West Coast Applications Extended to May 1!

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Happy Friday, ya’ll! We know things have been hectic and crazy this season with all the upcoming Fairs left and right – which is why we thought we’d extend the West Coast Applications deadline! Applications are now officially due May 1st, so take a break this weekend and enjoy yourselves.
Here are the Apply pages for each city:
Pick your favorite or apply to them all, we’d love to see your pretty faces as much as we can this Summer! Want to participate on a different level? We are always looking for artisanal food makers, workshop hosts, installation artists and more! You can learn more on ourParticipate page.

West Coast Applications Close April 27!

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Take a trip up the coast and join us in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, andSeattle! Or, if you want a more mellow summer, choose your favorite city and apply to one of our exciting Summer Fairs! Applications close Monday, April 27th, so get your goods in gear and head over to our website to apply!

Want to participate on a different level? We are always looking for artisanal food makers, workshop hosts, installation artists and more! You can learn more on ourParticipate page.

West Coast Applications Open!

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We’re so thrilled to open applications to our West Coast Tour! Take a look below to choose which city you’d like to apply for, or be adventurous and start planning that road trip up the coast! We can’t wait to see you down in the South in LA and the coast of San Francisco, all the way up to the Pacific Northwest of Portland and Seattle!

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Applications for our West Coast Fairs are open from April 1 – April 27
If you’re a maker, installation artist, workshop creator, food vendor or someone who wants to participate in our Fair, we want to hear from you!
Starting in Southern California, we’ll be setting up our LA Fair in the picturesque Grand Park in Downtown on July 11 + 12. Hop online and learn how to apply.Heading north, our San Francisco Fair will run at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilionfrom July 17 – 19. Check out how to apply on our website! In addition to our Fair, we’ll be hosting an exclusive Wholesale Market on July 17. Buyers and shop owners will get to meet Makers one-on-one and plan out their inventory. Learn more about our Wholesale Market and how to participate or attend.On July 25 + 26, join us for our Portland Fair – a fun, intimate outdoor event hosted with our friends at Rejuvenation. Want to be participate? Check out our site and learn how toapply.We’re thrilled to be hosting our first-ever Seattle Fair on August 1 + 2 at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Seattle was our most requested city and we cannot wait to bring RCF to Washington! Be a part of this exciting new venture and learn how to apply.

New Year, New Website, New City, New Tour!

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Renegade Craft Fair is back and we’re celebrating by debuting our new website and 2015 Tour! We’ve got a revamped look for 2015, including a sparkling new website featuring more intuitive navigating, designed by Aeolidia and Meg Lewis, and updated logos, designed by LAND. Have some free time? Spend some of it checking out the Renegade Craft Fair website.

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A couple of big things you may have noticed is that we’ve expanded fully into the Northwest! Seattle has been our top requested city for years and we cannot wait to venture the entire West Coast from July to August!

Here’s a summary of what we’ve got planned for you all: In 2015, Renegade Craft Fair will host a variety of events throughout the US and abroad: 8 Spring/Summer Flagship Fairs, 7 Holiday Edition Fairs, 2 Wholesale Markets (San Francisco and Brooklyn), and 4 one-day Pop-Up events in Brooklyn during the month of June. Check out the entire schedule here!

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Here are the venues we’ll be at in 2015! [photos by Fair Market | Renegade Craft | Brooklyn Expo Center]

The first Fair of 2015 is going to be a brilliant one, Renegade Craft Fair is heading across the pond for Springtime. Held on April 11 – 12 at the Old Truman Brewery in London, this new addition will be the first of two UK events in 2015. Want to participate? Applications are open from February 13th – March 6th; get the full details about the Fair here.

In May, RCF will be changing scenery and heading to the east side of Austin. On May 16 – 17, you can find our indoor/outdoor Spring event at Fair Market. Applications to participate are open from February 13th – March 13th; find more details about the Fair here.

