Introducing Rock, Paper, Scissors

Outside of Rock, Paper, Scissors shop at L'Arche LondonA little less than two months ago we advertised an opportunity for our makers to be involved in a community-oriented pop-up shop in West Norwood over the Christmas period. This post describing the shop is by one of the makers involved, Annahita Mansoori, who creates luxury printed stationery under the name of CL.AM Correspondence.

 

 

 

Rock Paper Scissors is a new pop-up retail space, shared by a collective of local creatives looking to showcase their wares, and be a part of the blossoming West Norwood art and design community. The pop-up is a collaborative partnership between Makerhood and West Norwood’s sustainable community project The Openworks, and is kindly hosted by learning disability charity L’arche at No. 9-13 West Norwood High Street.

The pop-up retail space enables local crafters through to new start-ups, to experienced entrepreneurs a chance to sell to the public in a shop environment, gaining invaluable skills and feedback, while feeling supported as part of a collective. From designer/makers, to photographers, to stationery and craft-there is a host of beautiful handmade wares on offer from over 20 local makers. We are also delighted to now be selling West Norwood Feast merchandise, alongside handmade cards and candles by the L’arche community.

Handmade goods for sale at Rock, Paper, ScissorsThere will be creative workshops run from L’arche with ‘The Stitch’ already well underway for all budding sewers. Run by local sewing enthusiast Tara every Saturday 11am-1pm, this is a chance to sew, knit, tailor, upholster or craft at any ability, while having a gossip with fellow stitch fans!

 

Candles by L'Arche LondonWith Christmas now under a month away, the shop will be open from 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday and is the perfect stop-off for unique and original handmade gifts. So this year please support your local community, boycott corporate retail, and #shoplocal for your nearest and dearest!

 

Handmade fox in Rock, Paper, ScissorsWe’ll be taking part in Small Business Saturday on 6/7 December and we’re hosting a launch party from 18.30 – 20.30 on Wednesday 3 December so there are plenty of chances for you to pop in, meet some of the makers and do your Christmas shopping – hope you can join us!

 

For upcoming Xmas events and news follow us on Twitter @RPS_SE27 or on Facebook www.facebook.com/RockPaperScissors.SE27 

All photos ©RunnyCustard

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“Journalists love freebies”

Our panellists, from left, Kim Winter (Makerhood), Tim Dickens (Brixton Blog), Fiona Douglas (Oh Sew Brixton) and Helen Ward (West Norwood Feast)

As Kim mentioned here, last Thursday Makerhood held a joint event with West Norwood Business Club at Portico Gallery on Knights Hill, where our knowledgable and friendly experts answered questions from makers and business people.

Our host John Price from Portico Gallery

The audience came from Brixton, West Norwood and even as far away as Streatham (I’m kidding, Streatham – it was great to meet you). They asked intelligent questions such as “What’s the best way to keep in touch with your regular customers?”, “As a local business what’s the best way to approach local press?” and “Do you think goody bags are a good way to promote your business?”

As you can imagine, given the successful businesses and organisations that our panellists represent, their advice and tips were practical, insightful and – most importantly – easy to follow for any maker or small business. Advice such as offering something extra in your newsletter to keep people reading, making sure you have new information when you contact your customers, and using social media, local forums and meet ups to promote events are simple – yet our panellists prove how effective they can be.

One of the pieces of advice I found most interesting was how to approach journalists (not surprisingly, the title of this post comes from this part of the event!). Tim Dickens described how to begin to build a relationship with journalists and how to present your information in a way that makes it easy for journalists to see its value. That’s useful knowledge for anyone trying to get their work noticed!

We’d like to say a big thank you to John Price and Portico Gallery for hosting this event and providing drinks, to West Norwood Business Club for collaborating with us and to our panellists for sharing their experience. And of course, thanks to everyone who came along and took part.