Category Archives: Craft events
PHEW! (I’m a little bit involved y’see, having curated a section of it)
Here’s the deets.
• Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, 11am – 5pm, The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton
• It’s FREE
• From the press release: “Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the high street, a unique shopping experience awaits. The Crafty Fox Market will be returning to the Dogstar, Brixton, on 8th & 9th December where a hand-picked cast of 80 UK designer makers will transform the old Victorian pub into a wonderland of Christmas shopping. Crafty Fox takes place on all three floors of the Dogstar, so when you’ve filled your stockings take a moment to explore. You can ‘make and do’ with craft writer Perri Lewis or screen print your own bag with the charming Mr Wingate. Other workshops include origami, knitting and card making. Or you could just sit back and relax with one of The Tea’s Knee’s cakes and a cuppa in the tea rooms while enjoying tunes from the Crafty Fox DJs.”
Wanna start your own craft group? Or even just bottle up enough courage to try out your local maker meeting? No worries, in Material World the founders of the UK’s biggest and best craft groups are here to advise.
Who? Deborah Daniel
Why? She’s founder of the East London Craft Guerrilla, an organisation who hosts events, writes blogs, curates shops and galleries and does all kinds of craft awesomeness in my neck of the woods, Walthamstow.
Where can I see more? craftguerrilla.com
Who? Louise Williams
Why? She’s the Crafty Pint extraordinaire, behind the lovely dual London events, Crafty Pint South (in Tooting) and Crafty Pint North (more often than not, in Crouch End). The group behind the events are a mixture of makers who want to promote local artisans and creatives and keep people shopping local.
Where can I see more? handmadeintooting.wordpress.com
Who? Nico Dawson
Why? Not only is she head events honcho for the Manchester Craft Mafia, she’s also the lady behind the Manchester craft night Lo-Fi. As well as all that, she makes trinkets and buttons under the guise of Ophelia Button.
Who? Francine Schokker
Why? Birmingham’s premier craft space, Creative Open Workshops (better – and more amusingly – known as COW) is an artist-run project that runs craft fairs, nights, events and more – and Francine is one of their star tutors.
Where can I see more? creativeopenworkshops.com
You’d expect nothing less from Momtaz, author of the Craft Cafe blog, founder of the Hackney Make Escape and now author of 101+ Things To Do With Glitter.
It was her book launch last night, and there were many glitter-based things to be made (including a frame for this lovely snap if me and fellow Knit The City crew member, Deadly Knitshade). Here are the snaps…
Stitched Stories, by Rachel Tavenor, features the following: Neil, a former prisoner whose life was changed by FCW, Sarah Corbett, the founder of the Craftivist Collective, and Jessica Aldred, a FCW embroidery tutor who is also the c0-author of Adventures in Needlework.
Tonight I will be sipping wine and eating veggie food with the brilliant Sinead Koehler, founder of the Crafty Fox Market.
I’m helping her curate this December’s Christmas market, and I’m VERY EXCITED. It’s on December 8 and 9 at the Dogstar, Brixton, if you’re interested.
Next Thursday (20th September) I am chairing an event for a charity I have got a hell of a lot of time for: Fine Cell Work. As part of the London Design Festival I’ll discussing the power of needlecraft with Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, an ex-prisoner called Neil who was taught by FCW to embroider while inside, and Rachel Tavernor, the director of a documentary called Stitched Stories that we’ll be watching before the debate.
Wanna come? Ace. There’s more details here.
Wanna read a little bit about Sarah’s involvement with the film? Then read her blog about it, here.
Grazia says: “Commissioned by the Mayor of London, in partnership with BT, the British Fashion Council, the London 2012 Festival, and *coughs modestly* Grazia magazine… Hatwalk saw 21 hats by the best of UK milliners displayed on iconic statues across the capital.”
All I was doing during the Olympics was WATCHING SPORT. What a waste of my time! I could have been scouting out THIS!
(Something else I missed this month was The Sewing Machine show in Edinburgh, about an 81-year-old woman in a nursing home. There’s a lovely review on The Telegraph by Laura Barnett, who incidentally has a brilliant piece in Psychologies in the November issue.)
In their own words, it’s ‘a gorgeous blend of interiors, gardening, cookery, lifestyle and crafts, and celebrates the things that matter most.’