Renegade Craft Fair 2012!

On Sunday 16 September a three hour train and bus journey took us to the heart of Brick Lane for the second annual Renegade Craft Fair in London at the Old Truman Brewery. This is the mother of all craft fairs so well worth the journey to meet the organisers and vendors.

We first discovered Renegade four years ago whilst researching the market place for indie-craft events and found Clutter City shared the same DIY ethos in promoting contemporary artists, crafters and designers. RCF first started in Austin and rapidly grew to include events in Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles so we were pretty excited to hear they would be venturing across the sea to the UK. They featured their first showcase last year which we couldn’t attend but there was no way we were letting this one slip by….

We received a very warm welcome from Madelon and Sarah below before we headed into the vast space which housed just under 100 stalls under its steel and glass roof. It was hot under that glass but had great lighting and lovely white brick walls to show off the work.

We did a quick once round to have a personal look and then a second round to introduce ourselves and meet some of the vendors. First stop was UK print artist Sean Mort and kooky handmade dolls by The Cat in the Shoe.

We moved onto Custom Made and got to meet Anna whom we have exchanged e-mails with a few times and hope to get her down to CC one of these days. I really love her items especially these wooden brooches and Geometry Friends collection.

We loved this guy too, Bob Motown. My favourite print of the day, and I wished I had bought it now, is the coloured cyclist behind him. Born and raised in Hollywood, CA, he now resides in London. Check out his website to see more of his work.

On a different note we spied the beautifully crafted and nature inspired framed paper-cuts and cards by Rosie and the Boys.

These detailed embroideries were hilarious by Stephanie Tillman from What Party. Check out the bin-raiding raccoons!

We were also impressed with range of goodies from Hello Dodo from prints to badges and cards to a mini cardboard circus.

One of our favourite jewellery stalls were the delicate and dark designs by Datter Industries. They’re really beautiful pieces and worth saving your pennies for!

Another display of fine jewellery was showcased by Me Me Me. The glaze porcelain fox face on their website is lovely and I was persuaded to part with my hard earned cash on a green, diamond shaped brooch. You can see an upside down red one below!

Talking of ceramics, another favourite were these brilliant plates (and this giant cardboard bear as seen above) by Jimbobart. I would very much like to serve biscuits or macaroons on one of these plates.

And these talented folk were there too, Skull and Heart, featuring work by Drew Millward who also recently did the artwork for the Tribes tour poster which were on sale when they played at Norwich Arts Centre this year. I got a freebie while working but regretfully offered to give it to my 13 year old niece.

And finally our last pick of the Renegade Craft vendors of London 2012 is circus inspired whimsical accessories by Butterscotch and Beestings

… and acrylic pieces by I Am Acrylic. Even though they were Borrower size they still stood out amongst the vendors.

Thanks Renegade!