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!

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.

market stall

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.

Diverse Christmas 2014 promotion

We’re thrilled to be partnering again with Anita Thorpe of Diverse in Brixton on a Christmas promotion for Lambeth makers!

This is a great opportunity to get experience of selling through an independent retailer – Anita is very supportive and full of useful advice on what a retailer expects from suppliers.

The promotion will run for two months, from 8 November to 11 January, and is open to Makerhood members only. Commission is 35% of the selling price, on a sale or return basis.

Makers who have not taken part in previous promotions will need to attend an interview with Anita in October. Makers who have participated previously do not need an interview but must offer some new designs (selection will be based on submitted images).

Priority will be given to makers who can also offer demonstrations or workshops throughout the promotion.

We will be organising a private view and discount shopping evening to launch the promotion, probably on Thursday 6 November.

If you are interested in taking part, please email images of your work – or a link to your website/business social media pages – together with details of the selling price and a few details about you, to  info@diversegifts.co.uk.

Closing date for submissions is midnight Monday 22 September. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by 30 September.

Making Uncovered: Wolle + Hide

Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to be publishing short profiles of makers who are taking part in Making Uncovered, our celebration of creativity in Lambeth on 13 September.

First up, Susan Blackah-Lyn of Wolle+Hide.

Tell us a bit about your business.

wolle1Wolle+Hide  design and make products that mix a rural and urban aesthetic. We make handmade high quality women’s and men’s fashion accessories from natural materials for design-conscious individuals.

Wolle+Hide products combine wool, leather and sheepskin together, creating tactile, useable bags and purses. We use simple shapes  that show off the quality of our materials and incorporate details that make each product unique.

Wolle+Hide support the Campaign for Wool and British farmers and weavers – all of our products are handmade in Britain.

Why are you taking part in Making Uncovered?

wolle2I have been involved in the fashion and textiles world for 30 years and decided to set up my business because I wanted to share my love of natural fabrics, simple design, quality making, and of course sheep, with others. 

I strongly believe in the revival in British craft and design and the awareness of ethical based products and sustainability. 

I decided to take part in Making Uncovered because I believe that it is important to communicate your passion to others, and as a Lambeth resident of many years  I am delighted to take  up this opportunity.

What will you be doing at Making Uncovered?

wolle3I want others to share my passion for wonderful materials – focusing on  tactile wool.  We are offering the experience of making simple shaped purses that show the beauty and texture of the cloth and  that are lined with printed cotton fabrics.

The purses will be handmade and  we will be demonstrating how to decorate them with appliqué, beads/buttons, handmade tassels and handmade felt beads/balls.

Wolle+Hide will be running one-hour workshops at 12.30pm and 3.30pm on making a wool purse or phone cover. Price £10, including materials. Book now on Eventbrite.

Makerhood at Lambeth Country Show 2014

For the first time, Makerhood is taking a stall in the Crafts Marquee at the Lambeth Country Show, on 19 and 2o July.

We’ll be selling the work of eight different makers, four on each day, so now you have an excuse to come along on both Saturday and Sunday to see what’s on offer!

To whet your appetite, here are some details of the makers who will be selling.


Carol’s Creative Workshops

Avent Gallery 2014 015Carol teaches feltmaking, needlefelting and various styles of embroidery.  At her south London workshops you’ll spend time kickstarting your creativity, getting away from screens and housework for a few hours, working with beautiful materials, feeling productive, positive and focused, then you’ll go home with some lovely, tactile, handmade items for yourself or to give as gifts. You can also buy handmade workshop gift vouchers for friends – ideal for someone who doesn’t want to accumulate any more clutter!



Wolle + Hide

wolle hideWolle + Hide make handmade high quality fashion accessories from wool, leather and sheepskin, creating tactile, useable bags and purses for design conscious individuals. They strongly believe in the revival in craft and design and the awareness in ethical based products and sustainability. Making handmade products has enabled them to show their passion for wonderful materials using simple shapes that show off the beautiful texture of the cloth, suppleness of the leather and the tactile nature of sheepskin: combining these materials to maximise the overall textural experience.

Cute & Paste

Red Shabby Chic Wine Cork Board 00Cute & Paste use recycled wine corks as an inspiration for all sorts of home decor pieces; their creations include wine cork boards, coat hangers, key hooks, chalkboards and much more. The Cute & Paste twist to the old useful pin cork board gives them an abundance of character and charm. You can now make a cork board the feature of your room. Whenever possible they use recycled frames or carefully source them from hidden treasure troves. Most of the wine corks are collected from a friendly restaurant in central London (added to a few collected themselves along the way).

Gill Scheuer

gill scheuerOriginally a fine art graduate and at present a teacher of design and technology, Gill has designed and made products in a range of materials throughout her life. Her current project was born out of her hatred of waste and her conviction that something practical and stylish could be made out of all the perfectly good fabric that is discarded when an umbrella breaks, as they often do. It led to the creation of the ‘um-bag’, followed by brooches, bike seat covers and bunting.



