Makerhood Monthly Meet-up June

Market intelligence: the insider’s guide to street trading

A great meet up and we all had a natter afterwards!

Kate Greening of Venn Street Market in Clapam, who talked about selecting traders and the market’s ethos of ensuring high quality and fair prices while encouraging locally sourced and seasonal goods as well as, the history of the market and how it started.

Beth Mander, a Makerhoodie and ceramacist who runs Handmade Palace at Crystal Palace every week, talked about her experiences and giving her top tips for making the most of a market stall as well as how she started and created such a popular market place!

Giles from Herne Hill Market and Forum also popped in to talk about the Herne Hill Market and all about the community projects in the area – I really need to visit again – they run workshops on market days as well!

I took a couple of photos of the meetup which was at L’Arche (I think I spend most of my time in and around L’Arche nowadays) …

RunnyCustard: Makerhood: Market Intelligence June 2015 &emdash; Makerhood: Market Intelligence June 2015

…not many as I hate to interrupt plus it means I miss out on making notes 🙂

RunnyCustard: Makerhood: Market Intelligence June 2015 &emdash; Makerhood: Market Intelligence June 2015

I took many notes and I do hope to be able to consider doing some markets – they can be daunting but when you are with a group like Makerhood Lambeth and Rock Paper Scissors London you get a lot of encouragement and support which is fab for chickens like me 🙂


Upcoming Makerhood Members meet-up

Non-members are welcome and if you do decide to join during the meet-up you will get the meet-up fee back.

The speakers will be:

  • Grace Ayanfalu, founder and director of Prim and Proper, a bookkeeping social enterprise and advisory service based in Lambeth 
  • Mark Johnson, who has over 20 years of experience in financial, legal and commercial management for corporates and small businesses in the creative and cultural sectors

When: Monday 6 July, 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT

Tickets are free to Makers’ Club members, £5 for non-members (£2.50 for Morley students). Please book through Eventbrite.

The Open Works “The Stitch” Launch

The Open Works

The Open Works kicked off their festival this weekend and I visited the launch of “The Stitch’ which was held at the L’ Arche Workshop (and shop) in which is on the Norwood High Street.
The Open Works believe that citizen’s imaginative ideas are the starting point.

The Open Works Festival - The Stitch Launch at L'Arche Norwood

I’ve got to hear about The Open Works from the Makerhood Organisation as they are joining forces for local people to sell their work through a pop up shop in time for Christmas and makers from both groups will feature – including me I hope 🙂
They have lots of projects… visit their project page here
I would love to sew more and be able to learn tips from others and also share what I know too so to have something like this to go to seems fantastic – either courses are either too expensive or they are months away or I’ve just managed to miss signing up.

The Open Works Festival - The Stitch Launch at L'Arche Norwood

They also do a trade school where you can pop in and learn simple french, knitting, how to make a killer cappuccino and lots more… visit
(it gets refreshed so sometimes lots of classes and other times they have yet to add new ones so sign up to their newsletter to keep in touch.
Sign up for more information or view their other workshops & meetups via their website:

The Stitch

Saturday 25th Oct 2014 was the start of their open day and these images are from ‘The Stitch’ launch day at L’ Arche in Norwood.
“The Stitch is a regular meet up of people who want to knit, sew, tailor, upholster and craft together. A chance to share and learn skills, swap tips and get inspiration for your next creation. Bring your projects, learn the basics, improve your techniques and enjoy stitching in the company of others.


Hosted by L’Arche Craft Workshop: 11-13 Norwood High Street

They will start with two dates and they will be trying to gauge the interest and best times/days to host it on – drop in between 5.30 – 8.30 on the 5th November & 25th November as it will be every two weeks at first.
I’m sure if many people turn up then more dates will be added and maybe every week too 🙂
I took some photos from the launch day and you can visit the album here – you can also see the ‘share’ button to link them onto your blog/social media websites.

Related Images:

Makerhood Lambeth Group Members on Etsy

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 version wont allow embedding of etsy widgets!) – this is just a screen grab… click on it to visit the actual makerhood page!
Etsy makerhood Page for local Lambeth London creative makers and artists.
Etsy makerhood Page for local Lambeth London creative makers and artists.
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.

Paperpoms 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.

uliet Carr from Paperpoms UK
Juliet Carr from Paperpoms UK

Makerhood Workshop "Dazzling Displays" at L'Arche, Norwood

Dazzling displays Juliet Carr from Paperpoms UK and Setbox gives a talk at L’Arche, Norwood High Street - 18 June 2014 -
COOKIES! … and lots of information!
Makerhood Workshop "Dazzling Displays" at L'Arche, Norwood
Q&A for Juliet!
Makerhood Workshop "Dazzling Displays" at L'Arche, Norwood
oooh, tools, paper and making stuff… love that bendy florist wire … I definitely need that… not sure what right now but I know I will have to buy some soon!