I am so excited that this year the Renegade Craft Fair is coming to Austin for the first time! This weekend hundreds of artists and thousands of shoppers and crafters alike will pile into the Palmer Events Center here in Austin for this two day event. Local crafters including the Austin Craft Mafia, Stitch Lab, Wonder Craft and more will be at the fair putting on workshops and demonstrations. I'll be attending the fair on Saturday along with an exclusive gathering Friday night with some of the admin staff from Etsy. You can bet I'll have my camera and notepad in hand so I can tell you all about it!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Renegade Craft Fair, here's a little history:
Renegade got its start in Chicago’s Wicker Park in the fall of 2003, and has spread like wildfire ever since. In 2005, the fair traveled out east to Brooklyn, NY where vendors set-up shop in McCarren Park and the infamous McCarren Park Pool. By 2009, the fair had expanded out west to San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA. And to kick-off the 2010 season, Renegade is moseying down south to Austin, TX for its very first event there.
The Renegade Craft Fair is coordinated by Sue Daly & Danny Orendorff. Sue is the co-founder and proprietor of Renegade, and makes jewelry + housewares under the name Timber! Her husband, Mat Daly, designs all of the beautiful silkscreened owl posters for each of the fairs. Madelon Juliano is our administrative assistant and trusty sidekick at the fairs.
The inspiration for RCF came when two friends wanted to take their hobbies to the next level, and start participating in arts + crafts shows. After looking into some local events, it quickly became apparent that there were no shows representing the DIY community, which already had a huge presence online. Everything was either geared towards fine arts + crafts – or country crafts. So, the idea to host an indie craft fair was sparked – and the rest is history!
You can read this excerpt, see photos, a list of artists, cities, dates and more at RenegadeCraft.com. If you can't make it to one of these great fairs then you can still shop the beautiful crafts at RenegadeHandmade.com. Renegade Handmade is an online extension of the Renegade Craft Fair with products from over 300 artists and a great blog that talks about the fair, artists and all the wonderful crafts.