2014 RCF Dates + Austin Apps Are Open!

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Happy 2014 to all our friends and supporters! You might notice that things look a little different around here… we’ve rebranded! Renegade has a fresh new face for 2014, including a revamped website, and new logos. We’re excited to share our whole new look, so poke around the RCF website and see what’s new.

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We’re very excited to announce the dates of our 2014 tour! Once again, we are looking forward to showcasing the best and brightest makers at our fairs in Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Visit our website for more info about each upcoming show.

Our first event of 2014 is going to be a big one. For the first time ever, we’re introducing Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition in Austin, TX! Applications are now live for this amazing event, read more details about the fair here, and apply now to become a vendor at Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition! Applications are open from Jan. 3 – Jan. 24, so don’t delay!

Happy New Year from the Renegade crew!

Thank you, Chicago!

Thank you, Chicago! Last weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse was one of our most fun shows yet! Over 150 talented indie makers shared their work with excited holiday shoppers. It’s always a pleasure to host Renegade Craft Fair on our home turf!

Local DJs from by Dusty Groove , Reckless Records and Chirp Radio kept the atmosphere lively. Visitors loved the free craft workshops hosted by Martha Stewart Living and RX Made, as well as the seasonal decorations from Amanda Walters. As always, we saw lots of smiles in the in the free photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

It was wonderful to see so many happy shoppers buying handmade for the holidays!

Big thanks to you, Chicago, and our sponsors!

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Chicago This Weekend!

The 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Chicago will take place this weekend, December 7 + 8, 2013, from 11am – 6pm both days at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk St.)  This free-to-attend fair will kick off the handmade holiday season with a slew of wonderful crafters, hands-on workshops, food, music, and more.

As always, we’ll be presenting a curated collection of 150+ of today’s best + brightest indie makers. Browse this year’s artist line-up here.

The Chicago Holiday Market is always an especially festive affair: a celebration of design and DIY spirit in one of Chicago’s most charming venues. Attendees are encouraged to take part in free craft workshops, hosted by Martha Stewart Living and RX Made. The Pulaski Park Fieldhouse will be decked out with festive installations from Amanda Walters.

Visitors are invited to take a photo to commemorate their indie shopping experience in the free photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co. Local DJs from CHIRP Radio, Dusty Groove, and Reckless Records will be playing all our favorite music to keep the atmosphere lively all weekend long.

Tasty treats abound at the fair, with savory food from Flying Saucer and Dia De Los Tamales, sweet treats from Black Dog Gelato, Glazed and Infused, and Puffs of Doom, and coffee from Jackalope Coffee and Intelligentsia. Festive spirits, including winter brew and mulled wine will also be available.

Enjoy a free trolley ride to and from Renegade Craft Fair! You can catch the trolley at the corner of Division and Damen, as well as the two local Blue Line L stations located at Division St. and Damen Ave. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation to the fair!

Uber is sponsoring rides for The 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Chicago! If you are new to Uber, use the promo code RENEGADE to get $25 off your first ride (excludes TAXI). To sign up, download the app (available on iPhone & Android), or head to https://www.uber.com/go/RENEGADE.

Still curious? Check out our Chicago FAQ page for answers to all your queries. We hope you’ll join us in supporting local artists this weekend; visit Renegade Craft Fair and enjoy the indie-craft shopping experience!

Special thanks to our Chicago sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Another Feather

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Today we’re excited to share a glimpse into the studio of jewelry designer Hannah Ferrara, who will be bringing her line of handmade jewelry, Another Feather, to Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Chicago this weekend! Her photos are decidedly summery, and transport us back to a moment in the most beautiful week of summer.

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Each piece of Another Feather jewelry is hand crafted by Asheville-based maker and artist Hannah Ferrara. Inspired by her travels, the mountains she lives near, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, her line includes simple everyday adornments, as well as one of a kind metal made jewelry. She uses traditional metal smithing techniques and tools to craft each item, using recycled metals from sustainable sources, combined with the occasional natural object or repurposed vintage parts.

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Each piece of jewelry is made with care and given special attention to detail, embracing natural imperfections of the hand at work. Hannah lives and works out of her Asheville studio, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

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Hannah’s studio is just as beautiful as the jewelry she creates within it. Her artful eye extends into the decor, as you can see from her creative reuse of vintage pieces and natural elements. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes shots of Hannah at work!

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Find Another Feather at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and see this beautiful work in person! In the meantime, follow her on Instagram and check out her blog to get a peek at what Hannah is working on this week, and what she’ll be bringing to the show.

Chicago Roundup – Holiday Kitchen

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While Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have passed, there’s lots more time for winter celebrations in 2013. We’ve rounded up a few finds from our vendors from our Chicago fair (which is coming up this weekend!) who will help you get your home ready for entertaining loved ones all December long. The print above is from Nourishing Notes – a good reminder for the season when everyone seems to end up spending time in the kitchen.

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This hand-printed tea towel from Milkhaus is reminiscent of a snowy day. Perfect for curling up with a tray of cocoa and cookies.

Worker B Honey

 

Worker B will be selling their raw varietal honey – all sourced from select beekeepers chosen for their dedication to sustainable relationships with honeybees.

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PieBox makes reusable raw pine pastry carriers that are handcrafted in Chicago. Perhaps you could use one to bring a delicious apple pie to your next holiday feast?

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Seasonal cookbooks from Pinch and Dash will make menu-planning easy, and the photos will have your mouth watering.

