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Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013

You’re not going to believe this. I just realized that I never shared my pictures from last year’s Renegade Craft Fair! For shame! As per usual, Brian and I had a great time perusing the impressive wares this past September at Chicago’s premier craft fair, and the booths certainly weren’t short on creative inspiration for me. I made sure to check out nearly every booth (a feat, let me tell you), and I snapped some pics of my favorites. After editing the pictures and putting this blog post together the following week, I promptly forgot to publish it. Gimme a break, though—it was a really busy time for me. But better late than never, right? I still wanna share all this great handmade work!

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Elizabeth Suzann dyed shirts

{ beautifully hand-painted silk shirts from Elizabeth Suzann }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Elizabeth Suzann dyed scraves

{ Elizabeth Suzann }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Dolan Geiman portraits

{ impressively large-scale, collage portraits and mixed media sculptures by Dolan Geiman }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Dolan Geiman art

{ Dolan Geiman }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Humperdinck Haberdashery hats

{ hats, hats, hats! from Humperdinck Haberdashery }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Naked Goat Farm jams

{ We got some DELISH bourbon peach jam from Naked Goat Farm after enjoying their free samples. }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Manymade wall art

 { I liked this cool booth filled with geometric animal portraits on wood. The business card I got said manymade.com, but sadly, the site doesn’t seem to exist anymore… }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Manymade art

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Adrienne Vita illustrated cards

{ colorful animal illustrations and printed gifts by Adrienne Vita }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Adrienne Vita pillows and prints

Adrienne Vita }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Caroline Borucki clothing

{ darling dresses made from unique fabrics by Caroline Borucki }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Susan Eastman textiles

{ Susan Eastman‘s display of hand-dyed scarves was perfect! }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Lisa Swerling glass cathedrals

{ Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals, delightful shadowbox sculptures }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Milled Home Goods Co

{ beautifully simple (and simply beautiful) wooden housewares and furniture from Milled }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Milled handmade furniture

{ Milled }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Urban Revisions glass vases

{ The highlight? Finally meeting the charming, talented Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions and seeing her gorgeous glass jewelry and vases in person. Joyous! }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Urban Revisions glass jewelry

{ Urban Revisions }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Urban Revisions handmade clothing

{ Urban Revisions }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Moss for Meditation

{ serene moss sculptures from Moss for Meditation }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Moss for Meditation

{ Moss for Meditation }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Peg and Awl

{ special rustic treasures from Peg and Awl }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Michelle Starbuck tent decorations

{ Of course we stopped by Michelle Starbuck’s festive booth and admired her classy jewels! }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Michelle Starbuck Designs

{ Michelle Starbuck }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Janelle Gramling necklaces

{ And I got a crazy/cool necklace from Janelle Gramling. }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Janelle Gramling

{ Janelle Gramling }

Craft Contexts

Craft Fairs!

Hiya friends! Sorry I’ve been absent the past few weeks, but, I’ve got an exciting summer project that will keep my posting regularly now. I’ve started reading through the book Makers: A History of American Studio Craft by Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf. Boy is it a fun read so far—chock full of fascinating facts, stories, and historical context that’s really enlightening my understanding and appreciation for contemporary crafts. As the reading inspires me each week, I’ll share some of what I’m learning. I’m pretty pumped about it. First up? Craft fairs. Yay!

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

{ from our trip to the Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012 }

With June wrapping up and the weather FINALLY getting warmer here in Chicago, I find myself, joyously once again, in craft fair season. My favorite time of year, mind you. I’m particularly lucky to live in Chicago, which has a large and strong craft community and is home to one of the most popular contemporary craft fairs in the US, the Renegade Craft Fair. There’s also a long list of other fantastic craft fairs lined up in Chicago—which I’ll get to later!

shopcolumbia holiday market art booth

{ from the ShopColumbia Holiday Market 2011 }

In recent years, it seems that dozens of new, indie craft fairs pop up each year, and the more established ones keep getting bigger and better, drawing even larger crowds of hip, DIY loving shoppers. My kinda crowd, really. And while this ever growing canon of indie craft fairs seems so fresh and progressive, there’s no doubt that today’s booming crafty economy draws on a long history of fine craft and economic trade.

