Markets

Mercato Metropolitano, 18 November & 16 December 2017

In the run up to Christmas, Crafty Fox Market will be holding two special Saturday markets at Mercato Metropolitano (18 Nov & 16 Dec) creating an ideal shopping experience for both foodies and those searching for the perfect gift. As well as a selection of talented makers selling fabulous gifts for the whole family there will be workshops, portrait drawing, DJs, drinks and delicious snacks. Here's a sneaky preview of all that awaits you!

Click below the see the full list of traders for each date:

Saturday 18th November, 11am-5pm
Saturday 16th December, 11am-5pm

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DRA

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SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER PREVIEW.
Here is just a taster of what to expect:

Window.

Nick Sellek makes cards with designs developed from a love of unusual spaces and stuctures with a utilitarian angle.

Sally Nencini

Sally works with lambswool making toys, cushions and baby blankets, machine knitting with her own patterns. 

Floozey

Beth Hart makes unique creations inspired by contradiction, taxidermy, surrealism, found objects (particularly roadkill), contrast, natural oddities and tourist’s trinkets.

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER PREVIEW
Here is just a taster of what to expect:

Sparrow & Wolf

Sparrow + Wolf is a Birmingham based home furnishing and stationery studio run by Cherie Gregory. 

Clement & Claude

Clement & Claude candles are made from 100% soy wax, individually hand-poured and finished at their workshop in South West London.

Oh Squirrel

Oh Squirrel creates a range of pretty party supplies, stationery and gifts inspired by vintage photographs, typography, botanical imagery and retro fabrics.

2HUNGRYBAKERS - SPOON CARVING WORKSHOPS - £40, BOOK AHEAD

Join designer/makers Adamina Turek and Adrian Austin to learn how to carve a wooden spoon. You will learn which tools to use and how to handle the knives in a safe and effective way.  Then choose from a variety of seasoned wood blanks (a pre-prepared piece of wood) in English Ash, English Apple, Polish Cherry to transform into a spoon to take home!  All tools and materials are supplied.  Adamina and Adrian can advise you on which simple tools to buy to carry on with this beautiful craft.

Adamina and Adrian are the founders of 2 Hungry Bakers, a food inspired ceramics and woodcraft design studio. They use a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to create a range of everyday tableware. All work is produced by hand in their micro-workshop in North London where they aim to create objects that are both beautiful and functional.

Cost: £40 (2.5hrs) 
Times: 11am or 2.30pm
Please click HERE to book your space. 

ANDSMILE - LIVE PORTRAITS - £20, DROP IN

Viktorija's portraits capture people so beautifully, pop by her stand to get one of your own! You can have your portrait painted in 10-15 minutes and will receive A5 ink and watercolour original artwork. Worth wearing your favourite outfit for!

Cost: £20 (10 minutes) 
Times: 11am - 5pm. 

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Shopping Inspiration, Makers

Halloween Shopping Inspiration

Happy Friday the 13th! Isn’t it lucky (or maybe unlucky) that we get a Friday the 13th in October, perfect for the run-up to Halloween. In celebration of everyone’s favourite festival of fright, here are our favourite fabulously spooky finds from the Shopping With Soul Directory. Whether you're after something to grace your mantelpiece or a fashionable accessory, these picks are sure to pique your interest. And whilst these pieces definitely feel a little haunted, we think they’re perfect all year round!

Click on the photos to see more from these talented makers. Clockwise from top left:

Kayleigh Radcliffe

Floozey

El Famoso Prints

Rock Cakes

Juan is Dead

James Barker

Markets

Introducing our new venue: Mercato Metropolitano

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be hosting two very special markets at an exciting new venue in Elephant and Castle, on two dates in November and December. Italian food market and community project, Mercato Metropolitano is a playground for food lovers and artisan food producers to meet, talk, relax, shop, and eat. As well as a selection of the best designer makers to satisfy all your shopping desires, we will have some fantastic workshops for you to join while savouring a range of delicacies and enjoying tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs.

