Sep 25, 2011

Our Fantastic Weekend at The Thames Festival:

After months of organising our area at the Thames Festival was an amazing display of lots of talented UK designer makers.
The Thames Festival was a huge challenge for us as we have never created a event in a outdoor space before. But it was such a fun weekend, we enjoyed every minute of it.

We were very proud toy see the stalls draped with beautiful products. Each stall looking amazing and inviting to visitors.
Here are just a selection of the amazing stalls in our area, to see more pictures have a look at our Thames Festival Gallery Page: http://wemakelondon.blogspot.com/p/thames-festival-information.html







We had lots of fun in our 7 workshops. A big thank you to Hatastic, Make Industries, Biba's Tea Party, Mischam, Bumble and Earwig and Heart Zeena.









We were also very proud to be part of the Craft Trail and that it launched with a lot of success. We had lots of excited visitors waiting for their stamp so they could hurry off and get a goody bag and enter the prize draw.

Photo Taken by EtsyUk



Craft Trail Map www.crfattrail.co.uk

Craft Trail Map www.crfattrail.co.uk
There has been lots of great feedback for the event and we are already excited to be talking about being part of the festival next year.

Sep 22, 2011

One Week to go to apply for our Christmas fair:

We Make London

We Make London Christmas Fair
Deadline for Applications 28th September 2011


10th December 2011

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Lavender Hill, Battersea
London, SW11 5TN

 

We Make London was launched in June 2008. After nine successful fairs We Make is pleased to announce its tenth event, our Christmas Fair.


The Venue:
Battersea Arts Centre is a lively venue Housed in a Grade II* listed old town hall, BAC is renowned for some of the most cutting -edge events in the UK. A place where artists, audience, participants visitors alike thrive in the Arts.
Situated in Lavender Hill, a trendy and bustling area and just a short walk from Clapham Junction Station.

The Date:
We Make Christmas Fair will take place on the 10th December 2011. The doors will open at 11am till 5pm

How To Apply:

If you would like to apply to sell at our Christmas Fair, please email us at  wemakelondon@googlemail.com for an application form.
The deadline for Applications will be 28th September 2011

All applications must be received by midnight on the 28th September 2011.
We will then let everyone know if their application has been successful by the the end of the first week of October
If you have any questions about the event please feel free to contact us at the above email address
Any press inquiries please contact Mary at wemakelondon@googlemail.com







Sep 15, 2011

We are off to Hello Etsy:



We might be quite for a few days online as we are off to Hello Etsy in Berlin.

Its looks like its going to be an amazing event.

We already have our itinerary on what we want to see and do while we are at the summit and looking forward to seeing our friends at  EtsyUk Amity, Georgina and Heidi while we are there.

If you email us over the next few days you'll get a lovely message saying we are back on Monday.

If your heading to Hello Etsy too, we will see you there

Mary xx

Sep 10, 2011

Come and see us today and tomorrow:

We are here both today and tomorrow from 12pm- 10pm come and say hello
And take part in some fab workshops and buy beautiful products from over 40 designers


The Vintage Midnight Walk:



The Vintage Midnight walk takesmplace tonight.
We cant be there as we will be at the Thames Festival but it looks fantastic and raises money for a great charity.

The Vintage Midnight Walk takes place on Saturday 10 September and is the first joint event between St Joseph’s Hospice and Richard House Children’s Hospice – both providing care and support to those with life-limiting and terminal illnesses in the East End. We’re hoping to get over 500 people to take to the streets and walk 10 miles, all dressed in vintage clothes from the 20’s through to the 50’s to raise thousands of pounds for these two great charities. At the halfway point there will be swing dancing and after-midnight tea. There is a £15 registration fee and minimum sponsorship of £100

Check It Out:


http://www.vintagemidnightwalk.com/



Sep 9, 2011

Come and See Us Tomorrow and Sunday:


We are excitedly working through the last preparations for the Thames Festival tomorrow.

Please if you in London come along and see us. We will be setting up outside Southwark Crown Court along side the HMS Belfast.

We are very proud to be part of such a fantastic event and even prouder to be working alongside our craft pals Sanna Panda and Friends, OfCabbages and Kings, Craft Guerrilla and Crafty Fox for the brand new Craft Trail which launches tomorrow.
Check out the fantastic new website to find out how to get your self 1 of the 100 special goody bags and a chance to win some fantastic handmade prizes it the Craft Trails Prize Draw

To see the amazing sellers in the We Make London are check here:

http://wemakelondon.blogspot.com/p/thames-festival-designers.html

To see the wonderful workshops taking place in our area on saturday check here:

http://wemakelondon.blogspot.com/2011/09/our-workshops-at-thames-festival.html

And Sunday here:

http://wemakelondon.blogspot.com/2011/09/our-workshops-at-thames-festival-sunday.html

Our workshop area is sponsored by our lovely friends at Etsy, they will be teaming up with the School of Creative Start-Ups to run a Create Cafe and Mentioring sessions.