New York World's Fair 1964-1965

{ image found at Papergreat.com }

As Makers points out, world’s fairs were one such phenomenon that particularly influenced today’s art & craft world. As many Chicagoans who’ve read Devil in the White City know, world’s fairs were massive public exhibitions offering economic and cultural exchange at an often-unprecedented scale, encompassing everything from art, design, and architecture to science & technology, international trade, tourism, and much more.

According to the authors of Makers, these fairs were “of pivotal importance to the history of craft,” because they provided craftspeople an opportunity for exposure, artistic recognition, and commercial success, as well as inspiration and education from others at the fairs. These diverse marketplaces “influenced taste and artistic development.”

Centennial International Exhibition 1987

{ source: Library of Congress }

The first world’s fair in the US was the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Makers asserts that “a renaissance in American decorative arts can be traced to ideas generated by the Centennial Exposition displays.”

World's Columbian Exposition 1893

{ the first Ferris wheel, at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893; source: Wikipedia }

In 1893, Chicago proudly hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, displaying grand achievements in architecture, design, and invention, including the first Ferris wheel.

World's Columbian Exhibition 1893

{ an exhibit hall at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893; source: Wikipedia }

This fair also included displays of American heritage through design and handicraft, as well as the cultures and customs of countless other nations.

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

{ Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; source: topwalls.net }

The Fine Arts Building, which was constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition, is now Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, housed nearly 9,000 works.

Louisiana Purchase Universal Exposition 1904

{ “Artist Views of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition – St. Louis, 1904″;

source: My Papered Past }

Next, St. Louis welcomed the Louisiana Purchase Universal Exposition. For this fair, a Palace of Arts was created, which is now the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Louisiana Purchase Universal Exposition 1904, Palace of Arts

{ Palace of Arts building constructed for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904; source: unknown }

Then, in 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the Palace of Fine Arts was built to display over 11,400 artworks from all over the world.

That woulda been a sight to see, huh?

While today we don’t have any single event quite like a world’s fair to attend, there are innumerable fairs and festivals, large and small, that celebrate the works of artisans and fine craftspeople. There likely wouldn’t be the craft fair circuit we know and love today without the standards and traditions established by the world’s fairs of yesterday.

Here are a few of the crafty festivities I hope to hit up this summer!

Renegade Craft Fair

Dose Market

Revolution Craft Show

Bellwether

Chicago Flea MKT

Lillstreet Holiday Craft Fair (which I get to help organize this year!)

Which craft fairs are you excited about?

Blog News

2012: The Highlights

Yesterday was Brian’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Brian! As a result, I reflected, as one so often does on such occasions, on how quickly the past year seemed to fly by. He’s 27 years old? Already? Didn’t he just turn 26…? I guess the year flew by because it really was chock full of fun and fantastic-ness. We just hopped from one milestone to the next.

Brian turned 26

Please join me, if you will, on a look back at the past year with the Westervins, starting with Brian’s 26th birthday on January 31st, 2012. That joyous celebration saw a cookie cake—Brian’s favorite kind of cake, obviously—as well as a few choice presents and a relaxing break with the Wests outside of the city. We were all so happy that this sweet man was born just 26 years prior.

Grace Steinel Jones started guest blogging

Soon after, we welcomed one of our dearest and most talented besties, one Mrs. Grace Steinel Jones, as a guest blogger for Westervin. Cooking away in her hot Austin kitchen, Grace whipped up such delicioso creations as the above carrot cake with honey-ginger figs, homemade granola, and some super tacos!

