With all the upcoming dinner invitations headed your way this holiday season we thought we’d simplify things with an RCF Hostess Gift Guide! Candles are always a popular choice, and you can’t go wrong with Evermore London’s Amber and Clove Candle, the perfect holiday scent. If your friends love hosting parties, pick up some Coral & Tusk whimsically embroidered napkins. Headed to a food lover’s home? Any of Beautiful Briny Sea’s salts are the perfect hostess present, but we kind of love Bird Bath. And if any of your friends are like me, chances are they’re always looking or a match to light a candle. I’m obsessed with these ceramic strikers by Gopi Shah Ceramics!
Besides the bustling food trucks that will be parked on N. Broadway, there will also be an Eats + Treats artisanal food area in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! We’re listing our Top 5 Foodies we’re excited to try at our LA Fair this weekend!
SAFFRON + KUMQUATS
From spice kits to DIY goat cheese, Saffron + Kumquats makes exotic cooking easy, while also producing some of the best gift ideas ever!
THE FARE TRADE
The Fare Trade collects all the best small-batch food products onto their site, making shopping all the easier. We can’t wait to collect our favorites at their booth!
SPREAD THE LOVE
I don’t know about you, but there’s nothin’ finer than some delicious peanut butter. Spread the Love knows where it’s at, keeping things simple with Original and Cacao.
The perfect transition from peanut butter is honey! Bloom Honey is no ordinary farmstand honey producer – their obsession with bees and their honey allows for insanely delicious concoctions like Avocado Honey and Wild Dandelion Honey. Plus they even sell California native bee pollen!
GULLAH GIRL TEA
Gullah Girl Tea creates the most beautifully blended teas that aren’t just scrumptious, they’re also crafted by an herbalist. Charmaine’s family history of diabetes led her to establish Gullah Girl in the hopes of bringing health and wellness to others.
Don’t miss the Eats + Treats section of the Fair in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! 10 Food Trucks and 20+ Artisanal Foodies who will be serving up delicious street food and other delights. See you all tomorrow!
Happy Monday, Everyone! We’ve been seeing a lot of incredible talent coming together for our Chicago Mini Market. One of our favorite on-going themes we’ve been seeing is the use of marble. Whether it’s marble products, marble backdrops, or even patterns inspired by marble, we can’t help but love the look! Here is a round-up of some of our favorites from our Chicago Mini Market Roster:
Marbled planter by Leah Ball
Marbled shirt as a backdrop | Marbled bangles by Sshikama
Marble as a backdrop by Shades of Grey
Marbled pattern in fur clutch by Eye of the Sun
With Father’s Day coming around the corner, we’ve gathered some of our favorite things for Dads from our Renegade Craft Fair makers.
Some of our dads prefer to be in the kitchen. We love this cutlery set from Four.Chamber.Forge.
A classic gift for dad, this wood carrier by Drop and Catch is by far the most stylish beer caddy.
Even if you can’t go camping with your dad as much as he’d like, you can still give him the scent of the campfire! P.F. Candle Co. specializes in creating candles perfect for both men and women.
Being raised by a New England father meant your favorite sports teams were picked for you, or else. If your dad’s got major city pride, he’d love this infrastructure city print by Mr. City Printing.
If your dad wears a lot of suits, Pocket Square Clothing is the place to accessorize from classic to trendy ties, bowties, and pocket squares.
What are some of your favorite giftables for your dad? We hope you have a fantastic weekend with your fathers!
Floral Tapestry Makeup Bag by Kertis
With so many talented Makers in our Mini Markets and LA + SF Fairs, we couldn’t help but collect some of our favorite “giftables” for Mother’s Day! From candles and accessories, to housewares and stationery, these are some of our RCF finds from our current vendors!
Gift Box with Tea Towel and Spoon by Lemonbird Preserves
North American Birds Card Set by Small Adventure
Mother’s Day set by Caru Skincare Co.
We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with your families!
SXSW Fashion is serious business, which makes packing for SXSW a near impossible feat. If you’re struggling with what to wear during SXSW, the Makers from our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition have got you covered! It was so much fun pairing together eclectic pieces and necessities for our SXSW Roundup. Starting from the left: the rainbow polka dot shirt is from Totally Blown Clothing. The tie-dye scarf, a SXSW must-have, is from Late Sunday Afternoon. Accessorize yourself with a 2 Step Puff Necklace from Cheek-ie and triangle earrings from MapleXO. Keep your eyes protected from the bright sun with the Bradbury wood sunglasses from Sire’s Eyewear. With all the walking that is involved at SXSW you definitely want to have your essentials on you but don’t want to carry anything too bulky or heavy, that’s where Rais Case comes in with their southwestern Vida fanny pack. And just like that, you’ve got a great look for SXSW!
