Jun 26, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
Just 2 days to go till the fair. Its going to be a lovely day. Sunshine, Shopping and Summer fun what more could you want. Here are some fantastic reasons to come to to We Make Summer Spectacular on Saaturday
With over 80 designer/makers there is something for everyone ranging from Art, prints, jewellery, clothing, hats, ceramics, cushions, childrens way, and gifts galore. Each and every items handmade by the designer. So you get to buy something original and unique and chat to the maker.
Bunting Making Party:
Join the Seaside Sisters in the small hall for a fun party. Raid the Seaside Sisters stash of Gingham. Vintage Fabrics, buttons and haberdashery galore to make your very own bunting flag. Spell your name, make a slogan or just create and decorate.
The Seaside Sisters will also have some fun Summer Fete games like: Lucky Lolly Picker, Guess the Weight of the Cake or the Seaside Sisters Tombola
Our main sponsor, Etsy.com will be there.
Visit Etsy's UK blogger, Amity, at the Etsy table at the back of the hall for a chat, where she will be handing out promos and running the Etsy Raffle, giving one lucky ticket holder the chance to win a heap of handmade goodies! Get your free raffle tickets with any purchase from a participating Etsy stall holder. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:15pm so don't forget to bring your tickets to the Etsy table for entry before then!
Mr Site, one of our wonderful sponsors will be at the fair. Join Sunny, Mr Site's Business Development Manager where he will answer all your questions about Mr Site websites.
Mr Site Presentation at 2.00pm & 3.30pm in the Café Area.
Mr Site are pleased to invite visitors to a Presentation where we will:
Discover the value and importance of online presence.
See the different packages that are available no matter how small or large your business and how each product can support your business
Find out how easy it is to set up a website from as little as £19.99 and without spending a fortune
BUY YOUR MR SITE PACKAGE AT THE EVENT AND SAVE 25% on the Standard & Pro packages.
Tote Goody Bags:
If you are planning on coming to the fair early you might be in with a chance of getting one of our Tote goodie bags. Each cotton tote bags is screen printed with the We Make design and filled with lovely handmade goodies. They also contain exclusive discount vouchers for various stalls. You will need to be quick as we only have a limited amount of 70 bags which will be given to the first 70 people through the door.
With all that shopping and excitement you might want a place to relax and refresh. The cosy cafe will be open with a lovely range of food, cakes, tea and coffe and cold drinks.
So what are you waiting for? Come along to We Make this saturday
Chelsea Town Hall, kings Road, London, SW3 5EE 11am - 5pm
See you all there x
Jun 23, 2010
After collating all the entries we are pleased to announce the winners.
Each winner will be contacted through the way they entered.
Thanks to everyone that entered and we hope to see lots of you at the fair on saturday.
We would like to also thank all of those who contributed to the prizes.
First Prize: Pippa Ainsworth on Facebook
Second Prize: @cookenicola on Twitter
Third Prize: @lucentegirl on Twitter
Forth Prize: @Jas643 on Twitter
UkHandmade Years Design Package: @craftjemima on Twitter
Jun 22, 2010
Only a few days left untill the fair and everyone is getting excited.
The Girls at Share the Feeling are looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing with you there fantastic work.
Share the Feeling.co.uk is a happy little enterprise based in Hackney, East London. Owner Angie employs 4 local ladies with learning disabilities and together they make a range of Little Gifts with a big impact.
This is the girls’ first craft fair and they are really excited about launching lots of new products at We Make London. In addition to their range of ©Little Gifts of Feeling – colourful bags filled with symbolic ingredients to make you feel happy / strong / loved.... - the girls will be selling handmade lavender hearts, gorgeous retro bunting, wheatie bags (like a hot water bottle, but with wheat instead!) and, especially for fellow crafters, vintage pin cushions.
Doris, Lindy and Sylvia will be at the stall with Angie & Magda and they look forward to meeting you and showing you what they can do. See you on Saturday!
