Thank You London!

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Wow, London! What a treat this weekend truly was! Being in London during the Springtime is something else. Not only was the weather perfect, but so were the bright and colorful wares and good vibes our Makers brought to this Fair! Over 100 extraordinarily talented independent Makers showcased their work at the Old Truman Brewery to London locals and visitors. We got to start our day with delicious baked goods from Luminary Bakery, and then shop a range of one-of-a-kind handmade products from screen-printed posters to embroidered housewares to delightful temporary cat tattoos. We topped our day off with some ooey gooey mac n’ cheese from Anna Mae’s.

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One of our favorite post-fair activities is combing through the #RenegadeLondon collection 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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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 London Spring Fair, 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? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLondon 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!

Maker Spotlight: Pup Tart Handmade

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Happy Friday, everyone! Today we’re featuring Pup Tart Handmade, a London-based textile brand dedicated to creating awesome products for your furry pets and your home. We’re so excited to have Pup Tart join us for our London Fair kicking off tomorrow! Hannah’s bringing some brand new fruit and cactus printed housewares, so keep your eyes open at our Fair!
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Pup Tart was founded by Hannah and her Norfolk Terrier mixed dog, Indy. This adorable duo set out to create hip dog accessories, that were practical, beautiful, and also affordable. The success of Pup Tart led to an expansion of products, including home goods that complement Hannah’s pet accessories.tuti fruti teatowel

Pup Tart is truly a handmade collection – everything is designed, printed, and sewn by Hannah herself, including the fabrics and papers. Hannah tie dyes, marbles, and block prints to create bright, colorful patterns and designs to freshen up your home.

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Hannah has such a great eye for color when it comes to her marbling. The swirls of neon pink, electric blues, and shimmering golds blend seamlessly together, yet maintain their bold originality. If you visit the Pup Tart blog, Hannah even has a tutorial on how you can marble yourself! tote multi glitter bow

Meet Indy, Hannah’s adorable pooch, and partner in crime. Indy is the model and inspiration behind the brand. Just look at that handsome face!Midnight Glitter Multi glitter clutch 1 copy

We’re dying to get our hands on Hannah’s summery pet tipis! Our dogs in the office would go nuts for them.il_fullxfull.589500547_9nmm

We can’t wait to see Pup Tart Handmade’s bright and colorful booth pop up at our London Fair this weekend! Be sure to check out the Pup Tart Etsy shop, and follow Hannah and Indy’s adventures on Instagram



London Fair Kicks Off Tomorrow!

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Our London Fair kicks off this weekend! This free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, treats and more! Check out our rundown below:

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We’ve got something for everyone at this Spring Fair! Find gifts for loved ones, plus freshen up your home and wardrobe for Spring!
Check out the full Roster to catch a glimpse!
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If you start feeling peckish, grab a sweet treat or some southern-inspired fare from these lovely foodies:
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ROW 1: BUBBLE TREE DESIGN STUDIO | OH NO RACHIO! | CLARE NICOLSON | ROW 2: TINY TRACK | UBYME | LUMINARY BAKERY | ROW 3: KATE TEMPLE | ROSIE MOSS | GIRA E RIGIRA LA MODA

Want more handmade in your life? Learn more about Makers behind their craft in our Maker Spotlights and re-pin your favorite Makers from our Pinterest board.

Getting There: The London Spring Fair will be held at the Old Truman Brewery at 91 Brick Lane London, UK E1 6QL. We encourage you to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the 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 #RenegadeLondon to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

 

 

Maker Spotlight: Girae Rigira


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With our London Fair just around the corner, we’re so excited to be featuring this adorable apparel Maker, Girae Rigira.
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Girae Rigira is an Italian clothing line founded by Germana Bargoni, who has become a passionate textile archeologist. Germana digs up and retrieves long-forgotten precious remnants of fabric and cloth that have been resting quietly in abandoned warehouses and old storage rooms for 30 to 50 years.

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Her search for precious fabrics leads her through Italy, Europe, and the United States to find miles and miles of textiles waiting to be repurposed into something new and beautiful.

