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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Renegades of Craft

Hark! The Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn approaches! Extreme Crafters are holed away in their studios busily creating their creations. I can feel the vibrations that are coming from all of the sewing, chopping, rhinestoning, knitting, crocheting, and ceramicking. I counted something like 183 vendors on the website. For the uninitiated, the Renegade Craft fair was founded by Kathleen Habbley and Sue Blatt in Chicago in 2003, as a reaction against established craft fairs like the Bucktown Craft Fair. The first event drew 76 vendors, and planted the seeds for the fair's current success. Renegade added the Brooklyn event last year, and the co-founders are working on a shop to showcase D.I.Y. craft. The website contains a cornucopia of vendor links, which should have you dreaming of iPod cozies and stuffed monster dolls for...hours at least. The submission deadline has passed for the Brooklyn show, but you can always start planning for Chicago in September.



At 5/26/2005 12:10:00 PM, Blogger John H said...

Is the act of organizing a renegade craft fair itself a renegade craft?

At 6/01/2005 05:19:00 PM, Blogger Garth Johnson said...

Maybe organizing a renegade craft fair is the opposite of renegade craft. Maybe the man is trying to keep renegade crafters down by legitimizing them. Everyone will be making Kountry Kraft in no time.


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