The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique DIY event held 4 times a year in Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA. RCF has gained a reputation over the last five years as being the biggest, best and the most well-known of all the DIY craft fairs out there. Each individual fair draws hundreds of applicants and tens of thousands of shoppers from all over the country and abroad! At the RCF you'll find all sorts of cool handmade stuff ranging from comic books to craft kits, silkscreened posters to reconstructed clothing.
RCF is one of the first events of its kind, having started out in Chicago's Wicker Park in 2003 and spreading like wildfire ever since! The first fair was 1 day and featured 75 vendors from all over the country. The second fair was 2 days and showcased 125 crafters. In its third year, RCF went on the road and took over Brooklyn, NY's McCarren Park with 150 vendors. A couple years later, there was still room to grow - and throwing a Holiday Sale seemed like the next logical step. Now in its 5th year, we're expanding out to the West Coast and taking San Francisco by storm!
Today in 2008, each unique event features over 200 of the most talented craftsters nationally as well as from around the globe! Brooklyn's event takes place at the historic McCarren Park Pool. Chicago's September event sets up shop down the middle of Division St. from Damen - Wood. The Holiday Sale is held at Pulaski Park in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. And San Francisco's 1st Annual event will take place at scenic Fort Mason, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
The Renegade Craft Fair is organized by Sue Daly, whose a crafter herself, and designs jewelry under the name Timber Handmade. The inspiration for RCF came when Sue took back up her childhood hobby after college, and had some success selling a few pieces. She wanted to take her hobby to the next level and started looking for local fairs to participate in. Surprisingly, no events were catering to the burgeoning DIY craft community so prevalent online - and often even rejected crafty applicants altogether. So, with a childhood friend, RCF was started and provided an exciting, fresh venue for artists and shoppers alike.
Official Website: http://www.renegadecraft.com/sanfran/
Added by Matte on June 25, 2008