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Full trader listings will be announced soon, for now here's a sneak peak of some of the highlights you can expect.

Join us on:

Saturday 18th November, 11am-5pm

Saturday 16th December, 11am-5pm

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DRA

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Markets

Design Circus Sneak Peeks

Design Circus brought to you by Crafty Fox Market and BRIXI
Part of London Design Festival / Brixton Design Trail
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, 11am-5pm. £1 Entry (children free)
The Department Store, Squire & Partners, 248 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8FR. 

Different traders each day - check out the listings by clicking below: 
Saturday 23rd listings
Sunday 24th listings

Preparations for Design Circus are well and truly underway and we can't wait to bring our circus to the beautiful surrounds of the Department Store! Emy from BRIXI has been working on the decor (which even includes a very special dressing up box!), we've been busy producing our latest zine and our crew of talented artists and makers have been busy creating their products and displays. Check out the listings for to get a sense of all that will be going on and sneak a peek at our instagram hashtag (#DesignCircusBrixton) for more. 

Here are just a few of the many, many highlights you can expect!

Images Clockwise:
The beginnings of a giant brass pajak by Bobbin & Bow
Forgotten Stitches has been stitching up a whole circus troupe
The beginnings of the very special Felinni-inspired BRIXI dressing up box
A visitor from Stephen Wright's House of Dreams will be joining us at the circus
Look out for special edition products from our traders. Here's Jacqueline Colley's take on the Brixton Design Trail theme of 'Love is Power'. 
Ceramicist Kinska is planning an intriguing interactive stall with a variety of games
Artist Tom Berry will be completing his 'gin cat' work live at the circus
Artist Abe Obedina is creating a special circus inspired piece which will be on show at Design Circus. 
 

Markets

Workshops - Peckham Market, 16 & 17 September 2017

Alongside the stalls at our forthcoming Peckham Market, you will find a selection of drop-in workshops so you can get hands-on and take home on of your own creations. There are different workshops (& 50+ traders!) each day. 

CLF Art Cafe, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
11am - 5pm. Free Entry
Trader Listings - Saturday 16 September
Trader Listings - Sunday 17 September

WORKSHOPS: SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Leather Craft with Rosanna Clare Gethin (£10)
Drop in and learn the basics of leather craft in a 30 minute workshop with Rosanna Clare. She will show you how to mark out, cut and glue leather to make yourself a fashionable tassel keyring. You will have a choice of leather colours and fastenings and all for just £10 each. Simply pop your name down for a slot when you visit the market. 

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Wax resist card making with Samantha Warren (Free)
Join Samantha for this fun workshop that anyone can take part in. Make your own cards by laying down wax resists (using candles/wax crayons) on the card and then washing it with watercolour paints to reveal the artwork. Choose from a graphic style, a more abstract design (as featured on Samantha's bags), or a statement card with text. Simply drop in any time. 

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WORKSHOPS: SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

Make your own Hairy Jayne hair fresherners (£10)

Create your very own custom Dry Shampoo Powder or Hair Freshening Spray using natural ingredients and essential oils. They keep your hair fresh, lovely and fragrant between washes. Drop in any time (Sunday 11-5pm). £10 for either one, or £16 to make both.

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Drop-in 'Pink Fest' colouring competition with Dulcimer Draws (free)
Win a 'Pink Hair Don't Care' tote bag full of ALL THE PINK (including Percy Pigs!) and a free haircut at Pimps & Pinups by designing your very own Pink Hair Don't Care illustration using the template provided! 

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Markets

Peckham Festival Highlights

 
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Fox illustration by Jimbobart

This year, our autumn market in Peckham forms part of Peckham Festival - a weekend celebration of all things creative and cultural in Peckham. You'll find us at the CLF Art Cafe in the Bussey Building along with our crew of 50 different makers each day. As always there will also be DJs spinning tunes and a variety of hands-on workshops for you take part in! Check out the trader listings for each day: 

Saturday 16 Sept | Sunday 17 Sept

Peckham Festival Highlights

Once you've paid a visit to the market, you'll find plenty more to keep you busy in the area. The line-up is pretty epic - you'll find a live music stage in Copland Park, lots of workshops to get involved with and artists open studios to explore. Check out the full listings via the Peckham Festival website.  There's even a munch map to help you out when it comes time for lunch!  Here's a few top picks from us...

