Maker Spotlight: Melissa Weiss Pottery

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Today we have the pleasure of featuring Melissa Weiss Pottery! Melissa will be bringing her beautiful pottery to our Chicago Holiday Market tomorrow and Sunday!IMG_4650
Melissa Weiss is a North Carolina potter and is the definition of a true handmade maker. Each pot contains clay that Melissa’s digs up from her land in Arkansas. From there, she drives to clay back to her studio in Ashville where she makes a clay body incorporating the wild clay.
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Melissa makes a variety of ash and celadon glazes and fire the pots in a gas reduction kiln.  Not only is Melissa’s pottery handmade and one-of-a-kind, it is also functional and food safe.IMG_3926IMG_5536
Melissa’s inspirations are deeply rooted in her childhood memories of spending time at her grandmother’s house. The house was filled with smells, sounds and colors she can recall to this day for the life they possessed. Melissa make pots to belong in these memories; Dishes to celebrate family and tradition, utilitarian objects rustic, useful, simple and beautiful to be granted a place at her grandmother’s table for Sunday dinner. IMG_5549
Melissa’s childhood memories infused with her passion for african tribal art and her deep love for pottery have come together to produce such a unique mix of rustic yet breathtaking pieces. IMG_5145
We are so glad Melissa Weiss will be joining us in Chicago for our Holiday Market this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center! Inspire yourself at Melissa’s website and be sure to say hello to her in person. You can also see what Melissa is up to on Instagram. See you all tomorrow!

Our Chicago Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!

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Hello Chicago! We are so excited that our hometown Chicago Holiday Market is happening tomorrow! You can find the Renegade Craft Fair at the gorgeous Bridgeport Art Center on Saturday, December 6 – Sunday, December 7, 2014. Come on out and shop from our curated selection of today’s modern and innovative indie-craft Makers along with workshops, food and drinks, music, and more! From 11am – 6:30pm you’ll be able to shop an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, men’s accessories and goods, to children’s toys and accessories, art prints, housewares and much more. Find handmade gifts for everyone this season!

Check out this year’s line up of 200+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Datter Industries | Toast Ceramics | Forage and Bloom | Row 2: Evermore Paper Co. | YesJess | Bird of Virtue | Row 3: Fox and Hammer | Elephant Playthings | Puffs of Doom

Expect a festive and lively atmosphere at the Bridgeport Art Center with holiday shopping, a cozy lounge area by Shadow Box Dreams, and a mixture of interactive activities and free workshops. DJs from Reckless Records and CHIRP Radio will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. Plus, the venue and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer!

In need of a caffeine jolt and or something to warm your hands?  The Intelligentsia coffee bar will be up and running with cozy hot chocolate, their signature coffee, and seasonal apple cider. Once the post-shopping hunger sets in, grab some savory snacks and sweet treats from Dia De Los TamalesPuffs of Doom, and Black Dog Gelato.

Feeling inspired by our Makers’ creativity? Get crafty and learn how to craft wood ornaments using reclaimed wood with Rebuilding Exchange, watch a live screen-printing tote bag demo hosted by Martha Stewart Living and Toyota, and take part in an assortment of other DIY craft workshops. Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of the 2014 Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Tour.

Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth! Dress yourself in some funky props, pose, and commemorate your RCF visit with friends and family.

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Sprout by HP and Flavorpill have teamed up to present the official Chicago Renegade Craft Fair Afterparty, Meet the Makers. Guests can mingle with fellow creatives and craft fair fans, enjoy complimentary cocktails, and hit the dance floor. RSVP to join us at Zhou B Art Center on Saturday, December 6 (6:30-8:30pm).
Renegade Craft is pleased to announce their partnership with Sprout by HP, the Official Tech Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour. Sprout combines multiple devices – a scanner, depth sensor, hi-resolution 3Dcamera, projector –  into a single device, allowing users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace, the perfect tool for those looking to make handmade gifts, party favors or decorations this holiday season, or a great gift for the DIY enthusiast among your friends and family. From holiday cards and party invitations to keepsake photo collages, personalized recipe books, ornaments, jewelry and more, Sprout lets you create whatever you can imagine, instantly.
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Getting There: The Chicago Holiday Market will be held at the Bridgeport Art Center at 1200 W. 35th St. We encourage you to walk, bike, take public transit or grab an Uber to our fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Chicago Holiday Market! New users can get up to $25 in Uber credits using the code RCF2014! To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2014.

A complimentary trolley will bring shoppers to and from the Bridgeport Art Center and the Ashland Stop on the CTA Orange Line. Route directions to our Fair here.

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!

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

 

Big Thanks to Our Chicago Sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: HANK by Henry

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Today we are so excited to feature Portland maker, Hank by Henry. These chopsticks and wooden accessories will be heading to Chicago this weekend for our Chicago Holiday Market at the Bridgeport Art Center! SONY DSC
HANK by Henry is a collaborative effort between designer Allison Henry and chef Edward Ross. After what began as a happy accident during another project in the winter of 2012 Allison launched a small collection of wildly painted chopsticks and began selling them at local craft shows.
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Allison’s mission soon became clear and it wasn’t long before Ed joined in. In the name of culinary culture, the two of them have since been bringing people together one brightly painted chopstick at a time.SONY DSCAllison and Ed are obsessed with creating unique and beautiful chopsticks in their Portland, Oregon studio. HANK by Henry puts a lot of energy into supporting local and sustainable practices, unlike the traditional imported chopsticks which are cheaply made and loaded with chemicals.

