.  This word is more than fitting for a line of skincare products that is free from harsh preservatives, phthalates, sulfates and artificial colors.  Ilka’s line of candles is not the exception to this rule.  Each candle is a combination of soy/vegetable wax lead-free cotton wicks, and fine fragrances and essential oils.  

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It’s no surprise that Ilka has a strong passion for natural skincare, as her grandmother had always created healing remedies from the various botanicals that grew wild in the Lowcountry.  So it was fitting that Ilka was drawn to crafting bath and body formulations from her own combinations at an early age.  Moving to a cold climate, Ilka began researching the best natural ways to heal and soothe skin and soon Zoet Bathlatier was born.

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Zoet Bathlatier has evolved from a tiny company producing gifts for friends into a luxurious one-stop shop for artisan candles, soaps and bath products such as sugar scrubs and cleansing grains. Many are created from organic and all-natural ingredients, and all wrapped up in gorgeous packaging almost to pretty to open.  Ilka’s background in graphic design provides Zoet Bathlatier with exquisitely designed products.  We can’t get enough of these Mystic candles and their illustrated labels and packaging!mystic3

We are so excited to have Zoet Bathlatier join us for our Brooklyn Mini Market this Sunday!  Be sure to see the whole collection on her website and follow her on Open Sky to stay up to date.

Maker Spotlight: KallioNYC

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To start off your weekend, we’ve got the cutest Maker Spotlight ever!  Meet KallioNYC – a kids’ clothing company specializing in transforming reclaimed clothing into an adorable wardrobe for children.

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Karina Kallio, the creator behind the brand started KallioNYC in 2012 with a vision: to create a eco-conscious line of children’s clothing that is fun, stylish and unexpected.  Not only are these outfits fun and stylish – they look extremely comfortable and playful.

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If you wish these clothes were made for grown-ups,  you’re not alone.  We love the oversized silhouettes and pockets on these denim dresses!

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Karina’s idea takes pre-loved vintage clothing which is then re-constructed and re-sewn and given new life.  This reclamation leaves nothing to be wasted.  Previous generations of clothing is re-imagined into one-of-a-kind styles for the next generation.

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Makers that create visionary ways to re-purpose the old and neglected into something new and youthful is always inspiring.  KallioNYC takes old men’s shirts and restructures them into kids’ clothing that is durable, environmentally friendly, and of course, cute.
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HE8A0813Karina offered a sneak peek into the KallioNYC studio.  We love seeing where our makers find inspiration and work.

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We are so excited that Karina will be joining us for our first-ever Brooklyn Mini Market next Sunday!
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Be sure to see the full line of KallioNYC clothing plus follow her on Twitter and Facebook keep up to date on all things adorable.  See you all in Brooklyn on May 18th!

Maker Spotlight: Peg and Awl

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Today in our Maker Spotlight series we’re featuring Pennyslvania makers, Peg and Awl!  We’ve been fans of Peg and Awl for quite some time now, and are so excited to have them join us in Brooklyn for our Mini Market!

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If you’re not familiar with their work, Peg and Awl is a jack-of-all-trades team featuring husband and wife: Margaux and Walter Kent.  Peg and Awl began in 2010 – shortly after Walter returned from Iraq.  Living in an 1800s house in Philadelphia, Margaux and Walter foraged for vintage objects and materials to suite their home.  If they can’t find what they’re looking for – they build it.  Walter worked alongside his father as a cabinet maker and restorer of old homes.  The first thing Margaux asked Walter to make was a tub caddy, and since then, the motivation to resource and create housewares from vintage materials helped start Peg and Awl.

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Everything Peg and Awl produces starts out as something Margaux and Walter created to fit a need.  This explains the vast variety of objects they offer; from kitchen accessories to  dry goods, Peg and Awl creates something new out of the old.  Once the object is created, it is tested until it reaches their standards.  If they like it, they’ll produce more for the rest of the world.

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We are obsessed with their Dry Goods collection, particularly the waxed canvas weekender.  It’s a bag that suites everyone’s traveling needs.  Peg and Awl’s passion to revive the old, creating pieces from antique hardware and materials, is evident in every object they make.
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Margaux and Walter graciously offered us a sneak peek into their studio, and we couldn’t be more inspired by the detail and craft in their studio and home.
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We love these chalkboard tablets!  They are the perfect tool for keeping things organized in the home.
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Margaux and Walter live with their two boys, Søren and Silas, who are following in their parents’ crafting footsteps, plus 2 chickens, and one cat.