P.E.C.K.H.A.M - Look out for large yellow letters on the streets of Peckham by local artist Harriet Hill. Read more

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Peckham in a Picture - open air exhibition of photos sharing what locals love about the area. Join in by submitting your pictures using #PeckhamInAPicture. Read more

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Peckham Clay Tiles - make your mark on a clay tile forming part of an installation after the festival. Read More

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Peckham Carnival (Sunday) - enjoy the music and dance at Peckham Carnival on Holly Grove. Read more

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Shaping Peckham (Copeland Gallery) - Visit Ben & Katrina's abstract scene of Peckham; dating back to when it was farmland and surrounded by hills and the River Peck was above ground. Take part by painting, adding and spotting shapes to bring ‘Shaping Peckham’ into 2017 and beyond. Read more.

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Record Fair and Saki popup at Peckham Springs (Sunday only). Read more

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Markets

Workshops - Sample Sale, 8th July

There's just a couple of weeks to go until our first ever sample and seconds sale, taking place on Saturday 8th July at the Effra Social in Brixton. There's an exciting line-up of 40 traders taking part with discounts of up to 75%. Check out the listings here.

Alongside the stalls, in typical Crafty Fox Market style, we will be offering two different hands-on workshops for you. Simply drop-in any time between 11am - 5pm to take part. 

Pimp my Pouch: Customise a sparkly bag or make a brooch with PupTart (from £4)

Jewellery Workshop with I Am Acrylic: Draw, cut and file your own shape from acrylic then make it into a necklace - all for just £10! 

We look forward to welcoming you! 

Maker Profile - Paly Glass

Hi! I'm Nikki, owner and maker of Paly Glass, which launched online in March 2016. I am a stained glass artist who specialises in the copper foiling method and everything is made by hand by me in Bristol, South West England.

I studied graphic design at college and then went on to do an art foundation degree at UWE. The year long course was great and gave me the opportunity to try out many different things. I would definitely recommend an art foundation to anyone who isn't sure which creative path they would like to pursue after A levels!

Whilst studying, I made my own jewellery and sold the pieces on eBay. This eventually turned into a full time business and I became self-employed. I did this for 4 years before I decided I wanted a change and I started working at a pre-school. At this point, sales went down and work took over so I stopped my eBay business.

Five years on and I really wanted to be creative and start making again. I found an antique pressed flower frame and a terrarium at a car boot sale and I fell in love with both of them. I wanted to make my own and did a lot of research, learning all about copper foiling. I booked on to a local stained glass course in September 2015 and I loved it instantly. I purchased all the tools I needed and haven't stopped making since!

After completing 3 terms of my stained glass course I continued practising at home. Over time, I began to see a massive improvement in my soldering. I opened my Etsy shop 7 months after I started my course.

I started off making small terrariums and pressed flower frames. I then started selling at local markets, my main one being The Frome Independent which is held every month and is an amazing market with over 200 stalls of handmade goods and food stalls (if you have never been, you must!). Selling at amazing markets like Frome and Crafty Fox really gave me the opportunity to meet customers and other traders and get invaluable feedback. I realised how much I loved talking to people and selling my items face to face. So selling at markets is just as important to me as having an online presence.

My products have now evolved in to bigger terrariums and many more flower frames in lots of different shaped frames. They are filled with both flowers I have personally pressed (and also now pressed by my Mum and my fiancé's Mum !) and custom orders from customers sending me very sentimental flowers to be framed by me, some as far as America and Sri Lanka!

There is a great deal of work and process that goes into each finished piece. I love that there are so many steps as it means I get to see each piece through from beginning to end with my own hands.

