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

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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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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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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!

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Maker Spotlight: Future Glory

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Words cannot truly describe how we feel about Future Glory’s new collection. They will be showcasing their work at our San Francisco Fair July 18+19 at Fort Mason Center!
FutureGloryCo_Rockwell_CollectionFuture Glory is the shared vision and hope of two friends, Theresa and Jennie. The design duo started this company to create great design and to do good things with their profits.FutureGloryCo_MotoTote_Stone2
Theresa and Jennie pride themselves on handcrafting products in San Francisco, believing strongly in the local community and ecosystem. The majority of Future Glory products are produced at their Dogpatch studio and the majority of their materials are sourced domestically. All of Future Glory’s handbags are handcrafted using the best materials and are built to last.
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Originally from Chicago, Theresa and Jennie now spend their time in San Francisco endlessly striving to make each bag better than the last.
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Future Glory’s new Rockwell Collection is made from the world famous Horween leather from Chicago. The wool from Walking Rock Collection is sourced from Pendleton, Oregon.
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 Jennie and Theresa are inspired to create beautiful design with great purpose. A percentage of their proceeds are donated to women’s charities in San Francisco.


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Future Glory’s long term vision is to set up a manufacturing studio in San Francisco to provide women in need with skills training and employment, and have just made first steps towards that goal by launching their new Apprenticeship program.

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A little about the two behind the brand: Theresa has been in the design industry for over a decade, most recently working as Design Director at DODOcase and Art Director at Sephora/LVMH. While Jennie has spent the last decade in finance, providing numerous investments to privately-held companies across a wide array of industries. With these two very different backgrounds, Theresa and Jennie form the backbone of Future Glory, while their strong commitment to empowering women forms the heart.FutureGloryCo_studio2

We are so excited to have Future Glory join us again at Fort Mason for our San Francisco Fair. You can find Future Glory online here:
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Maker Spotlight: Redcruiser


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Today we are thrilled to be featuring Redcruiser! These food-centric printed wares will be making their way to our San Francisco Fair on July 18+19 at Fort Mason Center!unnamed (1)

Redcruiser is a collection of illustrated and hand-lettered stationery, gift and home goods that celebrate seasonal gardening, markets, cooking, eating and drinking.



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After spending 10 years working full-time in Seattle and Minneapolis, designer/illustrator Heidi Schweigert started Redcruiser in 2008 in a small sketchbook exploring a few of her favorite things which has now evolved into cohesive brand that embraces that fun, free energy in life.

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One of the things we love about Red Cruiser is how eco-conscious and aware they are. All paper products are printed locally on 100% PCW paper and are assembled by hand in their MN studio. Whenever possible, organic materials are sourced and they use a minimal amount of packaging for shipping.
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Heidi finds inspiration from the everyday – Redcruiser really is a collection of all the things Heidi loves – gardening, cooking, entertaining, nature, travel and exploring. She tries really hard to keep a balanced lifestyle so that she can spend meaningful time doing all the things she loves with the people she loves – usually thats when Heidi sparks the best ideas.

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Currently, Heidi is working out of her basement studios, garage and wherever she can find space, with the hopes of relocating into a substantial studio/warehouse space soon. Working from her home studio has offered much flexibility and the chance for Heidi to run out to the garden and spend time with her kids, and of course, finding daily inspirations for her illustrative work.

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These cards not only make us hungry, they are making us crave some California sunshine, food, and margaritas! California Dreamin!
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Maker Spotlight: Heist Jewelry

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Our epic San Francisco Fair is just around the corner and we cannot wait to be by the water at Fort Mason. Kicking off our Maker Spotlight for San Francisco is none other than Heist Jewelry.
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Heist is timeless leather and jewelry design for everyday. Started by Tiffany Zadi, Heist focuses their efforts on using ethically sourced leather and solely use free-range buffalo leather and salvaged leather from everything from coats to couches.
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Tiffany’s goal is to make timeless, high-quality pieces that are effortless enough to wear and use everyday. She strives to save as much landfill-bound material as possible and Heist never supports factory-farming operations.

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Being a cog in the machine has never held any appeal to Tiffany. Despite that fact, she found herself on the straight and narrow after she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Tiffany had started a jewelry line, gained some traction but ultimately struggled getting it off the ground and decided to set her mind on law school. But just one year after enrolling she was back to making and selling her designs on the side.