Zoë Burt

zoe burtZoë loves making cyanotype prints on paper and fabric, a magical process invented by an astronomer. Cyanotype is a form of camera-less photography.

Slow design is a key theme for her creative work in textiles and fashion, connecting people with nature and their environment.




Annie Crimp Originals

annie crimpAnnie makes mosaics for the home and garden. She loves to upcycle and use all manner of materials, from car windscreen glass, broken jewellery, in fact anything she can lay her hands on! She also has a jewellery range which she makes from vintage china. She just loves the thought that small broken pieces can be up together again to make a beautiful whole. Each one of her pieces is original, unique and one of a kind.

Pam Williams Studio

pam williamsPam’s passion to observe and capture people and life in her surroundings has spanned over 30 years, dominating her work as an illustrator and fine artist internationally in New York, Hong Kong and Europe. She established her permanent studio in  London in 1991, and now sells prints, posters and T-shirts of Brixton scenes she has sketched.




screw-rust-onion5Kim Winter of Flextiles is a textile artist specialising in wet felting and dyeing with natural dyes, especially indigo. She particularly likes upcyling scarves from auctions and charity shops and overdyeing them using the Japanese technique of shibori (a kind of sophisticated tie dye). Because each scarf is a different fabric, pattern and colour, it makes it more interesting for her as an artist, and means that customers know they are buying something unique.

The Lambeth Country Show is on 19 and 20 July, 11am-7pm, Brockwell Park

Makerhood review of 2013

I know, I know, we’re already half way through January and 2013 is so, well, last year! But in our preparations for last week’s Makers’ Club we put together a little photographic review of Makerhood’s year and we thought you might like to see it. So here it is, the events, moments and (some of) the people who made 2013 a great year for Makerhood. We couldn’t do it without you!


Jan_wn-product-surgeryMakerhood Norwood product surgery with Jane Doxey at the Portico Gallery, West Norwood








Feb_food_entrepreneurs4Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner is one of the experts giving feedback to budding food entrpreneurs at Makerhood Norwood’s Tasting and Testing event








Makerhood Norwood website launches (yes, we did all the events above without having a website!). To celebrate, we commissioned a new title banner illustration for our blog, specially made for us by Kaylene Alder – thanks Kaylene!


April_MU_cafe_72dpiThe amazing Making Uncovered attended by over 600 people learning about art and craft practices and taking part in demos and workshops on woodworking, willow weaving, painting, felting, letterpress, textile art and much more! Not to mention the cafe, talks and music…



May_HowRunWorkshops_72dpiMakerhood Norwood runs a workshop on, er, how to run workshops, by Carol Grantham and Gillian Elam of Crafty Pint






Jun_crystal-palace1Makerhood stall at Crystal Palace Overground Festival, with Makerhoodies Ray Stanbrook, Kaylene Alder, Kim Winter of Flextiles and first-time stallholder Christine Goodrich of 11 O’Clock Jewellery





July_Picnic_72dpiMakerhood 3rd birthday picnic in Brockwell Park






Aug_VillageFair_72dpiMakerhood took part in the Southbank Village Fair  on the Southbank with workshops on applique (by Maggie), needlefelt (by Carol) and making bath soaks (by Chloe).





Sep_PrepareXmasAnita from Diverse Gifts and Sinead from Crafty Fox spoke at our third Makers’ Club meeting ‘Preparing for Christmas’






Oct_LambethOpen_72dpiMakerhoodies taking part in Lambeth Open, where artists and artisans open their studios to the public, included Carol Grantham and Kim Winter of Flextiles, as part of the group Women of the Cloth





Nov_NorwoodBirthday_72dpiMakerhood Norwood first birthday party, with amazing chocolate and strawberry cake made by Brixton Bake Off winner Dumisani Nyathi, aka The Vegan Tart!





Dec_MakeOwnXmasMake your own Christmas at the Dogstar, Brixton where Rachel, Elena and Fiona helped visitors make their own Christmas cards using letterpress, drawing or sewing and Kaylene guided them through making snowflake and paper pompom decorations – all while listening to fabulous music and improvised comedy!





Makerhood at Diverse Gifts, Brixton

Anita Thorpe of Diverse Gifts, Brixton, has certainly had a stressful few weeks.

Why? Well, she’s been working with Makerhood on the second annual Christmas promotion of local makers – but of course, that has all gone very smoothly. 😉

No – the main reason is because she’s moved shop. It may be just around the corner (from Atlantic Road to 390 Coldharbour Lane), but late-running building work caused several delays. And even now there’s still work to be done – Anita says she may have to come in over the holidays to oversee a new parquet floor being laid.


Despite this, the shop is looking good – larger, lighter and brighter than the old one, and with a tempting range of work by local makers, including Makerhood.

In fact, Makerhoodies have their own special section of the shop, with lovely work for sale including:

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So if you’re looking for locally made Christmas presents, pop along to Diverse Gifts, 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF. The shop is open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm.


Make Your Own Christmas: meet the impresario (and find out the line up)

UntitledMusician Andrew Clarke is Makerhood’s sometime impresario and was the brains behind the amazing entertainment programme at our Making Uncovered event last April. We’ve twisted his arm again to choose the musicians and performers who’ll be getting us into the party mood at Make Your Own Christmas. We caught up with Andrew to find out what to expect.

