Maker Spotlight: Territory Design

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Today we’re thrilled to be featuring Chicago maker, Territory Design in our Maker Spotlight series. Territory Design will be joining us at our Chicago Summer Market on September 6+7!

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Territory Design is an emerging textile and craft collective founded by Rebecca Crall. Territory Design is deeply inspired by traditional textile culture, the natural dye process, and sustainable and ethical production methods. Through working in developing regions of the world for almost 15 years, Rebecca has been able to observe and connect with inspiring and creative communities that continue to work with their craft in traditional ways.

Currently, Rebecca is working with some of these communities to design textiles which Territory Design uses to create beautiful home products and accessories. You can learn more about their craft collective with these communities here.

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For our Renegade Fair in Chicago, Rebecca will be showcasing home and personal accessories crafted from handwoven and vintage textiles that are sourced from her weaving cooperatives that are then transformed into pillows, bags, and other accessories in her studio.

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All of Territory Design’s collection is entirely handcrafted starting with the natural dye-process, to the weaving of the cloth and the final assembly in their Chicago studio. Only natural fibers including hemp, linen, cotton, wool and silk are used in Rebecca’s collection, which we can’t help but love and appreciate.Batik Pillow on couch

The batik pillow pictured above is crafted from a one of a kind vintage textile from Indonesia. Using a indigo resist-dyed cotton, Rebecca took pieces of a larger textile and made these striking lumbar pillows.

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These fabrics were created in conjunction with Hmong weavers in northern Thailand and then constructed in Rebecca’s Chicago studio. These pieces showcase the back strap loom hemp weaving which the Hmong are famous for in addition to an incredible, embroidered appliqué with indigo dyed tassels as an embellishment. All crafted and put together to tell the story of the Hmong in The Territory Design studio.

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The batik deep indigo pillows use fabrics from one of the last groups in Thailand using this type of resist-dyeing process. The fabrics were designed by Territory, in collaboration with this weaving and dying group and combine traditional and modern patterning.

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Maker Spotlight: Natalie Joy

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today we’re featuring the jewelry of Natalie Joy! Natalie will be joining us at our Chicago Summer Market on September 6+7 and we can’t wait to see her work in person!

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Natalie Joy Miller began creating her jewelry collection in 2010 inside her walk-in closet. After spending 5 years managing a large-scale jewelry production company, the desire to create her own jewelry line grew naturally.

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Over the past four years inspiration has been derived from Natalie’s time in the Pacific Northwest as well as the moon, stars, rivers, thunder, highways, mountains, fables, and family traditions.

We are obsessed with Natalie’s crescent moon ring and love how it frames the finger.

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MODEL PIC 1Every piece is handmade in her Portland, OR studio using both unique and traditional metalworking techniques. By mixing clean lines and shapes with melted silver studs and natural materials such as bee’s wings, volcanic ash, and rough-hewn diamonds the Natalie Joy line is both organic and refined. 

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We’re so thrilled to have Natalie Joy Jewelry join us in our hometown for the Chicago Summer Market September 6+7! You can view Natalie’s entire collection on her website, as well as follow her on Instagram. See you all soon!

The Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Summer Market is in 2 weeks!

 

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Hello Everyone!  We are so excited to be back in our hometown for our Chicago Summer Market! Our annual Fair is taking place on Division St. between Damen and Ashland on Saturday, September 6 – Sunday, September 7, 2014. From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop our largest, curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers while you enjoy workshops, art installations, food and booze, DJs, and more. And, as always, it’s free!

This year we’re kicking off the weekend with a Renegade Craft Fair Pop-Up at Madewell in Chicago! On Thursday, September 4, join us at 932 N. Rush St. from 6 – 8pm for some sips and treats, while you shop a few of our local RCF makers. Plus, enjoy 20% off on purchases of $125 or more at Madewell! You can RSVP for the event atRSVPRushStreet@Madewell.com.

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At our flagship fair, shoppers will find a variety of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, stationery, clothing and accessories, to leather goods, art prints, ceramics and much more. You can preview this year’s line up of 300+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Bring your friends and family to shop local and handmade! DJs from Reckless Records will be spinning both days to keep the atmosphere lively as you peruse each booth. Take your pick of food options from Mana Food BarDia De Los TamalesSeasons Sodas, and Chicago’s Doghouse among other artisan food vendors. Protea Wine will be selling and sampling wine, plus Goose Island and Tito’s Vodka will be offering beer and spirits all weekend! So, grab a drink to pair with your lunch and the shopping fun.

