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Renegade Craft Fair

Arts & Crafts in SF

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to San Francisco on July 9-10 at Fort Mason with 200 vendors from the Bay Area and beyond.

The designers were carefully selected from hundreds of applicants. On top of the individual artist booths, RCF always hosts a variety of educational events for attendees.

Learn to make mini accordion-style journals or the art of quilling 3D paper flowers at the Museum of Craft and Design’s MakeArt station, or make a friendship bracelet at the Renegade Gang’s free Friendship Bracelet Making Booth. Learn how to make bangles, brooches, earrings and other works of art utilizing basic jewelry techniques and repurposed toys at Emiko Oye and Shana Astrachan’s Accessorize With Small Toys workshop.

Have some fun with the free photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co., and nosh on food from Tante’s Ms. D’s Fabulous Catering and Neetos Café. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

A few local highlights:

-Silvi Alcivar of The Poetry Store will be writing poems on the spot for attendees; visit the booth and tell Silvi what you want your poem to be about, who it’s for, and pick your paper. In three minutes or less she’ll have it typed out for you on her typewriter.

-Bicycle culture continues to influence clothing, accessory and homeware designs. 1byliz specializes in handmade clocks and magnets made of used bike parts (primarily chain rings) and reclaimed textiles. Bricolagable will be on hand, hopefully with their adorable cyclist-inspired short-brimmed hats, neck warmers and gadget sleeves featuring free-form stitched designs, all benefiting various animal rescue organizations like Bad Rap and Muttville.

-Laser cutting is an increasingly popular method for artists to achieve intricately detailed designs. The Harbinger Company mixes technology and traditional craft with its laser-cut jewelry and boxes, while Feisty Elle’s brightly colored laser-cut merino wool felt earrings and coasters are prettily cheery.

-Yes & Yes Designs’ vintage-inspired laser cut jewelry and accessories are made from salvaged book covers and fall into a few collections: Roller Derby, Little Ladies, Cameras and Butterflies. Molly M Designs offers laser-cut coasters and earrings with nature and geographic motifs.

-En Route Studio offers hand-tufted rugs in vibrant patterns, but the company’s name is derived from its aim to rehabilitate pieces of furniture so they’re “en route” to a new home instead of a landfill. In addition to deliciously reupholstered vintage mid-century chairs, En Route also sells DIY Reupholstery Kits with custom fabric choices for those who want to try their own hand.

-Wendy Gold of ImagineNations makes over vintage globes with decoupage, while Tim Huynh silk screens cotton canvas pillows in his San Francisco home under the imprint The Utilitarian Franchise. He creates pillows adorned with sea reatures, moths, owls, ostriches and creature/human mash-ups, all falling in the $30 to $60 price range.

-3 Fish Studios is a husband-wife painter/printmaker team that specializes in linocut prints and paintings, with predominant themes featuring mid-century modern chairs, robots, game console controllers, bears, and reinterpretations of the “Scenic Drive” seagull signs you might see driving down the Great Highway.

-John Howard, the man behind Monkeyink, will be on hand, hopefully with some of his beautiful gig posters that have featured the likes of Sonic Youth, The New Pornographers, Melvins, Mudhoney, High On Fire, Boris, Tortoise, Deerhoof, Mudhoney and Queens of the Stone Age.

This is but a meager sampling of the local designers that will be at Renegade Craft Fair. There are also many artisans coming from Portland, New York, Chicago, Canada and beyond.

Renegade Craft Fair
July 9-10
For Mason Festival Pavilion