RPS & L’Arche London Shop Relaunch 1st October

RPS & L'Arche London Shop relaunch
Poster created by Agnès Baumont/The Right Stuff Vintage.

 

YES! L’Arche and Rock Paper Scissors London are relaunching their shop in West Norwood next Thursday and we would love you to come for wine and nibbles… yum!

We may still be knee deep in paint, wood shavings and tools we are determined to be up and running whilst looking as stylish as possible.

Here’s some more photos of our refurb – L’Arche staff member Paul who also runs the Garden and lots more is a very handy man and is literally building shelving and the displays himself whilst a few RPS members faff about with paint ;-P

Note: this blog post is a copy of the RockPaperScissorsLondon.co.uk blog post as I run both so I’m allowed! 🙂

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Paul sorting emails as he still have to work whilst painting and building shelving!
Paul sorting emails as he still have to work whilst painting and building shelving!

We even roped in Aiden who had some spare time between meetings – did you know that L’Arche have been in that building for 40 years (L’Arche will be celebrating their 50th year soon!) and Aiden is the person raising funds to help improve their entire building as there are a few damp spots and crumbling bits so the place will be decorated again but it could be a few years before they have raised enough funds to do so.

Aiden & Elaine sorting the little office ready to have the holes filled and painted.
Aiden & Elaine sorting the little office ready to have the holes filled and painted.
So pleased that Paul has organised a new carpet… can’t wait to see that installed… here’s a reminder of the old one… ick…
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new carpet soon! thankfully. we had to fill in some holes in the floor and used some spare RPS leaflets to cover them otherwise people stepped in them!
So please come and visit us to say hi and have a nose at the new shiny white space on Thursday 1st October from 6pm – wine and nibbles (think there is some home baked goodies too!) included 😀

update: 30th September…

Apparently, there are shelving units that hate being painted and  repeatedly tries to repel it even after a coat of primer… gargh!

The night before the launch and we think that we will have it fairly presentable 🙂 if still needs work afterwards we think the wine, cakes, cakepops, snacks, nibbles and healthy stuff will make up for it 😀

Here’s some more photos and we have lots to do in the morning to be ready at 6pm!

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Paul drilling holes and Laura painting – me… faffing with my camera!
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it does look nicer than before!
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I’ve never thought of wearing a hat to paint but it’s a good idea – I tend to get paint all over me!

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Paul who works for L’Arche declared he doesn’t actually like DIY… we all stared at him as he was the one that volunteered to do all the work… and has proceeded to do most of the work!

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Rock Paper Scissors Artist Makers Collective at L’Arche West Norwood

In collaboration with The Open Works and Makerhood 26 Artist/Makers are selling their work at L’Arche in West Norwood.


Rock paper Scissors - a maker collective.

L’Arche

L'Arche Handmade Gift Shop & Workshop for Locals in West Londonhttp://www.larche.org.uk/

http://www.larchelondon.org.uk/

L’ Arche own members create these fab candles which are for sale all year long – great for gifts and come in a range of sizes and colours.
Rock Paper Scissors at L'Arche in West Norwood

They also sell cards, ornaments and other handmade items in workshops for local people with or without learning disabilities.

The Open Works

It’s free to join which I did just the other week 🙂

THE OPEN WORKS IS A LAMBETH COUNCIL PROJECT – they work with locals on ideas, projects, workshops (check out their tradeschool which is free to attend!)

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Local Residents collaborating to build a sustainable future. (click image to visit their page)

click the image above to visit their website which will tell you all about their projects (Update 2015 – a report of the project is now available)


Makerhood

I’ve mentioned Makerhood several times before – I’ve just noticed that their website has been updated so please go check it out – only £25 for a years membership where you get the chance to attend lots of workshops, meet ups and support for your creative ideas. You don’t have to actually sell anything but maybe interested in turning your hobby or skills into a small side business or even go full time.

It does help to have others to talk to and just help you feel it’s a possibility rather than just a pipe dream!

Makerhood Lambeth - Artist, Makers Collective


Lots of Artwork, prints, illustration and stamps, wine cosies, b

The Shop

It’s a small shop that has a workshop attached and they sell prints, cards, candles, wine glass cosies, stamps, toys, cushions, jewellery, clothing, stationary, bags, and more so great for the up coming Christmas season – they will be featuring the work up to Christmas but may also go on to January 2015.

 

My work on the top shelf and a few on the others… prints, cards, mini framed prints, and cushion covers (linen mix & cotton versions)
My work on the top shelf (prints, cushion covers with other make

My jewellery & cushion (with pad) all hanging around on an antler!Some more of my work hanging around on some antlers!

Everyone loves the frog but it’s not for sale – it was hand dry needle felted with home spun fleece directly off a sheep… hand dyed too! The sale price would be huge for the amount of work involved.

People loved the frog but it's not for sale :-(

how cute is this little guy! (made by the same person who created the frog above)
Another little cute character is looking for a new home.

Making a Sale!!!

Making a sale! Most of the Artist/Makers will be behind the desk
The shop is open on different days until different times – I will post that info up when I get told the exact opening times – the Artist / Makers will be selling the work on different days as well.

 


 

I will also blog about Makerhoodies who are featuring at the lovely Diverse Gifts (including me!) on Coldhabour Lane again this Christmas – the launch in this Thursday 6th November and there is a 10% discount on Makerhoodies work that day.

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