Argaman and Defiance

Maker Spotlight

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Lydia Crespo is the founder and designer behind the beautiful silk creations at Argaman & Defiance. Naturally dyed and constructed in Chicago, Lydia uses natural dye extracts responsibly collected from tree bark, roots, and leaves. The hand dyed process is an artfully crafted skill, making each piece uniquely beautiful.

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Maker + Mineral

Maker Spotlight + Giveaway

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Maker & Mineral is the design project by San Francisco native, Samantha Ives. Maker & Mineral strives to produce sustainable, hand-crafted, and well-crafted home wears, accessories, and clothing for the modern individual who wants to buck fast fashion and temporary trends.

Sam has graciously offered to give away her iconic 11×14 Busted print to a lucky Instagrammer! To enter, follow Maker & Mineral on Instagram and tag a friend in our giveaway post. The winner will be chosen on Monday, November 21st!

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TENDEN

Maker Spotlight

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TENDEN is a textile collection by designer Todd Hancock. Based in Grand Haven MI, Todd founded TENDEN in 2010 as a way to create quality products, ethically made in the USA. Todd’s passion for textiles garnered an expert knowledge of how to best work with each material, from cotton and denim, to canvas and leather.

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Rewilder

Maker Spotlight

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Best friends Jen and Lisa of Rewilder have been impressing us season after season with their incredibly crafted bags and their booth displays. Using 100% reclaimed materials, each bag and accessory tells a unique story and stands the test of time.

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Popbyts

Maker Spotlight

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Tith Sin first caught our eye at our very first Portland Fair back in 2014. His booth was intricately designed with a modernist sensibility and best of all, it packed up into itself! Ever since, we’ve been increasingly impressed by Tith and his growing Popbyts line of printed paper and textiles.

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Jenny Lemons

Maker Spotlight

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Jenny Lemons takes the term “wearing your food” to a completely new level of cuteness! Jennie Lennick is the designer behind this food-inspired, block printed collection of clothing and accessories. The combination of simply patterned fabric with a pop of color makes each piece a perfect statement for summer.

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Animal Sleep Stories

Maker Spotlight

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Animal Sleep Stories is a dreamscape of silkscreened illustrations by Portland artist, Daria Tessler. Her collection of work draws you into a vivid fantasy of whimsy, storytelling, and intricate details. We hope to perhaps one day, dream through the lens of Animal Sleep Stories.

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Melissa Holden Art

Maker Spotlight

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Melissa Holden is a Bay Area artist and block printer, whose play with tension and harmony results in beautiful abstract art. Using a specialized relief block printing method developed by Melissa herself, each print showcases crisp lines and shapes as well as the natural texture left from a hand pulled block print.

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The Loome

Maker Spotlight

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The Loome is one of our favorite DIY Makers! We love how their tools inspire everyone to make things with their hands and create something beautiful and unique!
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Osei-Duro

Maker Spotlight


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After a weekend full of sunshine, we can’t wait to update our wardrobes with the best in the Slow Fashion Revolution. For all you gals out there, Osei-Duro is bringing their LA x Ghana magic to the feminine form with their distinctly bold patterns and hand-dyed textiles.

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Beora Jewelry

Maker Spotlight

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Liza Meza is the fiber and jewelry artist behind Beora. Each piece is made with a clear objective in mind: “jewelry for the future ancestors.” We absolutely love this description, as well as the Mayan motifs that influence Liza’s designs.

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Made in Mayhem

Maker Spotlight

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Made in Mayhem has always been on the forefront of creating classic leather goods in unique colors and designs. Their new Summer launch of American made leathers in a new “rust” dye, in addition to their swoon-worthy teal and cobalt, has us counting down the days until Summer!
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Neve Hawk

Maker Spotlight

 
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Kids never looked cuter, all thanks to Neve Hawk’s designs paired with some classic Birks. Bob and Kris are the design team behind this apparel line and we loved getting to know them in this Maker Spotlight

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Fire Road

Maker Spotlight

 
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Happy Monday, ya’ll! Today we’re thrilled to have maker Andrew Perkins chat with us about Fire Road, his design philosophy and his San Francisco-based business.

