Makerhood Diverse showcase 2018

Makerhood @ Diverse Gift Shop

We’re delighted to announce that we’re teaming up with Diverse in Brixton again for a Makerhood Festive Showcase from 1 – 31 December 2018.

This is a great opportunity for makers to work with a local retailer and have their work highlighted in an exclusive section of the shop. Items are on a sale or return basis, and Diverse will take 35% commission on anything sold. Participating makers will also be required to pay £10 towards marketing and a launch event.

There are only 12 places available this year, due to restricted space. Applicants must be members of Makerhood and must be able to provide good quality photos and descriptions for their products as Diverse will also be selling online.

To apply, please email info@diversegifts.co.uk.

Closing date for applications 14 October. All candidates will be notified by 31 October.


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It’s been a great journey! What’s next?

After eight productive, creative, and fun years it’s time for a change at Makerhood. The current directors are looking to step down. We welcome interest from others to continue the project, or we may turn it an informal network for makers to collaborate and exchange information, without formal structures. Makerhood will run as usual until Christmas 2018 while we consider the options and finalise its future shape in during the autumn. Read on to find out more!

When we started Makerhood in 2010 we embarked on a journey. We wanted to support making, creativity and skills in our local community in Brixton, and create new connections and business opportunities.

The original idea was simple: let’s help people find locally made things online, and thus support a more robust, environmentally-friendly and creative local economy. We started by building a website, but very quickly it grew into something much richer: a community of brilliant volunteers, a social enterprise, network for local makers, a set of business partnerships, a rich events programme, and more.

Over the next few years we expanded from Brixton, first to West Norwood and then to cover all of Lambeth, collaborated with many local, London and national projects and organisations, and learned and grew together. Our community kept developing and changing, and many ideas and projects sprang out of these connections. It’s time for some reflection – and a change.

What has Makerhood achieved?

Makerhood display at Diverse Gift Shop

We never dreamt that Makerhood would do so many things as a community (a separate blog post with thanks to so many who were and are part of it is due, too!). For example, together we:

    • launched a business network of which saw hundreds of local makers and artists benefiting from business opportunities, discounts, learning, workshops, events and promotion on- and offline
    • took part in or supported many markets and selling events, from helping launch Brixton Station Road Market, to annual WOW markets, Love your Local Market events each year and many more
    • built a website using the open source Drupal platform from scratch to promote, sell and showcase local makers’ work and events
    • ran the wonderful Making Uncovered events – a showcase for many talented makers in south London

Making Uncovered-MAKERHOOD from Ray McFarlane on Vimeo.

  • held over 70 business support events for local makers on a huge range of topics, from creative copyright and photography to pricing, pitching and work-life balance
  • collaborated with Brixton’s Diverse Gift shop on an annual showcase of local makers’ work – often the first experience for many makers of working with a retailer
  • organised some very memorable Christmas card making parties!

There’s more, and there are many possibilities for the future, too – but the current team have come to the end of our time. We are looking to step down after 2018, due to a combination of personal and work commitments.

What’s the future?

As we step down, we are considering different options – from turning Makerhood into an informal network, to giving it over to others wanting to run the project, to merging with another local organisation. From the start, we’ve always wanted to be open and public about our progress and work, so we continue in this spirit.

Makerhood is a social enterprise (registered CIC) with a great brand, a membership scheme (with around 70 paying businesses at the moment), no debt (and a small amount of cash in the bank), and a great social media presence in the creative community in Lambeth and broader south London. It could continue formally supporting makers through new ventures.

So we welcome interest from local parties who might like to take Makerhood forward. Over the years there have been many ideas from launching a physical shop or space, to publishing books on business for makers and artists, to applying for further funding.

If you’re an group, individual or organisation who is interested in exploring ideas together, let us know your thoughts at http://bit.ly/MakerhoodInterest by Monday 8 October. We are interested in hearing form people who support our ethos, and whose ideas are a good fit with Makerhood’s Community Interest Statement.

