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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February Makers’ Club – Product Surgery

Getting feedback on your work from shop owners and buyers is invaluable for makers so we were very excited to run a Product Surgery for this month’s Makers’ Club. Makers brought along an example of their work and got feedback from our two fabulous experts – Liz Clamp, owner of Smash Bang Wallop fashion and homewares shop in Crystal Palace and Jane Doxey, retail and product development consultant and ex-buyer for Liberty and Marks and Spencer.

Here are a few photos and some twitter feedback from makers.

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Big thank you to @makerhood Liz @smashbangwallop Jane @CreativeNRetail for the confidence boost & great advice!  DSC_1573_adj

What an amazing session wiv @makerhood Liz @smashbangwallop Jane @CreativeNRetail Totally inspired for hitting the high street. #creativebiz  ProductSurgery0215_adj

@CreativeNRetail @makerhood thanks for such a great workshop, love getting feedback and new ideas for moving forward!


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Introducing Rock, Paper, Scissors

Outside of Rock, Paper, Scissors shop at L'Arche LondonA little less than two months ago we advertised an opportunity for our makers to be involved in a community-oriented pop-up shop in West Norwood over the Christmas period. This post describing the shop is by one of the makers involved, Annahita Mansoori, who creates luxury printed stationery under the name of CL.AM Correspondence.

 

 

 

Rock Paper Scissors is a new pop-up retail space, shared by a collective of local creatives looking to showcase their wares, and be a part of the blossoming West Norwood art and design community. The pop-up is a collaborative partnership between Makerhood and West Norwood’s sustainable community project The Openworks, and is kindly hosted by learning disability charity L’arche at No. 9-13 West Norwood High Street.

The pop-up retail space enables local crafters through to new start-ups, to experienced entrepreneurs a chance to sell to the public in a shop environment, gaining invaluable skills and feedback, while feeling supported as part of a collective. From designer/makers, to photographers, to stationery and craft-there is a host of beautiful handmade wares on offer from over 20 local makers. We are also delighted to now be selling West Norwood Feast merchandise, alongside handmade cards and candles by the L’arche community.

Handmade goods for sale at Rock, Paper, ScissorsThere will be creative workshops run from L’arche with ‘The Stitch’ already well underway for all budding sewers. Run by local sewing enthusiast Tara every Saturday 11am-1pm, this is a chance to sew, knit, tailor, upholster or craft at any ability, while having a gossip with fellow stitch fans!

 

Candles by L'Arche LondonWith Christmas now under a month away, the shop will be open from 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday and is the perfect stop-off for unique and original handmade gifts. So this year please support your local community, boycott corporate retail, and #shoplocal for your nearest and dearest!

 

Handmade fox in Rock, Paper, ScissorsWe’ll be taking part in Small Business Saturday on 6/7 December and we’re hosting a launch party from 18.30 – 20.30 on Wednesday 3 December so there are plenty of chances for you to pop in, meet some of the makers and do your Christmas shopping – hope you can join us!

 

For upcoming Xmas events and news follow us on Twitter @RPS_SE27 or on Facebook www.facebook.com/RockPaperScissors.SE27 

All photos ©RunnyCustard


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“Super useful visual merchandising workshop”

That was the verdict of one of the participants in this workshop, run specially for south London makers by Metamorphosis Group and hosted by Makerhood partner WBC.

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Not only was the course great value – less than half the normal price – but it was tailored specifically to the needs of makers who are more concerned with setting up market stalls and trade stands than with permanent shops (though we did have one attendee, Anita Thorpe from Diverse, who runs a gift shop in Brixton).

Ellie Kidson from Metamorphosis ran through the basics, including layout, traffic flow, colour, symmetry, size and shape, “heroing” and framing. So much to think about, but she made it fun and interesting with plenty of examples of real life stalls. She also had specific ideas of how to apply these principles to the products that we were selling.

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Then it was time to have a go ourselves. The task was made even more fun by the range of beautiful WBC props and accessories we were surrounded by, from old sledges and wicker baskets of all kinds to stylish stacking units and wooden bowls.

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Thanks to Ellie’s constructive criticism, we finally narrowed down the huge range of possibilities to come up with some impressive displays.

Then it was time for a quick discussion on resources and suppliers before heading out into the cold November rain…

Other feedback from participants:

  • “Such a great afternoon!”
  • “Brilliant event – thanks for the opportunity!”
  • “So inspiring!”

Huge thanks to Metamorphosis and WBC for an excellent event that supports local makers.

 

 


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10% off at Diverse preview shopping evening

diverse-xmas-cropTo launch our Christmas promotion with giftshop Diverse in Brixton, we’re delighted to announce a special preview shopping evening on Thursday 6 November, 5-8pm, offering a 10% discount on all items from Makerhoodies!

