We’re recruiting new directors

Would you like to make a difference in Lambeth, South London, and beyond working a brilliant creative network?  Express interest by 18 July.

Having grown from a tiny local project to a thriving creative network we’re expanding our group of directors to steer the next stage in Makerhood‘s development. We are a social enterprise and a community of makers and artists in Lambeth and Camberwell, supporting local making, creativity and skills.

In the five years since our launch we have:

  • Grown a Lambeth-wide network of makers, community members and partners who share our mission
  • Held over 50 popular events for makers setting up or growing their businesses
  • Organised many fun community events such as Making Uncovered attended by 600+ people in 2014
  • Created numerous opportunities for local makers, teaming up with fantastic partners such as the Southbank Centre’s Women of The World market, Love Your Local Markets campaign, Diverse Gift shop, Brixton Market Traders Association and many others.
  • Collaborated with local friends such as the RemakeryBrixton Pound and Crafty Fox Market and global organisations like Etsy
  • Contributed to national thinking on the future of making through the Create Connect Sustain project and the RSA’s Power of Small programme.

There are many possibilities open to Makerhood – the new Board of directors will collectively update our future strategy.

Who can become a Director?

The project has been steered by 3 directors with the help of our wonderful volunteers. We’re now looking for new directors to join us with  experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Marketing, communications and social media
  • Running a business and/or developing a product or service
  • Fundraising
  • IT / software / web skills
  • Finance, legal skills and/or corporate governance skills
  • Other skills we haven’t thought of but you feel relevant!

We’d love you to be positive, friendly, committed to diversity, and happy to take responsibility in running the project with us.

These are voluntary posts with around 0.5 days per week commitment.

If you’re interested, please fill in this form by Monday 18 July.

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May Makers’ Club: copyright and licensing

Intellectual property issues are important at every stage of an artist’s and maker’s working life and can be central to commercial success – but this area can be hard to navigate.

This Makers’ Club event will focus on IP and copyright, helping you understand what is relevant for you.

Our speakers are:

  • DACS: Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, DACS act as a trusted broker for 90,000 artists worldwide.
  • Elena Blanco: Makerhoodie Elena is a South London artist who’s experimented with different ways of earning an income from her work, including licensing a design for postcards with a large international company. Elena will share her experience of licensing of her art and the issues to consider when doing so.

When: Tuesday 24 May, 7-9pm
Where: Travelling Through art hub, 131 Lower Marsh London, SE1 7AE
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.


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April Makers’ Club: Winning Workshops

Workshops can be a great way for artists, makers and designers to increase income, raise awareness of what they do and share the fun of making with others – but there’s a lot to think about when designing a successful workshop.

julie norburnMakerhoodie Julie Norburn of Art4Space in Stockwell will share her tips on what you need to think about planning your workshop as well as some handy hints on designing workshops for different groups including schools, family workshops and adult parties.

Julie has over 20 years’ experience of running workshops and is co-founder of Art4Space. She is a trained teacher and has run several accredited training courses for young people and adults. She has also been workshop leader for numerous festivals including Thames Festival, Notting Hill Carnival and Sydney Mardi Gras.

We will also make sure there is plenty of time for makers to meet, chat and get to know one another as you’ve told us you enjoy this!

When: Wednesday 20 April, 7-9pm
Where: Art4Space, Unit 1, 31 Jeffreys Road Stockwell, London SW4 6QU
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.


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March Makers’ Club: Pop starts – setting up in Pop Brixton

 


Setting up your own retail outlet is exciting but daunting.  How do you find the right premises? How much does fitting and display cost? What rules and regulations do you need to be aware of? Do you need extra staff?

Three Makerhoodies tell their stories of setting up their units in Pop Brixton, both individually and as part of a group. Their experiences and advice will be invaluable to all makers who dream of having their own shop one day!