Alternatively, we could turn the project into an informal network – for example, based around a Facebook group where people can still share information, communicate and run initiatives/events together.

We will keep running as normal until the end of 2018, while exploring options during the autumn. Watch this space to find out more. And join us for a Christmas party in December to mark the change, whatever it will be!

We are grateful for everyone who’s been part of Makerhood over these years. It has been an incredible journey – inspiring, fun, supportive and social. We couldn’t have wished for a more amazing community to be part ot! We are very happy to have worked with you all and helping Makerhood do so many things together. Thank you, friends.

Love to all,

Kristina, Kim, Gabriela, Jonny and Karen


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WOW: We’re back for 2018!

At Makerhood we love the amazing Women of the World festival – an annual celebration of women and girls at the Southbank Centre with so many wonderful activities, talks and events. If you haven’t been, check it out – it’s absolutely fantastic and there is something for everyone.

WOW Market is part of the festival and takes place on 9 – 11 March at Royal Festival Hall. We’ve been privileged to showcase the brilliance, talent and skills of makers in Lambeth and Camberwell since the market’s launch. Six fantastic makers are showing and selling their work this year – see below. Come find us and say hello – entry to the market is free!

Saturday 10 March, 11am – 6pm

Cecilia Washburn

Cecilia is an illustrator and textile designer creating intricate and vivid illustrations of wildlife. At WOW Cecilia will be offering limited edition prints, greetings cards and notebooks.

Corrine Edwards

Corrine is a designer and London beekeeper making contemporary silver jewellery with a hexagon theme. Corrine’s creatives include silver hexagonal rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings with hand textured finish.

Sinead Taylor – Red Faces Prints

Sinead is a designer and printmaker producing local London screen prints depicting different parts of London. Sinead will be selling her limited edition prints on Saturday.

Sunday 11 March, 11am – 6pm

Kes Young – Heart in Art

Kes is a face-painter and mosaic artist living in Lambeth whose mosaics are very colourful and full of texures. Kes will be showing and selling her homewares range including door numbers and wall tiles.

Linda Skoglund Art

Linda’s vibrant works are built up using a technique of carefully layered paint to create a tonal depth whilst alternating between the darkest shadows and the light combining animal studies or portraiture with elements of the surreal. Linda’s limited edition art prints and screen prints will be on offer on Sunday.

Prilly Lewis

Machine knitter and felt maker Prilly Lewis designs and makes beautiful clothing, home ware and accessories.Using British spun lambswool, all items are originally created from her central London studio. You can find Prilly’s wonderful throws, cushions and mini lavender pillows on our stall on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you at Women of the World 2018!


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Support local makers at Diverse Makerhood Festive Showcase 2017

The Makerhood Festive Showcase at Diverse kicks off, appropriately enough, on Small Business Saturday, 2 December, and runs until 6 January.

As usual, there’s a splendid and varied range of local makers taking part, so why not shop local this Christmas, knowing that you are encouraging local creativity and supporting local business?

Accessories

Machine knitter and felt maker Prilly Lewis designs and makes beautiful clothing, home ware and accessories.

Using British lambswool, all items are originally created from her central London studio.

Whilst maintaining an individualistic quirkiness, she is able to remain true to her own style yet flexible enough to respond to the particular needs of individual commissions or outlet requirements.


The Ray was founded by sisters Issy and Abi. They make modern luxe homeware and accessories, printed and sewn by hand in our south London studio.

Their practice is constantly evolving, but they love creating research-led print designs that tell a story and that look beautiful.


Kim Winter of Flextiles specialises in upcycling. She buys garments and accessories in charity shops and overdyes them with indigo, using a technique called shibori (like sophisticated tie dye).

This means that all her products are one-offs. This makes it more interesting for her, customers know they are getting something unique, and the charity shops and environment benefit too – so everyone wins!


The hand printed metallic card holders by Anna Jackson of Black Cactus London are made from recycled leather and perfect for carrying your credit cards and travel cards.

The texture and colour combination in each piece is a one-off. And it is different colours on each side, as pictured.

