Last month I had the pleasure of attending a long-running craft store here in Austin, Texas. The Renegade Craft Fair has been going strong for over 10+ years in cities all over the US and world. It’s a great place to sell your craft, talk with others in the maker community, and see up and coming trends before they hit your favorite store. Makers are at the pulse of the trends and always right there with the latest things you just need to have. On my visit, I definitely saw a few trends start to pop up as I roamed the aisles of Renegade Craft Fair Austin.
Renegade Craft Fair Austin Trends:
The first major trend I saw was organically shaped jewelry. Now jewelry is always a popular medium for makers because it is an easy entry level craft. Not saying that jewelry can’t be complex and require metal smithing and more detailed craftsmanship, but sometimes jewelry can be as easy as putting an ear hook on an interesting looking pendant. But while there were a few different types of jewelry at this particular show, there were at least 4 or 5 jewelry makers out of no more than 75 total makers in the whole show selling organic shaped jewelry. Some was made from ceramic pieces hand formed by the maker, and some were laser cut acrylic, and some where made from hammered brass and painted wood. But the commonality in the pieces where the curvy geometric shapes paired together in coordinating colors. They all had a retro 70’s nod but in a more modern and updated way. A few of my favorite makers from this show were MAFE Designs, M Street Studio, One Story Shop, and Four Eyes Ceramics.
After the jewelry trends that I saw, the next big thing that caught my eye were ceramics in general. Ceramics are one of the more traditional and long standing craft mediums, but I loved seeing everyone’s takes on ceramics and how even the basic of techniques can be used to create such a unique and vast assortment. There were modern art inspired pieces like animal shaped salt and pepper shakers, to modern geometric wall hangings, ceramic jewelry like I mentioned above, and more traditional bowls and planters. A little something for every one of every taste in a medium that never goes out style.
The final trend that I saw spread throughout the craft show in different products were nods to the boho vibes of the 70’s. There were hand marbled silk scarfs, sewn leather shoes, ceramics reminiscent of the 70’s era, and vintage rugs. All for that bohemian, carefree, back to nature vibe.
After reading through the trends that are emerging or going strong in the maker community, tell me if I am missing out on any trends that you are seeing. Or if you are in love with one of the trends mentioned above. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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