In June, RCF will be setting up shop for a month-long Pop-Up series at East River State Park in Brooklyn. New Yorkers will be able to shop a curated selection of modern, handmade goods from New York and beyond every Saturday from June 6th – 27th. Want to be a part of this awesome new series? Applications are open from February 13th – March 20th; find more details about the Pop-Ups here.

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If you’re new to Renegade Craft Fair, take a look at what we’re all about. We’ve recently updated our Mission + Values, and we’d love for you to take a look.

Renegade Craft Fair’s Mission is to showcase the very best of independent handmade craft in a vibrant and lively marketplace which both reflects and shines a light on the work of today’s modern makers. RCF strives to keep their events approachable and relevant to emergent and established makers alike, focusing on the highest quality and newest voices. Renegade’s aim is to act as entrepreneurial incubator, community gathering space, and festive celebration of all things handmade.

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We hope you’ve had a great start to 2015, and we’ll be in touch again with more exciting news and features soon!

San Francisco Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!

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The San Francisco Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!

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Hello Everyone! Our Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market is startingtomorrow and we are sooooo excited to be kicking off our Holiday Tour in the foggy city! You can find The Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on Saturday, November 8 – Sunday, November 9, 2014.  Come out and shop our curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers of outstanding handmade goods, plus food and treats, workshops, and more! From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and shoes, to eco-friendly furniture, prints and posters, housewares and much more.

Preview this year’s line up of 300+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Heron & Lamb | Fiber Florist | Dawn | Row 2: Oxgut Hose Co. | South of Arden | Misaki Sano | Row 3: BZR | Artifact Skin Co. | Bull Horn Designs

Bring your friends and family to the Festival Pavilion and give the gift of handmade this holiday season! DJs, Nick and Dillon, will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. Plus, the venue and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer.

Do you get hungry when you shop? Pick up some delicious food from Jicama and Tante’s, plus frozen treats from Post Street Creamery and wine sampling hosted by The Seeker Wine, among other artisan food vendors. Want a little craft education? Spend some time learning about appraising handmade products with The Pricerie. If you’re needing a shopping break, you can rest your tired feet and take comfort at Yellow Leaf Hammocks‘ rest station up in the Mezzanine. Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and commemorate your visit!

Once you’ve purchased your holiday gifts, you can head over to the Renegade Craft Gift Adornment station to pick up gift tags, toppers, string, and whatever else you might need to spruce up your presents! To make the holiday giving season more convenient for shoppers, Renegade Craft is partnering with Shyp, the easiest way to send things anywhere in the world. Use the code RENEGADE14 in the app to get $10 shipping credit, then stop by the SHYP booth and mail your Holiday gifts directly from the fair!

Getting There: We encourage you to walk, bike, take public transit or grab an Uber to our fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our San Francisco Holiday Market! New users can get up to $25 in Uber credits using the code RCF2014! To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2014.

You can view the layout of Fort Mason here and route directions to our Fair 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!

SPROUT BY HP is the Official Tech Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour. Blending the physical and the digital, Sprout lets you work in the tangible, tactile world we live in. No complicated processes. No intimidating technology. Just you, sprout and your imagination. A whole new workspace where you can roll up your sleeves and create something. Instantly. It’s time to re-imagine what you can do.

Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco and all Renegade 2014 flagship events.

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

The Renegade Craft Fair thanks its San Francisco sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: South of Arden

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Today we are featuring these outstanding shoes sold by South of Arden. You won’t want to miss trying these on at our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend!marisa

South of Arden is a brand new shop created by Kelsey Otsuka, Merrilee Hale and Paulina Santos Torres that features and supports Latin American designers who currently may not have the means to reach the US market but are driven and yearning to expand. The designer that will be featured at our Holiday Market is Josefina Basso, an Argentinian shoe designer Kelsey met two years ago while shopping in the Buenos Aires bazaars.

