Studio Visit: Biken

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Last summer while we were in California for our Los Angeles Summer Market we had the opportunity to stop by the Biken studio to visit with Ken Sugimoto and learn more about his products and his craft.

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I have been an industrial designer for about 20 years. In this full-time job, I have been designing products for a lot of client companies, however, not for direct users. I have always wanted to make things that I wish existed and sell them directly to the customers. Meanwhile, I sometimes come up with product ideas when I am biking and thinking about bikes. Eventually I decided to try making bike accessories. 

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At first, I thought about making the products with materials like metals and plastics. But I really wanted a way to realize my ideas more directly and quickly, so I got a sewing machine. That was 3 years ago. I named my shop Biken, from Bike + my name “Ken”. After signing up for some shows like bike events, I participated in Chicago Renegade last December. That was Biken’s first Renegade.2014-RCF-Biken-9808

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I think one of the key features of Biken products is ingenuity. All the time I love thinking about the functions and the products that I wish for. I feel a strong attraction to functional products. I am always keeping in mind the idea of incorporating some features and innovations that are user-friendly into the simple design. Biken’s concept is to create products that can go from riding around town, to a cafe, or even to work2014-RCF-Biken-9825

Everything around me inspires me, not any paticular type of thing. I’m inspired even when I’m not riding.
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The materials are chosen carefully for that concept. To realize my idea, I always look for materials from various fields. For example, the rivets on the messenger bag are primarily automotive brake rivets. Besides, I sometimes make the parts for the products by myself if I can’t find them.2014-RCF-Biken-98812014-RCF-Biken-9855
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I am constantly thinking of the best ways to create the things that I myself would love to have and use. I’ll be happy if people who use Biken products feel the same way. 2014-RCF-Biken-9926

Thank you, Ken for hosting us at your studio and talking about your craft. You can see the full set of images in our new Studio Visits album on Flickr. Biken will be showcasing their bicycle accessories and clothing to our San Francisco November Market next weekend at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Thank You, Los Angeles!

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Thank you, Los Angeles! Last weekend’s Summer Market was by far one of our best fairs yet! Over 250 Makers from LA and beyond showcased their incredible products and stellar booths to thousands of attendees at Grand Park.

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Like our other fairs, this Market celebrated a curated selection of today’s best and brightest indie makers! DJs from KXLU kept the day summery and festive while thousands of LA natives perused each boothPlus, shoppers came out to enjoy delicious food and treats from a rotating lineup of food trucks, as well as coffee by Blue BottleEspresso Republic, and Outpost, in addition to other artisan food vendors. Perennial favorites, Si Paletas and Front Porch Pops kept the crowds cool with their delicious ice pops.2014-RCF-LA-Summer-9948

Kids and adults alike stopped by Sienne Josselin’s workshop cart to learn basic block printing and watercolor skills!  2014-RCF-LA-Summer-9964

It was such a pleasure seeing so many happy shoppers (and their adorable dogs) meeting our talented Makers and buying handmade. 
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We saw a lot of smiles at the Magnolia Photo Booth! Find your GIF sets here and here

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Want to relive the good times? You can get a recap of our LA Summer Market on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

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If you attended our 2014 Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles Summer Market, please fill out our survey! It only takes a minute, we promise!

Stay tuned for updates on our other upcoming Summer Renegade Craft Fairs. And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!

Big thanks to Los Angeles, our Sponsors, Grand Park, and our friends!

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Maker Spotlight: RillRill Jewelry

1 Today we’re featuring the incredible jewelry of RillRill. Katie Freedle is the Portland-based designer behind Rill Rill Jewelry. We cannot wait to see these beautiful brass and marble necklaces at our Los Angeles Summer Market this weekend!

3RillRill’s collection arose from freestyle experimentation with new materials that interested Katie.  Katie, being drawn towards black and white marble, created a series of modern jewelry pieces that embraced the sophisticated classicism of marble.  5

Accented with copper bars, each graphic pendant represents an “abstract take on architecture and negative space.”2

Words cannot express how much we adore the Katie’s styling.  The contrasting pieces of marble elevate her necklaces so perfectly!

