This year was my second attending the Renegade Craft Fair’s Brooklyn stop. Both times I’ve come away wildly impressed at people’s ingenuity (and a general malaise about my total lack of craftiness). Luckily for less-artistic folks like myself, this fair offers the perfect opportunity to browse and purchase the marvelous work of these artists. This year I noticed an uptick in the number of vendors with clever toys, clothes and accoutrements for kids. Here are a few of my favorites:
I met a family in L.A. who had a tradition of having their portrait created in a different medium every year. I’ve always loved the idea, and think these custom peg dolls hand painted by Brooklyn-based Goose Grease are a great way to get started.
Not for kids strictly speaking, but I love the whimsical sensibility behind Bevin Holmberg’s illustrations. Based in Maine, she repurposes barn wood as her canvas for paintings of animals like whales, elephants, otters and more.
Textural, vibrantly colored pillows perfect for decorating a kid’s room with. Artist Holly Johnson also creates custom silhouette pillows in a variety of colors, which make for very sweet keepsakes.
Charming felt animals like this elephant all handmade in Philadelphia by Yvonne Valenza, who began her business just two years ago (I walked away with one of these adorable Narwals. Because who doesn’t need a Narwal?)