Find Amazing Handmade Jewelry and Accessories at Renegade Brooklyn!comments (2) June 6th, 2008
I love the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn -- it's a fantastic group of independent designers selling their work at McCarren Park. I sold my jewelry there in 2006 and visted writing about it for Venus in 2007. This year's roster of crafters on their site looks incredible, and I wish I could go and shop for handmade pieces myself! Hopefully next year...
So if you're in New York, be sure to visit the event next weekend, June 14th and 15th from 11 am - 7 pm. I can't be there in person, but I have some favorite crafters to recommend browsing -- stop by their booths to see their gorgeous handmade jewelry and accessories in person.
Cathy of California (aka Cathy Callahan) will have her beautiful vintage-inspired ribbon straw flower pins for sale in different colors and configurations. If you're not at the fair, keep an eye on her Etsy shop to buy supplies and kits to make your own! (And if you love vintage crafts, be sure to check out her Cathy of California blog, too.)
Cathy Pitters will be selling her Bossa Nova Baby line in the same booth. I especially love her resin belt buckles in all these graphic designs! She says, "I am loving using fabric backgrounds (and fake wood paneling too) with imagery from a vintage children's dictionary. I call them "My Favorite Things" buckles. My designs include scissors, sewing machine, guitar, bird, vintage hot rod car, vintage station wagon + record player."
And Adjowah Brodie of The Weekend Store is offering her collection of jewelry -- she recycles typewriter keys and other fascinating vintage bits and pieces into sleek, modern designs. She mentions, "Since Renegade Craft Fair takes place on Father's Day weekend, I made a special collection of cufflinks for Dad made with recycled vintage components including watch movements, typewriter keys, and bingo pieces." She adds, "I named each of the necklaces in my Time Flies collection after women who made a significant impact in my life, like my best friend from high school and my grandmother."
If you have a chance to go -- or have any other recommendations for crafters to look out for -- I'd love to hear about it!