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Aegis Handcraft

Maker Spotlight

 

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There is a lot of leather goods out there, but there’s something about Aegis Handcraft’s passion that shines through. Meet Jess Murray, the crafter and designer behind these goods, in person at our San Francisco Fair at the end of the month!
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Cordillera Necklace

Maker Spotlight

 

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Cordillera Necklace is a sight to behold, and we can’t wait to get our eyes on these beauties in person at our San Francisco Fair. Designer Sylmarie gives us the inside scoop on her designs!

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Bryr Studio

Studio Visit

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This past winter we had the opportunity to visit Bryr Studio’s workspace and storefront in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Isobel, owner and designer behind the handmade clogs, kindly took time to show us around during their store renovation.

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Getting Retail Ready For Your Favorite Indie Store

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“We’ve been described as Martha Stewart meets David Lynch” says Michael Levy creative director of Paxton Gate, a curiosities store and San Francisco institution with a predilection for the bizarre side of nature. For Andrea and Oscar of Biological Jewels, it was the store of their dreams.

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Anvil Handcrafted

Maker Spotlight

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In love with everything Anvil Handcrafted. These leather goods are showcasing at Renegade San Francisco this weekend!

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Jamie Lau Designs

In the Studio

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This Friday we thought we’d share this lovely studio visit we had with Jamie Lau Designs last year in Brooklyn. Jamie recently relocated back to San Francisco and we cannot wait to see her this weekend for our Holiday Fair!

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Àplat

Maker Spotlight

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One of our favorite makers, Àplat is hitting San Francisco with us this weekend! You won’t want to miss out on their goods this year – they are the perfect gifts for foodies, or if you’d prefer to treat yourself, there are many ways to justify the purchase. Designer, Shujan Bertrand created Àplat in honor of her family lifestyle in France and the daily rituals of sharing the good things we cook, eat, drink and gift.

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In the Studio: Julia Canright

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Last summer on a perfect San Francisco day, we had the opportunity to meet Julia Canright and photograph her home studio. Julia Canright is a bag maker, block printer and SF native, and it was quite clear upon introduction that we really wanted to be her friends. Julia first showed at our San Francisco Fair in July, and we’re thrilled she’s joining us again this weekend!002-2015RCF-julia canright-studio visit-6613

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

My business name is just my name which is just a result of my inability to come up with a word or phrase to represent my line. I think it’s good in a way because it allows me some room to evolve and change because it’s just me! – not some other entity with its own limits.

009-2015RCF-julia canright-studio visit-6622 When/Why did you start working in this particular craft?
I did a lot of block printing and painting on paper in school and beyond and I’ve always really loved doing it. I got to a point where I wanted to use the prints I was making to create other things – ideally things that could be useful and practical like a bag. I really like the idea of taking something graphic and thoughtfully made and making it into something you could use everyday.
020-2015RCF-julia canright-studio visit-6643 Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
I think what I was most worried about when I started doing this was that I wouldn’t be very good at putting myself out there and selling myself. I’m a reserved person and the thought of approaching people and stores with my work was kind of terrifying. But its really like anything, it just takes practice and the more I do it the easier it gets! Also, in general, people are really nice and supportive – and the people who hate your stuff won’t go out of their way to tell you that.

034-2015RCF-julia canright-studio visit-6667 What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
I think my favorite part of creating my business besides actually just making things has been meeting and working with great people and stores in the Bay Area. Its inspiring to see really dedicated and creative people doing their thing.

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I grew up in the Mission in San Francisco and the visual culture here is just so strong from murals to stickers on telephone poles to painted store awnings – it all just seeps in – and you just want to contribute to the landscape in whatever small way you can.
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
From other creative people, I knew going into this that it would require a lot of commitment. Not just the time that you spend doing it, but the time and energy you spend thinking about it – and how that can take over. I think just knowing that helps you to be more aware when its happening.

