Markets

Meet our guest curator: Lisa Comfort

For each of our markets, we work with an invited guest curator who has the challenging task of selecting traders from the many who apply. With the application deadline for the spring markets fast approaching (APPLY HERE), we are delighted to announce that we will be working with Lisa Comfort - a star of the craft scene, owner of sewing business, Sew Over It and East London local.

Meet Lisa......

Lisa Comfort grew up in a small Yorkshire village and fell in love with sewing when, aged 11, she was taught to make her first skirt. A year later her parents gave her a sewing machine and, despite being teased for her “uncool” hobby at school, Lisa was hooked.

Lisa studied French and Italian and then went to the London School of Fashion. She then worked for British designer Bruce Oldfield and bridal couture designer Phillipa Lepley. Lisa started teaching people to sew in the evenings and soon realised sewing was in danger of becoming a lost skill. 

Lisa launched the Sew Over It brand in May 2011 with the opening of her first shop in Clapham.  Sew Over It quickly established itself as one of the leading contemporary one-stop sewing shops in the UK running classes, selling fabrics, haberdashery, patterns and kits and hosting a busy sewing café.

The second shop followed a few years later in Islington.  Lisa wanted to design patterns for stylish, fashionable clothes that people wanted to wear, create clear easy-to-follow instructions, inspire and help people to sew with her vlog and online tutorials, source unique fabrics and create kits which allowed her customers to buy into her personal style. Now her patterns are sold in John Lewis and Liberty and exported to places as far-flung as Australia to New Zealand, The USA to Canada, Norway to France and many more.

Lisa is also a writer and has published two books, Sew It, Wear It, Love It (2011) – an introduction to sewing for beginners, and Sew Over It Vintage (2012) – a beginner’s guide to making vintage inspired patterns.

Lisa has also guest edited Mollie Makes’ DIY Fashion bookazine and writes columns for Sew Magazine, Prima and Simply Sewing.  She has also been featured inMollie Makes, Psychologies, Prima, Red online and Homestyle (cover of issue 1). 

She has also appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and Kirstie’s Vintage Home

Lisa is the heroine for the now generation of young women who are quirky, creative, individual and practical and covet her look and lifestyle.   The launch of Lisacomfort.com in 2017 builds on the heritage of Sew Over It, extendsing Lisa’s influence from sewing and crafting into interiors, fashion, beauty, travel, DIY and lifestyle and takes Lisa’s unique sense of style to a wider audience of women who live and love the handmade look. 

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Trader applications close on 1st March (5pm) so don't delay and apply today

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 2

Another great week on Instagram discovering new makes with the #CraftyFoxFinds campaign on our Instagram page!

Here are our top finds of the week - a gorgeous tapestry by Sew & Saunders and some awesome handpainted and copper foiled lettering artwork by Andrew J Mason.

Hope you enjoy this weeks pics, click on the images to go to the makers pages. Keep using the Hashtag so we can see your makes and we will be back again next Friday with more inspiring makes.

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds spotlight!

This week we started our #CraftyFoxFinds campaign to discover exciting new products from designer makers, and every Friday we will share our choice from the week on our Instagram page!

The response has been overwhelming so thank you to everyone who has joined in and shared their makes or tagged in makers, so much talent! Our top finds of the week were the Lemon and Teatree Soaps by Butter Bar Soapery and the Graffiti Ceramic Brooch by Upsy Daisy Craft, but there was so much to choose from we simply had to share some more with you here!

Enjoy and hope you find some new Instagram accounts to follow, click on the images to go to the makers pages!

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Make a statement necklace in the I Make Knots workshop this week!

This week see's our last market of the year, with a night market at The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton, on Thursday 15th December, 4pm to 9pm.

There will be mulled wine and mince pies, a wonderful array of 65+ designer makers for you to shop from (click here for trader listings) and also this knitted jewellery workshop where you can have a go at making a funky necklace for yourself or as a gift for a lucky friend!

I Make Knots Finger Knitting Jewellery Workshop

Finger knit the chunkiest statement necklace ever using a variety of fabric
yarns. We have everything from brights, to pastels to gorgeous patterns. Perfect
for all levels too. Drop in, 4pm to 9pm, £5.

Really hope to see you there!!

Craft Workshops, Markets

Christmas Craft Bonanza at this weeks markets!

This week our Christmas markets are in full swing. As well as cracking through your festive shopping list with our selection of unique traders, you can also join in some brilliant craft workshops. Here is a roundup of this weeks workshops for you....

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Thursday 8th December - Molu Designs Typographic Tile Workshop

London-based designer and sign painter, Soumya, of Molu Designs / MoluTypeShop will be running a drop-in workshop. Specialising in typographic art and installations, Soumya is offering you a chance to get creative and paint your very own funky Alphabet/numeral tile which you get to keep. You will be shown various typographic styles as inspiration and given design templates to choose from and paint. These can be perfect for the home, workplace or even as a gift!

This is a hands-on workshop suitable for all levels so come and join her for a bit of creative fun. Costs include all materials. For an additional £2, you can get it specially gift-wrapped. Soumya will also be showcasing some of her work, so if you’re keen to find unique Christmas gifts, these will be available to buy on the night!

4pm-9pm, drop in, £5, all materials included.


Thursday 8th December - DIY Felt Flags with Ladybird Likes

Join Zoe from Ladybird Likes and express yourself by making some ‘Say What’ felt flags! Say what you’re really thinking with a DIY personalised felt flag, making a flag from scratch and adding whatever word or phrase you fancy to make it totally unique.

Suitable for all ages, though kids will need to be supervised by an adult at all times as they will be using scissors and an iron. £7, drop-in, 4pm to 9pm.

Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL.

4pm - 9pm, free entry. To see the full trader listings click here.

