Christmas Makers’ Market – applications now open

Applications are now open for our Christmas Makers’ Market 2017. We will be back at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park. We have space for over 50 designer makers each day. Last year we had over 4000 people through our doors. We’re hoping for more this year. Applications close on July 20th. Please view our film of last year’s Christmas market here. 

When – December 9th and 10th 2017

Table size 6ft x 2ft
Price £60 or 10% off for Tower Hamlets Residents £54
Duration 11 – 5pm

Food and beverage – we are also on the look out for food and beverage traders. Please specify on the form below.

Workshops £50 or free with a paid stall – If you would like to host a workshop please specify in the form below. If you would like to trade and run a workshop you will be given a time slot of 2 – 3 hours.

Apply here

Story telling with Telling Tales

We’re really pleased that Telling Tales will be joining us for story telling at our makers’ market at Here East this Sunday June 18th. Please see a full list of times below.
Telling Tales is an illustrated children’s bookshop located on Andrews Road, London Fields, Hackney.  Telling Tales is run by Daisy Hollings. Daisy left her job as a teacher when her eldest daughter was born in 2012. Rather than return to teaching she founded Telling Tales to share her love of illustrated and well designed children’s books, books that enchant, challenge, engage and tickle children and adults of any age! Daisy lives in Hackney in east London and is mother to Pip and Bea.
Daisy will be selling a selection of books from Telling Tales and running story telling sessions throughout the day. Please see times and books below. Please just drop-in and pull up a cushion.
My Dad Used to Be Cool  by Keith Negley – 12.30pm
The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud – 13.30pm
Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann – 14.30pm
If I had a Dinosaur by Gabby Dawney and Alex Barrow – 15.30pm
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup 16.30pm
Tough Guys have Feeling Too by Keith Negley – 17.30pm


Applications are open – Pop Here Makers’ Market

Urban Makers East are joining forces with Here East to bring you an afternoon of family fun this Father’s Day – June 18th. We will be curating a fabulous indoor makers’ market by the canal with food and drink, music, workshops and treats for Dad. Apply Here 

This event runs alongside The Great Get Together  a community event in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosted by the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Jo Cox Foundation, with an aim to bring communities together to celebrate connections and commonality.  The event will take place in the North of the Park (opposite Here East) and will celebrate the diversity of east London through music, dance, performances, storytelling, sport and food with a range of fun and free activities for families to take part in. 

When – June 18th from 12 – 6pm
Table size 6ft x 2ft
Price £25
Duration 12 – 6pm / set up from 10.30am

Workshops £20 or free with a paid stall – If you would like to host a workshop please specify in the form below.

Applications close Monday June 5th


Here East is located by the canal in the Olympic Park.

About Here East – With 1.2 million square feet in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East brings together business, tech, media, education and data in the pursuit of innovation. We’re home to established names and nimble startups alike. Radicals, reformers, visionaries, industry heroes and like-minded locals – they’re all part of our East London heritage and its geography of innovation.

Apply Here 

Meet the Maker – Morena from Kodes Accessories

Our Meet the maker this week is Morena at Kodes Accessories. She will be trading with us at our Summer Makers’ Market  on June the 3rd.
Hi Morena, Tell us a bit about yourself. 
I am Morena Fiore-Kirby and I am an accessory designer at Kodes Accessories.
I make geometric and fabric accessories. I begun working with African fabrics and started making necklaces, shopping bags, headbands, dog bandanas and cushions. I worked in Brixton for two years and spent most lunch breaks wondering around the alleyways of Brixton Village Market, in awe of all the bright colours of the fabrics. So I started purchasing some fabrics and made some chunky necklaces for myself to start with.
I have always liked quirky, bright and bold accessories so mine was a need to make some for myself and that’s also how I got into painting wooden geometric necklaces, another of the products I make.  This then evolved into geometric silicone teething necklaces as I welcomed to the world my baby, Freddie, once more in need of a quirky accessory that was also baby proof.  But craft is just another side of me. By day I am Software Developer, almost the opposite of a crafty job!
What inspires you?
I’ve always been attracted by colorful and quirky patterns and jewellery so I have found in African fabrics the perfect outlet for my creativity.  I also always picked the brightest and biggest jewellery when shopping, I have never been the dainty silver pendant necklace kind of girl, so my wooden geometric beads are perfect for the look I am aiming for.  They’re big without being heavy and they’re a blank canvas which, especially lately, I have been trying to paint in different ways. I’ve started experimenting with different painting techniques I am taking from nail art for example, so Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube are the perfect place for me to get inspiration from for colour palettes and nail art tutorials. I like a challenge! I am currently working through a phase of exploring what textures I can replicate on the beads.
What plans have you got for the future?
Before I got pregnant last year I started selecting a few African fabrics with a retro look and I was keen on working on a homeware range including tea towels and cushions as well as canvas bags. I am also exploring some new designs for teething necklaces as I try and fulfil a mum’s need to wear jewellery which is baby proof and effortlessly cool at the same time.
I have also been working on an app where you can build your own custom hand painted geometric necklace with the idea of having this also available on a tablet in shops and with me at markets.