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I’ve never really known what I wanted to do for a living – but I’ve always liked working. Its really satisfying to channel that worker bee energy into something that I love and really matters to me.
What are some inspirations for your work?
I get a lot of inspiration from old textile art that I find in books and online – east African, Russian and early American textile art is really amazing. I also get inspiration from the materials themselves – block printing works really well for certain things and that leads me in particular directions. I’ll also find a new paint brush in a new shape and create something from that.

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Wood carving – I did a little wood carving in high school and it was just so cool. I would love to do more.

035-2015RCF-julia canright-studio visit-6670 When you do get free time, how do you like to spend it?
I like to go up to Bernal or Glenn Park Canyon for walks with my little dog Charlie.

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My studio has been a work in progress for a while now. I think I’m finally at a point where I have all the tools I need and they all have their place so I can find them easily. My favorite part I think is just having a spot where I feel really productive and comfortable!
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Thank you again, Julia for giving us the opportunity to peek into your home studio. Browse the full set of photos on Flickr, and for those of you headed to our San Francisco Fair this weekend, be sure to find this gal and say hello. You should also check her stuff out online here:

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Studio / Shop Visit: Ferme à Papier

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Last summer we had the chance to visit with Cat Seto, designer and shop owner of Ferme à Papier. Cat was kind enough to show us around her boutique/studio and give us the every day details of running a small business in San Francisco.

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Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?
Ferme à Papier is loosely translated as “Farm to Paper”. I took my first trip to Paris a little over 21/2 years ago and I was overwhelmed by the streets, history, chic hipster parisians and architecture. I also visited biodynamic farms in the countryside. When I returned I drew obsessively for three weeks. The collection has a dark, artisinal navy palette behind it and it portrays everyday joys like couples embracing or a pair of shoes.
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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft?
I have a degree in painting and a master’s in writing. I have always been a proponent of hand written letters and I love that a card can capture a visual in a miniature frame.
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Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
Believe me I’ve had plenty but I strongly believe that without these my career would have never blossomed! I had major writer’s block when I first moved to San Francisco which prompted me to craft felt finger puppets in the night to feed my insomnia. Those felt puppets led to illustrating characters on cards which I debuted as a stationery collection. I couldn’t believe it but when I debuted this, Anthropologie was my first client!
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What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
Ferme à Papier was never intended as a business. I was burnt out and I took a trip to Paris and I just took everything in. I always remind myself that ideas need to start from a genuine place.
Where do you want your business to be in 2-5 years?
I hope that I am always able to freely create and share my dreams, travels and inspiration through the things that I make or illustrate. I would love for Ferme to branch out into different product categories as well.
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How does the city you live in influence your work?
San Francisco is a vibrant, creative community which I am so proud to be a part of. My studio is located in Russian Hill which has remained independent. We have an open studio where we work and sell goods to the public and it is this kind of daily exchange that makes me feel inspired to create.
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What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
I mentored with folks I admired. I stayed humble! I swept, dusted, cleaned bathrooms and filed…did anything to absorb knowledge about what the details behind a small business. Many of my colleagues did the same. In addition to a street MBA, I truly believe this has given me a more positive and industrious attitude.
What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
I waited a long time before I started my business. It had to feel right…but once it did I worked harder than ever before. I had to make sure I had a solid collection, something unique to present, and some know-how of how to start a small biz.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
Share information with your peers and learn from mentors. Stay humble! Sometimes having a reputation for being the hardest team player will get you further than your talent alone.
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What are some inspirations for your work?
Paris and Brooklyn and everything that spans between the two.
If you could learn any other craft, what would it be?
I would love to learn printmaking and textiles.
When you do get free time, how do you like to spend it?
I love running on the beach with my six year old son… This is the true joy of living in the city by the bay. You can be hard at work at your studio and then be outside by water in a few minutes.
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Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?
No regrets. I work around the clock, seven days a week, but this has been a conscious choice. I feel very lucky.
What is your favorite part of your studio/workspace?
our studio is a hybrid shop and production studio. I love seeing customers walk in and share our cards with one another.
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What advice do you have for any potential business owners out there?
I believe that creative business owners learn their business savvy via what I call the “street MBA”. It’s not from the books per se, but from sharing information and talking to peers, mentors and joining groups.
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What would it take to make you feel successful?
Success for me is creative freedom. If I am able to support myself by being able to make or design creative goods AND share them with others I am pretty happy.
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
I wholesaled my goods to retailers and it was from this that I learned many of the details behind owning and running a shop.
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What are some of your favorite products/makers in the shop currently?
We carry products that curated to our Ferme aesthetic… Maison Scotch, PF Candles, Abacus Row are just a few of the lines we carry.

