KXmas – applications are open now

We have a fabulous festive opportunity for you all. We are joining forces with Kit & Caboodle to create a mini makers market in a retail unit on the busy Kings Cross Boulevard. We will have space for 6 maker tables and space for two drop-in workshops  – one on Friday and one Thursday between 12 and 3.30pm – Saturday unavailable. For more details and to apply click here. 

Dates 
Thursday November 30th,
Friday December 1st and
Saturday December 2nd 2017.
Please select 1, 2 or 3 days 

Cost 
£30 per day (10% off for Perks Members)

Table Sizes 
150 x 50cm includes 1 chair and extra shelf space TBC. Storage space will be available under the tables. No table cloths will be needed as they will have fronts on them. 

Trading Hours 
10.30 – 8pm each day. Set up from 9

WIFI and free gift wrapping offered in the shop. 

Apply here 

Meet the Maker – Mia Vilcins Jewellery

Our featured maker this week is Jeweller Mia Vilcins. She makes stunning gold and silver jewellery inspired by the mystery of the sea. You can find her at our Christmas Market on Saturday December 9th.

Maker: Mia Vilcins  /  From: London /  Craft: Jeweller 
Website:  miavilcins.co.uk

Hi, I’m Mia. I make jewellery inspired by my ‘happy places’, creating wearable mini sculptures, that can take your mind away to somewhere tranquil, even in the bustling city!

My first collection, Flotsam and Jetsam, is inspired by the mystery of the sea, the texture of the pieces evoking memories of watching waves roll onto the shore on a peaceful day.

I also undertake commissions for unique gifts (to yourself or for a loved one!).

Some of my other happy places are museums, botanical gardens, historical buildings, being lost in a book, and finding treasures in second hand shops.

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Meet the Maker – Mel Smith Designs

Our featured Maker this week is Mel Smith from Mel Smith Designs. With their playful twist Mel’s modern-retro designs are here to brighten up a room and put a smile on your face .  

Maker: Mel Smith  /  From: London /  Craft: Illustration  
Website: melsmithdesigns.com

Hi there! I’m Mel of Mel Smith Designs, and my brand is all about getting the travel bug and celebrating your most loved cities and countries. I love to explore locations, taking in the sights, the architecture, the local transport, the colour combinations of doors and windows, all the small details…you name it!
 
 
I offer a bespoke illustration and map service as I believe you need to cherish your memories and this is a wonderful way to do so. I can recreate a much loved holiday photo, map out your favourite backpacking trip, or illustrate your gorgeous honeymoon destination. Whatever it is, I can bring your holiday home for you.
 
 
 

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Stylist Live 2017

We are thrilled to be taking part in Stylist Live 2017. We will be setting up an Urban Makers Pop-up stand as part of the event.  It takes place at Olympia, Hammersmith for 3 days from Friday November 10th – Sunday November 12th. We are looking for our usual collection of homemade jewellery, art, stationery, accessories, ceramics, homeware and more.  Apply here 

10 – 12 NOVEMBER 2017  OLYMPIA LONDON
Friday  10 – 21.00
Saturday  10 – 1900
Sunday  10 – 1800

This November Stylist Live is back in its brand-new home of Olympia London, bringing everything you love about Stylist magazine to life across three days of shopping, experts, interviews, comedy, food, beauty and fashion exclusives.

Apply here 

 

Meet the Maker – Geeky little Monkey

This week’s featured Maker is Gary Ralphs from Geeky Little Monkey. A passionate and Skilled illustrator and self professed geek, Gary combines his love of Art and all things geeky. He strives to create unique and modern Illustrations, usually with very humorous consequences.

Maker: Gary  /  From: London /  Craft: Illustration / Graphic Design  
Website: etsy.com/uk/shop/Geekylittlemonkey

A long time ago growing up as a small boy in a small town he was a budding Illustrator/Animator with a love of TV, film and comics. 
 
Moving to London, he became The Geeky Little Monkey, while still maintaining his secret identity as Gary Ralphs, he has devoted his life to provide fellow geeks with unique, creative and quality designed products.
 
Geeky Little Monkey
 
GLM has made its mission to save the people of earth from boring merch and design the geekiest and the coolest art prints, greeting cards, apparel and homewares you won’t be able to find anywhere else on the planet.

Their minimalist design works in any setting and with any style.

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Meet the Maker – MBotanicals

This week’s featured Maker is Rebecca Wright from MBotanicals 

MBotanicals is all about the skin and all about nature. We love the skin and want to see it protected, beautiful and functioning at its best. We believe that the best way to do that is keeping it as close to nature as possible, using plant based ingredients that work synergistically and dynamically with your skin.

 

Maker: Rebecca Wright /  From: London /  Craft: Organic skincare and candles
Website
 mbotanicals.co.uk

MBotanicals creates natural, organic, authentic skincare to help keep your skin healthy, vibrant and glowing. Using active botanical and lab based ingredients we aim to create skincare that has the virtues of nature and the effective, cutting edge actives based on sound science.  We specialise in small batch production and work with powerful botanicals using a minimalist approach where every ingredient matters.

 

 
 Our Candles are a blend of natural waxes, essential oils and exquisite fragrance molecules that have an outstanding burn and scent throw. Their minimalist design works in any setting and with any style.
 
 
 
If you would like to be featured on our blog and join our small business support network please apply here 
 

 

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’.  

Fitzygogo 

Maker: Kymberly O’Carroll-Fitzpatrick /  From: Essex /  Craft: Graphic Art
Website  fitzygogo.co.uk

Fitzygogo

 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.
 
 
 
If you would like to be featured on our blog and join our small business support network please apply here 
 

 

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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  
Website: ohhelloshancreative.etsy.com

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.
 
 
 
If you would like to be featured on our blog and join our small business support network please apply here 
 
 

 

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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 

 

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. 
carongoldman.com

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