A Crafty Weekend ~ Brooklyn, NYC

In Brooklyn for the 8th year, Renegade Craft Fair (RCF) set up tent by the foodie stalls of Smorgasburg and the trash ‘n treasure finds of Brooklyn Flea this weekend.

Instead of scrolling through beautiful artisan wares on one of my forever favourite websites, etsy.com, I strolled by dozens of stallfronts selling innovative handmade products… live.

Usually held at McCarren Park, this was the first time the RCF was held by the East River. With a front row water facing view of the Manhattan skyline, this *new* location is genius. Over both sun drenched days, the event attracted many summer lovin’ DIY inspired New Yorkers. Such is the appeal of Williamsburg; a dose of collaborative craftiness injects the ‘hood with excellent added-value.

An event I highly recommend, even if it’s simply for inspiration and ‘stallfront shopping,’ RCF weaves its way around the US and UK throughout the summer, and into fall.

The Renegade Craft Fair differs from traditional arts and craft fairs by focusing on DIY and indie-craft culture. Each individual fair is juried by our Chicago-based staff from hundreds of applications to purposefully feature a curated, eclectic array of young and emergent designers producing original and handmade goods in a wide variety of media.

 We feature artists creating innovative work using traditional craft methods, but not based on preexisting patterns or products.*

Take note: At the end of this post are some dates for residents, or for fortunate travel hoppers, of LAX, SFO, ORD, and LON – the fair is coming to a location near you.

Until then, enjoy these images in, and around, the fair.

Across at Smorgasburg ~ ice shaving at People’s Pops. Handmade equals hard work.

Meanwhile, along the East River waterfront…

Los Angeles and San Francisco, US

LA’s 4th Annual event will take place Saturday + Sunday, July 28 + 29 at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

SF’s 5th Annual event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 21 + 22 at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, from where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

Chicago, US

Chicago’s 10th Annual RCF will take place Saturday + Sunday, September 8+9, 2012. Vendors will stretch down Division St. between Damen + Paulina, in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

London, UK

The 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair London will be held Saturday + Sunday, September 15 + 16 at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London’s East End.

For more info, see their site: renegadecraft.com*

24 thoughts on “A Crafty Weekend ~ Brooklyn, NYC

  1. I so enjoyed this stroll. And thanks for the link. I really need more time to browse through those beautiful things. 🙂

    • Scrabble pillows are so cool! And their message was right on the money – there were plenty of hand-fans and umbrellas shielding one from the sun. thank you for being part of the day through the images 🙂

  2. Lovely pictures Marina of what looked like a very successful fair. Oh that sunshine.. Not sure the Shoreditch event is going to be so blessed. Still, we must remain optimistic. 😉

    • You never know – the sun may make an appearance! I hope you might be able to visit it, if you are planning to go to London around that time? It is inspiring and the fair is well put together. Glad you liked the pics Adrian – and keep me posted!

  3. Such a fantastic event, loved the post, so colourful and vibrant! I can see blue skies, so the must have been so nice 🙂 I love crafty people; they are so talented and hard working! I love the picture with the guy who plays saxophone! Can it get any better! I love sax! 🙂

    Shoreditch is just round the corner from Brockley 🙂 It’s a very trendy and arty area 🙂 It’s a great place to go out 🙂 Thanks for sharing all the information Marina 🙂

    • Thank you Mrs Sasu! That’s so kind of you – I appreciate it and love that you love reading my blog. It’s a perfect way to end a lovely Monday, reading your comment.

    • Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it! It was a pretty warm day and I am sure there hard workers were grateful for the shade 🙂 I’d love to follow this fair, seeing the different artisans in each city!

    • Thanks karen! It was lovely – and actually just off of the street and on a block of concrete by the River. I’d love to see what the other fairs look like, in the different cities.

  4. I love it! What a great fair, combined with a flea and foodies! I’m checking my calendar to see if Chicago will work for us! Great photos~gorgeous skies, sublime views of the skyline and the water. All in all, a great post, Marina! Thanks! PS….gotta love those Scrabble pillows!

    • I hope it puts into perspective where the Bridge is in relation to Williamsburg (central) and Manhattan? I hope you make Chicago fair, and those Scrabble pillows are so great (and apropos with the weather)! Thanks Judy! keep me posted!

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