Sat 10th & Sun 11th December - Birds In Hats Card Making Workshop

You can either decorate your very own card with an array of felt tips, crayons and glitter for a lucky loved one - or enter the competition and design your own Jumper for a penguin, where at the end of the weekend a panel of Crafty Fox judges will select finalists from various age ranges and 'categories' to win all kinds of Birds in Hats goodies!

Drop-in, 11am-5pm. Cards are A5 and come with a red envelope - £3
Colouring sheets for the 'design a jumper' competition are £1


Saturday 10th December - Portable Print Studio Screenprinting workshop.

Get creative and screen print your very own T-shirt or Tote bag. Using the mono screen print technique participants can choose a preferred design from a selection of pre-exposed screens and create a unique one-off print by painting various colours directly onto the screen. Creating a multicoloured print with just one pull of the squeegee!

Saturday 10th December only, drop in, 11am - 5pm, £7 - £20.


Sat 10th & Sun 11th December - Bobbin & Bow Pajaki Chandelier Workshop

Join Bobbin & Bow for their popular Pajaki Chandelier workshop where you can make your own colourful traditional Polish chandelier to take home with you! Karolina will teach you the techniques needed to create a beautiful paper chandelier that will be a vibrant addition to your home.

All day workshop, Sat & Sun, £70, 11am-5pm, all materials included, booking required, click here to secure your place.


Sat 10th & Sun 11th December - Live portraits with Andsmile

Fantastic illustrator Viktorija from Andsmile will be doing live portraits all weekend, get down early to book a slot and take home a beautiful portrait, £20.

The CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, Peckham SE15 4ST.
11am to 5pm, free entry. To see the full trader listings click on the links below...

Sat 10th Dec Peckham / Sun 11th Dec Peckham


There is also our Shopping With Soul Mini Market at Boxpark Shoreditch on Sat 10th and Sunday 11th December to check out too, with craft workshops from Molu Designs and Georgia Bosson (bookable in advance) to read more about these workshops and see the trader listings click here.

Markets, Craft Workshops

Get crafty at our Brixton Market this weekend!

On Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December we are heading back to The Dogstar for our Brixton Christmas Market (11am-5pm) and as well as the best selection of designer makers for your shopping pleasure, we will also have some great craft workshops for you to join in while you sip on mulled wine and listen to great tunes!

Make something for your home or create an extra special handmade gift for a loved one whilst learning new skills, win win!

To see the full trader listing click the links below -

Sat 3rd Dec / Sun 4th Dec

Saturday 3rd December - My Blooming Day Modern Christmas Wrapping Workshop

At this gift wrapping workshop you can learn techniques to give that gift the “Wow Factor”. You’ll go away with a box ready for your gift to be popped straight inside, ready to give to your loved one.

You will learn origami techniques, embroidery tags techniques plus ideas for wrapping gift treats that you can then utilise in all your Christmas wrapping to create swoon worthy looking presents under the tree!

 £12, drop-in at any point during the market (11am - 5pm)


Sunday 4th December - Peas & Needles Weaving Workshop

Join Lucy from Peas & Needles to learn the basic techniques needed to create your own wall hanging. This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of weaving on a lap loom and will cover how to warp up a loom including how to get the tension right. Finally you will learn how to make tassels to give your wall hanging a simple fringe finish.

It will cover various weaving techniques which Lucy will talk you through step by step throughout the lesson. 

 £10 , pre-booking required. Classes at 11am, 1pm and 3pm -  to book your place click here.


Sunday 4th December - Portable Print Studio Screenprinting workshop

Get creative and screen print your very own T-shirt or Tote bag. Using the mono screen print technique participants can choose a preferred design from a selection of pre-exposed screens and create a unique one-off print by painting various colours directly onto the screen. Creating a multicoloured print with just one pull of the squeegee!

11am - 5pm, £7 - £20, drop in.

Markets

Sheffield Market Shopping guide

This weekend we are coming to Sheffield for a very special market as part of the Weekend Of The Maker in association with Folksy and creative co-op The Roco.

Here are the curators top picks to whet your appetite:


Camilla Westergaard - Folksy

This is really difficult because there are so many designers and makers whose work I've been swooning over for years and I can't wait to meet them, see their displays and shop! But here is a trio of makers to look out for from what could have been a much longer list...

Joanna Wakefield Jewellery - Trading Sun 27th Nov

I love Joanna's work because she combines two of my favourite things - jewellery and textiles. Imagine a jeweller living in a haberdashery and you're on the right track. She also has a way of incorporating texture into her work that I think is really interesting and the way she displays her work is always beautiful too, so I know her stall will be something special.

Mister Charlesworth - Trading Sat 26th Nov

Emily mixes geometrics and florals with a gorgeously subdued colour palette and a mid-century feel. Last Christmas, my mum gave me a Mister Charlesworth screen print and it's a piece I will always treasure. It looks gorgeous in our dining room where it sits in an oak frame above the piano in all the shades of a dried hydrangea. This year, I've got my eye on her gorgeousSucculents Screen Print.

Sarah Papworth from Beetroot Press - Trading Sat 26th Nov

I may have an actual crush on Sarah. She's one of the nicest people ever and that comes through in her work, which is light and joyful – looking at her daily drawings on Instagram is one of life's genuine pleasures. Her illustration of a little scarf-wearing robin is currently on the front cover of our mini Christmas magazine, and I couldn't be prouder. I've heard Sarah is bringing lots of new prints to the market too, so I can't wait to see those.

Can I sneak in just one more? Can I? It's just a little Nook of the North. I'll bake everyone extra mince pies if one of her gorgeous stitched necklaces makes it under my tree this year.


