20 Sep

Last weekend was Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, and I’m only just getting round to blogging about it.

There were a few things that caught my eye:

1. Foxes. Foxes, owls and to some extent bears and cats are just not going away – they were everywhere from tea towels to necklaces (though it seems smaller birds are so 2011).

2. Bicycles. Ditto.

3. Screenprints – of foxes, owls and bicycles*.

3. Wood. People were doing a lot of exciting things with wood and carving. I saw one stall selling tiny, intricate wooden puzzles and jewellery, which seemed to be going down a storm.

4. Miwary.  I thought this designer was one of the most exciting there – she makes the tiniest mouse and rabbit heads to adorn necklaces and rings, as well as full-size fabric tea cups and teapots. It’s mental, but gothic rather than twee, and her workmanship is amazing.

5. Sara Cramer. This US gal makes the most beautiful necklaces from square glass beads, in daring oranges and golds.

* OK so I’m teasing. But it seems that the same hipsterish trends in craft are universal, and not going away. I went to Portland, Oregon last year (admittedly the town mocked for its “put a bird on it” creative tendencies) and all of the crafty output included screenprinted/embroidered owls and bears and dogs and bicycles and bears on bicycles and so on. And whenever I crack and buy the gorgeous but pricy Australian mag Frankie, it’s the same kind of thing. Are crafts following trends, or vice versa…?

Anyway, here are some pics from Renegade. Love those candy-coloured, tactile crocheted eggs from Mary Kilvert.


2 Responses to “Renegade”

  1. yesilikethat September 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I noticed the same thing at the Craftacular last year! It does seem like foxes and owls will never leave. There must be more animals out there (I’m quite keen on giraffes)

    • katiestitches September 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      Haha we should start a giraffe trend! Or less attractive animals – sloths? Spiders?

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