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Lots to Enjoy at Kindred Studios!

Saturday 9 + Sunday 10 June, 11am - 5pm. Free Entry
Kindred Studios, 18 Saltram Crescent, London, W9 3HW (Map)

Tube: Queen's Park // Maida Vale

The countdown to our bumper summer market at Kindred Studios is on! There will be LOADS to explore and we can't wait to welcome you into this magical space. Crafty Fox Market can be found on the top floor of the venue and it's also Open Studios at Kindred so you can visit the 175+ artists and makers who are lucky enough to be based there too! 

We have a different line-up of 65+ traders each day. Check out the trader listings by clicking on the images below:

There will also be workshops and demonstrations for you to enjoy: 

 SAT:  DIY Tribe  - Drop-in sewing Workshops. Suitable for ages 8+

SAT: DIY Tribe - Drop-in sewing Workshops. Suitable for ages 8+

 SAT: on the spot leather personalisation with  Mollum Vellum

SAT: on the spot leather personalisation with Mollum Vellum

 SAT: Make gift boxes with  DoodleMoo . Have fun cutting, colouring and sticking! 

SAT: Make gift boxes with DoodleMoo. Have fun cutting, colouring and sticking! 

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SAT & SUN: Spoon carving demonstration with 2hungrybakers. These 15 minute demonstrations will take place on the hour, every hour from 12 - 3 on both Sat & Sun. 

 SUN: Have fun stamping and decorating hand-illustrated maps with  Martin Le Lapin. 

SUN: Have fun stamping and decorating hand-illustrated maps with Martin Le Lapin. 

 SUN: hand-stamped, personalised leather products from  MW Makes .

SUN: hand-stamped, personalised leather products from MW Makes.

 SUN: Make your own tropical-themed necklace or earrings with  Rosa Pietsch . 

SUN: Make your own tropical-themed necklace or earrings with Rosa Pietsch

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SUN: Recreate a poster art collage using colorful neon masking tape, bold marker pens and stickers with Naomi Vona. The attendants will learn fun ways to decorate these large scale vintage portrait pictures with unusual materials to create a collaborative installation. 

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Crafty Fox DJs will be spinning all weekend, and don't miss the cafe and community garden on the lower level. Entry is free, children are very welcome & dogs are too (as long as they are on a lead and not too big!). 

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New monthly markets at Mercato Metropolitano

This year, we introducing new monthly markets at the wonderful Mercato Metropolitano, conveniently located between Elephant & Castle and Borough. We had a great response to our trial markets there at the end of last year so from Saturday 3rd March 2018 onwards, you will find us there on the first Saturday of each month with a revolving cast of 30 traders. 

 Photo credit: Gabrielle Taylor

Photo credit: Gabrielle Taylor

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Photo credit: Sara Montali

Visitors can enjoy the wide variety of food and drinks at Mercato while also shopping the stalls at Crafty Fox Market. We will have a changing programme of free workshops for children from 11-2pm as part of each event followed by ticketed craft workshops for adults from 3-5pm. Check the markets page for further details of each event.

We hope to see you there! You can invite your friends via our facebook event page

Markets, Craft Workshops

Workshops - Christmas Markets, November & December

Along with all the Crafty Fox Market staples: our talented traders, delicious food, festive drinks, and Crafty Fox DJs, our upcoming festive markets will also play host to a selection of hands-on workshops. Each market has a different set of workshops, from decorating bags to character design. Check out the list below for details of the workshops at each of our markets.

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Crafty Fox Market – Mercato Metropolitano (November)
Date
: Saturday 18th November
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR
Tube: Elephant & Castle / Borough

Workshops:
Learn to carve a wooden spoon with 2hungrybakers.
Cost: £40 (2.5hrs) 
Times: 11am or 2.30pm.
Please click HERE to book your space. 

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Crafty Fox Market PopUp Shop – Battersea Power Station
Date
: Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th November
Time: Friday: 12 – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AH
Station: Battersea

Workshops:
Saturday 25 November
London Drawing Club with AndSmile and Emma Block
Cost: Free!
Time: 1-3pm.
Limited spaces - please register HERE

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Sunday 26 November
Collage Club
Cost: Free
Time: 2-4pm
Limited spaces - book here. 

