While holing up in Downtown LA this weekend (to avoid carmageddon, which turned out to be a bust), I finally made it to the Renegade Craft Fair. If those words — “craft fair” — conjure up thoughts of doilies and decorative plates like the ones at your grandmother’s house, don’t fret, this is a whole different animal. I have a stack of business cards and a dent in my bank account to prove it. After spending the first 10 minutes going from booth to booth mentally tallying the pieces I couldn’t live without, I decided it would be better — and more cost-effective — to collect business cards from the artists I liked and shop their stores online when I’m more level-headed and the bright red ATM sign isn’t beckoning. Plus, what better way to share all my fabulous finds with you all!
Here’s a rundown of my favorites and a couple it turned out I really couldn’t live, or leave, without:
- Small Adventure — Cards, prints, accessories and other small items for those who enjoy the outdoors or just enjoy looking at it.
- Topiary — I swung by this booth, which features jewelry made out of lace, a couple of times before caving in on a $10 pair of red earrings.
- Nate Duval — whimsical modern art prints sure to draw you in.
- Word for Word — For those who are equally arty and punny, check out these greeting cards that cleverly employ the names of paint swatches.
- Misha Ashton Photography — Another booth I couldn’t resist. Misha’s photo of a deer missing one antler (pictured above) was a must-have!
- Alternate Histories — Old maps and illustrations take on new meaning when Godzilla and space invaders enter the picture.
- Clean Getaway Soap Co. — Sometimes there’s nothing better than handmade soap.
- Crooked Sister — These bow necklaces were just adorable.
- Sweet Siren — Jewelry that’s both whimsical and edgy, featuring characters from Alice in Wonderland as well as nautical elements.
- Jason Cantoro — Silkscreen art that’s wonderfully colorful and intriguing.
- Oceguera — These kitschy pillows are all made from recycled sweaters and would make a great statement in any room.
- Friends Again — Sweet and lovely hand-printed goods and artwork.
- Ex Libris Anonymous — Good for writing, sketching or just jotting down notes, these journals made from old books have so much more character than the standard variety.
My longtime favorites and previous post subjects, The Mincing Mockingbird and Berkley Illustration, were also in attendance, making the whole thing an even cooler experience. I had to resist the temptation not to buy their entire booths and just call it a day.