Why are you involved with Makerhood’s Christmas event?

I have been involved with Makerhood from the beginning. I helped to run origami workshops for children at the Lambeth County Fair in 2011 – the weekend Makerhood was launched. We all support a community in the best ways we can, and these things are different for all of us. I am terrible at making, but I can help organise events and I can perform at them, and I am very happy to support the amazing makers of Makerhood as often as I can.

What is the line-up and what are you looking forward to on the day?

The Pop-Up choir filled the huge space of the Brixton East gallery at Making Uncovered earlier this year, and they will be kicking off the entertainments at our Christmas party in similar style. It is a wonderful thing to have so many voices sing for you in a space, unfiltered by distance or by crackly sound systems. This will be a real treat.


Jane Ruby is also playing. Jane is a bit of a Brixton legend and, when she played at Making Uncovered with just her guitar, her voice and her stories of local life, she was the only person who could have followed the 20-piece Pop Up Choir and still won the crowd over. She’s marvellous, and we’re super-happy that she is playing for us again.


Next up are the Yada Yada Allstars, with Alex Fradera and four of the fabulous C3467X team – Carleen Macdermid, John Agapiou, Juliet Stephens and Shem Pennant.  There is a special electricity in the air with improv comedy that comes from both the audience and the performers having no idea what is going to happen next. This means everyone in the room is together and in the moment in the same way. This makes every discovery, and extreme silliness, that happens all the funnier. I can’t wait.

John and Juliet

Finally, we’ve got Gaia Marcus and A P Clarke. OK, this is me… I will excuse myself from commenting on my own abilities, but Gaia is a wonderfully soulful blues and folk singer who has been honing her craft around the London scene for the past few years and she’ll be singing a few standards and a few seasonal songs as the sun sets behind us. It should be an excellent afternoon!

You can book your free ticket here: http://makeyourchristmas.eventbrite.co.uk/

Gaia and Andrew

Images of Jane Ruby, Gaia Marcus and Andrew Clarke are by Andy Broomfield

Image of Julia and Alex are by Luke & Michael


Makerhood at Morley: how to sell online

If you missed our last Makers’ Club meeting on how to excel at selling online, never fear – we’re holding another session at Morley College on Wednesday 6 November.


Our speakers include Rachel Stanners of Prickle Press, who has sold online through both Etsy and Notonthehighstreet, and Sinead Koehler of Galavant, who as well as organising the Crafty Fox markets has also sold via Etsy and Folksy.

We’ll be covering the pros and cons of online selling, and giving an overview of the most popular online sites for handmade items. There’ll also be some practical exercises to get you thinking about your ideal customer and how to make it easy for them to find you among the thousands of other online sellers. So bring along an item that you sell (or would like to sell) online – or a photo if it’s too large or impractical to carry.

Please book your place on Eventbrite for this workshop. The event is free to Makers’ Club members, £5 for non-members. Morley College students get a special discount rate of £2.50.


Lambeth Open this weekend

e-leaflet_frontThis weekend, several Makerhoodies are taking part in Lambeth Open, the annual borough-wide event where artists and makers open the doors of their studios to the public.

Doors are open 10am-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 October, and admission is free. It’s a great chance to talk to artists and makers about their work and gain a unique insight into the creative process.


pam-williamsPam Williams will be showing original watercolours and sketches, prints, posters, greeting cards, Brixton postcards and the first series of four T-shirts and vests (with favourite sketches, chosen by visitors at the Brixton Makers’ Market).

Brixton Hill

huntedEllie Laycock of Hunted and Stuffed makes beautiful and sustainable cushions from upcycled silk scarves, repurposed vintage tea towels and gorgeous vintage Japanese wedding kimono silks and gilt brocades.

winnall_1Maggie Winnall at Sewin Studio appliques handcut cloth letters by hand or machine onto a coloured ground fabric, to spell out meaningful words and encouraging phrases, offering positive messages for the wearer and viewer alike.


Two Makerhoodies are part of Women of the Cloth, a group of female contemporary textile artists who who specialise in felting, weaving, embroidery and indigo dyeing. They will be exhibiting, selling, demonstrating and running workshops, so you can have a go at some of these skills yourself!

carolCarol Grantham is inspired by pattern and colour. She works with felt and embroidery to explore colour and texture combinations and their effects on our feelings of wellbeing. Her workshops provide space for people to gather, chat and laugh whilst learning new skills and exploring their creative abilities.

felt_cluster 160Kim Winter of Flextiles produces unique scarves, many of them upcycled and given a new lease of life through shibori dyeing with indigo. Inspired by organic patterns and forms from nature, Kim also likes to create sculptural 3D felt.

West Norwood

kaylene-alderKaylene Alder spends lots of time drawing fun and quirky things that catch her imagination and then gets messy making screen prints of said drawings. Her limited edition screen prints, many of local south London scenes, will be on display at the Portico Gallery in West Norwood.