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!