Contact

We’d love to hear from you!

Feel free to reach out to any of The Renegade Gang or fill out our form below.

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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!

Sam Majerowicz

Marketing Manager

Taking on the role of Media + Marketing Manager, Sam oversees advertising strategy, media relations, branding, and creative content generation for RCF! He cut his teeth in the editorial world developing original content for an assortment of lifestyle brands and digital & print publications, and is an avid design, art, food, music, and travel enthusiast with a deep passion for craft and a fondness for wanting to document nearly everything. Current obsessions include electro dream pop, artisanal doughnuts, mid-century architecture, and Kentucky mules.


Favorite Pastime: Cat photography & summer music festivals.
Current Inspiration: Vienna
Favorite Medium: Avocado on toast.
Favorite Artist: 
So tough! Currently Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Favorite Color: PANTONE 331 C

Learn more about Sam in her staff interview on the blog! – Coming Soon

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Justin Rathell

Sr. 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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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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Madelon Juliano

Curatorial + Design Assoc.

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: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Azede Jean-Pierre, Yayoi Kusama
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!

Ogechi Anyanwu

Web Producer + Archivist

For the last two years Ogechi has participated in Renegade events as a vendor for her bag line Eye of the Sun! This year Ogechi joins the RCF gang as our Web Producer and Archivist. She brings years of experience in event planning, community engagement, and technology! In her spare time, you can find Ogechi developing designs for Eye of the Sun, scouting for jumpsuits, dancing, and hosting dinner parties!


Favorite Pastime: Traveling!!! Creating and collaborating! Biking! Thrifting!
Current Inspiration: Too many! Chimamanda Ngozi AdicheYayoi KusamaAzede Jean-Pierre, Mickalene Thomas!
Favorite Medium: Leather, leather, leather! Honestly, I love anything related to textiles and I enjoy Shibori dyeing techniques!

Learn more about Ogechi in her staff interview on the blog! — Coming Soon!

Emily Owen

Vendor Operations Assoc.

Fresh out of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Policy, Emily loves all things artist-driven!  A maker herself, Emily loves working collaboratively with other artists and is looking forward to working with all the amazing RCF artists and artisans to make each fair a success.  Outside of work, you’ll likely find her scouring thrift stores for treasures, tinkering and making artwork, trying to convince others her pet frog is cute, or home brewing with her boyfriend, Arthur.


Favorite media: Screen printing, small hobby motors, wood
Favorite color: Recently, azurite
Current inspirations: Theo Jansen, Elisa StrozykEtienne Jules Marey, Claire Sherman

Learn more about Emily in her staff interview on the blog! – Coming Soon

Kendall Olson

Administrative Assistant

Since moving to Chicago, Renegade has been Kendall’s favorite event to attend in the city. Combining carefully curated handmade items, sold directly by makers, with equally carefully chosen food, drink, and music, she was sure to be there each and every time. When asked to join the RCF Gang she was thrilled to have a part in helping Fair operations run smoothly. In her free time, you’ll find her experimenting with food, (e.g., fermenting kimchi, making yogurt, steaming duck baozi), playing music, or losing track of time walking the beach and skipping stones with her hubby, Tyler.


Favorite Pastime: Spending long days at the beach (on the Michigan side of course!) swimming, barbecuing, and making bonfires.
Current Inspiration: Really loving Miranda Skoczek’s  paintings lately. Especially the abstract pieces that combine bright, striking colors with cool greys.
Favorite Medium: Currently playing around with watercolors, just for fun. Also, yarn.., and gouache! Guess I can’t pick a favorite.
Favorite Museum: Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Seeing Monet’s Water Lilies surrounding you on three sides is incredible. Also loved seeing Braque, Matisse, & Modigliani.

Learn more about Kendall in her staff interview on the blog! – Coming Soon

Lauren Nelson

Operations Director

Lauren joins the Renegade team as the Operations Director, bringing years of experience in Event Planning, Vendor Relations, and Team Management. She helps to manage RCF’s various projects, and provides guidance and support to this talented team. She loves logistics, details, to-do lists, and making the impossible possible. Earning her BFA in photography at Columbia College Chicago, her dream-home would include her own darkroom. (Film forever!) In her free time, Lauren loves roadtripping, crocheting, thrifting, and petting any cat she meets.


Favorite Museum: I’m a big fan of non-traditional museums, like House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin. City Museum in St. Louis is also a super fun experience. (Pro tip: Wear gym shoes, and clothes you can climb in!)
Favorite Artist: It’s constantly changing, but I always come back to female photographers. Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann, and Nan Goldin are some forever fave’s.
Favorite Medium: Yarn, yarn, and probably yarn.
Current Inspiration: I could look at Pony Reinhardt’s work for hours. I would love to wear a piece by her one day!

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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