Andrea Burns - Roco Creative Co-op

Ding Ding - Trading Sat 26th Nov


We spotted Ding Ding a while ago and instantly snapped up their hand printed clipboards for our menu holders in our cafe bar and people just love them. Having stocked these since we opened last November we have come back again this season to expand the range to include the zip bags and DIY plant pots which are such a simple but fun idea. I have a spiky cactus sat in one on my desk.

Grey Suit Clay - Trading Sat 26th Nov


Grey Suit Clay have become something of a cult brand in Sheffield over the last 12 months. The sleek but earthy stoneware finishes to their mugs, jugs and bowls speak to the 'retro east german minimalist pottery lover' in all of us which is brought bang up to date through these instantly recognisable modern shapes and colour ways. The plant hangers are a must for any self identifying botanophile, they hang on natural rope in strong support of your favourite greenery whilst steeling your eye to their beautifully crafted surfaces. Just lovely.

CAST -  Trading Sun 27th Nov
Cast have flipped the craft social on its head by offer a super refined quality lead experience in their DIY events, where over dinner or cocktails you are guided through the hand tooling of a wax mould for casting into a solid silver ring of of your designing They have now developed the product for the home market in their new box kits which we are also stocking in our design store. A really great gift for someone that little bit special.


Kayti Peschke - Crafty Fox Market

I was so excited to help choose the makers for this event and the final trader lineup is incredible, you are in for such a treat if you can make it down this weekend! I will certainly be doing all my Christmas shopping and supporting all these amazing designer makers, here are a few of my faves to look out for, but I have a feeling I will end up treating myself too, its all too tempting!

You Make Me - Trading Sat 26th Nov

I am a lover of all things colourful and kitsch so adore everything that Emily creates! She designs and laser cuts her accessories from her studio in the North East, and finds inspiration from vintage finds and retro packaging. I can’t wait to see what festive themed goodies she is bringing to the market to spice up this years decorations, and I’ve also have had my eye on her breeze block inspired earrings for a while so shall be picking up a pair of those for sure!

Scarlett and Valentine - Trading Sat 26th Nov

Sheffield local, illustrator and designer Aprille creates a colourful and bold collection of stationery and homewares, all with a playful and fun quality that just makes me smile! I’d love to pick up a few of her fabulous cushions to jazz up my sofa and think grabbing a handful of her cute prints will solve all those last minute Christmas gifts in one fell swoop!

Este Libro - Trading Sun 27th Nov

I am guilty of being the kind of girl that buys beautiful notebooks and journals, only to treasure them and never actually let any actual ink get in contact with the paper and spoil them! So when I came across Esther’s beautiful collection of handmade books I was very excited about getting my hands on them in real life. Blending modern design with ancient binding techniques, these are truly special pieces and will be a hit with all the stationery lovers who are coming down on Sunday, race you to them!


You can view the full trader listings by clicking the links below...

Saturday 26th Nov - Sunday 27th Nov

Join us at The Roco, 342 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2HW from 10am-5pm on Saturday 26th Nov and 11am-5pm on Sunday 27th Nov. Free entry.

See the Facebook Event Page and let us know you are coming!

 

Markets

Boxpark Market - a Shopping With Soul showcase!

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December (11am - 4pm) we are heading to Boxpark in Shoreditch for a very special mini market, showcasing a selection of designer makers from our Shopping With Soul Directory. There are different traders taking part each day plus  craft workshops. On Saturday, take part in a lettering workshop and paint a typographic sign with Molu Designs. On Sunday join Georgia Bosson, for screen-printing fun. More details and booking details below...

We hope you can join us for some festive shopping - you can even hop straight on the 'ginger line' to Peckham and shop our Peckham Market at the Bussey Building on the same weekend too! 

Saturday 10th December Lettering Workshop...

Designer and Sign-painter Soumya from Molu Designs will be holding a lettering workshop where she will guide you in creating fun, bold typographic signs.

You can choose from one of her typographic templates bearing fun bold phrases, or if you are feeling more creative you can work on your own typographic design to paint.

£35, 1 hour 30 minutes session, 9.30 - 11am, all materials included. Limited places available, to book please click here.


Sunday 11th December Screen-Printing Workshop...

Join textile designer Georgia Bosson for this screen printing workshop where you can design and print your own tote-bag or tea towel. Perfect for a unique Christmas gift! 

£20 - 1 hour 30 minutes session, 9.30 - 11am. Limited places available, to book please click here.

 

Markets

Guest curator Harriet Vine's top shopping picks for our Bethnal Green Market!

With less than 2 weeks to go until Crafty Fox Market at Oval Space on Saturday 19th November, we caught up with Harriet Vine of Tatty Devine fame who is our 'guest curator' responsible for selecting traders for the event. Here she shares with us her top picks for makers you should look out for at the market...

"I loved spending time going through all the applications for the market, it is so nice to spend time looking at things that had obviously been created with love and attention. This made the decision about what to choose very hard! I tried to make sure everything I picked was ram jammed with colour and fun so can't wait to see an array of brightness on the day!"

Estelle Morris
I love Estelle's style and sense of humour. Her Ghost World Enid dress up dolls are inspired and I share her love of all things Twin Peaks.

Hoxton Mini Press
Hoxton Mini Press have been a constant light in what it means to live in East London and I think they are an esteemed and beautiful primary source of the phenomenal times we are living through. I love their books 'Portrait of Hackney' and Jenny Lewis's 'One Day Young'.

MRStudio
I love all things pressed flower - they make me think of stuffing my flower press full when I was little and not having the patience to wait until they were dry! MRStudio's work makes me smile and remember the summer. 

WackoWacko
The bold and exciting energy that is captured in WackoWacko is brave and on point. Tasha's work is fresh and different and I love it for that. All the food references are super fun and I love the fried egg!

