As many of you will know, I had a stall at Renegade Craft Fair in London last year (read about it here), but this year I chose not to apply and to go shopping instead! For those of you who haven't visited, Renegade is epic. 127 stalls (according to the map) but many people share their spaces, so in reality it's a lot more than that, and its held at the cavernous Old Truman Brewery in London's Brick Lane.
The standard of the work on sale and the ingenuity of the stall designs really make Renegade stand out (you should take a look at And Smile's stall - had to be my favourite but for some reason I didn't take a picture!).
I spent a total of 3 hours there (with a lunch break in the middle!) and still didn't see everything - here's my shopping...
From the top left: gift wrap from Georgia Bosson; belt from Gira e Rigira la Moda; paper baubles from Gabriela Larios; Cloud decorations from Pygmy Cloud; Christmas cards from Emma Block (which she brought in for me as she was doing portraits and didn't have a stall - thanks Emma!), Katrina Sophia (who was downstairs at The London Artisan market - this is on every Sunday, so you should check it out if you're in London) and Faye Moorhouse; tunic dress from Gira e Rigira la Moda; bird decoration from Terri Leahy; bobble hat card from Suzie Lee Knitwear; pencils from Oh Squirrel; Christmas garland from Rosa & Clara Designs; more decorations from Pygmy Cloud; robin decoration from Rosa & Clara Designs; Battersea Power Station brooch from I Am Acrylic and a selection of letterpress Christmas cards from Prickle Press.
Some of my favourite stalls...
I Am Acrylic had a fab stall (as always) - they also ran a jewellery making workshop, which I was sorely tempted to have a go at (but severely lacking in inspiration on the day!). Here's Brendan showing some folks how it's done.
There was also an opportunity to get hands on with letterpress on Prickle Press' stall (although once again my inspiration was lacking - where are all those classic lyrics when you need them?!).
I need a glitter bum bag from Pup Tart - decided I require a larger one than they had on the stall (for my float and phone at events) so I'll be back in touch with them...
I spent the day proudly walking around with my Lola Hoad Design's "Shop Independent this Christmas" tote and was really pleased to meet her at last on her beautiful stall. The bags were selling like hot cakes and I sent a few people her way so hopefully she sold out!
Rosa and Clara had a wonderful, bright stall as ever - it was great to catch up with Jessica (who will be at lots of events with me in the coming few weeks)...
...and to meet her stall neighbour Terri Leahy who had the most adorable toys (some of which matched my nails!).
It was good to catch up with Oh No Rachio! (fairly sure Rachel wasn't cold anymore by the afternoon - it got quite warm in there).
And Hello Harriet (I know someone who needs one of her kitty phone cases, I just need to sneakily work out which model of phone she has first...).
I popped to see the lovely Rhiannon Palmer (another thing I need is one of her concrete necklaces - Mr M take note...).
And at the same time fell in love with the work of her neighbour Ruth Holly (more additions to the Christmas list here!).
As ever, Suzie Lee Knitwear had a wonderful, brightly coloured stand - I was tempted to just bury myself in her scarves but I'm pretty sure that's frowned upon...Oh and look at that dressmaker's dummy (not envious at all...)!
So I was a little sad not to have a stall of my own when I was there, but it did make a lovely change to be able to shop and chat without time restraints (and to be able to buy things without worrying about how I was going to get them home on public transport alongside all of my stuff!). If you would like to come and see me, I'll be at the following events before Christmas:
22 November 2015 – BUST Christmas Craftacular – York Hall, Bethnal Green 12 December 2015 – Crafty Fox Market, CLF Art Cafe, The Bussy Building, Peckham 19 December 2015 – Barbican Centre Christmas Market – The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2
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