Diverse Makerhood Festive Showcase 2018

The Diverse Makerhood Festive Showcase will run from 1 – 31 December 2018. On the launch day of 1 December customers will be offered free drinks and nibbles while they browse.

Diverse is at 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LF. If you can’t get there in person, have a look at their new website!

This year the following makers are taking part:

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.

Artist and maker Gabriela Szulman creates pictures, greeting cards, jewellery and decorative objects with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage. She also runs regular workshops in her south London studio.

Cecilia Washburn is a textile designer and illustrator who studied fashion design, specialising in printed textiles, at Ravensbourne in London. She has since been working in the fashion industry as a textile designer and continues to do so alongside producing original artwork, prints, stationery and cards.

Snezana Nikolic of Y Kairos tailors beautiful clothes for children that she sells at craft markets and by working to private commission. The clothes are lined and use high quality fabrics that mean your child will have a look of distinct class. She also makes baby accessories.

Annie Crimp is a mosaic artist, making mosaics for the home and garden. She loves to upcycle and uses all manner of materials, from car windscreen glass to broken jewellery – in fact anything she can lay my hands on! She also has a jewellery range which she makes using old damaged vintage china.

Miri Shalom came across gorgeous druzy crystals in 2015 and was instantly totally enamoured by their raw beauty and the fact that each crystal was unique in its shape and size. This opened up a whole new world as she started learning about the meanings of all the different types of crystals, and their healing properties.This was the perfect route to take her passion for jewellery making to a deeper and more spiritual level. Collections feature crystals, hand-crochet, tassels and intricate bead work.

Amy Rose Tucker of A.R.T Designs has been hand making personalised and bespoke frames for happy customers since 2011. All frames are handmade with love to the highest quality, using sustainable materials. Each one is unique and is as special to her as it is to her customers.

“Reuse, remake, relove” is the motto of Kim Winter of Flextiles. Her interest in sustainability led her to start upcycling, creating one-off pieces by buying items from charity shops and overdyeing with indigo using resist dyeing techniques. Each piece is different, so she doesn’t get bored, and her buyers know they are getting something unique. The charities benefit – and so does the environment, as extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.


Catherine Rose’s festive pom poms and ceramic tile coasters are sure to brighten up your home this Christmas.

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Meet the partners: Anita Thorpe, Diverse

Makerhood has many partners and collaborators who work with us to promote the work of local makers and offer them special discounts or exclusive opportunities. So we thought it was time to shine a spotlight on some of them. Here, Anita Thorpe, owner of Diverse, an independent gift shop in Brixton, explains how she has benefited from her collaboration with Makerhood.

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Tell us about how you started your shop, Diverse.
I was a self-employed trainer in the not-for-profit sector, training managers and their staff in how to do their jobs more effectively. I also traded at Brixton Market in Brixton Station Road at weekends, selling sterling silver jewellery. This was seen to be quite risky at the time, selling silver jewellery on a market stall in Brixton – because of Brixton’s reputation at the time – but it went really well and I realised it could work as a shop.

So I started my first shop in 1999 at 54 Atlantic Road. I was there for six years, then at 62 Atlantic Road for five years, then at 65 Atlantic Road for one year! Then the opportunity came up to be somewhere more central, on Coldharbour Lane, so I’ve been there since Christmas.

How did you get involved with Makerhood?
I got a call from someone asking if I could do a presentation at a Makerhood meeting. But I was still running training courses and I was doing a training session in the Midlands, so I asked Jane Doxey, with whom I was working at the time, to do the Makerhood meeting instead. Jane did the meeting and developed the link with Makerhood.

Then at Christmas 2012, Jane suggested bringing in local makers to sell in the shop. We’ve always bought from individual makers as well as from gift companies, but had never featured the makers in this way. So we set up our Makers in the Hood promotion – mainly but not exclusively with Makerhood makers. It was phenomenal – it worked really well. We got a lot of attention through the press and social media – one of the benefits of partnering with a local initiative is it creates a story.

So we did it again in the spring – we didn’t sell quite as much as at Christmas but it still went well. We learned from that, and when we did the Makerhood promotion this Christmas we had stricter criteria for inclusion (Makerhood members only), an interview procedure, and offered some higher value items.

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What have been the benefits to you of collaborating with Makerhood?

  • Giving customers what they want – they like to hear about the provenance of what they’re buying and the story behind local makers.
  • Press/publicity – featured makers and Makerhood spread the word through social media and press. Sometimes makers come into the shop with their entire family!
  • Helping people to learn – this can be infuriating sometimes but I enjoy helping the makers to become better business people. That makes for an easier and more profitable relationship for both parties.
  • Helps keeping both the makers and my business in touch with trends and needs – I can give the makers customer feedback; they give me more insight into how things are developing in the creative world.
  • I’m a showcase for Brixton talent – as the area gets more visitors, this is important – and it helps keep money in the local community.
  • The work is unique – it’s not all over the high street; that gives my business a point of difference.
  • I get to make links with other businesses – for example, I had a call from a maker about another gift shop that might be interested in working with local makers in a similar way.
  • Positive perception of the business – partnering with local people really helps to integrate your business in the community. I often hear people referring to Diverse as “their” gift shop!
  • Social responsibility – it’s a way of building and giving back to the community that supports your business.

So what would be your advice to other businesses considering collaborating with Makerhood?
I’d say get involved! You will gain as much personally and as a business as the makers will, and on so many different levels – including the bottom line! It will affect people’s perception of your business in a very positive way, and help raise your profile.

I’d be very happy to talk to anyone who is wondering whether to become a Makerhood partner.

Diverse is at 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF. You can follow Anita on Twitter @diversebrixton

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.

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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.

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Makers in the Hood

MITH CollageThis Christmas, Brixton giftshop Diverse is showcasing Brixton creative talent through its “Makers in the Hood” event.

There are 16 makers taking part, offering a wide range of hand-made products, such as artwork, toys, natural products, jewellery, accessories and more. The event runs until the end of the year.

Many of the makers taking part are members of Makerhood; in fact, the idea for Makers in the Hood came about because there are so many local makers wanting to sell their products through local shops.

Diverse’s owner, Anita Thorpe, says: “This is a ‘win-win situation’ for everyone, as many of my customers are looking for something unique and prefer to buy local if they can.”

In addition to having products for sale, each day one maker will have a special offer and be profiled in the Diverse blog.

You can read more about Makers in the Hood and see participants’ profiles by visiting Diverse’s website and blog.