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As an editor with Do It Yourself magazine and Decorating, I’m constantly surrounded with beautifully created items for the home. And being a lover of all things handcrafted, getting the opportunity to check out an independent craft market couldn’t have been a more exciting opportunity for me.

This past weekend, I traveled to sunny California to take in Renegade Craft Fair’s Los Angeles edition, held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The Saturday & Sunday event brought in makers from all across the country, selling their wares and taking in the vibrant handmade scene. Poppy colors and geometric shapes reigned supreme, but there was a strong showing of organic shapes and natural elements, too. I’ve compiled ten of my favorite booths here (in no particular order)—check them out!

1. Bird and Feather: This terrarium and craft shop also sells gorgeous terrarium-making supplies for those that want to DIY a mini garden of their own. 2. Paper Pastries: The LA-based stationery studio sells fabulous cards and paper goods, but it’s their custom calligraphy rubber stamps that really caught my eye. 3. Kik Design: Handprinted letterpress cards with fun, to-the-point salutations cover almost every special occasion (and even the everyday ones, too). 4. Flock Home: These hand-printed alphabet onesies, as well as the rest of the line’s illustrated textiles, feature eco-friendly linens and non-toxic dyes.  5. Amy Marcella: Illustrated calendars, textiles, and cards that feature modern botanicals would freshen up any space. 6. Eri Sugimoto: This patterned pottery is created using a one-time-use hand-cut pattern, but is microwave and dishwasher safe. Beautiful and usable! 7. Bird Mafia: Cut paper artwork amazes me every time—and this dimensional fox scene was no different. Though small in scale, it was huge on impact. 8. Catherine Reece: Hand-drawn illustrations and patterns decorate her pottery pieces and tableware. Aren’t these teeny vases adorable? 9. JFish Designs: These slipcast ceramic planters would be cool on their own, but those candy-colored interiors really make them shine. 10. The Bocket Store: Sarah rescues vintage vessels and gives them a new life with her signature hand-painted dots.

For the full list of artists that were at the fair, click here and check out their shops.


–Alexa Fornoff, Do It Yourself

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