Lately: Renegade Craft Fair

Our jaunt to London last month not only included a trip to knitting heaven, but also lots of other fun things. So fun in fact, that I thought they deserved their own blog posts. Today it’s my visit to the Renegade Craft Fair, which took place in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. You may well have heard of Renegade Craft Fair, who are the bees knees at organising fairs showcasing the very best in beautiful handmade goods. The team behind RCF held their very first fair back in 2003 in Chicago, with only 75 stallholders. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, adding Austin, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco to their regular locations. And then, in 2011, they made their debut over here, holding their first ever UK fair in London.

I have known of RCF for a while, and enjoyed following their craft fairs via flickr. The fairs tend to be huge, featuring hundreds of stallholders at a time, and encompassing a wide range of handmade goods including housewares, ceramics, jewellery, paper goods, clothing, artwork, wool, comics…phew! So imagine my delight when I found out that the next London fair would be taking place the same weekend I was going to be there! Now that, I thought, is crafting fate.

And I wasn’t disappointed. It was a lovely sunny day, and the fair was bustling – held in a huge hall above the famous food hall on Brick Lane, it was an ideal spot. At times, it felt a bit like being in a greenhouse, with the sun streaming in through the glass roof, but being a bit warm wasn’t going to stop me enjoying the lovely crafts. And lovely they were! I came away with beautiful jewellery from Lovely Pigeon and Oh, Hello Friend, a whole stack of business cards and, as usual, many a photograph – some of which you can see below. You can find the rest over on flickr. And if you happen to find a Renegade fair happening in your next of the woods anytime soon, you know the drill: GO!

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