Two Great Events at L’Arche & RPS 12th December

Would you like to give your loved ones something special for Christmas, help your local charity, local makers AND have HUGE FUN?

Come visit L’Arche & RPS on Saturday in West Norwood as we have two events that you will love.

(Kids welcome!)

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RPS are local Artists and makers who create one of a kind work which ranges from kids home decor, toys, jewellery, Art, Prints, Ceramics, Cards and don’t forget L’Arche handmade Christmas decoupage decorations, jewellery, wreaths and lots more – come see!

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L’Arche Candle Making Workshop – includes Candle, Cake & Greeting Card

L'Arche Candle making Workshop 12th December

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L’Arche are holding their 2nd, extremely popular candle making workshop.

It starts at 11 am and finishes at 4 pm – be prompt as the introduction will go through each step.
Candles also need time to cool down before the bottom is flattened.

£15 admission fee for 1 Candle, 1 Christmas Card & Cake.
The admission fee goes to the charity.

Please RSVP: craft.london@larche.org.uk

click the image below to see more photographs of the first Candle Making Workshop at L’Arche.

Candle Wax - looks like sweets!

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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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L’Arche Open Garden – Plants and Flowers…

… Jam, Cake and Tea

Some photos taken at the L’Arche Open Garden on Saturday 5th September 2015.
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Music, Tea and Cake – plus some lovely smelling fresh waffles 😀

Love the shape of this… L'Arche Open Garden 2015

I’m terrible at naming plants and flowers so I hope to find out more soon.
L'Arche Open Garden 2015

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RPS Collective decorating L’Arche shop

The Rock Paper Scissor London members and the staff at L’Arche London will be redecorating the shop/foyer of the West Norwood branch.

We start this weekend – 29th August and hope to get most of the work done over the bank holiday and following week.

We plan to have a relaunch VIP party on the 1st October so please keep an eye for that as we will have wine, nibbles and cake – yay!

A huge thank you to the following people for their contributions:

Ivana on twitter @ivanabasicactor – responded to my tweet for paint donations and dropped of some white paint and a couple of brushes

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Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage – responded to our Facebook plea and will supply us with five pots of white paint.

Diverse Gifts - Coldhabour Lane BrixtonAnita from Diverse Gifts gave us some very long floating shelves to use and went to great lengths (no pun intended) to get them which included emptying her whole storage unit as the shelves were at the bottom and back (isn’t it always!!!) and then helped me wheel them on a trolley down from Brixton Hill to her shop in torrential rain – then she took the trolley back up the hill (had dodgy steering) and I then took the shelves home – a 15 minute walk turned into an hour of pigeon steps, lots of breaks and several buckets of sweat (ick). Which I had to do twice as I can’t carry 5 of those shelves in one go – I have to go back in the morning for the last small version – I spent the rest of the evening lying on my sofa until midnight when I actually started to do the other things that needed to be done. (one being this blog post!)

I am not carrying them to West Norwood!

We could do with some carpet but I’m guessing we are too late for that! hint hint 🙂

Before photos of the shop area:

I will be taking photos during and after 🙂

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Making Posters and Websites for Local Communities

I’ve not blogged for awhile yet I feel that I have because I’ve been doing it elsewhere!

I’ve started a private forum for Rock Paper Scissors – London Members and a website – very early days on the website so only 4 members so far – more to be added soon.

I made a simple website for The Stitch in West Norwood (hosted at L’Arche and these are all through the Lambeth Council ‘The Open Works‘).

We made a banner for the Bzz Garage featuring little dry needle felted Bees and lots of crafty floral items – I made the central Bee which I’m rather pleased with (not the text part) – the first version went horribly wrong though.

Some of the 'Stitchees' putting the banner together
Some of the ‘Stitchees’ putting the banner together

I have also been taking photographs for them as helping out so for someone who is unemployed I’ve been busy!!

I’ve spent today (besides applying to jobs) have been making up some posters that could be used as a fundraiser for The Stitch who will be selling items made by the ‘stitchees’ at The Feast at St Luke’s Church – West Norwood on the 7th June 2015.

The Feast - first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Feast – first Sunday of each month (April to December)
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner
The Stitch Bzz Garage Banner (it’s huge & I need to take a better photo!)

Fundraiser Poster Ideas…

Using the Stitch logo I’ve made a poster – vector with textures added and a little ‘light painting’ to give the sewing machine some depth.

The Stitch poster design four colour versions

 

These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?The Stitch Poster Design

I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…

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Caroline Hands – Painter & Mixed Media Artist

I’m also helping a lifelong traditional painter with all her work and photography – helping her learn Lightroom and to create her own greeting cards and to aid her creation of a book that shows her travels and the artwork she has produced throughout her long international career – you can view her work, and video created by the R&A collaborations at Caroline Hands 

She also creates Batiks and large Copper artworks such as these – love them!

Caroline Hands Copper Plates
Caroline Hands Copper Plates

 

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Rock Paper Scissors – Makers Collective

A little update on the Rock Paper Scissors Art Collective Shop that L’Arche, Makerhood and The Open Works have organised.

In their own words…

  • Rock Paper Scissors is a new box shop at L’Arche in West Norwood. (to the left of St Luke’s Church).Discover a curated collection of quality handmade products by a group of local makers.
  • Rock Paper Scissors is a new collective box shop helping residents test trade to grow their retail ideas. The shop was set up as a partnership between Open Works, Makerhood and L’Arche in West Norwood.
  • The shop is full of locally made and curated products from 25 makers, who are running the shop together as a group. L’Arche also have their own range of products, including pieces made in their own workshop.
  • Come and visit – find out more about the project and how you can get involved, meet the makers, and get some early Christmas shopping done!
  • Open Hours –  5-8pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday Feast Days.
  • Follow them on Facebook and on Twitter at @RPS_SE27 for details of their upcoming launch and future events.

How Much is that Cat in the Window?

I sneaked in my cat plush toy – my other products are photographic (prints, framed, cards, cushion covers and jewellery) but I thought this little guy might bring in the customers 😉  (Instagram pic)

Cat toy in L'Arche London UK & RPS shop in West Norwood

West Norwood’s Christmas Tree will go up the first week of December and there will be a children’s workshop to make decorations – I will update when I find out more – the proposed date at the moment is the 30th November.

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We are still tweaking things and plan to create some posters and have an official launch day that will feature CAKE!!! YAY.

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Caught in the act of faffing with the window display 🙂 (Instagram pic)

Tweaking the window display at L'Arche London UK & RPS

 

The Franglaise Mummy Website has featured an article on ‘Feeling Good About Christmas Shopping’ and have mentioned Rock Paper Scissors.

 

 

Click below to view the Photos I took on the first day of setting up the shop.

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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.


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L’Arche

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

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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.
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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!

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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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