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Susie Daly

Creator + Director

Susie is the Director of RCF, overseeing the big picture of Renegade’s creative and strategic direction. From scouting new cities and venues to jurying applicants for each Fair, she strives to make each event as dynamic and well executed as can be. Susie co-founded Renegade in 2003 as a Maker herself and gradually grew RCF into the pervasive happening it is today. RCF is the realization of a dream for Susie, combining her love of art + craft + design with her knack for small business in support of the creative economy.


Favorite Pastime: Hanging out at the Lake
Favorite Color: Moonrise currently
Current Inspiration: Roden Crater
Favorite Artist: Philip Glass
Learn more about Susie in her staff interview on the blog!

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Mat Daly

Director of Development

Mat helps take RCF to new heights and has been instrumental in helping grow RCF over the years. He forms creative partnerships with our Sponsors, who are invaluable to our success. In addition, he designs and prints all of our screen-printed, limited-edition posters to commemorate each fair.


Favorite Pastime:  Music Making
Favorite Color: Mauve (presently)
Favorite RCF:  All of them have their charms for me, but New York is my fave.
Favorite Medium: Oil paint, but I use acrylic because I dislike wearing a respirator mask.
Favorite Museum: The Mattress Factory Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite Artist: A duo from Berlin called Re:Surgo made up of Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellesgård. Insane Screen Printers.
Current Inspiration: Space.
Learn more about Mat in his staff interview on the blog!

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Julia Kepler Andorka

Associate Director

Julia has had a love affair with craft, vintage, and homestyle goodness since she can remember. She has a B.F.A in Art History and a Masters in Public Administration, degrees that were sought after to enhance her ability to support local artistic communities through smart operations management. In her role as Associate Director, she helps support every aspect of what goes into the beauty that is Renegade Craft Fair – from supporting the RCF Gang day-to-day, to working hard on the behind the scenes operations, this job is truly a dream come true!


Favorite Pastime: Baking Pies – lattice tops with fruit filling, always.
Favorite Medium: Yarn! I love to knit and get inspired by Purl Soho.
Favorite Artist: Cindy Sherman

Learn more about Julia in her staff interview on the blog!

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Justin Rathell

Senior Production Manager

Justin works closely with our venues and oversees production of all events, making sure everything goes off without a hitch. With a passion for detail, he spends many hours organizing and coordinating the nuts & bolts that go into every fair.


Current Inspiration: love this place!
Favorite Medium: Sounds
Favorite Museum: The Mattress Factory
Favorite Artist: James Turrell

Learn more about Justin in his staff interview on the blog!

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Despina Papadeas

Production Manager

You’ll see her running around the Fair, probably singing a song or dancing a little dance (or letting you know where to park your car). She’s Despina – and she helps to make our Fairs run seamlessly smooth! She is herself continually inspired by the hard work her colleagues put in to help make the fairs successful and, of course, loves to see the work of the Maker’s work evolve with each Fair! Apart from RCF, you can find her teaching fiber arts, diving head first into a pint of Talenti and probably cuddlin’ a pup, all while grooving to Queen Beyoncé.


Favorite Artist: Agh! How do you choose one? Carson Ellis. and Maira Kalman. and David Bowie. OK DONE! (and Frida Kahlo. ok done)
Favorite Pastime: Living the fiber life- weaving, embroidery, dyeing, bookbinding ALL OF IT!!
Current Inspiration: CONSTANT STYLE INSPO

Learn more about Despina in her staff interview on the blog!

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Madelon Juliano

Curatorial + Design Associate

With 5+ years experience jurying, curating and helping organize RCF, Madelon Juliano is still amazed and excited by all of the talent and hard work she witnesses throughout the Fair. Before joining the Renegade Craft Fair, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies. In 2015, she hopes to make more art, eat slower, and get over her fear of caves.


Favorite Pastime: Rowing a boat through a quiet canyon with a group of pals.
Favorite RCF: Austin
Favorite Medium: Embroidery Floss & Gouache (not together)
Favorite Color: Red Rock
Favorite Art Space: MOMA PS1
Current Inspiration: I like to play with building blocks when I feel creatively stumped.

Learn more about Madelon in her staff interview on the blog!

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Rachel Dolnick

Vendor Relations Associate

Rachel lives in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin, where she helps guide RCF Makers to have the most successful Fair possible! She loves all things handmade (even her bumper sticker says so!) and is constantly in awe of the spectacular talent that vendors ensue!  After hours, you’ll probably find Rachel doing yoga, cooking up something delish for friends, or weaving.


Favorite Pastime: Potlucks + clothing swaps, Saturdays spent roaming the Dane County Farmer’s Market, and camping adventures.
Current Inspiration: She’s pretty obsessed with following the work of @thereedsmith, @modernmacrame, and @maryannemoodie.
Favorite Medium: Rachel’s new to the fiber game, but loving that yarn! Also enjoys making stop motion videos + jewelry.

Learn more about Rachel in her staff interview on the blog!

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Rachal Duggan

Vendor Relations Associate

Rachal (Duggan) has a background in non-profit operations, environmental advocacy and illustration, which is a perfect mix of organization, social consciousness and creativity! Duggan loves supporting artists and Makers throughout every step of the process. When she’s not in the office, you can find her drawing, biking or spooning her lovely pooch, Buddy.


Favorite Pastime: I moonlight as an illustrator and workshop instructor.
Favorite Color: Green.
Favorite Artist: Misaki Kawai
Current Inspiration: I’m really digging these handmade + painted planters.
Favorite Medium: pen + paper. I’m a lover of simplicity!
Favorite RCF: SF just gets me.

Learn more about Rachal Duggan in her staff interview on the blog!

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Hollin Brodeur

Creative Content Manager

Hollin creates and coordinates all of Renegade’s creative content, from managing the blog and social media, running around the city to meet makers in their studios, to assisting in art direction and photographing the Fairs. With a degree in English and experience in fashion design and photography, Hollin is passionate about these creative endeavors and strives to brighten the spotlight on RCF, its participating makers, and the independent design community at large. Outside of RCF, you’ll find Hollin hanging out in Southern California with her dog, Molly, obsessing over interior spaces, trying to learn how to dance, and eating all the food.


Favorite Pastime:  Molly / television / interiors / flea markets / baking
Favorite Color: Always orange, currently: terracotta
Current Inspiration: The creativity and confidence of @personalpractice
Favorite Medium: Textiles!
Favorite Artist: Yasuji Hanamori

Learn more about Hollin in her staff interview on the blog!

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Crystal Costello

Operations Manager

Crystal will primarily be working behind-the-scenes as Operations Manager to make sure every Fair is a success, but if you see her say hello! With a Masters of Business Administration and a background in non-profit operations management, Crystal looks forward to growing RCF and expanding opportunities for makers and artists. In her free time, she hopes to make more art and spend quality time with her Siamese.


Favorite Pastime: Making art! Crafting, photography, making mobiles and wire sculptures.
Favorite Medium: Lately, wire hangers!
Favorite Artist: Just one? Loving chargaux (QUEENS), also these bicycle seats from Obsidian Monarch??
Current Inspiration: Whales. Specifically Blue Whales.

 

Each Fair is juried and coordinated in-house by our small yet mighty staff. We’re a friendly and creative group who have a love for all things handcrafted and independently designed.

RCF HQ is located in Chicago where most of our staff is based, and the rest of us are scattered throughout the US. Keep an eye out for us at the Fairs!

We love mail! You can send us a care package to our office:

Renegade Craft Fair
1910 S. Halsted Suite 2
Chicago, IL, 60608

 

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