We suggest a crafty alternative to being homebound during this weekend's Carmaggedon: Take the subway to the Renegade Craft Fair. This touring show is world class (stops include London and New York) with a carnival-like atmosphere and handmade work by over 200 artists.
Founded in 2003 by a duo of hobbyists seeking to promote emerging talent, the fair taps into the current craze for handmade objects that's made Etsy a household name. But Renegade one-ups online craft sales by letting visitors talk to the artists and discuss custom orders.
Vendors are selected by jury, so the quality is first-rate: We especially like the rugged gems at Dapht Designs, the celadon dinnerware at Laura Cooke Ceramics and the agate statement necklaces at M. Stone.
We're looking forward to the DIY classes, too, which will include letterpress-printing, jewelry-making and screen-printing. Fair admission is free, though some classes charge a small fee. Local food trucks will be on hand at the fairground, and perhaps best of all, the site is only a block from the Chinatown metro station.
Renegade Craft Fair, Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles; renegadecraft.com