#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 7

It's #CraftyFoxFinds time again! Another week of new makes galore over on Instagram so thankyou to everyone joining in, loved seeing all your Mother's Day and Easter goodies coming together too.

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 lots more exciting new handmade products for you.

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

Maker Profile - Cliffe House Organics

My name is Thom! I am the founder of Cliffe House Organics based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire. We craft and create handmade natural products from skincare to home gifts. We are a small family team that is passionate about producing amazing products with a focus on sustainable, ethical ingredients & packaging.

Everything we make is made by hand by me

I started making soaps around 3 years ago just for fun as I was intrigued about how they were made. After studying further and taking a few courses I  began to create my own recipes and blends. I began to think maybe I could sell these and my passion for design led me to start designing packaging. After some small successes the business grew along with some new product ranges including candles, diffusers and gift sets. Everyone involved at Cliffe House Organics comes from different backgrounds from art, sales to accounts. I have had a few different jobs myself from farming to marketing!  

We started with our range of signature soaps made using 100% natural ingredients, each soap was made with a skin condition or purpose in mind such as our Cooks kitchen soap made with lemon and coffee perfect to remove kitchen smells from your hands.

We then expanded the business to include candles, again we started with a small set of 5 soy wax candles scented with essential oils. The candles we chose match 5 of our best selling soaps, each candle is hand poured and finished with a small decoration made using soy wax and natural botanicals. In time we have added Essential oil diffusers to the collection of products and again we chose to make these 100% natural by using a soy base rather than alcohol or petroleum as you get in most high street diffusers. Not only does this mean a more eco-friendly product but a longer lasting product. Since then we have added luxury gift boxes, which we can personalize, along with soy wax tealight sets.  

Being organic was very important when I set up the business. Following research, I couldn’t believe the amount of harmful things companies put in their products that they don’t make clear and even hide behind clever marketing. This includes packaging, which is a trending topic around the world at the minute as we produce too much rubbish from products being packaged badly. We only use sustainable sources for all our packaging including papers made from recycled coffee cups on all our soaps. We print using green print which uses waxes instead of inks which last much longer and can be recycled.

Most of the products we make have a similar process in some regard. We take natural base oils, botanicals and 100% pure essential oils. We blend these at different temperatures using different techniques to create the end product.

I find inspiration for new scents everywhere! Sometimes we smell a product we like but think we can improve if we added a little of this or that, some products scents are drawn from places we have been around the world or simply smells we know we would love to be on our skin or fill our home. Blending scents is probably the hardest thing we do and can take months to find the right balance.

It’s very hard to pick a favourite product from the range as I know how much work went into each one, but I would have to pick the Physic Garden diffuser. It’s a blend of rose, patchouli, lavender and ylang ylang which really fills the whole house. The inspiration was taken from a garden in Chelsea filled with these scents.

We work out of the family home which is also a B&B. We have a large cellar space which we converted to a manufacturing facility and warehouse space, although most of the house is now filled with product and boxes!

This spring we are launching a really exciting new range of candles, we are calling these The Uncorked collection as they are made using recycled wine bottles. We have cut wine bottles down and filled them with our natural soy wax and essential oils, each candles comes with a cork stopper of keep the candle fresh and they will last over 40 hours. We also have a new candle making kit coming soon filled with everything you would need to make your own natural candle.


Shop the gorgeous collection via the Shopping With Soul Directory now!

Craft Scene, Makers

Pica Studios Open Day

A few weeks ago I went to the open day of Pica Studios in York to meet some of the artists and see the workspaces in this creative co-op. Set within an 18th Century print works, the productive setting lends itself to its current purpose - housing the workshops of eighteen artists, makers, writers and musicians.

Beautifully light and filled with inspiration, for the last 2 months the space has become a hub of creativity from some well known locals such as artist Mark Hearld, ceramicist Emily Stubbs and jeweller Evie Leach.

It is fantastic to see how everyone shares the space and works so closely together. Mark shares a room with fellow artist Lesley Birch. I asked her what it was like and she told me "It's great sharing the space - we can both be in here and be working quietly, not speaking for hours. Then I can turn to Mark and say "hey what do you think to this?" and we ask each other for advice and thoughts".

Looking around, you can see the diversity of the makers with homewares in one corner, the other side of the desk covered in pastels and sketches, a dressmaker next to a sculptor with a papercut artist nestled in between. The upper floor houses a print room that is filled to the rafters with drawers and drawers full of letterpress fonts that made this typography lover go weak at the knees.

The makers all share a sense of camaraderie and watching them interact they feel more like a family than work mates. Amongst the paint brushes and half finished projects lie empty wine bottles that hint at the social side of proceedings that occur as darkness falls.

I am fascinated by visiting peoples studios and seeing how they work and the processes involved, so this was such a treat and I left feeling so inspired. Walking down that little cobbled back street I would otherwise have never known what incredible work was being produced just a stones throw away from the famed Minster, and I love that!

Hopefully this will open up the door for more co-op opportunities in York. Feeling the energy in there and seeing the artists bouncing off each other is a wonderful thing and shared workspaces are definitely the way forward, the creativity is infectious!

I look forward to seeing more from these fantastic artists and I'm hoping they won't notice if I sneak in and work from a corner behind a canvas or something, I'd be happy to be the tea lady...

Words and photos by Kayti Peschke.

#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 6

Another fab week of seeing lots of gorgeous spring makes on Instagram and thanks again to everyone using the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag! Its always great to discover new makers and hope you are finding new people to follow 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. Keep using the Hashtag and we will be back again next Friday with lots more exciting new goodies from our favourite makers.

#CraftyFoxFinds Week 5

Spring is in the air, and also on Instagram if the piccies this week are anything to go by! A look through the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag was so bright and fresh and it's lovely to see how productive you have all been in the last week.

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

Hope you enjoy this weeks choice, click on the images to go to the makers pages. Keep using the Hashtag and we will be back again next Friday with a new selection of designer-makers wares for you to lust after!

Resources, Makers

Business Resources for Designer-Makers - Free Download

 
 

Running your own business, being creative and promoting yourself can be overwhelming for designer-makers - there's so much to learn! We have teamed up with Sarah Hewett who has compiled a free download for you to save, full of useful resources and articles on a whole host of topics.

Sarah has a background in creative business support and exhibition management, specialises in craft and design and spent the last 3 years on the community team at Etsy, supporting and showcasing their creative entrepreneurs in the UK.

Perfect to keep on hand when you need some inspiration for that extra push!

Click on the link below to view the guide...

 

 
 

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds Week 4

This week we have been busy selecting traders for our Spring Market, and it was lovely to see lots of applicants on Instagram too using the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag.

Here are our top finds of the week - vibrant geometric jewellery made with rose gold by Melody G and pots by HKDCeramics that use bright colours against the terracotta to great effect.

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!

Makers, Shopping Inspiration

#CraftyFoxFinds - Week 3

Another great week on Instagram discovering new makes with the #CraftyFoxFinds hashtag on our Instagram page.

Here are our top finds of the week - a selection of hand-carved goodies by SingleMaltTeapot
 including spoons, a spoon rest and a lovely bowl - and gorgeous patterned plates by Hilda Carr Pottery, that we would very much like to eat our dinner from!

Hope you enjoy this weeks selection of makes, 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 the best.

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, 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 closed on 1st March (5pm) 

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!

Markets, Craft Workshops

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.

Markets

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!