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The marble pieces cut and forged into graphic designs are tied with leather straps and copper bars, invokes a new and unique perspective on jewelry as high art.7 8We’re so excited to have Katie showcase her jewelry at our LA Market tomorrow and Sunday!  Check out the beautifully designed Rill Rill website, plus follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We can’t wait to see you you all this weekend at Grand Park!

 

Los Angeles Summer Market Starts Tomorrow!

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We are so excited to be back in Los Angeles for our Summer Market – this time in the heart of Downtown LA! Join us at Grand Park (On Broadway Ave.) tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27, 2014. From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop our curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers while you enjoy workshops, art installations, food trucks and ice pops, DJs, and more. And, as always, it’s free!

Shoppers will find a variety of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, clothing and accessories, to leather goods, art prints, housewares and much more. You can preview this year’s line up of 250+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Me Like Clay | RillRill Jewelry | OneFortyThree | Row 2: Front Porch Pops | Pocket Square Clothing | Concrete Geometric | Row3: Hatton Henry | P.F. Candle Co. | Magzilla & Bjorn Designs

Bring your friends and family to shop local and handmade! Grand Park will be festively decorated with whimsical hanging plants and creatures by Amber Lu. DJs fromKXLU, will be spinning both days to keep the atmosphere lively as you peruse each booth. A rotating lineup of LA’s finest food trucks will be on hand throughout the weekend among other artisan food vendors, such as Awesome BarsPernicious Pickling Co., and more. A variety of coffee will be provided by Blue Bottle CoffeeEspresso Republic, and Outpost, and perennial favorites Front Porch Pops and Si Paletas will offer up refreshing popsicles to keep you cool in the California sun. Feeling inspired by all of our Makers’ creativity? Take part in one of our make-and-take workshops hosted bySienne Josselin and learn basic block printing and watercolor skills!  Plus, don’t forget to commemorate your visit in the Petite Pix  and Magnolia Photo Booth.

Renegade Craft Fair Eats + Treats Map: If you’re a maker or visitor in Los Angeles, we’ve collected some recommended eateries + coffee shops for your convenience! Check out our Google Map here (you can even add in your favorite spot, too).

Getting There: You can find our outdoor Summer Market on Broadway Ave. between Hill and 1st Streets. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Attendees can route directions to Grand Park here (100 N. Broadway Ave).
To make parking at Renegade Craft Fair stress free, we have partnered with ParkMe. You can reserve a parking spot within walking distance before you head to the fair!

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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!

We are extraordinarily pleased to announce our new partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles and all Renegade 2014 flagship events. Keep an eye out for our ad in the July issue of Martha Stewart Living!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair websiteEtsy eventFacebook event, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Special thanks our Los Angeles sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: Concrete Geometric

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We’re thrilled to be featuring Los Angeles maker, Concrete Geometric today! Be sure to check out these beautiful vases and plant pots at our Renegade Craft Fair in LA this weekend at Grand Park!

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Krizia Flores is the architect behind these geometric vessels, officially starting Concrete Geometric in 2013. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a business when friends and stores began to ask for prices and how to buy a vessel for themselves.

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Krizia draws admiration for clean lines and architectural and industrial spaces is a clear inspiration for her work.  At first she started designing, cutting and folding shapes without any real purpose in mind for her creations, until one day she decided to pour concrete into the shapes.

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Krizia is familiar with the trial and error process when creating new shapes and designs for her concrete vessels.  This is one of the reasons we love her modern, yet perfectly imperfect plant pots. Krizia utilizes a variety of materials for creating 3d molds, from paper, to silicon and clay. Each method yields a different result which is why Concrete Geometric’s vessels are so interesting.

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We can’t wait to see Concrete Geometric’s beautiful vessels and plant pots in person! Check out the Concrete Geometric website, browse all of her products in the Etsy shop, plus gaze at her beautiful Instagram feed.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Renegade Craft Fair in LA this weekend at Grand Park!

Maker Spotlight: SpazzHappyLine Designs

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We are so thrilled to be featuring one of our newest Makers to the Renegade Craft circuit, SpazzHappyLine Design! Tiffany Zlatich started SpazzHappyLine Design in 2013 after starting a hanging mobile project for her home. What began as a hobby for home decoration soon became a side business.

