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RCF sneak peek: Robo Roku + This Creative Life

All week we’re revisiting some of our favorite art and craft vendors from last year’s inaugural Austin show for Renegade Craft Fair, and previewing some of the awesome new stuff they have to show this coming weekend. The list of featured artists includes lots of Etsy Austin team members, and this one is no exception. Next up in the series is Robo Roku, which will be sharing booth #161 with an equally fun new business called This Creative Life!

This will be Robo Roku‘s 5th RCF, and their 2nd Austin Renegade Craft Fair. Last year my kids and I walked away from their booth with some awesome notebooks that we’re still using. 🙂

Notebooks by Robo Roku. Photo: Number 9 Photography

The Austin-based business is the collaborative effort of designers Josh (Robo) and Renee (Roku), and was founded in 2006. Their RCF offerings this year will include some of the familiar character illustrations and products we love, as well as some exciting new items, including prints from their Tofu Who collection. Limited edition prints will be available of the last 2 Doctors, and you’ll be able to sign up for the Robo Roku mailing list while you’re there so you won’t miss the announcements when new Tofu Who characters are released!

Alongside the Robo Roku booth you’ll find This Creative Life, a solo endeavor wherein Renee makes uncommon art and illustrations. Available at RCF this year will be encaustic and acrylic paintings, screen-printed polo shirts, and accessories ranging from found object rings to original laser-etched wooden brooches and necklaces.

Here are a few examples of the cute, handmade goods you’ll find at the TCL booth:

embroidered dandelion painting, This Creative Life

mix tape screen printed polo, This Creative Life

laser-etched wooden tile brooches and necklaces, This Creative Life

In addition to the polo shirts, the mix tape design will also be available in a variety of colors on paintings. No shortage of fun, functional, creative items in this corner of the craft fair!

We can’t wait to see what other surprises Robo Roku and This Creative Life will have this weekend. Of course, there will be pics and info following the event (on the Jennifer Hearts Art public Facebook page), but you’ll have to check it out in person to get your hands on some cool of the craft goodies for sale. You can also follow @RoboRoku and @CreativeLifeATX on Twitter to get first dibs on announcements and event info.

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RCF Austin sneak peek: The WonderCraft

Renegade Craft Fair is returning to Austin for the 2nd year (May 21-22), and there’s no better place to get crafty and shop handmade this weekend! While we (im)patiently wait to see the vendors’ new selections of art, crafts, and fashion apparel, I thought it’d be fun to share some information about a few of last year’s favorite businesses, along with previews of what they’ll have in store for visitors this weekend at the Palmer Events Center.

First up, The WonderCraft! I first encountered Stella, the Airstream trailer that houses the WC boutique, at the 2010 Renegade Craft Fair, and she was an instant hit with my entire family. The kids hung out outside the trailer working on cool paper crafts at one of the company’s signature make-and-take stations. The photo immediately below is of Stella inside the event venue during RCF last year, with details on this year’s DIY project further down.

Last week on their blog, Get Crafty, Austin!, Beth Albrecht at The WonderCraft announced that this year the big make-and-take project will be Upcycled Cardboard Matchbook Wallets! This is a brilliant idea and a wonderful way to make something useful and personalized out of re-purposed materials. And, of course, the cool music theme in the preview/example photo speaks to another facet of Austin’s culture. I can’t wait to see some of the unique wallets people will create!

Photos courtesy of The WonderCraft

Not only will there be fun craft projects for you to make, The WonderCraft will be open for business, selling locally handmade items and signing people up for classes and parties. Get Crafty, Austin! The WonderCraft insists. 🙂


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