Renegade Craft Fair: Ten Things That Made Us Want to Take Up Knitting (Again)
Handmade cards speak truth to power at this year's Renegade Craft Fair
Did you leave town this weekend to avoid Carmageddon? Haha, sucker. Those of us not afraid of a little gridlock spent Saturday weaving through the sunny maze of booths at downtown's Renegade Craft Fair, the indie pop-up festival dedicated to all things DIY.
As I anticipated, the fest featured a preponderance of pastel polka-dot dresses, climbing ivy tattoos and side swept bangs. Not quite as expected was the surprising amount of hipster self-awareness, illustrated by Kyle Durrie's greeting cards above. (Check out more of Durrie's work here).
Says the designer, printmaker and three-year Renegade veteran, "I love bikes and mustaches in real life, but I'm sick of seeing them on bags." She worried the sentiment made her sound like a jerk, but we can't say it's not one we share.
Luckily, the reign of ironic facial hair appears to be fast on the decline. Instead, the weekend's highlights included a candle shaped like dog poo, t-shirts inspired by suicidal poets and waterproof gay Care Bear art for the shower. And if you spent Saturday and Sunday hiding out in Tahoe, don't worry. Links to some of the best things we spotted this weekend -- in no particular order -- after the jump.
Kokocandles founder Paoling Che bases her designs on things she's a fan of, like, "mac and cheese and cupcakes and traffic cones." She also makes a neat candle that looks like an espresso shot, but this one was our favorite by far.
9. Miles To Go
Miles to Go designer Greg Kerr's inspired literary tee-shirts hold a darkly goofy charm. The one on the left is based on the Bell Jar. "But I don't weep, do you?" reads the quote on the right. Know what that's from? Twenty-five bucks and the right answer gets you a new shirt.
8. Lemon Bird Handmade Jams
Amy and Brian Deaver make jams and cocktail syrups out of things people don't normally make jam and cocktail syrups out of. We tasted the cherry and star anise, pickled tomato with vanilla bean and pomelo with ginger and urfa biber. Jealous? They also traffic in lavender, blood oranges, kumquats and candied Meyer lemon. Buy them here as a wedding gift for someone you're trying to impress.
7. Le Petit Elefant
Longtime favorite Le Petit Elefant was on hand with her signature cards and designs, including this adorable audiophile elephant.
6. Paper & Type
Next door, these meticulously printed cards made us wish Paper & Type would teach us how to draw.
Paper and Type