The Renegade Craft Fair was in town last weekend, and I had been crossing the days off my calendar in anticipation. Located at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this was the 4th annual Renegade in LA. The Renegade Craft Fairs showcase the best in handmade goods from artisans who specialize in indie crafts, and they are always free to attend. This was my 3rd time attending a Renegade show in the past two years, and with each show brings new friends and new discoveries in the crafting world.
Renegade does a consistently amazing job of recruiting vendors with unparalleled talents in sewing, jewelry making, painting, screen printing, illustration, and book binding. The artists are more than happy to chat with you about their crafting endeavors. It’s a treat for me to hear the experiences and education that led them to their current artistic hobby, and, in many cases, jobs. For some, creating is a full-time job; artists make and distribute handmade goods in Etsy shops, physical store locations, and craft shows across the country. With attractions like live music, demonstrations and workshops, and a variety of fun food truck cuisine, Renegade Craft Fairs appeal to attendees of all ages, interests, and talents.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Smith of Teddy Bear Republic (above). Jenny is an extremely talented seamstress, giving each of her softie creations a distinct personality with every stitch. She’s also a published Stampington artist! You can find her adorable, furry friends in the newest issue of Stuffed. She shared a booth with friend and fellow creative, Mary, the artist behind Mary Lundquist Illustration. Her hand drawn illustrations are printed on mini notebooks, greeting cards, and tote bags (below). I am officially in love with the bespectacled owl–his glasses are bicycle wheels!
I was thrilled to find Pam Garrison’s booth, decked out in color-coordinating paintings and handmade garlands made with colorful carnival tickets. Pam is an extraordinary painter, art journaler, and hand-lettering pro. Here she is with her lovely assistant, Kate, in front of Pam’s beautifully painted booth backdrop (above). Her hand-lettered note cards, journals, and prints were artful eye-candy, easily recognizable in Pam’s signature colorful style. Pam has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Life, and Somerset Studio. Hop over to her blog to check out her handmade items for yourself.
The vintage-inspired garments in the Sew L.A. booth were absolutely stunning. I admired the handmade dresses and blouses and chatted with Christine Haynes (above), pattern designer, sewing teacher, and author of “Chic & Simple Sewing” (Potter Craft, 2009). Visit her website to check out her retro pattern designs and sign up for one of her classes.
Here are more crafty items that caught my attention: top: sunny Mason jar lids and spools of twine from We Love Citrus; left: succulent terrariums from Handmade by Ella; right: repurposed lamps from Flea Market Rx.
I walked away from Renegade with a couple of awesome items (see opening photo): a screen printed shirt with an image of a bicycle from Urban Octopus, cute Kraft envelopes with a string and button closure from Paper Pastries, mini potpourri-filled mason jars from Pure Palette Scents, and screen printed towels from Sara Selepouchin of Girls Can Tell.
When you have a spare moment, I encourage you to check out their online stores. If you attended any of the Renegade Craft Fairs, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
To keep your finger on the pulse of the crafting world, visit our events page here. Happy crafting!
–Elysa Hill, Marketing Communications Manager
Posted: Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 @ 10:22 am
Tags: Renegade Craft Fair.
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