It’s been a great journey! What’s next?

After eight productive, creative, and fun years it’s time for a change at Makerhood. The current directors are looking to step down. We welcome interest from others to continue the project, or we may turn it an informal network for makers to collaborate and exchange information, without formal structures. Makerhood will run as usual until Christmas 2018 while we consider the options and finalise its future shape in during the autumn. Read on to find out more!

When we started Makerhood in 2010 we embarked on a journey. We wanted to support making, creativity and skills in our local community in Brixton, and create new connections and business opportunities.

The original idea was simple: let’s help people find locally made things online, and thus support a more robust, environmentally-friendly and creative local economy. We started by building a website, but very quickly it grew into something much richer: a community of brilliant volunteers, a social enterprise, network for local makers, a set of business partnerships, a rich events programme, and more.

Over the next few years we expanded from Brixton, first to West Norwood and then to cover all of Lambeth, collaborated with many local, London and national projects and organisations, and learned and grew together. Our community kept developing and changing, and many ideas and projects sprang out of these connections. It’s time for some reflection – and a change.

What has Makerhood achieved?

Makerhood display at Diverse Gift Shop

We never dreamt that Makerhood would do so many things as a community (a separate blog post with thanks to so many who were and are part of it is due, too!). For example, together we:

    • launched a business network of which saw hundreds of local makers and artists benefiting from business opportunities, discounts, learning, workshops, events and promotion on- and offline
    • took part in or supported many markets and selling events, from helping launch Brixton Station Road Market, to annual WOW markets, Love your Local Market events each year and many more
    • built a website using the open source Drupal platform from scratch to promote, sell and showcase local makers’ work and events
    • ran the wonderful Making Uncovered events – a showcase for many talented makers in south London

Making Uncovered-MAKERHOOD from Ray McFarlane on Vimeo.

  • held over 70 business support events for local makers on a huge range of topics, from creative copyright and photography to pricing, pitching and work-life balance
  • collaborated with Brixton’s Diverse Gift shop on an annual showcase of local makers’ work – often the first experience for many makers of working with a retailer
  • organised some very memorable Christmas card making parties!

There’s more, and there are many possibilities for the future, too – but the current team have come to the end of our time. We are looking to step down after 2018, due to a combination of personal and work commitments.

What’s the future?

As we step down, we are considering different options – from turning Makerhood into an informal network, to giving it over to others wanting to run the project, to merging with another local organisation. From the start, we’ve always wanted to be open and public about our progress and work, so we continue in this spirit.

Makerhood is a social enterprise (registered CIC) with a great brand, a membership scheme (with around 70 paying businesses at the moment), no debt (and a small amount of cash in the bank), and a great social media presence in the creative community in Lambeth and broader south London. It could continue formally supporting makers through new ventures.

So we welcome interest from local parties who might like to take Makerhood forward. Over the years there have been many ideas from launching a physical shop or space, to publishing books on business for makers and artists, to applying for further funding.

If you’re an group, individual or organisation who is interested in exploring ideas together, let us know your thoughts at http://bit.ly/MakerhoodInterest by Monday 8 October. We are interested in hearing form people who support our ethos, and whose ideas are a good fit with Makerhood’s Community Interest Statement.

Alternatively, we could turn the project into an informal network – for example, based around a Facebook group where people can still share information, communicate and run initiatives/events together.

We will keep running as normal until the end of 2018, while exploring options during the autumn. Watch this space to find out more. And join us for a Christmas party in December to mark the change, whatever it will be!

We are grateful for everyone who’s been part of Makerhood over these years. It has been an incredible journey – inspiring, fun, supportive and social. We couldn’t have wished for a more amazing community to be part ot! We are very happy to have worked with you all and helping Makerhood do so many things together. Thank you, friends.

Love to all,

Kristina, Kim, Gabriela, Jonny and Karen

WOW: We’re back for 2018!

At Makerhood we love the amazing Women of the World festival – an annual celebration of women and girls at the Southbank Centre with so many wonderful activities, talks and events. If you haven’t been, check it out – it’s absolutely fantastic and there is something for everyone.

