The Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Summer Market Starts Tomorrow!

 

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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 tomorrow, 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!

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 Chicago School of Shoemaking, Kuhina Nui Ka’ahumanu Hawaiian Civic ClubUrban Threads Studioand 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.

Renegade Craft Fair Eats + Treats Map: If you’re a maker or visitor in Chicago, we’ve collected some recommended eateries + coffee shops for your convenience! Check out our Google Map here (you can even add in your favorite spot, too).

Getting There: You can find our outdoor fair in Wicker Park on Division St. between Damen and Ashland. We encourage you to walk, bike, take public transit or grab an Uber to our fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Chicago Summer Market! If you are new to Uber, use the promo code RENEGADECHI to get 2 free rides (up to $15). To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RenegadeChi.

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 and Studio Visit: Rebe and Specks & Keepings

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We have a treat for you today! We are featuring mother daughter duo Rebe by Debra Weiss and Specks & Keepings by Hillery Sproatt. Debra and Hillery will be bringing their textile artistry to our Chicago Summer Market this weekend in Wicker Park on Division St. and we can’t wait!
Debra Weiss has been working in fabric and textiles since the the 1970′s and has produced some of the most beautiful work we’ve ever seen, from clothing and accessories, to wall weavings, blankets, and more.
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A conversation between pattern, function and form; Debra Weiss wraps the body beautifully in unique yet flattering silhouettes. Everything is handcrafted by Debra herself in her home studio in Los Feliz, CA.
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We absolutely love the intricate details Debra adds into her artwork. From unusual seams and stitching in her dresses, to gorgeous colors and weaving in her textile art, we continue to remain in awe of her skilled hands.
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Debra’s daughter, Hillery continues in her mother’s footsteps, earning a BFA in fine art and creating art prints, drawings, embroidered dolls, and small tapestries in her Grand Rapids, MI home studio.
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Hillery’s work explores the integrity of textiles, pattern as image making, and the narrative of forms. Her tapestries are small soft drawings made with thread and her stitched dolls, which resemble folk dolls, seem to inhabit the landscapes of her drawings.
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Hillery offered us a sneak peek into her home studio and we love the rich tones and simplicity of her space.
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Hillery and Debra run an online shop called Specks & Keeping that specializes in handmade goods and features many of their creations.
During our travels to Renegade Craft Fair in LA we had the pleasure of visiting Debra’s home and studio and marveling at her incredible work over the years. It was such a wonderful experience being able to talk to these two talented women in their home space and learn more about their beginnings as artists and makers. We loved hearing the stories about where all of Debra’s furniture and decorations came from and how she got started in design. Her home was like a museum exploring the history of her craft, her children, and her family heirlooms.
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I started Rebe in 2000. But I have made things all my life. I received my degree in textile design in 1977, but it wasn’t until I watched Hillery’s art talent blossom as a teenager that  I felt it was time for me to begin a business. Rebe began as a wholesale business and I recently transitioned to strictly direct customer sales, which makes me very happy.
 
Hillery launched our online shop Specks & Keepings in 2011 so we could showcase our work along with the work of other artists we admire.
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I have a love of textiles and I start by finding beautiful fabrics from all over the world. The inspiration from these fabrics guides me towards what I then want to make. 

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I begin by sketching and then we create a pattern. There is always revising as well as problem solving, but this is also where the play happens. From there it becomes a functional or wearable product that we bring to market.
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We hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into Debra and Hillery’s home studio as much as we did! Be sure to browse the Specks and Keepings website, follow Debra and Hillery on Instagram, and come to our Chicago Summer Market this weekend. We suggest you try on a few beautiful Rebe dresses and marvel at all the textile glory while you’re there!

Renegade Craft Fair x Madewell Pop-Up in Chicago Tonight!

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We’re kicking off our Chicago Summer Market 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 at RSVPRushStreet@Madewell.com. See you all there!

Maker Spotlight: Paper & Clay

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Today we’re featuring the beautiful work of Tennessee ceramicist, Paper & Clay. We are beyond thrilled to have Paper & Clay ceramics showcased at our Chicago Summer Market this weekend!

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Brit McDaniel is the ceramicist behind Paper & Clay. After enrolling in ceramics classes at a community art school in Austin, Texas, Brit immediately fell in love with the art and was determined to make a career of it. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Paper & Clay was founded in June 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I want my work to be beautiful, but also very usable. I’m very influenced by Scandinavian design, and look to a lot of American Mid-Century designers as well. Essentially, I try to create the pieces that I want to have and use in my own home, and it’s so rewarding when someone else wants my work in their house too!”

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Each piece is handmade with careful attention to detail, and with usability in mind. Brit’s ceramic style is the perfect relationship between handmade and the sophistication of modern form. We’ve followed Paper & Clay for awhile now and have loved seeing Brit’s form and aesthetic grow into pieces that stand out and are unlike any other pieces out there. We’re so excited to see Brit’s newest collection of 22K Gold speckled mugs at our fair!

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We love Brit’s color-blocked and gradient aesthetic! We can’t help but think of a beautiful sunset on the horizon, or staring through a foggy horizon line.

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IMG_0689PC IGWe can’t wait to see Brit’s amazing work in person! I think each and every one of us will want to reset our tables with a brand new collection from Paper & Clay. Take a look at the collection on the website, and be sure to follow Paper & Clay on Instagram, her feed in gorgeous! See you all this weekend in Chicago!

Maker Spotlight: Margins

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Hello Everyone! We hope you had an awesome and relaxing Labor Day weekend, we sure did. Our biggest fair of the year, The Chicago Summer Market is coming up this weekend, so to kick the week off we’re featuring print company, Margins.

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Jeremy Rendina is the designer and printer behind Margins, a print company that focuses on the natural world for inspiration, printing processes, and sustainability practices. He produces original and archival serigraphs, letterpress, and Giclée prints. One of his most popular prints and “giftable” items is his beautiful Moon Calendar.

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Drawing on the natural world and numerous spiritual traditions, Margin’s line of calendars, cards, and prints seek to enhance the one’s interior space. It’s Jeremy’s desire as a designer to provide conscious design in an elegant way, which is accessible to all.
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Margins makes every effort to work in accordance with sustainable printing practices that support the well-being of all living creatures and the greater ecological system. Their vibrant inks are water and soy based, and they also work with indigenous communities, using Fair Trade and tree-free papers when possible. 

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The elements play a central part in Jeremy’s printmaking process. He collaborates with the world around him to create unique one of a kind prints. Recently moving his studio to Ojai, within the Los Padres National Forest, Jeremy has been able to apply many unique methods to his work process. His cyanotype prints are exposed in the sun and rinsed with ocean water and some of his silkscreen and lithographic prints use pigments from the earth which are used in color mixing and various open air drying methods are used to achieve the desired texture and color.
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We are big fans of Jeremy’s work and we can’t wait for all of you to see Margins at our Chicago Summer Market this weekend! Take a look at all of the paper good beauty at the Margins website and be sure to stop by Jeremy’s booth on Division St.!


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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