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:

100+ MAKERS
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!
FOOD + TREATS
If you start feeling peckish, grab a sweet treat or some southern-inspired fare from these lovely foodies:
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Anna Mae’s Southern Street Food
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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!