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Crafty Fox Market – Brixton
Date
: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ
Tube: Brixton

Brixton Workshops (Top floor at the Dogstar)
Saturday 2 December
Ding Dong Draw with Dulcimer Draws
Dulcimer Draws will be hosting an all-day drawing den where you'll have chance to create your very own fashionista pizza (7 inch gift box)! There'll also be chance to enter a festive colouring competition to win a Dulcimer Draws Selection Box worth over £20.  Come along and get your sketch on! 
Time: 11am-5pm
Book/drop in!

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Sunday 3 December
Pimp my pouch with PupTart (£4 - £10, drop in). Personalise a glittery bag or make a tree decoration with PupTart in this fun, drop in workshop which can be found on the top floor of the Dogstar.
Cost: £4-£10
Time: 11am - 5pm
Just drop in!

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Crafty Fox Market – Peckham
Date: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: CLF Art Café, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST
Tube: Peckham Rye

Peckham Workshops:
Saturday 9 December
Design and create your own gift box using the wax-resist method with Samantha Warren
Cost: Free!
Time: 11am - 5pm
Just drop in! Thank you to selfpackaging.com for providing the materials.

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Sunday 10 December
Character making workshop with local children’s author and designer Lisa Stickely who will also be signing copies of her new book.
Cost: Free!
Time: 11am - 5pm
Just drop in!

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Crafty Fox Night Market – Geffrye Museum, Hoxton
Date
: Thursday 14th December
Time: 4-9pm
Venue: Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA
Tube: Hoxton

Geffrye Museum Workshops:
Knit and decorate a wooly Christmas Wreath with I Make Knots. (All materials provided).
Cost: £35 (2hrs) 
Times: 4pm or 7pm.
Please click HERE to find out more and book your space. 

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Crafty Fox Market – Mercato Metropolitano (December)
Date
: Saturday 16th December
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR
Tube: Elephant & Castle / Borough

Workshop:
Learn to carve a wooden spoon with 2hungrybakers.
Cost: £40 (2.5hrs) 
Times: 11am or 2.30pm.
Please click HERE to book your space. 

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Makers, Markets

Maker Interviews: Christmas behind the scenes

This week we spoke briefly to four talented makers about their experiences during the festive season; from increased orders to keeping up with Christmas markets. Whether you're a fellow designer or an avid shopper of all things handmade these interviews will give you an insight into a small business owner's life in the run up to Christmas. 

MICA PEET

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself!

Hello, my names Mica and I’m a jewellery designer working from my studio in Southsea, with the help of my wire fox terrier Reg. I specialise in crafting unique patterned jewellery, inspired by my love of the beautiful natural world combined with modern stylized shapes.

What is the festive season like for your shop?

The Christmas period is defiantly my busiest time, it starts to really ramp up around the second week of November and slows down by the third week of December.

What sort of arrangements do you make to deal with the increased workload?

This year I’m trying to get as much made as possible so when I get really busy I won’t have to do much making, this will hopefully make packing orders much quicker. I have been prepping stock since the end of August and trying to get all my stockists orders out by the end of October defiantly eases up the stress. Family members get roped in for packing duties, especially over Black Friday weekend which is my busiest time of the year.

Do you have any tips for other makers?

I would advise getting out of the studio for a bit as this defiantly helps the mind, I’m lucky to have the beach 10 minutes from my house so escaping with my dog for an hour is great, as well as a good night sleep. I try to stop working by 7 in the busy period or at least do easy jobs like box making on the sofa, preferably with a G&T.

Mica Peet will be at our Brixton Market at the Dogstar on Sunday the 3rd of December.

PUP TART

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi I'm Hannah and I run Pup Tart alongside my dog Indy and some excellent helpers. We currently sew sparkly accessories at our brand new studio/shop in North London.

What is the festive season like for your shop?

Every year I say I'll be more prepared and every year I end up in a mad panic to get everything done. Christmas is our busiest time of the year. I would estimate that 60% if our business is made during the period Oct-Dec and every year it takes me by surprise.

What sort of arrangements do you make to deal with the increased workload?