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We can’t wait to see what more incredibly crafted goods Peg and Awl will be bringing to our Mini Market in Brooklyn!

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Be sure to check out the Peg and Awl website as well as their Twitter and Instagram to see the picaresque setting where these objects are created.  See you all in Brooklyn on May 18!

Maker Spotlight: Zola Jewelry

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Today in our Maker Spotlight series we are featuring a new Renegade Maker,  Zola Jewelry and Objects!  Gabrielle Miles Silverlight is the designer behind Zola and creates beautifully sculpted jewelry and objects that combines traditional techniques with modern aesthetics.  The Philadelphia based designer was inspired by coastal landscapes, embracing the aesthetic of “organic geometry.”

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Gabrielle studied at Massachusetts College of Art where her curiosity for many mediums grew.  Interests in sculpting and cast metal led to Gabrielle’s creation of unique wall objects and jewelry.

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Gabrielle utilizes traditional techniques such as hand-carved wax for bronze casting and hand-formed ceramic sculpting.  The finite detail and rough edging in her pieces display the painstaking work and skill in her hands.

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The Zola collection is always surprising.  Gabrielle’s designs explore how a material can be manipulated into something wholly new and interesting.  Her line of jewelry aims to be “unexpected, tactile, and elegant” pieces that fit seamlessly into an everyday wardrobe.

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Each piece of jewelry reflects the juxtaposition of rough edges and sweeping curves inherent in those coastal landscapes Gabrielle often finds inspiration.  The stoneware bracelets look as if the ocean water had forged the bracelets itself.

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We love these geometric wall planters and how they instantly add a unique and surprisingly playful touch to any room.

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We are so excited to have first-time Renegade Maker, Zola Jewelry and Objects join us for our first-ever Brooklyn Mini Market on May 18th!  Be sure to view her collection and her instagram feed to see all the beautifully crafted objects she’s currently creating.  See you all in Brooklyn soon!

Maker Spotlight: Small Batch Production

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Happy Monday everyone!  Today in our Maker Spotlight series we are featuring a New-York Based maker, Small Batch Production.  In 2011, Claire Tipley created Small Batch Production in her upstate New York studio.  Her ideas were born out of a love for simple design, natural fibers, and common every day objects.  These well-crafted aprons and home textiles will be showcased in Brooklyn at our first-ever Mini Market on May 18th!

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We absolutely love the masculine-feminine appeal of Claire’s aesthetics.  From the chambray apron to the classic stripes and checks dish towels, Small Batch Production’s utilitarian kitchen textiles are perfect for everyone’s home.

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Small Batch Production makes a point to source materials from socially and environmentally sound companies.  The quality of natural linen, hemp, and organic cotton that Claire uses in her products is appreciated by anyone who has experienced the absorption and endurance of these timeless fabrics.

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While the utilitarian designs of Small Batch Production may look simple, Claire’s thoughtful deliberation on the construction of each object creates a well-made product that will last both in durability and aesthetics.

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Claire’s enthusiasm for natural fibers and their usefulness sparks new inspirations for every project.  Careful experimentation and tests are done until the construction meets her approval.  Functional elements in Small Batch Production objects are chosen for a reason – the humble corner loop of a dish towel remains as the tried and true necessity in the utilitarian kitchen.  Every item, from concept to execution is designed, cut, pressed, and sewn in the Small Batch Production workshop.

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We are so thrilled to have Small Batch Production join us on May 18th for our Brooklyn Mini Market!  Be sure to follow her on Facebook as well as preview her work on her Etsy shop.

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Maker Spotlight: The Vintage Vogue

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Charlotte studied interior architecture and design, familiarizing herself with wood and paper models.  Finding that the career she set out for lacked the same tactile creations she once loved to make during her studies, she set out to create The Vintage Vogue.  We are so grateful that Charlotte decided to start this new journey and showcase her beautiful objects at our first Brooklyn Mini Market.

hand-drawn-wood-tray12 VV In this studio, Charlotte sketches, designs, paints, and creates all of these geometric objects and designs.  Her wood plates are hand-sketched, no two are alike.  The brass pendant lights are fixtures to swoon over.  Charlotte creates objects that are both modern and classic, yet retain all the features she endeavors to create:  beauty, simplicity, and craft. static.squarespace-2 We are in love with these polyhedral paper sculptures hand-formed from paper and wood.  Charlotte’s designs elevate humble materials such as paper and wood into masterfully crafted sculptures, evoking strong feelings of modernity and simplicity, a perfect and unique statement piece for your mantle. 2014BrooklynMiniPoster11x17 We are so excited to have The Vintage Vogue join us at the Brooklyn Mini Market on May 18th.  Please visit the Vintage Vogue website and follow her on Instagram and feast your eyes on Charlotte’s creations in person at our Mini Market!

