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Thursday
Feb272014

renegade handcrafted: cotton & flax

Where was your favorite place to live?
Portland (my hometown) has a wonderfully cooperative creative community, and all that rain made my days of sewing and printing feel cozy. That being said, Los Angeles has been a really interesting place to call home for the last few years. Perhaps simply because it’s such a big city, as I take the time to explore, I am constantly finding new reasons to love it here.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My tiny studio space! I screenprint every piece for Cotton & Flax in my 6’ x 10’ printing room, and while it’s certainly cramped, I am grateful to be able to wake up, have some coffee, and get right down to work… no commuting for me! I know every nook and cranny in that little room as if it were the back of my hand, and I’ve hung up artworks from friends and some of my favorite printmakers to inspire me while I work.

Erin Dollar of Cotton&Flax What are your sources of inspiration?
I gather inspiration from all over: books, the internet, museums, the things I see on my daily walks. I’m very influenced by place; I’ve noticed that my color palette has really changed since I moved to Los Angeles. I used to gravitate towards greys and blues, and now I find myself adding brighter colors to each new collection.

What do you drive?
I’ve managed to live in LA for three years without a car! Running errands can be tricky, but I get a unique perspective of LA while I walk, ride my bike, or take the Metro Gold Line around town. I really get to look around and see all the little details that make each neighborhood special.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A certain handmade coffee table has been on my wish list for almost two years now, and I’m hoping to commission the artist to make one for me someday. It will be a splurge, but I’ve had my eye on it for long enough that I know it will be a piece I treasure for many, many years.

Who are your design icons?
Marimekko - their designs never feel stale to me. I also admire Orla Kiley, her prints are instantly recognizable, and always make me smile.

plus tea towels What is your personal decorating style?
I’m always aiming to create a more thoughtful, minimalist environment, but it’s difficult for me to reduce the creative clutter in my home. There will always been sketchbooks, pens and pencils, fabric swatches, and half-finished projects dotting the apartment. The unifying style that seems to hold my place together is my unique creative chaos: there’s no mistaking my apartment for anyone else’s.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Probably a tie between overspending on new art supplies, and my penchant for a good chocolate croissant and a latte… I’d have that for breakfast every day, if I could.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Fresh flowers! I buy a bouquet every week, and divide it up into three smaller arrangements to spread around the house. They provide a nice pop of color, and make each room feel brighter.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Best career advice I’ve received: be thoughtful about what you create, and know when to ask for help. Best advice I’ve given: don’t rush when creating a new product; lasting beauty takes time to develop.

To see the Renegade Craft Fair collection for CB2, go here.

Wednesday
Feb262014

sneak peek: renegade handcrafted CB2

Renegade Craft Fair co-founder Susie Daly and Ryan, CB2 General Merchandise Manager

This season, CB2 is excited to partner on an innovative capsule collection curated by Renegade Craft Fair and celebrating the original goods of six independent makers and crafters. Each unique item is designed in the USA and available exclusively at CB2 in a limited release.

We spent a few moments with Renegade founder Susie Daly and Ryan, General Merchandise Manager, to learn more about the craft organization, the collaboration and
the collection.

First, how did Renegade get its start?
Susie:
In 2003, I began making jewelry, and thought it would be fun to join a local event where I could sell my work in a fair setting. However, I didn’t find an event that I felt was a perfect fit—those events were geared much more towards established artists, rather than DIY crafters. So, in true entrepreneurial spirit, I decided to begin my own fair that was aimed at the contemporary craftspeople I knew were emerging at that time.

Our first event in Wicker Park, Chicago had 75 artists and about 6,000 attendees. Over 11 years later, we now host 11 events in 6 cities nationally and internationally, with over 250,000 in attendance. It’s been an unbelievable experience, and something I couldn’t have imagined when we first started out!

Ryan:
The funny thing is that CB2 shares Renegade’s entrepreneurial spirit—in 2000 we opened our first store in Chicago and, thanks in part to our affiliation with Crate and Barrel, today we’re 13 stores including Canada and Singapore.

It’s been fun for us to fuel that spirit and work with these independent artists—true craftspeople we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with—had it not been for their participation in Renegade.

The collaboration feels very natural—the collection as well.
Ryan:
CB2 may seem very different, but Renegade really is close to the core of who we are. Over the years we’ve worked hard to warm-up modern with handcrafted furniture and accessories, and this collection of handcrafted goods features really special, refined pieces. This mix also reflects how most of us live—starting with machined and handmade furniture and textiles, then layering on unique finds we’ve discovered in all sorts of places.

Susie:
For Renegade, the partnership exposes these artists to a brand new audience—it makes perfect sense given where we are and where we see ourselves going. And that’s a big part of being an entrepreneur—you’re always looking for the next opportunity to grow.

With over 2500 potential artists, how did you get to the 6 featured?
Susie:
Initially, artists’ submissions are reviewed by a jury before they can exhibit in any of the fairs—so that’s how we began this collaboration, by submitting a hand-selected group to Ryan and his team.

Ryan:
From there, we basically became another jury—internally we reviewed their work and thoughtfully chose a small group of artists whose aesthetics would be the best fit for CB2.

Dare we ask if you have a favorite piece?
Ryan:
The artists were all great to work with—and while we wish all of the artists we contacted initially had made it to the final selection, in the end we’re really excited about these limited edition pieces they were able to develop exclusively, unique from their current work.

So I really don’t want to show any favoritism… but the trophy… I just think it’s hilarious—and it’s gold!—a fun, whimsical piece that makes modern approachable… and what a great gift!?

Susie:
It’s difficult to choose just one out of the bunch! Overall, I think it’s really cool that the artists made specific, exclusive works for CB2 while remaining true to their tastes and talents. All of it is very colorful and whimsical, yet sophisticated—which is what we were going for.

CB2 had the honor of not only meeting RCF founder Susie Daly last January—she welcomed us into her home for a catalog shoot. To learn more about Susie Daly, one of our favorite influencers, go here.

Friday
Jan182013

influencers: susie daly

“I think our modern pieces make our home more contemporary and more well-rounded. I love the thrill of finding a vintage score, or a really special DIY item—but I also love finding something brand new to add to the mix.”
Susie Daly, Renegade Craft Fair Co-Founder and Director

Would you describe yourself as a “renegade”?
I’d describe myself as someone who likes to live life off the beaten path and according to my own terms. So in that way, I guess I do consider myself a renegade.

What words sum up your personal aesthetic?
Modern rustic.

Your home is filled with special objects that resonate with you on a personal level. How do the CB2 pieces you have “speak to you”?
Everything I chose has a clean and modern look, but has a rustic feel about it—such as the red bench, the kitchen chairs and the white cuckoo clock. I love that the materials of the wood and the wire feel rustic and warm, but the design is contemporary.

What’s the balance for you between vintage, thrift, DIY and modern?
I’d say it’s a pretty even mix. Our furniture is about half modern, half vintage pieces. Our home decor, such as pillows, lamps, rugs, is a good mix of vintage/DIY/modern. But I’d say almost all of our artwork is one-of-a-kind or small-edition pieces.

Thanks Susie—let us know when you have that garage sale!

Personal Collection:
Susie is always scouring antique stores and the Renegade Craft Fair for unique items. Personal finds here include vintage kitchen table, red desk chair and globe; brown cuckoo clock she handcrafted with her husband, Mat Daly; wall art and found objects. More info at renegadecraft.com.

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