In a time of easy access to how-to videos and blogs, major craft fairs might only serve as inspiration for whatever your next D.I.Y. project might be. But walk inside the Renegade Craft Fair, and you’ll quickly learn that craft has gone far beyond the basics. Recycled book covers turned into laser-etched butterfly pins? Check. A necktie made out of wood? Check.
Anyone who’s rattled around the San Francisco independent fashion scene in recent years has no doubt experienced the D.I.Y.-driven, all-indie, uber-creative and, above all else, intensely fun projects of Kelly Malone, founder of Indie Mart shopping events and creative space Workshop. A stalwart supporter of the local, independent design scene, Malone now needs support of her own to fight an ongoing battle with cancer.
Booze, bands and browsing for vintage, handmade and unique bargains brought us to Indie Mart on another soggy Sunday afternoon. The last street fair of the year before Indie Mart moves inside for the winter offered tasty treats, a hug wheel, even D.I.Y craft stations.
Burners, this one’s for you. Last weekend’s Prepare for the Playa event featured a far-out fashion show packed with apparel and accessories designed especially with Burning Man in mind. Missed it? Don’t fret. You’ll get another chance to scoop up Playa-friendly fashions when the event returns to Cafe Cocomo on Aug. 15.
While Levi’s, though indisputably local, can no longer be considered indie in any way, there’s still a reason for indie-minded shoppers to consider a visit to the space, which combines printing presses and materials with a small pop-up display of Levi’s apparel and a hangout area for those who want to sit and peruse the print posters and zines decorating the walls.