Renegade Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center on the waterfront in San Francisco. Dozens of talented crafters and artists showed off their beautiful wares for hundreds of visitors from around the Bay Area. What impressed me most about the fair is actually more techie than artsy. I can't believe how iPhones and iPads have changed the way indy vendors do business. The technology available to them now is extraordinary. Instead of getting worried about hitting an ATM before going anywhere near an outdoor art fair or farmer's market, shoppers can use their credit cards at the smallest of vendors who are equipped with an iPhone or iPad using new apps and gadgets like these card readers from Square and Swipe It. This is all mind blowing to me! When I first saw the tiny white swipe square (attached to an iPad) in action, I couldn't wipe the curious and excited smile off my face - and the vendors were all too happy to show it off. It makes everyone's lives so much easier! Technology is awesome! You really can take your business anywhere now.
My favorite exhibitors at this show were the poster vendors. Here's a peak at the Poster List booth and below that a shot of the DKNG booth. You really can decorate your entire home with posters and there are so many talented folks producing amazing work.
The Small Stakes (below), GigArt (Josh Ritter poster - love!), and Cinqunquatre (featuring the work of Alice Jarry).
If you like poster art, you should also check out Gigposters (example below) and Hammerpress (beautiful, understated design!).
Images: 1: Silvana Ferreira; 2: Square, Inc. ; 3: Swipe It; 4 & 5: Silvana Ferreira; 6: posters by The Small Stakes; 7: poster by GigArt; 8&9: Alice Jarry; 10: posters by Gigposters (large) and Hammerpress.