P.S. They’ve been writing their own blog about their preparations for We Make. Find it here:
My name is Valentina Asciutti and my artistic alter ego is valeasc. I am Italian but I have been living in London for six years now. As Valentina, I have devoted my entire life to the study of the ancient world, as valeasc, I immerse myself into colours, fabric and funky shapes.
valeasc is a colourful and cheerful stationery shop devoted to unique greeting cards and funky paper goods. valeasc was born a little over a year ago, it started offering hand-made cards decorated with fabric and with time the range has expanded. The products are all simple, yet sophisticated, traditional but with a modern touch.
Valeasc inspiration comes from the bustling everyday life in the ever so vibrant and beautiful London. The variety of colours, shapes, materials and techniques reflect the diversity of people and taste in such a multi-ethnic city. valeasc products offer a combination of modern and old.
My most popular item is my *butterflies cards*, a set of four A6 folded cards with matching C6 envelopes of different shades of pink and purple. Each card is embellished with three butterflies made of designer and vintage fabrics. The butterflies are meticulously hand-cut and fused onto the card.
We Make Summer Fair:
At the moment valeasc offers the following products:
* fabric decorated cards
* flat, alcohol-free, digitally printed cards with original valeasc designs
* cards embellished with paper doilies
* gift tags with digitally printed valeasc designs
* gift tags made of crocheted doilies
I am currently working to expand the range of products. The following items will be available to buy especially at the fair:
* 100% hand-made tote bags with hand-made doilies and vintage buttons
* wrapping paper with original valeasc patterns
* letterpress cards
Valeasc products are available to buy online at http://valeasc.etsy.com
Alternatively, shops in London (UK), Pescara and Senigallia (Italy) all carry valeasc products.
For a complete list of valeasc stockists please see http://valeasc.blogspot.com (valeasc often offers giveaways on its blog http://valeasc.blogspot.com so make sure to check it regularly!)
Please, see more of valeasc products on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/valeasc/
valeasc is a proud member of colorsartz.com http://www.colorsartz.com/asciutti_valentina.html
So if you havent already entered then make sure you do before midnight.
For full details check here: http://wemakelondon.blogspot.com/p/summer-spectacular-prize-draw.html
There is also a bonus prize from Ukhandmade of a years design package. So if you are a Uk maker/designer then make sure you enter the bonus prize draw too
The Winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon.
We are very excited
Jun 21, 2010
Gift Guide Written By Tracy Brown From White Lily Green
A Alicia makes really interesting jewellery made from organic fabrics. A clever twist on typical jewellery trends. I love this bangle. It's modern and unique, but still has that glamorous luxury about it. More and more people suffer from metal allergies so jewellery such as this is a brilliant solution.
How fantastic is the Zip jewellery range from Blue Eyed Girl?! I particularly heart the zip bangles. Such a fashionable statement, yet comfortable to wear.
These stunning earrings are inspired by the designers love for lace, crochet and traditional doilies. They are beautifully intricate and are perfect to wear everyday.
Sterling Silver Eternal Stackable Rings
I have these, and I love them. I wear them everyday and mean the world to me. I actually bought these as a substitute for a tattoo and had the names on my children engraved inside each ring. They are simple, and pretty and I can wear them night or day. These would make a fabulous Mothers Day present or a gift for a new Mum.
Jades jewellery is created using 'recycled fabrics alongside items such as glass beads, freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, watch mechanisms and other collectables'. In an age where we are encouraged to reuse, recycle or 'upcycle', I think these design ideas are a fantastic example of just that. Each piece is custom made and completely unique.
Pearly pea silver pod
Just stunning. I love the use of freshwater pearls as the 'peas'. Completely original to anything I have seen before. A perfect gift for that special lady who 'has everything'.
Ridley and Dowse:
Another fabulous ethical handmade designer who's stunning pieces create contemporary heirlooms. Their 'Dixie' necklace is beautiful. The detail is intricate and all their pieces are so enchanting.
Here are some of my other favourites from the We Make Exhibitors
About Natalie Nicklin:
I am a designer/illustrator/artist/none of/ all of above. My work lies somewehre between these disiplins within the blurred boundaries between art, design and simply making things.
I make screen prints, collages, digital illustrations and paintings. Design logos, fonts and t-shirts; take photographs with various knackered old cameras and my shiny SLR. A lot of my work uses found images and analog photography but I'm almost as likely to draw, scrawl or use digital sources. My interests lie in the old and the new, the broken and the fixed, the future and the past. But mainly an old broken future that exists only in arcane archives or people's unreliable memories.
