West Coast Applications are Closing in Two Days!

Hello everyone!  Just a reminder that West Coast applications are closing in just two days!!! Get your applications in by April 18th to be a part of our San Francisco and Los Angeles Summer Markets!

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Our San Francisco Market will take place on July 19 + 20 from 11am – 6pm both daysand will be held at the historic waterfront at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion.  The scenic San Francisco Bay will provide a perfect backdrop to the stunning work of some of the most talented independent makers out there.

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We’re so excited to be hosting our Los Angeles Market at Grand Park, right in the heart of Downtown LA!  Join us this summer on July 26 + 27 from 11am – 6pm both daysas we bring the best and brightest indie designers to LA’s newest park!

If you’d like to participate in our fairs we want to hear from you!  Whether you want to be a food vendor, host a workshop, create an art installation, become a sponsor, or volunteer, your supporting roles are quintessential for a successful fair.  Visit our Participate page and apply by April 18th!

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As always, we’re looking forward to seeing all the amazing talent each of you bring to our fairs.  We can’t wait to be back in California!  See you all in July soon!

West Coast Applications are now open + New LA Location!

We are so excited to announce that the Renegade Craft Fair applications for our Los Angeles and San Francisco Summer Markets are now open!  Applications will be accepted from March 28th to April 18th, 2014!

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Our San Francisco Summer Market will be held at the historic waterfront at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion.  The scenic San Francisco Bay will provide a perfect backdrop to the stunning work of some of the most talented independent makers out there.  The Summer Market will take place on July 19 + 20 from 11am – 6pm both days.

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In other news, we’re thrilled to announce the new location for the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles - Grand Park - right in the heart of Downtown LA!  Join us this summer on July 26 + 27 from 11am – 6pm both days as we bring the best and brightest indie designers to LA’s newest park!

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A vibrant outdoor gathering place, Grand Park is a beautiful public park for the entire community in Los Angeles County. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the county’s cultural vitality and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations, and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities.

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We’re always on the lookout for great people to get involved with Renegade Craft Fair, whether as a maker or in one of the many supporting roles that are so necessary for a successful fair.  At each of our fairs, we take great pains to find the best and brightest individuals pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in handcrafted goods and art.  You can apply to be a food vendor, host workshops, create art installations, become a sponsor, or even volunteer.  To learn more about all of the opportunities at our fairs, visit our Participate page.

Applications for Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles and San Francisco will be accepted on our website from March 28th – April 18th, 2014, learn more here! We can’t wait to be back in California - see you at in July!

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!

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Thank you, Los Angeles!

Thank you, Los Angeles! Last weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair at the Los Angeles State Historic Park was one of our most enjoyable shows yet! Over 200 talented indie makers shared their work with eager holiday shoppers, and we all basked in the glow of LA’s sunny and 75° December weather!

Visitors loved the free craft workshops hosted by The Unincorporated, as well as the awesome mechanical crane and drawing machines from Steve Craig! The gorgeous handmade decorations and installations from Jennifer Kim of Trim Shoppe and Margaux Fraise of Harmony Creative Studio kept the seating area looking festive as folks enjoyed food from some of LA’s favorite food trucks. As always, we saw lots of smiles in the in the free photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.


(clockwise from top left: Unurth, Made In Mayhem, Blarney Yarn, and Pocket Square Clothing)

It was wonderful to see so many happy shoppers buying handmade for the holidays!

Big thanks to you, Los Angeles, and our sponsors!

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Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Los Angeles This Weekend!

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The 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Los Angeles will take place this weekend on December 14 + 15, 2013 from 10am-5pm each day at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.  This free-to-attend fair will kick off the West Coast leg of our handmade holiday tour with a slew of wonderful crafters, hands-on workshops, food, music, and more.

As always, we’ll be presenting a curated collection of some of today’s best + brightest indie makers from Los Angeles and beyond. Browse this year’s lineup online here.

Expect a cozy craft village at the LA Holiday Market. Walking through all the booths is sure to be an inspirational and festive experience. There will also be site-specific art installations at the venue, created by Margaux Fraiseand Jennifer Kim. Local DJs will be spinning jams all weekend to keep visitors in the shopping and crafting mood, while the free-to-use photo booth from the Magnolia Photo Booth Co. will keep attendees smiling all weekend.

We encourage visitors to take public transportation to the Fair. The park is less than a block away from the China Town Station on the Metro Gold Line. There is also ample free parking on the fairgrounds.

Tasty treats abound at the fair, with savory and sweet food from some of LA’s most popular food trucks, including Greasy WienerCambalachesMeat The GreekNo Jodas, and India Jones Chow Truck, and Front Porch Pops. Coffee will be available from Brasil Kiss Coffee. Over at the bar, Barefoot Wine is on-site sampling 5 different varietals of wine and bubbly all weekend long! Beer and spirits will also be available for purchase.

Thank you to our Los Angeles friends + sponsors:
 

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Maker Spotlight: Margins

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Margins is the work of Jeremy Rendina, an artist and printmaking living and working in South Pasadena. You may recognize his moon calendars from previous Renegade Craft Fairs; his silkscreen printed poster of the moon cycles of each month has been a popular feature of many of our fairs. We’re excited to have Margins as a participant in our Winter Market in Los Angeles this weekend!

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All the prints, cards, and posters in the Margins collection are printed by hand, which provides a richness of ink that is unmatched by digitally printed images. Jeremy is dedicated to using the finest materials, and in his own words, he makes ”every effort to work in accordance with sustainable printing practices that support the well-being of all living creatures and the greater ecological system of which we belong.” Margins is a unique company in that it draws on the natural world and numerous spiritual traditions, while respecting those places and traditions through his production choices.

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Margins offers letterpressed cards and posters in addition to their screenprints. These astrological sign cards are richly detailed, and would make a lovely birthday card for any time of the year.

