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!

 

Maker Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals

il_fullxfull.579318833_d8ll Happy Monday, Everyone!  Today we are featuring Seattle makers, Herbivore Botanicals.  Here at Renegade, we’ve been admiring Herbivore Botanicals’ packaging for quite some time now, and we’re thrilled that they are joining us for our San Francisco and Los Angeles Summer Markets! processphoto

Herbivore Botanicals is a 100% natural skin care company based in Seattle, Washington.  Starting in their Seattle kitchen in 2011, Julia and Alex set off to create natural skincare products that are effective and sustainably crafted.  Alex and Julia have put in the time, care, and effort to source 100% natural and vegan ingredients, GMO free soy wax, and the highest quality ingredients (many of which are organic). Plus, their packaging is recyclable and reusable!

il_fullxfull.577418646_k5wyJulia graduated from a Naturopathic medicine school, learning  about the benefits of herbs, aromatherapy and Chinese medicine had to offer. Combined with Alex’s artistic background in design and photography, they set out to create a beautifully crafted and packaged line of skincare products that have sparked fans and followers across the country. jprocess1processphoto2 processphoto1Sometimes people assume that natural ingredients are not as effective as products packed with strong chemicals.  Herbivore Botanicals doesn’t  believe you have to swap one for another, and all their products are 100% natural and extremely effective.  They source the finest raw natural materials, like Japanese Bamboo Charcoal and Micronized Tourmaline gemstone powder, to formulate products that are luxurious and all natural by combining essential vitamins, minerals and botanicals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality. aprocess1processphoto3 il_fullxfull.579771393_4mre We absolutely love the essential oil and scent combinations Herbivore Botanicals uses, like their Blood Orange and Geranium Pink Clay.il_fullxfull.577525721_q7js workspaceplant We are so excited that Herbivore Botanicals will be heading South to our San Francisco and Los Angeles Summer fairs!  Shop their website, see what they’re up to on Facebook and Twitter, and marvel at their Instagram account.  See you all soon!

Renegade Craft On the Road!

This season we’re highlighting our Makers’ road trips as they travel across the country to our San Francisco and Los Angeles fairs.

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We want to see a glimpse of some of your favorite drives, your favorite roadside eats, and the most beautiful places in the state or  country!

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Are you heading to the West?  Hashtag your Instagram posts with #RCFRoadTrips so we can feature you!  Have a great weekend ya’ll!

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.

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!

Maker Spotlight: Cotton & Flax

Just thought we’d send a few eye-poppingly gorgeous textiles your way today. Today’s Maker Spotlight comes courtesy of LA-based Cotton & Flax. A shining example of rebranding done right (Cotton & Flax came to be after two other successful creative endeavors), maker Erin Dollar has created a line of home goods and paper art that might just make you want to redecorate your entire home. Or at least add a few new perfect pieces.

Another thing we love about Erin? She strikes a perfect (and difficult to achieve) balance between genius creativity and business savvy. Case in point: Finding that LA felt disconnected in regards to a creative craft community, she started a creative entrepreneurs group to bring together like-minded makers and creative folk so they could talk shop and feel more connected. As Erin says, “Having this community has made it easier for many of us to feel confident taking on larger or more ambitious projects, because we know that we have that support behind us.” Gotta love someone who sees a problem and makes their own solution.

Look for Erin and her lovely (and we mean seriously lovely) work at the Cotton & Flax booth (which she’ll be sharing with the equally awesome Small Adventure) at both the LA + SF Renegade Craft Fairs.

(All photos by Erin Dollar or Hollin Brodeur and used with permission)

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