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A lover of math, geometrical design, and symmetry, Tiffany searches for balance in her designs. Since her start, Tiffany has rapidly produced unique metal mobiles and structures, with prototypes for animal busts and hanging pods in the works.

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A clinical psychologist by day, Tiffany is grateful for the time she has to create these metal wall hangings and structures. We’re grateful, too – we can’t get enough of Tiffany’s variety of minimalist designs to her more ornate wall hangings.

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Every piece of metal is sawed by hand, polished, and sanded individually in Tiffany’s Detroit studio space. After each piece is carefully cut and measured, it is assembled with monofilament fishing line and hung.

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We love the juxtaposition of the organic, wild aesthetic of the air plant with the symmetrical, cage-like structure of Tiffany’s designs.

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Maker Spotlight: Magic Carpet Yoga Mats

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Today we’re featuring Magic Carpet Yoga Mats!  We saw these beautifully printed yoga mats first hand in San Francisco, and can’t wait for all our LA shoppers out there to see them at our Summer Market this weekend at Grand Park.
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Sophie Leininger is the founder of Magic Carpet Yoga Mats (MCYM) and is a Northern California-based artist. Her long-time fascination with traditional textile and rug design has never found an appropriate outlet for study, which is why she started MCYM.

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Magic Carpet Yoga Mats embrace traditional design with the hand painted attention of a trained artist.  Sophie’s mat designs are heavily influenced by traditional persian rugs as well as Southwestern weaving techniques. Each design is hand painted by Sophie, then digitally scanned and printed onto the yoga mat, providing a unique and artistic alternative to a common mat. 

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Sophie desired to take the metaphorical and physical definition of the “rug,” being a boundary for a specific practice or activity, and reflect it in her yoga mats. Sophie believes that performing yoga postures on a beautiful mat enhances the yoga experience by connecting the pleasures of the heart to the movement of the body. We also love that the designs on Sophie’s yoga mats are made to make positioning your body all the easier and more fluid. 

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Not only are Sophie’s designs stunning in their floral details and diamond flourishes, but they are also always non-toxic, phthalate-free, and sustainably printed in California, USA. KarenDoolittle2

Sophie’s natural eye for pattern and color is outstanding.  Her patterns are nods to culturally traditional rug designs, yet the hand painted aesthetic with Sophie’s color combinations breathes a fresher, California vibe in each mat.OliviaVale1

We can’t wait for Sophie to bring her Magic Carpet Yoga Mats to Downtown Los Angeles at our Summer Market in Grand Park!  You can see all the mat designs MCYM has to offer at their website and gallery.  Plus, be sure to stay up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  See you all next weekend in sunny L.A.!

Maker Spotlight: 3rd Season

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We are so excited to be featuring 3rd Season Designs today in our Maker Spotlight series!  3rd Season will be joining us in San Francisco on July 19+20 and Downtown LA on  July 26 + 27 for our Summer Fairs!
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Los Angeles makers, 3rd Season, specializes in hand made textiles and fine goods.  Mabel and Alycia are the designers behind 3rd Season, and they’ve put in great effort and care to create unique, fashion forward clothing and home accessories. Their textile designs are inspired by classic hand dying techniques, combining contemporary imagery and applying it to timeless silhouettes.  Together, Mabel and Alycia print and dye fabrics focused on exploring and developing new techniques.

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Mabel and Alycia find constant inspiration in Los Angeles, with its mixture of cultures and its vibrant love of art.  The LA influence is beautifully apparent in 3rd Season’s carefree, draped silhouettes and their sun-bleached aesthetic.

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Mabel and Alycia make an effort to travel for inspiration as much as they can, most recently, drawing inspiration from architecture and color in Italy. Their traveling experiences, partnered with their passion for fashion, the art they admire, the music they love and they people that move them, is the heart of their creative process. photo 5

We cannot wait to see these indigo dyed pillows in person – just look at those rich blue tones paired with a bright contrast piping!DSCN0831We’re thrilled to have 3rd Season join us again at our Renegade Craft Fairs in San Francisco and Los Angeles Summer Markets.  You can preview some of the items they’ll be bringing on their website.  Check out their updates and daily inspirations on Facebook and Instagram, too!