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It wasn’t long before Tiffany began plotting her way to independence. Soon the days were too short to keep up with her growing design business, officially called Heist, and she had to make a decision. For Tiffany, the choice was easy.

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Now, Tiffany is a full-time leather worker and a proud entrepreneur, forging ahead on her own path. She makes Heist for those who march to their own beat, live life on their own terms, and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. She always root for the underdog and loves a good self-made success story. Heist is inspired by the old and dilapidated, tropical living and minimalist design. Messenger Bags-5We can’t wait to see Heist at our San Francisco Fair on July 18+19 at Fort Mason! You can find Tiffany and Heist Jewelry online here:

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San Francisco Summer Sneak Peek!

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We are so thrilled to be making our way up the coast to Fort Mason Center in just two weeks! Our San Francisco Summer Fair will be bigger and better than ever, taking over both the Herbst Pavilion and Festival Pavilion. Held on July 17 + 18 + 19, our free-to-attend event will be open 11am – 6pm each day and will feature a thoughtfully curated selection of today’s finest independent modern Makers. Get ready to partake in an exciting weekend of shopping, DIY workshops, installations, food, drinks, and more!

In addition to the popular weekend Fair, we will be hosting an exclusive Wholesale Marketfor 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. If you’re an interested Buyer, please RSVP here.

At our San Francisco Fair, you’ll find an ample assortment of outstanding handmade goods, a perfect Summer gift-giving solution for upcoming weddings, birthdays, housewarmings and more! Illustrated paper goods, jewelry, children’s accessories and toys, pet products, natural beauty collections, clothing, and housewares are just some of the categories present at this year’s San Francisco Fair. Check out this year’s line up of 500 talented Makers, food and drink, activities and more here.

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The Pavilions will be filled with excitement, shopping and a plethora of interactive activities at this year’s Fair. North Carolina artist Angela Eastman will be installing her  large-scale signature steel sculpture installations to invigorate the space with an artistic energy. While Jessica Ceballos and The Poetry Store will be on-hand creating custom poems for shoppers. Feeling inspired by all the creativity? Give your skin a Summer glow at the build-your-own facial clay mask bar with Handcrafted Honey Bee or stamp initials into handmade soaps with Outlaw Trading Co. Those on the hunt for some vintage treasures can visit with Lost Girls Vintage and shop their trailer full of found and selected goods from around the country.

Make sure to bring your appetite to sample selections of artisanal foods from vendors such as Shades of Sugar BakeshopTea Drops, and many more! Plus, some of San Francisco’s most delicious food purveyors will be hanging out serving up some delicious street food to round out the day: Tante’s, and Jicama California Street Food will be posted up throughout the weekend alongside some Summer sweet treats from Post Street Creamery and Secret Scoop.

Stop by Bear Naked Granola and Harvest Snaps to grab a sampling of some of their tasty snacks for some extra fuel during the Fair.

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

Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and pose pretty with friends with handpainted props!

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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 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.

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!

 

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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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!

Maker Spotlight: Artifact Skin Co. + GIVEAWAY

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We’ve got a great Maker Spotlight for you today, plus a little surprise! Artifact Skin Co. is heading to San Francisco for our Holiday Market on November 8+9, and we can’t wait to try their masques for ourselves!

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Artifact Skin was founded by Narae Kim and Elie Nehme, both graduates of Architecture and Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Narae worked as a cosmetician for a number of years during her studies and could not find any facial masque products out in the marketplace that were healthy, innovative, and beautiful.

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This lack inspired Narae to create masques with unique and purifying ingredients such as rice and papaya extracts, Rhassoul Clay, and more. Thus, Artifact Skin was born.7

Narae and Elie set out to create a line of natural masques that would be based on cultural beauty secrets from around the world. What are the everyday rituals people around the world use to better their skin? What ingredients are they using? The result is a line of facial masques that combine the elements of aroma, memory, place and beauty traditions from across the globe.

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Inspired by memories of her mother pulling ingredients from the kitchen to create healing mixtures that would help with her sunburnt, dry, adolescent skin, Narae created Artifactgirl.com – a weekly blog based on DIY beauty and health tutorials. We love that Narae and Elie not only produce and sell facial masks, but they love to share and educate readers on how to better their skin and wellbeing. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of a homemade coffee body scrub?

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Narae and Elie have created a skincare line that not only utilizes beautiful clays of the earth, tantalizing extracts from fruit, they have also created the most lovely designed packaging – which is why we are so thrilled to be announcing that this holiday season, Renegade Craft is teaming up with vendors from each city for a Holiday Giveaway on Instagram!