WOW Market is part of the festival and takes place on 9 – 11 March at Royal Festival Hall. We’ve been privileged to showcase the brilliance, talent and skills of makers in Lambeth and Camberwell since the market’s launch. Six fantastic makers are showing and selling their work this year – see below. Come find us and say hello – entry to the market is free!

Saturday 10 March, 11am – 6pm

Cecilia Washburn

Cecilia is an illustrator and textile designer creating intricate and vivid illustrations of wildlife. At WOW Cecilia will be offering limited edition prints, greetings cards and notebooks.

Corrine Edwards

Corrine is a designer and London beekeeper making contemporary silver jewellery with a hexagon theme. Corrine’s creatives include silver hexagonal rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings with hand textured finish.

Sinead Taylor – Red Faces Prints

Sinead is a designer and printmaker producing local London screen prints depicting different parts of London. Sinead will be selling her limited edition prints on Saturday.

Sunday 11 March, 11am – 6pm

Kes Young – Heart in Art

Kes is a face-painter and mosaic artist living in Lambeth whose mosaics are very colourful and full of texures. Kes will be showing and selling her homewares range including door numbers and wall tiles.

Linda Skoglund Art

Linda’s vibrant works are built up using a technique of carefully layered paint to create a tonal depth whilst alternating between the darkest shadows and the light combining animal studies or portraiture with elements of the surreal. Linda’s limited edition art prints and screen prints will be on offer on Sunday.

Prilly Lewis

Machine knitter and felt maker Prilly Lewis designs and makes beautiful clothing, home ware and accessories.Using British spun lambswool, all items are originally created from her central London studio. You can find Prilly’s wonderful throws, cushions and mini lavender pillows on our stall on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you at Women of the World 2018!

New Makerhood digital magazine

We’re very excited to announce the first issue of our digital Makerhood magazine!

The focus is on trade shows, the subject of our July Makers’ Club meeting, where maker Rosa Pietsch and Brixton retailer Anita Thorpe of Diverse talked about preparing for a show from the point of view of an exhibitor and a buyer.

There are top tips on how to pimp your product shots by Gabriela Szulman and Jonny Dredge, and a Q&A with maker and Makerhood director Kim Winter.

The magazine also contains information on two opportunities for Makerhood members – the Festive Showcase at Diverse and free business membership of Zipcar.

Click here to see the magazine for yourself.

Huge thanks to Jonny Dredge for co-ordinating and designing the magazine, and to all contributors.

We’d love to hear what you think – and do let us know if you’ve got any ideas for future issues!

July Makers’ Club: Taking Off at Trade Shows

Makerhood runs monthly meet-ups for makers, artists and designers who are setting up or running businesses to help them get to grips with the practicalities, from promotion to online selling to pricing to product development to copyright and so much more. Everyone is welcome to attend these (free for members, and £5 for non-members). Our July event looks at scaling up and selling wholesale.  See the detail below and book your spot at: https://tradeshowsmakers.eventbrite.co.uk

Taking Off at Trade Shows: Going Wholesale

Ever thought of doing a trade fair such as Pulse or Top Drawer to start selling in large volumes? Or perhaps you’ve done a couple and are wondering how to improve?

Trade fairs can be a great step towards scaling up for makers, designers and artists – but they require significant investment of money and time. Is it worth the risk, and how do you make the most of them?

July Makers’ Club welcomes two fantastic speakers to give us a low down on trade shows from both a maker’s and a retailer’s perspective. Rosa Pietsch is a London-based designer and maker who creates unique, artistic designs for jewellery and accessories that mix materials, textures and processes. Rosa has recently started taking part in Pulse and Top Drawer, and will share her experience of this route to wholesaling as a maker, covering:

  • What the story has been – and what’s been key to success and overcoming challenges
  • The process of preparing for trade shows
  • Top tips for makers when considering and doing trade shows

Anita Thorpe is owner of Diverse gift store in Brixton and has years of experience retailing design, craft and art products  – many found at trade fairs, which Anita regularly attends for new finds. Anita will share a retailer’s view on:

  • What she looks for at trade fairs – and which makers/designers stand out to her
  • How she decides who to stock
  • The process: from a trade fair stand to shop floor

You will have a chance to ask questions and discuss your your specific considerations with other makers who can offer a perspective and advice from their experience.