Sarah West Ervin started working with Lillstreet

Later in February, I started working with the Lillstreet Art Center. For class credit, I offered my newly acquired marketing skills to Lillstreet to help spread the word about their many amazing services and products for the creatively inclined and curious. In exchange, I got some professional experience, an invitation to a screenprinting workshop, and an opportunity to work with them again on another fun marketing project.

Westervin got a makeover

In March, Brian exercised his creative muscles and unveiled a new look for Westervin.com. He’s so talented. Note to self: keep him around.

Newby Treasury GIveaway

We celebrated the redesign with a very special giveaway from Newby Treasury. This giveaway had been in the works for a few months, since around the first time I met Sarah Newby. I latched on to that cool lady like white on rice, determined to make her my friend. BTW, it worked.

Brian West got a new Job

In April, Brian started working at Columbia College Chicago…one floor above my office! Now, we get to go to work together and get coffee together and eat lunch together and go on walks together and go home together and BEST FRIENDS FOREVER!!!!!!!

Debbie Carlos starts guest blogging

In other tremendously exciting April news, Debbie Carlos started guest blogging for Westervin with her series A Sunday Ritual. I don’t think I need to say much about this, other than: apricot pie, coconut corn fritters, ratatouille, sesame pea-shoot salad, cochinita pibil, and savory bread pudding, and 60-second gooey chocolate mug cake. Oh, and I should probably also say, “OMG! Thank you so much, Debbie! You are sooooooo awesome!!!!”

Celebrated World Party Day

Also that month, we were invited by BIG THINGS, Kitiya Palaskas, and The Adventure School to participate in the fun DIY-ness of World Party Day. We made some margarita jello shots for the festivities. I think they were appreciated…

Columbia College Chicago Manifest: Please Generate Art

As I wrapped up my first year of graduate school last May, we rounded out the semester with our interactive art installation, Sound Collective, which was part of PGA: Please Generate Art, the graduate Manifest project at Columbia. It was a disgusting amount of work coupled with some poor timing (damn you, finals!), but I think it was all worth it for the delirious giggles and slaphappy bonding among the Sound Collective team: Caitlin O’Meara, Laura Bock, me, and (unofficially) Brian.

Westervin Honeymoon

Brian and I soon recuperated on our Dollymoon. That is, we took our belated honeymoon at Dollywood! Best. Trip. Ever.

Sarah West Ervin made some videos for Lillstreet Art Center

When we returned, I began working with Lillstreet again on the Make It video series. I’m a producer, y’all! I’ve shared a few of the completed videos, and there’s a few more still to come…

Westervin gets juiced

In June, Brian and I started juicing! The good kind, guys. In an attempt to circumvent my general disinterest in most foods of the vegetable variety, Brian got us a juicer and started sneaking nutrient-rich vegetables into my diet, disguised by the sweet nectar of fruit juices. Let’s face it: everyone knows that vegetables are gross. Also fact: fruit is nature’s candy. So, if you mix fresh fruit juice with a little vegetable juice, like carrot, celery, spinach, etc., you can barely taste it! Since our juicing ways began, I’ve increased my vegetable tolerance and we’ve been drinking several servings of fresh juice every day. As a result, we generally have more energy, my hair and skin feel healthier, and I barely drink soda anymore. I’m serious. The power of juice has broken the hold that sweet, sweet soda had over me. Get juiced!

Sarah West Ervin learns to screenprint at Lillstreet Art Center

In other self-improvement news, I built up my crafting repertoire by learning how to screenprint! Laura Bock and I went to a screenprinting party at Lillstreet, wherein we sipped wine, ate fancy snacks, and got our crafty on with the help of instructor and textile artist Nora Renick-Rinehart. If only every month could include such craft parties…

Westervin was Published in Design: Paper

Perhaps the most exciting development in June, however, was being published! Our handmade save-the-dates were featured in the beautiful book Design: Paper. We loved making those little postcards, so we were overjoyed to see them in a book!