Meet the Maker – Nadien Klages

Hi Nadien, tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Nadien. I’m a fashion designer focusing on upcyled and handmade pieces for children and adults, as well as mum to a three-year old. Before we moved to London four years ago, I studied Fashion Design in Hanover, Germany and worked with a local dressmaker as well as a fashion brand in Berlin.

When I had Emil my interest shifted to kids designs. It all started when I organized our wardrobe at home one day and the idea came up to make something new out of the discarded clothes, some of which were full of stories and memories which would always keep me from throwing them out, but we’ve simply stopped wearing them because they were out of size or out of fashion. So I sewed the first pair of trousers out of one of my boyfriend’s old shirts and from there went on to offer an upcycling service for parents that will turn their old favourite clothes into a new piece for their child, which will carry its very own special story and to develop my first ready-to-wear collection for a local shop collaboration.

Since then I’ve expanded my children’s collection to a rucksack collection for both kids and adults and more recently started to design and make cork accessories.

 What inspires you? Inspiration is above all my son Emil who shows me in our everyday life how important comfortable shapes and natural fibres are for designing kids clothing.

The second source is that I have always been interested in alternative resources and sustainable fashion so that much influence from this curiosity flows into my designs. Therefore I use cork as vegan and natural alternative to leather for knee patches and bags and upcycle menswear shirts, jeans and fabric remnants.

I’m trying to counteract the process of fast fashion by using already existing resources such as worn but still good clothing and sustainable materials such as cork. I want to encourage people to be more aware of their buying choices and to show that upcycling is a potential process to keep the consumption of our natural resources at sustainable levels.

 What plans have you got for the future? I’m pregnant with our second child so I’ll soon take a break from business to focus on my family for some time but one big plan for the future is to have a permanent small local shop with a studio and workshop space, where people can have a look into my work process and can learn how to upcycle their old clothes themselves.


We love hosting workshops at Urban Makers East. This is Suzie’s 4th workshop with us and each one has been a great success. Don’t miss out. BOOK HERE


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Date: Sat 13th May 2017
Start: 11am – 12:15pm
Price per person: £15
The workshop will be help at The Urban Makers East Pop-up shop at Fount LondonArches 358-360, Westgate Street, London E8 3RN

Do you struggle with dry skin or spots or both?! Come and learn about your skin type and find out the best clays, herbal tinctures and essential oils to use for your skin. You will be guided in how to create your own face mask and a skin toner all from 100% natural plant based ingredient.
Learn how to apply and remove the mask to make it most effective.

Sat 13th May 2017
Start 11am – 12:15pm
Price per person £15
You will take home:
1 x Bespoke (made by you) Face Mask 60ml (RRP £10)
1 x Bespoke (made by you) Skin Treatment Toner 30ml (RRP £8)
1 x Organic Fair Trade Cotton Face Mask (RRP £3.65)

Fresh lose herbal teas provided
Questions & contact: suzie@soothe-me.comSuzie of soothe-me artisan skincare east london


Meet the Maker – Laura Nevill Prints

Our  maker this week is Laura from Laura Nevill Prints. She’s trading with us in the pop-up shop and at the Queen’s Yard Summer Party on Sunday.

Hi Laura, tell us a bit about yourself ?
Hi, my name is Laura and I am the maker behind Laura Nevill Prints, if that wasn’t obvious already aha! I studied Graphic Design at UCA and during my time there I spent every moment I could in the  print room experimenting with different processes.  When I graduated I knew I didn’t want to take on a traditional design job but wanted something much more hands on but looking for a job when you don’t know what you’re looking for is challenging! So I started making prints from my bedroom. I went through a whole host of styles before submitting a piece for the Secret 7″ exhibition and being accepting and realising this is my style.  I currently work full time as a designer at a luxury printers, Avenue litho where I get to work on some amazing projects and  I now print my own work in between on a small hand press in my study making fun and sassy prints. I love making things that make smile.

