Lumpen created the “Makers” edition of the magazine and focuses on the work of some innovative and hard working local small manufacturers, artists and artisans.
The issue features interviews with: Angela Venarchik, Johnny Wator (Daredevil Pedals), Julie Ghatan, Doug Kaplan & Max Allison of Hausu Mountain, Kelsey Dalton & Andrew McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs, Dusan Katić of Katić Breads, Coyote DeGroot of Labrabbit Optics, Dave Rand of Local Foods, John Taylor Wallace & Emily Moorhead of Metal Magic Interiors, Nancy Klehm of The Ground Rules, Pablo Ramirez of Pilsen Outpost, Jes Skolnik of Pure Joy, Dan Salls of The Salsa Truck, Shirley Kienitz & Jenny Stadler Wolfbait & B-Girls, Marie Akerman of Working Bikes and Blake Sloane formerly of Rebuilding Exchange.
Download the issue here: #123 : The Makers Issue and learn more about local small manufacturer and businesses in Chicago land.
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Can’t wait for RCF in September? You will be excited to hear that Renegade Craft Fair will be hosting a lively outdoor Mini Market on June 21st + 22nd at Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S. Throop St.) from Noon to 6pm!
This pop-up will be part of a new event series we’re launching. More intimate versions of our Flagship events, these markets will showcase the craft and design community as well as celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of a particular city or neighborhood.
For this event, we will be collaborating with the innovators behind Version Festival: The Public Media Institute.
For the past 13 years, Version Festival has introduced innovative projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage public interest and promote the cultural use of public space. Renegade is thrilled to explore this year’s theme of Version Festival 14: The Placemakers. The Chicago Mini Market
will be an exceptional one-off event offering up local goods and amazing festivities, boasting 80+ indie-craft makers, delicious food + booze, shipping container art installations, bocce ball, community-based workshops, music and much, much more!
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About the venue: Mana Contemporary Chicago
is a rapidly expanding art center set in a landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. A home to artists’ studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a soon to be open central cafe, a library and more. To receive information on upcoming Mana Contemporary events, please sign up for their mailing list.
To participate in this unique event, please apply between April 25th - May 9th. We’re looking for all sorts of participants, movers and makers alike! Visit our Chicago Mini Market page to learn more and to find the application!
December 8, 2012 12:30-3:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater and Gar Rotunda / Second Floor
Tasting: 2:30- 3:30
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In Chicago there are thousands of people who have started their own small companies to share their artisan made products as well as food and beverages to the public. Some of them started out as artists who used their skills to create hand crafted products. Others are trained chefs and designers who left their day job to pursue their dreams. To share these stories and to inspire you to join the growing movement of localism the Small Manufacturing Alliance is organizing our first SMALL Symposium.Using the Pecha Kucha style format of presenting a dozen members of the Alliance will share their stories in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. The Symposium is followed by a tasting of some of the great stuff being made here in Chicago.
Matthew Hoffman • Duncan MacKenzie/ Citizen Brick • RX Made • Betty Bot • Working Bikes • Mayana Chocolate • Industry of the Ordinary • Morgan Martins • Twisted Hippo • Strand Design • Envision Arts • 22 Berwyn • Legacy Frameworks • Zak Rose • CALM • + more
Tastings at 2:30pm by: Betty Bot • Twisted Hippo • Mayana Chocolate • Pear Tree Reserves • Flesh for Food • Great American Cheese Company
Please join us. And stop by the SMALL Ordinary Shop to see what we are up to.
SMALL is an organization that promotes companies and individuals making locally manufactured products and it was created by the Public Media Institute. The goal of the organization is to amplify awareness of products made in the Chicago Metropolitan area through events, pop up shops, media, showrooms and trade shows.
SMALL recently opened the SMALL Ordinary Shop which is part of the Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary show taking place in the Chicago Cultural Center. The Shop is located on the first floor, re-imagining the former Cultural Center gift shop.
Please join us on Friday October 12 from 5:30-7:30pm for the soft opening of the SMALL Ordinary Shop. It’s Public Media Institute’s latest project and it will blow yer socks off.
From October 15, 2012 through January 1, 2013 The Small Manufacturing Alliance will create and operate the SMALL Ordinary Shop. The Shop is part of the Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary show taking place in the Chicago Cultural Center. The Shop will be located on the first floor, re-imagining the former Cultural Center gift shop.
SMALL is an organization started by Public Media Institute that promotes companies and individuals making locally manufactured products. The goal of the organization is to amplify awareness of products made in the Chicago Metropolitan area through events, pop up shops, media, showrooms and trade shows.
At the SMALL Ordinary Shop we are featuring jewelry and accessories, apparel, gift items, housewares, body products, furniture, prints and other artisan made and hand crafted items by over 100 different SMALL member artists, designers and companies.
Think of the SMALL Ordinary Shop as an experiment in organic modernism meeting up-cycled urban manufacturing.
Local craft beer, Ginger beer and food by Pleasant House Bakery and SMALL vendors will be on hand at the soft opening shin dig.
The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 East Washington Street Chicago, IL 60602.
The SMALL Ordinary Shop will be open Monday through Saturday 11am to 6pm. Noon to 5pm on Sundays.
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October 5, 2012 : 5-9pm
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Bridgeport Art Center
1200 West 35th St.
Join The Small Manufacturing Alliance for a pop up showroom in the Skyline loft of the Bridgeport Art Center to view stunning locally made work by: Studio 1AM, Strand Design, Rebuilding Exchange (RX), ism-Furniture, M26 Studio, Modern Industry, Lagomorph Design, Michael Dreeben Furniture & Fine Objects, Bridgette Buckley Studio, Zachary A. Design, McBride Housewrights, Blake Sloane, Sharchitecture, Crawford Customs, Pawel Smal, Zak Rose, Don Wood, Work Bench Designs, 900 Blok, Mike Slattery, Merkled Studio, Roger Grimes and others.
Complementary beverages will be served. This event is part of the official Chicago Artists Month Opening extravaganza in Bridgeport.
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Introducing the SMALL is Ordinary Shop.
From October 15, 2012 through January 1, 2013 The Small Manufacturing Alliance will create and operate the SMALL is Ordinary Shop. The Shop is part of the Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary show taking place in the Chicago Cultural Center. The Shop will be located on the first floor, re-imagining the former Cultural Center gift shop.
SMALL is a new organization that promotes companies and individuals who make locally manufactured products. The goal of the organization is to amplify awareness of products made in the Chicago Metropolitan area through events, pop up shops, media and trade shows.
For the SMALL is Ordinary Shop we will feature jewelry and accessories, apparel, gift items, housewares, body products, furniture, prints and other artisan made and hand crafted items.
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