Sarah West Ervin blows up on Pinterest

In July, I got a lot of Pinterest followers, and we’ve had a lot of fun together since then…

Sarah West Ervin turns 26

And, in August, I finally caught up to Brian and turned 26 myself. I doubled the fun by joining forces with our local bestie Laura, who turned 24 a few days after my birthday. The fantastic festivities included a potluck brunch party and a trip to Six Flags. Brian also fulfilled one of my lifelong wishes by getting me an edible arrangement, delivered to me at work. All together, it was a dream of a birthday.

First Anniversary

That milestone was followed by an even better one in September: our first wedding anniversary. We celebrated with a delicious dinner, a nice walk, and a new set of handmade wedding rings! I gotta say, this marriage stuff is great.

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Later than month, we hit up the Renegade Craft Fair. As the highlight of my craftventures for the year, much fun and shopping was had by all in our party, both new friends and old.

Sarah West Ervin went back to school

And, to balance out the fun of September, my second year of graduate school began. Fitzgerald and I felt the same way about it: Meh.

Brian West is Famous

But soon, things were looking up again! In October, Brian was commissioned to create the signature cocktail for Poetry‘s centennial celebration. He expertly crafted the bubbly and well-balanced Hippocrene, inspired by a Keats poem. It was written about in the New York Times, guys. Note to self: seriously, keep this fella around.

Sarah West Ervin is Famous

Soon after, I saw my five minutes of fame as a guest pinner for Etsy, my other love.  Ok, famous is a strong word here…  but I’ll use it just the same! LOOK AT ME! I’M AN INTERNET CELEBRITY! Would you like my autograph?

Sarah West Ervin went crochet crazy

In November, to combat the stress of sudden stardom (but mostly that of homework and impending finals), I got into crocheting. REALLY into crocheting. I went a little crazy with hats there….

Going to Louisiana

For Thanksgiving, Brian and I took a roadtrip to Louisiana to visit my family. Highlights included: gramma’s twice-baked potatoes, playing with my little brother, cracking pecans, and stopping in Little Rock along the way for a quick catch-up with my forever-valentine, Megan.

Westervin turned 3

And then it snuck up on us—-Westervin turned three. We’re pretty proud.

Goodbye to Sarah Newby and Ryan Glenn

Then, in December, we were forced to say a tearful goodbye to our sweet, interesting friends, Ryan Glenn and Sarah Newby. We shared a brunch with these two, gave them a little going away gift, and shooed them on their way to L.A. Expect a visit this summer, guys. Sunshine, here we come!

We got a new kitchen

When we were away for Christmas break, our landlord updated our kitchen. I really feel like the beauty of our new wood floors and clean, white cabinets has changed my life. I actually enjoy being in the kitchen now! And, I’ve even been helping Brian out a little in there with this thing they call “cooking.” It’s not as terrible as it seems! We’ll share some photos soon—-of both the renovation and my delectable (not really) creations.

Rang in the New Year

And finally, Brian and I rang in 2013 with our sassy frands, Laura Bock and Jonathan Thomason. Never underestimate the enjoyableness of pie, boardgames, and an all-night slumber party.

If you twisted my arm, I’d have to say that the last year was a pretty good one. Here’s to the next!

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Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012: New Faves & Quirky Finds

ceramic cups & bowls from Ship & Shape

In addition to the few friends and old favorites we saw at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago earlier this month, I also happened upon a few new favorite shops. One of my most favoritist new shops is Ship & Shape, which had a very well-curated assortment of handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, ceramics, and other lovely miscellany.

Ship & Shape at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

So many things I wanted!

handmade jewelry and accessories from Ship & Shape

air plants from Alapash at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

The greenery and beautiful displays from Alapash were refreshing to see. Unlike our now sad terrarium, these looked pretty darn robust!

handmade scarfs from Herron Clothier

These scarves from Herron Clothier looked perfect for a classy, geometric fall and winter.

