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.
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’.  


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





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



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 


We love hosting workshops at Urban Makers East. This is Suzie’s 4th workshop with us and each one has been a great success. Don’t miss out. BOOK HERE


A ‘natural alternative to big brand, mass-produced skincare. Soothe-me is designed to act like ’natural health food for the skin.’ No Sodium Laureth Sulphates, No Petrochemicals, No Synthetic fragrance or colours, just pure natural goodness. Good to you, kind and considerate to our beautiful planet.

Date: Sat 13th May 2017
Start: 11am – 12:15pm
Price per person: £15
The workshop will be help at The Urban Makers East Pop-up shop at Fount LondonArches 358-360, Westgate Street, London E8 3RN

Do you struggle with dry skin or spots or both?! Come and learn about your skin type and find out the best clays, herbal tinctures and essential oils to use for your skin. You will be guided in how to create your own face mask and a skin toner all from 100% natural plant based ingredient.
Learn how to apply and remove the mask to make it most effective.

Sat 13th May 2017
Start 11am – 12:15pm
Price per person £15
You will take home:
1 x Bespoke (made by you) Face Mask 60ml (RRP £10)
1 x Bespoke (made by you) Skin Treatment Toner 30ml (RRP £8)
1 x Organic Fair Trade Cotton Face Mask (RRP £3.65)

Fresh lose herbal teas provided
Questions & contact: suzie@soothe-me.comSuzie of soothe-me artisan skincare east london