As many of you know, my favorite place to be is outside, hiking the hills or venturing through the forest. But one thing that I will happily sacrifice a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon for is a craft fair. Not the kind of craft fair where Christmas ornaments and lace doilies make their appearance, but modern, funky and hip craft fairs where technology is often utilized (laser cutting, anyone?). The Maker Movement and the return to handcraft are definitely on the rise, and being a DIY-er, myself, I would gladly read a non-fiction how-to book than a novel any day. Did I forget to mention that I’m currently trying to learn calligraphy, working on a stationery line, and my nightstand is overflowing with cookbooks? Huge companies, like Martha Stewart Living and West Elm, are also getting on board with celebrating and supporting artisans around the world and are deliberately searching for crafters to both inspire and produce their products.
So, in an attempt to get my DIY on, I recently attended the Renegade Craft Fair and Re:make 2013 by Brit + Co., both in San Francisco, and had an absolute blast! It was so fun chatting with dozens of artisans who are so passionate about their craft and are taking great risks to pursue their dreams — truly inspirational!
Here are some of the wonderful artists I met and their beautiful craft:
Renegade Craft Fairs are held throughout the U.S. and London, so if you ever have the chance, I definitely recommend visiting one! If there isn’t one in your area, Etsy is also a great place to support and be inspired by the work of many talented crafters and artisans. Are you a maker or have something in the works? Would love to hear about it!