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Urban Makers East was founded in Bow, the heart of the East End by Ilka Dickens and Julia Redgrove.  Being makers themselves they realised that a local, designer led market was missing from their lively, creative and diverse area of East London.  With so many established and budding designers, artists, crafters and all round great people on their doorstep the aim was simple;  to create a supportive environment for like-minded, independent designers to sell their work. Urban Makers was born!

It started in 2015 with a one off Christmas market.  With handpicked stalls selling a variety of unique handmade items.  The event was such a success they have hosted many more in East London and beyond.  They have curated special events as part of the Roman Road Summer and Winter Festivals, Makemore Festival, Winterville London, Old Spitalfields Market, Here East Stratford, Stylist Live and more. See our Gallery here. 

We support existing and newly emerging talented designer-makers from East London and beyond.  Our markets and pop-up shops are carefully curated with a balanced mix of products and workshops.

Each year the events have grown substantially, with Ilka and Julia gaining loads of market and business know-how and using their newfound wisdom to produce bigger and better events.

Online Marketplace coming soon.

Julia creates jewellery Jules Etc
Ilka designs greeting cards, prints and homewares – Dickens ink.

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4 thoughts on “About / Contact

  1. Geraldine Holland says:

    I am a designer maker and have started a small jewellery range.
    I am hoping to have a Christmas Market stall this year.
    Please can you let me know if you have any available stalls and how much they cost?

    • ilkadickens says:

      HI Geraldine sorry but the Christmas market is full. We were heavily oversubscribed. If you would like to hear about our next market please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media

      Best regards


      Urban Makers East

  2. incidentalarts@gmail.com says:

    Hi I am an experienced artist but new maker in Camden, specialising in small to medium ceramic forms. Would I be allowed to join you or do I have to live or make around shoreditch? Thanks Sarah

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