May 27, 2015

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Renegade Craft Fair

Inside Fort Mason

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.

At the Fort Mason show last weekend, more than 200 vendors brought a variety of booths, filled with everything from incredibly detailed jewelry and hand painted dinnerware sets to funky screen-printed tees. Not only did this installment of the Renegade Craft Fair reveal that flare and innovation are still alive in today’s saturated D.I.Y. market, but the free-to-attend event also made the latest in craft accessible to all.

Here are a few shots of what we found at the Renegade Craft Fair:

Stone & Honey

Teresa Robinson from Stone & Honey


Carie Saxl

Laura Bruland from Yes & Yes Designs

Erin Feller


Linea Carta

Christopher Steinrueck from Wood Thumb

Photography by Lindsay Harte

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Dec. 20-26

You can still get your craft on in time for Christmas at Workshop this week.

With less than a week until the fat man shimmies down your chimney, the SF Indie Fashion Calendar is quieting down as local designers, retailers and fashion fans complete their gift-buying frenzies and head out of town. That said, there are still a few choice opportunities to indulge in independent fashion and beauty this week. Here are our picks:

  • If you want to get your craft on before the end of the year, there’s still time, thanks to the classes taking place at Workshop this week. Peep the calendar, and you’ll see such D.I.Y. diversions taking place this week as Sewing Machine 101, Rock ‘N Roll Sewing and Glass Jar Terrariums.
  • In need of last minute gifts? The Mission Statement is offering a different deal each day of the week via its cute, indie-minded advent calendar. Head over for discounts on mineral makeup, men’s jackets, tees and jewelry.
  • On Thursday, you can scoop up locally-made face and body care products for men and women with customizable scents during Heliotrope’s The Last Second-to-Last Thursday Party of the Year. The Noe shop will be offering snacks, Champagne and special discounts while showcasing new products and travel-sized items (also great as stocking stuffers).
  • Once Friday rolls around, we hear the fine folks at Secession Art + Design will be helping last-minute shoppers and having a good time while they’re doing it by breaking out the whiskey, wine and chocolate for shoppers that come through the Bernal Flats’ gallery-boutique’s doors, open ’til 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Photography courtesy of Workshop

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Dec. 6-Dec. 12

With the holiday season in full swing, the SF Indie Fashion Calendar is full of events to keep San Francisco fashion lovers busy with trunk sales, beauty happenings, fashion shows and opportunities to shop from independent sources. Here’s our pick of top San Francisco fashion and style events this week:

  • On Thursday night, fans of D.I.Y., local design and African penguins (which, let’s face it, completely rule) will descend upon the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for a 21+ event featuring a bevy of designers and distractions curated by Kelly Malone during the Indie Mart D.I.Y. & Design Holiday Night. We hear the tickets ($12) to this event could sell out, so you may want to buy them in advance if you want to go.
  • Guys and girls will find chances to shop some of our favorite independent brands on the cheap this week, thanks to a trio of stylish San Francisco sample sales happening over the weekend. The annual Rebecca Beeson sample sale promises the local label’s uber-California apparel at up to 70 percent off, while a Goorin Brothers sale will deck you out in the perfect head-topper for less and an Obey sample sale going down at Jack’s gives guys a chance to suit up in the much-loved label’s gear at a discount.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

D.I.Y., Together: Workshop Opens

workshop-san-franciscoJust because you like to do-it-yourself shouldn’t have to mean doing it all by yourself. That’s the idea behind Workshop, a creative arts space opening on Saturday in San Francisco’s Western Addition from the founder of the widely-attended Indie Mart events.

“I wanted something really interactive. Indie Mart is really fun and people love to come out to it, but it’s not a place people can come on the regular,” Workshop co-owner and Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone tells us.

Inside the 800-square-foot space, what Malone dubs an “inspiration library” beckons artists and designers with a collection of books and reading materials meant to spark new ideas and projects. Ten sewing machines and screen-printing equipment are on hand for use in upcoming workshops, which will range from single sessions to multi-day classes on a wide variety of topics such as starting your own t-shirt line, container gardening, wine tasting for beer guzzlers and – Malone’s personal favorite – Rock ‘n Roll Sewing for Dudes.

“I wanted a place where even my completely craft challenged guy friends could come hang out,” says Malone.

To that end, beyond-the-crafty reasons to visit the space abound. There’s a ping pong table, a projector for movie nights and even a multipurpose bar for use during parties that doubles as a sewing storage unit and a place for turntables.

Almost everything in the place, save a few items scored from IKEA, was designed and built by Malone and her dad, a skilled carpenter, using reclaimed, recycled or donated materials. Chairs for use during group classes sit perched on a shelf when floor space is needed for events, while a sculpture incorporating over 1,000 recycled light bulbs offers a constant reminder that ah-ha moments are just waiting to happen.

To get in on the action in person, stop by the space on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. for an opening party featuring music and live silk-screening demonstrations, or visit the web site next week for a calendar of upcoming classes starting the week of Sept. 28.