Renegade Craft fair is sort of the OG of craft fairs. At their core, Renegade Craft Fair and Feliz are very similar. We both create a platform where makers can interact face to face with the customer and their fellow designers. We both believe in the importance of celebrating the handmade! And we both love to watch the creative community grow and become energized through our work.
This spring, we began working collaboratively with Renegade Craft Fair, and we're very excited to be have them in the Feliz Family. We got a chance to ask Susie Daly, the creator of Renegade, and Hollin Brodeur, the marketing maven, a few questions before their big weekend at Fair Market. Come by and visit our table there - we'll be having a special selection from some of our Feliz alumni, including Miranda Bennett, Canoe, Dr. J, Hey Murphy and Folklorica
Renegade has grown so quickly and been the inspiration for tons of other craft sales - what are the advantages of being able to take this sale across the country?
One of the advantages in expanding RCF to new cities over the years is that we're allowed a glimpse into the modern craft community on a larger and wider scale. Each new city has its own local scene which adds to the overall diversity and quality of our Maker applicants, which is great for the Fairs. Then, as folks travel to participate at RCF in another city there is a sort of creative cross-pollination which happens, which is exciting to see.
Another advantage to bringing RCF to folks around the country (and abroad) is that we're fostering real connections between Makers and their customers. So much commerce and social interaction takes place online nowadays, that buying and selling (as well as meeting like-minded people) in person leaves a totally different impression on everyone involved. And we think there's something really special in bringing this diverse mix of people from all corners of the country together to help foster these kinds of connections.
Do you notice that people are making different things in different parts of America? What can you find in the Austin sale more than, say the Los Angeles sale?
Since RCF isn't a "local-only" type of craft fair, we see a lot of different things at all of our fairs. It's been fascinating experiencing how crafts and trades have continued to thrive throughout the country. I think each city has a unique and vast variety of products. Austin has so much to offer, and we've noticed a lot of leather and wooden wares come out of this city. In LA, we tend to see more clothing and apparel, and beauty products. However, our Austin Fair this weekend has a record amount of natural beauty and apothecary lines, which is really exciting to see.
What is renegade going to be like in 10 years - or are craft sales something that remain mostly unchanged year after year?
I think for the most part, markets and fairs have had a place in our culture forever - and there's a thread that runs through them that will remain the same in some sense. But what changes is the work, the trends, the tools, and the ethos of the people and Makers which are ever-evolving. Time will only tell where technology will take us - we've already seen so many strides being made in the way people create, communicate, buy and sell - and I think that will only continue to blow our minds! Renegade and it's Maker community continue to gain momentum, inspiring new ideas about craft as well as the way people think about where and on what they choose to shop. Even in the future, it will always be more rewarding to buy goods from the hands of the Maker, and this type of person-to-person transaction will hopefully continue to influence how we think about meaningful commerce and it's place in our society.
all photos via Renegade Craft Fair