Makerhood is an initiative to promote local making, creativity and skills – and build connections between local makers, the community and local businesses.
We launched the UK’s first local online marketplace and community for makers in July 2011, in Brixton, south London. The project has since evolved, and we’ve got involved with organising markets, workshops, social events for makers and enthusiasts alike. We started a Makerhood Norwood community in 2012, and launched a Makers’ Club in Brixton and surrounding areas in August 2013. In October 2013 we extended the project to other parts of Lambeth!
We’re a social enterprise led by volunteers. We have several working groups, such as events and PR, where people get together to plan and carry out activities. If you’d like to volunteer, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legally, we are a Community Interest Company with a community interest statement that outlines our aims.
In 2012 we were highly commended in the Lambeth Business Awards and were made Lambeth Champions in recognition of our contribution to the community.
If you want to find out more, collaborate or have any questions, just email email@example.com.
Who we are
Karen Martin and Kristina Glushkova started the project to build a local online market for Brixton in summer 2010, and many lovely neighbours have come on board since.
Kristina’s background is in new media – her day job is at mySociety working on Mapumental. Before that she worked in research, policy and business roles in the digital media sector. She grew up in a place where things – food, clothes, furniture – were often made or grown from scratch, by family and neighbours helping each other. This might explain her passion for promoting making and skills in South London, which has been her home for 10 years now.
Karen spends her days researching the relationship between spaces and technologies, which is also the subject of a PhD she’s working on. Karen’s background is in the arts, community and technology sector. Karen loves knitting, and we’re all queuing for the wonderful laptop covers she makes. Karen lives just behind the Ritzy.
Andy Broomfield is a hard-working developer who is creating the technology behind Makerhood, the local online marketplace. Andy’s got only one point on his to do list, which says “build site”. Easy, huh? 🙂 Andy is a new media nomad and is behind many fascinating projects, often in South London. He also takes beautiful photographs – check out his Flickr page. Andy is a Herne Hill resident.
Carolina Vallejo is a designer and innovator who is making the online marketplace look nice. Carolina moved to Brixton from the US, where she founded Design for the First World, among other things. Carolina also makes wonderful experimental objects – like this Poet’s vase – and gets involved in organising workshops in mysterious “woods”. Carolina is also an associate at Superflux, where she plots possible futures.
Emily Wilkinson is an illustrator and graphic facilitator who has done a lot of work in and around Brixton, including graphic workshops and participatory community mapping. Emily’s latest venture is Mindful Maps – an initiative dedicated to the creative practice of visualising emotions, thoughts and connections to help us learn and grow. Emily’s studio is in Herne Hill, where she’s part of the Art Collective.
Damian Radcliffe looks after social media and community engagement and runs our blog, Twitter and Facebook sites. Damian has been working in media and communications since 1995 and has a wealth of experience in the community, commercial and regulatory sectors. He has a keen interest in hyperlocal websites, which he often tweets about. Damian lives in East Dulwich.
Aoife Ní Mhóráin is a Brixton-based designer, user experience professional and a maker. Aoife spent many years helping clients to build great websites, and she is helping us make sure we don’t get too carried away with exciting and complicated ideas and stay on track (tough job, Aoife!). Aoife is also a maker of beautiful things – we’re big fans of her bags that she designs and makes from scratch.
Kim Winter is behind the hugely popular Brixton Windmill blog and has a fabulous blog of her own, Flextiles, where she writes about experimental textiles and things she makes from recycled and re-used materials. Kim’s day job is building WordPress websites for sole traders and community groups that they can update themselves. Her journalism background and experience of being a maker herself have been invaluable in developing Makerhood.
In addition to those of us involved day to day, over the past months we’ve had great advice and help from groups and individuals leading work on local making, recycling and re-use and sustainability issues in and around Brixton, including Anne Fairbrother at Brixton CornerCopia, Hannah Lewis at Remade in Brixton, Penny Noy at TTB Food and Growing Group, Duncan Law from Transition Town Brixton, Fiona Douglas at Oh Sew Brixton, Sinead Delvin at Crafty Fox, Zoe Arch at SW Crafts Club, Dougald Hine and Julia Shalet from Spacemakers, and Steph Butcher, Chris Norris and Rheanne Gonyou at Lambeth Council.
Many lovely friends have been helping with events, ideas, site testing and other things, including Laura Lombardi, Eimear Lambe, Maya Kar, Amar Sagoo, Anand Sagoo, Monica Arino, Alex Fradera, Marmading Ceesay, and many many others. We’re also grateful to Clare Goodman of Nesta, who has helped with legal advice, Alice Angus for letting us use her beautiful drawing on the top of this blog, and Nadia Gilani who wrote about us in SLP.
To everyone who has got us this far – including Unltd World for their Level 1 social enterprise funding award – thank you! So far the project has developed very organically, and we’re looking to keep this spirit going forward.
Come on board!