London Roundup – London Pride

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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.

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This London skyline tape from Cecily Vessey has plenty of uses, and looks great as a way to jazz up your snail mail.

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Pair this London bus necklace from Finest Imaginary with any of the London neighborhood tote bags from Lucy Loves This,  and you’ll have the perfectly accessorized London outfit.

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.

Sneak Preview: London Craft Workshops

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

London Roundup – Moths and Butterflies

HANNA MELINAs 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.

coo and coThis 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.

ladybird likesFinally, 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.

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Behind the Scenes: London Makers

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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.

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Mooshpie shared a photo of some product prep – these embroideries are about to get a little color accent!

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Emma Margaret Illustration has been showing the fruits of her screenprinting labors! Check out those piles of prints!

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Amy Worrell has been posting lots of in-progress ceramic projects, like this glazed but not fired bowl.

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Stuffed Nonsense has been sharing lots of her colorful knit projects. So cozy!

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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!

Make & Made

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.

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Cities In Dust

Getting bezels ready…

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“Mystical Dichroic Glass Ring”

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Milkhaus Design

“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!”

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Milkhaus Design

Polka Dot Screen Print Natural Linen Weekender Tote Bag

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Elizabeth Suzann

“I love fabric painting days…”

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Marlena Mini

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Janelle Gramling

“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!”

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Hanging Faceted Porcelain Air Plant Holder

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Meet these makers and the incredibly talented (300+!) artists at the 11 annual RCF Chicago Summer, this weekend. + get more sneak peeks here.

See you this weekend beautiful people!

Kid(s) + Play

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.

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For the coolest sleepover E V E R . (Handmade huts by hiphuts)

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A handmade ferris wheel that’s built to last (by A Summer Afternoon) kids4Because a baby can’t carry a watermelon. (By The Social Dept.)

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Nothing is cooler than a mermaid puppet show. Nothing. (by Owly Shadow Puppets)

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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)

Stop-Motion SF

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!)

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Summertime Special

July is that magical summer month that actually feels like summer all month long. While we gear up for tomorrow’s barbecues and sparklers, we’ll leave you with these perfect summertime prints by Renegade SF maker Sean Mort. Even though he’ll be joining us from across The Pond, these popsicle prints feel like the perfect image for the eve of America’s birthday. Happy July 4th, everyone!

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Hashtag Sneak Peek: #RenegadeCraftBrooklyn

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!

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A rainbow of rings from Urban Revisions (@urbanrevisions)

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Colorful cowls from MusumeWear (@musumewear)

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Already dreaming where we’d put these amazing glass pieces from ABJ Glassworks (@glassandsnacks)

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Check the detail in this collage by Dolan Geiman. Unreal. (@dolangeiman)