Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Reporting Back from the Renegade Craft Fair

Well, the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago was scheduled to go on rain or shine, and the weather certainly put that policy to the test. The remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled into Chicago last weekend and inundated the city with 6.64 inches of rain on Saturday, setting a record for the most rainfall in one day in the city's recorded history. Flooding set in rapidly, and thousands of residents along the Des Plaines and Chicago rivers were evacuated.

Chicagoans are no strangers to extreme weather, and an incredible number of dedicated supporters of indie craft braved the downpour in their full rainy day regalia. There was an incredible showing of talent at the fair, and I'm sure those tough Chicagoans were not disappointed. Here are some of my favorites from this year's fair.

Gorgeous and bright screen printed t shirts, $40 from Supermaggie

Sweet vintage doily lampshades from Nice

Colorful lace earrings, $30 from cursive design

Fabulous burlesque-inspired feathery headbands, $70 from Love, Lulu Mae

Retro animal printed silkscreen tote bags, $22 from Megan Lee Designs

Lacy silicone rubber Radiolaria necklaces, $75 from nervous system

Elaborately screen printed scarves from Michelle Brusegaard

A variety of magical prints of boats and sea monsters, $25-$45 from Tugboat Printshop

A big thanks is due to all of the dedicated shoppers who made it out this weekend despite calamitous weather. It was inspiring and encouraging to meet all of the folks who came out and like my work. Remember: Even if you didn't make it out to the fair last weekend, you can always find great handmade goods any time from the New Orleans Craft Mafia and prix-prix in their online shops!

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