Clothing and accessories aren’t the only thing you have to think about while trailing the streets from one concert to the next. Protect yourself from the Texas heat with Sam Wish deodorant and smell fresh all day with Sea Grape’s roll-on perfume. Staying hydrated is the most important thing to remember during festival days, so add a handy flask and a pop of color to your ensemble with Bush Smart’s hip flask. And speaking of staying hydrated, keep Tchoup Industries’ Happy Hour Key Ring attached to you at all times to keep the party going. We hope this helps you determine your SXSW essentials! Be sure to check out these Makers as well as the other 200+ Makers at our Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition next week!
Browsing through the list of vendors for our upcoming Winter Market in Los Angeles has our stomachs growling! We have tons of artisanal food vendors participating in this event, and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the flavors and treats you’ll be able to taste this weekend.
Lemon Bird Preserves, a Southern California favorite, will be on hand selling their jams, preserves, and pickles.
Z Confections will be selling their highly addictive salted caramel corn, as well as sample packs of their other popular flavors.
We’re happy to invite P.O.P. Candy Co. back to our LA fair. They’ll be selling their deliciously all-natural butter crunch – better get to their booth early, as they often sell out of their most popular flavors before the weekend is over!
Beautiful Briny Sea will be joining the fun with their multitudes of flavored sea salts. We’re betting that lots of dudes would love to receive this campfire salt in their stocking!
Pernicious Pickling Co. covers all the basic pickle types, and some oddball combinations. Ginger spice carrots sound like an amazing addition to a winter salad or veggie sandwich.
Coldwater Canyon Provisions creates hand-crafted jams from the finest California pesticide-free or Certified Organic produce from family farms. We can’t wait to try some of their blackberry jam on a piece of buttered toast.
Feeling hungry yet? Stop by our 4th Annual Winter Market this weekend at Los Angeles State Historic Park to try these delicious offerings – plus the many food trucks who will be selling savory and sweet treats all weekend long.
While Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have passed, there’s lots more time for winter celebrations in 2013. We’ve rounded up a few finds from our vendors from our Chicago fair (which is coming up this weekend!) who will help you get your home ready for entertaining loved ones all December long. The print above is from Nourishing Notes – a good reminder for the season when everyone seems to end up spending time in the kitchen.
This hand-printed tea towel from Milkhaus is reminiscent of a snowy day. Perfect for curling up with a tray of cocoa and cookies.
Worker B will be selling their raw varietal honey – all sourced from select beekeepers chosen for their dedication to sustainable relationships with honeybees.
PieBox makes reusable raw pine pastry carriers that are handcrafted in Chicago. Perhaps you could use one to bring a delicious apple pie to your next holiday feast?
Seasonal cookbooks from Pinch and Dash will make menu-planning easy, and the photos will have your mouth watering.
Have you ever tried Lavender Sea Salt? Beautiful Briny Sea makes ten varieties of flavored sea salts – we really want to try their “Magical Unicorn” flavor – smoked paprika, lemon, garlic, rosemary, celery seed and pure ocean salt, and it kind of looks like rainbow funfetti!
Find all this and more at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, December 7 + 8, 2013 at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.
Even though it’s one of the warmest cities on our craft fair tour, Austin has a surprising number of talented knitters! Check out these three favorites, all of whom will be selling their wares at Renegade Craft Fair in Austin on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st at the Palmer Events Center.
The graphic knits seen above are from Sourpuss Knits – she nails color and comfort with a stylish edge.
Sweet Kiddo Co. specializes in cool patterned kids clothing, but their mini-cowls were too cute not to share.
These super chunky knits from Nessa Vendetta Knits will keep you warm and looking cool all winter long. The hat on the left is a pom pom lover’s dream!
No matter the weather this weekend- stop by our Austin Holiday Market, and check out these talented makers!
If you have kids, or if you have loved ones with kids – Renegade is a great place to find unique gifts for the little ones. Check out all the awesome toys and adorable clothes that will be available at Brooklyn Renegade this weekend, November 23+24, 2013 at the Skylight One Hanson!
1. Cotton Poplin Tank Dress from Kallio
2. Day Owl from Noli Noli
3. Plush Alligator Friend from Finkelsteins
4. Wooden Blocks from Seven Acre Toys
5. Cactus Print Pants from Petit Pilou
We’re excited to invite Elizabeth Suzann and Bryr, both veteran Renegade sellers, to share their beautiful handmade clothes and clogs at our Austin fair. Their work looks great paired together, so we thought we’d round up three outfits, including jewelry from other talented vendors included in our Austin lineup.