Maker Spotlight: Demetria Chappo

DCCeramics_SpiritEyeDishes_gpmandalaWith our Brooklyn Mini Market coming up in a few weeks we are so excited to feature some of our Brooklyn Makers!  If you’ve seen our Mini Market e-flyer, then you’ve seen Demetria Chappo’s beautiful ceramics.  We are so excited Demetria Chappo is joining us again in Brooklyn for our first ever Mini Market!

Discovering her love for ceramics almost a decade ago, Demetria has been crafting exquisitely detailed and beautiful pieces in her studio, by the Columbia Waterfront near Red Hook, Brooklyn.  This serene waterscape can be seen in the palette, textures and shapes in Demetria’s creations.

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Demetria creates sculptures and wall hangings, functional home and garden objects, and accessories.  Her pieces feel organic and earthy, yet the textures and patterns nod to architectural influences.  Demetria has found the process of painting and carving the patterns to be incredibly addictive and meditative, that it becomes difficult to stop.  This focus,  attention to detail, and passion for her work is clearly visible in every object she shapes.  Needless to say, Demetria Chappo’s skilled hands create truly unique pieces of art fit for anyone’s home.
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Demetria’s iconic “DemeEyes” are one of the pieces that have drawn fans to her work.  This series contains finely painted graphic motifs, sacred geometry, lunar cycles and sgraffito patterns: “the process of painting and etching away to reveal a pattern as the clay body emerges.”  The “spirit eye,” featured in these pieces is a reference to Demetria’s Greek heritage.  We absolutely love the whimsical touch these DemeEyes add to our tabletops and walls.
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Recently, Demetria joined West Elm’s lineup of local handmade talent at their Chelsea location.  We are so excited that her work will gain even more followers and fans!
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Please visit Demetria Chappo’s website to view her entire collection, and follow her on Instagram to see all the inner workings of her work and life. To buy these incredible pieces in person, come out to our Brooklyn Mini Market on May 18!

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Maker Spotlight: Winter Cabin Collection

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Created with harsh winter nights in mind, Winter Cabin Collection is all about hunkering down and hibernating for the winter. This awesome collaboration between Mary Kate McDevitt and Man vs. Ink‘s Fred DiMeglio has resulted in some very cozy decor – banners, pillows, and prints that inspire a long winter’s nap.

Each piece is inspired by cabin living, from their vintage printed postcards and warm woolen pillows to the folksy banners, which are screenprinted with hand-lettered phrases. We’re excited to have Winter Cabin Collection selling their wares at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn!

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Winter Cabin Collection began in 2012 as a collaborative project between Portland friends. While Mary Kate and Fred have since moved to New York, their collaboration continues, and Wanderlust Vintage in Portland will continue to be the exclusive stockist for Winter Cabin Collection over on the West coast. Lucky for New Yorkers, Winter Cabin Collection will be selling their wares at Brooklyn Renegade, including some new additions to the collection, like bandanas and  silkscreen prints on paper.

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A little peek into the Winter Cabin Collection workspace. Each piece is handmade with care, and is part of a very limited edition.

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Want to add one of their pieces to your own cozy cabin? Find Winter Cabin Collection at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn on November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson.

Maker Spotlight: Billy Wolf

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Billy Wolf: Fine K-9 Coatery is an American heritage dog clothing company founded in 2010. Billy Wolf’s founder created the first coat from a vintage blanket when she found there was nothing in the dog clothing market that suited her (and her pup’s) style. Drawing inspiration from authentic Americana roots, each Billy Wolf product is as exceptional as the dog that wears it. We’re delighted that Billy Wolf will be selling their goods at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn this weekend!