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Our makers are in the giving spirit this holiday season! Artifact Skin Co. is kicking off our Holiday Giveaway, offering their Glacial Coast Detox Masque and Brush to one lucky winner on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:

– Follow Renegade Craft and Artifact Skin Co. on Instagram.

– Re-gram the Giveaway Picture and tell us why you want to masque using the hashtag #RenegadeGiveaway.

– The Giveaway will run from today, October 29 – Monday November 3. The winner will be announced on Tuesday from the #RenegadeGiveaway collection.

Good luck!

Maker Spotlight: Magszilla

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Our first Holiday Market is just days away, starting on the West Coast in foggy San Francisco. One thing our team has noticed while combing through the applications is that our curated selection of makers continue to create some of the best handmade goods out there. Magszilla is no exception. Based in Pasadena, this husband and wife team will be trekking their wooden products up to San Francisco this November 8+9 to showcase their stunning craftsmanship.

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Magszilla is the joint creation of Margaret and Justin. Working as a graphic design for over 13 years, Margaret yearned for to create tangible products. After receiving scraps of wood, Margaret brainstormed ways in which she could hone her woodworking skills, thus creating a maple wood iPhone stand. After more designs and experiments, Margaret took a leap of faith to dedicate herself full time to MAGSZILLA. Learning through self-taught education and hands-on trial and error experimentation, Margaret has mastered the geometric line and modern design of her wooden craft.

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In contrast to his wife, Justin works part time at MAGSZILLA and also creates an exclusive collection of wooden vases under his Bjorn label. Each vase is one of a kind and blends the storied traditions of Scandinavian wood carving with Ikebana. We love how Margaret’s modern and sleek wooden docks, clocks, and objects are juxtaposed with Justin’s organic and earthly Bjorn vases. Their common love of walnut wood fuses the two very distinct lines of products into a well-rounded collection of goods pleasing those who love both the graphic modern and the natural.

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All MAGSZILLA products are handmade by Margaret and Justin, utilizing conventional power and hand tools, as opposed to CNC machines and laser cutters. Time and care has been put into each piece to achieve high quality products with a human touch. The absence of high powered machinery seems to make MAGSZILLA’S wooden objects all the more visually tactile.

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Margaret and Justin kindly gave us a sneak peek into their Southern California workshop. 
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Don’t you just wish you could have a large studio space with tons of remnant woods at your creative disposable?

process_sandingWe can’t wait to see MAGSZILLA wooden charging stands and Bjorn vases go home with lots of eager shoppers checking off their gift lists at our San Francisco Holiday Market! If you can’t wait to see more MAGSZILLA before November 8+9, you can browse the full collection on the Magszilla website, plus follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on the happenings in their wood shop. See you at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in less than two weeks!

 

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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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!

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!

 

 

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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Maker Spotlight: 3rd Season

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

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

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

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

 

Maker Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals

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

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

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

Renegade Craft On the Road!

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

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

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

Maker Spotlight: Jamie Lau Designs

JamieLau_0962_RCF Today we are featuring San Francisco born (Brooklyn based) fashion designer, Jamie Lau Designs. We’ve been obsessed with Jamie’s dresses for quite some time now, and we can’t wait to see her work in person at our San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair. JamieLau_02.02.14_067F_BC Jamie began sewing at the age of 25, and became a self-taught seamstress and pattern maker. Since then, she’s interned at BurdaStyle.com and soon began conquering the pattern-making world, co-authoring BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, an in-depth pattern making and sewing guide to mastering iconic vintage looks. JamieLau_8.15.13_061 Jamie’s collection of vintage-inspired dresses, blouses, and other apparel is a work of art.  A 1950s silhouette is upgraded into modern fashion with Jamie’s unique combinations of bold, colorful fabrics and mixed prints. And, just like a beautiful piece of art, all of Jamie’s clothing are handmade one at a time and each design is produced in limited quantity. JamieLau_8.15.13_123 Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, ikats, and her own textile designs. JamieLau_946F_BC We love the ocean-like pattern of this dress and wish we could be wearing them at Fort Mason right now! While not designing and sewing her new collection, Jamie teaches sewing courses in New York at the Textile Arts Center and across the country. JamieLauDesigns_7.3.13_169 We can’t wait to see all the colorful threads Jamie will be bringing to our San Francisco Summer Market in only 9 days!  Visit Jamie Lau Designs online, and follow her work on Facebook and Instagram.  See you all soon!

