The Renegade Craft Fair is the Mother of all craft fairs in the States; from Chicago to Brooklyn, LA to Austin the Renegade name is synonymous with great quality independent craft and design. Last year, the Renegade brand made it’s way to London for the first time with huge success. So when they offered us a couple of stalls for their return this weekend, it didn’t take us a minute to yell “Hell yeah!”.
So here we are, list in hand ticking off the strange “essentials” we’ve decided we need like a trug, some paper bags, safety pins and an easel….Not content with just turning up to “sell” Folksy we are intent on making our stall a stall to remember. Cue Mark O’Brien.
I’d seen Mark’s impressive cardboard creations in a shop window on Upper Street and knew instantly that he could make something wonderful for our stall. After throwing some ideas around we asked him to create a 3ft traditional pillar box for our sign up cards to be safely collected in. It was an anxious wait but when it arrived this week I had to squeal a little. It’s pretty wonderful. We’ll be doing the big reveal online (and at Renegade) tomorrow but in the meantime here’s a few pics of the making process just to whet your appetite.
We also managed to find a man able to screen print the most awkward logo in the history of screen printed logo’s. Tony Godfrey from Ink Nottingham endured the laborious task of a 6 colour, opaque over lapping screen print (on a tight deadline) and did not disappoint.
He also helped us put together a black and white logo which we need your help with! We have a little sewing project in mind. Fred Aldous have kindly supplied us with a tonnes of embroidery threads, fabrics and needles in the hope that visitors to this weekends Renegade Craft Fair will take 5 minutes out to help make the Folksy logo beautiful.
It’ll be a proper community project which we hope will look totally awesome by 6 o clock on Sunday evening – grab you thimbles and come along.
We’ll also be updating our Twitter and Facebook feeds with Top Craft Fair tips from the vendors, selling a few bits from the For Folksy Collection and just generally spreading the Folksy word. With over 80 other stalls promising the best in British handmade, workshops AND the Brick Lane Music Festival just outside this is going to be one heck of a weekend. Hope to see you there!
Renegade Craft Fair London, The Old Truman Brewery 11am – 6pm Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September