First I start with a pencil and a whole load of graph paper to measure and draw the designs onto. The design is cut out with scissors and then I draw around each piece of the paper pattern onto the glass. Once the design is drawn out it's cut with a special metal ruler and a glass cutter. Each piece of glass is then foiled with copper foil tape. Once each piece is foiled it's then time to put on my mask and solder! Then it's time to wash the soldered piece with warm water and soap. The solder is silver in colour but with a special chemical called patina I can turn the solder black or copper, the latter being a very popular choice at the moment! Then the final stage is a good polish and that's it, a nice shiny new product!

I would have to say one of my favourite pieces in my collection is my cow parsley frame. It's also called Queen Anne's Lace because it looks just like lace, it’s so pretty. The best bit is in the summer it grows literally everywhere (it's a bit like a weed) so I'm always going out for walks to pick some! There are so many different types that once pressed all look completely different. Once it's pressed and put in between the two layers of glass you can see every tiny detail and no two pieces are ever the same.

My studio is currently in my house, in my spare bedroom. It's a small space but luckily you don't need a massive space for making glass. The only problem being that glass does seem to get everywhere so I'm constantly vacuuming up all the bits from the floor, so as not to get any stuck in my foot, which has happened before!

I am totally glass obsessed, I absolutely love windows, my favourite being old leaded stained glass windows. I will look for it above front doors, windows and churches. Luckily there is a lot of stained glass around Bristol. I'm always taking photos for inspiration, which gets a little embarrassing when the owners come out and wonder what I'm doing! Nature is a big inspiration for me as well, my favourite thing is to go for a walk to the forest or by a river and search for some natural things to press. I recently went for a winter walk and found so much beautiful dead foliage like cow parsley seed heads and thistles. It would probably look like weeds to others but is like treasure for me!

I'm a crazy cat lady, but I'm also a crazy plant lady! I'm very lucky that I can just make my own glass pot whenever I like and in whatever size. I have a lot of hanging terrariums around my house filled with trailing plants and succulents. I'm also now obsessed with air plants and they intrigue so many people when I'm selling at markets, they are a great conversation starter! Glass shelves and terrariums are perfect for them, as they don't need soil just light and water meaning they can just hang beautifully in the glass. 

Music is a big part of my working day! I always have the radio on or a mix to keep me going. Oh and my cat, working at home can be lonely sometimes as my fiancé is out working in the day so she's always popping into the studio to see what's going on!

Currently I sell my products through Etsy and Not On The High street but I would love to have my own website as well, so I am hoping to start work on that soon. I have also recently started to make very tiny pressed flower pendants (after feedback from customers saying they would love to wear my flower frames) that are small enough to wear as jewellery. I'm hoping to eventually go back to my jewellery roots and start making glass that people can wear.


Shop the gorgeous collection now on the Shopping With Soul Directory.

Markets

Spring Market Video!

Here is a little roundup of what went on at our Spring Market a few weeks ago, hope you like it! More news of our Autumn markets coming soon, can't wait to return in September with some more great events for you, in the meantime here are some dates for your diary -

16 & 17 September - Autumn Market Peckham as part of Peckham Festival, CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, 11am - 5pm. Trader applications open in June.

23 & 24 September - Brixton - A collaboration with Brixi as part of Brixton Design Trail in an exciting new venue. More details coming soon! Trader applications open in June.

2 & 3 December - Dogstar, Brixton, Christmas Market, 11am - 5pm. Trader applications open in August.

9 & 10 December - CLF Art Cafe, Peckham. Christmas Market. Trader applications open in August.

Plus more dates and venues coming soon...

Maker Profile - Life's a Biscuit

Hello!  I’m an Saskia from Life's a Biscuit, an East London girl living in beautiful Brighton. I make biscuit and sweet related jewellery, magnets and accessories.
 
