Autumn Markets - Thank You

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

Here's a few reviews of what went on:
- Folksy Blog: Crafty Fox Market seller review by Boodle  
- Patchwork Harmony: Crafty Fox Market top pics
- I Love Markets: Why I love markets

Photo by Martha Loves

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:

  • 7 & 8 December - Dogstar, Brixton
  • 14 December - Bussey Building, Peckham

Crafty Fox at Number 10

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. 

Read more from: 
With a Crafty Fox Autumn Market flyer!

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Video: Crafty Fox Talks

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.

Crafty Fox Talks from Posts Production on Vimeo.

Thank you to Posts Production for the video. You can find more photos on our Facebook page.
Thanks also to Self-Packaging, Mollie Makes, Collins & Brown, Cremorne 1859 London Gin and the team at Camden Collective for their support.

Look our for details of the next event - Crafty Fox Talk: Making Creativity Pay. Coming soon

"A wooden Tree", "Bezem Kassan", "Camden", "Forgotten Stitches", "Harriet Riddel", "Hope and Eden", "Linen Peddler", "Popup", "Robin and Mould", "Thing and Bang", "brixi", "textiles"

CUT & PASTE preview: Textiles

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. 

"Birds in Hats", "Camden", "Cut and Paste", "Erin MacAirt", "Jimbobart", "Lucy Loves This", "Mike Hall", "Mister Peebles", "Nick Selleck", "Pop-up Shop", "Sabrina Kaici", "Sandra Dieckmann", "Tom Berry", "brixi", "illustration"

CUT & PASTE preview: Illustration & Prints

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. 

"Atelier Stella", "Camden", "Cecily Vessey", "Ceramics", "Jimbobart", "Kana", "Pop-up Shop", "Volpe and Volpe", "Yas-Ming", "brixi"

CUT & PASTE preview: Ceramics

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 Vesseyfeaturing Cecily's signature London skyline illustration all the way from west to east

  • Stacking Jack in the Box beakers by Butterscotch and Beesting. A magical, circus-inspired range of homewares and gifts.
  • I love Tea & Coffee mugs by Superfumi - original illustrations by London-based Italian illustrator Claudia Fumagalli lovingly re-imagined as a collection of covetable gifts. 

Don't forget to check out our exciting range of workshops too! 

"Bobbin and Bow", "By Emily", "Camden", "Cut and Paste", "Daniel Darby", "Lisa Bliss", "Manolo", "Pop-up Shop", "brixi", "craft", "handmade", "oh my clumsy heart"

CUT & PASTE preview: Jewellery

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. 

  • Silver & Gold Nested Triangles: Oh My Clumsy Heart - geometric, minimal, modern 
  • Hammer Pendant: Daniel Darby - miniature tools made using sterling silver on an oak handle. Well priced, great quality jewellery. 
  • Leaves and Coral Lace Necklace: Bobbin & Bow - Elegant and unique necklace made of hand-cut lace leaves and coral beads

Don't forget to check out our exciting range of workshops too! 

"Ada Rose", "Club Workspace", "Crafty Fox Talks", "Education", "Learning", "Lisa Comfort", "Lisa Levis", "Lisa Rodwell", "Lisa Stickley", "Sam Wingate", "Self-Packaging", "Sew Over It", "Wool and the Gang", "competition", "etsy", "mollie makes"

Crafty Fox Talks

Inspiration, Learning & Sharing

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.

Next Event:
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. 

Goodie Bag Give-Away!
We can’t quite believe it but somewhere in the haze of last week @craftyfoxmarket hit 5000 twitter followers. To celebrate, we are giving away a fabulous goodie bag from our recent Crafty Fox Talks. It includes a purse from Lisa Levis's new line, Ada Rose worth £40, a rabbit shaped gift box and decorations from Self-Packaging, a copy of magazines Mollie Makes and The Simple Things, a tote bag from and some Crafty Fox stickers!

This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winner Rebecca Fletcher (Becky Sue). 

Artist's Open House - Lisa Levis

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!

"Jimbobart", "London", "Moo", "boxpark", "business cards", "crafty fox", "family"

Crafty Fox at the MOO shop

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.

"Dogstar", "Ellie Tennant", "Hwen Rascale", "Intuit", "Jimbobart", "Moo", "Mr Wingate", "Sian Meades", "Sinead Koehler", "The Tea's Knees", "brixton", "craft market", "crafty fox market", "etsy", "handmade", "london market", "mollie makes"

A Snowy Easter Market

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...

Produced by Think Tall Films, filmed and edited by Nurhak Karayol

There are some lovely reports around the web written by visitors to the market. Some of our favourites are by Georgina Giles, AgsiebSelf Packaging and Here's One I Made Earlier.

There are a selection of photos on our facebook page as well.

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 & 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

"DJ's", "Dogstar", "Free", "artists", "brixton", "craft", "crafty fox", "easter markets", "etsy", "handmade", "music", "tea's knees"

Easter Markets - This Weekend

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.

Jimbobart's stall - photo by Rodography

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.

Mr Wingate - photo by Marta Loves

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. 

The Tea's Knees - photo by Rodography
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. 

Cyndi from Man vs Wife - photo by Rodography
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. 

With thanks to our partners: Intuit Pay, Self Packaging, Mollie Makes,, and of course the wonderful staff at The Dogstar

Entry is free and children are welcome - there's even a dedicated area for buggy parking! 

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Working from home: A survival guide by 'Juan is Dead'

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.

Keeping Sane
  •  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.  

Leah's desk

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.