Every year Brit + Co hosts a creativity and tech summit featuring talks by modern makers and vendors dedicated to selling their craft. This year, Ban.do founder Jen Gotch, Microsoft Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green, and Adobe VP of Community Scott Belsky were among the many speakers invited to the Re:Make 2015 conference.
Normally passes for the conference portion of Re:Make are pretty hefty (and no wonder, these are some top tech industry folks!), but I was scheduled to work both days and got to enjoy most of the event from the Brit + Co “pop-up” shop. It was two days of hanging out with my coworkers, talking to other design and tech obsessed festival goers, and finding time to weave in and out of the plethora of vendors and their crafts.
Aside from craft vendors and DIY stations, tech startups and bigger businesses designed their own creative booths complete with some great displays–i.e. Hershey’s chocolate 3D printer and candy bar and Izze’s chic soda lounge–and awesome freebies (I snagged a super nerdy camera lens mug from Bevy!).
One of my absolute favorite booths belonged to Blurb, a website that helps you publish your own book or magazine. They set up the ultimate bohemian camping tent (not your average REI tent), complete with modern tufted sofas, kantha throw pillows and poufs, leather butterfly chairs, and a geometric rug I would totally have rolled up and escaped with.
Friday was filled with free food and pastries, (including some “homemade” cookies by cookie delivery service Doughbies), and the chocolate and soda bars I mentioned earlier. I wish I would have taken more photos but I was too busy enjoying the festival and working.
Brit + Co’s pop-up was adorable, and I spent most of my time stationed in the Bake & Brew corner (fate often places me amongst food), watching snippets of the online cake decorating class, and explaining to people that we just added a beer brewing class and that our bourbon marshmallows would probably taste really good in hot chocolate. I was also able to spend time with my co-workers, some whom I hadn’t seen in weeks, and swoon over the products we don’t have at the actual B+C shop (but really, I just wanted those marshmallows).
I didn’t get a chance to take photos of the vendor booths, but they were filled with everything from handcrafted backpacks using imported textiles to hand poured soy candles in reusable cocktail glasses. I couldn’t leave those crafters empty handed, so I ended up buying a “cocoon” (what I referred to everyone as a shawl sweater) from Bodhi Swag, an LA based fashion company run by two sisters.
My beautiful, flowy cocoon will arrive Friday, just in time for the return of Karl the Fog and the San Francisco cold. Hopefully, I’ll end up purchasing more from the talented makers featured at next year’s Re:Make and have more time to chat with them!