This year the Makerhood/Diverse Christmas promotion, which runs from 7 November to 4 January, features 21 Makerhood members – the largest number ever. The goods on offer are, um, diverse, ranging from prints and beauty products to jewellery and accessories.

opianOpian accessories, including bags, tops and jewellery, are made out of organic, recycled, retrieved, off-cuts or re-used materials, in order to limit the negative impact on the environment.


anetaAneta Snodon is an artist with a passion for abstract dot painting and photography.


elena hallElena Hall Jewellery combines age-old techniques with bright and modern hues, to create contemporary, structured and bold jewellery.


flextilesFlextiles takes upcycled scarves and overdyes them using indigo resist techniques to produce unique, beautiful accessories.


wolle hideWolle +Hide products combine wool, leather and sheepskin together creating tactile, useable bags and purses.


gabriela2Gabriela Szulman blends a fusion of painting and digital media – acrylic, watercolour and ink with digital print – to create limited edition prints, cards, jewellery and silk scarves.


red faceRed Faces All Round sells limited edition prints in a bold graphic style, depicting London and beyond.


black cactusBlack Cactus London makes bags from hand printed fabrics inspired by the everyday beauty around us in both our natural and urban environments.


hairy jayneHairy Jayne brews her own range of hair products at a little studio in Brixton, inspired by traditional hair care remedies used worldwide.


kayleneKaylene Alder is a freelance illustrator and screenprinter who produces a quirky range of cards and prints, many based on local scenes.


louise kamaraLouise Kamara is a curator and designer working in the field of sustainable and locally produced design.


annie crimpAnnie Crimp makes mosaics and jewellery from upcycled materials, including car windscreen glass, broken jewellery and vintage china.


pauline hinksonPauline Hinkson creates natural body products and old fashioned natural juices, “just like my Mum used to make”.


clamCL.AM Correspondence specialises in luxury printed stationery, inspired by fashion, design and travel.


prillyPrillywear makes a range of clothing and accessories by knitting and felting lambs wool.


dreamyDreamy Me offers unique custom illustrations, personalised prints, original artwork and contemporary art downloads.


runnycustard avatar circle BWRunny Custard sells prints and other items, including textiles and jewellery, that feature her photography.


judith-bartlett2Judith Bartlett is an upholsterer who also offers a range of soft furnishings and bold patterned T-shirts.


caddee profileCaddee hand makes origami jewellery pieces and then paints them with resin.


nicoletteNicolette McGowan sells handmade artwork and jewellery and also prints designs on T-shirts, hoodies and jumpers.


vintage roseVintage Rose creates unique handmade boho-chic jewellery, inspired by the Mediterranean, nature and life.


Diverse is at 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF. The special preview shopping evening is on Thursday 6 November, 5-8pm – everyone welcome!


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Exclusive visual merchandising workshop for local makers

Did you know that in Europe shoppers don’t like to talk to people? It’s true – 76% of us never actually speak to a sales assistant when we’re shopping. This means that what your customers see makes all the difference to what they buy. How you present your products is therefore critical to your sales success. It’s called visual merchandising.

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With our wonderful partner WBC and the Metamorphosis Group, this three-hour workshop is packed full of useful tips, tricks and guidance that we hope will take your sales to the next level. It’s hands on and practical too. You’ll be surrounded by WBC’s fantastic tools, retail props, display units and fixtures and will have the chance to practise your dressing and display skills and get to grips with how to make your space – whether it is a table top or a pop-up space – work harder for you.

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Topics covered:

  • Who’s shopping and how can I attract them to my stand?
  • How can I encourage customers to shop for longer?
  • How do I build a pop-up or market stall: what tools do I need?
  • There’s only one of me – how can I use commercial techniques to drive my sales more?
  • What’s cross selling? And what clever ways can I combine products to actively sell more?
  • How do I measure my sales performance?
  • Q & A – your chance to question the experts on your individual needs

Armed with the tools, the practical skills, the expert knowledge, AND – just as importantly – the inspiration that comes from learning in a safe space alongside other makers, we’re confident you’ll leave inspired to create attractive displays that engage with customers and boost your sales.

ellie kidsonThe workshop is run by Ellie Kidson, a visual retail specialist who oversees training and development for the Metamorphosis Group. Metamorphosis is a dedicated independent retail consultancy specialising in visual merchandising, brand delivery and retail performance improvement. Established in 2004, it has built an exceptional reputation for offering a unique and engaging consultancy and training experience.

A one-day visual merchandising workshop usually costs £175, but WBC and Metamorphosis have agreed to run a half-day workshop for local makers at the special price of £36 (£30 + VAT). Makerhood Makers’ Club members are entitled to a third off this price and can book for only £24!

When: Saturday 8 November 2014, 2-5pm
Where: WBC Retail Training Room, 15 Bessemer Park, 250 Milkwood Road, London SE24 0HG

To book the workshop, please email training@wbc.co.uk.

Makers’ Club members should log in to makerhood.com and go the Makers’ Opportunities forum to get their discount code.


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Meet the makers: Jayne Rutland

Jayne is a hairdresser who started making and selling her own hair products under the brand Hairy Jayne in 2008. Here she tells us what it’s like pitching to the Managing Director of Liberty, and how she raised £3000 through crowdfunding.

Hairy-Jayne_0059How did you get into making hair products?

