No Chicago craft show is quite like the Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago's largest handmade event. Now in its ninth year, this huge and always-packed show filled several blocks of Division Street on Sept. 10 and 11 with handmade goods from Chicago and beyond.
A few booths down, David Steinrueck of San Francisco laced together bits of reclaimed wood to create unique, segmented men's ties. "It's been crazy -- we're selling out," said Steinrueck, of Wood Thumb (http://woodthumb.com), who's done Renegade shows in other cities but was making his Chicago debut. (pictured above right)
"The customer knows they are going to get something here that they are not going to get anywhere else, which is a special thing," said Marcie, who along with husband Matt makes soaps, Chicago-themed candles, and reversible pendants. "That's what makes all of this worth it -- staying up late, burning the midnight oil to get it all done."
"There is a certain energy and enthusiasm at this show that you don't see elsewhere," Matt added.
- Left: These burp cloths by Abbey Christine (http://www.etsy.com/shop/abbeychristine) will get any parent-to-be prepared for the messes they're likely to encounter when their little one arrives.
- Right: AD LOVE's screen-printed clothing has a tough-girl feel. (http://www.adloveshop.com/)
- Left:The ladies of Body Kit Jewelry (http://www.bodykitjewelry.com/) create industrial-looking chunky pieces that are wearable works of art.
- Right: Jessie Oleson of CakeSpy (http://www.cakespy.bigcartel.com/) talks with shoppers about her cute cupcake-themed art.
Left: Sarah Belknap of iamhome (http://www.etsy.com/shop/iamhome) shows mixed-media pieces created from wood reclaimed from a family farm.
Right: Know Your Flag (http://knowyourflag.com/) shows Chicago pride by creating screen-printed posters celebrating the city's heritage.
Left: Lucius Art (http://www.etsy.com/shop/luciusart) uses vintage design elements and whimsical animal images in these art prints.
Right: These soy wax candles by Milton & Margie's (http://www.etsy.com/shop/miltonandmargies) use repurposed teacups, jars, and other containers and smell fantastic.
Left: Moira K. Lime (http://www.moiraklime.com) creates stunning metalsmithed jewelry with floral and botanical themes.
Right: Michelle Cavigliano of My Zoetrope (http://www.myzoetrope.com) paints bright and cheerful watercolor pieces that lift your mood as soon as you walk into her tent.
Left: This unique human head (who doubles as a business card holder!) was hand-sculpted by Oscar Yaquian (http://www.oscaryaquian.com).
Right: Snarky cross-stitches by Purple Hippo Stitches (http://www.purplehippostitches.com) gave many shoppers the giggles.