Thank You, LA!

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LA, what a wonderful weekend we spent together! It was great seeing old friends, meeting new faces, and loving all the handmade wares and good vibes our Makers brought to theLA Fair last weekend! Over 300 talented Makers showcased their work at Grand Park to locals and travelers from beyond. There was food truck feasting, icy pop treating, workshopping and so much more!

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We saw a lot of smiles in the Magnolia Photo Booth! You can view your photo booth strips from from each weekend here: Saturday + Sunday.
One of our favorite post-Fair activities is combing through the #RenegadeLA 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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ROW 1: @schwinnbikes | @lowraface | @ladyluofthewolves | ROW 2: @skinnybmel | @rachel_powell35 |@roxy_h_ | ROW 3: @yellowhousehandmade | @tiachia13 | @hannahayesdesigns

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 LA 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  #RenegadeLA 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!

 

LA Summer Fair Kicks Off Tomorrow!

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Our Los Angeles Fair kicks off this weekend at Grand Park! From 11am – 6pm each day, our free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, treats, music, workshops and more! This year we’re excited to be taking over two park blocks (Block 3+4 surrounding N. Broadway). Check out our rundown below:
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We’ve got something for everyone at this Summer Fair! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Summer.
Check out the full ROSTER to catch a glimpse!

FOOD + TREATS
If your stomach starts growlin’ or you want to cool off, you can feast at food trucks parked along Broadway Ave., or you can move on over to our Eats + Treats area (in the Community Gardens) to chomp on some artisanal goodies! Take a look at some of the tasty delights here or view our handy map for the full offerings!

Food Trucks on N. Broadway
Falasophy
Luckdish Curry
Peaches’ Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen
Son of a Bun
Tokyo Doggie Style
Jeni’s Ice Cream

Eats + Treats in the Community Gardens
Front Porch Pops
Si Paletas
Sugar Pie Honey Buns
Knight Owl Coffee
T-We Tea
Pernicious Pickling Co.

SPECIAL FEATURES

We’ve got you covered for an awesome weekend with an array of things to do from DIY workshops, to bicycle giveaways, and one-of-a-kind trailers. Take a break in our nifty lounge area, or strike a pose in our free photo booth to commemorate your visit. Just take a look for yourself!

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Schwinn
Tandy Leather
GoldInk Tattoo
Finders Keepers
Lost Girls Vintage
The Yarnover Truck
Library Store on Wheels
Magnolia Photo Booth

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ROW 1: ROPEMAKER BY DANA FUNARU | REBE | LOVE JULES LEATHER CO | ROW 2: JENI’S ICE CREAM | ORU | THE GOOD TWIN | ROW 3: RYZE PROJECT | ILANO DESIGN | M. CARTER SHOP

Getting There: Grand Park is a fantastic outdoor park located in Downtown L.A.! The Fair will be held in the park between Hill and Spring streets, off of Broadway. You can view a map of the area here, and get directions here. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. There are several paid parking lots in the area. The closest Metro stop to Grand Park is the Civic Center/Grand Park Stop on the Red or Purple lines.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2015.

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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 #RenegadeLA 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, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Big Thanks to our Los Angeles Sponsors:

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LA Food Round-Up

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Besides the bustling food trucks that will be parked on N. Broadway, there will also be an Eats + Treats artisanal food area in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! We’re listing our Top 5 Foodies we’re excited to try at our LA Fair this weekend!

SAFFRON + KUMQUATS

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 10.21.35 AMFrom spice kits to DIY goat cheese, Saffron + Kumquats makes exotic cooking easy, while also producing some of the best gift ideas ever!

THE FARE TRADE

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The Fare Trade collects all the best small-batch food products onto their site, making shopping all the easier. We can’t wait to collect our favorites at their booth!

SPREAD THE LOVE

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I don’t know about you, but there’s nothin’ finer than some delicious peanut butter. Spread the Love knows where it’s at, keeping things simple with Original and Cacao.

 BLOOM HONEY

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The perfect transition from peanut butter is honey! Bloom Honey is no ordinary farmstand honey producer – their obsession with bees and their honey allows for insanely delicious concoctions like Avocado Honey and Wild Dandelion Honey. Plus they even sell California native bee pollen!

