Thursday, September 17, 2009
I checked out the Renegade Craft Fair this past Sunday. A lot of fun stuff as usual. I was glad that the weather was perfect, unlike the huge storms that rolled through there last year. I met up with my friend Gena, but as we progressed we kept finding more people we knew so our posse kept getting bigger. Chicago's Shawnimals had a huge selection of their handmade ninjas, plush mustaches, and assorted pocket lumps, etc.
Sighn of Multipolar Projects, created an immersive It's Ok environment full of clouds and tree stumps displaying several thousand of his hand-numbered ITSOK's (out of an edition of one million).
A lot of great printmakers were there including Milwaukee's Little Friends of Printmaking, Jay Ryan's Bird Machine, Sonnenzimmer, The Post Family, Spudnik Press, Pittsburgh's Tugboat, Delicious Design League, and Mat Daly (who designs the Renegade Poster each year).
This was the 2009 poster. You can check out some of his previous designs here.
Jay Ryan seemed pretty pooped after a long weekend. His booth was nearly sold out by the time I swung by. In fact he gets pooped there every year. Here he is all tuckered out after the Renegade Craft Fair a couple of years ago...
I picked up a couple things at the Seibei booth and also got an awesome print of a Posada skull-themed Chewbacca by artist Jose Pulido of L.A.'s Mis Nopales. Pictured at the top of the page. You can see more of his work here.
David Murray of Sebei, pictured at his booth a couple of years ago.
If you couldn't make it to the fair, they'll have a holiday edition this December 5th and 6th at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse in Wicker Park.