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What emerges from Germana’s expeditions, is the ancient story told through texture, brightly colored fabrics, and unique patterns. These stories inspire retro yet timeless fantasies that Germana pieces together by crafting unique items and often, given the preciousness of her collection, turning them into one-of-a-kind rare gems: dresses, shirts, blouses, bowling pants…

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Every item is handmade and hand-stitched by Germana in her Bologna workshop. In each article of clothing, a fragment of a colorful, elegant and unique past is given fresh life, and a new story can be told.

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Germana crafts unique one-of-a-kind pieces that are sometimes inspired by the decade of fashion the textile was created, or reinvented into a bolder, modern parcel of clothing. Girae Rigira understands the cyclical world of fashion and embraces the ever-turning wheel.

foglie2 primaThe Girae Rigira lookbooks artfully tell stories themselves, creating a character-filled landscape where the viewer captures glances at the outfits in time. Perhaps it is how Germana sees herself, as she dives into history, unveiling the textiles that will shape her own stories.
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We love seeing into Germana’s Italian workspace, full of deep, dramatic color and light. unnamedunnamed-1We are thrilled to have Germana bring her line of clothing to our London Fair this weekend, April 11+12, at the Old Truman Brewery. Her pieces are perfect statements for Spring, don’t you think? Before the weekend hits, check out the Girae Rigira website, pre-shop her Etsy store, and follow Germana on Facebook and Instagram. See you soon!

 

London Instagram Favorites

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Top Row (left to right): @clarenicolson | @oh_squirrel | @ubyme_bcn | Row 2: @thiswaytothecircus | @_concretejungles | @rosebbrown | Row 3: @grainandknot | @puptartlondon | @karin_akesson_design | Row 4: @custommadeuk | @coralandtusk | @bubbletreedesign

We’ve been scanning the #RenegadeLondon collection on Instagram for the last month or so, and we’ve compiled some of our favorite posts that have come through recently. Are you just as excited for our London Fair as we are? If so, check out what our Makers are up to, and if you are one, be sure to tag your behind the scenes shots so we can see! See you all this weekend!

Maker Spotlight: OH NO Rachio!

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Today we are thrilled to be featuring jack-of-all-trades Maker, OH NO Rachio! This shop will be bringing handmade home goods to our London Fair this weekend! Can you believe it’s already here?!
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OH NO Rachio! was founded by Rachel Basinger, a London based designer and maker. Rachel has created a shop that is not only beautifully curated, but also a lovely collection of stationery, trinkets and housewares that will brighten up your home!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Recently Rachel has been working on collections that focus around daily affirmations. These motivational mottos have been integrated into her brand new notebooks, prints, ceramics and totes.

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Rachel understands how fast life moves, and describes why she’s started this new collection: “In a world were everything moves at a million miles an hour, we barely get a moment to stop and think, so the idea behind these products is to give people a daily reminder that, as long as we’re kind, and brave with our dreams, we take time to do good and help one another the world will be a much nicer place. Enjoy the simple things and don’t take life to seriously!” All of these items are hand-illustrated and designed by Rachel herself, and we love how much care she puts into her work.Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

Taking a little peek into Rachel’s studio is like seeing her shop come to life. The bright light and plants make this space so inviting!
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One of our favorite products Rachel stocks, is her succulent planter kits. She enjoys scouring specialist plant nurseries and succulent varieties, as well as propagating baby succulents from her own collection to make sure she’s got an array of beautiful and healthy plants. Rachel’s a self-proclaimed lover of succulents, so be sure to stop by her booth and get tips on how to care for your new plant babies!

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At our London Fair, Rachel will be showcasing her new collection of completely hand thrown porcelain planters that she’s spent the last 20 weeks making! Her planters are a labor of love, and a reflection for her devotion to her plants. These pots require several drying and glazing stages as well as three firings before they are complete! 
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Maker Spotlight: Nylon Sky

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Today we’re kicking off the weekend in style with Nylon Sky. These jewelry designers will be bringing their statement pieces to our London Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery.

