It’s been a frantic weekend, with a Makerhood stall at the Urban Art Fair in Josephine Avenue, a Makerhood workshop with Pam Williams at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, and handing out Makerhood flyers at the show and around Brixton Village.
Oh – and did we mention that the Makerhood website went live at noon on Saturday? Since then, we’ve had more than 1,000 unique visitors and almost 12,000 page views. More importantly, we’ve made our first sales and had lots of new members signing up. People have also started chatting on the forums.
Some of the great comments we’ve had so far:
“The website is a brilliant idea :)”
“Can you set one up in provincial Mozambique?”
“It looks marvellous…Congratulations!”
“Just found out about Makerhood – what a great idea! From first glance the website looks fab. Will be investigating further when back home.”
“Makerhood is a fantastic local community resource and the outcome of a very participatory design process.”
“South Londoners, Makerhood looks cool and very promising!”
“Everyone, check out Makerhood & buy locally-made stuff in Brixton – after a year of hard work, they went live today!”
“Makerhood – loving your new site guys – thanks for what you do and well done!”
As we’ve explained, the site is still in beta – this means that you can buy and sell through the site, but we’re still adding new features and styling and ironing out any bugs. So do go and have a look and let us know what you think!
This weekend is going to be a busy one for Makerhood. We’ll have a stall at the Urban Art Fair on Josephine Avenue, and we’ll also be running a sketching workshop and handing out publicity flyers at the Lambeth Country Show.
Urban Art is London’s largest annual al fresco art fair, so it’s a good chance for us to spread the word about Makerhood to both makers and buyers. We also hope to be able to show visitors a working version of our website – how exciting!
As part of our stall, we’ll have six members of Makerhood exhibiting (and hopefully selling!) some of their work.
Elena Blanco is a Spanish artist and illustrator living in Herne Hill. She studied architecture in Barcelona and is inspired by great Catalan artists such as architect Antoni Gaudi and designer Javier Mariscal, as well as 19th-century Japanese prints. She will be selling limited edition digital prints.
Morgan Tipping is inspired by journeys that she has taken in the UK and Europe and from living in India. Her paintings are on ceramic, paper and board – vast landscapes, misty horizons and haunting faces. Since 2010 she’s been painting crowds: crowds of pilgrims in India and crowds wading through flooded streets in Bangladesh, as well as images of post-war rationing of the 1950s in Britain.
Chris Patton is a graphic designer and photographer, who will be selling greeting cards, notebooks and labels. His love of pattern and vivid colour results in products that are contemporary, striking, diverse and quirky.
Emily Wilkinson is an illustrator, artist and mapper. A professional image-maker and a hobbyist maker of tactile objects, she is inspired by many interests, including ecology, fiction, psychology, poetry, food, learning, language, education, femininity and gender, and communities.
Ray Stanbrook is an experienced graphic designer from south London. He’ll be selling a range of graphic prints and screen prints – all inspired by Brockwell Park.
Gillian Arnold is an artist based in south-east London. She is originally from Belfast, and has a masters degree in textiles from Chelsea College of Art. Gillian prints her own fabric for wall art, fashion and furnishing accessories, as well as working on private commissions.
Urban Art Fair is open 10am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 July, on Josephine Avenue, SW2. It’s just around the corner from Brockwell Park, so you can also visit the Lambeth Country Show. So come and meet us and some of our makers!