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WHOLESALE ETIQUETTE
As a buyer, when do you do most of your product research and ordering?
I purchase during the seasonal times that shows are occurring. For me this occurs about 3-4 times a year.
What time of year do you prefer to be contacted by prospective vendors looking to get into your shop?
I like to be contacted right before a show.
What are some tips you have to vendors out there wanting to get more wholesale orders?
Customer service is key. And there is an art to balancing out when to remind retailers to purchase and not bombarding them with too much. I love getting reminders but will tune out vendors who are too aggressive.
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What sets a vendor apart? When receiving an order, does a pretty package and presentation with a hand- written note make a big difference in remembering the vendor, or would you prefer straight to the point demeanor?
The quality of a product is always key. We are a small indie shop and we want to carry unique items. Equally important is the follow-through and customer service behind this. I love to know that the team is as solid as the product.
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Thank you, Cat, for taking the time to show us around your studio and shop. Can’t get enough of this amazing space? Check out the full set of photos on our Flickr. In the meantime, you can find Ferme à Papier online here:
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Obsidian Monarch

Maker Spotlight

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For all you bicycling fiends out there, Obsidian Monarch is taking San Francisco by storm this weekend! Obsidian Monarch is owned & operated by Oakland, CA. artist Billy Sprague. In August of 2014 Sprague received his grandfather’s leather tools as an heirloom. Being around alot of leather work and crafts as a child and wanting to embrace his Mexican heritage and family traditions, Sprague began exploring leather working. Being an artist himself and using inherited tools as  inspiration, he began months of dedication  learning the skills of leather tooling, pattern & mold making  and saddle making. Head down to Fort Mason Center for the perfect present for your beloved bike.

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Fawn + Cub

Maker Spotlight

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Fawn + Cub is heading to our San Francisco Holiday Fair this weekend and we cannot wait! Becky Carter Mingle, Owner and Designer of Fawn + Cub lives in the foothills of Northern California with her husband Jorden and two son’s Oliver Sage & Arlo Phoenix. She started Fawn + Cub because there was a need for functional baby products that still had personality. With her Native American background lending to her love of southwestern Navajo-style textiles, as well as her passion for sustainability blending the two materials was a given. She has created products that allow you to change in style, while keeping the environment in mind.

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Kristina Micotti

Maker Spotlight

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If you’ve been to our San Francisco Fair before but haven’t met Kristina Micotti, make sure you put that at the top of your list. Not only is she always a delight to talk to, but she can paint you a custom pet portrait over the weekend! Some of us here at RCF have taken advantage of that awesome service. We hope you’re able to see Kristina’s work in person November 21+22!

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Zelma Rose

Maker Spotlight

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We’ve always been big fans of Zelma Rose. Artist and designer, Lisa Anderson Shaffer has truly crafted a one of a kind jewelry and accessory line that has us drooling. Zelma Rose will be showcasing at our San Francisco Holiday Fair and we just cannot wait!

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Veronica Rufrano

Maker Spotlight

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We don’t know about you, but when we come across a well designed mug, we flip. When we first set eyes on Veronica Rufrano’s ceramics at last summer’s San Francisco Fair it was love at first sight. Thank goodness Veronica is joining us again for our Holiday Fair!

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Salt and Pipper

Maker Spotlight

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It’s always a pleasure seeing this husband and wife creative duo at our San Francisco Fair. Their display is always top notch and both Pips and Josh are a delight to interact with. Our San Francisco Holiday Fair is coming up in just a couple of weeks and Salt and Pipper is one of our top picks for great giftables this season!

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JOLN

Maker Spotlight

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Everyone could use a good jacket, and right now we’re swooning over this anorak by JOLN. Not only is this jacket just about perfect, but Joln also makes amazing men’s AND women’s wear. You can snag all of these at our New York Holiday Fair (and a few more upcoming Fairs) next weekend!

