American Craft Council Show Comparison To Renegade Craft Faire in San Francisco- Part 1
Signage in the ACC Show Booth Display

American Craft Council Show Comparison To Renegade Craft Faire in San Francisco- Part 2

This is Part 2. Read part 1 of "American Craft Council Show Comparison To  Renegade Craft Faire in San Francisco" on ASK Harriete.

Miss Charlotte Kruk (left) and Harriete Estel Berman visiting the booth of ACC exhibitor emiko oye.

Part 1 raised the questions:
What is the impact or purpose of an entry fee?
What is the role of music in the shopping environment?
Impact of lighting in the sales environment.
A price comparison between Renegade and ACC.

Part 2 CONTINUES the comparison ...

RenegadeRenegade Fair: Miss Charlotte Kruk reported "that the clothing seemed to lean toward the edgy...aligning with the spirit of the faire which I think is tremendously charming, relevant, and frankly fun, thrift store remade, recycled, reassembled, reinvented eclectic style. This is an aesthetic that I have always related to, make and wear myself; I was raised in the thrift store on the paternal side of the family and under the sewing machine on my maternal side. (My family often went to the second hand store and every time my grandmother would say "whatever you can't live without." - pretty funny when you think about this kind of "spoiling")


AmericanCraftShowLogoACC had every style and fabric you could imagine all leaning toward the artist made creative aesthetic with a price tag that reflected the makers development, growth in process, personal style and materials. Some of the fabric was loom woven, but more were painted silk, fabric applique, or specialized technique. I did notice that this year at the ACC show the clothing was more fitted and fashionable than in previous years. One of my favorite jackets was by Susan Bradley Designs using neoprene (such as would be used for scuba suits).

Renegade had a lot of the t-shirts and cards with graphic images that have become the predominate merchandise. Charlotte added that a lot of the merchandise used the laser cutter. "Seems like when one person is doing something it catches like a rash. The predominant rash in the Renegrade craft community right now is going to the Tech Shop and using the laser cutter. "

We both love the Tech Shop, but Miss Charlotte has a point: "To what end of unique and hand-made is this tool when the artist isn't taking time to develop the object beyond the industrial mass produced?"

Miss Charlotte said there was a contrast between Renegade and ACC in the diversity of the objects, skill and aesthetic voice. "I enjoy the raw, gritty renegade aesthetic for its spirit of "I MADE THIS" pride." By comparison, ACC was a very serious gathering of makers, who have spent a multitude of years developing their voice, understanding the consideration that lighting, sound, negative space, color, height, etc play on the viewing of the object. ACC sellers say "I made this" and stand firm in the numbers they're asking for their craft, their vision, their labor, knowing what it takes to establish the aesthetic voice that it takes to reach the platform of the ACC.

A few years ago, the Renegade shows were all the rage garnering a reputation based on a new and trendy appeal, along with questions about the direction of this craft movement.  Charlotte says, "It thrills me that at the Renegade you watch a guy on a sewing machine with a device he's invented to power it by riding his bicycle...And there he sits freehand stitching truly elaborate and inspiring patches, each unique because his hands will never do exactly the same thing twice, nor would he want them to. I LOVE RENEGADE for its gritty energy, it's youthful vibe of makers who desperately want to earn a living from their ability to "make" but are maybe just getting started with refining their vision and fine-tuning their personal aesthetic and creating a market that is truly individualistic."

I asked Miss Charlotte Kruk after the show:
How is the “I made this “ from Renegade different than the “I made this” at ACC?

Charlotte's answer: "The point I was trying to make was the voice of a sweet child (the renegade artist) that cannot be ignored "I made this" and you stop to acknowledge because it's important to build pride vs. the refined voice of an accomplished actress (in this case our ACC ARTIST); who has repeated the phrase over and over in so many different fonts and italics through intonation that it becomes a statement of control."


"What a pleasure to slow down and really "view" the show with Harriete. I'm sure at that pace, I would have seen a whole lot more than at the racing speeds my family zipped through the Renegade Craft Fair."

VelvetDeVinciFrontonPolkS.f."I think the highlight for me was getting to the reception at Velvet da Vinci and seeing all those makers who you took the time to congratulate and educate, together in one space. It was amazing to me to see all these dynamic artists in booths from the farthest corners of Fort Mason representing the farthest corners of the United States all sharing a bite of cheese and "bologna" together. Aahahaaaa ...but seriously, I enjoyed the second viewing of their work in the cases and seeing their faces again and together...and was pleased to see how each with their own unique style and vision had this great spirit of appreciation for one another. "

"Wonderful. (thanks again Harriete, for letting me be the Robin to your Batman...great stuff.), I'd repeat that experience anytime! cheers, Miss Charlotte."

Super wonderful to spend the day with Miss Charlotte. Hope we do it again soon.

Previous posts in this series:

Observations at ACC San Francisco 2013

American Craft Council Show Comparison To Renegade Craft Faire in San Francisco- Part 1