Makerhood at Urban Art

Makerhood will again be having a pitch at the Urban Art Fair on Josephine Avenue, Brixton, on 13 and 14 July.

Kristina Glushkova of Makerhood with local MP Chuka Umunna at last year's Urban Art Fair
Kristina Glushkova of Makerhood with local MP Chuka Umunna at last year’s Urban Art Fair

With more than 200 artists on exhibiting, this annual al fresco event offers a wonderful opportunity to see a staggering range of art, talk to the artists about their work, and buy direct.

This year there will also be special street art area, where artists will be creating live work, including spraying a London tube train, which will be exhibited in Windrush Square the following week.

The Makerhood pitch number is S11 – it’s one of the panels in the pedestrianised part of the street. The artists exhibiting will be:

kaylene alderKaylene Alder Kaylene is a displaced Canadian whose quirky illustrations are inspired by the scenes around her in good ole’ London town, from local landmarks to urban wildlife.

clare smithCAS Clare Smith works in acrylics on canvas, usually from photographs. Her paintings include London landmarks as well as family portraits and commissions.

ray stanbrookRay Stanbrook Ray’s distinctive graphic prints and cards of south London are extremely popular with local residents. As well as Brixton, he features Clapham, Crystal Palace, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, Dulwich and Forest Hill.

The Urban Art Fair is on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, 10am-6pm.

Creative collaboration in Brixton

Photo by Owen Llewellyn

Makerhood member Eight B Design has collaborated with another Brixton business, Giant Sparrows, to produce a novel range of mobile phone cases featuring street art by international artists, including Banksy.  The designs were once found in the Waterloo area but have now been painted over by other artists, reflecting the temporary nature of street art.

Chris Patton, who runs Eight B Design, says, “Each piece of street art tells someone’s story and we may never find out more about them.  I found that thought very moving, and by photographing this artwork and turning it into designs for everyday objects such as mobile phones, it is valued and preserved.”

Chris was already using his photographs to create original greetings cards, gift tags and notebooks, which he sells through Makerhood and at local markets.  He met Christa Demetriou from Giant Sparrows at his stall at Brixton Makers’ Market one Saturday morning.

Giant Sparrows is a new Brixton-based company that allows people to personalise their mobile phone case with their own images or inspiring art and design from a growing roster of artists.

Christa says, “We’d been looking for great images of street art since we launched in September, so I was really excited to come across Chris’s designs right on our doorstep. We have an eclectic mix of artworks from Van Gogh and Hokusai to contemporary artists and film makers, so Chris’s work fits right in with our motto Find Art, Make Art, Share Art.

“The cases are made of high-quality, shatterproof polycarbonate with the image embedded deep into the cover so it won’t scratch, fade or peel off. This means that, as well as having ‘a little art history in your pocket’, your phone is well protected.”

We’re delighted that by working with Brixton Market Traders Federation and Brixton Village, Makerhood is helping to create opportunities for local artists, designers and manufacturers to get together, share ideas and create new products. This latest venture is further evidence that Brixton is becoming the creative hub of south London.