Garudio Studiage
I am a long term fan of Garudio Studiage, since we both used to do the V&A Village fete together! Their work has an edge and cheek that always catches my eye.  What is there not to love about a flat pack kitten or a plastic Burger Bag.  I know it's on my Christmas list ; )


About Tatty Devine:
Tatty Devine is the go to brand for original, fun, acrylic statement jewellery. Founded in the heart of East London in 1999 by Harriet Vine MBE and Rosie Wolfenden MBE, all jewellery is still designed and handmade in house by a passionate and skilled team.

Alongside their Classic, Seasonal, Contemporary and Personalised collections, Tatty Devine love collaborating with artists, designers and their favourite cultural spaces creating special collections throughout the year.

All of Tatty Devine’s collections are sold online and in their two London stores in Covent Garden and Brick Lane. New designs, as well as iconic pieces from their archive, are highly coveted and collected by a loyal fan base from all over the world and discovered by new customers every day.

Markets, Craft Workshops

Bethnal Green Market craft workshops

At our upcoming market at Oval Space on Saturday 19th November as well as shopping your heart out you can also get crafty and take home a wonderful creation of your own making!

We have some fun crafts instore, suitable for all ages, so make the most of your market visit and join in the fun with the following craft workshops...

Join Portable Print Studio for the opportunity to get creative. Their drop in studio (no booking required) will enable you to screen print your very own T-shirt or Tote bag. Using the mono screen print technique participants can choose a preferred design from a  selection of pre-exposed screens and create a unique one-off print by painting various colours directly onto the screen.

Prices from £7, drop in, 11am-5pm.

They will also have a selection of limited edition screen printed goods available to buy.


 
 

Join the colourful and fun Okido Magazine gang and take part in their Giant Doodle Wall.

Let your little ones unleash their inner Picasso on this fun doodle wall where their creativity can run wild, free of charge.


You can also view the full listings for the 70+ traders taking part here.

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Shopping With Soul - New Shopping Directory

For the past 6 years, we have been running markets where designer makers come together to sell their beautiful products directly to consumers.  Beyond simply shopping, these events give makers the chance to tell their stories about each product and the making process.  We call it shopping with soul. Not just because of the soundtrack that the DJs provide but because each transaction supports a real person that you can talk to and learn from while you shop.  In the run up to each event we proudly list our makers on our website.  Over time, we noticed that these listings were receiving a lot of traffic and that there was demand for a curated online directory of talented makers.   

And so, in September shoppingwithsoul.co.uk was launched! 

How to Shop the Directory
You can shop by category or simply search by name using the A-Z if you are looking for someone in particular.

Each maker’s profile tells their story along with some pictures to illustrate. You can also find out what region they are based in.  See something you like?  Click the 'shop' link to visit their online shop and continue your journey. Looking for ideas? Check out the 'inspiration' section which highlights products around a particular theme. The latest post is 'Trick or Treat Yourself' - a Halloween themed edit. 

Lampshade by Blank Inside Design

Lampshade by Blank Inside Design

Trade Customers
We know that our trader listings also gain attention from trade buyers.  By trade we mean department store buyers, independent shop owners, bloggers, journalists etc.   Our events are a great way to discover fresh talent and learn about new trends.  On shoppingwithsoul.co.uk, each profile includes specific information about whether a maker offers wholesale and commissions and also direct contact details. As the site develops, we plan to introduce more targeted content for our trade audience. You can sign up to the trade mailing list here

Are you a designer/maker? Want to Join? 
We will be inviting more makers to the site before the end of November with the aim of making the most of the festive shopping season. Entries to the directory are by invitation only but you can express your interest here by 29th October. We are looking for makers with good quality photography and a diverse range of products. Following this, the next update to the directory will in May 2017. There is a fee payable and membership is for 6 months. 

What our traders say -
"Just want to say how delighted I am with being in the directory - so much traffic and a number of sales directly from it. So thank you for inviting me in to this great initiative - it is amazing what a difference it makes when you are exposed to a high proportion of the 'right' audience!

Debbie Carne - alijoedesigns

 

Markets, Craft Workshops

Sheffield Market Workshop Schedule - Tickets on sale now!

As part of the Weekend of the Maker on 26-27 November 2016, we are bringing you two fabulous drop in workshops from Stitch-Up and Wool Couture during our market at The Roco. So you can pop by, get crafty and take something home you can be proud of!

Alongside this our market will be running all weekend with over 80 different traders for you to shop up a storm, click on the links below to see the full trader listings...

Saturday 26th November Traders / Sunday 27th November Traders

Join Jen from Stitch-Up and create your own mini hanging planter using different macramé techniques. Jen will have a range of coloured yarns for you to choose from. It even includes a cactus or succulent for you to take home too!

Cost: £10 (pay on the day)
Saturday 26th November - 10am-5pm


Join Claire from Wool Couture and learn some arm knitting techniques using their glorious chunky yarn to make some wonderful creations!

Pompom Christmas Baubles Workshop – £6
A playful handmade addition to your Christmas tree.

Chunky Scarf Workshop – £15
Make your own chunky scarf from pure merino yarn – a perfect winter accessory or great gifting idea.

Cost: £6 – £15 (pay on the day)
Sunday 27th November - 11am-5pm


Folksy are also running a programme of hands-on craft workshops and business development sessions to give you with the skills you need to be a maker today. All of the following sessions will be held at Roco in Sheffield and need to be booked in advance. Click here for more information and book your place now to avoid missing out!

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Selling to shops at Christmas

Getting wholesale orders can be an amazing boost to your handmade business. The months leading up to Christmas are a great time for independent retailers and designer makers to make the most of the increased sales.