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Maker Spotlight: Siamese Social Club

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What a perfect Maker Spotlight for National Cat Day! Kristen Cella of Siamese Social Club will be bringing her minimalist amazing cat wares to our San Francisco Fair on November 21+22. If only she would bring her adorable siamese with her!

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Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?
My cat, who is part siamese, is the inspiration behind my business and the name Siamese Social Club. Like many siamese cats, he sometimes acts more like a dog than a cat, and I’ve always joked about starting a “social” group for him to meet other cats, since he doesn’t quite fit in at the dog park.
Have you always been passionate about design?
In retrospect, yes, I have always been passionate about design without even realizing it. As a child, I would obsess over the floor plans of my dream home and pillage magazines for furniture and decoration ideas. At the time, I had no idea that this would lead to my current interest in interior design and product design.

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
About five years ago, I got into the DIY blog movement and was eager to try as many new techniques as I could learn. I taught myself how to crochet, knit, embroider, sew and took classes in spinning and weaving. I started using these newly acquired techniques to solve one problem that had always bothered me: finding a cat bed that actually looked good in my house. Once I made that connection between fiber arts and cats, I knew I had finally found my niche.
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
My designs not only incorporate a minimal aesthetic, which I find to be somewhat unique among cat products, they take into consideration the actual behavior of cats. My ultimate goal is to make highly functional pieces of art, something that will actually be enjoyed by the cat and owner alike.

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Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
The original cat bed design that I spent over a year creating turned out to be a complete failure. Not a single cat would sleep in it, even though it looked perfectly cozy to me. I learned then that I really needed to test out my basic designs on the cats first before focusing on the details.
Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?
Before starting my business, one of my favorite pastimes was taking long walks and exploring new parts of San Francisco. Now, I can’t even remember when I’ve had the time to take a leisurely walk without a list of things to complete along the way. But since I’m spending my time working on something I really love and feel inspired to continue doing, I don’t miss those moments at all.
What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
Launching my website has, so far, been my proudest moment. It really felt like my business had finally gone from an idea to a reality.

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How does the city you live in influence your work?
I find San Francisco such an inspirational place to live. From the muted, pastel color palette of the buildings on overcast days, to the entrepreneurial spirit that envelopes the city, to it’s plethora of public art and galleries, I can’t imagine ever having started my business anywhere else.
 
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
I actually studied animal behavior and evolution through grad school, so my science background has surprisingly come in handy during the early stages of my business. There are many parallels between the scientific and artistic process, from background research to experimentation to writing funding proposals, I still feel very much like a scientist working in a more creative field.

 

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What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
Starting my own business was something I always wanted to do, and something I had been thinking of and planning for a long time. So once I had the idea, the products and the name figured out, I knew it was finally time to start making things happen.

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Meeting and interacting with cats, reading design blogs, visiting art galleries, and being surrounded by other makers creating beautiful things.

 
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
Don’t be afraid to learn new things and try techniques that are unfamiliar to you. You never know how they might influence your work or lead to a brilliant idea.
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We could stare at these photos all day! Thank you Kristen for sharing your work, and he sure to check out these feline-friendly goods at our San Francisco Fair! You can find Siamese Social Club online here:
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Maker Spotlight: *iA Playhouse

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We always get excited when Makers come out with innovative, interesting, and aesthetically pleasing kids’ stuff. Which is why *iA Playhouse scores a 10 in our books! Gift-giving just got a whole lot easier, so make sure you stop by our San Francisco Holiday Fair November 21+22 and meet Chloé Leguay, the designer behind these playful goods.iA 53
Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

The name *iA came from the 3 simple elements of this construction game. “i” is a stick, the asterix dot of the i is the star shape connector and A is the fabric triangle. The essence of *iA is included in his name! With stars, sticks and triangles you build any shapes you want. With *iA you build any shapes you want. Pyramid, igloo, boat, giant ball, doll house, teepee, space ship…

*iA would be in french a fast way to say “il y a” meaning “There is”

*iA un bateau (There is a boat)

*iA un teepee (There is a teepee)

*iA de la joie ! (There is joy!)…

Have you always been passionate about design?