What inspires you?
I am a big collector of ephemera and have loads of old magazines and postcards which I take inspiration from. Typography has always been a love of my mine especially old school hand drawn decorative fonts. My most recent work has drawn a lot from the illustrative style of traditional tattoos and flash sheets.  I’m a real old school maker in the way I design and although initial sketches are often traced from found materials I will redraw and redraw everything by hand until I am 100% happy with the finished result. I love the serendipity of this and of the whole print process. I will never be able to draw anything perfectly and then when the drawing is cut out of Lino it never goes to plan and objects change and lines are wonky but that adds to the hand made nature.  When I print in ink each one comes out different and has its own unique qualities and that is one of the main reasons I fell in love with print.

What plans have you got for the future?
My big plan is to work on a collection and hold an exhibition. Ever since working in a gallery whilst at uni I always said I didn’t want to do it as a full time job because I wanted to be the one with my work on the walls. Having my stuff in the Urban Makers pop up shop has been like a little glimpse at that and I just want to  continue to make stuff that people like to have in their homes.

Laura Nevill Prints

Meet the Maker – Caron Goldman


Hi Caron. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Caron Goldman. I started my creative career studying a degree in fashion design at The University of East London. After graduating I worked in several different positions from styling to fashion designing, and lecturing to jewellery designing. I have completed several jewellery making courses as well as self teaching many other techniques which lead me to the style in my work today. When creating jewellery I combine several different bead weaving techniques which creates layers in my work. I love to mix unusual combinations of beads, and experiment with scale to create statement, tactile pieces of art, jewellery that could be hung on show when not being worn.

What inspires you?
I have travelled around the world to America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Europe and I spent some time living in Africa which I think has shaped my design style. I also draw inspiration from a scientist based in china who uses molecular beading to show how molecules are formed. I have a keen interest in sculpture artists too, this is where I gathered inspiration for some of the more unusual shapes featured in some of my earlier works. There are so many places to look for inspiration; fashion design, jewellery design, other cultures, art, and history. I think I am also very much inspired by the medium that I am using. Sometimes I will design as I create and the beads dictate the design. I love this way of designing as it’s more organic. Sometimes I won’t finish a design straight away. I get to a point where I am not quite sure where to go so I take a break, get a cuppa and go back to it later. When doing research for my most recent collection I looked very closely at the tudor ruff collar and mixed this idea with traditional African tribal beadwork. I wanted to create wearable statement collars with contrasting colours.

What plans have you got for the future?
I am planning a little inspiration trip. I am also going to go hunting for some unusual beads for some limited edition pieces. I am also working on two new jewellery collections; one that will feature a small amount of one off, bigger and more crazy pieces and another that will feature semi precious stones. I am also working on some textile trinkets for the home so keep an eye out.

Please join Caron at her  tiara making workshop at the pop-up shop on 29 April. Book here



Meet the Maker – Kirsty from Riddell Doodles

Our featured maker this week is illustrator Kirsty Riddell from Riddell Doodles. You can find her prints, cards, wrapping paper and tea towels in our pop-up shop.

Hi Kirsty. Tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! I live in London and work part time as a SEN (Special Education Needs) Teaching Assistant whilst working on my artistic practice.  I have always been interested in the arts, especially being brought up in a musical family, and have been drawing since I could hold a crayon!  I studied Painting at Camberwell College of Art and then went straight into TA work after graduating.  I started to slightly loose touch with my art practice whilst working at schools, until two years later I decided to apply to study Art Therapy.  It was through creating artwork again for the portfolio for this course I realised how much I missed the art practice.  I started up an Instagram account (@riddelldoodles) just to see if there would be any interest in my artwork and to put myself out there as an artist again.  The feedback and response I got from this Instagram account was amazing and is actually what led me to develop my artistic career further.

What  inspires you?
When I start a drawing I don’t have a pre-conceived idea of what the overall image will look like, being inspired by observing and responding to the world around me; shapes, colours, patterns, emotions, sounds etc… This allows the process to unravel and for the piece to find its own conclusion.  This mindful approach that I have developed feeds my art practice.

What are your plans for the future?
I am very excited for future projects where I have been really focusing on collaborations with other artists.  I love being able to bounce creative ideas with others, and think it is important to find ways of doing this if you work by yourself!  This also means I have been able to work in fields I never thought I would and to learn about so many different aspects of the artistic industry.  So far I have been developing work with a fashion designer, an upholsterer and origami artists. The origami greeting cards I have been working on with the amazing artists from Origami 4 Fun are currently on sale at the Urban Makers East pop up shop.  I’m very excited for the development of much larger pieces we are currently working on to release in September 2017.   For more information on the collaboration with Origami 4 Fun you can check out my blog