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Unbeige @ Renegade Craft Fair

renetitle.gifUnbeige had a big weekend. We also stopped by the Renegade Craft Fair, held in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park. This was the fair’s first year in New York; it was started two years ago by two major DIY’ers Sue Blatt and Kathleen Habbley. (The fair comes this year to Chicago’s Wicker Park September 24-25.) Craft fairs usually freak us out—all that weird ropy jewelry and batik wrap skirts—but these were crafts we could get behind. Some of the items were just a bit too preciously hipster—felt clutches silkscreened with square-rimmed glasses?—but there were lots of great DIY tees, lots of iPod cozies, lots of letterpressed stationery, and some adorable infant wear that made us want to steal a baby and dress it up.

We couldn’t resist buying two things from Scraps of Paper by Kristin Amico, an online purveyor of handmade books and stationery who played on two of our weaknesses—the Nancy Drew mystery series and t-strap shoes. We fell for these recycled hardcover journals (we even snagged one bound with one of our favorite installments, The Clue of the Velvet Mask) and these handsewn notecards. There were also great cards made from the sewn pages of Harold and the Purple Crayon and James and the Giant Peach.

Giant Dwarf Design was the only other vendor who took our money, with comfy American Apperel tees embellished with pinwheels of vintage ’20s fabric and buttons. (Also: A cloche hat for every occasion!)

There were also great, but pricey, pillows from This Is Swigg.

Cards and invitations from Berkeley-based Saturate Design

Plus bookplates from The Polka Dot Life , bookmarks from if’n books, and beautiful sterling silver necklaces from Amy Tavern:

It was kind of impossible to tell sometimes who had made it big (apparently the girl from Evanescence wore an Amy Tavern necklack to the Grammys) but the one thing we recognized was the work of Jay Ryan, the Chicago artist who designed the cover of Michael Chabon’s latest novella, The Final Solution. Ryan has an online gallery of great concert posters—Built to Spill, TV On the Radio, Califone, Kings of Convenience, etc.—and original designs. Check it out.

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