Beautiful Briny Sea

 

Have you ever tried Lavender Sea Salt? Beautiful Briny Sea makes ten varieties of flavored sea salts – we really want to try their “Magical Unicorn” flavor - smoked paprika, lemon, garlic, rosemary, celery seed and pure ocean salt, and it kind of looks like rainbow funfetti!

Find all this and more at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, December 7 + 8, 2013 at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.

 

 

Maker Spotlight: 16 Sparrows and the Letter Writers Alliance

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Today’s Maker Spotlight features a creative Chicago partnership that has been flourishing since 2003! Donovan and Kathy run two successful ventures that are interwoven into one stationery super-business: 16 Sparrows and the Letter Writers Alliance (both will be joining us for our Chicago Winter Market). 16 Sparrows was their original business, and the idea for the Letter Writers Alliance came from their experiences selling their work at Renegade!

“We’d be vending at fairs, and people kept picking up our stationery, stating that they were the only ones who wrote letters anymore. A light bulb just went off for us: what if we could connect these people who participate in this solitary art so they don’t feel like the only ones? That is when we decided to start the L.W.A., creating what we see as a specialized branch of 16 Sparrows. While they both revolve around mail and letters, 16 Sparrows is for the cynical paper lover who needs unique greeting cards and the L.W.A. is geared toward letter writers and mail artists.”

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Membership to the Alliance gets you a fancy badge, member card, and access to the online clubhouse where you gain access to free downloads, new pen pals, and exclusive L.W.A. goods. The L.W.A. uses the Internet to corral letter lovers and inspire them to step away from the computer and sit down with a pen and paper. Their newest letter writing programs, Initiative Response and I.R. Ops, involve completing postal tasks for award badges and honorary titles. They also host letter writing socials and teach workshops, which are free and open to the public, members and non-members alike.

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Kathy and Donovan have been working on the business for ten years now, so they’ve become attuned to the best ways of collaborating on projects. Donovan shares this insight:

“Kathy works on the tech end and I’m more the production end, but we both do a little bit of everything. Both of us create designs for the shops. If one of us has an idea for a product, then the other is the art director. We live in Chicago, Illinois and are lucky enough to live about a 5 minute walk apart. This makes our collaboration and production easier on our schedules.”

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Looking to write more letters this holiday season? Letter Writers Alliance and 16 Sparrows will be bringing their stationery and snail mail supplies to Renegade’s Winter Market in Chicago, December 7th and 8th at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. You can follow the Letter Writers Alliance on Twitter, and follow both Kathy and Donovan on Instagram to see what they’re creating during the run up to our Chicago fair!

Maker Spotlight: Sarah Mimo

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Today’s maker spotlight features Sarah Mimo, an artist from our Chicago line-up who uses laser-cutting in a creative new way to make beautifully intricate clocks! Sarah Mimo Clocks

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Raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Sarah Mimo has been a Brooklyn-based artist and designer for the past six years. Sarah began designing clock faces after traveling through London and Prague in the Summer of 2010 where she was struck by the ornate beauty of Europe’s public clocks.

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All of Sarah’s clocks are laser cut, hand finished, and assembled with love and care by the artist. We’re excited to have Sarah Mimo as a participating artist in our Chicago Winter Market this weekend! Follow her on Instagram or Facebook to see what she’s creating to bring to Renegade! Visit her booth at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse on Dec. 7 + 8 to see these intricate time pieces in person.

Check out our Winter Artists and Makers!

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We’ve just announced the full line-up of artists and makers for our 2013 Winter fairs! Have a look at the maker pages for Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and start your holiday shopping list.

We’re so excited about the group of artists who are participating in this year’s Winter Markets. You are sure to find some old and new favorites as you browse the line-up. Don’t forget that you can get sneak peeks of what our vendors will be selling over on Pinterest! Check out sneak peeks of Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco – you’re bound to find a great gift for everyone on your list.

Call for Artists – Searching for Creative Installations

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<<ARTISTS>> <<VISUAL MERCHANDISERS>> <<PARTY PLANNERS>> <<VINTAGE RENTAL COMPANIES>> << ART STUDENTS>> <<CREATIVE TYPES>>

We are now accepting proposals for large, medium and even small-scale installations for the 2013 RCF Winter Tour!

Each fair has a unique footprint. Whether it takes place in a state park, an old airplane hanger, or a rehabbed train station, there are unlimited possibilities to what you can create!

WHERE ARE THE FAIRS LOCATED?

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Old Truman Brewery - November 9 + 10, 2013

BROOKLYN, NY - Skylight One Hanson – November 23 + 24, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - The Palmer Events Center - November 30 + December 1, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - The Pulaski Park Fieldhouse – December 7 + 8, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles State Historic Park – December 14 + 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Concourse Exhibition Center- December 21 + 22, 2013

What we’re looking for:

  • Handmade Games/interactive activities
  • Large sculptural installations
  • Decorative installations
  • And more! We’re open to collaborating and discussing your ideas.

See examples of past installations here.

See examples of what inspires us on our “Installation/Decoration Inspiration” Pinterest board, updated regularly!

We are interested in work that uses a wide variety of materials to create a dynamic backdrop for our unique fairs. Here’s your chance to add to your portfolio and have your project seen by thousands of attendees (including visual merchandisers, gallery owners, and other creative professionals and makers alike). In addition, we will showcase your work with a dedicated feature on our blog, as well as across our social media channels, which can create more great exposure for your work.

We’re excited to hear from you! Email madelon@renegadecraft.com to share your ideas.