If thats not enough for you to do this weekend, then check out the Thames Festival website for all the live entertainment, carnival and fireworks.

Its going to be fantastic......what are you waiting for get down to the Thames Festival tomorrow and sunday. See you there


Thames Festival Designers: Childrens Clothing

With just a few days to go we would like to introduce you to some of the designers that will be at the We Make London area at the Thames Festival.

These are all of the wonderful sellers that make childrens clothing




I love kids clothes and have always had great fun shopping for clothes for friends' babies, discovering many great independant designers and small labels along the way. 
In 2009 I started 'littlechook' with the aim of producing a fun and quirky collection of childrenswear all featuring my flock prints. 
Please have a browse of our gallery to see a selection of our designs or visit or shop at  http://notonthehighstreet.com/littlechook  to see our full range.
We are also on facebook - just search for 'littlechook' and 'like' us for previews, special offers and sample sales.



MoochicBaby offers a gorgeous range of soft and snuggly hand printed children's bedding and nightwear. Started by two friends, Yuva and Aneesa late in 2010, each print in the MoochicBaby collection is driven by colour and inspired totally by fun! Having between them two children under the age of 5, they became tired of paying ridiculous prices for products, that offered little by way of originality and quality in return. This led them to create their own original and vibrant collection using prints that have been in Yuva's family for generations. Each item is handcrafted  using traditional block printing techniques and is therefore completely unique. Moreover, all of their products are made with 100% pure cotton enhancing the snuggle experience!
I design & make children’s clothes. I designed the Kimonii, an all-in-one wrap around trouser suit that combines style with practicality. It slips on like a Kimono, the trousers wrap round and fold up, and down again for changing.

I make a whole collection of Eastern inspired kids clothes which mix simple shapes and cute styling with practicality.

I hand make all the items for sale at the festival.

Kappuke-ki (Ca-pook-key) means cupcake in Japanese, and I’ll be selling
those as well!

website www.kappuke-ki-kidswear.co.uk

Sep 8, 2011

Thames Festival Designers: Hats

With just a few days to go we would like to introduce you to some of the designers that will be at the We Make London area at the Thames Festival.

These are all of the wonderful Hat sellers that will be there:




Hatastic! founded in 2009 by ChloĆ« Haywood, and the same year won the competition ‘Fashioning Technology’.

Her Recreation Collection (headpieces made from games) launched at Alternative Fashion Week 2010 was then showed at Brighton Fashion Week, and was consequently featured in The Times, Cosmopolitan, OK Magazine and countless blogs.

L’air du temps is a collection of reworked hats adorned with vintage remnants, jewellery and millinery foliage.

Her next collection Candy, has already been seen on the likes of Keisha Buchanan (ex Sugarbabe) and she’s also working on a collaboration with Ayten Gasson Lingerie.

Recently nominated as Accessory Designer of the Year, she has also been working on a couple of projects soon to be featured in the book ‘Glitter Crafts’.


I live and work in London, UK and make hand-sewn romantic, vintage style, and shabby chic flowers, ruffles, accessories and jewelry.

I love to work with silk, satin, lace, new, vintage, second hand and upcycled materials, jewelry and beads to make creations for both special occasions and everyday embellishment.



Feather Fancies is run and owned by Paula Eastman.

Paula has worked for over fifteen years in theatrical costuming and has a Master of Arts in Fashion from The London School of Fashion.

Here at Feather Fancies we love to create and are always trying out new designs to bring to you so watch out in the 'Limited Collection' page as these are generally one offs, so grab yourself something unique that no-one else will have and be the talk of the party!

Christmas Fair Details Announced:

We Make London

 

We Make London Christmas Fair


10th December 2011

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Lavender Hill, Battersea
London, SW11 5TN

 

We Make London was launched in June 2008. After nine successful fairs We Make is pleased to announce its tenth event, our Christmas Fair.


The Venue:
Battersea Arts Centre is a lively venue Housed in a Grade II* listed old town hall, BAC is renowned for some of the most cutting -edge events in the UK. A place where artists, audience, participants visitors alike thrive in the Arts.
Situated in Lavender Hill, a trendy and bustling area and just a short walk from Clapham Junction Station.

The Date:
We Make Christmas Fair will take place on the 10th December 2011. The doors will open at 11am till 5pm

How To Apply:

If you would like to apply to sell at our Christmas Fair, please email us at  wemakelondon@googlemail.com for an application form.
The deadline for Applications will be 28th September 2011

All applications must be received by midnight on the 28th September 2011.
We will then let everyone know if their application has been successful by the the end of the first week of October
If you have any questions about the event please feel free to contact us at the above email address
Any press enquiries please contact Mary at wemakelondon@googlemail.com

Sep 7, 2011

Thames Festival Designers: Bags and Accessories

With just under a few days  to go we would like to introduce you to some of the designers that will be at the We Make London area at the Thames Festival.

