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, London!

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We had a wonderful weekend in London! Renegade Craft Fair in London’s Old Truman Brewery was one of the best yet! Over 100 makers shared their work with excited shoppers for a weekend celebration of craft, art, design and DIY.

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As you saw from our many previews of our London makers, this year’s show was filled to the brim with talent. Above you’ll see custom ceramic planters from Oh No Rachio!, necklaces and bird brooch from Anna Wiscombe, a well-organized table of goods from Food Guide UK, the awesome mobile shop from The Compartment Store, and one of a kind ceramic pieces from Kaye Blegvad.

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Attendees participated in a variety of workshops including a cross stitch demo with Sophie Simpson and Mollie Makes, a lino stamp carving tutorial with Make, Thrift London, a plush sewing workshop led by Jane Bull, author of “Crafty Creatures” from DK, a cute ornament workshop with A. Alicia, and an intro to hand quilting with The Amazings!

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As expected, the free photo booth from LOOKLOOK! was a huge hit! It was a pleasure to see so many happy shoppers supporting their local community of makers.

Big thanks to you, London, and our sponsors!

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Renegade Craft Fair in London This Weekend!

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The 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in London will be held at the Old Truman Brewery this weekend, November 9+10, 2013! This free to attend craft, art, design and DIY spectacular will run from 11am – 6pm each day, and feature today’s finest indie-craft talents from around the world.

Expect to find a wide variety of incredible handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics and stationery, to posters, housewares, plush objects and more. Browse this year’s line-up of 100+ talented makers here.

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Folksy, the definitive online source for Modern British Craft, will present Folksy Selected, an invitation only sampling of 12 of their favorite UK makers from their own online marketplace. Don’t forget to smile for a photo in the free photo booth provided by LOOKLOOK!

Renegade London will feature several craft workshops for attendees to enjoy all weekend long. Make, Thrift London will be leading a lino stamp carving workshop, where participants can create their own bespoke gift wrap. A. Alicia will be hosting a ornament making workshop to celebrate the launch of her new book “Make it Your Own.” DK London invites you to try out you sewing skills with a plush workshop led by Jane Bull, author of Crafty Creatures. Learn the basics of hand quilting, led by experienced elder crafters, The Amazings. Finally, Mollie Makes, the UK’s number one magazine about contemporary handmade culture, will partner with Anova Books to offer a cross stitch primer with Sophie Simpson, author of “Storyland Cross Stitch.”

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Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. The venue is easily accessible by London’s Tube, and is a short walk from the Liverpool Street, Aldgate East, and Old Street stations. There is extremely limited parking in the area. Two car parks (capacity 80 cars each) are located near The Old Truman Brewery for a daily rate, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Still curious? Check out our London 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 London sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: The Compartment Store

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Gift Wrap HQ (above) and Kitty Farrow (below) have a fun new collaboration they’ll be bringing to Renegade Craft Fair in London: The Compartment Store!

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The Compartment Store is the collaborative work of Kitty Farrow, a professional bookbinder and bespoke box maker, and Gift Wrap HQ, a gift wrapping business based on the idea of thoughtfulness and making gifts too pretty to open!  The Compartment Store allows them to combine their talents, and create products that reflect both of their interests. The premise is simple: a small store on wheels filled with beautiful paper goods that celebrate just about anything. Their mobile store celebrates the act of gift giving, and encourages intention down to the finest detail.

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Here’s what Vicky and Cat have to say about their collaboration:

“The Compartment Store reflects our love of department stores from the past. By catagorizing and “compartmentalising” our mini department store on wheels, we allow ourselves versatility to make a range of sentimental yet humorous products that suit many different occasions. We also encourage the fair-goers to engage in the shopping experience at our store. Packing purchases in one of our favourite bits!”

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Find The Compartment Store at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery!

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London Roundup – London Pride

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The Renegade Gang is getting very excited for our upcoming trip to London for the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair! We thought it would be fun to round up a few London-centric finds, made by our London vendors! This lovely illustration above is by the talented Holly Francesca.

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This London skyline tape from Cecily Vessey has plenty of uses, and looks great as a way to jazz up your snail mail.

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Pair this London bus necklace from Finest Imaginary with any of the London neighborhood tote bags from Lucy Loves This,  and you’ll have the perfectly accessorized London outfit.

Find work from all these makers at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.