Need a caffeine pick-me-up? Coffee will be provided by La Colombe Torrefaction and Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. Sweet treats will be provided by Blue Sky Bakery and CafeBlack Dog Gelato, and Puffs of Doom.

Feeling inspired by all of our Makers’ creativity? Get crafty at several workshops hosted by The Rebuilding ExchangeThe Chicago School of Shoemaking, and more! Plus, support a great cause at the BERNINA sewing workshop. You’re invited to Sew Pink for the Cause by sewing a quilt block in support of breast cancer awareness. Each quilt block will be sewn together as a lap quilt and donated to the Breast Health Center at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, to help provide comfort for patients during their treatment.

You can also shop a selection of vintage vendors at The Vintage Bazaar‘s pop-up on Wolcott Street, browse a variety of arts-related and animal rescue non-profit organizations on Wood Street, and commemorate your visit in the free Magnolia Photo Booth.

Getting There: You can find our outdoor fair in Wicker Park on Division St. between Damen and Ashland. Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. You can route directions to our Fair here.

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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 #RenegadeChicago to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!  We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

We are extraordinarily pleased to announce our new partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of Renegade Craft Fair Chicago and all Renegade 2014 flagship events. Keep an eye out for our ad in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living!

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

 

Special thanks our Chicago sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: The Object Enthusiast

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With our flagship Chicago Summer Market right around the corner, we’re starting up our Maker Spotlight series with Nebraskan ceramicist, The Object Enthusiast.  If you’ve never heard of The Object Enthusiast, or the artist behind these incredible ceramics, then you’re in for a treat!
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Emily Reinhardt is the designer and ceramicist behind The Object Enthusiast. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Emily strives to channel her love of ceramics to create good and thoughtful work. The Object Enthusiast is a collection of modern heirlooms and treasures, with an air of pricelessness and functionality.

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Thank You, Chicago!

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Thank you, Chicago! Yesterday’s Chicago Mini Market was an amazing addition to our new series of mini events!  Over 80 talented Makers from Chicago and beyond showcased their work for excited shoppers and Version Fest attendees.

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Similar to our bi-annual flagship fairs, this free mini market celebrated a curated selection of today’s best and brightest indie makers!  Plus, shoppers enjoyed delicious food and tasty drinks by Maria’sDia De Los TamalesBlue Sky Bakery and more.

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It was such a pleasure seeing so many happy shoppers meeting our talented Makers and buying handmade.

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We saw a lot of smiles at the Magnolia Photo Booth! Find your GIF sets here and here.  Want to relive the good times? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using#RenegadeCraftFair, #RCFMiniMarket, and #RCFMiniCHI, to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 10.35.58 AM Stay tuned for updates on our other upcoming Spring + Summer Renegade Craft Fairs. And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!

Chicago Mini Market starts tomorrow!

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Our Chicago Mini Market starts tomorrow at 2233 S. Throop St.! This Saturday and Sunday (June 21+22), from 12pm-6pm come shop handmade with over 80 makers and artisans to choose from! This free mini market will feature a curated selection of today’s best and brightest indie makers as well as bocce ball, DJs, food + booze, and more.

Spend your weekend with us shopping local and handmade! There will be a variety of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from natural skincare, stationery, clothing and jewelry, to ceramics, housewares and much more. Browse this year’s line up of 80+ talented makers here.

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DJs from Version Fest will be keeping things lively as you peruse each of the incredibly crafted booths. The bar will be provided by Maria’s and Protea Wine will be offering wine tasting to attendees. Food and desserts will be offered by Dia De Los TamalesBlue Sky BakeryPuffs of Doom and more. Play a round of bocce ball and commemorate their visit in the free photo booth by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.!

Getting There: You can walk, bike, drive, or take public transportation to the fair.  We’ve partnered up with @Uber_Chi to give free rides for #RCFMiniCHI!  New users can take a free ride on us with the code RCFMiniCHIRoute your trip to 2233 S. Throop St. here

Remember to add #RenegadeCraftFair #RCFMiniMarket #RCFMiniCHI to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!  Show us your favorite booth set-ups and prized purchases!  We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more details, check out the RCF Chicago Mini Market page, Facebook event, or visit our Pinterest for current and previous rosters. You can even get a closer look at some of our vendors in the Maker Spotlight series.  See you all in Chicago tomorrow!