Herron Clothier at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

Just look at that beautiful weaving.

beaded necklaces from Moshi Handmade

Moshi Handmade had approximately one million necklaces I wanted.

handmade purses and pouches by Milkhaus Design

But the award for having so many beautiful things I wanted in my life that I couldn’t decide which one to get goes to….. Milkhaus Design! Can I have it all? Puh-leeeeease.

handmade dishes from The Bocket Store

I loved these hand-painted and re-imagined vintage pieces from The Bocket Store. The beauty was in the detail. And in the name. Bocket. That’s fun to say.

handmade bead & wood necklaces from I Am Home

Feeling nostalgic for the Original Wham-O Superball? Or maybe you just like bright colors and sand inspired patterns? In either case, iamhome makes the necklace for you.

iamhome at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

homemade kitchenwares from Tartella at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

At Tartella, I found some adorably printed napkin sets that were packaged in mason jars. Now that’s a nice touch.

handmade porcelain envelopes from Redraven

I’ve never really considered that I might one day need a handmade porcelain envelope, but these from Redraven were pretty enough to make me consider it.

art by D. C. Ice

These weird old animals in vintage frames from D. C. Ice were a major highlight for me. The stark color palette and elaborate frames really fit these delightful little weirdos.

D. C. Ice at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

That’s one tall drink of rabbit.

handmade cards from Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress had some of our favorite cards. Brian and I definitely picked up a few for some lucky someones.

handmade beaded jewelry by Sara Cramer

Sara Cramer was one of the friendliest sellers I met, taking a few minutes to explain to me how she made her intricately beaded jewelry. As you can probably imagine, each piece takes quite a bit of time.

Sara Cramer jewelry at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

Nerfect at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2012

A pug with a banana? A gnome with a hot dog? This silly cat face? OK, count me in, Nerfect!

upcycled candles from Reuse First

…Somebody drinks a lot. Namely, those at Reuse First.

crocheted dolls from Morico

OMG fuzzy creatures! Need something silly and fuzzy…. Morico is your new best friend.

temporary tattoos and illustrations from Burrowing Home

It’s probably no secret that I really want a cat tattoo, but I figured I should play it safe for a little while and try out a temporary one first. Luckily, Burrowing Home came to the rescue. Now I just need a special occasion to try it out! Like, maybe… a Monday?

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Faire Play: Volunteering

{ photo credit: The Lovely Poppy }

Volunteering. This thing people do when they care about something so much that the thought of getting paid for advancing the cause of said “something” doesn’t even cross their minds. Who knew! I’ll be trying out this “volunteering” thing before the year is out, because as it turns out, I care about something! Again, who knew? My reasons, you ask? Well, I want to gain some real world experience that applies to my grad studies. But I’m working full time, in addition to classes, so I can’t devote myself to an internship. Solution: volunteering at craft fairs! Fun fun fun.

It looks like I’ll get to help out with the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Chicago next month, and I’m pleased as punch at the thought of getting a behind-the-scenes look at one of my favorite craft fairs. And for those of you in the Chicago area, I invite you to join me! If you’re interested, just shoot Madelon an email at info [at] renegadecraft [dot] com. But the fun doesn’t have to stop with Renegade! The Chicago Craft Mafia‘s DIY Trunk Show is also in serious need of volunteers. I wanted to help out with this show, along with the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow, but they just happen to be on two of the three weekends that I have to work this year. Drat! But who knows what joyous fairs the Spring will bring. And there’s always YOU. Volunteer! I know you can feel the crafty spirit moving in you…. No? Is that a weird thing to say? Well, I just thought I’d make the suggestion…

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Renegade Craft Fair: Heavy Hitters

Renegade Craft Fair 2010: Up in the Air Somewhere

{ up in the air somewhere }

We couldn’t finish our Renegade Craft Fair coverage without a nod to the big boys (mostly girls, actually) — those especially talented artists whose work you may have seen on many blogs or in different shops (at least around Chicago). But if you haven’t heard of them yet, get familiar! These are a few of the talented, crafty ladies who’ve been feeding my wishlists for quite some time…