Harriet Peacock, Buyer at The Old Fire Station Shop in Oxford, shares with us advice on how to approach shops leading up to the festive season...

Christmas is a crazy, crazy time for retailers. It requires a lot of planning, and most shop buyers are thinking about Christmas back in August! Especially when you’re a shop stocking handmade products, you’re very aware that your makers need that bit longer to get products ready for you than a traditional wholesaler.

To get the ball rolling, I try and approach ordering systematically and make myself a massive list of all my makers. Naturally I know some have a longer lead in time than others so I prioritise those first. However, I have around 90 makers in my shop and so getting through that list can take rather a long time! It’s always a good idea to just send a quick friendly email if you haven’t heard anything from a stockist about Christmas ordering. We’ve got rather a lot to get through, and sometimes a little reminder via email can be very helpful to jog our memory! If you have no response, it might be worth sending a follow up email a week or so later.

It’s great to include an up to date wholesale catalogue or line sheet if you have one. It’s a lot easier putting together an order if all the information is in one place- much more straight forward than switching back and forth between someone’s website and their Etsy shop.

Likewise, please let us know of any new ranges or designs you have for Christmas. This can cover specific Christmas products or just something new which would freshen up your range for the festive period. Newness is an important factor in keeping a shop looking exciting and fresh so I’m always on the lookout for new products to excite our customers (and I must admit myself too!)

Information about lead times is also really helpful for our planning, although understandably it can be difficult to figure out until you have the orders in the first place. If you only normally take 2 weeks to fulfil an order but have double the workload, let us know that it may be more like a month for you to send the stock. As always, communication is the key here! Letting us know when the parcel is on its way also provides peace of mind.

Consider offering a lower minimum order or free delivery if someone is ordering from you for the first time. Whilst we’re likely to place larger orders at this time of year, independent retailers usually don’t have enormous wholesale budgets and having a smaller minimum order lessens the pressure on the bank.

Even if you think you’ve missed your chance for Christmas ordering, stay in touch throughout November and December because chances are a stockist may need a last minute top up. However much we try to get customers to buy early it’s always most busy in those last few weeks!

Christmas is a stressful time for all of us- whether makers or retailers, it’s our best opportunity of the year to really capitalise on gift buying. Handmade goods have a great advantage in that they have that personal touch which everyone is looking for at Christmas time, and that is something both makers and retailers can benefit from. Fingers crossed for a fantastic festive period for all!

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Peckham shopping guide by Carrie Maclennan

Peckham guest curator Carrie Maclennan (Not The Kind) has put together a little guide of what to look out for at our upcoming Peckham market on 8th & 9th October.

Here she shares with us the traders she is looking forward to checking out!


I was flippin' delighted to select the vendors for Crafty Fox Market in Peckham this Autumn.
I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone who's setting up shop at The Bussey Building on the 8th and 9th of October.  The standard of applicants was really high and everyone is worth checking out but I'm particularly excited about visiting the following:

Marina Semencuka
Artist Marina Semencuka is taking part in the Uncovered talent showcase on Saturday 8th October. Her illustrations are joyous and I can't wait to see the full collection.


Phoebe Simpson
Also appearing in the Uncovered section on Saturday is super-talented silversmith, Phoebe Simpson. Her chunky designs really piqued my interest. Her jewellery range is just beautiful. I know it's naughty to mention the C-word right now, but um... I reckon a Quarry Ring might fit neatly in my Christmas stocking?


Sweet Design Studio
When I first saw Sweet Design Studio's work during the vendor selection process, I swear I made a weird, excitable 'wheep' noise. It'll be great to see these fun, upbeat, good vibes illustrations in real life. If you're shopping for good vibes, pay Sweet Design Studio a visit.
 

Slinkylinks Jewellery
You can bet your boots I'll be hanging out at the Slinkylinks Jewellery stand and you can bet your boots I will do my damnedest to to recreate this photograph for my obligatory 'I'm at Crafty Fox!' Instagram post!

The Art Fidget
I hope Art Fidget comes well stocked because I already have my eye on a number of these ace bangles! I'm an enormous fan of colour clash, pattern clash and bold design so I'm really interested to see Art Fidget all set up in technicolour glory on Sunday 9th October.

Paper Scalpel Paint
Here's another artist whose work I discovered for the first time during the vendor selection process. Paper Scalpel Paint's work had my eyes popping and brains tingling. There may even have been hand clapping/face grabbing when I first saw these excellent abstract prints. You'll find them in the Uncovered section on Sunday. If I don't get to them first, that is.

Kika Na Art
Did I mention that I love colour, pattern and bold design? Kika Na Art ticks all those boxes and I am SO looking forward to trying on this Grace Jones necklace. Get ready for some serious statement accessorising, people!

Happy Knitwear
I've been a Happy Knitwear fan-from-afar for a while but I've never had the pleasure of seeing their woolly work in person. Since the air is getting slightly chillier, it seems now's the perfect time.


My Crafty Fox trip will be all about discovering new artists, new work and meeting new people. But with a tonne of Made in the Shade pals, Not The Kind favourites and a bunch of super-cool people I've met these past few years all attending, it'll be a sociable shopping affair! Be sure to check out Clare Nicolson, Lucie Ellen, Custom Made, Jenny Sibthorp, AndSmile, IamAcrylic, Uncommonly Beautiful and Isobello Design. Be sure to check out EVERYONE.
See you at the weekend!

 

Check out the full trader listings... Sat 8th - Sun 9th

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Peckham Workshops this weekend!

We can't wait for our Peckham market this weekend, and for the crafty folk who fancy getting more hands-on we have two fantastic drop in workshops for you....

I Am Acrylic drop in Jewellery Workshop - Sat 8th Oct

At the I Am Acrylic drop-in jewellery workshop Ruth & Brendan will teach you how to work with acrylic and you'll come away with a finished pendant or keychain.
 
