Trendwatch: The Renegade Craft Fair

Trendwatch: The Renegade Craft Fair

Susie Nadler
Jul 20, 2009

At this weekend's Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason, we were thrilled to see some of our favorite local (and non-local) craftspeople and their handmade wares in person. Certain trends in graphic motifs were popping up all over the pavilion, and it was fun to watch how different artists interpreted them. Check out our favorites after the jump...

These are the trends we noticed, to varying degrees:

1 and 2 - Marine creatures have been huge for a while and are getting huger. Octopi and whales were particularly prevalent at this year's fair. Love the many-tentacled creatures on these pillows from Wonder Thunder. Actually, we happen to love anything that swims, so we're happy to see whales and squid stick around a while longer. You can read about Tugboat Printshop's wonderful woodcut prints in Lily's post from this morning.

3 and 4 - Woodland creatures—still going strong after quite some time. We thought we might be sick of them, but talented artists like Lisa Congdon, Diana Fayt (both in third photo), and Elizabeth Soule (fourth photo) still bring freshness and originality to the theme.

5 and 6 - Mustaches were everywhere, from giant mustache pillows to glittery face-painted mustaches. We loved the etched handlebar mustache mirror from Etch Your Heart Out and an adorable mustachioed octopus coat rack (two trends in one!) from Tiny Sparks.

7, 8, and 9 - Farm and country themes were also popular. The booth shared by Small Stump and Burgundy & Brown was dressed up like a stand at a county fair, with prize ribbons and gingham. Miss Natalie's smooth wooden eggs were one of our favorite offerings at the fair. And Rustbelt Fiberwerks had some pretty tea towels silk-screened with images of silos.

10 - Feathers and Native American imagery had a bit of a presence as well. We loved Mati Rose's gorgeous woodblocks.

(Images: Susie Nadler)

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