Studio Visit: Alibi Interiors

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During a road trip up the coast of California, we had the pleasure of meeting with Chris and Paige of Alibi Interiors. Since Alibi Interiors started showcasing their wooden frames and boxes at our West Coast Renegade Craft Fairs, they’ve continued to produce stunning work and booth displays season after season. Alibi Interiors is based out of Santa Cruz, CA. Their workshop is a bright and open space, stocked full of salvaged wood and hundreds of frames ready to go to out to shops and new homes. We were thrilled to be able to talk to Chris and Paige more about their thriving business.

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Alibi Interiors was established in 2012.  It started as a hobby, but grew quickly once we had multiple businesses asking us for our reclaimed wood frames.  We dedicated more and more time to growing the business- moving into a warehouse, developing a website, signing up for craft fairs, establishing more wholesale accounts, etc. etc.  We soon realized we were making a living off this hobby and have felt blessed every since.

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We inspire each other.  Chris builds out a simple table and I’ll give feedback and together we’ll mold it into something else.  Our home by the sea and our lifestyle inspires us.  I’ll take a bath and think how convenient a wooden bathtub tray would be for my glass of wine and book.  The next day, Chris brings one home and we use it and refine it until we’re happy with the product.  I wanted a frame with depth and dimension so that I could display my collection of apothecary bottles and, voila!  Our shadowbox was born.  

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Reclaimed wood garden beds, book shelves, tables, planter boxes for our succulents, these products were all developed because we wanted them for our own home.  

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2014-RCF-AlibiInteriors-0081Our neighbor delivers fence boards to our home, where we pull nails out of and wire brush each board.  The boards are stacked and brought to our warehouse (2 miles away) where they are ripped down to the size needed, depending on whether we are making picture frames or planter boxes.  The routed boards are nailed together, first the inner frame, then the outer frame, and finally all stapled together.  Next, they’re taken to the finish / details station, where brass hangers are hammered into the wood, glass and backing are placed in the frame, a point driver is used to tab the back closed, and the final logo is branded in.

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Alibi Interiors wouldn’t be what it is without our business partner from Young America Creative, Brian Friel.  He is the architect and mastermind behind our booth designs.  The three of us create a fantastic trio- Chris and his wood working skills, Brian and his architectural and graphic design skills, and my interior design skills, all make up the dynamic trio we’ve become.
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Chris and I say every day to each other: “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”  Its pretty incredible that we’ve grown as much as we have in the two years we’ve been in business.  We feel blessed a thousand times over, and honestly owe a lot of our success to Renegade.  They’ve boosted our connections ten fold- THANK YOU TEAM RENEGADE!

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Some sage advice from Alibi Interiors: Keep your start up costs as minimal as possible.  Hire professionals to do what you’re no good at- it leaves room for you to do what you are good at.

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Thank you, Chris and Paige for letting us spend the day with you in your studio! And, congratulations on all those upcoming wholesale orders! If you want to learn more about Alibi Interiors, visit their website as well as follow them on instagram to stay up to date!


Studio Visit: Bird of Virtue

2014-RCF-BirdofVirtue-9618During our trip in San Francisco, we had the pleasure of meeting with Linnea of Bird of Virtue. We have always been a fan of Bird of Virtue’s jewelry and couldn’t wait to see where the pieces were created. Linnea’s studio is white and airy with pops of bright color. We loved the wall art she made out of her wood laser scraps. Bird of Virtue has been a part of many Renegade Craft Fairs, and we were thrilled to be able to talk to Linnea more about her business.

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I had been making/selling jewelry for 20 years, but because it was always part-time, it could never be anything huge because I wasn’t taking much of a risk. Bird of Virtue was born in 2012 + came out of a desire to make changes in my life. At that point, I had been working various corporate jobs for close to 15 years + realized my life needed a serious overhaul. So I quit my job, joined a maker studio in downtown San Francisco + launched Bird of Virtue.

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The name, stems from my affinity with British culture + their flippant term for a woman, a “bird,” and the “virtue” is symbolic of my desire to make positive changes in my own life. It’s not intended to be a proclamation that I’m virtuous, but rather, humbly admitting that I am working towards becoming a better person. The cornerstone pieces of Bird of Virtue are my Braille necklaces – which express these virtues I strive to live my life by. 

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I’m inspired by the patterns I see in the world – both naturally occurring + manmade forms alike + my process almost always starts by heading out into nature (the beach is one of my faves) with a sketchbook + pencil. I then translate those sketches into my computer so I can cut them on the laser. I still prefer to design in a tactile manner, rather than just on the computer – so I’ll cut various shapes/versions of the concept + then see how best they interact with one another to get the final version.

