Strike up the Band for CraftStylish at Renegade San Franciscocomments (2) July 16th, 2008
The CraftStylish team had an amazing weekend at Renegade San Fran. This cool craft fair and ultra-hip city are such a natural match it was hard to believe that this was the first visit for Renegade. San Franciscan craft fans showed up in droves to the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason, right on San Francisco Bay. Surrounded by glorious views of mysterious Alcatraz Island, the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and the famous cabled car hills, the sun-filled pavilion filled with handmade crafts was definitely the place to be.
We were delighted to hook up with some of our friends from Renegade Brooklyn: the Etsy gang showed up in full force and it is always nice to see them, natch. Our booth neighbors were the friendly and super-stylish girls from Burda Style. Siri from Treehouse Brooklyn was there with her smashing jewelry, the guys from Campfire Goods were helping the west coast crowd pick out a t-shirt from their witty collection, and CraftStylish darling Kayte Terry showed off her sweet handmade line from This is Love Forever.
Our west coast buddies showed up in grand style: who, I ask, could resist the charms of Queen Puff Puff aka, Nicole and her pretty stitchery? Or for that matter, the other members of the International Sisterhood of Seamsters (San Francisco Local 101) These lovely ladies are the queens of the seams. Their fabulous tote bags, aprons and flirty fun to wears are made up in bright, delicious prints and are absolutely irresistable.
Speaking of irresistable, Erika Kern, sat by her My Imaginary Boyfriend booth hand embroidering her hand-printed felt logs while a group of admirers cooed over her hand sewn robots. Erika is going to be writing about her crafty exploits here on CraftStylish so be sure keep an eye out.
In fact, many of the talented craft attendees were busy making things while their finished wares flew off the tables. Ms. Craftypants makes her gorgeous fabric origami and quilt appilque crafts look so easy to do. While, Cathy of Cathy of California sells vintage DIY kits so that you can craft your own fabulous raffia flower garden. The Threadbanger crowd had everyone sewing up their own cool carry-alls and clamoring Rob, of Threadhead fame, for an autograph.
It is always fulfilling to see so much talent and inspiration manifest as successful business enterprise and we were especially lucky to have CraftStylish friend, PJ Feinstein helping out at our booth. PJ is in the early stages of launching her own paper shop in Omaha, NB and she was so excited to meet up with the folks at Hello Lucky, Rock Paper Scissor, and Satsuma Press who were happy to share their experience and adventure with her. PJ is going to be sharing hers with us too at CraftStylish, so if you aspire to launch your own business venture or want to get the inside scoop stay tuned for PJ's paper blog. You can check out PJ's Renegade wrap-up at her blog SomewhereinMiddleAmerica.
Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by to say hi. We were so blown away by everyone's enthusiasim for the site and it was an extra special treat to see some of the things that have been made via the how-to and tutorials on CraftStylish. Just like I told you at Renegade: post your projects in our gallery!!! We really want to see them!