Yes, as a movie set decorator, sculptor and model maker I always been interested in craft and design.

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?

Since I can remember. Treehouse, fort, craving the sand, best hiding place, diving in caves… As a mom I spend so much time playing that I believe games need to be awesome for both kids and parents. I started *iA since I moved to San Francisco, 1 years and half ago, from Paris, France.

What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

It is both a construction game and a playhouse.

It is both for kids and adults.

It is both, flexible and stable.

It’s essential. With only 3 different elements to assemble, you expand world large enough to play in and around.

Colorful triangles create any patchwork you imagine.

IT’S AWESOME!!

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Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

Communication and marketing, designer common sense, I guess.

Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

I’m selling my dream house (ruin) on a french river desert island to begin it, then I might regret it strongly 😉

What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

My daughter eyes when she build her own creation with *iA

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How does the city you live in influence your work?

San Francisco is like a city made of playhouses. Dream place for kids. Best inspiration.

What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

Set design

Graphic design

Sculpture

Model Making

Being a Mom

What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

Knowing that I have an amazing product and no one is going to do it better than I will!

What are some inspirations for your work?

Patchwork and diamond, fashion and math, craft and architecture

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

Make things you’re proud of!

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We love love love *iA Playhouse and think you should, too! Stop by their booth at our San Francisco Fair and find them online here:

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In the Studio: Etta + Billie

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Today we’re sharing our Studio Visit with Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie! Etta + Billie is based in San Francisco and we are obsessed with their bath and body products. 001-RCF-EttaBillie-StudioVisit-9839

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?

– I named my business after my maternal and paternal grandmothers, Grandma Billie and Grandma Etta. While coming up with a name for my business, their names kept popping into my head. I was able to spend a couple of weeks each summer with them while growing up and it was always my favorite part of the summer. It’s a wonderful way to both honor their memory and have a constant reminder of their love, support and tenacity.

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When/Why did you start working in this particular craft?

– It all started when my mom gave me a book on soapmaking in 2006. I’d been working a job that I disliked but wasn’t willing to quit. Knowing that I wasn’t going to leave, she recommended focusing my attention away from the frustrations of the job and onto a hobby. She gifted me the soap book and after my first batch of soap, I was hooked.

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Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

-Of course I’ve had failures! It’s all part of the growing process. I’ve learned that I should always triple check anything going to print and have another pair of eyes look it over too (I’ve had to trash a whole order of labels because of this issue, I almost always send things to my mom for proofing). And it’s important to slow down! Mistakes and stress increase as things move faster and faster. Taking a few moments to slow down and breathe always helps clarify things.

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What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?

-Great question! I have a lot of little things I’m really proud of but two major moments stand out. One was becoming the first bath and body company to be certified as a green business in the city of San Francisco. And the second was signing the lease on my studio space. It felt so good!

How does the city you live in influence your work?

-The physical beauty of San Francisco is very inspiring to me. The hills, architecture, plants, parks, birds. The wealth of other really talented makers and the incredible food scene. There are so many ways to find inspiration here.

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What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

-The realization that I would never truly know what my business was capable of until I was able to commit to it full time. It was a pretty incredible transition.

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What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

-Find your niche! Don’t try to be everything to everyone. You’ll just make yourself crazy.

What are some inspirations for your work?

-My biggest inspiration is food. The combinations I’ve discovered in local bakeries, restaurants and the creations of other makers like Ritual Coffee, T-We Tea and Craftsman and Wolves inspire me plus I get to do some serious taste testing research.

If you could learn any other craft, what would it be?

-Embroidery! It seems like a really relaxing way to be productive while watching Game of Thrones.

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When you do get free time, how do you like to spend it?

-I love spending time in the kitchen, cooking and baking, especially when it’s with my friends or family. Sharing some Rose in Precita Park or in my besties back yard. Sipping coffee and eating donuts on the back patio of Dynamo Donuts. Basically anything that involves food and spending time with the people I love.

Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?

