On Sunday I roamed the Renegade Craft Fair, meeting cool crafters, buying their handmade wares, and getting loads of inspiration.
This year’s fair had a fun clutch of booths by the McCarren park softball fields where you could sit down and make things. Folks from BurdaStyle were teaching people how to use sewing machines.
Minwax wood had a station where you could stain a wooden picture frame.
And Renegade had a booth where you could learn how to make friendship bracelets.
There was a sweet little pamphlet you could take with you that had hand drawn instructions on how to make a friendship bracelet. I’m very excited to try to technique with something thicker than embroidery floss to make a belt.
Valerie, Ian, Carrie and Rob had one of my favorite booths in the whole fair. It had such a sweet old fashioned feel to it. And now that I tracked down the Shelter blog and this sweet post about their friendship, I love them even more! From the gorgeous bags that Shelter makes to the sweet kids clothes from Lovelier Seas to the smokin hot high-waisted denim shorts from Bow and arrow, these folks had something special. But there’s so much to see at the Renegade Craft Fair, I had to keep on keepin’ on.
There are loads of talented illustrators and designers represented at the fair. I love the cards I bought from www.Beauidealism.com, pictured above.
Check out the festive confetti filled eggs made by Laurin Garcia, pictured above, of Jokey Yokey. Her business is “inspired by the Latin American tradition of the Cascarone – a confetti filled eggshell cracked over one’s head to bring good luck and cheer.” Her products are colorful and 100% biodegradable, AND she donates the eggs whites and yolks to a local Baltimore homeless shelter. That’s what I call a good egg.
Next I visited with my friend Kimm Alfonso of Kimmchi. She was mobbed with lots of customers the whole time I was hanging around checking out her silkscreened tees.
I bought two sweet cards illustrated by Laura Fisk of Fisk and Fern. One of them I plan to save for my parents’ anniversary in November – I hope I’ll remember where I put it.
I adore the embroidered designs from Coral and Tusk. I wanted to buy everything they had on display.
One of the last booths that I visited had illustrations of veggies by Claudia Pearson. Her style is so great, and I dig the message to eat local and eat fresh.
So it was another wonderful Renegade Craft Fair. I’m always so inspired by what I see, and who I meet. I can’t wait ’til next June.