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.
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.
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.
These are some other versions of possible poster designs… think I like the yellowish background on the above to feature on the ones below… !?
I had a go at using the above image to make some repeat patterns…
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!
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 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.
On Saturdays I attend the Stitch group in West Norwood – L’Arche next to St Luke’s Church where the Feast is held once a month.
I asked the members if they would like to have a go at my pattern ‘Cats in Pants’ and several tried it out – as the following Saturday had a mixed up on dates we had to cancel so I yet to see everyone’s finished Kitten but here’s a few photos.
People used old clothing or new fabrics…
Rachel’s making of her little ‘Kitten in Bloomers’ 🙂
Rachel finished off the pants at home and sent me this photo… soooo cute!
This little sweetie gives a good example of how they look using buttons as eyes – just in case you don’t have any toy safety eyes lying around.
Check out this stylish little fella… love the pocket and hankie.
I do hope to finish the pattern soon – I keep changing my mind on different elements and I’m bursting to start on the Cat doll that I started in November!
Ps: here’s a photo of the Cat with his pants on his head… sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Beautiful old sewing machines…
Tara asked me to take a few photos of the old sewing machines for the blog she hopes to set up for the group… here’s a few that I rather like.
(click on the images to visit The Stitch photo gallery 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.