Meet the Maker – Jen Taylor from Hokolo

Maker: Jen Taylor/  From: London /  Craft: Accessories and Furniture Designer

Meet Jen, the creative engine behind Hokolo. Lover of all things creative, beautiful and tasty!

Hokolo is the amalgamation of the two cities dearest to her heart – Hong Kong and London.

Hokolo is a bold and colourful design-led lifestyle and homeware brand founded in 2012. Following a career in architecture, Jen was searching for what she really enjoyed and loved in life; well-designed, carefully crafted, beautiful timeless and functional objects.

Jen founded the creative world of Hokolo to express her love of colours, patterns and bold inspiring products. Hokolo designs are unique in featuring striking prints and patterns composed of everyday objects, graphic in nature with a quirky twist, drawing on quintessential and much loved British themes.

She is  on a mission to inspire people of all ages with her witty, stylish and beautiful creations. The collections include homeware, interior products and accessories. All products are designed in London and manufactured in the UK wherever possible.

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Meet the Maker – Benstede & Cirger

Maker: Ceri Fox /  From: London /  Craft: Candle Maker

I’m Ceri Fox creator of Benstede & Cirger, a range of hand-poured scented candles with fragrances inspired by stories from the past. I make each candle myself in my home Hackney using soy wax and essential oils. I hand blend the fragrances.

I took inspiration from my interest in history and visits to historic houses – many of whom use fragrance to create a sensory experience to bring their stories to life.

The company name references the history of candle making. In 1291 John de Benstede became the first recorded wax chandler apprentice. His master? John le Cirger.

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Meet the Maker – Tara Enyia Studios

Maker: Tara Enyia /  From: London /  Craft: Painter and Illustrator

Hi There, I’m Tara Enyia a contemporary artist and illustrator creating and selling affordable original artworks from my East London studio.
My works loosely explore ideologies surrounding feminine fragility, sexuality and vitality through the use of expressive botanical paintings. I draw critical inspiration from my  illustrative background whist embodying a energetic and free flowing aesthetic to my fine art.

For commission, wholesale and purchasing enquiries please feel free to contact Tara Enyia directly. Alternatively you can pop into the studio and say Hi at The ViewTube, E15 2PJ

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Meet the Maker – Skomer Studio

Maker: Daisy Simpson /  From: London /  Craft: Jewellery Design

Skomer is a jewellery line handcrafted in London by Daisy Simpson. Based between Lancashire and London,  Skomer is a contemporary brand with every piece made to last and be worn forever.

All the jewellery within the Skomer Studio collections is created entirely by hand, and although not the quickest way of making jewellery it allows for every piece that is bought by the customer to be unique, considered and one of a kind. The jewellery can vary slightly in size, shape and finish just like the wearers themselves.


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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. 

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

£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. 

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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 

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  

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 

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.

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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  

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

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.
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