The Renegade Craft Fair comes to San Francisco this weekend, and I’m very excited about some of the vendors that will be there. A wide range of illustrators, jewelers, home-goods crafters and letter-press printers will be luring me to their tables.
I’ve trolled the Renegade Crafts Fair site and gone down the list of participating San Francisco vendors. I tried to keep to a tight set of criteria for picking out my favorite vendors.
1. They had to be making something that was original and unique — not like the multiple vendors who will be there selling upcycled wallets and notebooks — something special.
2. I also wanted to stick primarily with vendors working in the paper arts or using their own designs and illustrations on T-shirts, totes and other ephemera, because it’s more relevant to my interests and more relevant to those looking at a print-focused blog.
3. I also just chose, completely subjectively, the items I would drop cash on and be willing to display in my home.
All my laboring in front of a hot computer all day, making the hard decisions, has brought you this list of my favorite renegades at the fair:
3 Fish Studios
A husband and wife team of painters and print makers in SOMA.
He’s got such a loopy gestural quality to his line drawings that make them seem alive.
I had found this illustrator before in my Etsy wanderings and already had my eye on some squirrel prints.
I can picture these in a baby boy’s room. He would never be afraid of monsters looking into these gentle faces every day.
I’ve seen Caitlin’s editorial illustrations before — most notably in 7×7 Magazine — and I love her style
I love a good typography T-shirt. They also carry a lot of state and region-specific shirts.
Visually great poster design.
Are we seeing a theme here with animal heads on human bodies? Hmmm.
A nice minimal geometric aesthetic.
Bold, graphic and pretty.
I love quirky hand-lettering. And her sense of color is nice.
You may remember Jason Munn from the “Best Summer Movie (posters)” post. I know that it’s so hard to come up with such tightly crafted concepts and execute them with such minimalist precision.
Another amazing illustrator. Every poster is a study in color use and line finesse.
These are her silhouette pieces which I covet. She also does full-color paintings