Independent arts and crafts merchants flock to Fort Mason Center for the annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair to show off homemade wares and celebrate hands-on production.

San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair
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Free to check out, the fair will feature food, music, adult beverages and a variety of homemade jewelry, clothing, paper goods and artwork for purchase.

Attendees may also choose to participate in instructional workshops like paper maché or terrarium-making–good practice if you find it hard to get motivated to get started on that terrific DIY project languishing in an old print issue of now defunct ReadyMade magazine.

The gathering symbolically carries on the tradition and philosophy of the Omega Workshop, a small shop founded by English artist Roger Fry in London at the turn-of-the-century. Opposing dull mass-produced goods, the Omega Workshop sought to provide struggling artists with a space to sell individually crafted objects for domestic interiors that were inspired by contemporary art and the experiments of avant-garde visual artists.

The fifth annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 2012 from 11am to 7pm at the Fort Mason Center.