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Then, I decide my color palettes, which can take me forever. Jewelry is such a personal expression – I want to make sure I’ve perfectly mixed wearable shades that also compliment the design + material (wood). Finally, its a detailed process of hand-painting + gluing the thin layers of wood together.2014-RCF-BirdofVirtue-95602014-RCF-BirdofVirtue-9579 2014-RCF-BirdofVirtue-95922014-RCF-BirdofVirtue-9617

Be brave + never give up. I think in the long-run its about stamina + faith to make your voice heard.

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Thank you, Linnea for letting us spend the day with you in your studio! Plus, congratulations for the big Anthropologie order! We can’t wait to see Bird of Virtue pieces in their stores. If you want to learn more about Bird of Virtue, visit the etsy shop as well as follow her on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date!

Thank You, San Francisco!

1-RCFSanFranciscoSummer2014-9966 Thank you, San Francisco! Last weekend’s Summer Market was by far one of our best fairs yet! Over 250 Makers from San Francisco and beyond showcased their incredible products and stellar booths to thousands of attendees. f7d3392f-7407-49cc-8415-045adb18f39e

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  Like our other fairs, this Market celebrated a curated selection of today’s best and brightest indie makers!  Plus, shoppers enjoyed delicious food and treats by Tante’s and Post Street Creamery, as well as coffee by Four Barrel and other artisan food vendors. Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 4.30.59 PMDJs Nick and Dillon kept the fair lively as they spun tunes while visitors perused each booth. The Dog and Wolf set up an elaborate woven yurt where attendees were encouraged to weave in fabric strips throughout the weekend. Shoppers also had a chance to get crafty and have fun letter-writing, making jewelry, and learning watercolor and block printing in workshops hosted by Letter Writers Alliance, Legendary Beads and Tierracast, and Sienne Josselin. Plus, makers met The Pricerie’s experts and artists in their instant appraisal booth.  1-RCFSanFranciscoSummer2014-9807 It was such a pleasure seeing so many happy shoppers meeting our talented Makers and buying handmade. 1-RCFSanFranciscoSummer2014-9834 1-RCFSanFranciscoSummer2014-0313 We saw a lot of smiles at the Magnolia Photo Booth! Find your GIF sets here andhere. Want to relive the good times? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using#RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeSF to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! 16237481-c719-4600-ae72-20478e98cdd3  Instagram (clockwise from left) | katiebarrie | siennejosselin | sarah_safavi | coolvanillabeans

If you attended our 2014 Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco 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 San Francisco, our Sponsors, Fort Mason, and our friends!

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Maker Spotlight: LWPH Sews

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Today we’re featuring San Francisco maker, LWPH Sews. We are so excited to have these baby quilts and textiles showcased at our Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this weekend!

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LWPH Sews was started by Jen Anderson in 2012 after she began sewing quilts for her baby. LWPH Sews was born out of Jen’s love for quilting and all things modern. Each quilt is completely handmade, down to the hand stitched binding, and truly meant to be an heirloom piece.

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Jen envisions every quilt she sends out being loved for years then passed onto the next generation. One of her favorite features of modern quilts is that they are not only functional but something that can be laid out on a chair or crib as an added statement piece to the room.

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The patterns and color combinations Jen stitches together in her quilts are just beautiful!  The southwestern geometric patterns, the pale yellows and blues, to the modern and bold black and white – each quilt is uniquely designed and evidently sewn with care and attention to detail.

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Within the last few months, LWPH Sews has expanded her product line to include baby blankets, crib sheets, and even wall hangings that reflect the playfulness of childhood plus Jen’s classic modern aesthetic.

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We are so excited that Jen will be bringing her LWPH Sews quilts to our Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco tomorrow and Sunday!  Browse all the patterns and combinations she offers on her website, and keep up-to-date with her on Instagram and Twitter.  See you all tomorrow at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion!

 

 

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco starts tomorrow!

9416458031_7648feecae_oWe are so excited to return to San Francisco for our Summer Market and breathe in the crisp ocean air! Join us at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, 2014. From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop our curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers along with workshops, art installations, food and drinks, DJs, and more. And, as always, it’s free!

Grab a cup of Four Barrel coffee and head into the Festival Pavilion to find a variety of beautifully handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and accessories, to leather goods, art prints and stationery, ceramics and much more. There’s something for everyone! You can preview this year’s line up of 250+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: By Madeline Trait | Milkhaus Design | An Astrid Endeavor Row 2: Bush Smarts | Spazz Happy Line Design | Pen and Palates | Row 3: Three Bad Seeds | Magic Carpet Yoga Mats | 45Wall Design

Bring your friends and family to shop local and handmade! The venue will be decorated with interactive art installations by The Dog and Wolf. DJs, Nick and Dillon, will be spinning both days to keep the atmosphere lively as you peruse each booth. Food and desserts will be offered by Tante’s and Post Street Creamery among other artisan food vendors. Want something a little more hands-on? Take part in a make-and-take workshop hosted by Legendary Beads and Tierracast, write letters with the Letter Writers Alliance, and meet The Pricerie’s experts and artists in their instant appraisal booth. 