Shop all these stylish finds and more at Renegade Craft Fair in Austin, November 30th and December 1st, at the Palmer Events Center!
After our maker spotlight with The Greater Goods last week, we thought it would be nice to feature more of the talented makers who will be selling bath and beauty products at Brooklyn Renegade! Many of our makers use all natural products, like these organic vegan soaps from Brooklyn Soapworks.
Caru’s organic facial toners are natural inside and out – even their packaging is sustainable!
Cirque’s 3-free nail polishes come in dozens of colors – way more than just basic red.
Southern Hospitality specializes in pampering your feet – they know that even the daintiest Southern belle sometimes has feet that are barking like dogs.
Lavender is known to calm the senses, and these lavender bath salts from Violet & Lark are no exception.
Forager‘s perfumes are handcrafted in Brooklyn, and are designed for women who prefer natural scents.
The Renegade Gang is getting very excited for our upcoming trip to London for the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair! We thought it would be fun to round up a few London-centric finds, made by our London vendors! This lovely illustration above is by the talented Holly Francesca.
This London skyline tape from Cecily Vessey has plenty of uses, and looks great as a way to jazz up your snail mail.
Find work from all these makers at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.
Everyone knows that Renegade is a great place to shop handmade – we’ll have over 100+ of the best indie designers gathered at our London fair! Did you also know that Renegade London will feature no less than five craft workshops? We thought we’d offer a sneak preview of some of the things you can learn at Renegade London.
First up: a hands-on quilting workshop with The Amazings! The Amazings are expert crafters over 50 (most in their 70s and 80s) who collaborate with younger designers to share their craft wisdom. We all remember learning to make things with our parents, grandparents or the patient neighbor next door, and The Amazings want to make sure that this tradition of teaching continues.
In their cosy corner of the show, The Amazings will be teaching the basics of paper-piece quilting. Everyone who stops buy will master the skills to make their own heirloom quilt and also add a patch to the group patchwork project . By the end of the weekend we’ll have a stunning quilt to give away to one lucky Renegade Crafter. And for anyone who’s inspired to get making after the fair, The Amazings are offering an additional free class!
A. Alicia will be hosting an ornament making workshop, to celebrate the launch of her new book, Make it Your Own! For just £2, participants will get a kit with everything they’ll need to create the ornaments above, including sustainable beechwood balls, eco-acrylics and fair trade organic yarn. She’ll also be selling her new book at a special discounted price for Renegade attendees, so don’t miss the chance to get your copy signed by the author!
We’re excited to host another talented maker and author, Jane Bull, who will be teaching a workshop on how to create a cute plush project from her new book released by DK London – Crafty Creatures! Check out this snippet from her new book to get a preview of her style.
Make, Thrift, London will be hosting a custom gift wrap printing workshop, where attendees can design and create their own lino stamp to print onto newsprint. A great way to wrap up all the lovely handmade gifts you purchased at Renegade Craft Fair!
Finally, Mollie Makes, the the UK’s number one magazine about contemporary handmade culture, will partner with Anova Books to offer a cross stitch primer with Sophie Simpson, author of “Storyland Cross Stitch.”
Whether you’re an experienced crafter, or looking to learn something new, Renegade Craft Fair London will celebrate DIY culture all weekend long. Stop by the Old Truman Brewery on November 9th and 10th to see what our makers are selling, and take home your own DIY project from one (or all) of our workshops!
As we’re curating the fairs, we’ll often notice mini-trends among vendors. This time, we spotted a few great butterfly and moth pieces, perfect for your favorite entomologist! The illustration above is from Hanna Melin, who creates beautiful artworks from her studio in East London.
This clutch from Coo and Co. is a perfect blend of bold style and easy sophistication. The hand drawn quality of the insects just adds to the charm of this piece.
Finally, this lady-like necklace from Ladybird Likes pictures butterflies at their most feminine. Check out these winged finds (and much more!) at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on November 9 + 10 from 11am to 6pm, at the Old Truman Brewery.
As we count down the days until Renegade London, it’s been exciting to see our makers post behind the scenes photos of their Renegade prep on Instagram! We thought it would be fun to share some of those sneak peeks of what our London makers have been working on. Above, Georgia Bosson shares some photos of her freshly screenprinted cards, all stacked and ready to be packaged.
Mooshpie shared a photo of some product prep – these embroideries are about to get a little color accent!
Emma Margaret Illustration has been showing the fruits of her screenprinting labors! Check out those piles of prints!
Amy Worrell has been posting lots of in-progress ceramic projects, like this glazed but not fired bowl.