These are all of the wonderful sellers that make bags and accessories:


SewSmitten was set up in August 2009 by creative duo Penni P and the Gnome, together we design, print & hand make gift items for sale on our online shop, through other stockists and at  craft events around London.  

Amongst our handmade stash you will find: Oyster Card and Passport Holders, Framed Coin Purses, Clutch Bags, Greeting Cards, Prints, Accessories and Homewares.  

Our main objective through SewSmitten is to provide appealing, useful and good quality handmade products ideal to buy as gifts or for the individual to suit any occasion.   

Anna Wiscombe handcrafts contemporary wooden products from beautiful natural materials with colourful finishes!  
Ranges include decorative standing ornaments, cute wall pieces, wooden jewellery and fun and functional chalk boards.  
Birds are a main inspiration, each piece having its own little character and charm! 
 
   
Tugba Kop Illustration is a one woman designer/maker who creates intricate machine
embroidered leather accessories, custom peices and Illustrations. Tugba graduated from
Illustration at Kingston University in 2010, so drawing is at the foundation of everything she
creates. Her work is driven by her passion for drawing and her lifelong love of textiles.

She has always enjoyed making things, but discovered the beauty of leather during a project,
in her final year at uni. She then decided to make a few peices to sell at her degree show using
scraps, and the rest is history! She was instantly drawn to the idea of making something both
beautiful and practical.

Her products range from brooches to purses to custom illustrations. She tries to keep her work,
fun, quirky and contemporary and is always on the look out for her next interesting character to
draw!


Awamu means ‘together’ in Luganda, the main language spoken in Uganda. We chose it as it reflects the name and spirit of both the women’s groups that we are working with.

The big idea: you get lovely hand-made things to enjoy women in our projects earn a livingchildren in their care are healthier, happier and can go to school.

Awamu is about showing you the lovely handmade goods that give the makers an income and raises money to help children born with or orphaned by hiv in two of the poorest areas of Kampala, Uganda.

100% of the money raised from the sale of our lovely handmade things is used to provide small education grants so our kids can complete their basic primary education and give their guardians a small fund help them start up a business so they can feed and care for their families.

We love making things and we love using and sharing our passion and skills to make a difference.



Laurafallulah is Laura Harris, a weaving graduate who, after a lightbulb moment, knew she had to swap her life in retail for setting up her own business making the most of her creativity and promoting that of others.Working from her home in South East London Laura takes inspiration from her surroundings. Her love of vintage design combined with an eye for bold colours and stylised motifs help her create fun individual accessories for the young at heart. A proper grown-up treat.


Bryony graduated from the Birmingham school of Jewellery with a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing. She worked as a designer and creative director in the Jewellery Industry until 2010, when she co-founded the Pretty Scruffy gallery in Chichester, the gallery now represents over fifty artists and showcases Bryony and Margaret’s work, which is created on site in the attic workshop.

Bryony has been creating and adding to her textile menagerie since 2005, when collaboration with fellow artist Abi Gilchrist gave life to Flossie the life size patchwork donkey. Each of Bryony's creations is carefully made by hand from reclaimed materials using traditional techniques and crafts skills. The animals are to scale, and resplendent with jewels of reclaimed fabric, also utilising antique buttons and jewellery for eyes and claws. There is a joy and naivety in the work, which aims to celebrate the beauty and symbolism of our animal friends.


We are an eclectic and experimental lifestyle label dedicated to handmake unconventional and quirky accessories, bags and homeware. We want to reflect contrast between past and present, elegance and quirkiness and femininity and masculinity crossing the seasonal boundaries of fashion. We use a mixture of sources and recycle any and everything to create special details rather than mass produce ones.




    Bumble and Earwig transform colourful balls of fluff into wearable works of art.


    All pieces are entirely made by hand and therefore can be customised to your requirements.

    Made at green view was brought to life by Geraldine. She makes traditional style purses, bags, and a variety of decorative lifestyle accessories using the ancient technique of patchwork. However, her bold and playful use of colour and print give a contemporary twist on this traditional technique.
    She embraces the versatile design elements that patchwork offers giving the finished item a modern feel and each piece is thoughtfully embroidered. Geraldine loves how this traditional technique is a very effective way to recycle her collection of old and new fabrics.


    Make Industries has been producing modern urban cross stitch kits and craft products since 2007. It was founded by Tina Fox, the sewing architect, who is based in London. 

    The designs are focused on combining contemporary graphics and iconography with traditional handmaking skills to create craft products which will fit into the modern home. 

    All the kits are made in the UK with original artwork by Tina Fox. Current best sellers include BATTERSEA POWER STATION and LOVE cross stitch kits. Please follow Make Industries on Twitter: @MAKEINDUSTRIES and Facebook: MakeIndustries.