Each piece comes with a little card of uniqueness and makes a thoughtful gift for those who enjoy ethical fashion.


Jewellery

Uche Akiti of Mya and Joe is a small independent handmade jewellery, craft and gift supplier. She is passionate about individuality and joyful expression of self. Her love of experimenting with shapes, colours and textures leads to the creation of her pieces.


Shirley Nelson of artigianajewellery makes limited edition handmade pieces, often one off, in sterling silver, gold, acrylic, resin, precious and semi-precious stones.

As she works full time, jewellery is her passion project and a form of meditation – a time allowed to focus on something that gives her so much enjoyment and where from the depths of her imagination the idea for a ring, necklace etc can spring.


From a very young age, Miri Shalom of Tiana Jewel was mesmerised by craft and design. Today, crystals have become her intimate passion, and Tiana Jewel was named after her beautiful daughter.

Miri always seeks out the best sources for her crystal collections, each piece being hand picked for its raw beauty and unique healing properties.


Annie Crimp‘s jewellery range is made from old damaged vintage china. She just loves the thought that small broken pieces can be put together again to make a beautiful whole to be treasured anew.

Each one of her pieces is original, unique and one of a kind.


At age 5, Carol Cole of Darcy & Jazz used to secretly go into her mother’s jewellery box and play dress up.  Pearls, gold and silver bangles, dressing rings, gate bracelet, gold creole earrings is where her lingering obsession started.

She finds inspiration visits from all around but mostly from her cultural ancestral legacy, and what it means to be Black in this world; nature, music, art, fabrics, and individuals also inspire her.


Art

A.R.T Designs by Amy Rose Tucker is an innovative jewellery and giftware brand offering a wide range of irresistible design led and personalised products using vintage, recycled, up-cycled and sustainable materials.

All the products are handmade with love, bringing individuality, charm and character into their customers’ worlds.



Gabriela Szulman creates prints and collages, jewellery, scarves and greeting cards with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage.

Her work is often humorous and whimsical – unless her romantic side takes over and then we enter into a fairy-tale territory of old-fashioned script, pages of books and music scores populated by chivalrous gentlemen, glamorous ladies, butterflies and rabbits.


Kaylene Alder‘s limited edition screen prints were developed to support the work of Peace Direct, an international charity dedicated to stopping wars, one person at a time. 10% of sales from this work will go directly to Peace Direct in order help them support local organisations in areas where there is conflict, to combat the root causes and offer people another way.

All of the plants in the prints have healing properties and the pots have adapted peace symbols on them to subliminally make you think about peace in a sneaky way!


Kes Young of Heart in Art is a mosaic and face painting artist.

As well as running popular workshops she also makes beautiful handmade mosaic door number plaques, mirrors and homeware that are one of a kind created from the heart.

 


Akeisha Walters is a multimedia artist whose Brixton prints also adorn T-shirts and greetings cards.


Cecilia Washburn is a lover of wildlife and all things colourful and unexpected. She spends her time intricately studying wildlife to create colourful, bold yet painterly and intricate illustrations and repeat patterns.

Her products are all made on recycled paper and are designed with high attention to detail and so that the illustrations will be treasured, perhaps framed and have longevity to them – her cards are more than just a card.


Homeware

Catherine Rose‘s festive pom poms and ceramic tile coasters are sure to brighten up your home this Christmas.


Sue Smith comes from a design background, working in fine art, advertising, films, TV, prop making, shop windows and interior decoration.

She takes her own designs digitally printed and turns them into cushions, lampshades, blinds and curtains.

Sue also facilitates art workshops for children and adults.

 


Childrenswear

Snezana Nikolic of Y Kairos tailors beautiful clothes for children. The clothes are lined and use high quality fabrics that mean your child will have a look of distinct class. She also makes baby accessories.

Durability and quality are her priorities because she wants each garment to be passed from generation to generation – to be sustainable.


The handmade crocheted hats made by Boyz Can Wear Pink Too challenge the stereotypical view that pink is only a feminine or girly colour, and give a chance to everyone to wear this colour and feel comfortable.

