Fair brings more than 100 artisans to Palmer
Crafters rejoice! It’s almost time for another Renegade Craft Fair on May 18 and 19. And with Austin’s hot do-it-yourself indie craft scene continuing to rise and the popularity of the curated Chicago-based fair attracting makers from beyond the city limits, it’s worth it to swing by and check out the more than a hundred makers selling their wares.
From pottery to jewelry and textiles to artisanal food, this year’s Renegade at the Palmer Events Center debuts a vintage pop-up shop within the fair. DJs from Waterloo Records will be entertaining and attendees can take advantage of workshops from several organizations including the creative gals at the laser cutting co-op Make ATX.
Interactive installations, life-size games and a photo booth also will be part of Renegade this year. Some popular makers include Austin’s BDJ Craftworks. Their hand-crafted modern wooden items include coasters and vases. Another fan-favorite is Satchel & Sage, an Austin-based husband-and-wife creative team who make colorfully designed printed goods and textiles.
Admission is free, and shoppers are welcome from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, visit renegadecraft.com/austin.
Sephora coming to Southpark Meadows
JCPenney at Southpark Meadows has welcomed the addition of beauty retailer Sephora inside its store. Sephora carries about 50 beauty brands including some popular but hard to find makeup lines such as Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever and Smashbox. Sephora also features skincare products and fragrances.
And if you want to try a new look, the Sephora Beauty Studio offers an Express Service by makeup and skincare experts. Sephora inside JCPenney is located at 9500 S. Interstate 35.
New high-tech machines for any project
In Austin, having a sewing machine can give you some street cred. So there’s some good news for all you savvy sewing folks looking to invest in a new machine. Longtime sewing brand PFAFF recently announced the addition of five new machines to their product line that range from $699-$3,999.
Some of the features of the Creative 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine include a color touch screen and built-in designs and embroidery fonts and memory to easily save combinations.
The Performance 5.0 sewing machine is designed for both fashion enthusiasts and quilters. It also features a color touch screen with a high resolution display that shows stitches in actual size. And, among other features, has a dual feed system that allows users to feed fabric from both the top and bottom of the machine.
Other new sewing machines include the lightweight and portable Passport 2.0, some favorites for quilters are the Quilt Expression 4.2 and Expression 3.2. Find PFAFF sewing machines exclusively at authorized dealers such as A Quilter’s Folly on Brodie Lane, 512-899-3233. Austin Sewing Machines in Round Rock also carries PFAFF products, 512-310-7349.
What would Daisy wear?
The 1920s brought us flapper fashion with flirty fringe and drop waist dresses. With the film “The Great Gatsby” premiering Friday, modernized versions of the style are becoming popular at several retailers including Kohl’s.
Among some of their vintage-inspired dresses is the black Expo sequin tiered shift dress, which sells for $120. And Croft and Barrow’s bow cloche hat sells for $42. Kohl’s also has vintage-inspired jewelry and shoes.
Decor designer comes to Neiman Marcus
Meet the designer behind the Jay Strongwater home decor brand on Thursday at Neiman Marcus at the Domain. The designer, whose work was featured at the Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie’s in New York City, will be meeting with clients and engraving any pieces that are purchased while he’s there from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Austin Fashion Week online
Follow all the latest from fashion week, which continues through Saturday. You’ll find interviews with new designers, runway shows, and plenty of pictures following the trends at statesman.com/style.