Per usual, the past few weeks have been a blur of Indie Craft Parade applications, jurying and email writing. But in the middle of it all, I took a super fun trip with these two.
We planned a girl’s weekend to New York, centered around visiting the mothership of modern craft: Renegade Craft Fair. You can see a full recap at the Indie Craft Parade blog, but here are a few of my personal favorites from the trip.
The shops we visited were particularly inspiring. I’ve always been a fan of businesses who do one thing well, and I saw that in NY like I’ve never seen it before. We found a giant store full of just zippers and buttons. Several selling ribbons and trims. A restaurant that only serves pie. We visited Best Made, Tattly, Etsy and Purl Soho, all companies I have long admired.
Pie for breakfast is the right thing to do when on vacation.
The zipper shop was truly unbelievable.
We purchased a few fabrics at Mood to make things with.
The best noodles I’ve ever tasted, at Momofuku.
Best Made Axes, just a tiny part of their beautiful product line.
Purl SoHo, maybe the most impactful stop of my trip. I left this place ready to make things.
We took a detour across town for these waffles, and it was most definitely worth it.
The main event.
Artist tents as far as the eye could see, and then some.
Met the lovely folks at Kollabora who helped us make a few things on the spot.
Had a little photobooth fun.
The purpose of the trip was inspiration, specifically from Renegade Craft and how it applies to our own Indie Craft Parade, but the inspiration I took home came from so many places. I found the restaurants and the food, the shops and The Highline all so inspiring. It was a fantastic trip!
Finding some quiet on The Highline, a project I first heard about when it was just a concept.