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Renegade Craft Fair: Little Friends & Creatures

Renegade Craft Fair 2010: Mimi Kirchner

{ Mimi Kirchner }

Authenticity is pretty big right now, right? It’s popping up everywhere. Take Mad Men for instance. Don Draper’s not eating a sandwich, he’s eating a 1962 sandwich (literally, Matthew Weiner probably had someone track down a cellophane-wrapped sandwich from 1962, airbrushed the mold out, and had Jon Hamm eat it on camera.) But wait! He’s not drinking a cocktail either, he’s drinking a 1963 Manhattan heavy on the 1963 Canadian Club with vintage labels and 1963 tax labels recreated by a crack team of archival-oriented graphic designers. Is it too much to ask of the viewer to just imagine that this bottle of vodka is really a 1963 bottle of vodka? Can’t I use my imagination? Please?

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Renegade Craft Fair: Romance & Durango

Renegade Craft Fair 2010: Little Ocean

{ Little Ocean }

I hope you’ve been enjoying our coverage of Renegade and don’t mind that we’ve spread the posts out a bit. We’ve got just a few more features left, and next up are some craftsters who were workin’ one of my favorite trends: the southwestern motif! Now, I realize that referring to the traditional designs of an entire culture (or in many recent cases, an amalgamation of different cultures) as “trendy” is a bit asinine, but I’m referring more to it’s somewhat recent resurgence in popular culture (I’m looking at you, Urban Outfitters, with your suede fringe moccasin booties). All the absurdity of popular culture aside, I’d like to introduce you to a few southwestern-themed booths that really caught my attention. I’m buying into this trend quicker than a tourist in an Arizona hotel gift shop!

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Renegade Craft Fair: And some gentlemen, too!

Lest you think that the Renegade Craft Fair only featured women, here are a few noteworthy guys that we spotted hawking their wares.

Renegade Craft Fair 2010: Labrabbit Optics

First up, Coyote of Labrabbit Optics. Yeah, his name is Coyote. Coyote DeGroot. He’s a certified optician. He eats cool for breakfast. Sprinkles it on his Wheaties. Labrabbit Optics carries some really unique, American-made frames, like Shuron (what?! we’re just throwing out eyewear brands like we know what we’re talking about…), along with refurbished vintages specs. Sarah and I will be dropping by his newly opened West Chicago shop soon for our eyewear needs.

Renegade Craft Fair 2010: Ethically Engineered

Another favorite from the fair was the Ethically Engineered booth, which was manned by Jack Nugent. Jack’s not only the nicest guy on the planet, he’s also nice to the planet. I walked away with some peppermint scented shave soap made with organic, vegan ingredients that lathers, smells, and feels great!

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Renegade Craft Fair: And the winners are…

And now… for the moment I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for! Westervin’s coverage of the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair 2010!!! (humor me.) It’s like the Olympics of craft, as far as I’m concerned. And we’re covering this year’s turnout like Joan Rivers on the Red Carpet. Well, maybe with a little less snark. So, who were my favorite artsy and crafty participants, you ask? Oh it was too hard to choose! And while I was perfectly willing to risk dehydration and exhaustion to see every one of the 300+ artists at the sunny, outdoor fair, Brian was a little more practical and was able to usher me down the seemingly endless row of vendors at a more efficient pace. I wasn’t able to thoroughly immerse myself in every booth, but at least I stayed conscious for the entire three hours we spent browsing. So of the artists I was able to see and speak with, I narrowed them down to a handful of favorites that we’ll be sharing with you over the next week or so. First up on the blogging docket? My favorite favorites–the vendors that were not only talented, but also incredibly sweet and charming.  So without further ado, I present to you a few darlings that you should definitely know.

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