Sunday, October 9, 2011

Renegade Comes to Town

On Saturday, we headed East to the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane to check out what the Renegade Craft Fair had to offer. Renegade is an American fair which began in 2003 - the London event was their first overseas venture and I have to say, we were extremely impressed.

The Truman Brewery is a great space and it provided the stall holders with plenty of room to spread out and showcase their work. Many of the sellers had travelled from the USA and other corners of Europe to take part which meant that the quality of the items for sale was particularly high. This definately brought a different flavour to the market and made for an interesting visit. I particuarly liked 'Faces and Places' by Daniel from the Drawing Machine. Daniel is Canadian and lives in Holland - he had heard about Renegade so decided it was a good opportunity for a trip to London. This seemed to be a familiar story amongst the stall holders.

Of course, it was great to see quite a few familiar faces as well. Good friend and creator of the Crafty Fox illustration, Jimbobart was there with his amazing hand-drawn plates and prints.

Another Crafty Foxer, Mary Kilvert was also there with her beautiful range of cards, cushions and mugs. I seemed to have snapped both James and Mary with their eyes closed...woops!

It was also great to see the work of some prominent UK designers who don't exhibit often at markets. Janine Basil had a very colourful stand with a wide range of hats and fascinators. The fantastic Julia Pott was also there along with her cast of creations including 'Moped Eric'.   I bought the T-shirt for The Boy a little while ago and he loves it! 

There were a variety of workshops on offer - 'Make a Woodland Creature' by The Make Lounge seemed to be particularly popular. Gotta love anything involving foxes!

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Renegade's visit to London and it certianly lived up to the hype - a very welcome addition to the London craft scene which I'm sure will become a regular feature.

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