Meet the Maker – Tokyo Gothic

Tokyo Gothic is an illustration series Vera created featuring mange pin up girls living in Tokyo. In addition to being a Designer/Illustrator Vera Akotuah is also a fine Artist. She became inspired by Tokyo after visiting Japan a few years ago for a fine art exhibition held in Shibuya.

Maker: Vera Akotuah /  From: London /  Craft: Illustrator 

The manga culture inspired the style of her pin up girl illustrations. Burlesque has a strong influence as the freedom of expression is apparent here. The pins up girl illustrations are named after parts, locations of Tokyo and all also have original Japanese names. The girls Vera has depicted are inspired by some of pop cultures notable muses including ‘Dita Von Teese’ and ‘Bettie Page’.


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FREE Paint a geometric necklace and earrings workshop with Kodes Accessories

Join Kodes Accessories in a 3h workshop where you’ll paint one of her iconic geometric wooden necklaces or earrings. This workshop is free of charge and is sponsored by GreatArt. 

Join Kodes Accessories in one of her workshops where you’ll paint one of her geometric wooden necklaces or pair of earrings. The workshops will be hosted at Great Art,  in Shoreditch.

Saturday 5th May
10:00 – 13:00 – Paint your Geometric Necklace (basic) (3h)
13:30 – 15:30 – Paint your Geometric Earrings (2h)
16:00 – 19:00 – Paint your Geometric Necklace – Advanced techniques (marble, terrazzo, granite and ombre) (3h)

Great Art
49 Kingsland Rd
London E2 8AG

You can choose from a selection of Spring and Summer colours and let your creativity flow.

Your experience will include all the materials, a demonstration by Morena, the maker behind Kodes, the necklace (on either cord or chain) or earrings you will make and refreshments kindly offered by Great Art.

As painting with acrylic colours can get messy, we advise you to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint marks on as even if the paint is water based it might still stain your clothes. If preferred you can also bring an apron.

The workshop is FREE, but you will need to get a ticket from this page and bring a printed or digital confirmation. Spaces are limited to 15 people per session, one session per person only (be kind to others: by booking one session only you can allow others to join the sessions too), so make sure you book yours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Book here 

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Meet the Maker – Rare Folk

Our featured maker this week is Ruth from Rare Folk. She makes stunning laser cut jewellery and accessories. You can buy her pieces this festive season at our pop-up shop in Hackney, Fount London from October 31st – December 23rd. 

Maker: Ruth Nutting /  From: London /  Craft: Laser cut Jewellery and accessories   

Hi Folks! Ruth here – the designer, maker and founder at Rare Folk a brand that offers you rare, laser cut, handfinished jewellery and home accessories. The brand has evolved over the last few years starting from the feeling I get finding that different piece to decorate myself or my home and wanting to create those pieces for others. 

 I have combined my love of wildlife, illustration, sewing, geometric pattern, wood, technology and using mixed media into my designs which I explore in my studio based in Leicester city centre. My pieces include- earrings, brooches, necklaces, rings, wall hangings and clocks.

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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.

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  

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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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.