Our lovely panel of speakers who will be sharing their experiences are:

  • Sarah Bennett of Make Do and Mend runs her own vintage boutique in Pop Brixton, where she also runs workshops and offers alterations. Sarah is also the organiser of the Vintage and Makers’ Market being held at Pop Brixton on Easter Saturday 26 March.
  • Cloudia Vardon of Emethicaluxury is a designer and visual merchandiser with an MA in Design. She combines the ideas of ethics and luxury in her clothing lines with an “Afropolitan” twist, and is a member of the Copop collective in Pop Brixton.
  • Miri Shalom of Vintage Rose Jewellery makes bold, contemporary jewellery inspired by  nature and the spirit of life. She is also a member of the Copop collective.


We’ll be meeting in Pop Brixton itself, so you can see the speakers’ outlets for yourself along with the range of other start-ups and businesses.
And of course there is the usual opportunity to network with other makers and catch up with their news and gossip!

When: Tuesday 22 March, 7-9pm
Where: Pop Brixton Events Space, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.


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February Makers’ Club: Creative retail

Retail is a key way for creatives to sell their products – but it’s not always easy and there’s lots to think about! Our next Makers’ Club will look at working with permanent retailers as well as the ever popular option of pop-up shops.

  • AnitaAnita Thorpe, founder of Diverse Gift Shop in Brixton, will go over her tips on pitching your products to shops – how to present yourself and your product, what to think about before approaching retailers, and how to follow up.
     
     
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  • Also Bronwyn Lowenthal will present her top 10 tips for running successful pop-up shops as well some handy hints on what to avoid in your location search. Brownyn started her womenswear brand Lowie in 2002. Lowie has had a number of pop-up shops in well known London locations such as Neal Street in Covent Garden, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush and The Truman Brewery.And of course you will have the chance to network with other creative businesses, exchange ideas and views and catch up on the latest creative gossip! 🙂

When: Tuesday 16 February, 7-8.45pm
Where: Lowie, 115 Dulwich Road London, SE24 0NQ GB
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.


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January Makers’ Club: Scaling up

Making a living as a sole trader can be a big problem for creatives. One solution is to scale up your business, decreasing your production costs so you can supply larger stores.

At our January meeting, Erica Purvis (right), community manager and expert in sustainable design at the Central Research Laboratory, will talk about the CRL’s approach to scaling up and sustainability considerations associated with this.

Alongside Erica, our friends from the Remakery will be talking about their experience of scaling up their work on a project for Cabana restaurant in Brixton last year. Tips on what to do – and not to do – if you want to scale up your creative business will be given based on their experience.

And of course you will have the chance to network with other creative businesses, exchange ideas and views and catch up on the latest creative gossip! 🙂

When: Wednesday 20 January, 7-9pm
Where: Remakery, 51 Lilford Road, London SE5 9HY
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.


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Gift ideas from local makers

Why not support local creativity by buying your presents from local makers this year? You’ll also have the pleasure of knowing that your gift is likely to be unique and won’t be found anywhere else on the high street! Here are a few ideas..

Jewellery and accessories

Zahara crystal earrings by Vintage Rose JewelleryZahara Crystal Earrings
These gorgeous earrings comprise two druzy crystals, electroplated in 24k gold and measure approximately 7cm in length. A druzy is made up of tiny crystals of minerals that form on the surface of a stone.

Available in blue, black and green, please note shape and size of crystals may vary.
Price £35

Available from Vintage Rose Jewellery

 

 

Zahara Long Necklace by Vintage Rose Jewellery

Zahara Long Necklace
This gorgeous long necklace comprises a druzy crystal with a ball chain.This necklace measures approximately 44cm in length. Available in pink, purple, green, blue and black. Please note shape and size of crystals may vary. Price £29
Available from Vintage Rose Jewellery

Emerald green necklace by Elena Hall

Emerald green necklace
Gorgeous emerald green hand knitted necklace in green enamelled copper and emerald embroidery thread. This statement piece adds colour to any outfit, looking great with muted shades and brights alike. It really is a one of a kind necklace
Price: £55

Available from www.elenahall.co.uk

 

Printed Geometric Leather Cuff Bangle Bracelet by Foxtrot Designs

 

Printed geometric leather cuff
Hand printed leather bangle – inspired by geometric fabric patterns. The bangle is light to wear and being leather is strong too. Will fit most common wrist sizes – between 6.5 to 7 inches. Toggle clasp.
Price: £30

Available from www.foxtrotdesigns.co.uk

'Umbags' and (up)cycle seat covers

 

Umbags
Umbags are created out of the fabric from discarded umbrellas. Stylish, strong, lightweight and water-resistant, they are designed to be kept with you at all times to avoid the need for a plastic bag.
Price: £10

(Up)cycle seat covers
Re-cycle seat covers are also made from discarded umbrella fabric. They are elasticated with waterproof-taped seams and will fit most bike saddles.
Price: £10

Both products can be bought from www.bluepatch.org or a wider selection is available at Diverse Gifts, 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF.