It's a really hands-on session! You'll design, hand-cut and hand-finish your necklace/keychain. It's really easy, and fun, and you get to wear safety goggles!
 
The workshop is suitable for absolute beginners. It costs just £10 and is drop-in all day 11am-5pm - so no need to book, just grab a seat. What will you make?


Create Your Own Hair Oil Workshop by Hairy Jayne - Sat 8th & Sun 9th Oct

In this workshop by Hairy Jayne you’ll be creating a hair oil customised to your particular hair type and fragrance preference.

The hair oil is made with 100% natural ingredients and gives a light shine to your hair while softening and strengthening it. It’s best used on damp or dry hair as a leave-in product. Can be used as a beard oil too!

You’ll learn which natural oils are best for which hair problems, and you'll be given the recipe so you can keep on creating oils at home.

£10, Drop in. 11am-5pm

Hair oil workshop images by Martha Loves.

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How mobile payments can boost your market sales...

As our Autumn and Christmas markets approach, we know that lots of makers will be very busy in their studios, making and preparing stock to sell at our fairs! Whilst finishing products is an obvious thing to tick off the to-do list, don't get sidetracked and neglect to put time and thought into the other areas that will make you stand out.

Things like your stand design, product displays, nice packaging, promotional information and arranging a mobile payment system can all be key to boosting your sales.

Experienced designer maker Zeena Shah shares some of her top tips with us for making the most of your market experience...

Case Study - Zeena Shah

Hello everyone! I am a printed textile designer/ maker, illustrator, creative tutor and author of two books!

I launched my business ‘Heart Zeena' in 2010 with a hand screen-printed and handmade collection of colourful goods for the home, featuring my signature Scandi style illustrations. I regularly trade at design fairs/ lifestyle events and markets selling my goods to both the UK and international markets, slowly introducing new products such as a woven blanket and stationery to the collection. Most recently I celebrated the launch of my second book "Scandia' an adult colouring in book in which you can colour in 47 individual illustrations.

I heard about the Paypal card reader soon after trading at a few lifestyle events, and immediately picked one up. Being able to take cash only payments had been a huge barrier to sales, I realised so few people actually carried cash around or had enough cash on them at smaller fairs and markets, especially for my bigger more expensive items.

I'd investigated card machines from other providers but had always been put off by the high costs and processing fees so when this came along that used my own Paypal account it was perfect and really simple to set up. I've been using it ever since and it really has revolutionised sales, especially as most people generally expect to be able to pay by card now and always think it strange if it's not actually possible.

My top tips for setting up at markets would be;

    •    Get yourself a Paypal Here card reader - I made the cost back within the first hour of having it at a market.

    •    Make sure you also have a cash float, with plenty of £1 coins and 50p's.

    •    Although pretty old school I found having a notebook/ receipt book to note down sales really useful for tracking what had sold after the fair. The Paypal app keeps all of the data from any sales through the reader which makes life easier.

    •    Don't forget bags and branding touches. I slip in one of my postcards into each bag along with a sticker and colouring in card. Make it personal.

    •    Take a snack and some water :) everyone needs some lunch!

    •    When planning your stall try and add some height, I used a wooden box to lift things into eye line or as a way to highlight a new product and it worked really well.

Happy trading!

Zeena X


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  •  Never missing a sale again
  •  Only getting charged when you use the card reader (i.e. make a sale yourself)
  •  Being able to accept card payments anywhere you have connection on your android or    IOS device (wifi and/or 3G/4G)
  •  Taking your business anywhere in your pocket
  •  Trusted Paypal brand

 

 

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Makers

Lisa Stickley brings "Handstand" to our Peckham Market

Illustrator and designer Lisa Stickley can now add author to her list of accomplishments, as her childrens book Handstand has just been released. We can't wait to take a peek inside at our upcoming Peckham Autumn Market where Lisa will be signing copies on Sunday 9th October.

We thought we'd catch up with her to hear more about the project and what else she has been up to...

Hi Lisa! Tell me a little more about yourself, what you do, where you live, your products etc...

I am deliriously devoted to designing and creating. Having originally founded Lisa Stickley in 1999 (from my bedroom, using the original Cash’s labels my mum used to sew into my school socks) I was lucky enough to sell my first ever products to Paul Smith, Designers Guild and The Cross. Since then I have collaborated with the likes of Burberry, Harrods, Liberty, Tate, Selfridges, Heals, Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and Japanese stores Ships, Hankyu & Isetan.

I trained as a printed textile designer at Central Saint Martins and The Royal College Of Art, and my journey so far has taken me on many adventures. I opened my first shop in 2007 in South London which, behind the scenes, doubled up as a bustling print studio and creative hub. I have designed and developed lifestyle brand concepts, and have produced and sold home-wear products and accessories all over the world.

I currently live, and work, as a designer/author & illustrator in the leafy lanes of South East London with my husband and daughters. Some of my latest work includes a range of greetings cards I have just launched with The Art Group. And more recently too, I have been indulging in a new and thoroughly enjoyable venture writing and illustrating children’s books.

Tell us about your new book… What is it about, who is it for…

My new book Handstand has (literally) just been published (with Pavilion Books) so it’s all very exciting at the moment. Handstand is a kind of counting book aimed at 3-5 year olds. The blurb on the back of the book explains a little bit more…

Handstands aren’t easy. Just ask Edith.
From standing on her hands for one second on Monday, she eventually does seven in a row on Sunday. But in between, she’s put off by worms, bees and a cheeky bird.
Count along with Edith as she learns that practice makes perfect.

The main character is loosely based around my eldest daughter Edith, and she has great fun ‘introducing’ all of the other characters as the book progresses, all of whom cause her much grief as she is attempting to perfect her upside down skills!

