Mentoring month with Etsy UK: Coupon code sale 10% off

etsyThroughout July, 10 Makerhoodies worked incredibly hard as part of Etsy UK mentoring month. Using the fantastic resources provided by Etsy UK makers revisited their photography and branding, tags and titles, SEO, pricing, shipping and marketing, carried out shop critiques, brainstormed their ideal customers and planned social media strategies. And they continued making of course…

To celebrate all of this work we’re having an Etsy coupon code sale.  Until 14 August 2013 you can get 10% off all items in the makers’ Etsy shops by entering the code MMSALE when you checkout.

You can read all about mentoring month in this Etsy UK blog post. Two other Etsy teams took part, the Brighton Sellers and British Crafters. The Brighton Sellers team is participating in the coupon code sale too and you can see all the makers taking part here.

Here’s a little preview of the beautiful things the Makerhoodies have on offer:

Hunted and Stuffed

Apollo moon landing cushion by Hunted & StuffedLuxury homeware brand specialising in upcycling rare and beautiful vintage textiles.  Quirky printed tea towels from the 1950s onwards become striking bench cushions or handmade aprons. Vintage silk scarves get reborn as floor cushions. Ornate gilt brocade wedding kimonos are transformed into unique luxury wedding gifts. We hunt for unusual and rare textiles, redesign and repurpose them to create beautiful, unique pieces for the home.

Opian

Organic cotton top by OpianOPIAN is a label ready-to-wear and accessories for women run by Chloé masson. Created in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, we are now based in London, England. All of our items are made out of organic, recycled, retrived or re-used materials, in order to limit the negative environmental impact on the environment. Most items are handmade and manufactured in small quantities or even one of a kind which makes them more exlusive. OPIAN style fits in a modern and minimalist feel while maintaining a comfortable look. OPIAN’s brand caters to a clientele that seeks to reconcile fashion and commitment.

DreamyMeIsMe

Children's illustration by Dreamy MeNo matter how many stories have been told, no matter how many images have been drawn, there are always new stories to be told, there are always new images to draw. I create artist books where my images can be coloured or used to make other people’s stories. Unique, exclusive prints. Only limited editions. Great opportunity to purchase the lovely academic calendars and other back to school prints

Flextiles

Indigo shibori scarf by FlextilesI’m a textile artist working mainly with wet felt and indigo dyeing. I like experimenting with textiles – which I define quite loosely, so I include felt, yarn, plastic, paper, metal and more. The beauty of making items from scratch is that each one is unique. So if you see something that you quite like but would prefer a different size/colour/shape, get in touch! I’d be happy to make something to your requirements.

KPictures

Brixton Market print by KPicturesI am a freelance illustrator living and working in the wilds of South London. I am a displaced (misplaced) Canadian, having found a home and inspiration in jolly ole’ Blighty. I love to draw ideas to life and am open to any and all illustrative projects. I welcome commissions so please contact me if you have any questions.

Prickle press

Stationery by Prickle pressI hand-print cards, prints and various stationery on my vintage LETTERPRESS in Brixton, London using luxurious and environmentally friendly papers and inks. Each piece of card is fed through the press, piled, cut and enveloped by hand. The result is something you will instantly want to stroke, collect, frame or gift away.

Rags&Tatters

Embroidered gift tag by Rags & TattersDelight in texture, in the age of objects and in making them. I hope you enjoy browsing my individually designed and handmade items. Made in my loft studio in London, UK.

 

 

If you’re a member of Makerhood’s Makers’ Club you can see all of the resources we used for mentoring month in the forums.

If you’re interested in taking part in future mentoring events let us know at hello@makerhood.com

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Meet the makers: Sinéad Koehler

Jewellery maker Sinéad Koehler has a packed schedule – she tells us about her hand-crafted wedding and running the Crafty Fox pop-up market at the Dogstar in Brixton

1. You make jewellery from found objects, which fits in well with the current trend for upcycling/recycling. Where did you get the idea for that?
I was looking for a creative outlet, away from my day job. I used to make jewellery when I was a girl, and I’m always buying jewellery, so it seemed an obvious choice. It takes quite a bit of time to track down the different objects – some I buy online, others I get from charity shops or by using bits of old jewellery. I never really expected to sell anything – but I opened up a shop on Etsy and then got some press coverage, which really helped. I still only do it for a hobby, though, as I’m a bit scared about taking the leap into a full-time business!

2. And from that you started the Crafty Fox pop-up market at the Dogstar in Brixton?
Well, organising events is my day job, so setting up a market is actually closer to my core skills than making jewellery! In fact, the jewellery making has been a bit sidelined recently, what with getting married and promoting the Crafty Fox.

3. Where did the name of the Crafty Fox come from?
I love foxes, and there are lots of them around Brixton, so it seemed a good link to the area. I also planned to get my friend jimbobart involved, and he’s great at drawing animals, so I knew he would be able to produce some great fun characters.

4. You mention getting married recently. I gather it was quite a crafty wedding!
We wanted to put as much of our own personalities into it as possible – handmade stuff is what we’re all about. The dress was a big problem – I thought I’d enjoy shopping for one, but I hated it. Then I thought of my mum’s wedding dress, which had been handmade, and used local contacts to find a dressmaker to alter it. And a friend made us an amazing cake – I left it entirely up to her, as I had so many other things to think about! You can read more about the wedding on my blog.

5. Does your husband make things as well?
Stephan doesn’t make things, but he’s passionate about music and he knows about promotion. He acts as my sounding board and is the DJ at Crafty Fox markets.

6. You’re originally from Northern Ireland – how long have you lived in Brixton?
I’ve lived in Brixton for three years now, and was in Clapham before that. We were renting in Clapham and started looking for somewhere to buy. When agents wanted to show us places in Brixton we weren’t very keen at first, but I love it now!

7. So with all your involvement with Etsy and Crafty Fox, why did you sign up with Makerhood?
Makerhood is a really interesting concept and I want to support the idea. Etsy has set up local groups but hasn’t really nailed it. I think there’s room for both – and the idea of encouraging people to buy locally really suits Brixton. I can see it working outside London too – anywhere where there’s a hub or community of makers.

8. Finally, what’s your top tip for a bit of “unknown Brixton”?
Before I moved to Brixton I went on a photo treasure hunt organised by Shoot Experience. We had to solve clues and take photos of the answers, which were then put on display at Photofusion Gallery. It helped me discover things about Brixton I didn’t know about, like the murals and the history of Windrush Square.

The next Crafty Fox pop-up market is on 1 September at the Dogstar, Brixton, 6-10pm.

You can see Sinéad’s original jewellery at http://brixton.makerhood.com/galavant