An occasional meet up for the Crafty Fox Market community of designers/makers, artists and friends - it’s an open invitation so all are welcome!
The aim is to provide an opportunity for our community to connect with one another, make new friends and exchange ideas over a drink.
Although it feels like yesterday, it's been almost 2 years since we last held a gathering at Magma. Like the last one, this one will be hosted by Ruth and Brendan from I Am Acrylic, collaborating again with their lovely stockist Magma, to bring you an evening of chatting, crafting, drinking and even a bit of late night shopping!
Come and join Ruth & Brendan and the owners & buyers of Magma on Thursday 22nd June at Magma’s flagship store on Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden from 6.30-8.30pm. We will continue the gathering afterwards at The Sun Pub on Drury Lane.
There will be a Name-Badge-Making Station so you can get your craft on whilst mingling and meeting other makers/designers.
Last time, I Am Acrylic got together with the buyers at Magma to bring you a handy printout that gives you advice when trying to sell your stuff to shops, which will be available this time around too.
A small amount of drinks will be available, but if you pass a shop, please do bring a bottle as well so the ‘bar’ doesn’t run dry!
Please let us know if you are coming by signing up HERE
Crafty Fox Meetups are free-to-attend gatherings which take place at a variety of locations around London. The aim is simply to provide makers and those interested in what we do to get together, make connections, ask questions and learn from one another.
Crafty Fox Talks are ticketed events which run several times per year. They are more formal than the meetups with a defined theme, a panel of speakers and drinks reception.
Here's what we've got up to so far...
Crafty Fox Talks: Top Tips for Pop Up Shops
Tuesday 27th September, Cockpit Arts - Holborn
Guest speakers Bronwyn and Julie shared their experiences and advice for running successful pop up shops.
Bronwyn Lowenthal - Lowie (five successful pop-up shops in high traffic areas of London as well as countless fairs, markets and shows, the permanent Lowie retail store can be found in Herne Hill, South London)
Julie Macauley - John + Pearl (pop up shops at Brixton Pop (July & Dec 2015), Glastonbury Festival (June 2016), Old Street Station (June & July 2016) and will be hosting a three week pop up at Old Street Station December 2016)
The talk was held at Cockpit Arts, an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople.
Crafty Fox Talks: Copycat Design - What to do if it happens to you - Tuesday 19th July, Hotel Elephant - Elephant & Castle
Illustrator Alice Tams (Birds in Hats) shared her experience with copycat designs and the many lessons she has learnt along the way. Lawyer Gavin Llewellyn (Senior Associate with Stone King and ACID Partner), who represented Alice against Sainsbury's throughout 2015, also explained the legal intricacies of creative IP, when to act and what you can do to try and prevent it happening to you.
Crafty Fox Talks: Creative Journeys - 6 June 2013, Club Workspace - Kennington
Designer Lisa Levis (nee Stickley), Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It and Sam Wingate (Mr Wingate) joined us at Club Workspace in Kennington to share their Creative Journeys. The evening was Chaired by Lisa Rodwell (Wool & the Gang). Check out the photos on facebook.
Crafty Fox Talks: How to do your own PR - 15 August 2013, Collective - Camden
In the second edition of Crafty Fox Talks we learned from a diverse panel of speakers. Perri Lewis told us about how to best to approach journalists and bloggers. Miss Cakehead spoke about the use of creative imagery and stunts and Zeena Shah shared insights on her own personal experiences of promoting her brand. The evening was Chaired by Katherine Raderecht - Group Publisher at Future responsible for Mollie Makes, The Simple Things and Gathered by Mollie Makes. You can find more photos on our facebook page.
Crafty Fox Talks: Making Creativity Pay - 14 November 2013, The Rag Factory E1
Sarah Corbett (Craftivist Collective), Keith and Mark from Mini Moderns and designer Jane Foster joined us for our third sold-out event. Each spoke about their experiences to date and their own mix of ingredients for a successful business. The evening was chaired by Susannah Bradley from Etsy. Check out the photos on our facebook page.
Crafty Fox Talks: Pimp Your Market Stall - 19 February 2014, The Dogstar - Brixton
The first Crafty Fox Talks of 2014 was all about how to make the most of the opportunities on market day. Communications coach Lois Ireson (MSB Executive) took to the stage to demonstrate techniques for engaging effectively with customers and presenting yourself in the best way possible. Seasoned traders Cecily Vessey, Rod Barker-Benfield (Rodology) and Sabine Gerth (S_Gerth) set up their stalls on stage and each gave their top tips for stall display and presentation. The evening was hosted by Sinead Koehler from Crafty Fox Markets. You can find photos on our facebook page.
Crafty Fox Talks: The Nuts & Bolts of Creative Business - 7 May 2014, The Rag Factory, E1
Emma Jones (Enterprise Nation) spoke about writing a business plan, finding funding (if needed) and the importance of surrounding yourself with a support network when starting a business. She also spoke about the 'Nuts & Bolts' of tax obligations, VAT registration and pricing formulas. Caroline Rowland (91 Magazine) told us about her journey from starting the Patchwork Harmony blog to quitting her dayjob and running 91 Magazine - one of the UK's most popular online craft and interiors magazines. Finally Zoe from Ladybird Likes gave a very honest account of her day-to-day life as a designer maker and the things she has learnt since starting and growing her successful jewellery business. Find the photos on our facebook page.
Crafty Fox Talks: Blogging, Social Media & Events - 30 July 2014 - MOO, Scrutton Street, EC2A
The notebooks were out in this information-packed talk by blogger Tilly Walnes (Tilly & the Buttons), Designer-Maker Jo Robinson (HAM) and Crafty Entrepreneur Zoe Arch (Craft Candy). The evening was Chaired by Katie McPhee (Eventbrite). Thanks to MOO for hosting us. You can find photos on our facebook page.
Crafty Fox Talks: Crowd Funding for Creatives - 24 February 2015 - MOO, Scrutton Street, EC2A
A talk for anyone exploring how to raise money using crowdfunding. We brought together a panel of speakers to tell their stories and teach others how to run successful campaigns. It all went down at the MOO offices in Shoreditch. Thank you to panellists Howard Kingston (Adludio) , Kelly Angood (Popup Pinhole Company) and Jayne Rutland (Hairy Jayne).
Crafty Fox Talks: In Conversation with Sandra Dieckmann- 30 July 2015 - The Hoxton Hotel
At this inspiring evening, Sinead Koehler - founder of Crafty Fox Markets chatted with East London based artist, illustrator and 'womanimal' Sandra Dieckmann about her career to date and latest work. You can listing to a podcast from the event here.
Crafty Fox Talks: Meet the Buyer: 3 May 2016
Thank you to all who came along to our very popular 'meet the buyer' event at the Hoxton Hotel. You will find photos from the evening on our facebook page.