I'm very lucky to have the help of some amazing crafty buddies who come in more often and cut out Christmas pudding bags and pack up orders. Our Pet Bow ties are very popular around this time so we try to have extra stock made up. We've also moved into a new studio which has much more room and making busy times more efficient. I spent 4 years running Pup Tart out of our leaky old conservatory so having lots of space is amazing. We just built an order packing desk which has made our lives so much easier.

Any anecdotes you would like to share?

I have so many silly ones (mostly about posting parcels). I once had to make bow ties during friends’ wedding weekend, everyone was helping the night before and we had to drive around the countryside looking for a post box. Another time there was a big rumour that there would be a late night Saturday post collection at our local post office. I was there in the middle of the night filling up the post box.

You can shop Pup Tart on Saturday 2nd December at the Dogstar, Brixton and on Saturday 16th December at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle. Or attend the Pup Tart Pimp my Pouch workshop on Sunday 3rd December at the Dogstar, Brixton.

CLEMENT & CLAUDE

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself!

Hey, I'm Jo! I have been running Clement & Claude for 3.5 years. I started pouring candles on my kitchen table and selling them to friends and family. I now make the candles out of a studio in Walthamstow, I have about 20 stockists and I trade at regular craft fairs and markets. My main goal with the brand is to make affordable and original candles.

What is the festive season like for your shop?

It is MUCH busier! From October onward I have lots of orders coming in from my stockists as well as lots more online orders on my website. Christmas markets and shows also start around October/November time so there is lots going on. 

What sort of arrangements do you make to deal with the increased workload?

I have an amazing candle maker called Lucia who helps out lots with the production of the candles. She usually does extra hours around the Christmas period, and helps out with packing up the stockist orders. I have also recently enlisted my parents! They help out with all of my online orders, packing up the candles and sending them out to the clients. This has been incredibly valuable as I work full time separately to the candles. I generally do extra hours in the evenings and weekends to make sure I am on top of all of the admin side of things. Lastly there is also lots of prep before each market - and lots of driving around London!

See more from Clement & Claude at on Saturday 2nd December at the Dogstar, Brixton and on Saturday 16th December at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle.

HELLO MARILU

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi, I'm Mary-Ann and I run my creative lifestyle brand Hello Marilu, which I have been doing since July last year. I love designing and making, so all of my products are hand crafted in my South London studio. I screen print my art prints, notebooks and greeting cards, and hand paint ceramics such as plant pots and Christmas Baubles.

What is the festive season like for your shop?

This is my second Christmas running Hello Marilu and my schedule is already really full on in the run up to the big day! It is amazing how much busier Christmas is compared to the rest of the year. I think a big reason for this for me personally is because one of my best selling products are my hand painted Christmas baubles. Each bauble is hand painted and personalised with a name or message. The design is quite intricate and can easily take 20-25 minutes per bauble to paint. Last year I was working on a lot of orders from my home studio, and selling at markets and running my own Bauble painting workshops. This year I am actually working with Fortnum & Mason to offer a live personalisation service in-store, and running Christmas workshops for a few other brands. It’s great to feel that my little business is growing and getting opportunities like this. Of course I will still be selling my baubles on my website and I’m looking forward to taking part in a few Christmas markets as well.  It’s always lovely to meet customers in person!

What sort of arrangements do you make to deal with these changes? Do you work longer hours?

I will be working longer hours, and pretty much seven days a week. I think I only have one day off to look forward to from now until Christmas, which will be my birthday! It can be a little daunting when I look at everything I need to do but it’s also pretty amazing and I know I will be able to rest in January when it will be much, much quieter! I do realise I am lucky to be so busy and I want to make the most of every opportunity for my business throughout the season. I'm also very lucky to have friends and family who have offered to help with a few things. It can be hard working alone at times as you don't want to miss out on opportunities but also you can't physically do everything yourself.

Any anecdotes you'd like to share?

It’s not just Santa’s elves who stay up all night making Christmas gifts! I'm sure there are lots of makers who will be working pretty hard this Christmas season. I think it is great that more people, myself included, are supporting smaller brands and buying original handmade gifts.

You can catch Hello Marilou at our Night Market at the Geffrye Museum on Thursday 14th December.

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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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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!

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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!

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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. 
 

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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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Peckham Festival Highlights

 
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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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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! 

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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...

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!

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!

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) 

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.