I have a pretty soft spot in my heart for Renegade. It was at a Renegade Craft Fair in Williamburg, Brooklyn back in 2009 (June 6, 2009, if we’re being overly sentimental about dates) when Grace and I first discussed the possibility of me joining the Design*Sponge team. It was a match made in craft heaven and I haven’t looked back, so I’m excited to see that in addition to their bi-annual fairs, Renegade is launching Mini Markets and the first one will take place in Brooklyn. It’s not just my personal history that makes me a huge fan of this organized event for devoted DIY-ers. It’s is a great opportunity to meet makers and learn about the who and how behind indie design. I always come away with a new appreciation for handmade work when I hear about an artist’s process. The Mini Market concept is different from the big Renegade Craft Fair in that there’s going to be a strong focus on local goods and makers. And if it’s a success, I hope they’ll expand to other cities soon. It’s such a great way to connect with your local artisan community. And who knows? Maybe you’ll make your own creative match! More details right here. –Amy
When: Sunday, May 18, 11 am-5 pm
Where: 165 Banker St., Brooklyn, NY
What: In addition to the indie makers, there will be arcade games, DJs, brunch-y food, drinks and more!