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Josefina Basso is a talented Argentinian shoe designer with humble beginnings. Unknowingly, her passion for shoes began during the numerous visits to her grandmother’s shoe factory, where she loved dressing her dolls in all the shoes. After university, she spent about seven years making her way through small workshops learning the whole shoe making process, which served as her guide and inspiration to creating her own shoe designs. In 2012, her passion for shoes propelled her into creating her own line and and has been running a successful small business ever since. Josefina and her partner operate out of their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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All of Josefina Basso’s shoes are hand-crafted in Argentina and made with genuine leather.  This is the first debut of the designer selling her line outside of Buenos Aires. The shoes are a fun combination of traditional oxford style paired with gorgeous jewel tones and bright hued leathers. We can’t get enough of them!

To stay true to their eco-conscious nature, the team at South of Arden never use packaging for the shoes for shipping or actual shoe boxes to store the shoes. Instead, they only have hand-made shoe bags that serve as the perfect carrier bag for traveling and can be used to tote around other things as well.

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We are so excited South of Arden is bringing the talent and hand-crafted shoes of Josephina Basso to San Francisco for our first Holiday Market of the season! Be sure to follow South of Arden on Facebook  and Instagram to learn more about potential Latin American designers they will be bringing to the US. See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: Oxgut Hose Co.

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Today we are featuring Oxgut Hose Company. An incredible California housewares company that salvages retired firehoses. We cannot wait to see these goods in person at our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend!Outdoor_Hose_Stack_V1 copy

Each of Oxgut Hose Company’s “exclusive designs with a heroic past” are hand-made using retired fire hose salvaged from U.S. fire departments. While the name Oxgut honors the very first fire hose of Ancient Greece, the designs are fresh and modern—from sleek chairs, to tote bags, colorful floor mats and even wine bottle holders and wall art.

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With the help of Kickstarter LauraLe Wunsch’s dream turned became Oxgut, which works to keep this amazing material out of landfills, incorporating it into beautiful products, exciting both design-minded and eco-conscious individuals. Oxgut even works to give back to the community via The Children’s Burn Foundation.

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Oxgut finds and chooses the most interesting decommissioned fire hose to put into the hands of local designers and artisans, who help give the hose a whole new purpose. They’re always coming up with new ways to integrate the amazing, resilient material into beautiful, hand-made pieces.

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Because of the many color combos and all that the hose has been through, each design is unique and tells a story. On some pieces, original stenciling can still be seen, such as the original San Francisco Fire Dept. “SFFD”. In others, the hose is simply a pristine, gorgeous fabric, backed by a great history.

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Oxgut truly shows the incredible durability and ingenuity of the firehose material. What can you not make out of retired firehoses? We can wait to see the floor mats and Bronson chairs in person!

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We are so excited and thrilled that Oxgut will be bringing their housewares and goods to our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, plus browse their collection online so you can prepare yourself for the awesome shopping ahead. See you all soon!

 

The Pricerie at Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

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Last July at our San Francisco Summer Market, The Pricerie invited RCF vendors to get their products priced and appraised instantly to find out if they had been pricing their goods too low or too high. The gang at The Pricerie has kindly offered their analysis from their interactions with a few of our makers in order to provide some perspective for the upcoming fairs. The good news is, if you missed out on getting your goods appraised last time, The Pricerie will be joining us again this weekend at our San Francisco Holiday Market.

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Ask makers what’s least fun part about their business, and the verdict will be unanimous: “PRICING!!!”

OK, maybe a close second to doing taxes. Or snagging a parking spot at Fort Mason, the venue of this year’s Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco where we set up an instant appraisal booth to answer all those questions that torment makers.

Here’s the story told through 3 makers. Yetis and Friends, Mac Cutting boards and KLai Brown.

To Kick Things Off

We assembled 10 experts to be on call to appraise items. Experts ranged from owners of speciality stores like Zoel Fages of Perch, or Angela Tsay CEO of Oaklandish. Mixed in were curators at boutique galleries like David Charles of KK Los Angeles. The criteria was that they’ve been around the block enough to judge value. After posting items, makers would get their appraisals within 24 hours.

Let’s begin with our imaginary pals, Yetis and Friends.

The Buyer Vs Maker Mindset

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Cody Williams of Yetis and Friends priced their Yetis based on size and the amount of effort.

