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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 }

Maker's Remarks

Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions

Oh man. I’m excited. Why? Because I’m about to share my mini interview with Arlie Trowbridge, the stupidly talented woman behind Urban Revisions. I’ve loved her work for ages now! Arlie was sweet enough to answer a few questions — some silly, some serious — for the latest installment of my Maker’s Remarks series. And the timing couldn’t be better, because she’s just released her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Oh how these sherbet colored pieces make me wanna run outside and chase an ice cream truck!

handmade glass and leather purses by Urban Revisions

How did Urban Revisions start? Did you have a “quit your day job to start an Etsy shop” sort of moment?

Urban Revisions started in early 2009 by accident. I had just started getting into reading fashion blogs and the DIY shredded t-shirt craze was in full effect. I gave it a try and was immediately addicted to the process of “revising” the most basic article of clothing – a tee. My friend started modeling them in “urban” settings around Richmond, and the Etsy shop was born. Shortly after my first couple of sales, I was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Couldn’t have been better timing. This allowed me to “quit my day job” and really pursue selling my work.

Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions

Your shredded T-shirts are so unique, and it seems like your beautiful glass jewelry requires a lot of skill to create. What’s the inspiration for your pieces and the process for making them?

There’s no doubt that I love things with an organic feel to them. Almost anything that I’ve ever created and really loved came about by accident… there’s something really special about working with glass and distressed fiber. You can melt and shred forever until something amazing comes about. In the end, everything always has this delicate look but in actuality, cotton and glass have really strong qualities.

shredded cotton scarf in orange sherbet

Would you say you’re more of an urbanite or a nature-lover? Or a perfect mixture of both?

Both! I’ve lived in or very close to a city the majority of my life. I need to be near the sound of people’s hustle and bustle but I also need our long camping trips in the middle of no where and our afternoons hanging down by the James River.

shredded cotton t-shirt from Urban Revisions

What’s a typical day in the life of Arlie Trowbridge? Take us through a brief snapshot of your day, from morning to night?

Wake up, stumble to the coffee pot, fill the largest mug available, stumble to the studio and slowly open my eyes over emails and blogs.
Thats the first step, and then it’s either …

a. start shredding
b. start torch working
c. start dyeing
< or >
d. start day dreaming

I’m really all over the place, and it feels awesome.

handmade glass cluster rings from Urban Revisions

Would you rather have the ability to breathe underwater or the ability to fly? Explain.

Breathe underwater!!! In fact, this is something I’ve dreamt about many times. I spent many days at our local pool pretending to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid when I was little. Some people have commented on my cluster rings and leaf earrings, saying they remind them of coral. I love that. Marine life is fascinating.

handmade shredded t-shirt from Urban Revisions

What’s your favorite part of creating & selling your handicrafts?

The people I have had the pleasure to “meet”! The internet is such a powerful tool. Knowing that there are ladies all over the world wearing Urban Revisions is incredible to me.

handmade glass cluster ring from Urban Revisions

BTDubs, if you’ve read through this interview, you’ve got a special treat coming. You can enter Arlie’s giveaway on Facebook to win the spectacular glass cluster ring pictured above. Get on over there and enter!

Shopping Sherpa

The Shopping Sherpa: Ornaments!

christmas ornaments illustration

{ Antique Ornaments by Kate Bingaman Burt }

It’s that time of year again, folks. We’re hanging our Christmas decorations and gathering gifts for loved ones. Bloggers around the glitzed-up globe are presenting their annual gift guides, and we are no exception. This year we’ve rounded up some unique suggestions for common holiday presents! First up: the ever-present holiday ornament! Take a looksee…

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Westervin Wishlist

We think the Shopping Sherpa did a pretty good job of coming up with gift ideas for everyone else, but we didn’t need any help with finding our own gifts to wish for. Between an Etsy addiction (Sarah’s, obv) and daily scouring of the interwebs (Brian), we’ve collected plenty a pretty present idea over the months. Sure, we’re a little late for all of you to buy us Christmas presents, but maybe, someone, somewhere will get us something from out list during the new year. Here’s hoping!

{ San Miguel Blanket from Pendleton }  { Arrow Scarf Print from Hello Jenuine }

{ Bar Roll-Up from Cocktail Kingdom }  { Leather Chevron Earrings from Dinosaur Toes }

{ Apron SS0929 from Stanley & Sons }  { Parallel Highway Necklace from A Lovely, Little Shop }

{ Tobacco & Sandalwood Candle from Sydney Hale Co. }  { Shredded T No. 5 from Urban Revisions }

{ Arrow Cuff Links from Swift Fox Vintage }  { Joanna Floral Fascinator from Which Goose }

{ Missouri Plyboo Cutting Board from AHeirloom }{ Great Outdoors with Forest Panel Painting, Camping from Dolan Geiman }

{ WOOD super thick body creme from Portland General Store }{ the strange planet from The Good Machinery }

{ Choose Your Own (Pickle) Adventure Pack from Sardine and Anchovy } { night swim . tiny original mixed media collage on wood from gretchenmist }

{ Travel Bag Pendleton Wool Shaving Case from Timberline Treasures } { Captain Bert from Alice Gabb }

clarity wishlist

Vintage Laboratory Beakers from DKGeneral Store } { Spirit Creature glass mug from Corduroy }

good tunes wishlist

2011 Numero Group Subscription } { The Day Pack in Woven Wool from Infusion }

happy home wishlist

Arkansas from Frank Chimero } { Rock Piles II from Miniature Trapdoor }

Shopping Sherpa

The Shopping Sherpa: Cool to the Touch

The Shopping Sherpa: Cool to the Touch

Three interesting notes regarding a couple of the items in this here Shopping Sherpa collection.

1) The Awesome-with-a-capital-A glass ring (top left) was handmade by one Arlie Trowbridge, who emailed to introduce me to her shop, Urban Revisions. But I beat Arlie to the punch! I found Urban Revisions a few weeks ago, and have been “favoriting” her unique shredded tees and organic glass rings like a madwoman. Thanks for reading Westerin, Arlie, and double thanks for emailing!!!

2) You may recognize the repurposed lace earrings (bottom right) as being from Tree & Kimball, a regular here on our bloggedy-blog. You probably don’t know, however, that Lisa, my special pen-pal and the evil genius behind T&K, has recently shared some lucky news. Tree & Kimball will now be carried in Anthropologie! I kinda feel like I know a famous person (even though we’ve never actually met in person, and I guess that professional success and recognition aren’t quite the same as being “famous”… at least not in the “Us Weekly” sense). Congratulations, dear!!!

3) Every item here is sooo cooooooool. Gimme! I want it all.

{ “Nature in the City” Glass Ring by Urban Revisions }  { Vintage Southwest Jacket from Clever Nettle }

{ Floresta Mug No. 6 by Sometimes She Does }  { Bullet Hole Necklace by Odette New York }

{ “Love Token” Tea Towel by Caitlin Hinshelwood }  { “Limor” Lace Earrings by Tree & Kimball }