Sneak Preview: London Craft Workshops

Everyone knows that Renegade is a great place to shop handmade – we’ll have over 100+ of the best indie designers gathered at our London fair! Did you also know that Renegade London will feature no less than five craft workshops? We thought we’d offer a sneak preview of some of the things you can learn at Renegade London.

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First up: a hands-on quilting workshop with The Amazings! The Amazings are expert crafters over 50 (most in their 70s and 80s) who collaborate with younger designers to share their craft wisdom. We all remember learning to make things with our parents, grandparents or the patient neighbor next door, and The Amazings want to make sure that this tradition of teaching continues.

In their cosy corner of the show, The Amazings will be teaching the basics of paper-piece quilting. Everyone who stops buy will master the skills to make their own heirloom quilt and also add a patch to the group patchwork project . By the end of the weekend we’ll have a stunning quilt to give away to one lucky Renegade Crafter. And for anyone who’s inspired to get making after the fair, The Amazings are offering an additional free class!

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A. Alicia will be hosting an ornament making workshop, to celebrate the launch of her new book, Make it Your Own! For just £2, participants will get a kit with everything they’ll need to create the ornaments above, including sustainable beechwood balls, eco-acrylics and fair trade organic yarn. She’ll also be selling her new book at a special discounted price for Renegade attendees, so don’t miss the chance to get your copy signed by the author!

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We’re excited to host another talented maker and author, Jane Bull, who will be teaching a workshop on how to create a cute plush project from her new book released by DK London – Crafty Creatures! Check out this snippet from her new book to get a preview of her style.

Make, Thrift, London will be hosting a custom gift wrap printing workshop, where attendees can design and create their own lino stamp to print onto newsprint. A great way to wrap up all the lovely handmade gifts you purchased at Renegade Craft Fair!

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Finally, Mollie Makes, the the UK’s number one magazine about contemporary handmade culture, will partner with Anova Books to offer a cross stitch primer with Sophie Simpson, author of “Storyland Cross Stitch.”

Whether you’re an experienced crafter, or looking to learn something new, Renegade Craft Fair London will celebrate DIY culture all weekend long. Stop by the Old Truman Brewery on November 9th and 10th to see what our makers are selling, and take home your own DIY project from one (or all) of our workshops!

London Roundup – Moths and Butterflies

HANNA MELINAs we’re curating the fairs, we’ll often notice mini-trends among vendors. This time, we spotted a few great butterfly and moth pieces, perfect for your favorite entomologist! The illustration above is from Hanna Melin, who creates beautiful artworks from her studio in East London.

coo and coThis clutch from Coo and Co. is a perfect blend of bold style and easy sophistication. The hand drawn quality of the insects just adds to the charm of this piece.

ladybird likesFinally, this lady-like necklace from Ladybird Likes pictures butterflies at their most feminine. Check out these winged finds (and much more!) at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.

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Behind the Scenes: London Makers

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As we count down the days until Renegade London, it’s been exciting to see our makers post behind the scenes photos of their Renegade prep on Instagram! We thought it would be fun to share some of those sneak peeks of what our London makers have been working on. Above, Georgia Bosson shares some photos of her freshly screenprinted cards, all stacked and ready to be packaged.

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Mooshpie shared a photo of some product prep – these embroideries are about to get a little color accent!

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Emma Margaret Illustration has been showing the fruits of her screenprinting labors! Check out those piles of prints!

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Amy Worrell has been posting lots of in-progress ceramic projects, like this glazed but not fired bowl.

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Stuffed Nonsense has been sharing lots of her colorful knit projects. So cozy!

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Eclectic Eccentricity Jewelry shared a photo of their space shuttle necklace being assembled – perfect for space cases!

Check out the #renegadecraftfair hash tag on Instagram to see more photos from our makers. Visit Renegade Craft Fair in London on Nov. 9 + 10 to see the finished goods in person!

Maker Spotlight: Scout Editions

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We’re excited to share another London creative team for our Maker Spotlight series: Scout Editions! Founded by brother and sister, Wai and Pui, Scout Editions collaborates with artists and designers, and also carefully sources items that they have found curiously charming from near and far, from Barcelona, Milan, Oslo to the Far East – Tokyo and Seoul. Each item is available as part of a limited edition run or for a limited time only.

Scout Editions’ blog features creative chats with many of the artists they’ve collaborated with, and provide an insight into the creative minds of people all over the world! Definitely worth a read.

Find the Scout Editions booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery!

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Scout Editions curios

Some of the fascinating curios that are stocked with Scout Editions.Scout Editions