Have you always wanted to write / illustrate a children’s book?

It is something I fell into a bit by accident really, and I am so very pleased that I did. I had to make rather an abrupt change in career path a couple of years ago, which coincided with having just become a mum.
My mind is always on the go, creating and inventing and I often come up with random scenarios in my head. Marrying that with my love for doodling and colouring-in, and the new daily inspiration from my mini ones, sort of created a few pieces of a puzzle for a new direction. I had some suggestion and encouragement from some of my close friends and family to give writing a go, and the puzzle pieces started to slot into place!

I was then very lucky indeed to find a publisher last year who liked my work, and still can’t quite believe I am now a published author/illustrator. It has all been a bit whirlwind-ish really!


What have been your most challenging and favourite parts of the process?

The tricky bit is coming up with a concept for a story. I have a million ideas constantly buzzing around in my head, but to nail down something that could work for a book requires a good edit.

Once that bit is done it is a challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable process of bringing the book to life in words and pictures. I tend to get the writing as finished as possible first and then the illustration part comes second (albeit I visually map this out in my head at the same time the story emerges). It is then a matter of fitting the words and pictures into the format of the book and this takes quite a bit of too-ing and fro-ing to make it flow well both image and story wise.

In terms of artwork it is all equally good fun. I tend to use my VERY old typewriter to write with (there is something about the ‘clickity clack’ of the letters pounding on the paper that I find quite inspiring). And the illustration comes in the form of a variety of processes from mono-printing, painting, paper-cutting, oil pastel and line drawing with pen and ink.

I produce all of the elements for each picture by hand then scan these into the computer and collage together to create the final compositions. Often some of my textile prints will come into play at this stage too, used as background pattern or to collage a dress or pair of shorts onto a character.

Favourite part… every bit.

 

What can we expect to see on your stand at the upcoming crafty fox Autumn markets?

I shall be at Crafty Fox with my new book, signing, selling copies and introducing it to the world. I shall also be selling my new cards and some original artwork based on my Handstand Book illustrations.

Any other new projects in the pipeline?

Yes… a few. Some of which are top secret so I can’t tell at the moment.

Other new projects include ongoing collections of cards with The Art Group and two further children’s books with Pavilion Books, which are being published next year. And a PILE of ideas for many more books after that!

 

Resources

Uncovered - Market Survival Tips for the new seller!

Trading at your first market can undoubtedly be a daunting experience, and here at Crafty Fox we like to make the experience as enjoyable and productive as possible for those new to trading.

Our Peckham Market guest curator, Carrie Maclennan from Not The Kind, has put together some top tips for those of you who will be joining us in the Uncovered section of our upcoming markets...

Crafty Fox Uncovered: Get ready to rock your first craft fair
Presenting your work at a craft fair for the first time can be nerve-wracking but some careful planning ahead of your big day is all that's required to calm the craft chaos and make sure everything goes smoothly.

But how much stock should I bring? I'm freaking out.
Don't freak out. Gauging how much stock to bring along is a notoriously tricky aspect of craft fair prep. but you might find this tactic helpful when starting out. First calculate the amount of sales you need to make to cover your event costs (stall fee, travel, parking etc.). Then, on top of that, decide on a realistic target that, if met, you would leave at the end of the day feeling thoroughly pleased with yourself. Always make sure you have enough stock to reach that target. Start there.

I don't have a fancy display. What am I going to DO?!
Given that one of the best stall displays I've ever seen was constructed almost entirely from hand painted cardboard boxes, you really needn't splash tonnes of cash on your first craft fair display. Get creative. Consider how best to present your work in a way that makes a visual impact and is in fitting with the feel of your mini-brand. Create height on your stand. Play with colour and texture. Maybe you want to inject some personality with a few fun props or make a special feature of your newest product. You don't want to crowd your work with tonnes and tonnes of wordy information, but make sure your labelling and pricing is super-clear and position your business name prominently so your customers can find you again later.


Practice setting up your stall ahead of event day. Mark out the table size on the floor with tape. Play around with product positioning and make sure everything fits well and looks great. When you've decided on the perfect layout, make a little sketch of it or take a quick pic on your phone and pop it in your event kit. Muddle averted.


What's an 'event kit'? I don't have an event kit. Help!
Your event kit is your friend. It can help you out of tricky spots on event day and you should definitely have one. Let's start with the basics. Gather together the following items: Scissors, white tac, strong tape, string, spare price labels, pens, cleaning cloth, multi-surface cleaner. Pop them in a bag. This is the beginning of your event kit. If you're using a card reader, throw a phone charger and spare batteries in there too. Have a think about your display. Think about your product. Try to plan for all eventualities and add items to your kit as they occur to you. And don't forget business cards!


If you're manning your stall alone, it might be tricky for you to get away so bring bottled water and snacks to keep you going throughout the day.

What if no one visits my stand?
You're presenting your work to the Crafty Fox audience for the first time. That's a big, exciting deal. Tell your family, your friends, colleagues, bus driver, hamster... Get posting on your social media profiles and invite everyone you know to come see you. They will want to show their support and even if they don't all buy from you, creating a little bit of hustle and bustle around your stand (providing the hustle and bustle doesn't cause an obstruction!) gives off friendly vibes and just might bring more visitors your way.


I'm nervous about talking to strangers about my work.
No one likes a pushy sales person but, even if you're feeling nervous, always try to acknowledge your visitors. You needn't come over all shopping channel presenter about it, but make eye contact, offer a wee smile or a polite 'hello'. Some people will want to talk. Some people won't. Just go with it. Answer questions as they come and prepare a couple of chatty snippets about your work and your process. I used to find that standing up behind my stall made me feel instantly more confident and because I was there, eye to eye with my customers, standing up seemed to encourage a more natural chit-chat interaction. Give it a go.