I’ve sacrificed many things over the years like sleep, time, sanity, certainty, health insurance but I don’t regret any of it. All the sacrifices I’ve made have turned into moments to learn and grow.

008-RCF-EttaBillie-StudioVisit-9894Would you ever go on a reality competition show to win $10,000?  :p

Maybe. But if you’d asked about a game show, I’d say yes in a heart beat – especially if it was The Price is Right.

What is your favorite part of your studio/workspace?

My favorite part is that it’s a special space dedicated to my business.

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Thank You, San Francisco!

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San Francisco, what a wonderful time we had with you! It was great seeing old friends, meeting new faces, and loving all the handmade wares and good vibes our Makers brought to the San Francisco Fair this past weekend! Over 500 talented Makers showcased their work at Fort Mason to locals and travelers from beyond. There was feasting, ice cream eating, workshopping, and best of all, shopping!

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We always try to top each Fair, and it couldn’t be possible without your feedback! We value your opinions seriously, and always want to improve our Fairs to be the best events you attend each year. If you were a shopper or Maker at our San Francisco Fair, we want to hear from you! Please fill out our Attendee Survey or Vendor Survey! It only takes a few minutes, we swear!
One of our favorite post-Fair activities is combing through the #RenegadeSF collection of photos. We loved witnessing Makers and shoppers alike, posting about their favorite products, booths and experiences! Here’s some of our favorite moments below:
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ROW 1: @artsylydia | @thejesspage | @lovelanedesigns | ROW 2: @kristinamicotti | @mytinytrinkets | @weikitchen | ROW 3: @iamchuhchuh | @rdolnick | @kala_jewelry

We saw a lot of smiles in the Magnolia Photo Booth! You can view your photo booth strips from from each weekend here:

Festival Pavilion: Saturday + Sunday
Herbst Pavilion: Sunday

Want to relive some of the good times? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and  #RenegadeSF to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

Stay tuned for news and updates regarding our 2015 Spring/Summer Tour. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!

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Love and Thanks to San Francisco, Fort Mason Center , Friends, and Sponsors:

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San Francisco Fair Kicks Off This Weekend!

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Our San Francisco Fair kicks off this weekend at Fort Mason Center! From 11am – 6pm each day, free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, treats, music, workshops and more! This year we’re excited to be taking over two pavilions (Herbst Pavilion and Festival Pavilion).

In addition to the popular weekend Fair, we will be hosting an exclusive Wholesale Market for buyers and shop owners, Friday, July 17th from 12pm – 5pm at the Festival Pavilion. Buyers and Makers will have the chance to interact, exchange line sheets, establish wholesale accounts, and get exclusive price analysis from SKUE. Last minute RSVP information can be found here.

Check out our rundown below:
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We’ve got something for everyone at this Fair! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Summer.
Check out the full ROSTER to catch a glimpse!

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If your stomach starts growlin’ or you want to cool off, you can feast at food stalls or you can chomp on some artisanal goodies! Take a look at some of the tasty delights here!

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Shades of Sugar Bakeshop
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We’ve got you covered for an awesome weekend with an array of things to do from DIY workshops and custom poems, to shipping stations, and one-of-a-kind trailers. Take a break in our nifty lounge area, or strike a pose in our free photo booth to commemorate your visit. Just take a look for yourself!

FedEx will have a Shipping Station outside of Herbst Pavilion, where attendees and Makers can enjoy simple, flat rate shipping for their one-of-a-kind goods.

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ROW 1: BEEDY | VARTAN | SMALL ADVENTURE | ROW 2: MAKE IT GOOD | FAYE KENDALL | FERME A PAPIER | ROW 3: MAFIA BAGS | ODE TO JEUNE | NARROW LINES CO.

Getting There: The Fort Mason Center entrance is located at 2 Marina Blvd, on the corner of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St. From the entrance attendees must walk through the Fort Mason complex to Herbst Pavilion and Festival Pavilion, which are the last Pavilions on the Bay. Due to very limited parking, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Route directions to the Fair here.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2015.

