I got to spend a wonderful, yet HOT, Saturday with Nancy of Circa Ceramics at the Renegade Pop-Up outside the Hideout in Chicago. Braving the heat was definitely worth it because there were so many amazing artists showing their incredible art and wares. Here are some of my favorites…
One of our first stops was to check out the fabulous clothing created by JoEllen Lustig who owns JOLN.
Usually, I don’t feel comfortable trying on clothes at fairs, but JoEllen and her friend made me feel extremely at ease and helped me find a couple of dresses that flattered my shape and size.
Besides making beautiful outfits, JOLN‘s mission is to create affordable clothing made in the U.S.A. that is also sophisticated, yet comfortable. This tag explains it all:
You can check out JOLN’s website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram. I’m really excited to see her future designs!
Next, we stopped in at Girls Can Tell gift co. where we saw a kind, familiar face.
Girls Can Tell is a line of gifts and homewares created by Sara Selepouchin. The awesome diagram illustrations are all hand drawn by Sara, and they are printed in the U.S.A. I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of these towels that bring a smile to my face:
You can check out Girls Can Tell’s website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram. Plus, Sara has a really cool brick and mortar store in Philadelphia called Occasionette, that you can follow on Instagram, too!
After a little shopping, it was a pleasant surprise to find some delicious popcorn made by Chicago’s very own & popcorn. The popcorn is made in small batches, using non-GMO organic corn, and they have a variety of delicious flavors.
You can check out & popcorn’s website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.
We happened upon a ceramicist team we’ve never seen before! I absolutely love the pieces created by Silver Run Ceramics.
Silver Run Ceramics is the artistic duo of Michelle Lyn Strader and Frederick Bartolovic. On their small farm in the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Kentucky, they create a collaborative line of functional ceramic ware. Michelle and Frederick combine their experiences on the farm and their unique strengths to create these one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art. Their ceramics are made entirely by hand and can be used for casual, everyday use or for special occasions.
I had to take these little horses homes because they are sweet, and they reminded me of my late mom’s love of horses.
You can visit the Silver Run Ceramics website, check out their Etsy shop, and follow Michelle‘s and Frederick‘s individual accounts on Instagram.
HUishungry was a delightful booth to visit. I loved Ding Ding‘s personality, creativity, and the joy she exuded showing us her work and explaining her inspirations. And “Hu” doesn’t love a good pun? (Who is hungry?)
You can check out her website and tumblr page, like her Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram.
We found some more beautiful and kick-ass works in the next booth, Pale Fox Designs. Ashley Davis is the mastermind behind all these cool cards, prints, and mugs. I love the mug I got…such a true and bold statement surrounded with a flowery design. A perfect combination!
You can check out the Pale Fox Designs website, like her on Facebook, follow her on Instagram, and do some shopping on Etsy.
A favorite of mine is Last Craft. I’ve been a fan of their new wave tarot card set, stickers, and alter candles. Recently, I’ve acquired Prince, David Bowie, and Patti Smith. This time I picked up Tori Amos: Our Lady of Earthquakes, and I will proudly wear the awesome Fire Eye Girl enamel pin.
You can check out Last Craft’s website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, and do some shopping on their website or Etsy.
I was able to pick up the perfect gift for a friend: a glow-in-the-dark Godzilla poster created by the uber-talented Don Picton of Friend Prices.
You can follow Friend Prices on Facebook, and do some shopping on StoreEnvy and Etsy. I may have to pick up the Freaks and Geeks poster some day.
It was a joy to meet Alexz Sandoval of Bird Trouble. You know when you meet someone and automatically get a cool vibe from them? That’s what I felt when I met Alexz and learned about her art/business. I love that she runs her business out of a 1978 Dodge Sportsman and that Alexz believes in sustainable and handmade fashion, which speaks to my heart.
The bag I bought is reversible, made with two different but equally gorgeous materials. It will be hard to decide which way to use it!
You can visit Bird Trouble’s website, like her on Facebook, follow her on Instagram, and do some shopping on her website and on Etsy.
Our last stop was at Anchal, which was one of the most stunning booths that we visited. Not only are their home goods and accessories colorful and exquisite, the story behind Anchal is equally beautiful.
Anchal is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers exploited women worldwide. Anchal has provided careers in textiles and design to over 150 women, thus far. The products that are created are eco-friendly and made from vintage materials, organic fibers, and low-impact dyes. The throws are made from six layers of vintage cotton sari, and each one bought is giving a woman an opportunity to become an agent of change in their community. And sweetly, “Anchal” means the edge of a sari used to provide comfort and protection to loved ones and shelter.
I am proud to own these two throws, and every time I use them, I will think of the women who created them. Please visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram. It will do your heart some good.
The length of this post shows you what an awesome show the Renegade Pop-Up was! If you have never been to a Renegade Show, you must. You’ll seem some excellent art and wares, and you’ll feel great supporting indie artists who add so much good to our world.