Meet the Maker – Vui Vui Bodycare

Maker: Carl Sung /  From: London /  Craft: Skincare Designer

Hi, my name is Carl. In 2006 I discovered natural soaps and gave them a try. To my delight my previously problem skin soon disappeared, my skin not only felt good but looked healthy and glowing too. Since then I have exclusively used natural skin care products.

My initial interest in natural soaps blossomed in 2014 into a passion for natural soap making and VuiVuibodycare was born. I am thrilled to be able to share my line of organic skincare products and this passion with you. All my luxurious products are created in small batches using only sustainably sourced organic and natural botanical ingredients.

VuiVuibodycare’s vision is to make the highest quality organic skincare products for a natural healthy you.





Needle Felt Workshop with Peach Bunny Studio

Come and learn to needle felt with Katy, the founder of Peach Bunny Studio. Learn all of the basic techniques of needle felting and make little felt friends to take home with you!

Needle Felt workshop with Peach Bunny Studio 

Saturday November 3rd  2018 – Book here 

Old Spitalfields Market Bar and Bottle Shop (MAP)
107A Commercial Street
E1 6BG

We will begin with a little introduction about needle felting and the different wools, tools and techniques we will be using in the workshop.

Everything will be ready at the class for you to start felting. If you have an idea of a particular animal you’d like to make it’s helpful to print off a couple of photos to have next to you! If not there will be lots of inspiration there. We will be using a variety of beautiful British Wools and learning some tricks to make cute little creatures.

This class is perfect for beginners and those who have never tried felting before! We will be making felt animals which you can turn into either Christmas decorations or a lovely badge.

Take your skills from this workshop and make your own beautiful needle felted Christmas gifts! You get to keep whatever you make too of course.

You’ll be provided with a how to needle felt zine which you can take away with you to refresh your memory. There will be a chance to purchase additional materials at the end so you can keep felting.

Light refreshments provided.

Collage workshop – FROM FASHION TO PROTEST

We are pleased to announce our first workshop at Old Spitalfields Market.

Collage workshop with  Naomi Vona  
September 8 2018
10 – 11.45am

Old Spitalfields Market Bar and Bottle Shop
107A Commercial Street
E1 6BG


What happens when we turn the purpose of a fashion advertising image into a more deep and meaningful message? During the event we will explore the infinite possibilities in doodling over a magazine page using eye catchy decorations, but we will not stop at it.

The idea is to give to the picture a new message and switching it into a fun, humorous or more personal and powerful protest message.
The artist Naomi Vona will lead the workshop offering guidance and knowledge of her processes and techniques for manipulating images.
All materials provided, but we encourage you to bring your own magazines to customise as well.
About Naomi
Naomi Vona  is an Italian artist that lives in London. Her works combines different interests like photography, collages and video art.
Urban Makers will be bringing handmade back to Old Spitalfields Market  from September 8th 2018. One of the oldest markets in London, with a rich history, we feel privileged to be hosting a makers market on alternate weekends until November 18th. With a footfall of over 25 000 people per day on the weekends, we look forward to showcasing an array of unique handmade products and makers. Applications are open now. 

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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Jen is a member of Urban Makers Perks – Join here





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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Ceri is a member of our small business support scheme Urban Makers Perks – join here 

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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Tara is a member of our small business support scheme Urban Makers Perks 





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.


Daisy is a member of our small business support scheme Urban Makers Perks 


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. 

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 

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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