Sunday, September 14, 2008

Renegade Round-up

Well, we made it over to the Craft Fair yesterday, briefly. Saturday, the day we went, was a record breaking 6.63 inches of rainfall, complete with some flooding around town causing transit issues and general unpleasant wetness. Yet the turnout seemed pretty good in spite of the weather, so I can only imagine what it might have been had it been nice out.

Since I wasn't sure how long it might be before the "light" (note this was not what you would consider light in Seattle terms) drizzling turned into something worse our pace for the show was faster than I would've liked, but it was slow enough to pick out a few favorites. I am disappointed though, I'm sure with further browsing opportunity I would have been able to pick out many more, because there was certainly no shortage of good looking booths. It's also a given for me, with my indecisive way of shopping, that such a quick visit meant no purchases this time around, but I'm hoping that I'll either see my favorites around town or if not, be able to look them up on Etsy or elsewhere!

Actually that does bring up a point though, one of the first booths I looked at was a lovely booth with embroidered totes & other items which I'm currently having a hard time remember the name of. I've spent a little time trying to figure it out by looking at the list of vendors, but
unfortunately nothing is popping out at me! Hopefully I'll be able to remember the name in the next few days. Several of my other favorites were artisans whose work I've been drooling over for a while. One of these days I'll have a lace necklace from Cursive Design, and perhaps also an adorable necklace from Figs & Ginger, since I've been eying both for years! Somehow I didn't realize until this weekend that the necklaces from Figs & Ginger are made from recycled sterling silver, so that provides some added interest. Cursive also has lovely wrapped twig necklaces and votive candle holders, either could easily be added to my list of things I would like to get myself.

While there was no shortage of great looking booths, two really stood out to me. These were kindling & Up In the Air Somewhere (pictured above.) It was interesting to see how well their booth display matched their aesthetic providing an overall sense of what their product was all about. Of course there were all kinds of great display ideas, doubly impressive because I am sure it was difficult to set up in this weekend's conditions. In fact, not all of the vendors were set up when we were there, and I can't say I blame them!

Lastly, a few of the new (to me) artists that stood out where Mimi, GoGo & Deadbird. Mimi's illustrations were a done in a lovely color palette and I have to admit that the representation of people reminded me of architecture school (in a good way!) I especially like the pieces drawn on veneer. Gogo's booth was filled with lovely bright jewelry that really stood out on such a gray day & I was of course taken with Deadbird's booth full of images of birds (no actual dead birds, fortunately) my favorites were naturally the ones done on Formica samples.

Of course that's just from a brief walk-thru of the whole fair, there's really no telling what I might have loved enough to bring home if I'd had the time. There was certainly a lot to choose from. Well I guess I'll be looking forward to Renegade's holiday craft fair with anticipation!

1 comment:

Rekoj said...

So cool that you got to go! Super fun and exciting - thanks for sharing your new finds!