Space, geometric patterns, visions of the future, music, forgotten lost places, trees, the past as it is now, as it will be and as it never was, science, colours, paper, mountains, forests, concrete, British new town, skyscrapers, broken stuff and things I don't understand.
I'm pretty happy about "Reflection"which has recently been selected to be included in a collection curated by urban outfitters and sold via their print shop. Appartment Therapy selected it as one of their favourite piece in the collection.
We Make Summer Fair:
I will be selling limted edition prints and screen prints and some one off, very limited screen printed t-shirts that will be unique to the Summer Fair.
Jun 20, 2010
All Picciolo items are produced by me - a London-based designer who isn't very good at sitting still and doing nothing. I love sewing and creating and all my items are handmade using quality materials and lots of care and attention to detail. I make an ever-expanding range of useful and stylish handmade items for yourself and the home, including: pouches/purses, original artwork, prints, cards, keyrings, homes for pins, notebooks, fabric boxes, bags and home decorations. I have also just launched a new line of necklaces which is an exciting new direction for picciolo.
A lot of my inspiration comes from nature, with imagery based around leaves, trees and birds. I love combining different materials and creating new products that are both useful and special.
My fabric boxes and pouches/purses are my bestsellers, both items come in a wide range of colours and include my signature designs.
We Make Summer Fair:
A wide range of the items listed above will be available at the fair, including the full selection of new design necklaces. New items are always under development so be sure to stop by and see what’s new!
Orders can also be placed for custom items such as my fabric boxes, where you will be able to see first hand the full range of colours available and choose from countless combinations to then have a unique item created for you.
Jun 19, 2010
About Cara's Creations:
My name is Caragh Buxton, I am an illustrator, painter, and ceramic artist, I trained in fine art and have come to ceramics more recently.
I illustrate books for children and greetings cards for high street shops
All my ceramics are lovingly painted by hand , glazed and fired by me in my Kilne., the ceramics can be personalised for a special occasion. My cards and prints are produced by my hugely patient graphic designer, Guy, who puts up with my mind changing with incredible patience!
I have been working hard to produce a range of greetings cards, prints and ceramics.
My usual place of work is the kitchen table! Although, now that the business is growing I am in the process of moving my work area into a studio in the garden.
I live in south London with my partner and 4 children, I work around a time table of ballet drop offs, football training and tea dates....
I draw upon my children for many of my ideas, look at Monster print... this is an adaptation of my youngest boys dream about some friendly Monsters!
Ballerinas has definitely been the favourite print, along with footballers, closely followed by my Fairy Place print..
We Make Summer Fair:
At the summer fair I will have a collection of ceramics, cards and prints
Jun 18, 2010
About Justine Ellis:
What seems like an age ago I studied Fine Art. Since then, I have taught young people with learning difficulties in schools and galleries in London. Although I continued to be creative, it has only been in the last two years that I started to design my own range of screen-printed products. Recently, I scarily took the plunge to give up the day job and concentrate on printing full time. It’s been exciting and so far so good.
I live in a leafy corner of southeast London, where I work messily from home, but venture north to Hackney to print at the fantastic Printclub London. I print using an environmentally friendly, water based, screen-printing process. I endeavour to print on recycled, Fairtrade, stock.
I’m inspired by mid century design, and architecture; Lucienne Day, Alvar Aalto, Marimekko to name but a few. A huge inspiration though, must be the ‘millions of favourite blogs’ I look to for distraction on a daily basis.
My best sellers are probably my ‘Knitting Pattern Tote Bags’ and although it pains me to say it when the sun is out, my ‘Christmas Tree & Lights’ Christmas cards.
We Make Summer Fair:
I’ll be bringing a bit of everything to the fair, hopefully a little something for everyone - from brooches to bags and prints on paper. I’ll also be showing some new printed textiles that are still under wraps, so you’ll have to come along and check it all out on the day!
You can find me at www.justineellis.co.uk. There is a link to my Folksy shop on my site.I print at www.printclublondon.com