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The designers behind Nylon Sky list architecture as a major inspiration for the forms throughout their collections, with references to Japanese and Egyptian elements in their designs. While, a hint of bygone eras and glitz and glamour movements can be subtly seen through the sharply cut metallic pieces.

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Contrasting materials such as natural wood sit next to shiny brass and glimmering Perspex, creating a unique balance of textures.

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Nylon Sky was kind enough to provide us with a sneak peek of their studio, and what happens behind the scenes. Take a look for yourself!

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We are so thrilled to have Nylon Sky join us for a Spring extravaganza at our London Fair. Be sure to browse their entire collection and follow them on Instagram. Happy weekend and see you all soon!



Maker Spotlight: Clare Nicolson

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Spring is definitely in the air, and so we thought we’d feature one of our cheeriest Makers, Clare Nicolson! Clare will be bringing her textiles, prints, and stationery to our London Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery. Want to spruce up your home? Now’s your chance!

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The Clare Nicolson began her line of work in 2004 and has been creating textiles, home accessories and stationery ever since. Clare’s designs are heavily influenced by vintage textiles and beautiful patterned paper and ephemera.

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Clare is a collector of all things vintage. Her home is filled with ceramics, tea sets, linen, and bric-a-brac which all inspire her work. Clare’s textiles combine digital printing with vintage fabrics to create extra special products which are all printed and manufactured in the UK. Clare Nicolson FOUR

Clare starts out creating her prints by making collages, both with paper, cards and digitally cutting and pasting. Channeling in her love for color, Clare mixes her impeccable palette with unique shapes and patterns.

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Recently, Clare has been drawn to the plants that surround her, and she’s decided to put them in her work. We’re so excited that Clare will be launching her brand new plant-themed prints at our very own Renegade Craft Fair!

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Clare’s blog, Full Time Fiesta, is jam-packed with bold and bright DIY ideas to decorate your house. We highly suggest you take a look and try some of these ideas out for yourself!Clare Nicolson TWOWe’re so thrilled to have Clare Nicolson join us once again at our London Fair! Get some Spring vibes over on her website, and follow her gorgeous Instagram feed. See you all soon!

 

Maker Spotlight: StolenForm

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Today we’re thrilled to be featuring UK Maker, StolenForm. The design team will be selling their ceramic wares once again at our London Fair on April 11+12 at the Old Truman Brewery.

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Molding time-honored traditions of British craftsmanship with contemporary design practice, StolenForm specializes in recasting iconic urban features into striking decorative products. StolenForm’s designers, Christian and Ali, spent years journeying through London’s metropolis, finding inspiration in the urban environment. Their discoveries led them to notice the ubiquitous and foundational features of the city that are so often overlooked: a brick, a manhole cover over a drain or piece of piping could be reclaimed and elevated to a new level of function and aesthetic value.

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StolenForm works with a variety of skilled mold makers and ceramicists based in the heart of the English Midlands, a region steeped in a history of craftsmanship. Each item is individually handmade with precision using traditional mold-making and slip-casting techniques.

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Ali and Christian’s love for the understated, yet necessary infrastructure of the city is seen in every piece they make. One of our favorites of StolenForm’s collection is the Pipe Egg Cup, a perfect example of an understated, yet complex and intriguing structure. What is found commonly in our urban water systems, now takes center stage on the table, thanks to StolenForm’s appreciation of the design.

The clay used in production is a smooth white earthenware body, which is fired at an intensely high heat, transforming the material into a rigid and hardwearing ceramic state. A variety of transparent and color glaze is then sprayed onto the surface of the product, achieving a consistency of coverage that rivals alternative pouring techniques.

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StolenForm is part of an ever growing movement to revive England’s once thriving ceramic design industry, championing the unique traditions of the practice and bringing them into vibrant contemporary context.
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We are so excited to have StolenForm join us for our London Fair this April! You can preview their line of work on their website, as well as follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.