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Renegade Craft Fair in London

Renegade Craft Fair London 2012
This Saturday, me and Phil popped to London to visit Renegade Craft Fair. It was the second Renegade fair in London, but my first. The fair took place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, conveniently located right by Brick Lane market which also features some cool craft makers.

I love the flyer produced to advertise the fair:

Renegade Craft Fair London 2012

Of the makers selling at the fair, I particularly liked Lovely Pigeon. I treated myself to a Mr Pigeon Badge (pictured below) as well as some other goodies. I also loved MANOLO’s beautiful engraved wooden brooches (I might ask for one for Christmas), Debbie Greenaway’s illustrated badges and cards, and Custom Made.

Mr Pigeon Badge by Lovely Pigeon

While at Renegade me and Phil also made friendship bracelets with the Make Lounge (I got told off for later re-braiding Phil’s).

Outside of Renegade, in Brick Lane market I spotted a couple of interesting artists, definitely worth checking out.

Hormazd Narielwalla is a collage artist who creates new works of art from tailoring patterns. I really liked his prints on acetate.

Tsomo is a Korean artist in paint, textiles, and clay. I picked up a card featuring one of her paintings, but also loved her little pottery dolls and cats.

Below are a few pictures of Renegade and Brick Lane.

Renegade Craft Fair London 2012
Renegade Craft Fair London 2012
Vintage Clothing Market, Brick Lane, London
Graffiti Brick Lane London


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Crafts, tea and free books in London

One of the places me and Phil always visit when we’re in London is Carnaby Street. Although you probably already know Carnaby Street (make sure you check out Cha Cha Moon for lunch), you may not have found Kingly Court which is hidden behind Carnaby Street itself. All the shops are independents and there are quite a few crafty ones, as well as some nice cake shops and an amazing tea house. Basically it has everything I like:)

Kingly Court, Carnaby Street London

Kingly Court also contains the Carnaby Book Exchange, where you can swap a book you’ve read for any other on the shelves. When I was there they had a good selection of fiction as well a few art books. The Exchange is a project curated by Fashion Curation students at the London College of Fashion, and they’re done a really good job of creating a stylish and welcoming space to stop for a browse and a read. Make sure you remember to take along a book to leave behind next time you’re planning a trip to London.

Carnaby Book Exchange, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street London

P.S. If you’re interested in tea shops also make sure you visit the Tea House in Covent Garden. It’s normally packed to the rafters with shoppers, but it’s worth fighting your way through to have a look at the selection of teas. I’m working my way through a ‘Strawberries and Cream’ sencha at the moment which is rather nice, and  I’ve had a lovely ‘Wild Cherry’ green tea from them in the past.

The Tea Shop, Covent Garden London