Crafty Fox Market, Autumn 2014

I have wanted to visit one of the unique Crafty Fox Markets, ever since I discovered their existence via Twitter, so I was thrilled to have my application for a Crafty Fox Uncovered stall accepted. Having never had a stall at a market, visited the Dogstar pub, where the event was held, or even Brixton before it felt like a real adventure!

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After an extremely busy month, several late nights and numerous attempts to pack everything into a couple of suitcases,  finally arriving at my table was very exciting! I didn’t really know what to expect, but the advice of my mentor Alice Tams, proved to be useful with battery powered fairly lights being the order of the day. I was really pleased with the way that my finished stall looked and have also picked up some tips for the future, from all of the amazing stall layouts that I’ve seen.

All set up and ready to go:

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Despite it being cold and wet outside, many people visited the market throughout the day and I had lots of fantastic feedback about my work. I also managed to have a look around at the other makers and designers. It was pretty much like my idea of heaven – although it would have been nice to be able to afford to buy something from everyone. I treated myself to a ceramic raindrop, made by Kinska – to remind me of my first craft market, in the torrential rain!

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I couldn’t resist some of Jimbobart’s awesome animal tape:

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 And it would have been rude not to sample a few of Lizzie Stewart’s zines:

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I loved the fabrics, textures and colours of Woven Oak, who use traditional methods of hand printing to produce interior products,  I will certainly be putting some of these beauties onto my Christmas list:

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My stall was on the 2nd floor with the other Crafty Fox Uncovered stallholders, Lucie Ellen’s bunting necklace workshop and Mr Wingate‘s workshop where you could screen print your own tote bag.  While I didn’t manage to have a go, my sister had her first ever try at screen printing and an  – ‘I love Meat + Wine!’ tote bag was born!

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I met some awesome stallholders; jewellery makers Katy Fletcher Designs and  Little Nomad, Mary’s House Designs owned by Angela who makes artwork and gifts and Victoria Eggs whose homeware celebrates all that is British.  I also discovered some makers and designers who work with printed leather – which I love.  Firstly ‘ by Als ‘ which is a collection of small leather goods made by Ali Maclean and secondly Jenny Sibthorp who hand screen prints her designs onto leather, card and linen.

The pub was packed with stallholders, had a lovely laid back atmosphere and plenty of tea and coffee, cake or sausage rolls from Teas Knees. What better way to spend a Saturday; I had a great time!  Thank you to everyone who visited my stall.

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Wearing my money belt made from one of my tea towels by Kate, my friend from work!

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