The Renegade Craft Fair encompasses more than just knitted sweaters and crocheted blankets. The arts and crafts event for both emerging DIY artists and more experienced crafters is now in its 10th year, and from the looks of the recent turnout in Los Angeles, it doesn't plan on slowing down.
Over 250 indie crafters came out of their studios to show off their work and mingle with their future customers. This year’s Los Angeles event included a few special features such as crafting workshops (beginners welcome!), a free photobooth, and a whole line of some of the best food trucks in LA, even serving up gourmet popsicles.
1. The Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair was this past July 20 - 21st held at the L.A. State Historic Park.
2. Melissa and Jonathan of A Question of Eagles make handmade ceramics in L.A. The line is inspired by their travels through the American landscape and love of all things handmade. Melissa works together with her mother to make the one of a kind quilts.
3. No scrap hardwood goes to waste at MAC Cutting Boards. The team repurposes and upcycles unused scrap hardwoods to make unique cutting boards.
4. DIYFO produces DIY workshops and events.
5. Junk Art Gypsyz makes wood and metal marquees and signs for decoration in the home. All you have to do is plug it in!
6. The softest pillows and blankets at Renegade are from Asher Market. After a trip to Peru, sisters Ashley and Erin Hayes were inspired to share the beauty and softness of throw pillows and alpaca blankets with the world.
7. It's a food truck - wait, it's a yarn store inside a food truck! One of the busiest attractions at the fair was the Yarnover Truck. The owners couldn’t afford the financial burden of opening up a store, so they decided to start a mobile business inside. The Yarnover Truck travels to street fairs, craft fairs, art and music festivals, food truck events, and farmer’s markets in Southern California. They sell yarn, but their goal is to also educate people about knitting and crocheting.
8. Biddy Bopp sells furry animal masks made from wool felt for both adults and kids. If you don’t see the animal mask you are looking for, they also offer custom designs.
9. The P.F. Candle Co. is based out of Long Beach, California, and makes small batches of 100% soy wax candles hand poured in amber jars. Try the sweet grapefruit scent!
10. Kollabora offered beginner crafting workshops during the fair. Kollabora is a site where crafters of all levels can come together and share their own projects and how they made them with other DIY crafters.
11. Yellow House Handmade sells the type of card we all love to receive – handmade and unique. All the cards are made in Southern California using an Underwood typewriter.
12. You can’t live in California without knowing a handful of ceramic artists. Heather Rosenman Ceramics makes both sculptural and functional ceramics.
13. You know that a free photo booth attraction is going to be mega-popular. Head over to the website of the Magnolia Photo Booth Co. to check out their book, Portrait of America, which captures photos of people across the Unites States during a road trip project.
14. Tina Produce designs and produces napkins, kitchen/tea towels, totes, and tees inspired by farmer’s markets.
15. Cotton & Flax sells these awesome 100% wool felt and hand-printed coasters, as well as limited edition textile goods and fine art prints. All products are made from owner Erin Dollar’s studio in Los Angeles.
16. All the flowers you see here are made of paper. Blooms in the Air makes paper flowers for gift decorations, party accessories, or just decorations around the home. You have to check out their website for all their floral creations, they are incredible!
Eager for more DIY treats, but not in SoCal? If you're by the Bay this weekend, visit Renegade San Francisco. We'll see you there!