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.
I plan to attend this next week and whilst, I know a fair bit in theory, I think having someone else’s point of view will be extremely useful. (no spaces left as now full).
I think it’s possible to get lost in all the information that is available and I’ve been reading and watching a lot of information on the subject – online courses, books, RSS feeds to many blogs/websites and organisations that I’ve signed up to and I do feel somewhat fatigued – sometimes it’s useful to hear from a human being that is stood in front of you which helps to clarify and shift through any jumbled thoughts you have on the subject.
Plus, going over the basics again can be brilliant at reminding yourself of things that may have been forgotten or dismissed previously because it just didn’t ‘click’ at the time.
Easy Ways to Grow Your Online Presence…
Do you want to make sure that people can find you when searching for the type of product or service you sell? Are you already doing social media? There are lots of other techniques small businesses should consider to attract more customers, even on a budget. This class will help you understand the basics of two major digital marketing channels and how it can benefit your business. The class will be interactive so you can easily apply what you have learnt.
Bring one of the following:
Blog (or any other online post) about the class – you are looking at mine! Design help – of what I ‘m not sure yet – will update afterwards. Enthusiasm! I’m quietly enthusiastic 🙂 Nibbles or drinks for the class– yay, biscuits! Your business card – always have those but tend to forget to give them out.
About the teacher, Vanessa Fullerton-Batten
Marketer with a digital focus, having worked for 15+ years in sales and marketing for different sized organisations from start-ups through to large corporations. Now run my own digital marketing company for small businesses, www.vfbmarketing.com. I’ve lived in West Norwood for the last 7 years.
6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.
James Wilson Coffee Shop 357 Norwood Road London SE27 9BQ GB
The Open Works Trade School project
This is through The Open Works Trade School project – you can see a selection of their other projects here – click to visit and have a look yourself – they are generally free and some have a simple barter element but all in fun!
I’m part of The Stitch and several members are setting up a website which we hope to launch soon.
I’m also part of the Rock Paper Scissors collective and we have 2 venues L’Arche next to St Luke’s Church (where they hold the Feast Sunday) in West Norwood and the James Wilson Cafe in Tulse Hill (next to the train station – turn right!) and apparently there could be a 3rd option in Streatham 🙂
I fancy doing the clay version but I need to use some time in trying to find a job… work wanted 😀
They are ending this year long project soon but the individual projects will continue – there tends to be a crossover of people in them so there is still a link between them all which is great.
This was a project with Lambeth Council and they didn’t know if it would be successful and they plan to review/research the outcome over the next few months.
Personally I think it’s a great idea and it’s a shame I didn’t know about sooner – I found them through the Makerhood group – it’s so useful to have these links, I really wasn’t bought up with any type of community so I’m finding it interesting and hope it all continues!
Get feedback at our product surgery – Makerhood
The following evening I have a Makerhood meet up – ‘Get feedback at our Product Surgery’ Westow Hill near Crystal Palace park – which has also sold out of tickets (free to Makerhood Members & £4 to non-members).
Jane Doxey is a product design development and retail expert with years of experience as a buyer for companies including Liberty’s and Marks and Spencer’s. Jane also runs her own consultancy, Creative and Retail, which specialises in offering help to individuals and start ups who are just getting started.
Liz Clamp is the owner of Smash Bang Wallop, a shop in Crystal Palace that sells beautiful goods – from jewellery to accessories, cosmetics to candles, toys to homewares including products by local makers. Liz’s background is in fashion design, and she previously worked for Joseph and was a lecturer at London College of Fashion where she wrote a book on fashion marketing.
Think my brain will be overloaded again… oh well… 😉
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.
Rock Paper Scissors – The Open Works, Makerhood Lambeth and L’Arche Collaboration.
Some of the Rock Paper Scissors makers collective decided to take part in the local Feast Winter Lights Market which is St Luke’s in West Norwood – Feast are a huge market that feature makers, artist and food stalls over several sites in the area and had their final end of year Feast day last Sunday.
The Local MP, Dame Tessa Jowell opened the Winter Lights celebration with Father Christmas 🙂 and featured carols, mulled wine, hot food, kids activities and even L’Arche had their own dance troop!
you can view my other images here:
I featured my prints which you can find in L’Arche tomorrow and next week Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be the last day… I also sell at Diverse Gifts, Coldhabour Lane, Brixton but, I also made some toys… my current favourite are the ‘Cat’s in Pants’…
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)
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.
We are still tweaking things and plan to create some posters and have an official launch day that will feature CAKE!!! YAY.
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.
This is a demo store for testing purposes — no orders shall be fulfilled. Dismiss