Our question: Is that what buyers normally talk about when they look at these furry little trophies?

“Most people say things like it reminds them of their cat.” said Cody.

So we decided to do a test: Would rational variables like size and materials matter in this case? We posted a smaller less expensive Yeti (priced at $100) next to a larger expensive one (priced at $150) and asked the experts for an appraisal.

The results confirmed our hypothesis. The Yetis, both small and large, all came in at over $150. One expert even priced it at $250 and it was the smaller of the two. Despite clarifying in the description that one of them is smaller and easier to make. Our guess is, in this case, buyers are thinking about what would look best perched above the mantle or head board. Not how they were made.

Instead of categorization by tanglible factors, it may help to divvy up by ‘Extinct’ ‘Near Extinct’ or ‘In Captivity’.

The Reflection: For certain products, the story takes precedence over the tangible factors like size and effort.

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Bart McHale crafts some of the most wonderful, artistic cutting boards with bold patterns and distinctive shapes like surf boards. There’s even a butchers block table built into a vintage singer sewing table. However the prices seemed a bit low for all that originality. The reasoning was Bart wanted to price his items to SELL, since he makes a lot of these boards and inventory starts piling up.

“My wife thinks I should be pricing these for a lot higher. ” Says Bart. ”I agree. But don’t ever tell her I said that.” Um, don’t think that’s really a secret.

Although Bart’s prices did come in a lot higher from all our experts, there’s still the problem that the boards are a lot of work to reload into the van for the drive back home. Perhaps to off load inventory, makers need our own version of the outlet mall. Or get creative with off-season promos.

The Reflection: Finding creative ways to offload excess inventory means less pressure to lower your prices.

The Thing with Perception

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KLAI Brown, makes clay fired cups painted with original whimsy illustrations. Klai priced her cups at $35 across the board. The prices from the experts also came in at around the same price range. At $25-$35.

Only one expert David Charles, from KK Gallery priced it a bit differently.

“In a gallery setting, these would be considered objects you place on the living room display shelf versus the kitchen cabinet,” says David. “They can be sold as a set of three. With the right titles, the illustration can tell a story of a trio of women, each with their own personality. The backstory would count immensely.”

The Reflection: To change perception, change the story and setting.

For every individual, and every item, the approach to pricing differs. You may not be asking the right questions or thinking about it as objectively as you should. That’s the challenge we’re all faced with when making something unique. Everything comes with it’s own measure of value.

That should be part of the fun, right?

We’ll be at the Renegade holiday fair in SF again on Nov 8+9 to continue the appraisal shenanigans with our experts. Details of how you can participate (with limited promo codes) and get your products appraised are all here

 

 

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Vinit is co-founder of The Pricerie and artist partner at junk rescue collective The Whiteout

Maker Spotlight: Misaki Sano

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Today we’re featuring the jewelry of Misaki Sano, who will be bringing her one of a kind jewelry to our San Francisco Holiday Market next weekend! This will be the first time Misaki’s jewelry will be showcased to the public and we are so honored that Renegade Craft Fair gets to be the venue!

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Misaki Sano recently finished her metal arts degree at California College of the Arts. Every piece Misaki creates is one of a kind and stems from an artistic stream of consciousness type of process. There are no strict designs or drafts. Instead, Misaki follows her internal aesthetic guide, replacing the pencil with her metal tools, and “sketches” her designs as she shapes and molds them.  Each piece of jewelry is like a time capsule of how the artist was feeling at the very moment it was created. We are in love with her effortless drawing earrings, which is named perfectly to encapsulate Misaki’s “sketching with metal” process.

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Misaki finds beauty in things that are simple, subtle, asymmetrical, irregular, imperfect, and her work is inspired by those elements. These inspirations are then made tangible, being formed and shaped out of 14K gold and sterling silver, becoming wearable art.

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Excited for our San Francisco Holiday Market? So are we! Take a look at all of Misaki’s work on her website and what she’s up to on Instagram. And don’t forget to come to our fair at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion this weekend. Only a few days left!

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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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!