Makerhood is a social enterprise that promotes the work of local makers in Lambeth. Click here to find out more about the Makers’ Club and how to join.

Image credits: Headline image by Top Drawer Press team; Image of Anita taken by Mike Urban of Brixton Buzz; Image of Rosa taken at Pulse trade show.

Women of the World Market 2017: we’re back!

Makerhood will have a stall at the Women of the World Market on Sunday 12 of March, part of the fantastic WOW Festival at the Southbank Centre – this is our 5th time! It’s a vibrant and busy event showcasing women’s achievements, and we’re honoured to be there again.

“WOW – Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential.”

The market is on the ground floor of the Southbank Centre and is free to attend. We will be represented by three wonderful makers from Lambeth.

Anna Jackson – Black Cactus (Camberwell)

http://blackcactuslondon.uk/

Anna Jackson is a Printmaker and also makes hand printed leather accessories under the name of Black Cactus. Forms and textures from nature are her strongest inspiration. She works with texture, colour and organic shapes and remind us of the pleasures a personal connection to nature. Anna will have a selection of hand printed metallic accessories made from recycled and reclaimed leather as well as non-leather pieces.

Corrine Edwards (Waterloo)

http://www.corrineedwards.com/

Corrine Edwards is a London Beekeeper, artist and designer who makes contemporary silver jewellery with a hexagon theme. Corrine will be selling rings, bangles, and pendants. Stud and drop earrings are made individually in pairs with unique textures. Pieces incorporate PMC (precious metal clay) and rolled textured silver. 

 

Gabriela Szhulman

http://www.gabrielaszulman.com/

Gabriela is an artist and maker. She creates prints and collages, greeting cards, jewellery and scarves with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage. Gabriela will be selling decoupaged objects such as dishes and dolls, brooches and greeting cards.

Come and enjoy the festival and the market – and say hello to our makers!

Welcome to Makerhood’s new directors!

We’re delighted to announce that we have two new Makerhood directors, so here’s a quick introduction.

Gabriela Szulman

Gabriela is a mixed-media artist, maker and teacher. She is an enthusiastic twitterer who also uses Facebook and Instagram regularly for her business. She has recently discovered Steller , which may well become her favourite social media platform soon.

Other things she’s done along the way include working in mental health rehabilitation, setting up an import business, managing two shops and a gallery, running a ceramics studio and organising art and design fairs in semi-derelict London buildings. Gabriela attended Camberwell School of Arts in the 1990s and has lived in the local area since 2001.

Jonny Dredge

Jonny is a photographer and artist with a professional background in broadcasting and visual effects. He is part of Modern Eccentrics, a crafting and artistic collaboration created with his partner.

Jonny is an expert blogger and his preferred social media platforms include Pinterest, Flickr and Tumblr. Having originally studied car design and subsequently television systems, he has, amongst other things, taught for Apple, edited commercials and promos, worked as a freelance photographer and run bookshops.

Welcome to both Gabriela and Jonny!

If you’d like to say hello in person, come along to our November Makers’ Club meeting, where they will be talking about how to succeed at social media.

What sort of person are you? Do you tweet or tumble, do you flickr or pin? There are now so many social media channels that sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start… and attempting to keep a presence across them all can feel overwhelming!

This session will explore different options to help you to decide which ones are best suited to your personality, strengths and interests. We will also look at how you can use these platforms to promote your pre-Christmas sales and events, and discuss how to get the most out of your online presence.

All creatives, makers and designers are welcome.

When: Monday 7 November, 7-9pm
Where: Brixton £ Cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PU
Cost: Free for members, £5 plus fee for non-members via Eventbrite

 

We’re recruiting new directors

Would you like to make a difference in Lambeth, South London, and beyond working a brilliant creative network?  Express interest by 18 July.

Having grown from a tiny local project to a thriving creative network we’re expanding our group of directors to steer the next stage in Makerhood‘s development. We are a social enterprise and a community of makers and artists in Lambeth and Camberwell, supporting local making, creativity and skills.

