One of the great things about visiting the web sites of craft fairs, however, is the vendor list–most artists have a web presence these days, so perusing the list of vendors is one way to check out all the Renegade-worthy artists even if you can’t be there for the ambiance.
Web shops also help me decide where I want to shop in person, if I am attending a craft fair. I like fair trade, natural, and recycled work, which info is generally available at an artist’s web site, so I don’t have to feel bad about grilling a super-busy vendor in a super-busy booth on the opening day of a major craft fair.
So, nope, I wasn’t able to make it across the entire country to visit San Francisco for Renegade (although I’ll be there in about three weeks, darnit!), but here are some of my favorite vendors who were there without me:
1. Reware: Jewelry made from Legos and other abandoned small toys and game pieces.
2. Archibald Leach: Women’s dresses from men’s dress shirts.
3. Birdy Botanicals: Handmade, organic skincare products.
4. Buzz Buzz Designs: Bags and jewelry remade from vintage components.
5. Ex Libris Anonymous: Journals made from old books.
6. Foxglove Accessories: Jewelry incorporating postmarked stamps from around the world.
7. Holly Hue: Punk clothes cobbled together from other punk clothes.
8. I Melt with You: Soybean wax candles.
Who’s your favorite eco-friendly artisan?