At the weekend we made a trip to the big smoke to go to Renegade Craft Fair.
(Birds) I remember first reading about Renegade Craft Fair in the fantastic book Handmade Nation and then learning about the role this prestigious market had in the handmade revolution. As a designer/maker myself it was always a dream go to this fair (and a goal to sell at it) but with it travelling across the states of America this seemed a distant hope. However a few years ago the Renegade crew made the leap across the pond to little old London first with a Christmas market and following the success of that you can now expect to see Renegade camping out at The Old Truman Brewery in Spitalfields twice yearly.
We had been excited for weeks for this years Christmas fair and after squireling away our pennies so we could treat ourselves guilt-free we weren’t going to let heavy nights out the evening before hold us back!
The layout of this years Christmas market had been changed up a lot allowing for what seemed like a lot more sellers, despite this the curators had done a fantastic job and each designer maker had clearly rightfully earned their spot at the market.
Here is a run-down of our purchases and some of our top sellers at this years market…
(Rose Gold Honeycomb Earrings) A Weathered Penny’s beautiful dainty jewellery really caught our eye, designed and produced in London this jewellery range is surprisingly affordable.
(Tassel Necklace) Handwoven textiles with a conscience, this lovely designer maker produces playful and eye catching weavings and textile accessories. Amy cares about where her materials are sourced from, ensuring it is in an eco-friendly way – something we are passionate about too.
(Geometric ring) We fell for Ballila’s jewellery when we first saw her stall at Renegade London’s spring market, Bugs has been wearing one of Ballila’s necklaces since and getting an abundance of complements about it. It was a no-brainer when we saw Ballila would be back at the Christmas market that some matching accessories would be needed and this marbled grey geometric ring fit the brief perfectly.
(Floral Print Bow) Much of Numi’s branding is aimed towards mini humans however when we saw the stunning Liberty print bows our inner child came out and Birds couldn’t resist a little hair candy for herself. A friend who accompanied us to the fair also purchased a Liberty print bow headband for her baby niece, and commented how a lot of headgear for babies is uncomfortable and leaves imprints on their skin. Numi’s headbands were beautifully soft however and very stretchy so they would stay put but without being uncomfortable for little people. We highly recommend Numi!
(Art Print) Recognise the name by any chance? You may remember us talking about this talented illustrator after the Handmade Fair a couple of months back. Well lucky for us he was at Renegade because Birds was regretting not buying the stunning print pictured above.
(Silver Ring) Saints of Bohemia’s stunning jewellery caught our eye immediately, it is so refreshing to see quality silver jewellery with some substance to it amongst all the tiny dainty designs that are trending lately. Don’t get us wrong we love both styles but there is something about putting on a piece of jewellery with a bit of weight behind it. With Birds being a silversmith herself it is rare she treats herself to silver jewellery but this ring was impossible to resist and she has not taken it off since buying apart from to take the above photo.
(Notebook, Succulent print and Panda Brooch) This lovely illustrator won us over with her adorable designs and spot on colour choices. Her love of fairy tales comes across in her whimsical designs, we highly recommend checking out her shop her designs are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
We have been big fans of this ladies work for a long time and Bugs especially has been lusting after her ‘I Love You To The Moon And Back’ illustrated plate, her new constellation planters caught our eye too and will most certainly be a future purchase. Whilst you are checking out her website we highly recommend perusing her blog too.
Did you go to Renegade? We would love to hear about what you bought!
Bugs & Birds