My first speed dating experience… thankfully it was with members of Makerhood and a skill share rather than the usual type of speed dating 😉
Meeting at the Impact Hub Brixton which is at the Lambeth Town Hall, which is a creative hub so the Makerhood team do meet there fairly often – I haven’t been for awhile as the Rock Paper Scissors group and The Stitch have kept me busy so it was nice to meet up with a few people I hadn’t seen for awhile.
You can see more photos taken at the Stitch on their website (I have put some on there already as I’ve been the one taking them) or you can click the images on this page and you can see the whole gallery of images.
Each week ‘themes’ are set but people can just pop in with their own project to do instead or maybe learn crochet or knitting, sew a skirt, fix a hole in a favourite shirt etc – some upcycling projects have been done already and the plan is to do more – they are open to suggestions so leave a comment on their website.
Men are also welcome so ideas for projects for guys would be great – there is a pinterest board as well.
Dry Needle Felting
We had a go at dry needle felting and one of our members made this!! how cool is this Japanese character 🙂
I made this cat… he needs more stripes and I might make his bum bigger… he will be a doll for a cat doll ;-P
I’ve mentioned that I am part of the Rock Paper Scissors group of Artist and Handmade crafters who are members of The Open Works and Makerhood Lambeth.
In November 2014 we started at L’Arche (next to St Luke’s Church in West Norwood) with 20 members selling their designs, artwork and craft items which went rather well.
This will continue in February with a few new people but the project has expanded and now there is a version 2!
RPS 2 is the James Wilson Cafe (name subject to change):
There is a plan to rename the cafe (public vote or competition?) and redecorate as it still looks like a Letting Agents!
It is a community space for workshops, meetings, freelancers, lone home workers and more… so including local makers and artists helps the community support each other. (free Wifi!)
Here’s a few more images – more handmade/artwork is to be added soon and an official ‘launch’ in a few weeks time – I will update with more information when I can! click on the slideshow to see them on my main website.
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.
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!)
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)
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!
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 jewellery & cushion (with pad) all hanging around on an antler!
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.
how cute is this little guy! (made by the same person who created the frog above)
Making a Sale!!!
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.
I am helping the Makerhood Lambeth group with a few things and one has been setting up an Etsy Team where we hope to promote each other and also help newbies to Etsy set up their shop.
I’m trying out the team page that Etsy captains can set up and I’ve created a list that shows the current members who have signed up to Etsy! (ergh… just realised why I prefer to self host blogs as the wordpress.com version wont allow embedding of etsy widgets!) – this is just a screen grab… click on it to visit the actual makerhood page!
If you are already a Makerhood member and you are interested in joining Etsy and setting up a shop then please join the team on Etsy and we will all help you find out more if you are new! I know the Makerhood Organisers are hoping to have a meet up soon for people who want to know more before signing up – we hope to set up teams who will go teach different stages of setting up… newbies, people who want to know more about tagging/descriptions and promotion etc… so keep an eye out for that newsletter!
If you are a creative maker, artist etc living in Lambeth, London then please check out Makerhood and it’s £25 to join for the year and you get to go to lots of workshops for free and everyone helps to promote you via social media too.
I’ve been to several which have ranged from pricing of your work, social media, selling to shops and last Tuesday night we had a talk on ‘Dazzling Displays’ given by Juliet Carr from Paperpoms UK and Setbox.
you can see what past events they had listed here and also see what talks are coming up… Eventbrite Makerhood Makerhood websitetoo! Its was a shame that Ellie Kidson is a Visual Retail Specialist and oversees training and development for the Metamorphosis Group was forced to cancel but she has promised to give a talk soon 🙂 Here’s some photos that I took for Makerhood.
This is a demo store for testing purposes — no orders shall be fulfilled. Dismiss