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HANK by Henry chopsticks are made to stand the test of time, and although they do look like works of art one shouldn’t use – they are meant to be used daily. Their quality and beauty is what makes them stand out. We can’t get enough of the copper leaf elements and the polished feel of the wood.SONY DSC

HANK by Henry chopsticks are made by hands – not machines. They are crafted in pairs with untreated hard woods, such as Cherry and Walnut, known for their durability and resistance to warping or absorbing liquids. HANK-by-Henry-handmade-chopsticks
They are finished with five grains of sanding to achieve a smooth surface for eating and carefully finished with oil and bee’s wax for protection. We can attest to the smooth surface of these chopsticks, having touched them at our Renegade San Francisco Holiday Market, they are perfectly shaped and formed! Each pair is then meticulously painted with understated details. Unique in their style, they are small objects of usable art.
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 We are so thrilled that HANK by Henry is breaking ground in Chicago for our Holiday Market this weekend! Take a look at their collection to see the assortment of chopsticks, sets, and hair sticks they have to offer – you’ll want them all! Plus, follow HANK by Henry on Instagram to get an inside peek into their lives and how these gorgeous chopsticks are made.  See you all in a couple of days!

 

Maker Spotlight: Shades of Grey

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Happy Monday, everyone! We are so excited to be featuring some makers headed to our Chicago Holiday Market this weekend. A business we have always admired and adored is Shades of Grey and we love sharing these gorgeous creations with you!
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Attalie Dexter is the Chicago designer behind Shades of Grey. She began her collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry back in 2009, and in 2013 Attalie developed a new line of stunning wall hangings and home wares we are obsessed with!

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Attalie makes everything individually by hand in her studio located in Logan Square. Almost all of her materials and tools are sourced from other small businesses and all of the pieces, both jewelry and home, are made of vintage and natural materials. Sustainability and supporting local and small independent businesses is a cornerstone of how Attalie conducts business and it is something we always admire about many of our makers who strive to do the same.ShadesOfGrey-9 ShadesOfGrey-10

Attalie finds inspirations for her work through a variety of mediums, such as vintage Japanese ceramics, and the interplay between light and shadow.

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Shades of Grey reimagines beauty in simplified natural forms and creates monotone layered textures, which you can see in many of her wall art forms.

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We love this small vignette of Attalie’s inspiration board and the daily inspirations she’s found and collected.

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 We can’t wait to see Attalie’s latest creations at our Chicago Holiday Market this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center! Be sure to see some of the Shades of Grey collection online. We also highly encourage you to follow Attalie on Instagram, her feed is so pretty!

 

Sprout by HP + Flavorpill Afterparty in Chicago!

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Attendees can be among the first to experience Sprout by HP, a new immersive
computing platform recently announced by HP. Sprout combines multiple devices
– a scanner, depth sensor, hi-resolution camera, projector –  into a single device,
allowing users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital
workspace, the perfect tool for those looking to make handmade gifts, party
favors or decorations this holiday season, or a great gift for the DIY enthusiast
among your friends and family. From holiday cards and party invitations to
keepsake photo collages, personalized recipe books, ornaments, jewelry and
more, Sprout lets you create whatever you can imagine, instantly. Renegade Craft
is pleased to announce their partnership with Sprout by HP, the Official Tech
Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour.

Sprout by HP and Flavorpill have teamed up to present the official Chicago
Renegade Craft Fair Afterparty, Meet the Makers. Guests can mingle with fellow
creatives and craft fair fans, enjoy complimentary cocktails, and hit the dance
floor. RSVP to join us at Zhou B Art Center on Saturday, December 6 (6:30-
8:30pm).

The Chicago Holiday Market is Happening in Two Weeks!

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Hello Chicago! We are so thrilled that our hometown Chicago Holiday Market is happening in just two weeks! This year’s fair will be held at the gorgeous Bridgeport Art Center on Saturday, December 6 – Sunday, December 7, 2014. From 11am – 6:30pm you’ll be able to shop our curated selection of today’s modern and innovative indie-craft Makers along with workshops, food and drinks, music, and more!

Give the gift of handmade this holiday season and support local makers! At the Bridgeport Art Center you’ll find an array of outstanding handmade goods, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, children’s toys, apparel and shoes, to natural beauty products, repurposed lighting and furniture, housewares and much more. Check out this year’s line up of 200+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Expect a festive and lively atmosphere at the Bridgeport Art Center with holiday shopping and a mixture of interactive activities and free workshops. DJs from Reckless Recordsand CHIRP Radio will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. Plus, the venue and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer!

In need of a caffeine jolt and or something to warm your hands?  The Intelligentsia coffee bar will be up and running with cozy hot chocolate, their signature coffee, and seasonal apple cider. Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar will be on hand to supply beer, wine, and mulled wine to those seeking out a little extra holiday spirit. Once the post-shopping hunger sets in, grab some savory snacks and sweet treats from Dia De Los TamalesPuffs of Doom, and Black Dog Gelato.

If you’re feeling inspired by our Makers’ creativity, join in for yourself! Learn how to craft wood ornaments using reclaimed wood with Rebuilding Exchange, watch a live screen-printing tote bag demo hosted by Martha Stewart Living and Toyota, and take part in an assortment of other DIY craft workshops. Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of the 2014 Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Tour.

Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth! Dress yourself in some funky props, pose, and commemorate your RCF visit with friends and family.

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Getting There: The Chicago Holiday Market will be held at the Bridgeport Art Center at 1200 W. 35th St. We encourage you to walk, bike, take public transit or grab an Uber to our fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Chicago Holiday Market! New users can get up to $25 in Uber credits using the code RCF2014! To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2014.

A complimentary trolley will bring shoppers to and from the Bridgeport Art Center and the Ashland Stop on the CTA Orange Line. Route directions to our Fair here.

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!

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

 

Big Thanks to Our Chicago Sponsors:

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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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