I think I’ve been a maker all my life! I made a tamagotchi from an old soap box when I was little until I could save my pocket money for a real one! I didn’t enjoy art at school and dropped it before GCSE but kept painting and making bits and bobs in my own time. I did an art degree in Brighton and haven’t looked back since.
 
In our final year at uni one of my friends and I made little gummy bear brooches and sold them to our peers to make money for our mid-afternoon tea and doughnut fund! After I graduated I carried on making delicious looking goodies. It’s grown very naturally, from working in the corner of my kitchen, I now have a studio where I spend half my week.

I tend to mould my personal favourites when it comes to sweets and biscuits. Sometimes I make my own version of a biscuit, other times I mould the real thing. I piped my own icing for the iced gems and moulded that. I work with a polymer based resin for most of my biscuits. I mix the resin, adding colour and then pour into my moulds. Once it’s cured I clean it up and depending which biscuit it is I then add resin ‘jam’ or a magnet. Then they’re good to go!
 
Mould making is one of my favourite processes. I use silicone to make my moulds.  Initially it takes time to make a really neat careful mould but it’s worth it because I can then pop out several biscuits in one go. Taking things out of moulds is always so exciting - I’m never quite sure what I’m going to discover!

I work on the top floor of a fantastic building filled with creative and small businesses (New England House). I share a room with other makers and have a big desk right by the window looking out across Brighton to the sea. I have all my moulds and pigments there as well as a LOT of biscuits (they’re all fake, sorry!). I want to paint my space and put cheesy slogans up on the walls, that’s my next job!
 
It might sound boring but Radio 4 keeps me company most of the day, and I learn so much. It can be lonesome working on my own so it’s important for me to feel like I’m staying in touch with the rest of the world… I’m not an Archers convert yet though! My perfect tea break consists of builders tea, milk no sugar and a Fox’s Crunch Cream… they’re amazing!

I’m always getting new ideas, it helps that there are so many biscuit options out there! I want to make more mirrors covered with Life’s a Biscuit goodies and I’ve got ideas for a jammy dodger pocket mirror which I need to work on! Customers at stalls are always giving me new ideas and requesting their favourite biscuits! I’d love to collaborate with someone in fashion and turn the biscuits into an outrageous and extravagant outfit!
 
I have a sign on my stall that says “Not real!” because so many people ask! I did catch a child trying to have a nibble once. Most people like to pick the biscuits up to work out if they’re real - they’re very tactile.
 
Plan for the future include more biscuits!  I don’t think I’ll stay in biscuits forever but for now I think there’s still more to explore and I’m always willing to do biscuit eating research!


#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 13

Another great week of new products from a wide array of makers using the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag and it was great to see some of them in the flesh at our market last weekend too!

Here are our top finds of the week .....

Hope you enjoy this weeks choice, click on the images to go to the makers pages. We shall be taking a little break from the roundups but keep using the Hashtag on Instagram and we will be back again in a few weeks with lots more exciting new goodies from our favourite makers.

Craft Scene, Makers, Markets

Download the Crafty Fox Zine!

At our Spring Market last week we launched our very first zine! A celebration of all the wonderful makers involved and a lovely keepsake for everyone who visited. Featuring interviews with guest curator Lisa Comfort, trader Jenny Sibthorpe, Pui from Scout Editions and illustrator Hannah Rampley whose gorgeous artwork features throughout. There is even a special Crafty Fox inspired craft tutorial from Zabby Allen so you can carry on the fun at home!

Didn't nab a copy at the market? Worry not! You can view and download a copy of the zine for yourself, by clicking here.

Makers, Markets

The Crafty Fox Zine is coming!

We are so excited to share our latest project with you - The Crafty Fox Zine!

We will be launching the zine at our Spring Market this Saturday 6th May at Oval Space in Bethnal Green, where you will be able to pick up your free copy as you go in.

The zine is filled with maker profiles, spring trends, a special foxy craft tutorial by Zabby Allen and lots more. Beautifully illustrated throughout by textile artist Hannah Rampley.