I’ve been a hairdresser since 2001 – I worked in salons for ages and got fed up. So I went freelance in 2008 and found I had lots more time, and I started dabbling with potions. I did an aromatherapy product-making course at Morley College, where the tutor said I could make my own hair products. I then found Plush Folly and did lots of courses.

My first product was a hair treatment with argan oil, which I bought when I went to Morocco on holiday. Since doing the aromatherapy course I’ve stuck to using essential oils and natural products.

And how is the business doing?

It’s a tough industry to break into! I break even now on the hair products but I am still cutting hair three days a week – that funds my work on hair products for two days a week.

I took part in Brand Amplifier, which helped me think more like a business rather than “I make this, would you like to buy it?” Then last summer the law changed and I had to have all my products retested by a cosmetic chemist, which cost £3000! To raise this money I went for crowdfunding through Indiegogo. For the video my husband Karl dressed up as me in a ginger wig – it looked great with his beard! We managed to raise the whole amount!

We hear you also pitched to Liberty on their Open Call.

Yes – I registered and got there at 8am, the doors opened at 9am, and I still queued for five hours! I was interviewed by [Managing Director] Ed Burstell – I recognised him from TV! He was very enthusiastic and nice. I pitched to him and then had to do it again so they could film it. They said they would take my pack of three hair perfumes! They didn’t talk any numbers so maybe I should have been suspicious, but when you shake hands with someone you think it will be OK.

Then I got the follow-up call when they said they didn’t feel their customer base buys natural stuff so they didn’t want to place an order.

That must have been so disappointing.

The biggest lesson is it made me think would I be able to fulfil an order that size at this stage in my development. But they gave me some useful feedback and advice – they suggested I try Fortnum & Mason, which I hadn’t thought about.

How have you benefited from being a member of Makerhood?

Makerhood was the first time I tried out going to talks to learn more about business development and being part of a bigger local network. I went to the series of pitching sessions they ran – and then went on to pitch at Liberty.

Makerhood gives me a sense of everyone being team players and helping each other. I was thinking about running some workshops and then Making Uncovered came along and gave me the opportunity. I really enjoyed that – I’ve always loved teaching, even when I was in the salon.

Karl and I were on a real high after the event, walking up the hill and saying what a great place Brixton is, meeting local people who share common interests and can put on a great event like that!

You can buy Hairy Jayne products online. Jayne is also selling at the following events:

2 November West Norwood Feast
22-23 November Renegade Craft Fair
30 November Crafty Fox, Dalston
6 December Crafty Fox, Brixton
14 December Craftacular


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Meet the makers: Gill Scheuer

A passionate upcycler, Gill Scheuer of um-bags etc talks about her interest in creating new items from old and why she loves living in Lambeth.

Gill ScheuerWhere does your interest in upcycling come from?
I’ve always hated waste, and I’ve always liked making things from something else. When I was young I made things like clothes, props and furniture for my teddies. When I left school I made a belt from my old school satchel – so I was well ahead of the current upcycling trend!

And how did you get the idea for making bags from old umbrellas?
For years I’d see amazing patterned umbrellas discarded by the roadside. The fabric was fine but the mechanism was broken, and I thought there must be something you can do with that.

One November day it was really squally and I saw about six umbrellas near my house. So I got on my bike and collected them, unpicked the fabric (the official term is “filleting”) and played around with fitting the triangular pieces of fabric together.

I got excited about combining different colours and patterns. And it’s a double whammy – I’m not just reusing the fabric but also encouraging people to stop using plastic bags, as these are very light to slip into a pocket and carry around.

Is this the first time you’ve sold things you’ve made?
No. I used to make silver and resin jewellery, based on designs of old tattoos. But it’s been a few years since I put my work out in the open for sale. I took a stall at West Norwood Feast and invited loads of friends, who bought lots and were really positive about the idea.

I love the excitement of doing markets and talking to people and getting feedback. And with these bags I’m not having to outlay lots of money on materials!

How creative is your day job?
I’m a design and technology textiles teacher, so I spend my time devising projects for kids to make, like weaving with plastic bags or inventing slogans to screen-print onto organic cotton bags to encourage people not to use plastic bags. But I am giving up teaching in December, so I hope to spend more time making my own things then.

Why did you join Makerhood?
I heard about Makerhood through a friend and thought it was exactly what I needed – help with setting up a website, marketing and promotion, all the things I’m not very good at.

One of the big benefits was doing Lambeth Country Show. I’ve always wanted to do it but I’d never be able to outlay all that money on my own. And sharing the stall with others was great – not doing it all in isolation.

Meeting other creative people who live nearby is also great – it will be particularly important when I give up work!

Finally, what do you like about living in Lambeth?
I’m originally from Birmingham, but since moving to London I’ve always lived in Lambeth. I used to live in Herne Hill but moved to West Norwood 15 years ago. I love the mix of people – the mix of ages, class, race – and the liberal attitudes: anything goes. And Brockwell Park – it’s the jewel in the crown of south London!

You can see Gill’s um-bags and bike seat covers on the Makerhood website.


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