Stuffed Nonsense has been sharing lots of her colorful knit projects. So cozy!
Eclectic Eccentricity Jewelry shared a photo of their space shuttle necklace being assembled – perfect for space cases!
Check out the #renegadecraftfair hash tag on Instagram to see more photos from our makers. Visit Renegade Craft Fair in London on Nov. 9 + 10 to see the finished goods in person!
As always, one of our favorite things is to spy on what RCF makers are cooking up for the fairs. This weekend’s RCF Chicago is no exception! Process & completion, oh so satisfying.
Cities In Dust
“Getting bezels ready…“
Cities In Dust
“Mystical Dichroic Glass Ring”
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“Only 56 more bags to finish. That’s 448 rivets in case you were wondering. Also known as the longest afternoon ever. Someone bring me a cocktail!”
Polka Dot Screen Print Natural Linen Weekender Tote Bag
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“I love fabric painting days…”
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“Things are getting wild in the studio here. Renegade Chicago is this weekend and I feel dizzy and overwhelmed having just returned to work with the kids back in school yesterday. The kiln will be going non-stop through Friday. Wish me luck!”
Hanging Faceted Porcelain Air Plant Holder
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See you this weekend beautiful people!
Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Here’s a little round-up of our favorite wares for cool kids, all of which can be found at Renegade Chicago.
For the coolest sleepover E V E R . (Handmade huts by hiphuts)
Nothing is cooler than a mermaid puppet show. Nothing. (by Owly Shadow Puppets)
These bright, whimsical paintings don’t *have* to go in a kid’s room, but look how great they would look in one! (by golacygo)
These Renegade Chicago makers are giving some of this week’s best sneak peeks!
Flowing fabrics from Folklore Dress (@lasims21)
Jewels in progress by Yellowgrey (@yellowgreyjewelry)
Some of 1,500 (!) bars of soap from Formulary 55 (@formulary55)
With the 2013 Renegade SF just two days away, we thought we’d share this amazing stop-motion video of last year’s fair, from set-up to the end of the day. It’s almost dizzying to watch it all come together, and the video really captures the process, energy, and excitement of the fair. We are so excited for this weekend, are you?
Special thanks to Samuel Sharkey (@cinethesia on Instagram) for filming the video.
(Click on the picture to play, our embedding skills are a bit lacking today!)
With the 2013 Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn just around the corner, we’re seeing more and more sneak peeks from some of our favorite makers. We’ll call this one the color + glass edition. No sleep ’til Brooklyn!
A rainbow of rings from Urban Revisions (@urbanrevisions)
Colorful cowls from MusumeWear (@musumewear)
Already dreaming where we’d put these amazing glass pieces from ABJ Glassworks (@glassandsnacks)
Check the detail in this collage by Dolan Geiman. Unreal. (@dolangeiman)
Process shot by The Knotty Owl (@theknottyowl)
Letter press in action by B. Impressed (@b_impressed)
Digging the fishbone effect by Oceanne (@oceannejewelry)
Boom! Statement piece by The Stray Arrow (@thestrayarrow)
Loving the use of driftwood as jewelry display from Dea Dia (@deadia)
Can’t wait to see the rest of the year from Feb10 Design (@feb10design)
A Lesson in Geometry from Voz Collective (@vozcollective)
Pretty Papers from PrettyKiku (@prettykiku)
A sparkly display (from small home design) makes everything better (@smallhomedesign)
Piles and piles of colorful pouches from madebyhank (@madebyhank)
Sometimes, when you’re curating a fair, certain puzzle pieces fall into place in such an easy, natural, “oh-my-gosh-best-booth-neighbors-ever” kind of way, you just have to smile. Such was the case with Renegade Austin and some of the first booths you’ll see as you walk through the door. The one-two-three punch of AMiRA Jewelry, Little Things Studio, and Perfect Hair Ties is a colorful craft explosion, and we can’t wait to see what these amazingly talented makers will bring to the fair. (PS: Get a complete lay of the land with the official Renegade Austin map.)
Loving these feather fringe earrings by AMiRA Jewelry
So excited about the new hand-painted silk scarves by Little Things Studio
Can’t help but think we’ll be picking up some of these Perfect Hair Ties for our unruly locks
With two fairs cookin’ right now (Austin + Brooklyn), it seems like every time we turn around, we see new examples of the amazing work our makers are makin’. Here’s a sampling of what’s to be found at Renegade Brooklyn.
Crazy for this collage by Emily Jeffords Studio // @beautifulhelloblog
Body Scrub that seriously looks good enough to eat. By DollyMoo // @dollymoobody
Amazing jewels by Dinosaur Toes // @dinosaurtoes