Meet the Maker – Fitzygogo!

This week’s featured maker is graphic artist  Kymberly O’Carroll-Fitzpatrick from Fitzygogo!

 ‘Fitzygogo!’ is all about ‘creating art that is wearable, usable and just nice to look at’.  


Maker: Kymberly O’Carroll-Fitzpatrick /  From: Essex /  Craft: Graphic Art


 I spend my days hanging out in my home studio listening to 70’s music on the radio and coming up with new ‘Fitzygogo!’ ideas and designs.  My inspiration comes from my love of 60’s and 70’s fashion, romance comics, record album art, branding, packaging and anything else vintage that catches my eye.

All of my designs are either ‘one-off pieces’ or limited edition.  My current collection includes tees, sweatshirts, vest tops, shrink plastic brooches, greetings cards, hand-painted vintage bags and lino cut prints.
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Meet the Maker – Oh Hello Shan Creative

This week’s maker is Shirley Payton from Oh Hello Shan Creative. Shirley grew up in South Africa and studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at the University of Tshwane in Pretoria South Africa.  She illustrates and designs greeting cards, prints and accessories. 


Maker: Shirley Payton /  From: London /  Craft: Illustration  

Having grown up in Africa, my childhood was filled with adventures in the outdoors. Holidays were spent exploring and on our adventures, we came across a lot of beautiful wildlife. 

This is where my deep appreciation for nature and animals came from. Coupled with my love for art and illustration my products are inspired by animals and nature.
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Festive Pop-up shop – Applications are open now

Applications are now open for our Christmas pop-up shop. We will be back at fount London, Hackney, for the festive period from October 30th – December 30th 2017. We have space for 30 makers across the 2 months. Apply here.

The price is £170 for the full two month period with a 20% commission on each sale. 
This price will give you a dedicated space in the shop to display your products. We will group each designer but the layout is based on a gift shop and not a shelf rental scheme. The shop will be open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) We will require help with staffing and you will be offered a discount if you are able to do the occasional shift in the shop. If you would like to use the space as a workshop during this period please specify in the form below. This is only suitable for designer maker who can work on a corner table i.e. sewing, drawing, etc. 
There is space in Fount for workshops on the weekends. We ran a number of successful workshops there earlier in the year. These included screen printing, crown making, skin care, sewing and planter painting. Apply here.
If you sign up to our small business support scheme  Urban Makers Perks you will receive a further 10% off this price. 

Meet the Maker – Mollum Vellum

This week’s maker is Herin Hong from Mollum Vellum. Herin designs and creates the entire Mollum Vellum collection by hand. She learnt her Japanese leathercraft techniques from a former leather bag designer in Seoul and is experimenting with her own style in her home city of London.  (Mollum Vellum is derived from Latin, meaning ‘soft calfskin’.)


Maker: Herin Hong /  From: London /  Craft: Japanese Leather Craft  Website:

Mollum Vellum is a minimalist leather goods brand set up by leather craftsperson, Herin Hong. Inspired by classic Japanese culture, Herin has been developing collections of modern leather bags and small leather goods. She experiments with materials and the crafting process and enjoys making simple and clean designs. 

Herin applies a variety of traditional leathercraft techniques such as Japanese hand-cutting, hand-stitching (e.g., saddle/cross stitching), burnishing and hand-painting leather pieces. Due to the nature of handcrafting process, most collections are limited edition and each product has been individually hand-made. 
Mollum Vellum is based in South East London and welcomes wholesale/custom orders.  
If you would like to be featured on our blog and join our small business support network please apply here 

Introducing Urban Makers Perks


Urban Makers Perks
Urban Makers Perks is a small business support scheme, created to reward our loyal designer makers with discounts, promotions and to introduce them to our inspirational partners. We are approached daily by unique businesses, offering discounts on their products and support services and now we can share these with you. We hope these perks are just what you need to help your business thrive. 

It’s only £40 for 6 months. If you would like to apply to join please fill out this form. Please allow up to 7 working days for a reply.

Selection is based on the same criteria as our markets. We love original, well made, inspired design and we require that the products you sell are designed by you, handmade or made locally to you. If they are made and produced elsewhere they must be ethically sourced and kind to the environment. 

Urban Makers Perks – what we offer 

  • 10% off at our markets and pop-up shops – application process applies
  • A profile page on our website including a 100 word written profile, four product images and links to your website. Please see example page here. 
  • A feature on our blog.
  • A minimum of three free social events in London every year where you can meet and chat to us and at least one of our partners. You’ll also get a chance to network with  like minded designer makers.
  • We are planning a bloggers’ social before our Christmas event where you’ll meet key social influencers. 
  • Up to 20% off at all talks and events organised by Urban Makers East. We hope to use this membership money to bring you even more markets, talks and events.
  • If you run workshops we will promote these on our social media channels and newsletters in exchange for a small discount for our members. 
  • You will also have access to a dedicated Facebook group where we will share further discounts, tutorials and other helpful information.

Please see our terms and conditions here 

Our partner perks

You will receive the discount codes on acceptance of your application.   

Discounts and special offers at The Design Trust 

The Design Trust

15% off and free gifts at Shoreditch Art supply store Great Art

Great Art

Up to 20% off at retail consultancy Carousel & Co.  

20% off the Christmas gift guide package with PR Dispatch

25% off all  titles at Laurence King Publishing  






15% off advertising with our Media Partner LoveEast Magazine 

Discounts and special offers at Veerle Evens photography 

A package created just for Urban Makers Perks by Content Manager  Gabrielle Taylor 

Discounts and special offers at Purple Yolk Marketing  

Discounts and special offers at Dillan Gandhi Media

Up to 20% off at Ginger White Picture Framers 

Ginger White Framers

£3 off the Annual Artist membership fee at The Artists Information company. This comes with free annual Public and products liability and Professional indemnity insurance.

More to come!  Apply here 


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.