Thank You, Chicago!

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Chicago, we love that we can call you our home! What a fun-filled weekend we spent together! It was great seeing old friends, meeting new faces, and loving all the handmade wares and good vibes our Makers brought to the Chicago Pop-Up last weekend! Over 150 extraordinarily talented independent Makers showcased their work at The Hideout to locals and travelers from beyond.

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We saw a lot of smiles in the Magnolia Photo Booth! You can view your photo booth strips from from each weekend here: Saturday + Sunday.

One of our favorite post-Fair activities is combing through the #RenegadeChicagocollection of photos. We loved witnessing Makers and shoppers alike, posting about their favorite products, booths and experiences! Here’s some of our favorite moments below:

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ROW 1:  @coursewrk | @lastcraftdesigns | @mandalynrael | ROW 2: @yvetteandjoseph | @mselicastillo | @libelle.body | ROW 3: @changesoap | @katiedeanjewelry | @clevahgrrl

We always try to top each Fair, and it couldn’t be possible without your feedback! We value your opinions seriously, and always want to improve our Fairs to be the best events you attend each year. If you attended our Chicago Pop-Up, please fill out our Attendee Survey or Vendor Survey! It only takes a few minutes, we swear!

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Want to relive the good times? Take a look at our Chicago Pop-Up photo album on Flickr. You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and  #RenegadeChicago to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

Stay tuned for news and updates regarding our 2015 Spring/Summer Tour. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!

 

 

Chicago Pop-Up Starts Tomorrow!

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Our Chicago Pop-Up kicks off this weekend at The Hideout! This free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, booze, treats, live music and more! Check out our rundown below:

140+ MAKERS
We’ve got something for everyone at this special Pop-Up! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Summer.
Check out the full ROSTER to catch a glimpse!

FOOD + TREATS
If your stomach starts growlin’ or you want to cool off, grab a drink and sample some of Chicago’s finest fare from these lovely foodies:

Andorka’s Sandwich Shop
Black Dog Gelato
Dia de los Tamales
Justice of the Pies
La Colombe
Puffs of Doom

 

MUSIC

From DJs to a string of live music, we’ll have you entertained all weekend long! Want the full schedule? Check out our Details page.

Reckless Records
The Hat Stretchers
Rorey Carroll
Tiny Cover Band
Black Bear Combo

SPECIAL FEATURES

We’ve got you covered for an awesome weekend with an array of things to do from portrait and photo booths, to a vintage trailer, and cyclist-specific services and workshops. Just take a look for yourself!

Doodle Booth
Lost Girls Vintage
Magnolia Photo Booth
Pedal to the People

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ROW 1: DUNOLE | CAROLINE BORUCKI | OBJECT ENTHUSIAST | ROW 2:BRIM PAPERY | JUNE PARK | HIDDEN FOLK | ROW 3: LEGACY FRAMEWORKS | LITTLE WINGS DESIGNS | 3-SWITCH

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Getting There: The Hideout is located at 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642. Parking is limited in the neighborhood. The closest CTA train stop to the Fair is the North/Clybourn Red Line Stop. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the venue here.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Chicago Pop-Up. 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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Big Thanks to our Chicago Sponsors:


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Maker Spotlight: Sanborn Canoe Co.

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This maker feature makes us down right giddy! Today we’re thrilled to be featuring canoe paddle makers, Sanborn Canoe Co. The guys behind these quality paddles will be setting up at our Chicago Pop-Up at The Hideout this weekend! Rejoice!

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Sanborn Canoe Co. is pretty small woodshop nestled in the river valley just south of Winona, MN. After establishing in his friends’ basement, Zak Fellman and company built their own shop space on their families’ land out in the country.

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What’s incredible is everything is done in house at the Sanborn Shop. The crew decided to use cedar for paddle-making for a few reasons – 1. it’s lightweight 2. it’s buoyant and water resistant to rot and 3. it’s beautiful.

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Each paddle is a combination of thin strip that we glue/press together to make a paddle blank. From there each paddle is crafted start to finish by one of the Sanborn craftsman using various chisels/block planes/saws and sanders.

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Each is a work of art and in using tools that are guided by human hands(not computer generated copies) each is slightly different than the other. Sanborn Canoe Co. relies on highly skilled craftsmen.