As an extra special treat there will also be a mural wall in the entrance to the market featuring Hannah's illustrations, by Coast Design Studio, perfect for an Instagram photo opportunity with your new purchases!! Don't forget to tag us in to your market photos using @craftyfoxmarket and #craftyfoxmarket.

See you there!

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 12

It's #CraftyFoxFinds time again! Loads of action over on Instagram  this week, exciting to see lots of market prep for the Spring event in just over a weeks time!

Here are our top finds of the week .....

Hope you enjoy this weeks faves, click on the images to go to the makers pages. Keep using the Hashtag and we will be back again next Friday with more exciting new handmade products for you.

Craft Workshops, Markets

Spring market crafts and interactive arts!

At our spring market on Saturday 6th May (Oval Space, Bethnal Green) you will find lots of crafts and activities to get involved with as well as all the amazing shopping!

Here is a round up of all the fun activities you will be able to join in with from 11am-5pm. Click here to see the full trader listings.


I Make Knots - Knitted i-cord necklaces, £10, drop in.

Get knotty with us and learn to knit a statement i-cord necklace. Using various techniques and a variety of fabric yarn, we'll show you how to knit a couple of these stylish necklaces all in the space of an hour. Don't worry if you're a knot novice- this workshop is perfect for beginners and those already with the knot know-how.


Pup tart - Pimp Your Pouch Workshop - from £8, drop in.

Customise your sparkly bag and let your imagination run wild! You can monogram, add a sparkly rainbow or your own design… the possibilities are endless. Bring along your Pup Tart sparkle or purchase a bag to customise.


Andsmile - live portraits - £20, drop in.

Viktorija's portraits capture people so beautifully, pop by her stand to get one of your own! You can have your portrait painted in 10-15 minutes and will receive A5 ink and watercolour original artwork. Worth wearing your favourite outfit for!


One Pound Poems - live poetry - £1, drop in.

Visit Amber on her stall and for only one pound she will write you a poem on a subject of your choice while you wait! All done on a gorgeous vintage typewriter in front of your eyes, totally captivating, we can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 11

Hope you have all had a lovely Easter and are back in the swing of things! Its been great to see that the sugar rush has resulted in a flurry of new makes over on Instagram.  It's nice to discover new people to follow and see what our Spring Market traders are up to by checking out the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag.

Here are this week's top 9 - click on the images to go to the makers pages. Keep using the Hashtag and we will be back again next Friday with the best new discoveries for you to enjoy!

In Business, Resources

Social Sells: How to upgrade your photography for the Instagram era

The power of social media is one of the best tools available to designer-makers right now, but are we all embracing it as well as we could? Jenny Hyde from Copper Boom Studio talks us through her top tips for making your feed look as appealing as possible to potential customers...


Social media is one of the best, most cost effective ways to connect with potential customers and create a loyal customer base of people who just LOVE your products! But visuals are incredibly important in this Instagram-Facebook-scroll-through-everything era. 

1. Let the light in

With all photography, light is crucial. The better your light, the crisper, cleaner and more eye-catching your photo will be.

Use natural light as much as you can – this often means finding a spot in your house or studio where the light is good and taking lots of photos at the right time of day, even if you post them later!

Invest in professional lighting if you’re struggling. You don’t have to go gigantic, but having a small daylight lamp with a white sheet or two can make it so much easier to get good quality photos.

2. Show the detail

You have such a teeny tiny amount of time to make an impression on someone who is scrolling through their feed. Make sure you show them the most important thing!

Let your products lead the way. If you’re trying to show the detail or quality of a product, make that the focus. Sometimes the most engaging images are real close-ups of a product.

Fill the frame. For bigger products, or if you’re showing the whole product in-situ, make sure the product fills most of your frame and is in focus.

3. Give it some sass and personality!

Your marketing content is all about telling your story and connecting with potential customers, so adding your personal touch is essential.

Choose and use brand colours. Using a consistent palette can help you plan your photography and look really professional. They don’t have to be the same every time, but developing some go-to colours you love and fit your brand can really make your feed pop.

