Friday, June 4, 2010

Field Trip: Renegade Craft Fair

Despite the tornado forecast, I ventured out to Williamsburg, Brooklyn yesterday for the annual Renegade Craft Fair. The fair represents a community of young & edgy crafters selling items in a full spectrum of mediums: fabric, jewelry, ceramics, stationery... I walked around with a smile on my face, completely overcome with inspiration and admiration.

At the DeLong Ceramics booth I met Denise DeLong who makes decorative relief tiles and modern functional home accessories. I was really drawn to the ceramic boat cleats that double as coat hooks. I love how she took nautical hardware often overlooked and reinvented them into objects that command attention. I purchased one of the larger aqua hooks and am excited to find the perfect place to hang it.

The highlight of my day was meeting the artist behind Morris + Essex, Eliza Jane Curtis. She creates nature inspired cards using a variety of hand-printing techniques. I admitted that I had been following her online for sometime, fascinated with her journey from Maine to Brooklyn to Buenos Aires (and apparently now back to Maine), where she set up a printmaking studio- what a dream!


  1. Are those fish from Mimi Kirchner? I thought she was there- we made some of them for our booth at market!

  2. That looks like such a fun fair! Maybe next year we could go with you. I think we'd really enjoy it. I love that aqua hook too - so glad you bought it. :)

  3. So many incredible artists in one place. How inspiring!!

  4. Oooh, it was great to meet you too! I'm so glad you're a fan and your blog looks really nice... Renegade was so much fun!!!