How NOT to talk to strangers about your work.

What if I don't make any sales?
Sales aside, think about what you want to get out of the event and what you expect to gain from taking part. The value of showcasing your work in public is sometimes just as high as selling a hundred pounds worth of stock. Meeting customers face to face offers an excellent chance for you to do some market research! How are people responding to your work? To your price point? To your display? What kinds of questions are they asking about your work? Observe, listen and gather the information you need to make improvements and tweaks going forward.
The Crafty Fox craft fair is a great place to meet like-minded artists and potential collaborators. The environment is chock-a-block with opportunities – even if you don't leave with a money box chock-a-block with cash. You won't sell out at every event you attend. And that's ok!
I can't wait to see you all in October. Now. Get preparing!


All images are of Crafty Fox Uncovered traders from our recent Brixton Market, taken by Kayti Peschke.

Makers

Taking The Leap - by Luke Adam Hawker

Doing what you love and making a living from your craft is the goal of many designer makers. Crafty Fox trader Luke Adam Hawker has recently done just that and taken the move into full time making with his art.

We caught up with him to see how things were going and find out about his latest projects.

You can meet Luke and see his creations in the flesh at our Brixton Market this Sunday, 18th September; or at our Peckham Market on Saturday 8th October.

Hi Luke! Tell me a little more about yourself…
I was until recently a full time interior designer, spending the majority of the past 6 years working in the high-end residential sector. I was lucky enough to work for architectural practices that valued my drawing ability and I’ll continue to take on freelance work, as I can’t imagine leaving it all completely behind. I am based in Herne Hill, but I travel all around London to draw on location, for self initiated projects and commissions. I then produce limited edition signed prints of those drawings to sell online and at markets.
 
How long have you been making and selling your work?

My first experience of selling my work was at a Crafty Fox market in Peckham two years ago. I remember that first market vividly… frames crashing down to the ground and me standing there glowing bright red, trying and failing to act as though it was all part of my master plan! Despite the breakages and embarrassment, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and even earned enough to cover my many breakages. More importantly it kicked off the start of a steep learning curve.
 
At what point did you think you could go full time with your art, and how did you make it a reality? Was it a scary move to take?
I think the process of realisation was a gradual one; each market and exhibition built my confidence and grew my audience in an organic and natural way. 
 
Essentially the only way to make it a reality is to take the risk. For me, this was not a scary process but an exciting one. I’m fortunate to have already built a career in the creative industries. Although I have left my full time job as an interior designer, I have not left the industry - just shifted my main focus and allowed myself more time to practice my art.

What are the best platforms for you to get your work out there?
Nothing beats meeting people face to face, where they have the opportunity to explore my work in greater detail and I have the chance to explain my process. This is why markets are such a great platform, more so than specific art exhibitions. The environment is more relaxed and that makes interaction more natural.
 
In terms of social media, I think all have something to offer, but as a visual platform, Instagram is hard to beat.
 
Any advice for other designer makers thinking of making the leap?
I think the best advice I could give is to try your best to make it not feel like a leap. Try to dedicate as much time as you can to your craft  - if you find you are choosing to spend time on it, rather than going to the pub on Friday night….then you’re probably ready. Ironically, I think I made the decision whilst at a pub.
 
The most common obstacle for people making the leap/jump/step is financial. I spent a lot of time working out how I could reduce outgoings and pay the rent and bills on what I knew would be a reduced income. It is essentially a decision to place value in how you spend your time over how you spend your money. Turns out time isn’t money after all, its time! We need to spend it wisely.

What products will you be bringing to the upcoming Crafty Fox Autumn markets?
I am very excited to be bringing my Blue Plaque Door print along to Brixton on Sunday the 18th September for its debut; this has been a year in the making with over 40hrs of drawing all around London. The project celebrates the amazing people and architecture of London. If you are still wondering what on earth I am talking about, take a look through my Instagram.
 
I will also have my third print in the “Peoplewatching” series with me, “Glastonbury” I had a lot of fun drawing the mayhem of the festival this year, even if most of that time was under a brolly. I’m hoping to meet somebody who made it into the print…you never know.

A massive thanks to everyone who has supported me and my work so far, hopefully see you at a market soon.
 
www.lukeadamhawker.com
www.instagram.com/lukeadamhawker
www.twitter.com/lukeadamhawker

B&W portrait image by Michael Drummond.

Markets, Craft Workshops

Brixton Craft Workshops!

Our Autumn Brixton market is just around the corner (Sat 17th and Sun 18th September) and as well as some fantastic shopping we have some brilliant craft activities for you to get involved in too.

Whether you fancy joining in an all day workshop or prefer to just drop in we have something to suit all ages and crafting abilities!

Here are more details of what we have in store and how you can get involved...

Come and learn a new skill and screen print your own tote bag with Justine Ellis, a printmaker and RA print fellow. She will talk you through all you need to know about how to design and then print a tote bag, so you have something useful to take away all your Crafty Fox goodies in. Perfect for anyone new to screen printing, but be warned, you will be hooked!

 

No need to book, just drop in, £8, all materials included and suitable for all ages.


Join Bobbin and Bow and make a traditional Polish Pajaki Chandelier, a colourful straw & paper creation to take away with you and makes a wonderful addition to your home! Suitable for beginners and all materials are included.

Whole day workshop (11-5), £60. Pre-booking required, tickets are available via www.bobbinandbow.com now. Book early to avoid disappointment as the last event sold out!


Don't forget to check out all the trader listings for Brixton Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th.

There will be more exciting workshops to come at our Peckham, Oval Space and Sheffield markets too so watch this space!