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This snowflake card is another Margins creation, collaged from scans of snow crystal micro photographs taken in the 1920s by Vermont farmer, Wilson Bentley. Individual snowflakes were caught on black velvet and photographed before melting to create a delightfully detailed holiday card.

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Above you’ll see a peek into the Margins studio in South Pasadena. Those vintage moon posters provide inspiration year-round.

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Shop Margins wide selection of prints, calendars, and cards this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles! Visit the Margins website, and follow Margins on Facebook to see what he’ll be bringing to the show.

Maker Spotlight: Year One Surf Co.

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We’re excited to have Year One Surf Co. as vendors at our Los Angeles fair this weekend! This uniquely Californian company works as hard as they play, and they’re finding success at blending their passion for surfing with an artistic approach to crafting surfboards.

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Year One Surf Co. was created by Tyler Frome and Andrew Luttrell, two friends since grade school who have always shared a love of adventure. Together, they create unique, highly functional wooden surfboards which are handcrafted through every step of the process. They pair beautiful reclaimed lumber with personalized designs to create one of a kind functional works of art to be ridden for generations.

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Getting a peek behind the scenes at Year One shows the intense fabrication process for each board – they treat each new piece as a unique opportunity to create a work of art, built to the specifications of the individual surfer. The results are beautiful in and of themselves, and each completed board compliments and captures the beauty of the California Coast.

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Find Year One Surf Co. at Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Los Angeles this weekend, and visit their website and blog to see more of what they’ll be bringing to the fair.

Maker Spotlight: Pommes Frites Candle Co.

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Today we are happy to feature Pommes Frites Candle Co., a Los Angeles based company that makes some of the best candles around! Run by Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger, Pommes Frites Candle Co. has participated in Renegade Craft Fair many times, and we’ve had the privilege to follow along as their company has grown. We’re excited to have them back again as vendors in this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles!

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Pommes Frites was started by Kristen in Austin, TX in 2008. While Tom was always happy to help behind the scenes, he came on board officially in 2013. Kristen brings over 15 years of candle making experience to the table, having poured her first candle at the age of 12. Each candle is handmade with care in their downtown LA studio – the candles are hand-poured with Pommes Frites’ unique blend of 100% domestically grown soy wax and fine fragrance oils, and hand finished with their simple apothecary labels. Their commitment to using the finest ingredients means that these candles burn extra clean, an added bonus to a sweet-smelling treat.

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What started small has grown into quite a successful business! Pommes Frites candles are carried in over 60 shops across the US, including West Elm and Steven Alan. Pommes Frites has won over many a discerning nose with their scents, which include seasonal specialties like Spruce, Spiced Pumpkin, and “Mistletoe Special” – you’ll need to smell that one for yourself to understand it’s magic.

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You can shop Pommes Frites’ candles this weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Los Angeles! Until then, browse their online shop, and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see what they’ve got in store for this weekend’s fair.

Los Angeles Roundup – Artisanal Food

Browsing through the list of vendors for our upcoming Winter Market in Los Angeles has our stomachs growling! We have tons of artisanal food vendors participating in this event, and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the flavors and treats you’ll be able to taste this weekend.

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Lemon Bird Preserves, a Southern California favorite, will be on hand selling their jams, preserves, and pickles.

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Z Confections will be selling their highly addictive salted caramel corn, as well as sample packs of their other popular flavors.

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We’re happy to invite P.O.P. Candy Co. back to our LA fair. They’ll be selling their deliciously all-natural butter crunch – better get to their booth early, as they often sell out of their most popular flavors before the weekend is over!

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Beautiful Briny Sea will be joining the fun with their multitudes of flavored sea salts. We’re betting that lots of dudes would love to receive this campfire salt in their stocking!

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Pernicious Pickling Co. covers all the basic pickle types, and some oddball combinations. Ginger spice carrots sound like an amazing addition to a winter salad or veggie sandwich.

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Coldwater Canyon Provisions creates hand-crafted jams from the finest California pesticide-free or Certified Organic produce from family farms. We can’t wait to try some of their blackberry jam on a piece of buttered toast.

Feeling hungry yet? Stop by our 4th Annual Winter Market this weekend at Los Angeles State Historic Park to try these delicious offerings – plus the many food trucks who will be selling savory and sweet treats all weekend long.

 

Maker Spotlight: Small Adventure

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Keiko Brodeur is the talented artist behind Small Adventure, a line of illustrated paper goods and one of a kind treasures made in Los Angeles. Keiko designed all of the printed maps for our winter tour this year, so if you visited any of our fairs this season, you’re already familiar with her work! If you are new to Small Adventure, you’re in for a treat – Keiko’s charming and detailed illustrations show off her curiosity about the world around her.

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Small Adventure is an apt name for Keiko’s company – all her designs inspire a sense of awe about the great outdoors. Her illustrations range from landscapes to individual animals and wildlife; her new range of cards all feature beautiful scenes from varied locales. While Keiko takes her inspiration from around the globe, each piece of art she creates is unified by her unique style.

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Small Adventure cards and prints are a great gift for adventurers and naturalists alike. This set of cards is inspired by the things you’ll bring on your outdoor adventures and voyages.

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The Small Adventure shop also features some one of a kind pieces, like these birdcall necklaces from the Audubon Society that Keiko hand paints with a tiny bird – no two are exactly alike! A great gift for a birdwatcher.

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Keiko was kind enough to offer us a glimpse into her studio where she creates her work (as well as packing and shipping out online orders!) You can start to get a hint about what inspires Keiko’s work just by looking at her collections – so many animals, including her own sweet kitty above.

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Shop Small Adventure‘s range of prints and stationery at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to see what she’s been working on, and get a peek behind the scenes!