Women of the World Market 2017: we’re back!

Makerhood will have a stall at the Women of the World Market on Sunday 12 of March, part of the fantastic WOW Festival at the Southbank Centre – this is our 5th time! It’s a vibrant and busy event showcasing women’s achievements, and we’re honoured to be there again.

“WOW – Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential.”

The market is on the ground floor of the Southbank Centre and is free to attend. We will be represented by three wonderful makers from Lambeth.

Anna Jackson – Black Cactus (Camberwell)

http://blackcactuslondon.uk/

Anna Jackson is a Printmaker and also makes hand printed leather accessories under the name of Black Cactus. Forms and textures from nature are her strongest inspiration. She works with texture, colour and organic shapes and remind us of the pleasures a personal connection to nature. Anna will have a selection of hand printed metallic accessories made from recycled and reclaimed leather as well as non-leather pieces.

Corrine Edwards (Waterloo)

http://www.corrineedwards.com/

Corrine Edwards is a London Beekeeper, artist and designer who makes contemporary silver jewellery with a hexagon theme. Corrine will be selling rings, bangles, and pendants. Stud and drop earrings are made individually in pairs with unique textures. Pieces incorporate PMC (precious metal clay) and rolled textured silver. 

 

Gabriela Szhulman

http://www.gabrielaszulman.com/

Gabriela is an artist and maker. She creates prints and collages, greeting cards, jewellery and scarves with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage. Gabriela will be selling decoupaged objects such as dishes and dolls, brooches and greeting cards.

Come and enjoy the festival and the market – and say hello to our makers!


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‘Makers Across Borders’ with special guests from Indonesia

Makerhood is all about local. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in things outside Lambeth. In the past five years we’ve come across more and more makers all over the world who are working to strengthen their local community and to bring local makers together. So we were very excited to host our first international speakers at a Makers’ Club meeting on 8 February at the Brixton Pound Cafe.

Our special guests at the meeting were Kadek Febryanti (Febry) and Ellya Zukhaylla. Febry manages communications for the Tunjung Womens’ Creative Project in Bali and also works as a freelance buyer of fairly traded crafts for Shared Earth UK while Ellya is a Lecturer in Industrial Design at the Sepuluh Nopember Institure of Technology in Surabaya, East Java, who researches small scale craft production businesses.

Picture of Febry and Ellya

Febry and Ellya are visiting the UK from Indonesia as part of the Create Connect Sustain research project run by the University of Sheffield. They came along to Makers’ Club to meet Lambeth-based makers and to share the challenges of developing businesses as makers. As it turns out, many of the challenges are the same wherever you are based!

Photo of makers in discussion

After short talks and a discussion on the joys and challenges of trying to succeed as makers, we shared possible solutions to some of the problems we currently share:

Selling & Promotion:
Using social media – it’s free!
Including link to own website on social media profiles
Collaborating with others
Selling via someone else – shops and markets
Promoting each other’s work
Telling our story / the story of the product/s

Running a business:
Education – learning new business skills
Networking – sharing ideas and experiences
Taking part in pop-up events and markets
Developing an online presence
Having the time and money to allow for experimentation, development, failure

Time management:
Evaluating each task regularly according to specific criteria
Prioritising activities and focussing on what’s really important
Recording exactly how we spend time
Exercising self-care and sticking to boundaries
Scheduling social media posts and dealing with email at fixed times
Having something to work towards
Saying no to “should”

Photo of post-it notes from the discussion

It was interesting that these tips applied whether you’re a maker in Indonesia or Lambeth. And it was a great way to meet new friends from both near and far.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our special guests, Andy and Ann from the Create Connect Sustain research project and all our fabulous Makerhoodies for generously sharing their experiences. Now, if only we could make a return visit to Indonesia some time….


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Welcome to Makerhood’s new directors!

We’re delighted to announce that we have two new Makerhood directors, so here’s a quick introduction.

Gabriela Szulman

Gabriela is a mixed-media artist, maker and teacher. She is an enthusiastic twitterer who also uses Facebook and Instagram regularly for her business. She has recently discovered Steller , which may well become her favourite social media platform soon.

Other things she’s done along the way include working in mental health rehabilitation, setting up an import business, managing two shops and a gallery, running a ceramics studio and organising art and design fairs in semi-derelict London buildings. Gabriela attended Camberwell School of Arts in the 1990s and has lived in the local area since 2001.

Jonny Dredge

Jonny is a photographer and artist with a professional background in broadcasting and visual effects. He is part of Modern Eccentrics, a crafting and artistic collaboration created with his partner.

Jonny is an expert blogger and his preferred social media platforms include Pinterest, Flickr and Tumblr. Having originally studied car design and subsequently television systems, he has, amongst other things, taught for Apple, edited commercials and promos, worked as a freelance photographer and run bookshops.

Welcome to both Gabriela and Jonny!

If you’d like to say hello in person, come along to our November Makers’ Club meeting, where they will be talking about how to succeed at social media.

What sort of person are you? Do you tweet or tumble, do you flickr or pin? There are now so many social media channels that sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start… and attempting to keep a presence across them all can feel overwhelming!

This session will explore different options to help you to decide which ones are best suited to your personality, strengths and interests. We will also look at how you can use these platforms to promote your pre-Christmas sales and events, and discuss how to get the most out of your online presence.

All creatives, makers and designers are welcome.

When: Monday 7 November, 7-9pm
Where: Brixton £ Cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PU
Cost: Free for members, £5 plus fee for non-members via Eventbrite

 


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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.
     
     
    Bronwyn
  • 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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