Prop it up. We love using fun, relevant and beautiful props! They help to tell the story of your products, and add plenty of engagement to social content. Just remember that your brand and product need to lead – don’t let props overpower your content.

And with social media, especially on Instagram, getting seen is everything. Use hashtags to engage with your customers. Some of our favourites include:

·       #supportsmall

·       #mycreativebiz

·       #communityovercompetition

·       #makersmovement

·       #creativelifehappylife

 

You can follow us @copperboomstudio – we’d love to connect and support you! And if you ever need professional photography, we’re here.

 

 

 

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 10

With less than 4 weeks to go until our Spring Market it's brilliant to see the progress of some of our traders on Instagram. Of course, it's also a treat to discover new makers that are using the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag.

Hope you enjoy this week's top 9 - click on the images to go to the makers pages. Keep using the Hashtag and we will be back again next Friday with more lovely makes for you!

Resources, In Business, Makers

Our First Overseas Trade Show - By Pui from Scout Editions

 
 

Recently Scout Editions visited and showed at the Amsterdam trade show, ShowUp. Pui tells us all about their experience and passes on her top tips to you. Great advice for those who might be thinking about doing something similar!

We started to think about trade shows for this year, and decided to take part in our first overseas trade show, ShowUP in Amsterdam. A fellow designer from the Netherlands recommended it to us so we decided to give it a go. We were interested in showing our work to a new crowd, particularly out of London, so this was a good opportunity.

Although it was an event abroad, we found that it was probably one of the smoothest we've had to prepare for. I think it helped as we had taken part in many events before, trade shows and pop-up shops so it was good training. Our only limitation was the weight and size of what we were going to take,  as we had luggage restrictions. An edit of our collection was packed into one suitcase, which was a good challenge!

When we arrived in Amsterdam, we headed straight to the show venue. Fellow designers and brands were already setting up. As we had a very tight edit of products, we were pretty quick to set up which meant we could have a good look around the show while everyone was prepping.

It's always inspiring to see how other brands curate their stands and display ideas. The show was so well organised. It was also great meeting other brands and chatting with them. We gained more stockists which was great and also good fun too.

Things to think about:

1) Accommodation:
When looking into accommodation, it’s a good idea to stay somewhere close to the event venue so that its not far to travel to rest up and so that it's quick to get there each morning. 

2) Stock:
Ideally travel as light as possible. We think its a good idea to take 2-3 spares of each item, in case one gets damaged in transit, or if a buyer may like to take a sample. Additionally think about the small items you can take to dress your stand, for example, signage, descriptions etc. 

3) Price List:
As we were in Amsterdam, we decided to convert our trade price list to Euros to make it easier for the buyers. We also put a note that prices were an approximation as the exchange rate would naturally change a little when they place an order.

4) Promo Materials:
Make sure you have plenty of cards, flyers and brochures for buyers to take away with them. As the show is so busy, its good for visitors to take something visual away with them, to remind them of your work.

5) Origin:
As we were in Amsterdam, we couldn't assume that people knew that were from the UK. So we had a little signage to explain who we are and that we're from London. We found that the buyers were interested in this. 

6) Improvise:
As we had to pack light, we couldn't take any of our usual display items with us, like our large wall display board. Luckily the ShowUp stands were so well made, we didn't really need to do much to it.  A month before the show, ShowUp organisers contacted us and asked if we wanted to hire a clothes rail - we used this to hang our prints on but we had to remember to bring our own hangers. Its worth contacting show organisers to see what equipment you can hire whilst your there, which may help with your display.

7) And Relax…
After the show, we stayed on for a couple of days. A nice treat! 

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#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 9

This week we have landed in April and are excited to be getting closer to our Spring Market! We've enjoyed seeing everyone getting ready for the day with some behind the scenes piccies on Instagram too using the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag.

Hope you enjoy this weeks favourites, click on the images to go to the makers pages. Keep using the Hashtag and we will be back again next Friday with our choice of new discoveries!