Special thanks to our Chicago sponsors:
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Maker Spotlight: Harp & Angle

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Here at Renegade Craft, we can’t help but love the new life that is put into some of our makers’ reclaimed goods.  Today in our Maker Spotlight series we’re showcasing the beautiful craftsmanship of Harp & Angle.  John Bross is the owner and crafter of Harp & Angle.

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John started building furniture out of necessity when he moved to a new home.  Since building his first coffee table, he’s moved onto designing and building custom furniture, as well as wooden objects for the home.

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Harp & Angle focuses on making unique furniture and one-of-a-kind spaces that create excitement for their new owners.  John likes the think that furniture harnesses the ability to create memories for the people who own and use them.  All Harp & Angle pieces are designed to last, keeping those treasured memories safe in each one-of-a-kind piece. h&a_feature4

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We love this process video documenting John’s craftsmanship and design expertise!

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We are so excited to see all the amazing wood objects Harp & Angle will be bringing to our Chicago Mini Market this weekend!  Feast your eyes on their beautiful website, shop their smaller wooden goods on Etsy, and follow their updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Maker Spotlight: Well Made

 Today we are featuring Chicago maker Well Made, an industrial design and furniture studio of Brandon Knowlden.  Brandon’s experience in industrial design led him to create STiiCKs, a solid wood and magnet system used to frame art.  WhitewashKitchen STiiCKs use 4 thin strips of sustainable American hardwood embedded with strong magnets to sandwich artwork in place. Magnets are just below the surface to leave artwork undamaged and furniture-grade lacquer means an acid-free finish.  stiicks-magnetsThey’re perfect for prints, photos, and even heavier materials such as canvas. BedsideBeing custom furniture designers, Well Made makes every one of these STiiCKS to furniture-grade standards.  These “frames” are created to not only last, but to be a modern, simplified, and affordable way to frame art. BlackCounch_loft With an emphasis on sustainable and responsibly-sourced materials, Brandon’s desire is to interact with the world through simple, thoughtful solutions designed to stand the test of time.  Well Made offered us a small glimpse into their Chicago studio where they create STiiCKs.STiiCKs_magnetic_poster_frame_detail We love seeing behind the scenes of how our makers are able to take objects that were left to waste and reclaim them into something new and exciting!STiiCKs_magnetic_poster_frame_log STiiCKs_magnetic_poster_frame_trimmed We are so thrilled to have Well Made bring STiiCKS to our Chicago Mini Market this upcoming weekend!  Check out their amazing product on their Well Made website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram as well.  See you all this weekend!

Round Up: Marble

leah ball marbleHappy Monday, Everyone!  We’ve been seeing a lot of incredible talent coming together for our Chicago Mini Market.  One of our favorite on-going themes we’ve been seeing is the use of marble.  Whether it’s marble products, marble backdrops, or even patterns inspired by marble, we can’t help but love the look!  Here is a round-up of some of our favorites from our Chicago Mini Market Roster:

 

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Maker Spotlight: Live and Conquer

With our second installation in our Mini Market series on its way, we are so excited to feature some of the incredible talent coming this June to Chicago.  Today we are featuring Chicago jewelry designer, Live and Conquer.

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Cheyenne Raduha is the designer behind Live and Conquer.  Recently, Cheyenne created her Into the Mystic collection, which was inspired by the “reawakening of a spring within the soul and the restless adventures that take place in summer.”  We absolutely love this description and find it fitting for Cheyenne’s beautiful work.

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We love this Taos Southwestern Metal Bangle, inspired by the beautiful landscape of Taos New Mexico.  

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Cheyenne attributes her desire for good craftsmanship from growing up on a farm and learning how to be a diligent worker.  She prides herself in making things well.  Cheyenne hopes that the quality of her craft and the beauty of her work will be handed down to the next generation.  A passion for conversation and ecology also influences how and where she sources her materials, always keeping Live and Conquer’s environmental footprint in mind when designing and constructing her jewelry pieces.

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Peaking into Cheyenne’s studio space it becomes quite clear that she surrounds herself with inspirations from nature. We love the beautiful artwork and little curiosities displayed in her home.

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We are so excited to see Live and Conquer’s hand-forged jewelry in person at our Mini Market in Chicago!  Be sure to check out the Live and Conquer Website, Etsy, and Tumblr.  Plus, keep up with Cheyenne’s daily inspirations on Twitter and Instagram.  See you all next week!