Wow! We had an amazing time at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last weekend. Everywhere we looked we found artists, designers, crafts people and plenty of visitors who shared our passion for bringing beauty into their lives.
As we look back at Chicago – and look forward to seeing what’s in store when we join the Craft Fair at its stop in Brooklyn this coming weekend – we’re reminded of what our designer, Mark Eisen, said about his inspiration for the protea bottles: “I wanted to help create something beautiful. I loved the concept of making the bottle more of an object of beauty.”
In Chicago, the work of 3-Switch, with their glassware, decanters and serving trays, was near and dear to our wine-loving hearts. And as you can see in their Instagram picture above, they got a lot of attention. We’d never seen anything like their Revolving Wine Glasses before. Check ‘em out:
Makes swirling easier than ever!
Another favorite was Yao Cheng Design, whose booth is shown below in a picture she shared on Instagram. Yao Cheng is a young Columbus, Ohio, artist who, as you can see, creates lovely painted tea towels, pillows and other home goods that would be great for parties or as hostess gifts. And here’s some good news: Like us, she’ll be in Brooklyn this weekend, too, as will Betsy Olmsted, who also favors water color with much of her work, and whose “wares are produced as sustainably as possible by sourcing, sewing, and printing domestically, using minimal waste inkjet technologies and non-toxic pigments and dyes.”
Another vendor who caught our eye was Late Sunday Afternoon, who take sustainability in a direction we’ve grown familiar with – upcycling. Late Sunday Afternoon uses 100 percent upcycled fabrics to make scarves, kerchiefs, bandanas and more. They’ll be in Brooklyn.
Oh – and we can’t forget Paz Sintes, who makes extraordinary textile jewelry, like the Italian retro guipures shown above. As one of our team members commented, “I thought some of their stuff looked like protea designs in jewelry form!” Look for Paz in RCP Brooklyn as well – and be sure to stop by the protea gazebo to say hi and try our wines!