Indigo shibori scarves

Flextiles’ scarves are hand dyed with indigo using the Japanese shibori technique ( a kind of sophisticated tie dye). Because the scarves are upcycled, each one is unique and you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your bit for the environment!
Price: From £25

Available from Etsy

 

 

 

Home and children
Jewels / Keys Decorative Holder by dis Badeth!Jewels / Keys Decorative Holder
Wood covered in a colourful cotton fabric, with a contrasting ric rac braid at the front. Four cup hooks screwed at the bottom of the canvas offer enough space for your keys or necklaces.
Price: £22

Available from www.disbadeth.com

Bedding Set for Doll Bed by dis Badeth!Bedding set for doll’s bed
This pretty soft bedding with an all-over colourful design is made of cotton, and the pillow is stuffed with foam. The perfect gift for your little sweetheart and her dolly.
Price: £22

Available from www.disbadeth.com

 

 

 

 

The Sea A2 Screen Print by Kaylene Alder

 

The Sea A2 screen print
This is a screen print of an original illustration inspired by Byron. Of course dahhhlllinng – Byron!
Price: £40 plus postage

Available from www.kaylenealder.com

 

 

 

Cat Bowl Canoe - A4 Screen Print by Kaylene Alder

 

 

Cat Bowl Canoe – A4 screen print
This is a screen print of an original illustration from the ‘Ships in Small Water’ series.
Price: £25 plus postage

Available from www.kaylenealder.com

 

 

Art print 'considering mermaid' by Sarah O Sarah

Art print ‘considering mermaid’
Intellectual mermaid stops to have a think about what presents to buy her beloved. The Scoop frame is made from solid wood measuring 1.06″ wide x 1.06″ deep. Premium shatterproof acrylic protects the art print, while an acid free dust cover on the back provides a custom finish. Includes wall hanging hardware. Paper size 10″ x 8″. Printed area 7″ x 6″.
Price: £22

Available from society6.com

Art print 'moondance' by Sarah O Sarah

Art print ‘moondance’
It’s a wonderful night for a moondance 😉 Original art hand cut paper collage on black heavyweight cartridge 14.8 cm x 21cm. Unframed. Packaged inside cellophane envelope with mount board & packaged well enough to reach you in impeccable condition.
Price: £95

Available from www.sarahosarah.com

London neighbourhood tea towels by Ray Stanbrook

London neighbourhood tea towels
These colourful and fun illustrated tea towels celebrate London locations from the Barbican and Brixton to Tooting and Walthamstow and make the perfect affordable gift for your London based friends and family.

Price: £8
Available from etsy.com

Little Angel 1 by Aneta Sroden Little Angel 1 and Little Angel 2

Acrylic on canvas painting size:25x30cm.

Price: £85

Contact Aneta via email on anetart@ymail.com or send a message through www.anetart.com for more information or to buy a painting.

Little Angel 2 by Aneta Srodon


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Makerhoodie publishes book on party decorations

poms bookMany congratulations to Makerhoodie Juliet Carr of PaperPoms UK on the publication of her first book, Paper Pom-poms and Other Party Decorations.

Juliet has been a firm supporter of Makerhood, giving talks on how she made the leap from making poms at her kitchen table to becoming a fully-fledged business providing work for other people. And now she’s an author!

From eye-catching pom-poms to pretty garlands and stunning giant flowers, you’ll want to make every one of these wonderful paper decorations in her book. Begin with the classic pom-poms and make them in different sizes and colours for a real impact. Learn, too, how to make honeycomb balls and rosette snowflakes – all hanging decorations that will look great hung from the ceiling, in a window or on a Christmas tree.

