Christine and I had some fun at the Magnolia Photo Booth...haha. But now for the final installment of this Renegade roundup party!
Her setup was very cohesive and cute (I felt like I was walking up to an actual brick and mortar shop display) yet functional to display the most variety of products possible, something I absolutely LOVED (a packed table with great products is a sign of hard work and dedication to your craft: respect). It was lovely meeting Rhianna (I knew of her, but only through mentions on One Sheepish Girl) and she was just as sweet as could be. Buy one of her English heritage-inspired prints here (they’re seriously the cutest), or keep up with her in the blog world here!
Look, I'm just really in love with Felicia’s plush hipster bears, ok?! I’m over the mustache craze but seriously?! Too. Cute. Lets Be Friends boasts one of the most unique plush collections I’ve ever seen, and Felicia was really humble about the whole thing. She’s responsible for the entire production process, from pile of supplies to the end result of adorableplushlove! I was really impressed by that, as the booth was lined with shelf upon shelf of these detailed hipster bears and other large furry creatures (like I said, the pictures don’t do it justice).
|Christine with a mustachioed mister|
LBF also offered a mystery creature box; basically you buy a box not knowing which furry friend will be inside (such a fun idea)! Prints and cards were available as well. You can find more information about LBF here, or shop for furry friends of your own!
I didn’t get a chance to really linger at this booth (it was PACKED) so I snapped a few pictures and grabbed a business card because the jewelry was just so beautiful. Ok mainly I was hung up on the red acrylic
Africa necklace with the heart cutout, but anyway. Stevie is the wonderwoman behind the classy designs of tru.che, and fair-goers could not seem to get enough of her work..
The majority of the necklaces on display had various states and country pendants with tiny heart cutout detailing, though there were other designs available as well. Sidneote: In browsing around her website I came across her boyfriend’s work. In addition to his own business, the couple has an online vintage shop called Whiskey Ginger (as well as an actual storefront in Chicago that is currently open to the public by appointment only). Bottom line, this is a serious indie power-couple, and even though I didn’t get to speak with either of them personally, I’m really excited to see them successfully pursuing what they love. You can find out more about tru.che here.
1. Son of a Sailor very well may be one of the coolest business names, ever
2. Made exponentially more epic because of their logo
3. The geometric and colorblocked jewelry of William Knopp and Jessica Tata is so simple, yet completely elegant and natural. I took everything in me not to break my budget for this necklace. Or this one. Or this one.
4. Their display on woodblocks = total win in my book. I was also REALLY EXCITED because they debuted 10 pieces from their brand new, limited-edition Karve collection at this fair (so aesthetically beautiful…I’d be proud to wear one around my neck!)...I’m really glad SOS was at this fair; I’ll be saving my pennies for one of those aforementioned necklaces, maybe even a print or two! Shop SOS here, follow their blog for shop updates and such here.
I dabble in embroidery from time to time, but I’ve never done crewel work…I hadn’t even really heard of it until I came upon the Wool & Hoop booth! Katherine of W&H was very knowledgeable and quick to answer all of my questions (guys, she’s written two craft books on this. They’re both beautiful and I might just crewel til I die at this point).
Her booth offered a variety of colorful wool skeins, as well as crewel kits including all the supplies needed to create a finished piece. Her books were also for sale (my fingers were just itching to scoop them up) and so was a variety of her lovely crewel embroidered handiwork! I would never think of wool + embroidery in the same context, but obviously it’s a beautiful thing, and obviously I need to try it out! Her online shop is easy to navigate and offers a huge selection of products; anything and everything you could possibly need for this art form. That said, I’m really excited to experiment with crewel in the near future! PS her designs remind me of Ernst Haeckel sketches (instant love). Have any of you guys ever done crewel embroidery? It's seriously fascinating.
Ok my dears, that wraps up my fair favorites from Renegade; this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the talent and craft that was displayed in Austin this weekend, but I hope it inspires you to check out your local fairs and send some love to those working so hard to make a living off of their skills and passions (: