We had a fantastic weekend at our Autumn Markets. Thank you to all who came along to shop as well as the traders who did such a great job of transforming the Dogstar with their displays. You can find a selection of photos on our facebook page.
For our Christmas Markets we are looking forward to setting up in Peckham at the Bussey Building as well at a return visit to our beloved Dogstar. There will be different traders each day - do join us:
It's almost time for our Autumn Markets at the Dogstar, Brixton this weekend!
We have over 40 different traders each day, letterpress and screen-printing workshops, DJ's and the Tea's Knees tea room as well as a fully stocked bar. A perfect way to spend the weekend! You can browse the full trader listings for Saturday & Sunday or check out a small selection via the Etsy treasuries below:
Earlier this week, a crafty delegation went to 10 Downing Street and I was honoured to be invited along. The visit was organised by Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation. The purpose was to inform the government about the issues facing the UK's craft industry. We met with Matthew Hancock MP - the minister responsible for small business and apprenticeships and Daniel Korski - enterprise adviser to the PM.
We took part in a round table discussion which covered topics including UK manufacturing, start-up finance, apprenticeships, the need for centralised information and a 'kite-mark' for handmade goods.
Over 90 guests joined us at Collective, Camden for the second Crafty Fox Talks on 15th August. The topic this time was 'How to do your own PR'. We were delighted to have Perri Lewis, Zeena Shah and Miss Cakehead sharing their wisdom from the stage. Chair, Katherine Raderecht (Future Publishing) asked each speaker to sum up using a single phrase. Perri Lewis said "know your story", Zeena Shah advised "be nice to everyone and say yes to everything" and Miss Cakehead added "be brave". Wise words all round.
Following the Talks, guests mingled over drinks while checking out a selection of each other's work and enjoying tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs.
Here's the new Crafty Fox Market poster for our Autumn market featuring an original illustration from Jimbobart. Check out the exhibitors for Sat 5 October & Sun 6 October and start planning your shopping.
Packages of beautiful things have been arriving at Crafty Fox HQ amidst much excitement in preparation for the opening of CUT & PASTE. Pay us a visit from 16 - 21st July at 69 Camden High Street to see what we have in store. You can also get hand-on in the evenings with workshops ranging from lino-printing, desktop gardening and illustration.
Our designer preview continues with a colourful array of textiles.
Hand screen printed cat pillow by Robin & Mould - designed and made in the Wiltshire countryside
Along with beautiful silk scarves, Bezem Kassan will be showing a range of intriguing new work at CUT & PASTE
Denim cushions by Thing & Bang - colourful, functional & unique
Join us for one of our hands-on workshops and sit on one of these fab salvaged chairs, lovingly upholstered by Sitting Comfortably.
A range of beautifully made fabric stags heads and other creatures,all the way from Scotland where they are dreamed up and handmade by Kirsty from A Wooden Tree.
Hope and Eden's hand-printed dolls always make a great gift. We will also have a new range of geometric neon prints in store.
Harriet from 'In Stitch You' creates unique machine embroidered works of art. She travels with her sewing machine, drawing portraits and capturing scenes.
The Linen Peddler meddles and peddles in vintage and not so vintage fine linens and cottons
Meet Aloysius Fox - the latest creation from Forgotten Stitches. Each character is carefully hand stitched and wonderfully unique.
With just over a week to go until we set up shop with Brixi as CUT & PASTE, the excitement is building. Our seller showcase continues with this talented selection of Illustrators and print-makers. Pay us a visit at 69 Camden High Street, NW1, any time from 16 - 21st July. Don't forget to check out our workshop selection too!
Found you There by Sandra Dieckmann - a unique and diverse selection of work from this East London based illustrator.
High Rise by Nick Selleck - Nick's works focuses on model making, digital art and photography
Best of London by Lucy Loves This - a collection of typography based prints, hand screen-printed in London
Erin MacAirt is a multidisciplinary artist, working in pen and ink, print, film and installation art.
Crafty Fox & MC Badger - artist Jimbobart, illustrates a very talented crew of Crafty Foxes and other friendly animals.
Camden Map - Mike Hall has been busy illustrating highly detailed maps of many areas around London.
'Brace Yourself' card by Mister Peebles - perfect for those wobbly moments in life.
London Circles Series: Worship by Tom Berry - finely detailed, beautiful works of art
Blue Tit in an Umbrella Hat - Birds in Hats is a series of illustrations featuring birds with carefully chosen headware.You can sign up to an illustration workshop with Alice and create your very own bird in a hat. Illustration workshop at CUT & PASTE on Thursday 18 July.Book Now
Sabrina Kaici uses screen printing and foil blocking processes to create her unique work based on original handmade drawings.
We are delighted to be setting up shop as 'CUT & PASTE' along with Emy from Brixi in the 'Collective' space at 69 Camden High Street, NW1 from 16-21 July. Emy will be working her magic on the decor so expect a visual treat when you pay a visit! Our seller showcase continues with a diverse selection of ceramics.
Horse Moo by Yas-Ming Ceramics - A fun, quirky collaboration between Yasmin Dilekkaya and Ming Wai Sun. Moulds are made and then used to slip cast the animals, cups, bowls and dishes. The animals are then carefully joined to the cups by hand.
Coffee cup sets by Jimbobart - a range of ceramics and illustrations centring on expressive animal drawings by James Ward. Jimbobart is also behind the Crafty Fox illustrations.
Kana - Ana hand makes her ceramic pieces using red clays and terracottas; experimenting with natural oxides and glazes. Incredibly tactile, each piece is unique.
Succulent planters by Atelier Stella - Stella lovingly designs, hand builds, fires in her kiln and glazes small batches of work to give you a truly unique, one of a kind work of art
Owl String Holder by Volpe and Volpe - irresistible and useful. Volpe and Volpe bring a slice of ceramic Heritage back, putting items into a modern context and making them relevant again.
London skyline jug by Cecily Vessey - featuring Cecily's signature London skyline illustration all the way from west to east
We are delighted to be setting up shop as 'CUT & PASTE' along with Emy from Brixi in the 'Collective' space at 69 Camden High Street from 16-21 July. Emy will be working her magic on the decor so expect a visual treat when you pay a visit! Over the next few weeks, we will showcase some of the designers taking part, starting with jewellery and accessories.
Pouncing Fox Brooch: By Emily - Emily's beautiful jewellery is delicately imprinted with her fingerprints, tarnished and bears the marks of making.
Boston Terrier Scarf: Lisa Bliss - silk scarves digitally printed on 100% Silk Habotai from original artwork
Francesca Gold Walnut Brooch: Manolo: A unique range of laser cut and engraved jewellery based on original illustrations.
The first edition of Crafty Fox Talks (Creative Journeys) was held on 6 June 2013 at Club Workspace, Kennington. Panel members, Lisa Comfort (Sew Over It), Sam Wingate (Mr Wingate Prints) and Lisa Levis (Ada Rose and Betty & Walter) each provided varied and personal insights into their own creative journeys.
The third 'Lisa' to complete the line-up was Lisa Rodwell of Wool and the Gang who did an excellent job as Chair, fielding the many audience questions.
Tips and stories ranged from the practical to the comical. Sam reminded us to think about the meaning of success. He pointed out that although he makes less money than some of his friends, he has a more fulfilling working life. Lisa Comfort spoke of the risks of starting a shop. Her Mum encouraged her to take the leap with the wise words of 'what's the worst that can happen?' Lisa Levis rounded off the Talks with a moving and personal story of walking away from the company bearing her own name and starting over with not one, but two new brands. Each speaker brought a unique flavour to the event and left guests with lots to ponder.
Guests enjoyed delicious banoffee cupcakes from The Tea's Knees as well as drinks and tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs.
Harriet Riddell provided some surprise entertainment with her embroidered portraits.
You can find more photos over on our facebook page - thanks to our photographer, Audrey Keogh.
Knitting on Trains has provided a useful summary of the discussion and there is also a helpful review at I Love Markets. You can follow the chat on twitter by searching #CraftyFoxTalks.
Coming soon - Crafty Fox Talks: How to do your own PR. Thursday 15 Aug - Camden. Sign up to our mailing list for all the details.
Each year, artists across south London swing open their doors as part of the Dulwich Festival. This year we paid a visit to Lisa Levis's beautiful home. Lisa and her husband only moved in 3 months ago but you would never know it - they have put a lot of love into decorating the house which shows off Lisa's distinct style perfectly.
We admired products from her two new ranges, Ada Rose and Betty & Walter. The bag below was one of my favourites. Lisa will be speaking on 6 June at the very first event in our series of Crafty Fox Talks. I'm delighted to say that guests will receive an item from the stunning Ada Rose range in their goodie bags. I won't spoil the surprise by saying any more for now...
Dulwich Open House is such a great event, I only wish we had set aside more time to explore!
Did you know that our favourite printers, MOO currently have a retail shop in London's Boxpark? If you pay a visit, you may even spot a Crafty Fox or two. We are very proud to be included in their customer inspiration gallery with our range of stickers, flyers and mini-cards featuring illustrated foxes by Jimbobart.
There are lots of fun little tools to play with at the shop. You can hand finish your business cards with the embossing machine and they even run events there once a week. We played around with the ipad photo booth and got a few family snaps.
We had a wonderful time at our Easter Markets last weekend. It's hard to believe that our Easter Markets in 2012 fell on one of the hottest weekends of the year, while in 2013 we encountered snow and freezing temperatures! Here's a little taster of what we got up to...
A massive THANK YOU to all who made our Easter Markets such a fantastic success. Thanks to all the shoppers who braved the snow, the talented traders who put so much effort into their stalls, the wonderful staff at The Dogstar & the journalists and bloggers who helped us with promotion. Thanks also to our esteemed guest curators, Ellie Tennant and Sian Meades. Not forgetting our cast of DJ's, The Tea's Knees with their yummy cakes, Mr Wingate with his amazing screen-printing workshop and Jimbobart for a very handsome Easter Fox. Special mention goes to 7 yr old Jamie FJ who had queues all day on Sunday at his 40p portrait booth and his brother Louis who helped welcome guests at the door. Thanks also to our partners at Intuit UK, Self Packaging, Etsy, Mollie Makes & moo.com. Last but by no means least, huge hugs and much love to ALL our supportive friends who worked behind the scenes moving tables, taking photos, babysitting, designing & putting up posters...the list goes on - we couldn't do it without you. x x x
There is much excitement at Crafty Fox HQ as we look forward to our Easter Markets this weekend at The Dogstar, Brixton. There's lots to explore so get there early and get involved. The doors open at 11am (until 5pm) with free Etsy tote bags for the first 25 on each day.
The 80+ Stall-holders were selected from hundreds of entrants by our guest curators - Sian Meades (founding editor of Domestic Sluttery) and Ellie Tennant (Design Journalist). Over 60% of traders are new to Crafty Fox Market and there is a wealth of creative talent to explore.
If you see something you like, make sure you snap it up as it's all change on Sunday when a whole new cast of designers arrive to transform the Dogstar. Check out the listings for Saturday & Sunday and start planning your shopping.
A visit to The Crafty Fox Market involves much more than just shopping! Get yourself a drink then pay a visit to the top floor where you will find Mr Wingate (you can call him Sam!) and his brilliant screen-printing workshop. There's no need to book and it only costs £5 - you can walk away with your own design on a tote bag or tea towel, neatly packed up in a cute box from our friends at Self-Packaging.
Also on the top floor, take a moment to browse the vintage treasures uncovered by Blonde Fox Vintage. They will be setting up a whole vintage emporium of goodies.
We are delighted to welcome The Tea's Knees back once again with their delicious array of home baked cakes and scones. Get yours served up with a cup of loose leaf tea and shake off the cobwebs from the night before.
Every market needs a good soundtrack and we are very fortunate to have a whole line-up of DJ's for your listening pleasure over the weekend. Listen out for eclectic mixes from Mhardi, Snacktapus, D'arcy, Tom, Librarians Wanted and Hwen Rascale. Look out for a new Crafty Fox Easter Market mixtape on Soundcloud in the next few weeks.
Jamie FJ's 40p portraits are a hit
We've also heard a rumour that Jamie Ferguson Jones will be putting in an appearance with his 40p portrait booth. Jamie (now aged 7) has shared his talents with us several times at the market and often draws crowds of fans.
There are many wonderful things about running a craft business from your
home. Who would say no to a few extra minutes in bed and missing the rush hour
crush? Yet being the social, creative beings we are, it can certainly have it's
harder times too. Leah, has been running her company, Juan is Dead, for a year
and a half from her home studio in SE London, here's her survival guide.
The Nitty Gritty Practical Stuff
·Write a list for the next day the night before- they genuinely work.
If you are going to be haunted by the everyday household chores then
have a system - tackle it all while you have your breakfast or at 5pm before
any witnesses get home.
Post and packaging. It may seem a big spend at the start but get
this kind of thing sorted and you'll save yourself loads of time and money.
Do a big food shop. For some unknown reason this is actually a hard
tip to follow! But on the weeks I do, I love it- nice fruit and veg, good
snacks. Everything I need to keep me pumped for the whole day.
People People People :) Find those magical beings! Everyone needs a
break in their working day so get on your phone, harass friends on
their lunch break, skype a fellow designer maker while you work or find an
elderly relative you can pin down for a chat.
For obvious reasons, never turn on day time telly,
but it's a different rule for music. The good thing about making stuff is you
can do it whilst being entertained. The radio, Spotify, Last FM, audio
books, iplayer, old dvd's... these are all your friends if they help you stay
in the making zone.
Getting Your Products Out There
So we've all probably had jobs in the past that have meant we've done
things we really didn't want to - it might be a presentation to a room full of
people or ringing the scary woman in HR. Every once in a while I find it
useful to pretend I still have a strict boss who makes me do the scary stuff. Maybe it's going into a shop to see if they
will sell your greeting cards or ringing up a magazine for a name to send your
press release to. Either way, you better do it, otherwise
you're gonna get the sack, you hear me!
·Nothing beats getting out in the real world and meeting like-minded
people. Markets can be a bit daunting at first, but most people are
probably in the same boat as you. Getting customer interaction and feedback on
your products is invaluable. Try not to be too disheartened if you have a
day of bad sales, have plenty of business cards and treat it as a marketing
opportunity, you don't know what might come back to you in 6 months time.
Commission out of the blue from Washington
The Nice Boss (This is also you!)
Sometimes all this feels like an uphill struggle so it's important to believe in yourself and keep going. Sow the seeds, especially on the internet. It is a magical place and who knows what seed will grow into a tree. Do whatever helps you stay positive - meditate or go for a run, plant those seeds and wait for the magic to happen.
·You are one person, you are not Superman. You can only do so much
in a day. Being flexible will help you cope with whatever the day throws at you. Some days it just ain't happening. You can keep trying and
be thoroughly depressed by everything you haven't achieved by the end of the
day. Or you can give yourself the day off, because you can :) Watch a film, go
meet a friend and see an exhibition. Chances
are, you'll feel much more up for it the next day.
Leah will be selling her creations at the on the Sunday (24th March) at our forthcoming Easter Markets.