All of Billy Wolf’s products are made from vintage, dead stock, or American made fabrics and finished with salvaged buttons and handmade labels in New York City. Since their goods are made from quality fabric, they provide a durability that stands up to both mild-mannered and rowdy canines alike. By using existing resources and creating long-lasting quality goods, Billy Wolf hopes to contribute to a more sustainable future for both humans and dogs.

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Here’s a few photos from behind the scenes at Billy Wolf – looks like the animals like to be involved in more than just the photo shoots!

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Looking for a gift for your favorite pup? Visit Brooklyn Renegade on November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson where Billy Wolf will be selling their wares. You can RSVP for the Renegade Holiday Market in Brooklyn, and check out a preview of the goods you’ll find there.

Maker Spotlight: Etwas Bags

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If you’re a fan of beautifully designed leather goods… well, you’d better sit down. Today we are discovering ETWAS, another talented artisan who will be selling  their work at Renegade Brooklyn on Nov. 23rd and 24th.

ETWAS was founded by Will Lisak in 2009, and has been dedicated to creating expertly crafted leather bags, belts, and accessories ever since. Lisak’s vision for his company  is to create each product within a beautiful, energy independent system. Every part of the production process is meaningful, from the workbenches to their steel tools and copper rivets. Each aspect of the manufacturing process is purposeful and chosen for its durability or low impact on the earth’s limited resources.

In short, Lisak says, “We design everything to be repairable- because things that get ruined are no good.”

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Quality materials and quality workmanship are the cornerstones of ETWAS’ business practices. All their work is created with the best domestic vegetable tanned leather and assembled using time-honored methods. Besides their impeccable craftsmanship, another thing that sets ETWAS apart is their incredible commitment to their customers: they offer free repairs on their bags for life. Here’s what Will Lisak has to say about the craftsmanship of ETWAS bags:

“We use two-needle saddle stitching in a recessed groove for our seams, which is nearly indestructible. Our products are made to stand the test of time and it’s important to me that we stand behind that with a warranty like the ones companies used to offer.”

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Find ETWAS‘ booth at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn on November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson, and be wowed by their beautiful pieces.

Maker Spotlight – The Greater Goods

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The Greater Goods is a handmade soap company, created by Arian Franz from her studio in Greenpoint. We’re delighted to have The Greater Goods as one of our vendors at our upcoming Brooklyn Fair!

Arian’s philosophy behind The Greater Goods is simple: “Soap is one of those basic staple objects that we come in contact with everyday. There’s a ritual aspect to it’s use. We wake up, lather, rinse, (repeat when necessary!) and then continue to take on the day. I’m interested in bringing light to these daily rituals and making them more satisfying for other people.”  

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All of her work revolves around the idea that handmade things are intrinsically beautiful and valuable. Arian approaches the creation of each new soap with care – each ingredient is chosen for its unique properties.

“There isn’t a more satisfying feeling than cutting a fresh bar of soap. I start off with a theme or a specific purpose I’d like the soap to serve. And then after all the calculating, measuring, mixing and pouring, the finest moment is seeing how it all came together. 

I love slicing the first bar, catching the surprising details in the texture, smelling the blend of the fragrances and feeling the weight of the bar. It feels pretty great, up until I remember that I can’t use it just yet… there’s a six-week curing process before we can enjoy the soap.”

Find The Greater Goods at Renegade’s Winter Market in Brooklyn, November 23rd and 24th at the Skylight One Hanson.

Maker Spotlight: considerthewldflwrs

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Today we’re sharing some beautiful work from considerthewldflwrs, created by Emily Howard, a talented artist from Nashville who will be offering her handmade jewelry at Brooklyn Renegade. The simple beauty of her work speaks for itself, but hearing Emily’s description of her process is inspiring:

“My favorite part of the process is in the engineering side. I start with an inspired idea, and then I sketch the composition of the piece. After I have a pretty clear image I explore metals; cutting, soldering, hammering, and sawing in order to produce the design. The discovery happens when I step back and realize the beauty of the formed metal, while finding grace in its imperfect display of my original idea.”

Follow her progress as she gets ready for Renegade Craft Fair’s winter market in Brooklyn – she’s sharing glimpses behind the scenes on her blog and Instagram.

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Emily’s studio houses makers of all kinds, and includes a wood shop, print shop, and motorcycle shop. Workshops and classes are offered on their website to allow these facilities to become a haven for creative entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Visit considerthewldflwrs’ booth at Brooklyn Renegade on November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson to shop her beautiful selection of jewelry.