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July 12, 2011

This past Sunday, I hopped aboard the 43 to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason. I come from a familly that sews, builds, crochets, embroiders, prints, and throws (as in pottery), but I've never really had the knack for crafts aside from the mandatory paper mache projects of my youth. As such, I was completely in awe of all the well thought out wares on display. Most things were of the screenprinted and knitted persuasion, with a handful of knick knacks tossed into the mix. Accompanying me was our products editor Jordan, who'll be posting her picks soon (lovers of crafty jewlery, keep your eyes out!). But first off, here are 12 of my favorites from the show.

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I loved the patterns on these simple bowls by Vancouver-based <a href="http://eikcam.com/">Grace Lee</a>.
I loved the patterns on these simple bowls by Vancouver-based Grace Lee.
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These knitted owls were oh-so-precious. Unfortunately, the name of the crafter escapes me!
These knitted owls were oh-so-precious. Unfortunately, the name of the crafter escapes me!
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Though <a href="http://linea-carta.com/index.php">Linea Carta</a> translates to "paper collection," the eco-friendly screenprinted linens from this Berkeley company caught my eye. Check out their collection of tea towels, napkins, pillows and pencil bags
Though Linea Carta translates to "paper collection," the eco-friendly screenprinted linens from this Berkeley company caught my eye. Check out their collection of tea towels, napkins, pillows and pencil bags here.
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My favorite booth at the fair was <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/paulova">Paula Lopez-Otero</a>'s. She had an array of ceramics reminiscent of Heath's (minimal shapes, neutral on the outside, brightly colored on the inside) but with little twists. Here
My favorite booth at the fair was Paula Lopez-Otero's. She had an array of ceramics reminiscent of Heath's (minimal shapes, neutral on the outside, brightly colored on the inside) but with little twists. Here are a few scented votives.
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The spice bowls and canisters were quite nice and are a simple, and—considering the cork tops—practical solutions to cluttered countertops.
The spice bowls and canisters were quite nice and are a simple, and—considering the cork tops—practical solutions to cluttered countertops.
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Here's a selection from <a href="http://www.takofibers.com/">Emily Baier</a>'s crewel embroidery booth. She started collecting vintage embroidered wall hangings and then wanted to make her own. Problem was most of the kits available for purchase weren't w
Here's a selection from Emily Baier's crewel embroidery booth. She started collecting vintage embroidered wall hangings and then wanted to make her own. Problem was most of the kits available for purchase weren't worth a dime—mostly "Victorian Santas and pastel colored flower baskets." She decided to create her own modernized kits using artwork she or her friends made for patterns. Check 'em out here.
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This set of four "Small to Tall" containers from <a href="http://jfishdesigns.com/">JFish Designs</a> can be arranged in a couple different ways, which I thought was cool. They'd work as a stylish desk accessory or as bud vases. Either way, they're a stea
This set of four "Small to Tall" containers from JFish Designs can be arranged in a couple different ways, which I thought was cool. They'd work as a stylish desk accessory or as bud vases. Either way, they're a steal at $35. Jennifer Fisher also has quite the collection of small ceramic objects for sale in her Etsy shop.
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The world's smallest succulent garden from <a href="http://theranchdesigngroup.com/">The Ranch Design Group</a>.
The world's smallest succulent garden from The Ranch Design Group.
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I brought home this linocut of the Port of Oakland by Eric Rewitzer of <a href="http://www.3fishstudios.com/">3 Fish Studios</a>.
I brought home this linocut of the Port of Oakland by Eric Rewitzer of 3 Fish Studios.
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This print of San Francisco landmarks on maple by <a href="http://www.petitcollage.com/">Petit Collage</a> also came home with me.
This print of San Francisco landmarks on maple by Petit Collage also came home with me.
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Another great set of ceramics, this time by <a href="http://sarapaloma.com/SaraWebSite/home.html">Sara Paloma</a>. I loved the ridges adorning the outside of these vases.
Another great set of ceramics, this time by Sara Paloma. I loved the ridges adorning the outside of these vases.
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