Maker Spotlight: Alchemilla

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Today we are featuring seasoned Renegade Craft vendor, Alchemilla.  If you’ve ever gone to a Renegade Craft Fair on the west coast,  you’ve most likely stumbled on a uniquely distinguishable booth that looks as if you’ve walked into a miniature curiosity shop. Jen Lorang is the architect of this booth and the designer behind Alchemilla. The creativity behind her brand and jewelry stands out at each fair, and we’re so happy to have her join us again for our San Francisco Summer Market.

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Alchemilla uses vintage, deadstock, and reclaimed materials to create one-of-a-kind and limited collections of jewelry.  Each piece is designed by hand with great attention to detail and craftsmanship in Jen’s Oakland studio. Alchemilla merges the techniques and spirit of old craft and mysticism to create modern day jewelry and accessories of an enchanting nature.
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Alchemilla’s jewelry collections are thoughtfully selected pieces designed to evoke magic, beauty, and resilience in the wearer. Each piece is created in the hope that future wearers will appreciate jewelry and self adornment for its ability to turn every day life into expressions of personal creativity.

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Influenced by the punk and d.i.y. ethos, Jen is a self taught illustrator and printer. She studied bookarts and political theory and went on to collectively run a non-profit letterpress and screen printing workshop. Along with her jewelry, Jen illustrates stunningly beautiful journals and printed fabrics that look as if they were discovered in an ancient apothecary.  Her etsy shop is full of unique books and fabric patches that can be hung or sewn onto various bases.

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Jen gave us a sneak peek into her Oakland studio and we couldn’t be more mesmerized by her collection of bottled charms and chains, and the styling of her space.

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As you can see, we weren’t lying when we said her studio was like a curiosity shop!  The tiniest details of Jen’s studio give you a glimpse of the creative eye she brings to her jewelry and booth at our fairs.

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Maker Spotlight: Imaginary Authors

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Happy Wednesday, Everyone!  It’s time to start focusing on the amazing talent that will be participating in our San Francisco Summer Market, and boy, do we have some amazing Makers to show you!  

Today we are featuring the beautifully designed perfume company, Imaginary Authors. The Portland-based perfumery was launched in 2012 by Josh Meyer and features innovative scents inspired by the imaginations of their fictitious authors.

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Josh was never one for perfume, but after getting his first bottle, he soon became interested in the art form of perfumery.  Experimentation and the understanding of how elements work together is what brought Imaginary Authors into being.  For Josh, his method of creating scents isn’t like chemistry, but closer to painting – blending and combining different notes to create the landscape of the perfume.  What makes Imaginary Authors truly unique is the story each scent tells.  In order to describe the essence inside the bottle, Josh began to develop stories, imagery, and even fictitious authors to illustrate the inspiration and landscape for each scent.

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Imaginary Authors is born from the concept of scent as art and art as provocation. Like a good book, these scents are meant to inspire you. In these bottles are layered narratives that are sure to generate stirring conversation, fragrances that might be capable of changing the course of your own personal story. The hope is that they not only invigorate and intoxicate, but also take you to new places.  Each Imaginary Authors fragrance follows a compelling storyline peppered with intriguing twists. These are scents to curl up with, to share with friends, to take with you wherever you go, and to return to again and again for a uniquely transcendent experience. TSL_HiRes  The artistry wrapped around the perfume bottle and the story it tells is what makes Imaginary Authors perfume so captivating. IA_CompleteBookshelf1_HiRes We are so excited that Imaginary Authors will be joining us again for our Summer Market in San Francisco July 19+20!  Be sure to check out the Imaginary Authors beautifully designed website and read up on the “authors” biographies and book descriptions.  You’re in for an entertaining treat!  You can also catch Josh Meyer and Imaginary Authors on Instagram and Twitter.  Can’t wait to soak these scents up in person!

Maker Spotlight: Jill Bliss

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Jill Bliss is an artist and illustrator living and painting in the Pacific Northwest. She recently left her longtime home in Portland, OR, and moved to a more remote location, to create art and live in a more natural setting. Her work lends itself perfectly to capturing the tiny natural details that could be lost in an urban environment.

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe Jill lives on the same planet as the rest of us. Then again, take a look at a typical daily view in Jill’s neck of the woods:

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Luckily for us, Jill’s more far flung experience has led to one of her most prolific periods as an artist. She’ll have lots of new artworks to share, as well as some collaborative projects, that have led to a new journal filled with her drawings.