Shop 1Also each paddle is designed and painted in our shop. After a paddle is finished it then goes to the painting room where each design is painted using spray-paint and scotch tape.
Shop 8Zak and his company are inspired by all of the canoeists that have come before them. Sanborn patterned their Artisan paddle shape similar to paddles the old French voyageurs would have used, with long narrow blades. With 30 men in a canoe they would use these long narrow paddles to take up to 60 strokes a second for 14 hours a day. They would also a lot of the time paint there paddles. In part to seal the wood from the elements and in part to identify their paddle from another. This long and rich tradition sparked Sanborn Canoe Co. to paint their paddles in a similar way.Shop13 Shop14 Wood Hangers 2We are so thrilled to have Sanborn Canoe Co. join us in Chicago for our Pop-Up this weekend at The Hideout! You can find them online here:

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Maker Spotlight: Outra Textiles

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Like most early parts of the work week, we’re ready to just curl up in bed and fall asleep. So, you can imagine that finding out that OUTRA Textiles was heading to our Chicago Pop-Up was a little more than we can handle! Needless to say, who’s ready for a nap?
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Laura Evans founded OUTRA in the summer of 2013.  She previously practiced as a landscape designer at Prospect Park in Brooklyn for six years, a job she loved for the connection to the community in which she lived and the design challenges it presented. OUTRA not only enables Laura to continue to nurture this love for design but also, for the first time, gives her the satisfying experience of constructing the items she designs.  Laura views each textile product she lovingly creates as a representation of her passions for interesting design, craftsmanship, and the environment.

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My grandmother raised ten children on a farm and did most of the work involving the house, food, and her children.  One small part of this work was sewing for her family, a skill my mother picked up and one she still uses almost daily.  When my older brother and sister were very little, my mother made extra money by constructing a custom wardrobe by hand for a friend of hers.  My own childhood memories include her hemming my dad’s suit pants and sewing a prom dress for my sister, but I didn’t actually grow interested in her sewing skills until I was 12 or 13.  I watched way too much TV as a kid.  At this point, my television interests mostly focused on ‘Designing Women’ and ‘Trading Spaces’ and I became fixated on re-designing my bedroom as often as I could.  My first project with my mom was a country-style quilted bedspread.  We later made curtains, dresses, and weird-o Halloween costumes like a mound of pizza and a giant cockroach.  Looking back, this was my first real creative pursuit and a focus I felt excited by.  I was at a loss going into college, wanting to study something creative while feeling the pressure to be practical.  I first chose fashion merchandising but once I realized that was much more a business than design degree, I switched to landscape architecture. While in college, I had passionate moments and appreciated how that work marries art with nature but I often felt misplaced.  After graduating, I moved to Brooklyn to work at Prospect Park, a job that I loved for so many reasons.  It was a small, familial environment; we were closely connected to the community in which we designed; the work was diverse and inspiring.  Despite all of this, I still kind of felt like a fraud.  It was difficult to articulate at the time, but I think my feeling of disconnection came partly from the large scale of the projects but mostly I felt disconnected because I was not physically creating anything.  In reaction, my work with OUTRA could not feel more personal and connected.  I am the sole designer; I construct and hand-paint each piece.  I can experiment and make anything I like without compromising on the design and materials and, if it doesn’t work, I can toss it out and move on to something else.  Even though OUTRA is still very young, I love to think back on the first shower curtain I made and I feel proud of how far I’ve come creatively and with the quality of the items I am providing.  I am energized looking forward to where this work may take me.  I feel fortunate to have found work that I have a genuine connection with, where I am both comforted by familiar tasks and challenged to learn and teach myself the skills and techniques necessary to keep growing.

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All OUTRA pieces are made from U.S. sourced organic cotton fabric.  Although it can be a challenge to source these types of materials without higher costs, Laura prioritizes the importance of organic textiles – from the health of the farmers and field workers growing the material, the land in which it is grown, to her customers, and herself; the foundation of her work must equal the quality of her art.

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Laura tends to oscillate between long periods of collecting with much shorter periods of sketching and design.  She takes pictures of details, patterns, and color combinations from her environment and gathers up inspiration from all over the internet for weeks.  Then, Laura will go through the photos, making thumbnail sketches of the details she likes most.  Laura takes a few sketches from that group and develop them further, drawing and redrawing, combining ideas until the result no longer resembles what she started with.
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If she works out something strange and exciting, Laura will transfer it to the computer, refining the design by adjusting the proportions and color combinations.  From there, Laura paints the linework out by hand onto the fabric.  At first, Laura would paint on the fabric because she didn’t know how to screen or block print.  Hand painting is very time-consuming, detailed work, but Laura finds that this process enables her to do large-scale patterns that also retain the crisp, vivid results which makes OUTRA Textiles so outstanding.

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We cannot wait to snuggle up with some of OUTRA’s pillows and blankets at our Chicago Pop-Up this weekend at The Hideout! You can find Laura and OUTRA Textiles online here:

 

Brooklyn and Chicago Applications Close Today!

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Hello Everyone! Applications for our last two amazing fairs in Brooklyn (September 11+12+13) and Chicago (September 19+20) close TODAY! Apply now to participate in our last Summer Fairs of 2015!

Don’t forget! We’ve switched it up a bit, so if you’re applying as a Pre-Packaged Edibles Vendor, you’ll now move on over to use our new and improved Food and Drink application. Want to participate on a different level? We are always looking for artisanal food makers, workshop hosts, installation artists and more! You can learn more on our Participate page.