In the five years since our launch we have:

  • Grown a Lambeth-wide network of makers, community members and partners who share our mission
  • Held over 50 popular events for makers setting up or growing their businesses
  • Organised many fun community events such as Making Uncovered attended by 600+ people in 2014
  • Created numerous opportunities for local makers, teaming up with fantastic partners such as the Southbank Centre’s Women of The World market, Love Your Local Markets campaign, Diverse Gift shop, Brixton Market Traders Association and many others.
  • Collaborated with local friends such as the RemakeryBrixton Pound and Crafty Fox Market and global organisations like Etsy
  • Contributed to national thinking on the future of making through the Create Connect Sustain project and the RSA’s Power of Small programme.

There are many possibilities open to Makerhood – the new Board of directors will collectively update our future strategy.

Who can become a Director?

The project has been steered by 3 directors with the help of our wonderful volunteers. We’re now looking for new directors to join us with  experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Marketing, communications and social media
  • Running a business and/or developing a product or service
  • Fundraising
  • IT / software / web skills
  • Finance, legal skills and/or corporate governance skills
  • Other skills we haven’t thought of but you feel relevant!

We’d love you to be positive, friendly, committed to diversity, and happy to take responsibility in running the project with us.

These are voluntary posts with around 0.5 days per week commitment.

If you’re interested, please fill in this form by Monday 18 July.

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April Makers’ Club: Winning Workshops

Workshops can be a great way for artists, makers and designers to increase income, raise awareness of what they do and share the fun of making with others – but there’s a lot to think about when designing a successful workshop.

julie norburnMakerhoodie Julie Norburn of Art4Space in Stockwell will share her tips on what you need to think about planning your workshop as well as some handy hints on designing workshops for different groups including schools, family workshops and adult parties.

Julie has over 20 years’ experience of running workshops and is co-founder of Art4Space. She is a trained teacher and has run several accredited training courses for young people and adults. She has also been workshop leader for numerous festivals including Thames Festival, Notting Hill Carnival and Sydney Mardi Gras.

We will also make sure there is plenty of time for makers to meet, chat and get to know one another as you’ve told us you enjoy this!

When: Wednesday 20 April, 7-9pm
Where: Art4Space, Unit 1, 31 Jeffreys Road Stockwell, London SW4 6QU
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.

February Makers’ Club: Creative retail

Retail is a key way for creatives to sell their products – but it’s not always easy and there’s lots to think about! Our next Makers’ Club will look at working with permanent retailers as well as the ever popular option of pop-up shops.

  • AnitaAnita Thorpe, founder of Diverse Gift Shop in Brixton, will go over her tips on pitching your products to shops – how to present yourself and your product, what to think about before approaching retailers, and how to follow up.
     
     
    Bronwyn
  • Also Bronwyn Lowenthal will present her top 10 tips for running successful pop-up shops as well some handy hints on what to avoid in your location search. Brownyn started her womenswear brand Lowie in 2002. Lowie has had a number of pop-up shops in well known London locations such as Neal Street in Covent Garden, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush and The Truman Brewery.And of course you will have the chance to network with other creative businesses, exchange ideas and views and catch up on the latest creative gossip! 🙂

When: Tuesday 16 February, 7-8.45pm
Where: Lowie, 115 Dulwich Road London, SE24 0NQ GB
Cost: Free for Makers’ Club members, £5 for others – please book through Eventbrite.

Makerhoodie publishes book on party decorations

poms bookMany congratulations to Makerhoodie Juliet Carr of PaperPoms UK on the publication of her first book, Paper Pom-poms and Other Party Decorations.

Juliet has been a firm supporter of Makerhood, giving talks on how she made the leap from making poms at her kitchen table to becoming a fully-fledged business providing work for other people. And now she’s an author!

From eye-catching pom-poms to pretty garlands and stunning giant flowers, you’ll want to make every one of these wonderful paper decorations in her book. Begin with the classic pom-poms and make them in different sizes and colours for a real impact. Learn, too, how to make honeycomb balls and rosette snowflakes – all hanging decorations that will look great hung from the ceiling, in a window or on a Christmas tree.

The projects use a variety of paper materials, including tissue, card and crepe paper, as well as recycled magazine pages and wrapping paper – and no specialist craft experience is needed. Projects are quick and easy, especially with step-by-step photos to guide you along the way.

Paper Pom-poms and Other Party Decorations is published by Cico Books on 10 September, price £12.99.