No need to get your feathers ruffled. Renegade Craft Fair is making the rounds back to Chicago this weekend, and they’re bringing their trusty mascot along for the ride: the owl.
Not an actual owl (this isn’t Hogwarts), but a paper one designed and printed by Mat Daly. Each year that RCF criss-crosses the U.S., Daly celebrates with a limited edition screen-printed poster of an owl. This year, a snowy owl (one of Daly’s favorites) takes center stage amid a gusty blizzard.
The owl was dubbed RCF’s mascot after founder Susie Daly stumbled upon a vintage burlap tapestry at a thrift store.
“I think owls have always been fairly iconic in American craft imagery,” Mat Daly said.
It’s fitting then, that it serves as the mascot for a show that has fought to create a place where indie artists and up and coming designers can feel welcome.
- Chicago Winter Renegade Craft Fair
- Dec. 7 – 8, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Pulaski Park Fieldhouse
1419 W. Blackhawk St.
Chicago, IL 60622
We asked Daly to give us the inside scoop on four fellow printers/illustrators he’s most excited to see at RCF this winter. Here they are:
Dan MacAdam, Crosshair Press
MacAdam turns sites of industrial infrastructure into haunting landmarks.
Jay Ryan, The Bird Machine
Picture animals of all shapes…and professions: monkeys riding bikes, astronaut dogs and plushy orange creatures in trees.
Ryan Duggan, Drug Factory Press
We love good advice, especially when it comes with from such a cute little guy with a bushy tail.
Dan Grzeca, Ground-Up Press
Think bold visuals, stark imagery and subtle color, combined with a painterly bent.