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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Row 3: whitenest | essimar | milkhausdesign

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!

Intro To Harp & Angle from Andrew Bross on Vimeo.

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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Marbled pattern in fur clutch by Eye of the Sun

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!

Chicago Mini Market in One Week!

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The second installment of our Mini Market series is just around the corner on Saturday and Sunday, June 21+22 in Chicago!  From 12pm – 6pm at 2233 S. Throop St. come shop handmade with over 80 makers and artisans to choose from!

Just like our bi-annual flagship fairs, 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: Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. You can route directions to 2233 S. Throop St. here.

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Want to spread the word?  Join our Facebook event and invite your friends.  Grab oure-flyer and pass it around.  Add #RenegadeCraftFair #RCFMiniMarket #RCFMiniCHIto your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!  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.  See you all in Chicago June 21+22!

 

Special thanks to our Chicago sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Loft Studios

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Today in our Maker Spotlight series we are featuring Loft Studios. Emma Zwissler is the designer and creator behind Loft Studiosa small design studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a love for simple, handcrafted design. We are so excited Emma will be bringing her textiles to our Chicago Mini Market in a couple weeks!
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Loft Studios currently occupies a space in a “charitable art and education incubator” called  Redline.  At Redline, Emma is able to meet other artists, utilize community resources, and work at the environmentally friendly printshop.
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Her products start with patterns she sketches with pen and paper which she then processes digitally.  Although all of her designs begin at the same humble beginnings of her sketchbook, Emma’s initial patterns evolve into a beautiful print.  Her products are then printed differently depending on the complexity of the design.  No matter the method, Emma strives to create a handcrafted and simple product that is “perfectly imperfect.” InTheStudio5 InTheStudio7
Emma works primarily with linen, a renewable resource that is made from flax and 100% biodegradable and free from harmful toxins, as is the water-based ink used to print Loft Studio products. Not only is linen great for the environment but it’s stronger than cotton, highly absorbent, and becomes softer with each wash - perfect for every day use in the home!InTheStudio8
All Loft Studio products are made from 100% linen fabric, which is produced in the USA and loomed through a process that creates zero water or air pollution.  We love companies and makers who’s focus is not only on their product, but also on its environmental impact.
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We can’t get enough of this minimalist hexagon throw!
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We are so thrilled Loft Studios will be joining us on June 21+22 for our Chicago Mini Market!  Be sure to check out the full line of products on the Loft Studio Website, see the inner-workings of the studio on Instagram, and follow Loft Studio on Pinterest.

Maker Spotlight: Beast USA Shirts

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Today we are featuring Beast USA Shirts: American made, beautifully illustrated t-shirts designed by Patrick Smyczek.  Based in Milwaukee, Beast USA Shirts are all hand-illustrated and hand-printed by Patrick himself.

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Patrick studied printmaking at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico and also worked at Tandem Press.  His rigorous training in printmaking set the foundation for Beast USA.  The quality of his work is clearly evident from the tiniest details in his shirts to the care taken on the printing the containers for the shirts.

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Beast USA designs are inspired by adventure, patriotism, nature and the American spirit.  All the designs are hand drawn and then hand printed on a four-color screen printing press.  Every shirt is signed and numbered, and packaged in a screen-printed tube.

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One cannot help but marvel at the exquisite detail in each Beast USA design.  Each tiny line of ink is perfectly placed and distributed across the illustration.  We love the playfulness and creative storytelling Patrick infuses into his work.  His illustrations are so full of minute details and components, they are truly a marvel to look at.

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We are so excited to have Beast USA join us for our Chicago Mini Market on June 21+22!  You can check out all of Beast USA’s limited designs on their website.

Chicago + Brooklyn Apps Close Tomorrow!

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Hello, Everyone!  Just a reminder that applications for our Chicago and Brooklyn September Markets close tomorrow!  Get your application in by June 5th to be a part of our last two summer fairs!

Our Chicago Flagship Market will be returning to Wicker Park on Division St. between Damen and Paulina Avenues.  This scenic location will be host to one of the largest curated gatherings of indie craft makers in the US.  The Summer Market will take place on September 6 + 7 from 11am – 6pm both days.

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Our Brooklyn Summer Market will return to Brooklyn, NY for a top shelf, indie craft explosion.  RCF will bring movers and makers of all varieties to 50 Kent between 11th and 12 streets.  The Summer Market will take place on September 13 + 14 from 11am – 6pm both days.

We’re always on the lookout for great people to get involved with Renegade Craft Fair, whether as a maker or in one of the many supporting roles that are so necessary for a successful fair.  At each of our fairs, we take great pains to find the best and brightest individuals that are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in handcrafted goods and art. You can apply to be a food vendor, host a workshop, create an art installation, or become a sponsor.  To learn more about all of the opportunities at our fairs, visit our Participate page.

Applications for Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago and Brooklyn close tomorrow, June 5th, so make sure you get your application in!  We can’t wait to see you all in September!