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



Meet the maker – Jenni Allen

Hi Jenni. Tell us a bit about yourself 
I am Jenni Allen, a London based printmaker. About 2 years ago I decided to focus more of my time on printmaking, which means I spend about 3 – 4 days a week cramming in what I can, to produce, sell and exhibit my work.

I make limited edition, screenprints which are all handprinted. I also design a small range of notebooks and greeting cards.

As member of a fantastic printmaking studio in East London, I have access to an abundance of screenprinting equipment so all the printing work is done there. At home, my living room table is where all the clean work happens; drawing, painting, collage, etc. Any other vacant surfaces can also become victim to the piles of ideas and source material that I seem to accumulate in vast quantities.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by all sorts of things really, but I’m particularly drawn to simple forms, block colour, pattern and order. The inspiration for my current range of prints have come from varied sources including the details of modern architecture, particularly churches, natural history imagery and simple geometric cut outs which enable me to play with composition and colour, during the printing process.

I am also really inspired by the maker community who are so supportive, including collectives like Urban Makers East,  (shucks) who organize  really useful events. Their markets give artists and makers the opportunity to sell direct to the public, which gives a good indication of how their work is received in the big, wide world.

What are your plans for the future?
Getting my work into more galleries/shops is a big one for me this year so it has been a brilliant start to see my work amongst others at the UME pop up shop.

“Collaboration” is a word that has been lingering in my head for a while – My work easily fits into the category of ‘surface decoration’ so it would be great to work with a ceramicist on a project. Ceramics is something I would love to have a go at myself but I can’t see that I could fit it in right now. Ceramicists be warned, I am on the look out!

You can find Jenni Allen’s Prints and stationery in the shop until 7 May

Meet the maker – Brass and Bold

Hi Elsa. Tell us a bit about yourself 
My name is Elsa Gomez. I am from Spain but have been living in London with my son and partner for the past 13 years. Much of this time has been dedicated to running a portrait photography company and working in a boutique. I have always been a creative person enjoying design, fashion and the aesthetics of materials which led me to creating my first jewellery pieces. These were very well received through sales in the boutique; which encouraged me to expand and develop my range. I opened Brass and Bold on Etsy in September 2016  and now have the opportunity to participate in the Urban Makers East pop-up shop in Fount London.
What is inspires your work?
I believe you can be inspired by just about anything! I am a very visual person and soak up just about everything and anything that has the potential to be exciting and creative.
London is a fantastic place for richness in visual terms so I supposed this is my biggest inspiration. I relish honesty in materials use with simple design and very much look to modernist Architecture and linear style for stimulation. I love simple geometric shapes and the work of Alexander Calder, for example, feeds into my jewellery ideas.
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently attending a silversmith course which I absolutely love. I will be soon creating a new collection combining sterling silver and raw brass into rings and earrings. I love these two materials  together.
I will also continue to establish Brass and Bold as an exciting and innovative new company increasing my online presence and social media awareness. I also plan to participate in more collaborations with other creative people on projects such as Urban Makers East.
Elsa Gomez – Brass and Bold 
Want 10% off Elsa’s Jewellery? Please come and visit us tomorrow – we’re open from 10 – 5

Meet the Maker – Ellie’s Heirlooms

This week’s Meet the Maker is Ellie from Ellie’s Heirlooms. 
Hi Ellie, Tell us about yourself
I am an artist with a passion for story telling and preserving the past. I am an actress and designer with 2 gorgeous girls and an incredible supportive and hardworking husband. We work from home as well and try to make as much of our own as we can. Whilst making clothing, we grow veg and my husband keeps the roof on. We love being East and also are very drawn to the countryside, we love getting away form the hustle here in central london. We now have another family member, Rolo our pet puppy and whilst i print and sew in the kitchen, he is learning not to eat the left over thread and get out of the way as I race around the kitchen table.
Urban Makers East from L'ETABLI LONDON low ©La Cabine de Margaux-41
What is inspires your work?
 I have always loved fabric and collected it for many years.  Combining this with the inspiring ‘Make do and mend’ initiative in the war where printed linen was used as seed sacks to provide fabric for rationed clothing, my heirloom project was born. I spent a lot of time researching these incredibly bold and bright designs of the 1940s and the practical element that each sack would come with pattern to form a much needed dress. Then this fabric, which as I discovered as I investigated more,  represented a huge part of a woman’s life for many centuries.   It was often given as part of a dowry and then kept for years which would have meant a lot of domestic laundering alone.
Antique linen, especially imperfect sheets, carry a history and represent an aspect of the unspoken domestic world for women. I feel once this is  re-made and repurposed with images of wild nature, it honours this past and gives it another life that is practical and beautiful.  This is what drives me to make each piece individually.  The response I have from those that have given me linen from their great grandmother and seen what it has become, is one of the most fulfilling aspects from this small unique business.

Ellie's Heirlooms

What are your plans for the future?
I have many prints and designs I am longing to make, I always have new images and shapes buzzing around my head. But the practical plan is the sets for the summer for babes and a wonderful new wedding range! I am currently finalising the insect range which will be in the Urban Makers pop up next week.