Renegade Craft Fair Eats + Treats Map: If you’re a maker or visitor in San Francisco, 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: Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. To make parking for the Renegade Craft Festival stress free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking reservations. Great parking options within walking distance to the festival are available! Once purchased, parking passes are emailed instantly and guarantee you access to your selected location. Parking is very limited and locations fill up, so we strongly recommend that you reserve either one day parking passes or a multi-day parking pass today!

Attendees can route directions to Fort Mason Center here

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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 #RenegadeSF 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco sponsors:

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The Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Eats + Treats Map

SF-LA-food-call It’s here!  We’ve researched and collected some highly regarded and recommended eateries and coffee shops in the San Francisco area.  If you’ve got a place you’d like to share on the map, click the full screen version to add into the map.  We hope this map helps your search for finding the best food and coffee in the city while you’re visiting for our San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair!

Maker Spotlight: JCR Work

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Today we’re featuring Austin maker, JCR WORK!  We are so excited to have JCR Work showcase their wooden mobiles in San Francisco this weekend at our Summer Market!

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JCR WORK was founded in 1979 as a creative output for Julio Carreon-Reyes. We love Julio’s description of what he does at JCR Work and think it is quite fitting: One man and one laser working together in the name of human / machine harmony.

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Julio is inspired in equal parts by the natural and technological worlds. JCR Work draws upon the emergent patterns in animal and plant morphology.

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The current range of wooden mobiles includes a family of native Texas birds, a collection of whale species drawn to scale, a shark, a bat, and a winged serpent. We’re personally big fans of the Narwhal, and of course the native Texas birds, which we included in one of our e-flyers.

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At JCR Work, each piece is drafted by Julio in his Austin workshop, and then it is prepared using a layered method of laser engraving, cutting, screen printing and hand finishing.

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Here at Renegade Craft, we are amazed at the quality and finite detail in each animal mobile JCR WORK creates. JCR Work believes these mobiles represent fragments of imagination for the home, and we couldn’t agree more!

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We can’t wait to see JCR Work’s mobiles in person this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco!  Be sure to check out the variety of birds, whales, and other animals on the JCR Work website, and follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all things JCR Work.

Maker Spotlight: Coral & Tusk

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Today we are featuring Brooklyn makers, Coral & Tusk!  We are so thrilled to have their incredibly detailed, embroidered wares showcased at our San Francisco Summer Market this weekend!

Founded in 2007 by Stephanie Housley together with her husband Chris Lacinak, Coral & Tusk embodies the spirit of luck and good fortune.

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First enchanted by the natural world during childhood trips to the Eastern seaboard, Stephanie’s frequent travels now span the globe. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk’s designs.

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Inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure Coral & Tusk invites you on a journey to explore the whimsical and sometimes adventurous nature of her animal characters.062713-059A RISD-trained textile designer, Stephanie begins the design process by sketching pencil drawings of her elaborate scenes, telling stories about animals in love, the circus, and whatever Stephanie’s imagination creates.

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Once they have met her approval, Stephanie painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software so that her original drawing remains in tact on the fabric.

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We are in awe of all the work and extra hands it takes to carefully execute crafting these embroidered products.  The craftsmanship of the Coral & Tusk team is evident in every tiny stitch that is perfectly manicured on each linen and stuffed animal.6

Coral & Tusk offered a peek into their Brooklyn loft space and we absolutely love it!

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All photos by Kate Lacey Photography

We can’t wait to see Coral & Tusk’s tiny embroidery stitches in person!  Be sure to check out their website as well as follow them on instagram, pinterest, facebook, and twitter.  Can’t wait to see you all this weekend at the San Francisco Summer Market!

Maker Spotlight: Palanquin

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Today we’re featuring Oakland maker, Palanquin. Palanquin is a design company with a focus on lighting and well-crafted objects.  Using time honored techniques of glassblowing, wood turning, and mold making, Palanquin produces modern, yet warm and approachable designs for living spaces. We are so thrilled that Palanquin is joining us for our Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco this weekend and in Los Angeles July 26+27!

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Founded by Alex MacDonald in 2013 in Oakland, California, Palanquin is the crystallization of a vision to provide an organically growing line of handmade products.  With a background in fine art and training in both woodworking and glassblowing, Alex has set out to create dynamic pieces that express his love of materials and devotion to craftsmanship.

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Palanquin collaborates with a small group of local artisans and trusted visionaries to deliver a well made and finely distilled vision of the modern lifestyle.  Their goal is to offer ethereal lighting and versatile objects crafted in the west coast design tradition.

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Alex gave us a special sneak peek of his workshop in Oakland.  We are in awe of his craftsmanship and dedication to well made objects!

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