The projects use a variety of paper materials, including tissue, card and crepe paper, as well as recycled magazine pages and wrapping paper – and no specialist craft experience is needed. Projects are quick and easy, especially with step-by-step photos to guide you along the way.

Paper Pom-poms and Other Party Decorations is published by Cico Books on 10 September, price £12.99.


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Find local makers all over Lambeth this month!

Update 17 May: we’re having a lot of fun trying out different markets as part of #loveyourlocalmarket campaign! So far we’ve been at Lower Marsh, Venn Street, Clapham and Brixton. Check out the dates below and drop by to say hi!

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Logo-standardLambeth Council and market operators are helping local makers take part in Love  Your Local Market campaign. We get free stalls to try out different markets over the next two weeks. We’re excited to be part of it and grateful for the opportunity!

Come say hi to our members at your local market:

Tunstall Road Market (opposite Brixton Tube)

Friday 15 May: Nicolette McGowan

Saturday 16 May: Maggie Winnal of Sewin Studio, Kes Young of Heart in Art and Nicolette McGowan

  

Lower Marsh Market  (Near Waterloo/Lambeth North)

Friday 15 May:  Maggie Winnal of Sewin Studio

Friday 22 May: Louise Kamara of Eco Design Fair

Venn Street Market (Clapham Common)

Saturday 16 May: Um-bags etc by Gill Scheuer and That Agnes

Saturday 23 May: Susan Blackah of Wolle+Hide and Gina Nembhard of Displacement Activities

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Brixton Market (Electric Avenue or Brixton Station Road)

Thursady 21 May and Sunday 24 May:  Nicolette McGowan

Friday 22 May: Nancy Sealy of Foxtrot Designs 

Streatham Market (Streatham Green)

Saturdays 23 May: Nicolette McGowan

Herne Hill Market

Sunday 17 May: Parlour & Co and Linda Skoglund 

Sunday 24 May: Kim Winter of Flextiles and Gary Foster of Dopeism Designs


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Lambeth Entrepreneur Forum: calling community investors!

At Makerhood we’re all about helping local makers thrive. There are of course all kinds of other local businesses that need support too. A new initiative spearheaded by Transition Town Brixton is working to support Lambeth businesses. Below is a call from Duncan Law of TTB explaining how to get involved.

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P1180258Currently businesses identify a ‘market’, pursue it and serve it. We are ‘consumers’ who sometimes shop local but more often not. But this binary relationship is often not a pleasant or connecting experience.  We know when it does work – when we build a relationship with a trader, like the way she does business and the products she supplies. But sometimes these businesses disappear and we never even knew they were having a hard time.

We can do more than just shop local. We can support businesses we want to see stay or get going, not just with money, but our skills, expertise, publicity, moral support, time.

Transition Town Brixton’s REconomy Project has a vision to create a new culture of Community Supported Local Enterprise, which fosters a resilient, future-appropriate, independent local economy that supplies the real needs of local people, builds connections, creates new local livelihoods and keeps wealth local.

To enable this Transition Town Brixton is working to support and incubate 10 ‘Transition enterprises’ from any sector and is holding a Lambeth Local Entrepreneur Forum on Tuesday 2 June where the Community of Dragons (everyone!) will hear enterprises pitch and pledge support. More information here.

If you feel you could be a community investor (not only of money!) please come to our Warm-Up #2 Event on Tuesday 24th February (6.30-9.30pm, Brixton Impact Hub at the Town Hall). Or if you are an expert or an entrepreneur. Warm Up #2 will bring together ‘community investors, experts and enterprises to build the foundations of the Community Supported Local Economy.

Keynote speaker will be Fraser Durham from Totnes who pitched successfully at the 2014 Local Entrepreneur Forum in Totnes and is an expert on finding finance for ‘Transition Enterprises’.

A number of our fledgling enterprises will give 2 minute pitches and we will work in small groups to see what arises out the community interconnections. It was a very positive and productive experience at our Warm Up #1 event. Read an account here.

If you have any questions or offers please contact us: LambethLEF@gmail.com

Delicious locally sourced refreshment will be provided. Tickets free but limited, so please REGISTER HERE.

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