GULLAH GIRL TEA

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Gullah Girl Tea creates the most beautifully blended teas that aren’t just scrumptious, they’re also crafted by an herbalist. Charmaine’s family history of diabetes led her to establish Gullah Girl in the hopes of bringing health and wellness to others.

Don’t miss the Eats + Treats section of the Fair in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! 10 Food Trucks and 20+ Artisanal Foodies who will be serving up delicious street food and other delights. See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: Blume Studio

Blume Jewerly Headshot-01648_1 Today we’re featuring inspired jewelry by Blume Studio. These pieces will be at our LA Fair this weekend (only two days away!) at Grand Park.

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Blume studio is a collaboration between Rina and Chen Blume; a Mother/daughter duo with a passion for hand made jewelry design and the beauty and uniqueness of nature.
DSC00839Blume Jewerly Headshot-01635Architecture, graphic design, construction sites, city life inspires all of Rina and Chen’s work. They love simple shapes coming together to created something three dimensional. 
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Rina and Chen’s favorite part of forming jewelry by hand is that they are limited by the materiality of metal, and that frees them up to play with shape, and dimension.
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 The Blume Studio collections are aptly titled and partnered with a singular question, opening up a rather beautiful way of interpreting jewelry and human nature. The Linear Collection, one of our favorites, simply asks “What forms when you don’t rely on  measurements or computer aided designs?” The collection, as described, is a series striving to reach geometric symmetry and perfection, but cannot hide the natural human element of imperfection.
IMG_0222The idea of “perfect imperfection” has grown and thrived (most notably, the wabi sabi movement) for good reason: perfect is boring. For Rina and Chen, hand building is essential to their craft. The raw or imperfect aspect becomes even more apparent when they focus on linear and geometric shapes. Blume Studio finds magic in that intersection between the strive for perfection/symmetry and the less perfect human touch. IMG_0223 IMG_9953

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Blue Studios works primarily with sterling silver and brass. When inspired by a specific theme, Rina and Chen will sometimes use rocks or other found objects, what matters most is how their jewelry answers the question at hand.

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We can’t wait to see Blume Studio at our LA Fair, and we hope you’re able to stop by their booth to say hello. You can find Blume Studio online here:

Maker Spotlight: Black Phoebe Ceramics

 

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Today we’re thrilled to be featuring ceramicist, Black Phoebe Ceramics! These special pieces will be making their way to our LA Fair this weekend at Grand Park!

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Heather Morton is the ceramicist behind Black Phoebe Ceramics. She’s been in love with ceramics since high school and this past year, she finally took the leap from assisting to establishing her very own studio, and is now a full time artist.
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Black Phoebe Ceramics is located in Little Italy, San Diego inside a shared building with an expansive wood / metal / jewelry shop. With exposure to new materials, tools, and artists working in different mediums, Heather’s work has been changing to incorporate more than just clay. The textured stoneware bells, feature beautiful aged brass and copper, along with hand cut and vegetable dyed leather straps.
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All glazes are mixed and tested in house. Heather prefers to spray and layer the glaze, to encourage organic reactions, patterns, and textures. The pieces look very natural and weathered, with a magnificent patina. Clean, modern silhouettes keep the pieces from looking rustic.  It’s extremely important to Heather that she expose the clay body to show off it’s beautiful richness. 


 

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The name, Black Phoebe comes from the California native bird. Some of these winged creatures have created a home up in the rafters of Heather’s studio space (which you can see above).
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For Heather, it’s been a very rewarding challenge to focus on custom ceramics. This past year Heather has been creating handmade dishware for restaurants, architectural ceramics for interior designers, and custom planters for local botanical design firms.  Most recently she’s crafted, in collaboration with the design team at Bells + Whistles, 26 large wheel thrown stoneware pendant lamps for the new LA restaurant, Broken Spanish. With all of these large projects working with even larger companies, Heather is excited to finally have her own work available to the public at our Fair and on her website later this Summer.
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 We are so happy that Heather has chosen Renegade Craft Fair to showcase her new work! Be sure to stop by and say hello at our Fair this weekend in Grand Park. You can find Black Phoebe Ceramics online here: