Show and Tell: Summer Renegade SF 2014

A couple Sundays ago all of San Francisco was drenched in fog. A little winter like made it perfect for going inside to the summer edition of the Renegade Craft Fair. Held at Fort Mason it's also a good reason to walk by the bay and hear the clickety clang of all the sail boats in their berths. Renegade is one of my favorite fairs and there was so much good stuff this time around. One of the stand outs was all the variety of ceramics. Each vendor had their own twist on the medium. I could have done a whole post on that. 

If you missed the fair or don't live near one of the host cities it's worth checking out the vendor list. Especially if you're in the market for some handmade goodies. If you want even more handmade to look at I wrote about summer Renegade last year also.

Below are some of my favorites and unique finds. I've been pretty wordy lately in my posts so I'll keep things brief and fill this one with pics.

Jo Boyer

At first glance I thought these were crazy shells I hadn't seen before. Nope just porcelain with lots of details. 

At first glance I thought these were crazy shells I hadn't seen before. Nope just porcelain with lots of details. 

I had recently bought some earrings by Nikki at a local shop called  Gather  which features hand made goods here in SF. I've been getting lots of compliments on them so I was excited to stumble upon her booth.

I had recently bought some earrings by Nikki at a local shop called Gather which features hand made goods here in SF. I've been getting lots of compliments on them so I was excited to stumble upon her booth.

Of course I found some adorable cat goodies.

Of course I found some adorable cat goodies.

These would make a very unique gift. And bonus they're made from recycled liquor bottles.

These would make a very unique gift. And bonus they're made from recycled liquor bottles.

These kits are adorable. A great way to learn about embroidery.

These kits are adorable. A great way to learn about embroidery.

Great modern rustic pieces. Is modern rustic a thing?

Great modern rustic pieces. Is modern rustic a thing?

I loved Madeline's cake display! Also I know Madeline but I didn't know she was going to be there so it was a fun surprise to run into her booth.

I loved Madeline's cake display! Also I know Madeline but I didn't know she was going to be there so it was a fun surprise to run into her booth.

I'll let you figure these out. They are really beautiful on their own as an object. I was told they could also be used for incense.

I'll let you figure these out. They are really beautiful on their own as an object. I was told they could also be used for incense.

I'm  friends  of the Weekend Press and knew they've been diligently printing goods for the last couple months. So proud to see it all together!

I'm friends of the Weekend Press and knew they've been diligently printing goods for the last couple months. So proud to see it all together!

For an easy five bucks I got my membership (complete with membership card) to the Letter Writing Alliance. Check it out and get yourself a pen pal!

For an easy five bucks I got my membership (complete with membership card) to the Letter Writing Alliance. Check it out and get yourself a pen pal!

Here's the cumulative list and links to all these fabulous makers.

Jo Boyer 
Nikki Montoya 
Trelabela 
Reclamation Etchworks 
Kiriki Press 
Salt and Pipper 
Miwak Junior, Ceramic Connectors 
The Weekend Press 
Letter Writing Alliance

Now I'm getting excited for all the Christmas fairs!

Show and Tell: Maker Faire 2014

El Pulpo Mecanico

El Pulpo Mecanico

Have you ever been to a county fair? Maker Faire takes place at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds so walking in it has all the buzz of carnival rides, corn dogs, and 4-H projects. But this in actuality it is combination tech trade show, craft showcase, science fair, with creative oddities rolled into one. Every direction I turned there was something to wow at. The best "county fair" I've ever been to.

Walking into one of the buildings I had a full circle moment when I spotted a familiar product I'd seen long ago. A fully functional origami kayak. Oru Kayak. A number of years ago I'd seen the maker, Anton Willis, test his third (or very early) prototype on Half Moon Bay. His goal was to build a kayak portable enough to carry on the bus. In talking to him he told me that might have been the first time he was sharing his idea with people in a casual setting. We were at a BBQ. It was really neat to see that idea fully bloomed. 

San Francisco Bizarre had a vendor tent as well. With craft being close to my heart I stopped at every booth. I'm sharing a few of my favorites here in case you're in need of some new ideas for this dads and grads gift giving season. Though I realize there's not too much for the dudes on this list. Get them an Oru Kayak!

Bottle of Clouds

Adorable hand painted wood lapel pins and novelty items.

Adorable hand painted wood lapel pins and novelty items.

Casey of Vitamini has a modern take on vintage as well as a great  DIY craft blog.

Casey of Vitamini has a modern take on vintage as well as a great DIY craft blog.

Aren't those cream and sugar sets darling?

Aren't those cream and sugar sets darling?

I may or may not have gone home with a pair of the leaf earrings. I'm not too into heavy earrings so these are just the right amount of weight for the dangle.

I may or may not have gone home with a pair of the leaf earrings. I'm not too into heavy earrings so these are just the right amount of weight for the dangle.

A couple years ago I bought one of these monster mugs as an xmas gift for my dad. I couldn't remember the name of the maker and hadn't seen them since. i was so excited to run into this booth because I've regretted not getting my own monster cup. Father/Daughter monster cups aren't for everyone. They've got some other critters too.

A couple years ago I bought one of these monster mugs as an xmas gift for my dad. I couldn't remember the name of the maker and hadn't seen them since. i was so excited to run into this booth because I've regretted not getting my own monster cup. Father/Daughter monster cups aren't for everyone. They've got some other critters too.

If you're in need of some more handmade gift ideas check out my post from last summer's Renegade Craft fair.

Show and tell: Renegade SF 2013

A foggy day in San Francisco is the perfect day to go to the Renegade Craft Fair. Renegade was a couple weekends ago and in case you missed it I thought I'd share some of my show favorites and new discoveries. Luckily these days you can access these creative wares off the show floor.

Sofia Lacin

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These little triangle cards first drew me into Sofia Lacin's booth. The world is definitely missing more triangle cards but it turns out each one of these cards is paired with a piece of jewelry created from oil paintings. 

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I've been watching Amy from Stitch and Hammer grow her business over the last couple years. Her business started here in the bay and continues to blossom since her move a year ago back to Colorado. The words stitch and hammer explain so much. It's obvious that Amy continues to explore all the possibilities of her tools and craft. I've been following her on social media and she always seems to be up to something in her maker community.  

Unfortunately I neglected to get pics of Amy's booth mate Another Feather. This was the first I'd encountered of Hannah Ferrara's jewelry and I'm already a fan. 

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This is the piece I'm coveting. Perfect for business cards.

This is the piece I'm coveting. Perfect for business cards.

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This booth stopped me in my tracks. You can judge why. This booth also proved to be the most difficult for making purchase decisions. I'm not kidding when I say I spent a good 10-15 minutes trying to decide which cards to buy. Kate Funk is doing what every cat owner wishes for. Free cat labor. AC is a very tolerant cat.

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T-We is definitely one of my show favorites. Christopher the founder of T-We won me over at the Made in SF show last fall. Besides having the puniest and wittiest tea names his concoctions are designed with a lot of love and thought for the taste without adding oils, sugars, or flavorings. I took a tea blending class taught by Christopher at Workshop SF and came away with a new appreciation for tea.

Find out more about their teas at their pop-up shop in the Crocker Galleria in the Financial District. They're open weekdays only. It's worth it to shop during one of their KiKi tea parties where they sometimes come up with tea cocktails. I also hear they're offering the tea blending classes in the store now.

I walked away from Renegade with one of their new blends; Flailing Princess. My other favorite caffeinated T-We tea is Renegade. That's right created with the spirit of Renegade craft fair.

Christopher and Alix.

Christopher and Alix.

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These tiny packages from Leaf Cutter Designs were adorable. Each little box is really a three dimensional greeting card. Their booth was full of other paper and postal ephemera references. They also sell the tiniest post office in a box for writing very tiny letters.

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Everything in this pic and on the tiny desk is miniature except the pen and the magnifying glass.

Everything in this pic and on the tiny desk is miniature except the pen and the magnifying glass.

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A needle felting kit is a great way to try out this craft. It's the first way I tried out the craft but I didn't know about Wool Buddy at the time. Truthfully I'd had my kit for years and then finally decided to try it out one day. I think I would have been more motivated with one of these. If you're not familiar with needle felting it's essentially like using loose wool as a clay. You use barbed needles to bind the fibers together. It's very sculptural as you can see from that giant dinosaur.

 

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Everything wool. Even the signage.

Everything wool. Even the signage.

This square block of wool may not look cute but it's become one of my favorite tools for needle felting.

This square block of wool may not look cute but it's become one of my favorite tools for needle felting.

// A bit of some post script to this post. As a creative person I'm drawn to explore what others are doing. I frequent local craft fairs and pop-ups. I'm often exploring new tools and resources. If someone asks for my resources I always share what I can so it would seem obvious that I should share these things with you here on the blog. It's just now occurred to me to do so. So from now on I'll be showing and telling more often about the creative things I encounter. You'll be able to find an archive in the Show and tell tab on the site //