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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!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Maker Spotlight: American Mobler

American Mobler FurnitureIt’s a great treat to be featuring American Mobler today! These mid-century pieces will be making their way to our San Francisco Fair this weekend at the Herbst and Festival Pavilions at Fort Mason Center! Get ready folks, here we go!American Mobler FurnitureAmerican_Mobler-79Oliver Armstrong is the architect behind American Mobler. Oliver started restoring vintage Mid-Century Modern furniture as a way to de-stress after his consulting company went out of business a few years ago. He’d always liked the sculptural and architectural elements of Mid-Century design and quickly began experimenting with fun modern combinations.

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American Mobler primarily focus on American designs from icons like Eames and Saarinen while adding unique twists along the way. In addition to their Eames inspired nightstands, American Mobler is designing original products with the aesthetic spirit of Mid-Century design while infusing a fun sense of modern style.

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The trailblazing designers of the 50’s and 60’s believed our lives are impacted by the furniture we surround ourselves with, and thus they strove to provide beautiful and affordable furniture for the everyday man. Purple_Yellow_vignetteIt’s a philosophy that we share passionately at American Mobler and it drives every choice we make. Beautiful, Affordable, Custom designs for your home is what we live for. This July at Renegade Craft Fair, we’ll be unveiling our version of one of the most iconic American Mid-Century designs with that ethos in mind.
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Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 3.11.17 PM We are so excited to have Oliver join us at Renegade this weekend in San Francisco. Hope you all our planning to bring one of these pieces to your home! You can find American Mobler online here:

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Maker Spotlight: Small Gunns

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Our San Francisco Fair is going to be a largest yet, showcasing 500+ talented Makers in both the Herbst and Festival Pavilions at Fort Mason Center. We can’t wait to see you all there and in celebration of this upcoming weekend, we are featuring Small Gunns!
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Small Gunns is a modern Pperspective on timeless classics. California-based co-conspirators and sisters, Michelle and Diana Stock, founded Small Gunns in 2011 following careers in film and advertising. Their mission is to create home accessories that are high quality, unexpected and made locally.

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Diana and Michelle started Small Gunns as a reprieve from the frustration they were feeling in their careers. It’s no accident that they both chose creative paths — Michelle chose film and Diana chose advertising — but both felt disconnected from the actual “creating” and started Small Gunns as remedy to flex their creative muscles in a hands-on manner. Soon, their side project gained traction and Michelle and Diana knew that this side project was ready to become something more.

small-gunns-ikat-pillow-detail_8828_recMichelle and Diana’s mom has always been a huge inspiration for the sisters. Her amazing personal style and influence surrounded them during childhood. This deeply ingrained design into their every day lives. Michelle and Diana are also visceral designers, so the pulse of the cities they called home (San Francisco and New York) and their extensive travels to places like Tokyo, Berlin, Stockholm, and Capetown have also impacted their design sensibility. Taking foundations of classic textiles, Michelle and Diana utilized vintage workwear, rugby stripes, buffalo plaid check, and reinterpreted them for the modern home.

small-gunns-candle-groupSmall Gunns’ scents take several months, sometimes years, to develop. It’s the most complex step in the process as Michelle and Diana must create fragrances they personally love as opposed to scents that may be in vogue at the time. Happy Campers was the first scent Small Gunns’ developed and is very special to them. The scent is very complex, combining a total of 13 fragrance oils and essential oils.

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Michelle and Diana’s biggest lesson in creating Small Gunns was to overcome fear. Being self-taught designers, it is easy to let terror and fear make one feel insignificant or not worthy to call oneself a designer. We’ve heard this so many times within the Maker world, which is why seeing all these talented folks come together, collaborate, and offer advice to one another is such a beautiful thing.
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Michelle and Diana make an effort to travel to design events a few times a year and try to be a part of the larger creative community. Talking with other makers and hearing about what they do is a huge source of inspiration. We are so honored that Small Gunns always makes it to our San Francisco Fair!

small-gunns-woven-throw-pillows_3792We love these sisters and can’t wait you for you all to meet them at our Fair this weekend! Don’t forget to hit up both the Herbst and Festival Pavilions this weekend. You won’t want to miss a thing! You can find Small Gunns online here:

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