By making and selling predominantly pink hats, they want to spread a message that the various shades of pink are great colours, and that colour has no gender! Pink can be stylish, pink can be smart, pink can be funky, for girls AND boys!

Diverse is at 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF.


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Diverse Festive Showcase 2017

The Makerhood showcase at Diverse, the independent gift shop in Brixton, will run again this Christmas, from 2 December to 6 January.

Anita Thorpe, who owns Diverse, has always been a great supporter of local makers, giving many of them their first experience of selling through a retailer. So if you have never sold through a retailer, this is a great opportunity to dip your toe in the water. (Previous sellers are welcome back too!) Anita is very patient and gives useful feedback about your work and how the process works.

Items are taken on a sale or return basis, with 35% commission. If you are selected to take part you will also need to pay £10 donation towards the cost of marketing and drinks for the preview event.

To apply, send email to info@diversegifts.co.uk with sample images or a link to your website/social media. Include retail price details. State MAKERHOOD FESTIVE SHOWCASE in subject box.

Closing date for applications: midnight on Tuesday 31 October.


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New Makerhood digital magazine

We’re very excited to announce the first issue of our digital Makerhood magazine!

The focus is on trade shows, the subject of our July Makers’ Club meeting, where maker Rosa Pietsch and Brixton retailer Anita Thorpe of Diverse talked about preparing for a show from the point of view of an exhibitor and a buyer.

There are top tips on how to pimp your product shots by Gabriela Szulman and Jonny Dredge, and a Q&A with maker and Makerhood director Kim Winter.

The magazine also contains information on two opportunities for Makerhood members – the Festive Showcase at Diverse and free business membership of Zipcar.

Click here to see the magazine for yourself.

Huge thanks to Jonny Dredge for co-ordinating and designing the magazine, and to all contributors.

We’d love to hear what you think – and do let us know if you’ve got any ideas for future issues!


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July Makers’ Club: Taking Off at Trade Shows

Makerhood runs monthly meet-ups for makers, artists and designers who are setting up or running businesses to help them get to grips with the practicalities, from promotion to online selling to pricing to product development to copyright and so much more. Everyone is welcome to attend these (free for members, and £5 for non-members). Our July event looks at scaling up and selling wholesale.  See the detail below and book your spot at: https://tradeshowsmakers.eventbrite.co.uk

Taking Off at Trade Shows: Going Wholesale

Ever thought of doing a trade fair such as Pulse or Top Drawer to start selling in large volumes? Or perhaps you’ve done a couple and are wondering how to improve?

Trade fairs can be a great step towards scaling up for makers, designers and artists – but they require significant investment of money and time. Is it worth the risk, and how do you make the most of them?

July Makers’ Club welcomes two fantastic speakers to give us a low down on trade shows from both a maker’s and a retailer’s perspective. Rosa Pietsch is a London-based designer and maker who creates unique, artistic designs for jewellery and accessories that mix materials, textures and processes. Rosa has recently started taking part in Pulse and Top Drawer, and will share her experience of this route to wholesaling as a maker, covering:

  • What the story has been – and what’s been key to success and overcoming challenges
  • The process of preparing for trade shows
  • Top tips for makers when considering and doing trade shows

Anita Thorpe is owner of Diverse gift store in Brixton and has years of experience retailing design, craft and art products  – many found at trade fairs, which Anita regularly attends for new finds. Anita will share a retailer’s view on:

  • What she looks for at trade fairs – and which makers/designers stand out to her
  • How she decides who to stock
  • The process: from a trade fair stand to shop floor

You will have a chance to ask questions and discuss your your specific considerations with other makers who can offer a perspective and advice from their experience.

Makerhood is a social enterprise that promotes the work of local makers in Lambeth. Click here to find out more about the Makers’ Club and how to join.

Image credits: Headline image by Top Drawer Press team; Image of Anita taken by Mike Urban of Brixton Buzz; Image of Rosa taken at Pulse trade show.


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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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