The ninth Annual Renegade Craft Fair will as soon as again take over Division Road in Wicker Park this Saturday and Sunday, displaying do-it-your self crafts from greater than 300 artists from across the country.
“It’s kind of like the punk rock crafting occasion,” Justin Rathell, production coordinator for the Renegade Craft Truthful, stated. “There are individuals who do stuff that’s a little edgier. They will possibly take conventional crafting strategies and put a distinct spin on it.”
Renegade’s bounty of distinctive, awesome art will be overwhelming, so we have highlighted ten artists to look ahead to at the fair. Their eclectic booths may just be selling that next dialog piece in your espresso desk or condo wall.
Circa Ceramics: A distinctly Chicago outfit, Circa Ceramics applies daring designs to painted mugs, bowls, spoons, tiles, plates, pendants and vases. Designs vary from voodoo skulls and brains to turntables to a roller skates. A set of Circa Ceramics mixing bowls incorporates the Chicago flag whereas a spoon rest sports activities a cassette tape. The result’s a useful aesthetic that may be appreciated by all genders. Sarah Spies, a staffer at Renegade, mentioned “they promote stuff that appeals to dudes, too.”
I Heart Guts: Typically, when you are having a crappy day, there’s nothing higher than crawling in mattress and curling up with a smiling pink uterus. Or a purple gall bladder. Or a cushy inexperienced prostate gland, which I Heart Guts declares, winkingly, to be “a seminal work.” Based in Washington D.C. and the brainchild of Wendy Bryan, I Coronary heart Guts takes pretty much every organ and gland, sticks a smiley face on it and manages to show them into adorable stuffed animals. Or T-shirts, for those who desire to put on your pancreas instead of hug it.
Aromaholic: Have you ever ever been out, sipping a cocktail so fragrant, you form of want you may smell prefer it? Nicely, with Aromaholic, not solely your breath can smell like what you drink — your pores and skin can, too. Utilizing oils to scent its soaps, Aromaholic specializes in cleaning soap bars inspired by the bar. Soap flavors embrace mojito, whiskey, gin and tonic, Bloody Mary and White Russian. Most soaps promote for $6.50 every, while a do-it-yourself deodorant package (those smell more like witch hazel, lavender and geraniums), price about $10.
tartella: Began by a pair of sisters, tartella aims to beautify your kitchen with its whimsical prints. The artists create tea towels made from cotton flour sacks that sport photographs of whisks, cupcakes and ice cream cones. The inventive workforce also sells baggage with grosgrain ribbon ties for carrying wine, in addition to recipe cards and cotton napkins. The saying on one napkin, written in script, gives these perfect instructions for any kitchen: “eat. dwell. love. repeat.”
Crosshair: A print and silkscreen specialist, Chicago-based mostly Crosshair creates evocative posters and images depicting each rural and city landscapes, just like the backs of billboards, an open field with a solitary barn or an abandoned building at 415 N. Kedzie. Its silkscreen prints present a mix of business, abandonment, water and decay and thrust viewers into a whirl of emotion.
UrbanPosture: Workplace merchandise don’t must be bland and boring, not when UrbanPosture has made folders and binders to evoke ecology and art. UrbanPosture’s calming, geometric designs depicting ships and tree stumps employ neutral backgrounds and evoke a zen-like really feel. Along with folders, binders, clocks and workplace products, UrbanPosture additionally creates T-shirts and tea towels.
Yellowsquarelove: When Thomas Edison invented the sunshine bulb, he would have by no means imagined what yellowsquarelove would do with them. The Chicago-primarily based artist takes gentle bulbs and mashes it with such objects as a vintage Fisher Value toy turtle, Kaffee Hag espresso tins, a portable document participant and a chunk of brick to create some unimaginably imaginative lamps.
Overdue Industries: The slogan touted by New Jersey-primarily based Overdue Industries is that “an excellent book has no ending,” and these artists ensure it holds true. Overdue takes undesirable textbooks, kids’s books and nearly any vintage castoff it may possibly find and transforms them into journals and planners. Books recycled and remade by Overdue include “Man and Insects,” “Le Langage de La France Moderne” and “How Pooh Received His Honey.”
Pinecone & Chickadee: The husband-and-spouse duo who began Pinecone & Chickadee, Amy Teh and Noah DeFillippis, are bringing their spherical-confronted birds, bunnies and elephant designs to Renegade. The Maine-based Pinecone & Chickadee have cheerfully named stationery playing cards resembling “Lady & Llama,” Egg Nog & Rum” and the “Um, Hi Card.” The pair also designs and sells T-shirts, posters tote bags and journals.
COATT: The gold and silver necklaces made by COATT give off a easy, sleek line, however comprise messages as well. Composed of dashes and dots that spell out words in morse code, each piece of jewelry made by COATT can be an exclamation. Some say “lover.” Others say “amore” and “lucky.” There’s even a necklace carrying that most iconic Morse code message: “S.O.S.” COATT will even take customized orders, with necklaces available in gold and silver fill, as well as 14-karat gold.
The Renegade Craft Truthful runs from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. on Division Avenue in Wicker Park between Damen and Paulina. Admission is free.