Report from the Renegade Craft Faire

Last weekend my friend and I went to the Renegade Craft Faire in San Francisco. I had no idea what to expect, but I had an idea in my head which I wasn’t going to let stop me from checking it out (as it was free).  Being a person who likes to make stuff, I thought it would be a great place to find some inspiration for new projects. And was I ever right! While there was a lot of what I expected, like mushrooms made of felt, and TONS of jewelry makers my favorite booths were the illustrators, screen printers and printmakers. Most vendors had the option to buy their wares on Etsy, so immediate purchases didn’t seem necessary to me (that and my wallet was a little empty), which was great because I got business cards for the artists I wanted to follow up with. Now here are my top pics (I was going to take pictures of these peoples stands, but then was nervous they would know what my true intentions were):

The Utilitarian Franchise: The canvas screen printed pillows really had a rustic, natural yet sometimes humorous nature about them. They were casual but with formal imagery offer a sense of whimsy to any room. (Honestly I just wanted to use the word “whimsy”, also these pillows make me want to learn how to screenprint)

Prix-prix: While not really into jewelry, I am into re-using old items in creative ways and I liked what these people did. Making wallets and necklaces out of old neckties, they both looked really great!

Rae Dunn: So I rustic elements, I am not saying I want to live in a farm, but I like to combine old and new so that life is formally casual. Rae Dunn pottery, with its words that look like they were typed onto porcelain with a typewriter, had a sense of charm that belonged in a Mill Valley shop. The item that trapped me was the porcelain fortune cookie, although they looked better at the fair without the red string, just sitting in a bowl.

Mama’s Little Babies: Another jewelry maker whose style, materials and wit were memorable, she takes Victorian Prints onto Shrinky-Dinks and creates these unique items. My favorite was actually two necklaces to look like a teapot pouring tea into a cup (I couldn’t find the link to that one), but I also like this rabbit in a hat.

Bricolageable: Not really a pillow maker, I loved the style, fabric combinations and imagery of the pillows they make. Simple elements combined with my favorite type of fabrics (wool, tweed, leather)created some great pillows.

Talking Squid: More unique pillows

Randl: let’s face it, I love a mollusc and I love a sweatshirt

Mis Nopales Art: Dia de Los Muertos? Yes please. Who knew you can combine that with the greatest love story ever told? And other things, like this one shirt I was going to buy a friend, but then didn’t want her to get the impression that I wanted ill-will on her dachshunds.

Long story short: I was very impressed with what I saw, and am going to take print making classes here.

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