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Viewing Jill’s Instagram feed provides some insight into her beautiful world – she is inspired by even the tiniest forms of beauty around her. Her keen eye picks up on the most interesting textures and color combinations to create lush microclimates, many of which evolve into paintings.

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Find Jill’s paintings, prints, cards, and journals for sale at Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Follow her on Instagram to get a daily peek into her life, and visit her website to see more of her work!

Maker Spotlight: Materials + Process

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Today we’re featuring Materials + Process, a collection of handmade leather goods and accessories designed and crafted in San Francisco. Created by Christine Marcelino, a San Francisco based industrial designer, Materials + Process began with Christine’s penchant for new materials and sustainable processes and has grown into a collection of beautiful objects that will last a lifetime. We’re excited to have Materials + Process joining us again for Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco!

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The results of Christine’s obsession with using the finest quality materials are inarguably beautiful – each piece has a simple charm that is achieved by using the most beautiful and practical materials.

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Since each piece is crafted by hand, you know that these leather goods are built for a lifetime of use. The simple branded logo creates a non-intrusive reminder of the maker, even their logo is artfully crafted. We love the quotes they use to entice shoppers: “For all those finding their frontier, may they go there in style.”

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Shop Materials + Process at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Check out their website and blog to learn more about their process and their inspiration.

Maker Spotlight: Spark + Pepper

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San Francisco jewelry designer Meredith Peck will be joining us at Renegade SF this weekend with her beautiful line of rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings called Spark + Pepper. Meredith’s jewelry is elegant, and features mythological creatures and symbols that lend an air of mystery.

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Many pieces in the Spark + Pepper collection were made by carving the designs in wax then casting them in recycled precious metals. This process creates the bolder statement pieces like the Ouroboros Earrings and the Sun and Moon Necklace.

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Meredith’s workshop is equally fascinating – from the chaos of her jewelers’ bench emerges the delicate and detailed pieces that make her line unique. Catching a glimpse into her sketchbook reveals more about her influences, and shows her love for fluid lines and textures. The third photo below shows a bit of the lost wax casting process, it’s hard to believe that these bold designs were initially formed from such a malleable material!

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6133c2520f4e11e3beda22000ae80e87_7Shop Spark + Pepper at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in San Francisco! You can follow Spark + Pepper on Instagram to see what she’s bringing to the show, and RSVP for the event here. Come down to the Concourse Exhibition Center right at 11 to get first pick of Spark + Pepper’s one of a kind jewelry.

Maker Spotlight: Metropolitan Craft

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Today we’re showcasing Metropolitan Craft, an architectural model company run by Laurence Srinivasan in San Francisco. Each piece is a to-scale model of a Bay Area landmark, a perfect for SF natives or folks who left the city earlier than they would have liked.

Laurence describes his project this way:

“In a way the Sutro Tower is like an undiscovered landmark of San Francisco. I think people have mainly perceived it as background industrial blight. However, this tower is quite elegant, it’s also the tallest structure in the Bay Area. Once I started selling the Sutro Tower [model], I discovered there was a widespread fondness for it! We’ve expanded now to offer the Container Cranes of Oakland as a table top sculpture… showing a little love to the East Bay.”

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The wood is finished before lasercutting, then etched and scored by the laser to render the details. The result is a beautifully designed tribute to the architectural symbols of San Francisco.

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Find Metropolitan Craft at Renegade Holiday Market in San Francisco this weekend at the Concourse Exhibition Center!

Maker Spotlight: Forest & Waves

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For our first SF Maker Spotlight of the holiday season, we’d like to introduce you to Forest & Waves, an offbeat collection of prints, cards, and linen goods. Forest & Waves was created by Edward Juan, who lives and surfs in Vancouver, British Columbia. His sense of humor and distinct style is woven throughout each piece, and will certainly be enjoyed by the people of San Francisco when they encounter his work at the Renegade Holiday Market in SF.

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Despite being based in Vancouver, there’s a lot of California love running through the Forest and Waves collection. Take this California print for example, which covers many of the state’s landmarks and special places.

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Follow Forest & Waves on twitter, instagram, or facebook to get a peek at what Ed will be bringing to Renegade SF! If you live in the Bay Area, come by the show this weekend and check out his work in person.

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Maker Spotlight: Cotton & Flax

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

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

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

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

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